SEA’s DECKsim is attracting increasing international interest
Cohort company SEA was invited to outline the latest developments in portable training options for Flight Deck Officers (FDO) at a meeting of the Maritime International Training Support Group (MITSG), to be held as a precursor to I/ITSEC 2017 next week.
The MITSG is a “working group” made up of friendly governments focused on effective and efficient military training that incorporates proven training methods and technologies. Its primary goal is to promote collaborative working relationships that will result in the development of effective training technologies based on sound human performance principles. All participants collectively discuss and exchange information on emerging technologies and their application within training and performance support.
The SEA DECKsim system, already used to train FDOs in the Royal Norwegian Navy, UK Royal Navy and most recently the Royal Australian Navy, replicates flight decks and land-based airfield environments for training FDOs in aircraft handling procedures, in single spot or multi-spot operations. Latest iterations integrate state-of-the-art Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies into the system, with the VR option offering a portable solution, ideal for on board refresher training and re-qualification.
The Royal Norwegian Navy, who have used DECKsim for the past eight years, are among the users now looking to upgrade the capability by incorporating the latest VR and AR technology.
SEA Business Development Executive Andy McGowan says the invitation to present to the MITSG underlines the company’s position as the leading supplier of flight deck training technology: “We are continually developing DECKsim and integrating the latest VR and AR technology has enhanced its standing as a comprehensive and cost-effective training system that delivers considerable benefit.”
Designed to keep instructor ‘simulator driving’ workload to a minimum, the DECKsim trainer environment enables firm focus on the procedural and cognitive skills transfer aspects of every training session. Each DECKsim training session is easily configurable by an instructor to incorporate any desired combination of airfield and ship decks, aircraft, aircraft circuit waypoints and standard or emergency procedures.
DECKsim can be configured to interface with existing full motion simulators, offering the potential for collective training interactions with real student pilots. Additional training realism can be incorporated using emulations of airfield and flight deck equipment where interactions benefit training, for example; by giving the student control of simulated flight, deck lights and indicators or the use of communications equipment.
DECKsim can be provided in a variety of hardware configurations, including a 2-man portable version and several display variants.
Options also include gesture recognition to further reduce instructor workload. The result is a comprehensive and cost-effective training system that delivers considerable safety benefits, by allowing student skill levels to be developed to near-operational standards in advanced of exposure to live aircraft.