The new CAE Dothan Training Center boasts state-of-the-art classrooms, a suite of high-fidelity simulators and training devices inside its modern facility. But what’s brought into the facility that speaks volumes for it’s high tech capability is a tiny little chip the size of a camera memory card.
Each day when student aviators take off, that chip records a video of inside the cockpit with them flying with an instructor. Every action and comment is capture for later evaluation.
The training center is designed to provide a comprehensive fixed-wing flight training for U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force pilots and other customers. This is all accomplished through CAE and it’s team members, which includes Navigator Development Groups Inc.
Officials from CAE officially held a grand opening last month on the 79,000-square-foot facility, which included a fly-by from two of aircraft used for training, the Grob G120TP.
During the ceremony, CAE USA President and General Manager Ray Duquette said the vision of CAE is to be the recognized global training partner of choice. “We want to enhance efficiency, enhance safety and very important to the military is enhancing readiness,” he said. “We want to be the recognized partner of choice, which means we are doing what we said we would do, and doing it well.”
Duquette said CAE has not been alone on this journey to offer a competitive training service and deliver a solution in a short time frame for the Army.
“This project would not have been possible without our industry partners right here in Alabama,” he said. “And I thank our employees for your commitment to this partnership in doing what we said we would do—delivering in just 12 months a modern, flexible and cost effective training capability.”
The center, located at the Dothan Regional Airport, will train Army rotary wing helicopter pilots transitioning to the Army’s fleet of more than 350 fixed-wing aircraft. The program also offers a new Intial Entry Fixed-Wing Flight Traing program for the Army C-12/RC-12 Huron and the recurrent training of the Air Force C-12 Huron pilots.
About 600 students will go through the course each year. The course includes many hours of simulator and live flight training.
Members of Navigator’s enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System-Initial Variant Modification (EMARSS-IVM) New Equipment Training (NET) Team successfully trained the first group of key personnel at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
The Navigator team conducted the Initial Key Personnel Training (IKPT) for selected aviation and intelligence members from November 7 to December 16, 2016 at the U.S. Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE) at Fort Huachuca.
During this time, the team successfully trained and certified the Army's first MC-12S-2 EMARSS-M (Multi-Intelligence) and MC-12S-3 EMARSS-V (Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar) pilots, payload operators, remote sensor operators and mission managers. The EMARSS-IVM IKPT took place over a six-week period and consisted of four separate courses that provided military and civilian students with the required skills to operate and manage the MC-12S-2/3 aircraft, onboard sensors, and support equipment.
EMARSS is a manned multi-intelligence aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system that provides a persistent capability to detect, locate, classify, identify and track surface targets at day or night in near-all-weather conditions with a high degree of timeliness and accuracy. When fielded, EMARSS will provide direct support to brigade combat teams.
The students were trained to effectively perform their individual roles as an integrated and unified aircrew and mission support teams. The EMARSS-IVM NET Team will conduct the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation) Unit Training at Fort Huachuca from January 9 through February 24.
Navigator, a subcontractor to Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) on the EMARSS-V program, provides instructional material and technical manual development, and training delivery.
From left to right: James Burton, instructor pilot; Ben Oliver, operator instructor; SSG Pimentel, mission manager; SFC Luis Lozada and SSG Nathan Hudson, payload operators; John Carr, operator instructor; and Mike Wear, instructor pilot.
Navigator picked up an additional slot on the recompete of the TRADOC Capability (TCM) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) contract.
Navigator is a subcontractor to SAIC on the awarded contract. The base contract has two 12-month option years. The period of performance began Dec. 27, 2016.
The contract focuses on support required to assist the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) Capability Development and Integration Directorate (CDID) in the conduct of capabilities development and integration of unmanned aircraft systems.
According to the statement of work, Navigator will provide two people to support the USAACE CDID and TCM UAS for the integration and synchronization of the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leader Development, Personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) domains for Army UAS.
The support will include planning and development of plans that support the Department of Defense Joint Capability Integration and Development System (JCIDS) requirements development processes and documentation.
Navigator’s subject matter experts will provide the operational experience and knowledge, to support the development of UAS experiments, testing, and DOTLMPF analysis.
This includes development of operational methodologies that support the warfighter functions, and translated into requirements documentation as well as materiel development work statements to reduce acquisition time, costs and technical risks.
Navigator Development Group Inc. is part of the CAE USA team recently awarded a contract to train Army and Air Force fixed-wing pilots in Dothan, Alabama, which is near the U.S. Army's Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker.
The U.S. Army awarded the contract to CAE USA to provide comprehensive initial and recurrent training for more than 600 U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fixed-wing pilots trained annually at CAE’s new Dothan Training Center. Navigator has been subcontracted by CAE USA to provide single engine and multi-engine instructor pilot support, training management and curriculum development assistance.
The firm-fixed-price prime contract awarded to CAE USA is for the base period, with six one-year options through March 2024.
Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell was pleased to hear Navigator was a part of the CAE USA team on the fixed-wing contract. “Anytime a contract is awarded locally that supports our military, that is great news,” he said. “Navigator Development Group is a great corporate citizen in Enterprise and I am proud of the work they do for our city and for our military. They do it professionally and do it the right way.”
The Army’s fixed-wing training program is responsible for transitioning rotary wing aviators to fly the Army's fleet of more than 350 fixed-wing aircraft. It also serves as the formal training unit for Army C-12/RC-12 King Air recurrent training, and provides annual training for U.S. Air Force C-12 King Air pilots.
The Grob G120TP aircraft was selected as the single engine training aircraft for the U.S. Army fixed- wing program. The Grob G120TP is a fully aerobatic trainer with a glass cockpit that will streamline the student’s transition from rotary-wing flight to fixed-wing flight. Five of the six Grob aircraft ordered by CAE were delivered to the Dothan Regional Airport. At full strength, there will be six CAE-owned Grob aircraft in addition to the 10 C-12U Army-owned aircraft used for live flight training.
Under the new contract, the Army and the CAE USA team will implement a new initial-entry fixed-wing training program to fast track flight school students into fixed-wing aircraft. To do this, CAE is currently building a new training center at the Dothan Regional Airport, which features state-of-the-art classrooms, simulators, flight training devices, integrated training management system and other modern capabilities.
“They have a large task in front of them in the training of future aviators that will serve our country, but I know that they are a group that will provide quality training and those pilots will be prepared to protect and defend our country,” Boswell said.
Navigator’s employees will work at CAE’s new Dothan Training Center, are managed by the corporate office in Enterprise.
Navigator is Fort Rucker’s hometown service-disabled veteran‐owned small business. For nearly two decades, Navigator has provided top quality products and services to government and industry customers in the areas of aviation, training and technology.