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Flight School XXI Students Surpass 150,000 Hours in Simulators Built by L-3 Link



ARLINGTON, Texas, February 6, 2013 – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that the Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) and Reconfigurable Collective Training Devices (RCTDs) it owns and operates in support of the U.S. Army’s Flight School XXI program have surpassed 150,000 hours of aircrew training.

To date, L-3 Link has fielded 31 rotary-wing training devices that support aircrew training at Flight School XXI’s Warrior Hall in Daleville, Ala., and the Aviation Warfighting Simulation Center (AWSC) at Fort Rucker, Ala. Later this year, following accreditation testing, four additional OFTs will begin to support aircrew training at Warrior Hall. CSC is the program’s prime contractor and lead system integrator.

“The countdown on this milestone began in 2005 when L-3 Link’s initial five RCTDs received accreditation and were used to begin training crews,” said Gary Coleman, L-3 Link’s vice president for Army programs. “Since then, L-3 Link’s Flight School XXI training devices have been operating at 99.5 percent availability, supporting the program’s primary goal to produce aviators who are ready to conduct unit-level missions upon graduation.”

The OFTs currently at Warrior Hall are used to build basic flying skills and enable aircrews to learn how to fly the aircraft they will pilot when they report to their first duty station. These state-of-the-art simulators move on a six degree-of-freedom electric motion base system and display out-the-window computer-generated imagery through chin windows and across a 200-degree horizontal x 45-degree vertical field-of-view. The OFTs in Warrior Hall simulate UH-60A/L, UH-60M, CH-47D, CH-47F and OH-58D platforms.

Eighteen RCTDs, all installed at AWSC, enable the Army to train multiple crews and leaders in collective exercise scenarios. Aircrews view out-the-window imagery through a helmet-mounted visual display system that provides crew members with a 360-degree field-of-regard. L-3 Link’s SimuViewä personal computer provides both out-the-window visual and simulator cockpit sensor imagery. Each RCTD can be rapidly reconfigured to support simulated training in the UH-60A/L, CH-47D, OH-58D, AH-64A and AH-64D aircraft.

Simulated intelligent, semi-automated forces, also supplied by L-3 Link, represent both friendly and opposing combatants and serve as the backbone within this highly competitive, simulated warfighting environment. The semi-automated forces bring the number of mission participants up to levels required for realistic training.

Flight School XXI annually trains 1,200 new student pilots that have no previous flight experience to become combat mission aviators. In addition, on an annual basis, the schoolhouse trains 1,600 rated U.S. Army aviators in an aircraft other than the one they are currently flying.

L-3 Link Simulation & Training is a world leader in providing total training solutions for operators and maintainers across a wide range of military and civil aircraft platforms. L-3 Link’s innovative solutions provide a full spectrum of state-of-the-art training technologies, including high-fidelity immersive simulations, as well as distributed academic and interactive courseware. The company has delivered military and civil training systems to customer locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. L-3 Link is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, with key bases of operation in Binghamton, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Crawley, U.K. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.link.com.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2012 sales of $13.1 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.

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