Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, US, has announced that its airmen have recently begun using a new ground aeromedical evacuation (AE) fuselage trainer. The 375th Air Mobility Wing was able to secure a C-130H aircraft from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, that was due to be decommissioned.
The aircraft type is the squadron’s primary aircraft and performs a large number of patient evacuations, said Major Mark Hassett, 375th AES operations flight commander. He continued: “The C-130 fuselage trainer (FuT) provides an innovative, cost-effective, improved training platform for total force AE and ground support personnel in terms of aircraft configuration, familiarisation and realistic, high-fidelity task training and mission simulation. The C-130 FuT doubles the 375th AES simulations training capability.”
The 375th AE S worked closely with Air Mobility Command and C-130 training resources to acquire the plane and determine which parts were necessary for a realistic training platform, said Hassett. The FuT allows troops to gain hands-on muscle memory knowledge of the aircraft’s configuration, including placement of in-flight kits, oxygen and emergency exits.
“Any aeromedical evacuation squadron – Guard, reserve or active-duty – are welcome to train on our FuT,” Hassett added. “In fact, some already have trained with our simulation facility. In the future, we anticipate being a regional hub for AE training.”