Sun, Nov 22, 2009
Officials Call The System A "Major Training Milestone"
The Royal Australian Air Force said Wednesday that it has
received a C-17 Heavy Airlifter Simulator from Boeing, the first
such system to be owned by a foreign government.
Greg Combet, the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science, and Shayne Neumann, the Federal Member for Blair, said the
RAAF will benefit from the achievement of a major training
milestone for Australia's C-17 Heavy Airlift Capability.
"The C-17 Simulator commissioning marks the start of aircrew
training in Australia. From January 2010, RAAF C-17 pilots will
undertake their training at Amberley instead of travelling to the
United States (US)," said Mr Combet. "The attainment of the C-17
simulator is another successful outcome for the C-17 Heavy Air Lift
Project and further testimony to the cooperative relationship
between the Department of Defence, the United States Air Force and
The Federal Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann, attended the
ceremony accepting the simulator at RAAF Base Amberley. "We are
very proud as locals that the C-17 simulator will provide training
outcomes which greatly enhance the support to Australian Defence
Force operations and humanitarian relief efforts being provided by
the RAAF C-17 fleet," said Mr Neumann.
"The Simulator is a replica of the C-17 cockpit and provides
realistic training conditions for all C-17 missions. Operational
conditions can be generated at a wide variety of airfields in
Australia and overseas," said Mr Combet.
The Boeing Company built the Simulator in the US and installed
it in the purpose-built facility at RAAF Base Amberley in
Queensland, constructed by John Holland Group. The Simulator itself
was transported to Amberley using two C-17 aircraft.
The Simulator is the centerpiece of the C-17 Training System.
The complete system includes a Maintenance Trainer to be delivered
in 2010 and a Cargo Compartment Trainer to be delivered in 2013.
Australia is the only foreign C-17 operator to own a simulator. The
other 20 Simulators are owned and operated by the United States Air
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