P-251(A) Operational Training Facility for Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft/P-8A
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, WA
July 2014 – February 2015
SAME Seattle Post, Silver for Projects of Excellence, 2016
Upgrades to an Operations Training Facility help get pilots ready for the open skies
To help the squadron transition operations to a new P-8A Poseidon aircraft, improvements to the Operations Training Facility were required to configure space for seven Operational Flight Trainers and six weapon and tactical trainers, with Special Access Program Facility (SAPF) spaces as well as instruction and administrative spaces. The Operational Flight Trainers simulators are a full-motion reproduction of the aircraft cockpit with “out-of-window” visual display and cockpit noises to simulate the systems, equipment features, and performance characteristics for pilot training. The Weapons Tactics Trainers can be configured as stand-alone trainers for weapons or communications training. Together, the systems form a complete training environment for full aircrew mission training.
We provided mechanical engineering design-build services for a two-story, 95,321 square foot, seven-bay operational training facility. The training facility benefits from a combination of high-performing mechanical (HVAC) delivery systems and extensive use of DDC controls for maximized performance and reduced energy costs.