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Boeing chooses Christie for simulation

Boeing's Apache Longbow Crew Trainer will deliver better training through improved simulator images, thanks in part to Christie's Matrix StIM simulation projection system.

Christie has announced that Boeing has selected the Christie Matrix StIM simulation projection system for a multi-million dollar program to upgrade an initial 18 Apache Longbow Crew Trainer (LCT) simulators. To date, ten simulators have been completely retrofitted, with additional LCTs contracted throughout the year. 

Christie worked with Boeing during the design phase to ensure that the projection system met the program requirements. Currently deployed worldwide and used for in-theatre training, the LCT is a full mission, high-fidelity flight simulator that provides training for individuals, crews and maintenance test pilots. Its new image-generator technology allows for the display of more realistic “out-the-window” scenes in real time. It features two cockpits, one at either end of a transportable trailer, that lets the training pilot and co-pilot fly in tandem. The cockpits use five screens each, for a total of ten Christie Matrix StIM projectors per simulator.

The LCT simulators are used around the world and can be operated independently as well as networked with other trainers for collective training capability. They can be deployed in a wide range of environments, giving pilots ample, on-site opportunity to meet their training needs and rehearse their missions safely.

The Christie Matrix StIM is, says Christie, the world’s first true solid state LED-based simulation projection system. Innovations include ArrayLOC to manage brightness, colour and dark levels automatically; InfraScene, to process infrared content for simultaneous display of both visible light and the infrared spectrum; and Minimum Processing Latency (MPL), an architecture used to minimise transport delay from data processing to image display. 

Picture is courtesy of The Boeing Company