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Outstanding Training System Integration Project(Finalist)

Esterline Specialized Visual for F35B-STOVL Carrier Landing

Esterline designed, integrated and installed an 11ft-radius front-projected spherical visual with 16 channels of WQXGA + HUD WQXGA in Warton UK. The dome is a fixed-based system around an F35 cockpit on motion in the center of the dome. To cope with the variable eyepoint of the pilot in the cockpit, dynamic warping is used. For every frame the current position of the pilot’s eyepoint is determined and the non-linear image mapping is calculated accordingly via software and the image is distorted individually for every frame. This visual is used to train the landing of the F35B-STOVL on the Queen Elisabeth aircraft carrier in a special manoeuvre, flying in with approx. 50 knots with STOVL support. The pilots and crew on board can only train this manoeuvre in the simulator with this one-of-a-kind visual.

Esterline was awarded the program in February 2016 and was able to pull the... Read More

Esterline Specialized Visual for F35B-STOVL Carrier Landing

Esterline designed, integrated and installed an 11ft-radius front-projected spherical visual with 16 channels of WQXGA + HUD WQXGA in Warton UK. The dome is a fixed-based system around an F35 cockpit on motion in the center of the dome. To cope with the variable eyepoint of the pilot in the cockpit, dynamic warping is used. For every frame the current position of the pilot’s eyepoint is determined and the non-linear image mapping is calculated accordingly via software and the image is distorted individually for every frame. This visual is used to train the landing of the F35B-STOVL on the Queen Elisabeth aircraft carrier in a special manoeuvre, flying in with approx. 50 knots with STOVL support. The pilots and crew on board can only train this manoeuvre in the simulator with this one-of-a-kind visual.

Esterline was awarded the program in February 2016 and was able to pull the project forward with a completion date in September 2016, a commendable achievement given the complexity of the system. This system was not "off the shelf" – all mechanics, dome, projector housing, etc. had to be developed for this special visual.

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