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U.S. Air Force Training


Equipment and Training Systems for the Largest Members of the Fleet


The U.S. Air Force relies on FlightSafety training and simulation expertise for the largest aircraft in its fleet. Many of our contracts for tanker/transport training have been active for years. FlightSafety’s contract for the C-5, for example, is the longest-running Aircrew Training System contract operated by a single contractor.


  • C-17 Globemaster III
  • C-5 Galaxy

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C-5 Galaxy


FlightSafety provides a full range of training and support for the C-5, including program management, instruction, logistics, aircrew training devices (ATDs), operations and maintenance.


  • Training system support center operations including configuration/concurrency management of hardware, software and courseware, SIMCERT support and training management system operations.
  • Extensive concurrency modifications and simulator stand-alone technology insertions including installing the C-5 avionics modernization program and global air traffic management.
  • Successful demonstration of local and long-haul networking between ATDs.

Training for the Long Term


FlightSafety has trained crews of the C-5 Galaxy since the mid-1980s. Under a 10-year follow-on contract awarded in 1999, the company is continuing to train an average of 2,500 students each year. We have extensively reconfigured and modernized the Galaxy Weapons Systems Trainers, Flight Deck Procedures Trainers, Ramp and Door Trainers and Cargo Load Computer-Based Training Systems. Courses range from Initial Qualification through Flight Examiner. Most recently, the Air Force selected FlightSafety to supply and support WST upgrades associated with the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP). The company continues as the source for C-5 crews’ tactics and night vision goggle training. In addition to pilot training, FlightSafety delivers instruction for flight engineers, loadmasters and engine-run maintenance personnel.


C-5 Training Locations

  • Dover AFB, Delaware
  • Lackland AFB, Texas
  • Travis AFB, California
  • Westover ARB, Massachusetts

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Training for the C-17 Globemaster


FlightSafety, a Boeing partner since 1988, has designed, manufactured and certified 21 C-17 Weapons Systems Trainers, 13 of which include Loadmaster training devices. Two additional WSTs are in production. The WST configuration features a stand-alone, aft-view loadmaster station simulator, which allows for coordinated aircrew training. Simulators are night vision goggle compatible and are capable of supporting air-to-air refueling exercises.


We chose the C-17 to introduce our pioneering electric motion and control loading, which delivers quiet, precise control and significant operational advantages for heavy platform simulators. FlightSafety currently is identifying a retrofit program that will convert all C-17 simulators to latest technology to include electric controls and motion. FlightSafety and Boeing have jointly developed a low-cost, high-fidelity C-17 training device called Crewstation Simulator Systems Refresh (CSSR).


C-17 Training Locations

  • Altus AFB, Oklahoma
  • Charleston AFB, South Carolina
  • Hickam Field, Hawaii
  • Jackson ANGB, Mississippi
  • McChord AFB, Washington
  • McGuire AFB, New Jersey

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Training for the MV-22/CV-22 Osprey


As part of a joint FlightSafety/Bell Helicopter/Boeing team, FlightSafety is the first company to successfully design, manufacture and deliver full motion flight simulators for tilt-rotor training. We built and delivered the first four MV-22 full flight simulators and flight training devices for the U.S. Marine Corps. In addition, we delivered the first four CV-22 simulators to the U.S. Air Force at two locations to support its tilt-rotor training mission.


These training tools are installed with the military’s preferred visual system: the 60-by-220-degree VITAL 9. MV-22 and CV-22 Level D simulators also feature a night vision goggle training component, aircraft survivability equipment (ASE), VITAL 9 forward-looking infrared (FLIR) simulation capabilities and other complex systems. Simulators include interactive debriefing stations that allow instructors to play back a digital recording of the simulator flight for further analysis.


MV-22/CV-22 Osprey Training Locations


  • MCAS New River, North Carolina
  • Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
  • Hurlburt AFB, Florida

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JPATS (T-6)


FlightSafety was selected to provide the ground-based training system for its Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS). We have delivered more than 85 trainers to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force as a part of an integrated training system including aircraft, multiple levels of simulators, courseware, training management systems and contractor logistics support.


U.S. Air Force and Navy Pilot Training


JPATS uses a newly developed aircraft, the T-6A Texan II, to train undergraduate pilots for both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. The new aircraft is replacing the Air Force’s T-37B undergraduate pilot fleet and the Navy’s T-34C undergraduate pilot fleet. The program includes the development of an associated ground-based training system (GBTS). With the T-6A, the Air Force and Navy have a highly flexible primary aircraft capable of training a beginner pilot and of performing training missions well into an advanced training curriculum.


Our training system


We are on contract to develop, produce, install and maintain the JPATS GBTS at military installations around the United States. The GBTS includes flight simulators, a training integration management system (TIMS), courseware and courseware delivery system, as well as a modification update and support system (MUSS) for these elements. FlightSafety operates MUSS at Randolph AFB, Texas and five training sites (Laughlin, Randolph and Sheppard, Texas; Columbus, Mississippi; and Vance, Oklahoma).


JPATS Training Locations

  • Laughlin AFB, Texas
  • Randolph AFB, Texas
  • Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • Vance AFB, Oklahoma
  • Columbus AFB, Mississippi

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KC-10A Extender


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FlightSafety supports the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command with 4,000 to 6,000 initial, upgrade and recurrent training events each year for KC-10 pilots, boom operators and flight engineers. We perform contractor logistics support on four Weapons Systems Trainers (full flight simulators), two Flight Training Devices, 11 Aircrew Systems Trainers, two Boom Operator Trainers and two Cargo Load Trainers.


The KC-10A Extender entered service in 1981. The current fleet of KC-10As is well suited for both of its missions – air refueling and airlift. The Extender can both take on fuel as a receiver aircraft and off-load fuel as a traditional aerial tanker. The crew consists of two pilots, a flight engineer and a boom operator. The KC-10A is operated by the 305th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey; and the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California. Air Force Reserve Associate units are assigned to the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis and the 514th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire.


Our training system


FlightSafety holds a nine-year contract to provide training support for the KC-10A mission. We train KC-10A crewmembers and operate two full-motion weapon system trainers, one flight training device (non-motion flight simulator) and one boom operator flight simulator at both Travis and McGuire Air Force Bases.


KC-10A Training Locations

  • Travis AFB, California
  • McGuire AFB, New Jersey

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T-38C Talon


FlightSafety won a T-38 re-compete during 2006 and was awarded a nine-year contractor logistics support contract. We support 31 T-38 training devices – four WSTs, 13 OFTs and 14 UTDs. The T-38C is a converted T-38A/B that incorporates major modernizations to its avionics suite, including an all-glass cockpit with integrated avionics displays, head-up display and an electronic “no-drop bomb” scoring system. This upgraded trainer aircraft is used primarily by the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) to train advanced students in the fighter-bomber tracks of USAF pilot training. Complementing the aircraft is a new set of aircrew training devices (ATDs) including a 360-degree field-of-view Weapon Systems Trainer that allows for more advanced fighter maneuvering.


Our training system


FlightSafety is on contract to maintain and support the new T-38C ATDs at six USAF pilot training bases and operate the related Training System Support Center at Randolph AFB, Texas. This contract includes maintaining the few remaining T-37B flight simulators until they are replaced by the new T-6A ATDs. We perform contractor logistics support on 31 training devices – four WSTs, 13 OFTs and 14 UTDs).


T-38C Training Locations

  • Laughlin AFB, Texas
  • Randolph AFB, Texas
  • Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • Vance AFB, Oklahoma
  • Columbus AFB, Mississippi

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