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October 19, 2017updated 14 Dec 2018 8:52am

Indra to develop trainer for A330 MRTT aerial refuelling tanker pilots

Indra has been selected to develop a trainer for Airbus Defence and Space's (Airbus D&S) A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT).

Indra has been selected to develop a trainer for Airbus Defence and Space’s (Airbus D&S) A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT).

The new tactical and integrated procedures trainer (IPT) will be used to train pilots who operate the A330 MRTT aerial refuelling tanker.

By connecting the IPT to the partial training system (PTT) used by boom operators for refuelling the A330 MRTT, pilots can train to perform a complex operation by coordinating with the boom operators and with the crew of the aircraft being refuelled.

The A330 MRTT trainer is claimed to replicate the cockpit’s instrument panel with the aid of touchscreens.

This enables pilots to learn by ‘putting their hands on the wheel’ of the aircraft from the very beginning and to move on to ‘flying’ in the full-flight simulator (FFS) during the final stage, Indra stated.

Pilots will be trained on protocols to be applied in anomalous situations that cannot be reproduced using a real plane such as engine failure, stall of the aircraft, or emergency landings.

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“Pilots will be trained on protocols to be applied in anomalous situations that cannot be reproduced using a real plane such as engine failure, stall of the aircraft, or emergency landings.”

Delivery of the trainer is expected to take place in 2019.

The latest contract for the A330 MRTT trainer is in addition to the one already awarded to Indra by Airbus D&S in 2015 to develop a level D FFS for the same aircraft.

Indra has also developed simulators for the Airbus commercial aircraft A320 and A330, as well as for the Airbus helicopters H135, H225, H175, H145, and AS350.

Its systems are currently in service with the US, Germany, France, the UK, Japan, China, Malaysia, and Brazil.


Image: A330 MRTT taking off. Photo: courtesy of Outisnn / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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