Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. (Pinnacle) was awarded the U.S. Air Force Simulator Lateral Axis Motion (SLAM) Engineering Change Proposal under the KC-10 Training Systems contract. The company has also been tasked with relocating multiple KC-10 simulators.

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The Pinnacle Team comprised of Pinnacle as the prime with two subcontractors, CAE USA and Acceleration Worx (AWx) from Belgium, and will provide the U.S. Air Force with Acceleration Worx’ (AWx) Lateral maneuvering motion (Lm2) software, will license the Lm2 software and integrate it with the KC-10 Weapon System Trainers’ hydraulic motion systems at Travis Air Force Base, California, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL), New Jersey.

The Lm2 is software that can be fitted to any full-motion simulator and modifies the conventional lateral accelerations applied by six-axis motion systems. It results in better handling fidelity on the ground and in the air and thereby increases the transfer of manual flight training and reduces the trigger of motion sickness.

Over the next eight months, the Pinnacle Team will work  to implement the motion cueing algorithms that enhance the motion cues associated with rudder movement during takeoff and landing training events.

Under the KC-10 Training System (TS) contract awarded to Pinnacle in 2015, the U.S. Air Force recently issued two additional Engineering Change Proposals that support the Air Force’s continued transition from the KC-10 to the KC-46.  The first of the two additional Engineering Change Proposals supports the decommission (i.e. dismantle, pack,, relocation, and storage) of the KC-10 Weapon System Trainer (WST) and Boom Operator Trainer (BOT) on JBMDL. The second supports the recommission (i.e. installation, testing, and engineering services) of those previously decommissioned devices in their new locations as part of new site activation. 

The KC-10 WST (in the photo) has been moved to an off base facility in New Jersey, while the BOT will be moved to another building located on the JBMDL base later this year. Pinnacle is subcontracting to Quadrant Simulation Systems, Inc. for the packing and relocation of these devices, while all the recommission activities are being performed by Pinnacle’s KC-10 simulator team in conjunction with the KC-10 Training System Support Center (TSSC) in Fairfield, California.

Student throughput at JBMDL will remain at full schedule capacity and not have to be reduced to account for the two devices being temporarily unavailable.  The remaining devices at the KC-10 TS JBMDL training facility - Weapon Systems Trainer, Flight Training Devices (FTD), and Boom Operator Trainer – are still running at 99% capacity on any given day, satisfying the U.S. Air Force training requirements.