18 December 2014
Stirling Dynamics is delighted that the F-35 Lightning II Training System has been honoured with a top award from the National Training and Simulation Association.
The 2014 Modelling and Simulation award recognised the US Air force’s 33rd Fighter Wing, the F-35 Joint Program Office and Stirling’s customer, Lockheed Martin, for “delivering an effective, immersive training experience for F-35 pilots and maintainers”. The award is a particularly proud moment for Stirling, as we supply the pilot hand controls for the F-35 Lightening II Training System. The hand controls are identical to the flight units, providing form, fit and function replicas of the flight worthy controllers resulting in exact “look and feel” replicas of the “real deal” actual flight hardware.
Unique to the F-35, the majority of pilot and maintainer qualification is accomplished through simulation for efficient mission readiness.
“F-35 pilots and maintainers prepare with a revolutionary training system,” said Col. Todd Canterbury, Commander, U.S. Air Force, 33rd Fighter Wing. “We train like we fight to provide the foundation that the United States and our international partners require to take the F-35 into initial operations.”
“The comprehensive training technology suite delivers the experiences that enable F-35 teams to maximize the aircraft’s sensor information and stealth,” said Mary Ann Horter, vice president of F-35 Sustainment Support at Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training business. “Flexibility is fundamental to the design, providing the ability to accommodate the three aircraft variants and all F-35 services.”
On the award, Stirling’s Control Technologies Business Manager, Ross Mansfield commented: “I would personally like to congratulate the F-35 training system team on this selection; for the team to receive this level of recognition is well deserved and we are immensely proud to be involved in this program.”
Formal training began in 2013 at the F-35 Lightning II Integrated Training Center located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. To date, more than 140 pilots and 1,500 maintainers for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, the U.K. and the Netherlands have graduated from the F-35 Training System.