General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has installed a Predator Mission Trainer built by CAE at its Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) in the US.

The training centre is located at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Using the Predator Mission Trainer, GA-ASI will be able to advance the quality and capability of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) synthetic training provided at its training centre.

The FTTC offers pilot and sensor operator training for operators of the company’s RPA systems.

CAE Defense & Security group president Todd Probert said: “Our Predator Mission Trainer delivers an unprecedented level of fidelity and capability in the use of simulation-based training for remotely piloted aircraft pilots and sensor operators.

“The addition of a Predator Mission Trainer at GA-ASI’s training centre in North Dakota extends our training collaboration and will enable GA-ASI to add more synthetic training to the syllabus used to train customer aircrews as well as their own instructors.”

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The new Predator Mission Trainer operating at the FTTC is similar to the previous one developed by CAE and GA-ASI for the Italian Air Force.

The latest trainer is used to simulate GA-ASI’s Block 30 ground control station for the MQ-9 RPA.

In addition to mission-specific training, it is expected to deliver initial qualification and aircraft sensor systems training.

Aircrews can use zero-flight time simulator such as the CAE Predator Mission Trainer to conduct all training in the simulator, without the need to further train individuals on the actual aircraft.

GA-ASI is expecting delivery of a second Predator Mission Trainer from CAE for its Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, California.

GA-ASI president David Alexander said: “This Predator Mission Trainer at our training centre in North Dakota will enhance the multi-domain training we can offer in a synthetic environment and give us added flexibility to deliver advanced training without restrictions due to weather or airspace.”