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MetaVR Visuals in Army National Guard UH-72A Lakota Synthetic Flight Training Systems

In early spring 2015, MetaVR delivered 48 Virtual Reality Scene Generator™ (VRSG™) licenses to Fidelity Flight Simulation, Inc. (F2Si) for the production of eight UH-72A Lakota Synthetic Flight Training Systems (SFTS) for the Army National Guard (ARNG). Last fall, the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) awarded F2Si the contract to build the eight UH-72A Lakota SFTS Trainers and deliver them to the Eastern and Western regional Army Aviation Training Sites (EAATS and WAATS), starting in 2016.

MetaVR VRSG real-time screen capture of a UH-72A MEP entity in flight over virtual Muir Army Airfield.
MetaVR VRSG real-time screen capture of a UH-72A MEP entity in flight over virtual Muir Army Airfield.

Each mobile UH-72A SFTS is comprised of a 53’ self-contained tractor trailer, provided by Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, which houses the UH-72A flight training device (FTD). The two-seat cockpit FTD will use six VRSG licenses; four for out-the-window views and two for sensor views. The training simulator will feature a collapsible partial (220° x 60°) fabric dome display provided by Immersive Display Solutions.

The UH-72A FTD, which will exceed FAA Level 6 Flight Training Device equivalent, will support institutional, organizational, and sustainment training for Active Component and Reserve Component aviation units. The trailer will provide the ability for the training system to move about within a given region monthly to enable aviation units to train and sustain the performance of selected critical tasks. It will also enable UH-72A qualified aviators to maintain proficiency in high-risk tasks.

The UH-72A Lakota is a multi-mission aircraft used for domestic missions ranging from emergency response to border security surveillance and support. The aircraft can provide critical support to ground personnel during high risk operations.

Pilot trainees on the UH-72A FTD will learn how to fly, maintain, and land the aircraft. The use of on-board equipment, such as the sensor views and spotlight, will also be covered. For example, during an air security training operation, a trainee might use the simulated sensor views to monitor the ground movement of a vehicle or person of interest in a given area. Other task training operations will include how to avoid hazards such as trees or powerlines while landing the aircraft, how to land during fog conditions, and how to land the UH-72A at an airport.

MetaVR VRSG real-time screen capture of UH-72A MEP entities at virtual Muir Army Airfield. All models in the scene are from MetaVR's 3D content libraries.
VRSG real-time screen capture of UH-72A MEP entities at virtual Muir Army Airfield

As part of the VRSG sale, MetaVR is building 3D terrain of 16 U.S. military and commercial airfields within regions the training systems will be located. The virtual airfields are compiled with imagery ranging from 15-30 cm per pixel resolution, coupled with NED 1/9 (3M) elevation data. Each will have one or more runway models, a geospecific control tower model, runway lights and signage, and geolocated geotypical models ranging from, hangars, offices, storage facilities, and other structures in the area of interest. The modeled runways use a custom digital elevation model (DEM) to provide greater than 95% accuracy for runway elevations to match FAA charts. The virtual airfields are built with MetaVR Terrain Tools for Esri® ArcGIS®. In addition, VRSG Scenario Editor is used for placing persistent cultural features on the terrain.

MetaVR has also built a high-fidelity real-time UH-72A MEP (mission equipment package) model, which includes such features as the aircraft's MX-15i EO/IR sensor system, search light, and hoist.

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