Environmental Tectonics (ETC) has provided high G and ejection training for a squadron of six Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) pilots.
Provided by ETC’s AeroMedical Training Institute (AMTI), the classroom instruction and practical application training sessions focused on sustained high G and tactical aviation, and emergency aircraft egress, and utilised the authentic tactical fighting system (ATFS-400) and ejection seat trainer (EST).
The completion of high G training makes Ecuador one of the first countries in the world to utilise ATFS-400 technology for combining basic G training with tactical flight training.
AMTI Training director Glenn King said the pilots were only capable of sustaining approximately 4 to 5 G’s prior to high G training.
"Upon completion of training, all pilots were able to successfully employ weapons and score several bandit "kills" while sustaining up to 9 G’s," King added.
"This type of flight training validates the concept of combining physiology training with tactical flight training to substantially reduce training and operational costs to our customers."
ETC Tactical Flight Training Business Development director Ken Ginader said the ATFS-400 enables pilot to conduct high G training while performing a tactical fight training event in flight simulation."
"With budgetary constraints resulting in a reduction of flight hours for tactical pilots in most every air force worldwide, it is important, especially from a risk management perspective, that tactical pilots conduct periodic high G training in a tactical flight training event," Ginader added.
Offered either as a 25ft arm, Model 25, or with a 31ft arm, Model 31, the ATFS-400 PHOENIX integrates high fidelity aircraft cockpits with high performance flyable motion system, and allows for increased skill acquisition, elevated operational readiness, and increased physiological readiness in a G on Demand environment.
The ESS can simulate a 10G experience in a specific, customer-designated jet aircraft ejection system, training aircrew to assess the need to eject, and also eject quickly and safely.
Image: The Ecuadorian Air Force training focused on sustained high G and tactical aviation, and emergency aircraft egress. Photo: courtesy of ETC.