ACME AH-64 Dynamic Motion Seat

ACME True Q® Uses Multiple Motion Channels Working Together to Provide Cueing

BOEING AH-64 APACHE
ROLE
• Attack Helicopter
NATIONAL ORIGIN
• United States
MANUFACTURER
• Hughes Helicopters (1975–84) / McDonnell Douglas (1984-97) / Boeing Defense (1997–present)
INTRODUCTION
• 2007
PRIMARY USERS
• United States Army / Israel AF / Egyptian AF / Royal Netherlands AF
ACME AH-64 DYNAMIC MOTION SEATS DELIVERED
• United States Army (Boeing)

 

Boeing AH-64 Apache

Boeing AH-64 Apache

ACME’s AH-64 helicopter dynamic motion seats are a combination of vehicle crew seats with electric motion components built inside the seat. The seats look, feel, and function like actual crew seats, and provide cues to emulate sensations felt during the vehicle or in-flight operations.

ACME seats translate simulator acceleration signals into realistic, convincing motion. True Q® seats provide a higher level of cueing, where the motion IS training, for example feeling unique signature sensations such as translation lift between Helicopters vertical and horizontal flight or the difference between a helicopter rotor out of balance or a blade of track.

The seats use a patented electric system with individual motion plates/pans, providing cues directly to the crew’s body.  It’s the effect of multiple channels in the seat working seamlessly together that provides complete, realistic, immersive cueing.

The COTS core motion system inside is adaptable to any external seat shape or form so we can provide motion seats for nearly any Military & Commercial simulator.

In fact, we’ve produced dynamic motion seats for training systems worldwide including land vehicles such as locomotives, and Humvee-trucks, helicopters including AH-64, Multiple H-60 models, NH90, CV-22s, and fighter jets including like M346, F-15, F-16, & T-50.

ACME’s True Q® motion seats are an ideal way to cost-effectively add realistic motion cueing to any Sim.  Motion Seats are much less expensive that motion platforms and offer much greater cueing than seat or platform shakers and ACME seats can provide unique cues such as yaw twist simply not available in platforms or shakers.

The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement, and a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 Chain Gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage. It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 has a large amount of systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.

The Apache originally started as the Model 77 developed by Hughes Helicopters for the United States Army’s Advanced Attack Helicopter program to replace the AH-1 Cobra. The prototype YAH-64 was first flown on 30 September 1975. The U.S. Army selected the YAH-64 over the Bell YAH-63 in 1976, and later approved full production in 1982. After purchasing Hughes Helicopters in 1984, McDonnell Douglas continued AH-64 production and development. The helicopter was introduced to U.S. Army service in April 1986. The first production AH-64D Apache Longbow, an upgraded Apache variant, was delivered to the Army in March 1997. Production has been continued by Boeing Defense, Space & Security; over 2,000 AH-64s have been produced to date.

The U.S. Army is the primary operator of the AH-64; it has also become the primary attack helicopter of multiple nations, including Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands and Singapore; as well as being produced under license in the United Kingdom as the AgustaWestland Apache. U.S. AH-64s have served in conflicts in Panama, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Israel used the Apache in its military conflicts in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip; British and Dutch Apaches have seen deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.


ACME Worldwide Enterprises Dynamic Motion Seats are in the 5th Generation of evolution.  The product line is robust and well-tested to be used in a high-intensity training environment.  ACME offers a military grade solution for delivering patented motion cueing to any AH-64 Simulator or Part Task Trainer.

Standard AH-64 True Q® Dynamic Motion Seat Features:

  ACME True Q® DMS offers many standard base features for your simulator motion solutions.

  • Dynamic Motion Seat (DMS)
  • Electronics Chassis
  • DMS Computer System (Can drive 2 Electronic Chassis and 2 Seats)
  • Connecting Cables
  • DMS Maintenance Manuals
  • Daily Operational Readiness Test (DORT) Software
  • DMS Autotest – Capability that performs a complete performance test on the seat. All axis are exercised to verify the displacement, velocity, and acceleration performance of the seat using sensors that are independent of the normal drive equipment. This test is used to verify the DMS meets or exceeds all required performance criteria and to establish a performance baseline. The baseline can then be compared throughout the life cycle of the DMS for certification and maintenance purposes.
  • Vertical seat adjustments
  • Electric motors eliminates expensive hydraulics and maintenance intensive pneumatic systems
  • Easy access to system components for maintenance and tuning
  • Standard Safety Switches/Systems: Weight on Seat / Loss of Signal at DMS Computer / Crew Enable / Self Monitoring System

 


 

The ACME True Q® Dynamic Motion Seat (DMS) is a cost effective method of providing motion cues to a pilot or other vehicle operator. The dynamic seat adds inertial cues experienced in the operational system, whether its an aircraft, ground vehicle or other platform. Motion cues enhance the immersive experience of simulation, enabling better training and operator experience. The Dynamic Motion Seat delivers state-of-the-art performance providing vibration and motion cues in five independent axes of control giving you a full 6 DOF system. It uses three directions of movement – vertical, longitudinal, and lateral plus has differential surge that combines with sway motion to replicate roll.

ACME Helicopter Dynamic Motion Seat Delivers Pitch, Roll, and Yaw Cueing

ACME Helicopter Dynamic Motion Seat Delivers Pitch, Roll, and Yaw Cueing

Rotary Aircraft Simulation Training Value

The ACME True Q™ Dynamic Motion Seats (DMS) set a new standard of value in the simulation world. The Rotary Aircraft DMS provides a motion training solution with the highest value including simulated feel of:

  • Aircraft pitch, roll, and yaw
  • Touchdown bump or tire problems
  • Runway rumble, runway expansion joint bumps,
  • Helicopter rotor malfunctions such as main rotor out-of-track, out-of-balance, or delaminating
  • G-effects
  • Gunfire vibrations, weapons fly-out
  • Obstruction impacts