Three procedures crew trainers and one operational mission simulator have been delivered to the CP-140 fleet. RCAF Photo
Royal Canadian Air Force 407 Long-Range Patrol Squadron at 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, recently took delivery of a procedures crew trainer (PCT) simulator as part of the Aurora incremental modernization project.
It is a state-of-the-art flight simulator representing CP-140M Aurora Block III capability. The PCT simulates everything from a full-crew complement to a part-task trainer configuration using any combination of the six available aircrew stations.
All aircraft sensors are reproduced through high-fidelity simulation, allowing crew members to experience the same functionality they experience when flying in the aircraft itself.
Interaction with the onboard data management system is accomplished through the same programmable entry panel used on the aircraft. The manipulation of hardware systems located at the crew stations is accomplished via large touch-screen monitors that replicate each individual station.
Capt Max Senecal of 407 Long-Range Patrol Squadron trains on the CP-140M Aurora flight simulator in 7 Hanger at 19 Wing Comox, B.C., on Nov. 16, 2015. Cpl Nathan Spence Photo
The PCT is controlled at three instructor consoles operated by a cadre of highly qualified and experienced aircrew. Every facet of the Aurora mission set can be simulated, from dynamic anti-submarine warfare scenarios to complex identification, surveillance and reconnaissance missions similar to those being conducted on Operation Impact.
The PCT operators work from scripted exercises that simulate real-world missions, exposing crews to any situation they could conceivably encounter while flying.
When it’s not being used in the crew construct, the PCT can be configured to offer individual training in the form of part-task-trainers. These mini-scenarios are highly focused exercises used to advance individuals’ on-the-job training programs to allow them to progress within their respective occupations or trades.
Squadron groundcrew will also benefit from the PCT because they can use the simulator to gain a greater understanding of the operational aspects of the equipment they maintain. This exposure will assist them in troubleshooting problems they may encounter, and will result in greater efficiencies within the maintenance organization.
Three PCTs and one operational mission simulator have been delivered to the CP-140 fleet. Two PCTs and the operational mission simulator are located at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and one PCT is located at 19 Wing Comox. 407 Long-Range Patrol Squadron personnel can now take advantage of modern technology through in-house simulation to help them maintain the high level of proficiency required and expected of them when they are carrying out missions.