US: The V-22 team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Airlift Squadron, enabling Marine aviators to more efficiently train for their critical and highly-visible transport mission. With the simulators aircrews can rehearse missions without having to fly their tiltrotor aircraft. That reduces fuel use and wear and tear on the V-22s.
According to a spokesperson from Boeing, Bell Boeing is also upgrading the Marine Corps’ V-22 maintenance training devices to mirror the latest configuration of the actual aircraft. Specific training aids involve the V-22’s electronics, power plant and emergency egress systems. “HMX-1 Marine pilots have a very important mission, and this state-of-the-art training device supports the development of skills and knowledge needed to operate the MV-22 Osprey safely and effectively,” said Randy Deidrick, director of Boeing’s Tactical Training Systems.