BGI began in 1994 as a small consulting firm that provided instructor-experienced fighter pilot expertise to simulation and training programs, primarily under subcontract to major defense contractors. Our business grew around this core competency, while expanding into areas such as courseware development and contract instruction. Since the 2005 timeframe, BGI has successfully integrated additional capabilities to include systems and software engineering as well as program and project management. Today, our work spans the continuum from subcontractor to value-added teammate, and into the role of prime government contractor. BGI involvement in programs and projects has been a key to success and warfighter benefit in areas such as:
Simulation and Training System Development, Fielding and Support
Requirements Analysis. BGI has been called upon by government and commercial customers to assist in detailed training requirements analysis for advanced simulation and training systems. We have been part of the evolution toward mission-based requirements, which then lead to derived technical requirements for these advanced systems. This requires thorough Operational Analyst (OA) knowledge of the specific training tasks that must be supported by the system, and how the pilot or crewmember in the cockpit should be stimulated for positive training to result.
Ownship Simulation. BGI has provided OA support to several prime contractors for core ownship simulation fidelity for multiple tactical aircraft including F-16, F-18, F-22 and F-35. The ownship simulation includes modeling of aircraft systems, avionics, ground handling, flight characteristics, sensor/weapon interfaces and the man-machine interface with cockpit controls and displays.
Instructor Operator Station (IOS). As networked mission simulation and Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) training has become more complex, so has the task loading of IOS operators and instructors. BGI has assisted prime contractors in the development of scenario setup, user interfaces, desktop layouts, real-time controls, tactical situation displays and role-playing modules for many of the IOSs in use today.
Weapon and Sensor Modeling. Our OAs have been part of software engineering and Integrated Product Team efforts to create accurate mathematical flyout models of ordnance ranging from free-fall to laser-guided and inertially-aided munitions, including the calculation of weapons effects based on OEM and government-provided data. We have assisted in the accurate simulation of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Night Vision Goggle (NVG), Electro-Optical and Infrared (EO/IR) sensor systems by applying OA insight in the setup and tuning of COTS and developmental software including sensor database development.
Visual System Integration. As visual Image Generator (IG), projector, display, and database technology have improved, customer training expectations have become more demanding. Our OAs have worked closely with the engineering teams of several prime contractors in the integration of these systems such that system strengths are maximized while any technical limitations are overcome through smart setup parameter, runtime and database tuning.
Briefing and Debriefing System Development. BGI OAs have provided end user and instructor perspective in the development of training system briefing and debriefing systems that mirror real-world training and combat briefing/debriefing operations. We emphasize such areas as incorporation of mission planning data, ease of access to various mission times, synchronized replay of positional and display data, performance analysis tools and Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI)-like displays familiar to aircrew.
Test Planning and System Testing. As more training system acquisitions trend in the direction of performance-based requirements vs. detailed technical requirements, BGI has become a natural fit in the planning and administration of system level testing that focuses on the training needs of the end user. Our OAs combine desired training missions and objectives with detailed training task lists to produce mission-based scenarios used to methodically evaluate true system level performance. We also assist customer and government test teams in the administration of System Performance Evaluations and other program acceptance milestones.
Life Cycle Support. BGI OA support does not end with customer acceptance and delivery. Our OAs have, and continue to, provide liaison with end users and instructors to ensure thorough knowledge of each training system and help to catalog discrepancies during any warranty period. We also collect user inputs for later system upgrades and planned software updates, and support the delivery, acceptance, and customer training associated with any changes fielded during the support phase.
- Design Phase. BGI has constructed Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and associated Training Situation Analysis (TSA) documentation. Our OAs and instructor-experienced personnel have created Instructor Performance Requirements Documents (IPRDs), which break out detailed Learning Objectives (LOs) and syllabus requirements for each phase of training. We have also been part of the process of instructional media allocation, which matches training objectives with the best media type available to support training.
