ETC Ships Final Main Motion System Components of ATFS-400 Model 31 To USAF’s 711th Performance Wing at WPAFB in Dayton, OH

Southampton, PA – February 7, 2013 – ETC ( announced today the shipment of the final main motion system components of the Authentic Tactical Flight Simulator (ATFS 400 Model 31) ( to its customer, the United States Air Force, where the flight simulator will be installed at the 711th Human Performance Wing’s new complex at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
Shipped today were the final major components of the gimbal system, consisting of the roll ring and gondola assembly. In ETC’s design, the gondola serves as the container which houses the interchangeable, aircraft specific “cockpit” and is where the trainee is placed during utilization of the simulator. The roll ring assembly encases the gondola structure and provides the physical actuation of the gondola in roll axis. It is responsible for providing a portion of the motion which allows the alignment of the G forces on the subject to mimic the real physiological effects of flight.
To date, the majority of the device components have shipped and are currently onsite, ready for integration with the existing structures. Components yet to ship are non-motion system related items.
States William F. Mitchell, President and CEO, “we are pleased that the device is coming together so well and are looking forward to the end of 2013 when we anticipate being able to finally commission the device and begin testing”.
The ATFS-400 Model 31 will be used by the USAF to support aircrew high-G training, acceleration research, as well as a variety of other training and research initiatives.

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