30/10/2020

Navy RPA pilots begin training for the MQ-25

Navy Aviators Learn to “Fly” MQ-25 Before Boeing Delivers First Aircraft – link

Source: Defense World

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  • S. Navy aviators are already learning how to operate the MQ-25 refueler before the first air vehicle comes off the production line
  • Four Navy air vehicle operators (AVOs) from VX-23, the Navy’s developmental test squadron, and VX-1, the operational test squadron, recently traveled to Boeing’s St. Louis facility for an immersive three-day simulation designed to train them to operate a flight from start-up to shut-down from the ground control station (GCS) – the MQ-25’s terrestrial or CVN-based “cockpit.”
  • This course was possible due to the experience gained by flying T1, the Boeing-owned MQ-25 test asset developed prior to the Navy awarding Boeing the MQ-25 Engineering, Manufacturing and Development contract in August 2018
  • T1 first flew in September 2019 and to date has accumulated nearly 30 flight hours during its initial phase of testing
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