The primary MQ-9B SkyGuardian® Mission Coach has been delivered to the Flight Take a look at and Coaching Middle (FTTC), a facility in Grand Forks, ND owned and operated by Normal Atomics Aeronautical Methods, Inc. (GA-ASI). The brand new Mission Coach is designed and delivered by CAE to offer sensible artificial mission coaching for each pilot and sensor operator aircrews on the GA-ASI SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Plane (RPA). The SkyGuardian Mission Coach can be used to coach the preliminary UK Royal Air Drive (RAF) Protector crews at Grand Forks. The RAF, in partnership with GA-ASI, will conduct coaching on the FTTC to learn to function the subsequent technology Protector RPA system. Protector is the RAF’s model of MQ-9B.

“This Mission Coach permits operators to take care of mission programs proficiency in a sensible and safe setting,” says Lenny Genna, vp of Mission Methods for CAE Protection & Safety. “Leveraging simulation means crews proceed efficient coaching whereas MQ-9B plane property stay mission-ready for deployment.”


“We’re thrilled to get this new mission coach in place on the FTTC to assist our prospects’ coaching wants,” mentioned Dean Gorder, director of GA-ASI’s FTTC. “Along with our prospects, we’ll additionally use the simulator to coach operators for GA-ASI and affiliate corporations.”

The introduction of the SkyGuardian Mission Coach, developed by GA-ASI’s long-time coaching and simulation companion CAE, will increase the FTTC’s capability by including one other natural simulator to its catalog of choices, whereas lowering coaching prices for each inside and exterior prospects. It options CAE’s high-fidelity sensor simulation, totally interactive tactical setting and Open Geospatial Consortium Widespread Database structure for interoperable and networked coaching capabilities. These state-of-the-art options allow GA-ASI to replace its curricula and coaching through superior simulation whereas lowering potential airspace and climate impacts.

CAE is at the vanguard of digital immersion, offering options to make the world a safer place. Backed by a file of 75 years of trade firsts, we proceed to reimagine the client expertise and revolutionize coaching and operational assist options in civil aviation, protection and safety, and healthcare. CAE’s Protection & Safety enterprise unit leads digital innovation for coaching and mission assist options throughout multi-domain operations – air, land, maritime, area and cyber.

Normal Atomics-Aeronautical Methods, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of Normal Atomics, is a number one designer and producer of confirmed, dependable RPA programs, radars, and electro-optic and associated mission programs, together with the Predator® RPA sequence and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With greater than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI gives long-endurance, mission-capable plane with built-in sensor and information hyperlink programs required to ship persistent situational consciousness. The corporate additionally produces quite a lot of sensor management/picture evaluation software program, affords pilot coaching and assist providers, and develops meta-material antennas.