Helicopter Operations Aircrew/Crew Chief Trainer

Period of Performance: 12/03/2003 - 06/03/2004


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Pathfinder Systems, Inc.
200 Union Blvd., Suite 300
Lakewood, CO 80228
Principal Investigator


An innovative combination of low-cost desktop simulator technology, display and motion platform technology provides a training simulator for aircrew and crew chiefs for the MH-60S Multi-Mission Helicopter. The approach proposed is extensible and modular, and is modifiable for other rotorcraft aircrews and crew chiefs with similar mission requirements. The system provides training for all crewmen in various operations, including door gunner target engagement, SAR operations including swimmer deployment and recovery, hoist operations and malfunctions, night search aided and unaided, mine and Doppler operations, as well as aircraft emergencies such as fires and hydraulic leaks. It provides interactions with pilots with computer-generated flight crew audio communications, and a computer-generated visual environment compatible with out-of-door views of the various operations.