Simulator to help local economy take off

Posted August 24, 2011 09:10:54

The economy of the Manning Valley, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, is getting a shot in the arm from a high-tech aerospace project that is the brainchild of a local man.

Ryan Aerospace will design and manufacture important training equipment for the Army Aviation Centre at Oakey in southern Queensland.

Managing director Chris Ryan says the specialised helicopter flight simulator will replace some of the real flying hours during training.

He says the project will have widespread economic benefits.

“About 10 or 12 local businesses give me a hand with all this sort of stuff,” he said.

“All the local bearing suppliers and powder coaters and component suppliers all get a piece of the action, which is fantastic and this machine is going to be the most advanced simulator that I’ve built.

“It’s going to be quite intricate and quite complex and a lot of work is going to need to go into it.”

Mr Ryan says it will be in place at Oakey by the end of the year.

“Boeing Defence Australia are the contractors to the Army, so they train all of the Army pilots,” he said.

“They want to put this simulator up there and look at replacing some of the real flying hours with the simulator.

“Traditionally there’s been desktop training and there’s been real helicopter flying.

“In some cases with the larger military helicopters there are some very complex simulators worth hundreds of millions of dollars.”

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