Staff Sgt. Martin Ruemenapp (right), 412th Operations Support Squadron SERE Specialist, Undergoes A New Virtual Hanging Harness Training Scenario Called The Parasim. (U.S. Air Force Photo By Jet Fabara)

Edwards aircrew take virtual jump into parachute training

JEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA (Sep. 5, 2012) — For years, aircrew personnel at Edwards have had the opportunity to train in virtual simulators that mimic real-life scenarios that occur during flight.

Now, thanks to virtual technological advances and Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape instructors with the 412th Operations Support Squadron, aircrew will now be able to undergo parachute hanging harness training that same way with the help of the Parasim, a virtual reality parachute simulator.

“The way the Parasim works is that the instructor sets the stage on the computer, and the student flies the canopy while looking through virtual reality goggles,” said Staff Sgt. David Watters, 412th OSS NCOIC of SERE Operations. “It provides a more realistic picture of what it is like to fly a parachute without actually having to jump out of a plane.”

Although traditional hanging harness training involved flight crew performing different stages of egress or bailout procedures while strapped from a fixed harness that was attached to the ceiling, this new form of training uses that same principle but with a visual cue to show the aircrew member what they are doing correct or incorrectly, added Watters.

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