Bell Boeing Training System Readies Marine Pilots

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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, which are installed at the squadron’s headquarters in Quantico, Va., aircrews can rehearse missions without having to fly their tiltrotor aircraft. That reduces fuel use and wear and tear on the V-22s.

“Like all Marine Corps MV-22B squadrons, HMX-1 utilizes training devices to replicate the flight environment for training purposes,” said Marine Capt. Dustin A. Pratico. “These devices allow aviators to hone their skills by practicing standard flight maneuvers and procedures with an operating cost much lower than that of actual aircraft.”

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.

Bell Boeing delivered the first V-22 to the squadron in March 2013. A total of 12 V-22s have been delivered to HMX-1.

The V-22 plays a vital role in HMX-1, the Marine Corp’s US Presidential support squadron. In that role the aircraft supports presidential travel carrying material and support personnel passengers as well as members of the media.

“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.   

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