Simulation & Training

The D-BOX haptic system will help train USAFA Cadets

December 4, 2020

Through a partnership with True Course Simulations (TCS) and Morane Technologies, the D-BOX haptic system is integrated into 30 flight simulation Immersive Training Devices (ITD) installed in the US Air Force Academy (USAFA).

Cadets are trained in virtual reality on TCS’s proprietary Learning System engine and platform. “By adding the realistic D-BOX haptic cues on the fixed-wing ITD simulator, we are able to create a fully immersive environment that ensures skills acquired during the training can be transferred directly to the physical realm.”, says Ray Bédard, Founder of True Course Simulations.

“This solution is a total game changer!”

Retired USAF Lt Col Travis Keenan, former F-16CM pilot

By benefiting from the realism of vibrations and movements created by the D-BOX haptic system, cadets will develop their flying and maneuvering abilities in an environment that is as close to real-time conditions as possible.

“The TCS customized simulation sorties complete with the D-BOX haptic system create a highly realistic virtual environment at a fraction of the price of a Level-D simulator.  It’s perfect for inexperienced student pilots and it prepares them incredibly well for live flying. This solution is a total game changer!” adds retired USAF Lt Col Travis Keenan, a former F-16CM pilot and current Airmanship Instructor at USAFA.

The D-BOX haptic technology also allows the creation of optimal conditions to train students to calmly react to emergency events instead of panicking in situations that could have dire consequences.

“Working with top-of-the-line components, such as the D-BOX haptic system allows us to increase the realism and attractiveness of the training sequence. This significantly increases student engagement and therefore their training success,” adds Pierre Lafrance, CEO of Morane Technologies.

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