FlightSafety International and Global Simulation Incorporated won a contract to provide 10 Mixed Reality Training Systems for the T-38C program.

The new training systems will be installed early in 2019 at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, home to the 80th Flying Training Wing  and the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) Program, with training expected to begin in March. The systems will support ENJJPT and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF), which will offer Air Education and Training Command (AETC) its first mixed-reality flight-training system.

The mixed reality experience is delivered through a headset integrated with FlightSafety’s VITAL 1100 Visual System that offers the same high-fidelity virtual environment used in the Air Force’s existing T-38C Talon and T-6 Texan II and numerous other U.S. Air Force flight training devices. This new system lets the user see and interact with a virtual cockpit, checklists and notes within a specific flight environment. It offers customized flight controls for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft and is comprised of Commercial-off-the-shelf components. It includes a high-resolution pass-thru camera that lets pilots interact with a real-world environment. The FlightSafety VITAL 1100 image generator can present an extensive variety of existing visual databases or those provided by the operator. The system is easily transportable and can be operated without an internet connection.