On 12 July, Keith Hertzenberg, a
and friend from the distant HSA and McAir days, came back to Kingston
35 years after his first visit. Then he was a solo liaison engineer
from St Louis, but now is Boeing's Vice President Training Systems and
Services with 2500 people working for him at 28 locations in 7
countries. Keith took his audience, many of whom had known him in the
old days, on a tour of his domain, concentrating on the UK activities.
The three main activities are: Aviation Training International (ATI)
teamed with Westlands, Military Flying Training Systems
and Military Training through Distributed Simulators (MTDS) with
QuinetiQ, the current manifestation of the RAE.
ATI provides training for all UK Army Apache helicopter air crew,
ground crew and maintenance personnel on a 30 year contract with the
MoD, and is headquartered at Sherborne in Dorset with the pilots'
school at Middle Wallop. There are 125 ex-army instructors and
equipment includes a Full Mission Simulator (FMS) and 3 Field
Deployable Simulators (FDS).
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The FMS has twin 17 ft domes with full
motion, high fidelity outside world display and cockpits housing the
pilot, co-pilot and gunner. The FDS has the same cockpit but in 8 ft
domes without motion. The FMS and FDSs can be remotely linked so they
can be 'flown' together. Also available are Multi Purpose Display (MPD)
trainers with operational menus, and part task and multi-purpose
currently in competition to be the Training System Partner for the UK
MFTS. This would be a 25 year contract for industry to provide all
ab-initio flying training for the RAF, the RN and the Army. The Hawk
128 will be the fast jet trainer. The competitors are Ascent
(Lockheed-Martin with Vosper-Thorneycroft), Sterling (Thales with
Boeing) and Vector (Bombardier with Lear Siegler).
The UK MTDS mission training programme capability concept demonstration
phase has been won by Boeing with QuinetiQ and is running at RAF
Waddington. The full programme phase will also go out to competition.
Keith also described the USAF system which is operational world-wide
with simulators at various locations in the USA and at overseas bases.
However, all can be linked via satellite so that 'pilots' in, say,
F-18s in the USA can fly combat with F-15s in Germany and AV-8Bs in
Japan thus leading to great operating economies.
Keith's lecture was very detailed and it has been possible only to give
a flavour of the fascinating systems he described. Clearly, with fewer
and fewer military aircraft lasting longer and longer it makes very
good business sense for aerospace companies to compete in this training