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The DiSTI Corporation Wins Chilean Air Force Contract for Bell 412 Virtual Maintenance Trainer

February 25, 2016   News, Simulation & Training

DiSTI will develop Bell 412 VMT using virtual maintenance training software, VE Studio

The DiSTI Corporation, a leading provider of graphical user interface software and customized 3D virtual maintenance training solutions announces a phase contract award from the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile–FACh) for the development of a Bell 412 Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT). The training device is designed to satisfy the Chilean Air Force’s need for a viable and sustainable maintenance training solution for the helicopter.

The Bell 412 VMT will assist in classroom instruction so students can practice concepts on the aircraft in a virtual environment. DiSTI will build an interactive virtual environment recreating the Bell 412 that will include support for multiple lessons which cover the removal and installation of major fuel system components along with operational checks.

The trainer also offers three training modes including guided tutorial, where the training device automatically demonstrates the task for the student, guided practice, where students interact with the virtual environment performing the required tasks, and assessment where students must complete each task to receive a score. The contract also includes the development of a networked instructor operating station.

“This contract is a great example of how our tools and technology can be applied to create comprehensive and sustainable training solutions,” said Joe Swinski, President and CEO of the DiSTI Corporation. “VE Studio’s streamlined workflow provides the proven and trusted framework required to produce an interactive environment that improves the training experience.”

In November 2014, DiSTI announced the commercial availability of VE Studio. The offering provides more than just a rendering or game engine. DISTI’s proven training development process and tool suite, VE Studio, will provide an end-to-end solution for requirements analysis, design, development, and test.

DiSTI has a proven legacy in producing world-class maintenance trainers for major OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. Industry pioneers such as Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Textron, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy have trusted DiSTI to deliver virtual maintenance trainers supported by the VE Studio toolkit.