ETC and the NASTAR® Center host annual Orange Flag Event
SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., October 24, 2011 — ETC (“Environmental Tectonics Corporation”) and the NASTAR® Center once again hosted an Orange Flag event for International and Domestic Military Pilots. From October 18 -20, 2011, 10 pilots from seven (7) countries participated in three days of competitive, simulated air-to-air tactical engagements. Over 100 sorties were flown in two different training devices, with each challenging sortie placing pilots against each other or NASTAR® Center pilots, and challenging their combat skills in a virtual tactical air combat environment.
The mission of the annual Orange Flag event is to demonstrate new tactical flight training capabilities of ETC’s simulators by allowing pilots to fly and compare the Authentic Tactical Fighting System (ATFS-400 Phoenix) sustained G flight simulator to the more traditional “non-G” 4+2 DoF GyroFlight transient motion cueing flight simulator. These demonstration flights show how pilots can enhance their skills and readiness by training in an environment where they can experience the actual physiological stresses of flight
Most flight simulators in use today do not provide the authentic physiological stresses experienced in flight. The mantra of Orange Flag is; “Flight Training Without Physiological Stresses Is Not Flight Training.” Airborne flight training in aircraft provides authentic physiological stress, but shrinking budgets limit available flying time. The ATFS-400 Phoenix enables pilots to “train like they fly,” in a safe, less costly and more efficient environment with realistic physiological stresses than previously possible.
Plans for future Orange Flag events include the linking of two (2) sustained G tactical training systems, in addition to using a traditional 4+2 DoF flight simulator. Also planned are enhancements of surface-to-air and air-to-air threats to include the use of UAV’s, and enhancements to offensive weapons systems.
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