The G222 aircraft is a twin turboprop
transport that was developed in Italy and has
recently found a user in the Afghan National Air
Force. ASE developed a suite of simulators for
the Afghans under a contract from the US Army
simulator procurement office. The Basic Aviation
Training Device (BATD) was built with the FAA AC
61-136 as a guide and baseline performance spec,
with added features. The finished device far
exceeds the requirement of a BATD and is an
example of a highly capable, but low cost device
that would be useful in any training program, but
especially where very low hour students are
Equipment and Furnishing
The cockpit is a combination of LCD
instrument panels and real aircraft controls and
radio heads. The center console consists of real
or full-scale replica instruments and radios.
Many of the control panels and radio heads were
created from scratch using photographs of the
aircraft equipment, but without any access to the
Flight Deck and Instrument
Though not required on devices of this level, ASE installed its own Level D-quality control loading system in order to give the students the highest fidelity flying experience possible for maximum transfer of training.
The flight dynamics software is a duplicate of that used on the Level 5 FTD, also developed by ASE. It is possible, and common, to qualify these low-level devices by using Flight Simulator or X-Plane or other widely available game-type models. But this BATD is driven by the same software that simulated the G222 performance and handling qualities in the Level 5 FTD.
Non-Collimated Day/Dusk/Night visual system consisting of a single-channel PC-based Image Generator (IG) and two HD LCD screens. This device uses a large Geospecific database of Afghanistan that was created by ASE, and includes 23 highly detailed airfields.