The 12th Aviation Battalion in Fort Belvoir has the distinction of being the first Army Aviation Battalion to be fully equipped with the patented smart view limiting devices. The Instrument Conditions Awareness Recognition and Understanding System (ICARUS) will support the Battalion’s Aircrew Training Plan by giving Instructor Pilots and Unit Trainers the ability to simulate Degraded Visual Environments (DVE) in the aircraft.


An entire Army Aviation Battalion was just equipped with ICARUS Devices.

The ICARUS Device provides aircrews with the most realistic training possible and is simple to use. At $1,250 per system, it can be purchased at the unit level.

For Army Aviators, the ICARUS will improve training in three big ways. During Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) training ICARUS simulates a rapid reduction in visibility to evoke the startle effect and force an emergency transition to the instrument flying. Secondly, the ICARUS device enhances IFR proficiency by mimicking real world weather and allowing for additional training value throughout a training instrument approach. Finally, by replicating marginal visibility conditions all important weather decision making skills can be put to the test during planning and in flight, crucial for Pilot-in-Command check rides.

The ICARUS Device is in use by dozens of military units, colleges, flight schools, private operators, LEO, HEMS and Federal agencies. Nearly 300 devices are all over the world in initial and recurrent training, and in everything from a Cessna 172 to a CH-47 Chinook. The ICARUS Devices team would like to thank the 12th Aviation Battalion’s instructor pilots and command team for their innovation and dedication to aviation safety.

Press Contact: Erik Sabiston 334-797-6926 [email protected]