Tue, Nov 03, 2009
Virtual Reality Enhancements Will Enhance Osprey Training
Boeing and its partner Bell Helicopter have received a
contract from the U.S. Navy to upgrade the CV-22 Cabin Part Task
Trainer (CPTT) with modifications including an Aircrew Flight
Simulation (AFS) that deploys a fused reality system that fuses
video images with virtual reality. The upgrade will be delivered to
Air Force Special Operations Command, 58th Training Squadron at
Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Financial terms
were not disclosed.
The CPTT is a full-fuselage device that is used to train flight
engineers on the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The AFS process
integrates real and virtual environments in an image processor.
This enables the student to view both the interior cabin
environment and the simulated outside world in a composite picture
sent to the student's helmet-mounted display.
"This is an innovative approach that allows students to train
on 'real time' cargo air drops, parachute drops and emergencies,
including wing fires, hydraulic leaks and engine smoke," said Mark
McGraw, Boeing vice president of Training Systems & Services.
"This modification opens the door to future upgrades that could
enable simulated mission operations with separate cockpit flight
simulators, where the CPTT could 'fly' with the cockpit simulator
on a common mission."
The team's latest effort is part of an ongoing development
program for the CV-22 CPTT, which also includes trainer
concurrency, providing on-budget, on-schedule, tactically relevant
training to the warfighter.
The V-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft manufactured by Boeing
Rotorcraft Systems and Bell Helicopter company. Bell and Boeing are
teamed in a Strategic Alliance Agreement for the design,
production, and sustainment of the V-22.
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