Culdrose Air Day 2010 gave Ascent and our UKMFTS partners an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our progress for Rear Crew Stage 1 Crew I (RC1). Cobham presented our many visitors from the military, current and prospective students and industry with the student console designs and CAE, under contract to Lockheed martin GTL, demonstrated the features and performance of the Tactical Mission trainer.
The programme is progressing well with some major milestones recently being achieved. Current plans indicate project delivery timescales will be met to fulfil a ‘Ready For Training Use’ requirement commencing in March 2011 that will facilitate the commencement of instructor training, prior to the student training later in the year.
Infrastructure build is nearing completion at RAF Barkston Heath and RNAS Culdrose which means that new equipment, including ICT and Ground Based Training Equipment, can be moved into the buildings; an example of this is the installation of the Desk Top Drainers at RAF Barkston Heath.
On the aircraft front, Cobham Aviation are currently conducting ground tests on the new King Air 350 ER that will be the platform for RN Observer training at RNAS Culdrose.
Training design and courseware production is continuing and confidence is high in meeting the required dates and standards of quality in readiness for the provision of flying training. An update will be given to the RN on the 19 October.
From a personnel perspective, members of the Rear Crew team have been kept busy in many areas on the run-up to the culmination of the delivery stage, not least witnessing a Test Readiness Review and Factory Acceptance Test for the Mission Planning System in Orlando, Florida.
Ultimately, the programme is advancing apace with all forecast milestones firmly in sight, a high expectation of meeting them and the success continuing into the provision of flying training for RN Observers in 2011.
Posted on: 09/08/10