03 May 2018: Simulator Capacity Doubled at RAF Lossiemouth

We are working on a high profile one million pound project to expand the Typhoon Training Facility (TTF) at RAF Lossiemouth on our Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Prime Contract with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), supply chain partners, Henry Brothers. The facility needed to stay fully operational during the works and the existing Simulators had to continue and remain uninterrupted throughout.

The aim of the project was to refurbish and extend the existing Simulator Building and ancillary offices to allow a doubling of the Typhoon Synthetic Training Capability at RAF Lossiemouth with two additional Emulated Deployable Cockpit Trainers (EDCT), or flight simulators.

This now provides the additional capacity to reduce the requirement for RAF based squadron personnel having to travel to RAF Conningsby, bringing with it significant savings to the Ministry of Defence both on time and resource. The additional cockpit trainers that have been installed will allow pilots to recreate missions involving four aircrafts, a formation that is essential when on operations.

Multiple stakeholders including Defence Equipment & Support and BAE Systems PLC were involved and work started on site in August 2017. It had a critical completion date for the first phase, which was to complete the Simulator Hall to allow the installation of the Simulators by a specialist company.

The project was successfully completed in budget, on time and has been warmly welcomed by the end users thanks to the drive and determination of our Project Manager, John Lamond, DIO’s Senior Estate Facilities Manager, Mairi Nicholson, and our supply chain partner. This was extremely challenging project and, despite all the scope changes and challenges, the programme ran to time and critical handover dates were met attracting an official compliment and a very satisfied customer.

Ronnie Graham, Area Manager Service Delivery (TFM) Scotland & Northern Ireland for DIO, said, “I want to thank those involved in the delivery of the EDCT project at RAF Lossiemouth with a special shout out to John Lamond of CarillionAmey and to Gavin Fry of Henry Brothers.

The project had a critical handover date for the first phase of the project as the simulator hall area had to be completed by 30 October to allow the install of the simulators to be undertaken by a specialist company. Had the date not been met, it would have resulted in the Station missing the time slot that they had with the specialist company, resulting in significant delays, as the specialists work around the world, and it would have been several months before AIR could secured their services again.

To the credit of everyone involved and, despite a number of late changes to the scope of the project, Henry Brothers pulled out all of the stops to ensure that they handed over on time. Well done to everyone involved and we look forward to the overall projects completion.”