The Ejection Seat Simulator (ESS) is capable of simulating a realistic ejection experience from a distressed aircraft. The skills necessary for a safe ejection are learned and repeatedly practiced in a safe and supervised ground-based environment with each pilot receiving an evaluation of their ejection and valuable instruction for moving forward in their training.
The ESS provides flight simulation scenarios of in-flight emergencies, demanding pilots’ real-time decision to continue or abort flying. This is an ideal environment for pilots to hone their skills for the most challenging aspect of aircraft ejection – the decision to eject. Pilots will experience the urgency in making the critical decision of when to pull the ejection handle and how to promptly position themselves properly before ejecting.
Aircraft Specific Ejection Seats and Multiple cockpits
The ejection seat simulator seat type can be varied, depending on each customer’s unique set of specifications. The customer can further choose to have a variety of interchangeable cockpits to replicate training for multiple aircraft types.
Each ESS cockpit can be configured in accordance with the customer’s needs with desired authenticity of interactive controls, instrument displays, alerts and visual displays, adding to the realism of training, before and during the ejection procedure.
A fixed based pneumatic catapult system provides the ESS with up to a 10G experience with an onset rate of 100 G/s. These parameters can be varied for each trainee and further adjusted according to the payload weight.
Authentic Windblast Simulation
Upon ejection initiation in the ESS, a rapid burst of airstream simulates the experience of entering the windblast, emphasizing the need for proper posturing before exiting the aircraft.
The closed circuit TV system has various cameras placed at different angles, providing high quality recordings of each individual trainees’ ejection training session. An optional high speed camera is also available for capturing images in slow motion.
The ESS is designed with safety features to ensure the pilot, instructors and observers are kept safe throughout its operation. Key safety features include pilot posture sensors, multi-layered physical and software safety interlocks, catapult brakes and safety barriers.