Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that its INDAL business unit will give a presentation on its innovative low-cost, single operator Manual Aircraft Straighten and Traverse (MAST) Aircraft Handling System (AHS) at Surface Warships 2017. MAST is designed to provide a safe, secure method of maneuvering and traversing helicopters onboard ships
Don McKay, INDAL’s Director of Sales and Marketing, will present "MAST – the next generation Aircraft Handling System" at Surface Warships 2017, Hilton London Docklands Riverside, London, U.K. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 4:20 p.m. The presentation will provide an overview of AHS technologies and solutions and highlight the advantages of deploying MAST on smaller ships to support increasing demand for manned and unmanned rotor-wing aircraft missions in all weather conditions, day and night, and in sea conditions up to sea state 6.
A more compact and lighter variation of the company’s proven Twin Claw Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse (TC-ASIST), helicopter handling system (HHS), the new INDAL MAST system is track-based and controlled using a chest pack mounted Portable Control Unit (PCU) worn by the operator while working alongside the aircraft.
This approach eliminates the need for a permanent HHS. The INDAL MAST system combines design attributes of the proven Italian Navy TC-ASIST (Orrizonte/FREMM) with elements from the in-service Royal Navy MANTIS Handler.
INDAL MAST is Landing Grid compatible and safely and securely maneuvers and traverses a wide variety of helicopters, including the Lynx, NH-90, and Dauphin between the flight deck and the hangar.
HOW MAST OPERATES
Once the INDAL MAST system has fully engaged it provides the helicopter with total security from toppling or sliding. After landing, the system secures the helicopter via a simple interface with the