UI, Rockwell Collins Collaborate in Virtual Flight Exercises
University of Iowa News Release
Linking the virtual world to the real world was the objective of a series of December 2009 flight training exercises conducted by researchers from the University of Iowa, the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division based in Orlando, FL, and Rockwell Collins Inc. of Cedar Rapids.
Led by Rockwell Collins, the exercises demonstrated the success of Rockwell's "Train Like You Fight" training scenarios -- including a virtual battle space near Solvang, Calif. -- by creating a flight team composed of members in different locations:
--A live Aero L-29 jet trainer, piloted by the UI Operator Performance Lab (OPL) in Iowa.
--An F/A-18 simulator, serving as wingman and piloted from the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla.
--A Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) in the Rockwell Collins booth at I/ITSEC.
The Aero L-29 pilot, while physically located in Iowa, flew with visual reference to the same California virtual environment seen by the Orlando-based wingman and the JTAC.
According to Tom Schnell, UI College of Engineering associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and OPL director, the exercises demonstrate research that will improve flight training and possibly lead to significant cost reductions.