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RAAF Base Richmond has commis-
sioned a new simulator designed to train
Hercules crews for threats they may
face on operations, particularly in the
The Hercules Observer Trainer
(HOT) simulates the view from the
C-130's paradoor window in the rear
cargo compartment, and assists loadmas-
ters in looking for threats to the aircraft.
Air Force accepted the $1 million
simulator on June 29.
Commander Air Lift Group
AIRCDRE Gary Martin said loadmas-
ters played an important role in detect-
ing threats to the aircraft during critical
phases of the flight.
"The loadmaster's primary role is to
ensure the safety of all cargo and pas-
sengers transported on an aircraft, but
they also perform a critical observer role
while on operations," he said.
"The pilots rely on the loadmaster as
an extra set of eyes to detect any threats
to the aircraft, or suspicious activity
which needs to be avoided."
Previously, training loadmasters in
this observer role relied on imagination
and good briefing notes by instructors.
Now, the HOT will allow loadmas-
ters to put this training into practice. It
provides, a simulated view outside the
aircraft into which an instructor can pro-
gram a range of threats.
The system has been purchased from
the Canadian Commercial Corporation
through the commercial supplier
Bluedrop Performance Learning after it
was developed by Defence Research and
Development Canada for that country's
Hercules crews. Now, instructors from
CAE Australia, which is contracted to
provide C-130 aircrew training support
at Richmond, will use the system to
train loadmasters before they deploy to
CHECKING FOR THREATS: 37SQN
loadmaster WOFF Paul Linehan
peers through a paradoor mock-up
as SQNLDR Daniel Rich and CAE's
George Kollios operate 37SQN's new
Hercules Observer Trainer.
Photo: LAC David Said
New simulator will help increase Herc vigilance
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