US: CAE has delivered the first UH-72A Lakota flight training device (FTD) system to the US Army. The device combines an aircraft-specific cockpit with fidelity and performance of a full-flight simulator without the motion. "From contract award to acceptance into service, we delivered this simulator in less than six months and almost three months ahead of schedule. This will help the army meet a critical training need, and allow the army to efficiently and cost-effectively begin balancing live and synthetic training for its new UH-72A primary helicopter trainer,” said Ray Duquette, President and General Manager, CAE US.
The UH-72A FTD features a motion/vibration seat and a wide 200ºx70º field-of-view display system driven by next-generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator to immerse pilots in a high-fidelity synthetic training environment. The CAE-developed common database (CDB) was integrated to help enhance the army's ability to leverage existing US government-owned databases to support their helicopter training requirements, as stated by the company.