The UK MOD Opened a New Chinook Mk 6 Synthetic Training Facility

LONDON, the UK ( – On 21st Novemebr 2018 the UK Defence Ministry opened its new Chinook Mk 6 synthetic training facility at Royal Air Force (RAF) Odiham in Hampshire, the UK, learned

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The Chinook Mk 6 synthetic training facility features two flight deck device simulators – a rear crew device  and a suite of computer based training equipment. With that newly opened facility aircrew will be able to undertake training operations including a medical evacuation or a battlefield resupply in a whole-crew synthetic environment.

The emergency scenarios, for which crews will be trained on how to work together, include turbulence caused by adjacent aircraft, rotor blade damage, complex electrical emergencies and fuel management hazards. The facility will be also used for trainings on mission capabilities of the Chinook Mk6 aircraft, including relocating of troops and equipment around the battlefield or evacuation of people from dangerous conditions in national and overseas environments.

The Chinook Mk6 Synthetic Training System is intended for delivery of about 4,000 simulator hours each year for a period of 10 years.

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The Boeing Chinook, normally based at RAF Odiham, is a large, tandem rotor helicopter operated by the Royal Air Force. It provides heavy-lift support and transport across all branches of the British armed forces. With a series of variants based on the United States Army’s Boeing CH-47 Chinook, the Chinook fleet of the Royal Air Force is the largest outside the United States. The Chinook HC Mk6 designation has been assigned to CH-47F-derived Chinooks. In 2001, the first CH-47F variant – an upgraded CH-47D, made its maiden flight.

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter is an American twin-engined, tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter developed by the United States rotorcraft company Vertol and manufactured by Boeing Vertol (later known as Boeing Rotorcraft Systems and now known as Vertical Lift division of Boeing Defense, Space & Security). Its name, Chinook, comes from the Native American Chinook people of modern-day Washington state.

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