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CCAD inducts new helicopter model, begins modification on new cockpit

by Quentin Johnson, CCAD Public Affairs

CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony

CCAD leaders, employees and visitors pose for a photo in front of a UH-60L (Lima model) Black Hawk helicopter immediately following the CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony, here, January 9, 2019. The Black Hawk shown will be the first one scheduled for induction into the UH-60V (Victor model) project, which is a modification of the UH-60L to UH-60V providing a new digital, glass cockpit configuration to the Black Hawk’s current analog dial instrumentation. The depot is scheduled to produce more than 700 Victor models in the next decade. Photos by Ervey Martinez (RELEASED)

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (January 9, 2019) -- In keeping with current technological advancements, a Corpus Christi Army Depot Induction ceremony was held to mark the beginning of the newest upgrade to the UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter, here, January 9, 2019.

The U.S. Army has utilized the Black Hawk since the 1970s. They are offered in multiple airframe configurations, including the Alpha, Lima, Mike and Victor models, all used to provide air assault, general support, aeromedical evacuation, command and control, and special operations support to combat, stability and support operations.

Induction – beginning the modernization process – of the Lima-model helicopters is twofold: To introduce an affordable and relevant technological upgrade and improve the aviation community’s requirements for such a helicopter, said Jackie Allen, industrial engineer, CCAD.

CCAD will begin the nine-step recapitalization process on a Black Hawk immediately following the ceremony, with six more to follow this fiscal year, said Allen. The final end state scheduled for CCAD is 760 converted Victor-model Black Hawks.

Specifics to the modification are focused on the cockpit and the electronic components within, said Don Dawson, director of aircraft production, CCAD.

“(Lima models) have an old analog dial instrumentation,” said Dawson. “What this (upgrade) does is gives (the Victor model) a full glass cockpit,” which is similar to the Mike model.

A glass cockpit is a digital suite that streamlines an enhanced management system allowing for better Pilot-Vehicle Interface or PVI, added Allen.

Many advantages to a better PVI, includes using a moving map, enhanced messaging between the pilots and commands, and the best navigation system available, which is part of an open system architecture, said Lt. Col. Andrew Duus, product manager, Program Executive Office, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

“The open system architecture will significantly minimize the time getting new technology uploaded into the aircraft,” said Duus.

The upgrade goes further than an infrastructure to improving pilot interaction and training efforts.

Dawson said, the upgrade will “help the pilots with all the information flow coming to them… it synergizes the information and gives it to them in bite-size pieces.”

Additionally, the upgrade will help in the training of pilots as most are learning on Mike models that are already equipped with the digital cockpit.

“(The upgrade) will speed up the cost of training for new pilots, because they now can learn, essentially, one cockpit instead of two,” added Dawson.

CCAD is prepared for this project, which is considered a “significant responsibility” given the depot’s position to produce such a “phenomenal helicopter for our (Army),” said Col. Gail Atkins, commander, CCAD.

Duus said he and PEO leadership is thankful for CCAD’s commitment to this project and are confident in the work they perform.

“The legacy and trust that has been established by (CCAD) is what has got us here… I look forward to working with all of you and harness the value you provide, thank you again,” said Duus.

Black Hawk shown will be the first one scheduled for induction into the UH-60VCol. Gail Atkins, commander, CCAD, speaks to Lt. Col. Andrew Duus (right), product manager, Program Executive Office, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and depot employees about the significance of CCAD having the opportunity to be selected to lead the UH-60V (Victor model) Black Hawk helicopter project during the CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony, here, January 9, 2019. The project is a modification of the UH-60L (Lima model) to a Victor model that will provide a new digital, glass cockpit configuration to the Black Hawk’s current analog dial instrumentation. CCAD is scheduled to produce more than 700 Victor models in the next decade.

CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony
Lt. Col. Andrew Duus, product manager, Program Executive Office, Aviation, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, speaks to Col. Gail Atkins (left), commander, CCAD, and CCAD employees about the importance of modifying the UH-60L (Lima model) Black Hawk helicopter to a Victor (V) model during the CCAD UH-60V Induction Ceremony, here, January 9, 2019. The modification will provide a new digital, glass cockpit configuration to the Black Hawk’s current analog dial instrumentation. CCAD is scheduled to produce more than 700 Victor models in the next decade.

 

Designated a Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence for rotary wing aircraft, Corpus Christi Army Depot ensures aviation readiness through overhaul, repair, modification, retrofit, testing, recapitalization, and modernization of helicopters, engines and components. This effort includes world-wide on-site field maintenance teams, analytical crash investigations and chemical material process facilities. CCAD serves as a depot training base for active duty Army, National Guard, and reserve units. CCAD, as South Texas' largest industrial employer, employs more than 5500 personnel and contractors providing an overall economic impact of more than $1.14 billion to the local community.