Simulation to the next level
The modern concept of pilot training is not limited to aircraft, but extends to a complete range of Ground Based Training and Learning Systems, designed in parallel with the aircraft. The Aircraft Division offers customers a product portfolio made of Full Mission Simulators, Flight Training Devices, interactive coursewares, mission planning and de-briefing systems, which together constitute the Ground Based Training System.
Missions & Features
Full Mission Simulator (FMS)
The FMS represent the highest level of simulation available in terms of fidelity and complexity. This allows FMS to duplicate tactical scenarios, engaging students even on the emotional and sensory dimensions, reducing the flying hours required to reach the desired proficiency, cutting costs and increasing fleet availability for operational use.
The M-346 Full Mission Simulator is a state-of-the-art simulator that delivers high performance for tactical training leading-in to new generation combat aircraft. Basic fighter manoeuvers, formation flight, in-flight refuelling, and advanced combat air-to-air and air-to-ground tactics can be carried out. All FMS night missions are flown with actual, unmodified Night Vision Goggles (NVG). All FMSs can be networked via datalink with a real flying aircraft to generate LVC - Live, Virtual, Constructive scenarios.
M-346 Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC)
Thanks to the integration of the ground simulator with the aircraft Embedded Tactical Training Simulation (ETTS) throughout the datalink, the concept of LVC simulation is implemented networking the aircraft (Live), the simulator (Virtual) and the ETTS (Constructive). The student pilots at the simulator “see” and interact with the actual aircraft in the virtual environment, while on the aircraft the ETTS shows on Multi-Function and Helmet Mounted Displays the tracks of virtual aircraft and simulators.
The C-27J Full Mission Simulator is the Level C simulator like the one employed at the Crew Training Center in Pisa Air Base by the Italian Air Force to train its pilots. The simulator is built integrating actual equipment (ensuring a full fidelity human-machine interface), an aeromechanical model based on actual flight test data and a six-axis motion system, which allows for a fully immersive experience for pilots.
Flight Training Devices (FTD)
FTD are part-task simulators that offer a high-quality graphic simulation of the human-machine interface but optimized for specific tasks such as familiarisation with aircraft systems, general flight subjects, normal and emergency procedures and tactical scenarios. By simulating radar, weapon and self-protection systems FTDs teach pilots how to manage sensors, maximising the effectiveness of the actual flying lessons.
Eurofighter FTD (E-ACPT)
The Eurofighter Enhanced Aircrew Cockpit Trainer FTD offers Typhoon pilots the best possible training in both initial and recurrent training. The system includes a true reproduction of the aircraft cockpit, with virtual touch-screen operated multifunction displays driven by an aeromechanical simulation model based on actual flight test data. E-ACPTs can be networked with other simulators for additional tactical training.
These computer applications are designed to transfer course matters to students in the classroom that can learn aircraft systems and procedures interactively, supervised by an instructor or in self-paced sessions. The learning path is managed and recorded by a Learning Management System, which also includes dedicated modules that assist instructors in evaluating students.
M-346 CBT/CAI classroom
The M-346 Computer Based Training/Computer Aided Instruction covers topics including advanced aerodynamics, tactical navigation, aeronautical systems, normal and emergency procedures. Each predefined lesson covers a specific system or aircraft activity and use a broad range of media including 3D interactive models to maximise learning. After each lesson students are offered revision and self-test sessions.