Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support has tapped the Barco SEER (Small Environment-Enhancing Reality) system for basic flight training in the Pilatus PC-21 Basic Wing Course trainer, based in Australia.
PC-21 trainer craft
Barco’s two SEER mini-domes, designed specifically for flight simulation purposes, each consist of nine LCoS SIM 7 projectors, standardized mechanical structures, and specialized Barco auto-alignment tools.
While eight of the projectors generate the simulated imagery, one projector is used for the HUD (Head Up Display) overlay. Barco’s SIM 7 projector is designed specifically to meet the stringent FAA and JAA requirements for flight training. It offers high resolution, a contrast ratio exceeding 2,000,000:1, and a smearing reduction option that accurately handles fast-moving images.
In addition, the SIM 7 is optimized for multi-channel operation. These features result in a geometrically accurate composite image on the SEER dome’s spherical surface, completely free of color, brightness and overlap disturbances.
Installation and training for the system is taking place at the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Pearce, north of Perth in Western Australia. Barco also delivered flight and navigation displays for the glass cockpit of the single turbo-prop PC-21 aircraft.