US Navy Delivers First Aircrew Procedures Trainer to Carrier Pilots in Japan
The US Navy has delivered the first aircrew procedures trainer (APT) to the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan.
The capability was handed over by the Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office (PMA-205) to the Iwakuni-based Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW-125).
Sustaining Naval Pilot Skills
The APT provides US Navy carrier pilots with high-fidelity, realistic simulations in basic flight operations, emergency scenarios, navigation, tactics, instrument crew resource management, and related carrier familiarization.
The platform reduces aircrew risk and training timelines while practicing in a safe environment.
Furthermore, it exercises muscle memory necessary for real-world missions.
“The delivery of this training device to VAW-125 will revolutionize the way Navy forward-deployed forces train and enable them to win the high-end fight,” PMA-205 Program Manager Capt. Kevin McGee stated.
“The team put in significant effort to deliver this capability and ensure our forward-deployed forces are well equipped to maintain and improve their skills, even when deployed.”
‘Highest Standards’ for Carrier Air Wing
According to the US Navy, the delivery was approved by the Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing within a month of the device’s initial procurement for naval pilots in Norfolk, Virginia.
The approval was immediately followed by a manufacturing phase led by the Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division to meet the requirements of the new delivery location.
“As with many contracting actions, there were complications and challenges that had to be overcome for this device to be delivered, but with strong partnerships among all stakeholders this new high-fidelity trainer will help maintain the highest standards of readiness to meet Carrier Air Wing goals,” PMA-205 Training Systems Team Lead Dave Adams said.