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CAE has installed a Mission Trainer for the Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The new facility is located at the Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI).

It will be used to advance the quality and capability of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) synthetic training.

The Predator Mission Trainer is similar to the one jointly developed by CAE and GA-ASI for the Italian Air Force.

The earlier model can perform “zero flight time” training based on high accuracy simulation of both the flight model and the sensor systems.

The Predator Mission Trainer at FTTC simulates GA-ASI’s Block 30 ground control station for the MQ-9 RPA.

It will be used for mission-specific training as well as for initial qualification and training of aircraft sensor systems.

Flight crews can potentially conduct the entire training course in the simulator without necessarily requiring further tuition on the actual aircraft.

Later this spring, CAE will deliver a second Predator Mission Trainer to GA-ASI’s Gray Butte facility near Palmdale, California.

Gerhard Heiming

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