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MetaVR Visuals in the ANG C-130H Multi-Mission Crew Trainer

In October 2014, the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard in Mansfield, OH, took delivery of the first Multi-Mission Crew Trainer (MMCT) built by the Air National Guard's Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The MMCT, which uses MetaVR visuals, is a high-fidelity flight simulator for training a pilot, co-pilot, and flight engineer on the C-130H Hercules. QuantaDyn is designing and performing the integration of seven MMCTs at five Air National Guard sites across the US.

In 2015, the next ANG sites that took delivery of the MMCT were the 103rd Airlift Wing at Bradley Air National Guard Base, Bradley, CT, and 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, MO. Additional ANG sites that are scheduled to take delivery of the MMCT in 2016 are the 120th Airlift Wing, Montana Air National Guard, Great Falls, MT, the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, Savannah, GA, and the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Schenectady, NY.

Multi-Mission Crew Trainer (MMCT) installed at the facilities of the Ohio National Guard, Mansfield, OH. Photo Credits: U.S. Air National Guard Photos by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, 179th Airlift Wing Public Affairs-Released.
The first Multi-Mission Crew Trainer (MMCT) installed at the facilities of the Ohio National Guard, Mansfield, OH. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood\Released)

The MMCT is a full-scale replica of the C-130H2 cockpit, fully populated with 18 touch-screen monitors to replicate the controls and indicators. VRSG provides the out-the-window view, and will soon be providing the simulated radar view, once the inclusion of a navigator station is complete.

U.S. Army General Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, MO in July 2016. The visit included a flight on the MMCT. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bruce Jenkins/released.)
U.S. Army General Frank J. Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, MO, in July 2016. The visit included a flight on the MMCT. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bruce Jenkins/released.)

The MMCT replaces most of the C130H2 cockpit with touchscreen panels. The simulator acts as a FAA Level 6 compliant Flight Training Device (FTD) to support cockpit familiarization training, cockpit procedure training, and more.  The graphics are animated to function as they do in the aircraft, with all switches, knobs, and other controls configurable via touch input. This makes the platform easily reconfigurable and reduces hardware costs significantly across the lifecycle of the device.

179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, OH, simulates the flight of a C-130H Hercules on the new MMCT. Photo Credits: U.S. Air National Guard Photos by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, 179th Airlift Wing Public Affairs-Released.
A member of the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, OH, simulates the flight of a C-130H Hercules on the MMCT.

In simulating a full spectrum of flight operations, the system enables trainees to experience various simulation environments while allowing full instructor oversight and scenario control. The simulator can easily be reconfigured to another C-130 version or another platform.

Click here to watch a news report about the simulator from WMFD, Mansfield, OH.

The 103rd Airlift Wing at Bradley Air National Guard Base posted a video on YouTube of the MMCT simulator in November 2015. Also in November 2015, the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield, Ohio posted a YouTube video of the MMCT simulator.

Touch-screen displays of the MMCT. Photo Credits: U.S. Air National Guard Photos by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, 179th Airlift Wing Public Affairs-Released.

The MMCT will act as a low-cost squadron-level trainer that allows for advanced mission rehearsal, threat awareness training, aircraft system refreshers, emergency procedure and crew resource management training.

The full production run will be for seven C-130H2 MMCT devices, with one system modified for simulating the LC-130. The remaining six systems will be built by the AETC at Randolph Air Force Base, and integrated at five other Air National Guard sites over the next year by QuantaDyn.

Photo Credits:
U.S. Air National Guard Photos by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood, 179th Airlift Wing Public Affairs\Released.

Close-up of the touch-screen displays of the MMCT that mimic the controls of the actual C-130H Hercules aircraft.

 

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