U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has introduced a bill to research a new type of flight simulator that could result in significant savings for the Defense Department.
The bill, S. 3554, would require the DoD to study and report on a simulator that would combine the physical effects of supersonic flight with a simulated cockpit. The technology could be produced by companies such as Environmental Tectonics Corporation in Bucks County.
The simulator, if adopted, would prepare pilots to withstand G-forces by placing them in a high-speed centrifuge while providing high-fidelity flight simulation. The simulator could create significant savings for the DoD by replacing a portion of pilots' tactical flight training hours with simulator hours.
"This legislation will require the Defense Department to evaluate potentially cost-saving technology that could be produced by companies like Bucks County's Environmental Tectonics Corporation. While Washington is grappling with trillion-dollar deficits, we need to identify new ways to maintain our armed forces' combat capabilities while saving taxpayers money," Sen. Toomey said.
"We greatly appreciate Sen. Toomey's tremendous leadership on this issue. His efforts to support simulated tactical flight simulation could save taxpayers billions of dollars and improve the combat readiness and safety of our military fighter pilots," said William F. Mitchell Sr., Environmental Tectonics Corporation's president and chief executive officer.