USAF's C-130 aeromedical evacuation training system becomes operational
The US Air Force's (USAF) C-130 aeromedical evacuation training system has become operational and is now ready for training crews.
CAE has developed the trainer for the USAF's Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB) to provide aeromedical evacuation crews with a realistic virtual training environment.
The addition of a motion platform for an aeromedical fuselage trainer is believed to be the first of its kind in the world, CAE stated.
The trainer's electric motion system has been designed to mimic the vibrations and turbulence often encountered during take-off, landing, and in-flight, according to the company.
The motion system is capable of supporting the entire 14,000lb payload of the fully-equipped C-130 fuselage trainer.
CAE US, president and general manager Ray Duquette said: "We are pleased to partner with the USAF to provide the world's first motion-based aeromedical trainer that will help ensure aeromedical aircrews are fully prepared for the critical aeromedical evacuation mission.
"This programme showcases CAE's innovation and our ability to leverage our training systems integration expertise to help military customers enhance safety, efficiency and readiness."
CAE said that the C-130 aeromedical fuselage trainer now moves across all six-degrees-of-freedom (6-DOF), including three rotational degrees (roll, pitch, yaw) and three linear degrees (surge, heave, sway).
According to the company, the trainer can be developed for a range of air mobility aircraft platforms and rotary-wing aircraft.
CAE is currently developing additional aeromedical evacuation training systems for the USAF to replicate the C-17 transport and KC-135 tanker.
Expected to be delivered later this year, the new training devices will also feature a motion system and include partial replicas of both the C-17 and KC-135 fuselages outfitted for the aeromedical evacuation mission.
Image: The US Air Force's C-130 aeromedical trainer now in motion and ready for training. Photo: courtesy of CAE Inc.