ETC’s Aircrew Training Systems Announces Acceptance of the Fifth Spatial Disorientation Flight Trainer by the U.S. Air Force
SOUTHAMPTON, PA, USA, June 23, 2016 – Aircrew Training Systems (“ATS”), a division of Environmental Tectonics Corporation (OTC Pink: ETCC) (“ETC” or the “Company”) today announced the delivery of the fifth spatial disorientation device that was celebrated by the U.S. Air Force (“USAF”) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Randolph Air Force Base on June 10, 2016. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (“AFLCMC”) selected ETC`s GYRO IPT-II (Integrated Physiological Trainer) to fulfill the requirements of their new Spatial Disorientation (SD) Training System Program. The GYRO IPT-II will support the SD training requirements in the Air Education and Training Command Student Undergraduate Pilot Training syllabus. The system will expose undergraduate pilots and aircrew to typical vestibular and visual illusions found in aviation; enabling them to recognize, confirm, prevent, and recover from SD.
Alper Kus, Vice President of ATS, indicated that “Spatial disorientation is a major contributor to aircraft mishaps and these devices will prepare pilots to better manage whatever comes their way, ultimately leading to increased safety. We are very proud that the USAF is performing this training on ETC`s GYRO IPT-II.”
ETC`s GYRO IPT-II provides pilots with a hands-on, realistic, full-motion, spatial disorientation flight training experience. While in control of a simulated flight, the pilot can be exposed to a variety of selected disorienting illusions. Unlike simple disorientation demonstrators, a pilot in the GYRO IPT-II has full closed loop control of the simulation before, during, and after the illusion. This capability creates a fully interactive flight training environment where the pilot must maintain control of the simulator and fly through the illusion to a successful resolution during training.
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