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757th flight-crew attends emergency simulator training

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  • By Senior Airman Noah J. Tancer
  • 910th Airlfit Wing Public Affairs

A 757th Airlift Squadron flight-crew was at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, April 22-24, 2019, for their annually required emergency flight simulator training in the Dobbins Eastern Regional Flight Simulator facility.

The 757th AS flight crew consisted of pilots Lt. Col. Drew Tancer and Capt. Nick Bargiband, navigator Maj. Casey Stedman and flight engineer Tech. Sgt. Sheamus Carney.

The course lasted three days. On the first day, the crew focused on Cockpit Resource Management and systems training. CRM helps aircrews maintain good communication while practicing problem solving and teamwork in flight. The systems training gives aircrew members the opportunity to train on various flight systems without the possible ramifications of such training while operating an actual aircraft. It helps aircrew members react accordingly when various aircraft functions fail or need to be shut down, learning how the aircraft handles under abnormal conditions.

On day two, the pilots and the flight engineer ran through emergency procedure training in the C-130H Hercules simulator while Stedman trained in a fixed-base simulator, which allows navigators to perform realistic navigation tasks via GPS and other instruments while in a stationary work center.

On the third day, the crew reunited to practice flight formatting and full crew simulations.

“It’s like a video game that’s being narrated,” said Stedman. “It’s helpful training because you get to see things you don’t want to see (in a real flight), emergency procedure stuff.”

The simulator is deemed realistic enough by the Department of Defense that flight-crews can check off some of their harder-to-get training requirements while operating it.