Calspan to upgrade US Navy’s Blackhawk helicopter with variable stability system

30 September 2015 (Last Updated September 30th, 2015 18:30)

The US Navy has awarded a contract to Calspan Aerospace to deliver a next-generation variable stability system (VSS) for a US Naval test pilot school (USNTPS) UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter.

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The US Navy has awarded a contract to Calspan Aerospace to deliver a next-generation variable stability system (VSS) for a US Naval test pilot school (USNTPS) UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter.

The $1.57m contract covers the design, fabrication, and installation of a sensor suite, fly-by-wire VSS computer system, pilot and aircraft interfaces, safety trip and data recording systems on the UH-60L Blackhawk Helicopter.

USNTPS will be responsible for training engineering test pilots, flight-test officers, and flight-test engineers, to conduct tests and evaluations at the Aircraft Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center.

The naval students will receive a platform to work on aircraft and weapons systems, conduct flight-tests and, manage the introduction of new assets to the fleet.

Calspan CEO and test pilot Lou Knotts said: "We are excited to begin this next project with USNTPS, who Calspan has had a long-standing relationship with, and to help create the best learning environment for future Test Pilot School graduates."

The upgraded aircraft is aimed to offer students with a number of helicopter handling quality characteristics, the company stated.

"We are excited to begin this next project with USNTPS, and to help create the best learning environment for future graduates."

Scheduled to be carried out over the next six months, work under this project will be performed at the Calspan Aerospace headquarters in Niagara Falls, New York, US.

With this development, the helicopter will become the third-generation variable stability H-60 to be used in the school's training programmes.

Recently, the navy selected PyroGenesis to train sailors on its plasma arc waste destruction system (PAWDS) engineering design model.

The support service that the company will offer includes training programmes for mechanical maintenance personnel, electrical maintenance personnel, and system operators.


Image: The upgraded UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter is aimed to offer USNTPS students with a number of helicopter handling quality characteristics. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto / Calspan Aerospace.