For more than a decade the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine (IAM) High-G training program, utilising the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) centrifuge facility in Kuala Lumpur, has delivered improved flying safety and enhanced human performance.
Back in 2007, IAM recognised a need and took the lead for aircrew to undergo centrifuge training to minimise the risk of G-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) for aircrew flying high performance aircraft, and reduce the threat to flying safety.
The RMAF was selected in 2008 as the preferred option until an Australian-based centrifuge became available.
IAM Aviation Physiology Training Officer WOFF Ryan Bowden said in recent decades RAAF aircrew had experienced high-G-impairment.
“G-LOC continues to be a safety threat to aircrew flying current tactical aircraft, and also to current training aircraft,” WOFF Bowden said.
“A proper Anti-G straining manoeuvre (AGSM) provides the best high-G protection, even more G-protection than our G-suits.
“Correctly performing an AGSM is the aircrew’s most significant protection against G-induced incapacitation.
“For 10 years IAM has shared an important relationship with the RMAF to use their centrifuge for this life-saving training. It has proven to be the best device for teaching the proper AGSM technique.
“It improves aircrew’s physiological capability in the high-G environment and expands the operating capability of their platforms.”
In late 2017, the RMAF centrifuge facility was granted USAF accreditation for their High-G training program during a United States Air Force visit while IAM were training RAAF ACG aircrew.
This highlights the importance of this training for the purposes of aircrew going to the USAF to fly high performance aircraft such as the F-35A.