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Quantum3D was awarded a contract by Conair Group Inc. to design, build, and deliver five networked flight training devices (FTDs) for the world’s first aerial firefighting training and tactics centre in Abbotsford, B.C. In addition, Quantum3D will be working with aerial firefighting subject matter experts from Conair to jointly develop advanced wildfire simulation software and training scenarios to improve the efficiency and safety of aerial firefighting.
Partnering with Aerx Labs for the reconfigurable cockpits, Q4 Services for the visual displays, and DBox for the three-axis motion platforms, Quantum3D has assembled an experienced and established team to provide cost-effective and proven components for the flight simulators.
The five integrated training devices are being designed to be reconfigurable to simulate the cockpit and flight dynamics for eight different aircraft platforms performing different roles in an aerial firefighting mission. Each of these reconfigurable FTD’s will be able to perform individual or joint training encompassing different aircraft platforms and scenarios.
“Quantum3D will also emphasize the coordination and interaction of multiple elements in the execution of a mission,” said Mark Matthews, president, Quantum3D.
In addition, the custom wildfire simulation software being developed will not only be simulating the ground fire and effects of the aerial retardant being applied by the trainees, but will also be simulating the dynamic and dangerous environmental changes created by the fire that pilots may encounter.
“We are excited to be working with Quantum3D to develop a mission training system in which our pilots can practice aerial firefighting tactics, techniques and procedures in a safe and risk-free environment,” said Mark Baird of Conair. “Our goal with the integrated simulators is to mitigate the risks and produce the best-trained and most effective aerial firefighting pilots in the world. This technology is a quantum leap in training for our industry and the scenarios that we train to will save lives.”
“This is a unique challenge to build five new simulators with eight different aircraft configurations and have them available for training before the next fire season begins,” said Mark Matthews, president, Quantum3D. “Quantum3D is proud to be part of the effort to create the first ever aerial firefighting training centre.”