FlightSafety Receives U.S. Air Force Weapons System Trainer Contract

FlightSafety International has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide two HC-130P Weapons System Trainers.


LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, NEW YORK (October 11, 2006) – FlightSafety International has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide two HC-130P Weapons System Trainers.

The HC-130P Weapons System Trainers will be designed and fielded for the Air Force Special Missions Command and Air Force Reserve Command Combat Search and Rescue HC-130Ps. They are scheduled to be delivered to Kirtland AFB in New Mexico.

"We are honored to support the men and women who serve in the United States Military with these Weapons System Trainers," said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO, FlightSafety International. "The HC-130P contract is another example of FlightSafety's technological advantages and our ability and commitment to provide exceptional value, service and support."

The contract was competed under the Air Force TSA II Omnibus Program. FlightSafety, a TSA II approved vendor, will design and manufacture the Weapons System Trainer at its facilities in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The trainer will be qualified to the Air Force equivalent of a Federal Aviation Administration Level D flight simulator.

The Weapons System Trainers will be equipped with FlightSafety's Electric Motion and Control Loading system. This eliminates the need for hydraulic fluid, and the associated environmental and safety concerns, and reduces the electricity consumption as well as maintenance costs. FlightSafety has already delivered over 25 Electric Motion and Control Loading equipped simulators to the United States Military and for commercial use, including the first of its kind to be qualified to Level D by the FAA.

The trainers will also feature FlightSafety's VITAL IX (Out-the Window) and PC-based VITAL X (Sensors) visual systems that use the latest Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) technologies available. The visual systems provides continuous flight visuals virtually anywhere in the world, and supports NVG, and FLIR and Television sensor simulations. FlightSafety has delivered more than 700 VITAL visual systems worldwide.

FlightSafety International designs and manufactures full flight simulators for civil and military aircraft and is a leading provider of Aircrew Training Systems to the United States Military. Over 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals, including some 14,000 government and military personnel, train at FlightSafety’s network of 40 Learning Centers and at over 30 military bases each year using the world's largest fleet of full flight simulators.

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