New P-8A training centre opens
A new P-8A Poseidon training centre has opened at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, where the US Navy is preparing for the arrival of the P-8 aircraft in 2017. Boeing announced the opening of the new facility on 21 October.
The centre houses a complete training system that uses simulators and classroom-based materials to train pilots and mission crew to operate the aircraft, its sensors, communications and weapons systems without relying on live flights.
The aircrew training devices installed at Whidbey Island have the same configuration as the aircraft that will be stationed there next year.
Tom Shadrach, Boeing P-8 program manager, training systems and government services, said: ‘Integrated, ground-based training is critical to US Navy operations. This new facility will help to effectively and efficiently train aircrews before they ever leave the ground.’
Boeing is on contract to modify and provide updates to the training devices over the next three years. The company also provides P-8A aircrew training devices, electronic classrooms and courseware for the navy at its Integrated Training Center at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida, where aircrews began training in early 2012.
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