For over fifty years, ETC Aircrew Training Systems has been designing, manufacturing, installing, and supporting aircrew training systems to the world's aeromedical community.
ETC will attend AsMA's 92nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Reno, Nevada on May 22 through May 27. ETC is proud to sponsor a number of events including the Reception to Honor Multi-National Members, Spatial Disorientation Researchers Breakfast, International Acceleration Interest Group Luncheon, and coffee and tea service in the exhibit hall. For more information on this year's meeting visit the meeting event page.
Three of the lab’s Research Altitude Chambers, better known as the RACs, are now certified for manned research up to 50,000 feet. No other chambers in the DOD have the same man-rating certification. It’s a feat not easily found elsewhere as well, according to Maj. Sarah Kercher, an aerospace physiologist for the lab’s 711th Human Performance Wing.
They're all trying to fix this problem of spatial disorientation in helicopters,” said Tom Zeidlik, director of aerospace physiology at UND. Once we get it, we will have the only one in existence outside of the military. Once it’s installed, Zeidlik said he anticipates an increase in the number of corporate helicopter pilots coming to UND for training.
ETC's Aircrew Training Systems (“ATS”) unit, announced it was awarded a contract from the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (“UND”) for its GAT-HELO, Rotary Wing Spatial Disorientation (“SD”) Trainer. The GAT-HELO is ETC’s most cost-effective, helicopter simulator capable of delivering general flight and spatial disorientation training. The specialized GAT-HELO motion platform is designed to create in-flight illusions authentically and safely.
ETC's ATFS-400 featured in episode three of Netflix's Countdown: Inspiration 4 Mission to Space. At ETC's NASTAR Center and utilizing an ATFS-400 human centrifuge, the crew underwent centrifuge training to prepare for the various dynamic situations encountered during spaceflight.
In this video, Noemi Distefano speaks to Glenn King, COO and director at the NASTAR Center, a division of training equipment manufacturer ETC, to obtain the company’s perspective on high-G and spatial disorientation training.
On May 27, leadership and aerospace physiology experts from across the Air Force came together both in-person and virtually via Zoom in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the RAC, a family of four computer-controlled altitude chambers.
At ETC's NASTAR Center, the crew underwent centrifuge training to prepare for the various dynamic situations encountered during spaceflight — including launch, reentry, ocean splashdown, and a potential in-flight abort scenario.
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