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Fort Bragg helicopter pilots use new equipment for realistic training

Black Hawk helicopter pilots at Fort Bragg are training under realistic conditions in a simulator that arrived at the post a few months ago.

The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer (BAT) at Simmons Army Airfield provides a safer and less expensive way for pilots to get ready for challenging situations.One situation that aircrews have to prepare for is flying in Afghanistan, where U.S. forces have been fighting since shortly after the 9/11 terrorists attacks in 2001.

Tom Wallis, an instructor and operator for the simulator, is a retired Black Hawk pilot. He flew in Afghanistan, where pilots often have to land at elevations of 10,000 feet.

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