Bell Boeing delivers two MV-22 simulators to HMX-1 presidential airlift squadron
The Bell Helicopter and Boeing V-22 team has delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1, which is the US Marine Corps' presidential support squadron.
The simulators will enable marine aviators to enhance their skills for more efficient operation of the aircraft, which is used for critical and highly visible transport missions.
Marine captain Dustin Pratico said: "Like all [US] Marine Corps MV-22B squadrons, HMX-1 uses training devices to replicate the flight environment for training purposes.
"These devices allow aviators to hone their skills by practising standard flight manoeuvres and procedures with an operating cost much lower than that of actual aircraft."
Boeing Tactical Training Systems director Randy Deidrick said: "HMX-1 marine pilots have a very important mission and this state-of-the-art training device supports the development of skills and knowledge needed to operate the MV-22 Osprey safely and effectively."
V-22 maintenance training devices are also being modernised with specific training aids such as electronics, power plant and emergency egress systems, which will reflect the latest configuration.
Currently deployed at the squadron's Marine Air Facility Quantico in Virginia, US, the system will allow crews to train without having to operate their actual V-22s, thereby minimising fuel consumption and wear and tear.
The HMX-1 received its first V-22 from Bell Boeing in March 2013 and currently operates 12 Ospreys.
The aircraft plays a key role in transporting presidential material, support personnel passengers and members of the media.