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Boeing to provide RAF C-17 training out to 2040

28th May 2021 - 10:56 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The C-17 FFS at Boeing's C-17 ITC in Farnborough, UK. .

Boeing has extended its contract to provide C-17 training to the Royal Air Force.

Boeing will continue to provide training for Royal Air Force (RAF) C-17 Globemaster III aircrew and engineers at the C-17 International Training Centre (ITC) in Farnborough, Hampshire under the terms of a new £247 million ($322 million) contract.

The Synthetic Training Service (STS) contract runs until 2040 and also includes development of two new maintenance training devices that will support training for the C-17’s engines and the main landing gear assembly.

As well as pilots and maintenance technicians, the ITC also provides training for air loadmasters. The RAF operates eight C-17s with 99 Sqn at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The first four aircraft were delivered to the RAF in 2001.

Boeing has provided aircrew and engineering training support for the RAF’s C-17 Globemaster III fleet since 2014 and since then, the Farnborough ITC has been used by RAF and some other overseas C-17 operators.

According to Boeing, ‘the Farnborough-based Boeing C-17 training team delivers close to 600 pilot, loadmaster and engineer courses every year, maintaining a training device availability service of more than 95 percent’.

In terms of synthetic training equipment, the ITC houses a full flight simulator (FFS) that has been built by FlightSafety International, a fixed-base maintenance procedures trainer and a loadmaster station. These devices are supported by electronic classrooms containing C-17 training courseware.

The ITC has a staff of 20 Boeing instructors and support personnel.

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