The RAAF is closer to commencing Super Hornet maintenance training in Australia with the delivery of a Visual Environment Maintenance Trainer to the aircraft’s home base at RAAF Amberley.
The trainer is a Super Hornet cockpit simulator which provides maintenance students with touch screens on which to perform representative diagnostics and functional checks, and will be one of a number of high fidelity training devices the RAAF will use for Super Hornet maintenance training.
“The cockpit simulator provides students with the opportunity to work on complex maintenance issues without actually being in a real aircraft,” Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, Greg Combet said in a statement. “This high tech problem solving can be monitored by an instructor who can bring up teaching points as the student works toward finding a fault.”
At present, RAAF maintenance trainers from 78 and 82WGs are being instructed at the USN’s main west coast base, NAS Lemoore in California, and will commence the training of squadron maintenance staff at Amberley in January in preparation for the first four of 24 aircraft arriving in late March.