A benefit analysis of using a low-cost flight simulator for the MH-60R
Zilai, J. Gregory
Hernandez, Alejandro S.
Sweeney, Joseph W., III
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Tactical proficiency in the Helicopter Maritime Strike community is pivotal in the United States National Defense Strategy. In an increasingly tight fiscal environment, flight hours available for training have been diminishing and will continue to diminish, despite an ever-growing battery of tactical requirements. The existing flight simulator for the MH-60R is highly capable; however, each hour of use is expensive, and not every capability of the simulator is required for every training event conducted. This thesis examines eight different configurations of a low-cost trainer, and analyzes the impact of each configuration on the utilization rates of the existing simulators. It uses the throughput data from the MH-60R Fleet Replacement Squadron to compare the configurations, as the Fleet Replacement Squadron is the single largest user of the devices. This thesis does not aim to determine an optimal configuration. It provides analytical evidence that the introduction of a low-cost trainer has the ability to make the existing devices significantly more available for events that require a high level of fidelity.
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