ICARUS Devices is proud to announce that the Army has expanded the ICARUS Devices Airworthiness Release fleetwide to include every UH-60L and UH/HH-60M Blackhawk Helicopter. For the last year multiple training and operational units have been using ICARUS with a unit specific AWR. Now every unit flying the mighty Black Hawk can use this lightweight, game-changing device.
The Black Hawk is the work horse of Army Aviation, serving in the Air Assault, MEDEVAC and General Support roles. Former Army Aviator, Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, ICARUS Co-Founder and five-time IIMC survivor Erik Sabiston says, “The death rates for IIMC are unacceptable for our Soldiers. No other device but ICARUS can accurately replicate the inputs or mental challenges that the Startle Effect places upon our aircrews. If you can survive your first IIMC, chances are you will never have a problem again. When you train the stress of the Startle Effect out of pilots, they survive the real thing. Multiple lives have already been saved by the device.” The ICARUS team anticipates fielding the device with other airframes in the Army and branches of the Military. ICARUS Devices will continue to work closely with US Army Aviation units to further develop and deploy associated Tactics, Techniques and Procedures.
The Instrument Conditions Awareness Recognition and Understanding System (ICARUS) is a smart view limiting device that gives Instructor Pilots and Unit Trainers the ability to simulate Degrade Visual Environments (DVE) in the aircraft. ICARUS brings simulator level control to the aircraft, allowing users to dial in any visibility for dynamic scenario-based training.
For Army Aviators, the ICARUS improves training in three big ways. First during Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) training, ICARUS simulates a rapid reduction in visibility to evoke the Startle Effect and force an emergency transition to instrument flying. Second, the ICARUS device enhances IFR proficiency by mimicking real world weather and adding training value throughout a practice instrument approach. Finally, by replicating marginal visibility conditions all important weather decision making skills can be put to the test during planning and in flight, crucial for Pilot-in-Command check rides.
Dozens of military units, colleges, flight schools, private operators, LEO, HEMS and Federal agencies use the device with nearly 300 devices flying globally in everything from a Cessna 172 to a CH-47 Chinook. The ICARUS Device team would like to thank the Utility Helicopter Program Office, the Systems Readiness Directorate, and the trailblazing Active and National Guard units for their commitment to safety and Soldiers. www.ICARUSDevices.com.
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