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Army Develops Collective Environment for Black Hawk Aircrew Training

The U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center has developed a new training environment for UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crews, DVIDS reported Monday.

The Collective Aircrew Proficiency Environment updates the three-year-old Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer and allows crews to train in a platform where visuals and audio can be sensed concurrently.

Joseph Creekmore Jr., director of the BAT Project, said that his team used surplus materials for the update due to lack of funds.

“Design began over a year ago at a somewhat frustratingly slow pace for the BAT Team but, week by week and part by part, the CAPE device took shape and became the device we have today,” he said.

CAPE links to BAT via ethernet connectivity, and only needs tethering to deliver complete Black Hawk training for all crew roles, the report noted.

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