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Wedgetail simulator receives top-level accreditation

17 July 2008

Zero flight time (Level 5) status is the highest level of accreditation under Australian standards. It allows experienced pilots to undertake training, including tactical training, using a high-quality flight simulator instead of an actual aircraft.

The award follows an engineering upgrade by Thales Australia, which transformed a platform based on the Boeing 737-700 NG (Next Generation) into one tailored to the Wedgetail's specific requirements.

The project was completed on time and on budget.

As part of the process, Boeing's Wedgetail test pilot, Regis Hancock, flew in from Seattle to confirm the simulator's accuracy. And in its final report, Simulinc praised Thales for the OFT's high standard and its readiness for accreditation, adding that testing went well and quickly.

The OFT is situated at the AEW&C support centre at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, NSW.

The AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Control) Wedgetail aircraft is being procured by the Commonwealth from Boeing to provide surveillance, air defence, fleet support and force coordination. It features state-of-the-art avionics, navigation and flight deck.

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