Osprey simulators prepare Hawaii Marines pilots for real deal
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published: June 29, 2016
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — Marines in Hawaii will get their first squadron of Osprey MV-22s after the aircraft participate in the upcoming Rim of the Pacific exercise.
But pilots here have already begun flying along the coasts and over the mountains of Oahu from the cockpits of two multimillion-dollar simulators, which became fully operational earlier this month.
The virtual images that appear outside the cockpit windows are startlingly real, with detailed landscape of the island and the surrounding waters.
“The realism is extraordinary,” Maj. Josh Fraser, the MV-22 transition officer at the base and an Osprey pilot, told reporters Tuesday during a tour of the two simulators, each about the size of a small house. Each has an exact replica of the Osprey cockpit, and virtual images replicate the runway, hangars, sea, sky and terrain.