FlightSafety’s New Lakota Flight Simulators Built For Use By The U.S. Army Receive Outstanding Reviews

NEW YORK (December 1, 2016) – FlightSafety International is receiving outstanding reviews from U.S. Army personnel who are using the UH-72A Lakota simulators being delivered to Flight School XXI. FlightSafety is teamed with CSRA and L-3 to provide equipment and services for U.S. Army aviation training at Flight School XXI.

Training began last month using the first four UH-72A Lakota devices FlightSafety delivered to Flight School XXI. The devices being delivered consist of Instrument Flight Trainers, Operational Flight Trainers, and Cockpit Procedures Trainers.  FlightSafety expects to deliver all 10 Cockpit Procedures Trainers by the end of 2016.  The 22 Lakota Instrument Flight Trainers and Operational Flight Trainers will enter service by early 2019.

Comments and observations from pilots, instructors, and management staff include: “The simulator exceeded our expectations and will be the new state of the art for FSXXI.”; “The glass mirror and enhanced database are impressive.”; “The Instructor Operating Station has tremendous capability.”; “The glass visuals coupled with the visual database are as good as they can get.”

“The positive feedback we are receiving regarding our Lakota devices clearly demonstrates the quality, fidelity and reliability of FlightSafety’s training products,” said Ray Johns, Executive Vice President, Government. “We are pleased that the devices are exceeding the requirements and expectations of the Army and are contributing to the highly effective training the flight crews receive.”

The advanced technology systems incorporated into the FlightSafety FS1000™ simulators include a multi-function Instructor Operating Station, VITAL 1100™ Visual System, and CrewView™ collimated glass mirror display. The CrewView large scale glass mirror system features fully collimated chin windows that provide seamless viewing from the bottom of the chin windows to the top of the cockpit windows. The system offers greater clarity, sharpness, and brightness for training fidelity. The true collimated images are free of visible distortions and artifacts out to mirror edge. The true spherical shape eliminates the inherent distortion found in soft-film display systems. Its modular design produces the widest fields of view available.

The Instructor Operating Station features an intuitive interface, scalable graphics, and large multi touch displays. VITAL 1100 provides highly detailed mission specific imagery with vastly improved scene content and exceptional environmental effects. Training benefits also include a whole-Earth environment and worldwide database that incorporates latest terrain information with geo-specific satellite images.

In addition to devices for the Lakota, FlightSafety has built 24 simulators for the Bell TH-67 and two Bell TH-IH Weapons System Trainers for Flight School XXI. FlightSafety also participated in building 11 Sikorsky UH-60 A/L/M BLACKHAWK trainers, and three Boeing CH-47F simulators. Close to 600,000 hours of training have been provided with 100% availability to date.

FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than 1.3 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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