U.S. Air Force places flight simulator order

  • 30-Sep-2009 03:00 EDT

The ATFS-400, shown at the National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, PA, is a flyable, high-fidelity, tactical air combat maneuvering, centrifuge-based flight simulator capable of generating up to 15 g while providing a fully interactive flight experience.

The U.S. Air Force awarded Environmental Tectonics Corp.'s (ETC) Training Services Group a contract, valued at more than $35 million, to provide a high-performance training and research human centrifuge. The device, ETC's Authentic Tactical Flight Simulator-400 (ATFS-400), will be manufactured at ETC's main manufacturing plant in Southampton, PA. The contract calls for delivery of the device to the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, by August 2012. The ATFS-400 integrates a high-fidelity aircraft cockpit that incorporates a virtual tactical environment into a high-performance, fully flyable human centrifuge. Pilots can fly the ATFS like a tactical aircraft. This will be the third ATFS-400 system in the world.

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