The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has announced the delivery of the first Aircrew Procedures Trainer (APT) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan. 

The new system was delivered by Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges programme office (PMA-205) to MCAS Iwakuni-based Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125.

APT is the first device that will be integrated into a forward deployed navy unit, assigned under the VAW community.

This also marks the culmination of all the scheduled pilot training systems deliveries for the service’s deployed aircrew.

Developed to provide realistic and high-fidelity simulator training, the APT device allows pilots to undertake basic flight operations, emergency missions, navigation, crew resource management, instrument procedures and carrier familiarisation tasks.

It reduces overall training time and risk by offering safe simulated environment to the pilots for practicing honing their skillsets that can later be implemented during missions.

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PMA-205 programme manager captain Kevin McGee said: “The delivery of this training device to VAW-125 will revolutionise the way navy forward-deployed forces train and enable them to win the high-end fight.”

According to NAVAIR, the Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing approved APT development for Iwakuni-based squadron, around a month after signing the initial deal for procuring this system for Norfolk, Virginia.

Following this, the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division worked in close coordination with industry partners to manufacture a training solution to address the urgent needs of the future and existing fleet.

PMA-205 E-2 training systems team lead Dave Adams said: “As with many contracting actions, there were complications and challenges that had to be overcome for this device to be delivered, but with strong partnerships among all stakeholders this new high-fidelity trainer will help maintain highest standards of readiness to meet Carrier Air Wing goals.”