- Development Phase. Our OAs and instructors have been part of the development phase on several Air Force, Navy, and international programs, including such areas as curriculum development, phase manuals, instructor guide, and lesson design document generation. We have supported the full spectrum of hands-on courseware development from self-study and instructor-led materials to all levels of computer-based training. BGI has also been involved in the effective integration of electronic classroom and Training Management System (TMS) applications.
- Delivery and Support Phases. Our instructors have supported small-group tryouts, initial courseware deployment, and customer instructor training for hundreds of hours of SCORM-compliant courseware. We have also collected student feedback and instructor input from the field and worked to incorporate this input into courseware revision and maintenance cycles.
Contract Instruction and Direct Training Support
“Instruct the Instructor.” BGI has been called upon by several prime contractors to assist in major training system deployment in what has become a trademark role of providing direct instruction to government and contract instructors. These individuals must be thoroughly versed in all aspects of system operation to exploit the full training potential; customer feedback indicates that the instructor learning curve would be much shallower without our support. This participation often has the added effect of reducing post-acceptance discrepancies during the warranty period through correct operation of these complex systems.
Aircraft Block Differences Training. BGI has assisted aircraft prime contractors by providing instructors who are knowledgeable on aircraft avionics, software and hardware differences for several tactical aircraft platform upgrades and integrated changes. Our experienced, highly credible instructors have provided direct instruction to U.S. and allied aircrew on platforms such as the F-16 and F/A-18 in this role.
Contract Ground Instruction. BGI has provided contract instructors for on-site operations at formal training locations for U.S. and international customers. In this role, our instructors conduct classroom sessions, monitor computer-based training (CBT) sessions, and instruct in part-task and full mission simulation system scenarios.
Contract In-Flight Instruction. In addition to ground instruction, BGI has provided highly experienced instructors for in-flight training on several aircraft platforms, including live-fly instruction on unmanned systems.
- Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance Flight Visualization and Data Analysis (MFOQA FVDA) Software Development. NAVAIR awarded a prime contract to BGI in January 2008 to produce the FVDA software module for the MFOQA program. The Department of the Navy is currently implementing an enterprise MFOQA program that makes use of digital flight data to conduct detailed trending and analysis of aircraft and aircrew performance. Benefits include significant improvements in operational readiness, training, maintenance management, and safety by providing a proactive means to highlight positive trends and to identify potential risks in time for corrective action. Services provided in conjunction with this contract include product delivery, documentation, software development, technical engineering services, and operational training.
- Aircraft Debriefing System Development. BGI has developed a Concept of Operations (CONOPS), derived technical specifications, and then designed, developed, integrated, tested, and delivered aircrew debriefing systems capable of displaying flight data and 3D aircraft models for multiple aircraft, synchronized with digital cockpit audio and video from digital flight recorders.
- Synthetic Threat Environment Development. BGI has provided effective teams of project managers, systems and software engineers, and OAs to support all aspects of synthetic threat environment development, test, version control, upgrades, and deployment for various government and commercial threat environments. These simulated environments must include accurate platform performance and behavioral models so that the training systems to which they are networked in local and DMO exercises produce a positive training experience for the participating aircrews.
- F-35 Operational Test Support. BGI has provided OA support in the form of technical expertise for Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) concept development, assessments, planning, executing, and reporting for the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) JSF Operational Test Team.
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) Operations. BGI has established a select group of OA pilots well versed in unmanned systems to include LTA operations. BGI pilots have expertise in establishing training curriculums, authoring experimental airship flight operations manuals, ground control station (GCS) development and testing, GCS simulator development and instruction, operational mission planning, and actual UAS LTA flight experience. Our team has actively interfaced with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in obtaining a Certificate of Authorization for UAS LTA operations in the National Airspace System under 14 CFR Part 91; FAA JO 7610.4, FAA UAPO Interim Operational Approval Guidance 08-01, Federal Registry Entry “FAA-2006-25714,” FAA Order 8130.34; Defense Instructions DCMA INST 8210.1, 8210.2; USA Regulation AR-95-23.