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Air force refines training programs for UAV operators. With growing numbers of Predator and Global Hawk unmanned aircraft expected to enter service in the years ahead, the U. S. Air Force is. solidifying plans to train operators and support crews. For the Predator now armed with Hellfire missiles, the Air Force. Predator pilots from fighter- bomber cockpits.
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Formal training for the unarmed Global Hawk has just begun with. Meanwhile, the Army.
Navy, and Marine Corps continue to entrust their tactical UAVs to. The different UAV "schoolhouses" also are revising their. UAV training. Both the Global Hawk high- altitude endurance UAV and the Predator. UAV are overseen by the Air Force Air Combat.
Command. The piston- engined Predator requires a pilot and sensor. Within the Predator ground control station, the pilot works a. That 1 G. cockpit is parked on the ground with full connectivity to any. Lt. Col. Erie: Mathewson, UAV.
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ACC Headquarters in Langley Air Force Base, Va. Your situational awareness is oftentimes better than it would be.
Predator pilot and sensor operator stations have identical. Two stacked television screens show the view from the. Above the camera. UAV. Besides the pilot's- eye view on the video displays, two. The. Air Force is evaluating a head- up display. With flights lasting 1. Predator mission.
The way we. plan, brief and execute is what you'd find in a manned. Mathewson. "We have a persistent aircraft. We also have a tactically. Rapidly changing orders and intelligence from multiple ground and. UAV crews. The 1.
Reconnaissance Squadron at Indian Springs Air Force. Auxiliary Field, near Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., started formal Global.
Hawk training classes in August 1. The squadron became a dedicated. RSs. "All new Predator people come through here and get dispersed,". RS chief of standardization evaluation Capt. Richard. Pilots and sensor operators attend concurrent. When we can, we meld them together in a class and pair them. Trzaskoma. Predator pilot candidates.
UAV at least one tour on a major Air Force weapons system. Sensor. operators are generally young intelligence specialists who come straight. Air Force schools. The Air Force, nevertheless, is moving toward.
UAV. The Predator crew must plan missions before launch, and share. Enroute, the. fixed and slewable cameras of" the Predator enable the pilot to. In target areas. the operators rely on the L3 Wescam electro- optical payload and Northrop. Grumman tactical endurance synthetic aperture radar. Below 5. 00 feet in. The Predator schoolhouse now has a menu task trainer enabling.
Funds have been. allocated for a more capable simulator, but a contractor has yet to be. Pilot classes at the 1.
RS so far have been filled from all Air. Force cockpits, and a tour on unmanned air vehicles is becoming more. It used to be. people were dragged in here fighting and kicking," observes. Trzaskoma. "Now we're seeing people ask to come here.". The student pilot mix is now around 8. However. with the Predator now able to fire weapons, as well as designate targets.
Air Force intends to draw all future. Predator pilots from fighter- bombers.
Trzaskoma notes, "We started. With the MQ- 1, we just.
Armed UAV capability has expanded Predator training. The pilot. syllabus now provides 2. The initial training phase covers takeoff. A successful check- ride half way through. Subsequent. phases cover reconnaissance, surface attack tactics, and strike. While CAE USA provides civilian instructors for most classroom work.
Air Force instructors and. The. glider- like Predator is sensitive to wind gusts and thermals on landing. RQ- 1s have. been lost in refining accidents in more than a year. The Air Force plans two more Predator squadrons, so the 1. RS. anticipates training more students despite the more efficient use of UAV. Predator deployments originally packaged 5. In 2. 00. 2, however, the Air Force began to fly and control.
Predators flora different locations. With centralized control and crews. Despite its successes, the Predator has yet to be classified a. Air Force specialty code for pilots. Graduates of the 1.
RS still are classed as general pilots and expect. UAV tour. According to Trazskoma, "The handshake deal with the Air Force is, as a pilot.
The UAV community. A few people have extended their. Predator," says Trazskoma. That used to not. Though first production aircraft have been delivered only recently. Global Hawk already has gone to war. Test aircraft were deployed in.
Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The first ACC crews began. Global Hawk in March 2. Early training was conducted by Northrop Grumman instructors. A new. formal training syllabus taught by the 1. RS at Beale Air Force Base.
Calif., started in November, and draws on operational experience from. Afghanistan and Iraq, and on the input of Air Force instructors. The course is still under development. We don't have a. final program yet," says Col. Tom Tibideau, the deputy for the. Global Hawk systems management organization at ACC headquarters.
It looks to be about six months start to finish, including mission. Actual flight time is spread over eight to 1.
With. missions up to 3. The Global Hawk is operated by a pilot and sensor operator.
It. takes off, flies a programmed route and lands with only keyboard. The crew- station computer displays are formatted much like. Once the mission is underway, automated emergency returns can be. The pilot need only pick a. Tibideau learned to fly the big UAV program after 3,5.
UH- 1 Huey helicopters. It's completely different.
You have to be able to visualize what the airplane is doing to. The ground station has separate launch and- recover and mission. The "reach- back". UAV system allows a Global Hawk launched from a. The launch- and- recover pilot initiates the automated takeoff and. Once the airplane is up. Tibideau. The mission control crew.
About two hours before. In a. typical 2. 4- hour mission, four to six crews will occupy the mission. A single launch and recovery clement crew handles. Though the production version of Global Hawk has a forward- looking. We're looking at. The pilot has to visualize the three. That's where the piloting skills come in,".
Tibideau. To be sure they have the necessary air- sense, all Global. Hawk pilots must have military or FAA instrument flight ratings.
The hard part with this airplane is trying to keep ahead of it. You've have to stay ahead of it, instead of reacting to it.".
Despite the highly automated pilot interface, the Global Hawk. One of the. hardest things for pilots to learn is the communications link. We have up to five links available from satellites to line. Tibideau notes. "Knowing when to use what link, and. The 1. 2th RS recently received a Global Hawk part task trainer.
Northrop Grumman is under contract to provide an emergency procedures. Sensor operators have no dedicated training device, but desktop. The contractor has offered the Air Force a full mission simulator. The quest is you never fly the.
Ed Walby, the company's. Global Hawk business development. What we proposed is a.
We should be able to get to a point, as the aircrew. The proposed training device will be able to take part in networked.
JSTARS (joint surveillance and target acquisition radar system) aircraft or strike package crews located around the United. States. Northrop Grumman says the simulator could be ready in two years. The Global Hawk has a range of 1. Crews rotate on four- to six- hour shifts. Current plans. call for 5. UAVs and 1. 0 ground control segments with. Air Force aircraft.
While assignment schedules have yet to be finalized, pilots coming to. Global Hawk from other systems are expected to return to flying.