Posted by Courtney Howard
ARLINGTON, Texas, 19 Dec. 2009. L-3 Link Simulation & Training won a one-year $11.2 million contract option to provide support for the U.S. Navy's E-6B Aircrew Training System (ATS). Additional annual contract options could extend L-3 Link's flight crew training support through 2015.
L-3 Link won three consecutive competitions since 1993 to serve as prime contractor on the program.
L-3 Link is providing E-6B TACAMO pilots, navigators, and flight engineers with instructor-led, computer-based simulator training. In addition to maintaining legacy instructional courseware, L-3 Link operates and maintains all program training devices.
"In recent years, we delivered a new FAA Level D equivalent E-6B Operational Flight Trainer that enabled key training events to be transitioned from the aircraft to the simulator, in the process saving the U.S. Navy wear and tear associated with flight operations to support in-flight training," says David Williams, L-3 Link's vice president of Training Services. "We also made other significant modifications to the program's training devices in recent years allowing TACAMO aircrews to undergo training that prepares them to support this platform's important airborne command post and communications center mission."
Both academic and simulator aircrew instruction delivered by L-3 Link supports initial qualification, instructor upgrade, refresher, re-qualification, instrument ground school, and crew resource management training.
The E-6B ATS schoolhouse is located at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. and the FAA Level D equivalent E-6B Operational Flight Trainer is housed in an adjacent L-3 Link facility.
L-3 Link Simulation and Training, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, is a systems integration organization that delivers and supports training systems and equipment to enhance operational proficiency.
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