L-3 AMI Creating Simulator Cockpits for Fixed Wing Aircraft, Helicopters

The U.S. Department of Defense and many international air forces place increasing value in training pilots and crew members with virtual simulators.
In Broken Arrow, L-3 AMI’s move into a larger facility positions the company to meet a recognized demand.
AMI is a DOD-secure facility, which allows the company to conduct classified programs. L-3 AMI builds simulator cockpits for a wide range of the nation’s leading military platforms, including the F-16, F-18, A-10 and the AH-64, UH-60, CH-47 and OH-58 helicopters.
Virtual World
With the simulator cockpit solutions manufactured by L-3 AMI, the company is using commercial technologies to enhance simulator realism, said Bob Birmingham, president of L-3 Link Simulation and Training.
“It is a virtual world these guys slide into,” Birmingham said. “I can fool you by changing the dynamics of the environment that surround you. I can make it so you feel the banks and turns.”
Pilots do not want to get into a simulator that has lost its functionality, Birmingham said.
“They do not want in a simulator that has old switch knobs and dials — that does not perform like the actual aircraft,” he said.
The F-16 simulator cockpits that L-3 AMI is building will be integrated by L-3 Link with visual system displays and projection equipment that provide pilots with 20/40 visual acuity of out-the-window imagery. Previous visual displays offered 20/80 visual acuity at best. AMI has produced more than 150 Fast Jet Simulator Cockpit Systems, at $8 million apiece, for the F-16, F-18, F-22 and the A-10.
Grand Opening
Greg Campbell, vice president and general manager for L-3 AMI, said the new 60,000-SF facility at 3724 W. Vancouver St., near the corner of 129th East Avenue and 61st Street, provides a 60-percent expansion over L-3 AMI’s previous facility. Campbell addressed about 75 civic, business and political leaders during a grand opening on Nov. 5.
AMI is on target for record breaking sales that will exceed 2009 annual operating plan commitments, Campbell said
“We have added 30 employees over the past five years,” he said. “Since 2001, we have almost tripled annual bookings and tripled annual sales.”
The growth is expected to continue for the company, which now employs 100, he said.
L-3 AMI is aggressively pursuing new strategies, partners and new markets, Campbell said.

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