In­dra de­vel­ops a trainer for the A330 MRTT in­flight re­fu­elling tanker


Air­bus De­fence & Space has en­trusted In­dra, one of the world’s lead­ing global con­sult­ing and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, the de­vel­op­ment of a tac­ti­cal and in­te­grated pro­ce­dures trainer (IPT) for train­ing pi­lots who op­er­ate the A330 MRTT aerial re­fu­el­ing tanker. Sys­tem de­liv­ery is sched­uled for 2019.

With this new project, In­dra strength­ens its lead­er­ship po­si­tion as one of the world’s lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of sim­u­la­tors. The com­pany has sup­plied over 200 sim­u­la­tors to over fifty clients in 23 coun­tries.

The trainer will be a key el­e­ment for pi­lots to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the sys­tems of the A330 MRTT tanker. All of them must pass a manda­tory train­ing pe­riod be­fore as­sum­ing con­trol of the real air­craft, which re­quires the com­ple­tion of a num­ber of flight hours on­board sim­u­la­tors and train­ers. Th­ese types of equip­ment en­able train­ing on pro­to­cols to be ap­plied in anoma­lous sit­u­a­tions which are im­pos­si­ble to re­pro­duce us­ing a real plane, such as en­gine fail­ure, stall of the air­craft, or emer­gency land­ings, for ex­am­ple.

The trainer repli­cates the cock­pit’s in­stru­ment panel with the aid of touch­screens. This re­duce costs, in avoid­ing the need to use real equip­ment, and en­ables pi­lots to learn by ‘putting their hands on the wheel’ of the air­craft from the very be­gin­ning, to move on to ‘fly­ing’ in the Full Flight Sim­u­la­tor dur­ing the fi­nal stage.

This prepa­ra­tion is in­tense and em­i­nently prac­ti­cal. This re­sults in pi­lots’ hav­ing a faster and im­proved train­ing process so that they’re ready to fly an air­craft with max­i­mum safety lev­els as soon as pos­si­ble.

In­dra’s IPT may be con­nected to the Par­tial Train­ing sys­tem (PTT) used by boom op­er­a­tors for re­fu­el­ing the A330 MRTT. This way, pi­lots can train to per­form this com­plex op­er­a­tion in which they must co­or­di­nate with the boom op­er­a­tors and with the crew of the air­craft be­ing re­fu­elled.

In­dra has also de­vel­oped sim­u­la­tors of the Air­bus com­mer­cial air­craft A320 and A330, and of the Air­bus heli­copters H135, H225, H175, H145 and AS350. Its sys­tems fly in coun­tries all over the globe, in­clud­ing among oth­ers the USA, Ger­many, France, United King­dom, Ja­pan, China, Malaysia and Brazil.

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