Lessons learned from NH90 NFH helicopter-ship interface: Testing across the complete Dutch fleet

dc.contributor.author Hoencamp, A.
dc.contributor.author Lee, D.
dc.contributor.author Pavel, M.D.
dc.contributor.author Stapersma, D.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-16T15:14:33Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-16T15:14:33Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.description.abstract In general, the helicopter industry delivers a helicopter that has undergone elaborate in-flight test campaigns performed to demonstrate safe flight within the expected operational envelope. However, establishing the operational potential and limitations for safe shipboard operations is still considered a national responsibility. For some reason, there are still no internationally agreed regulations or standard procedures to establish the required helicopter-ship operational limitations. Consequently the kind of interpretation given to such limitations differs strongly between countries. As it is assumed that each country aims for maximum operational flexibility of a particular helicopter-ship combination, with minimum expenses and without any concessions to flight safety, this paper summarizes the lessons learned from the NH90 NFH helicopter-ship interface testing across the complete Dutch fleet. Aided by a predictive software tool, named “SHOL-X”, which eliminates subjective elements to the largest possible extend in order to determine operational envelopes for in-service conditions, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence was able to achieve tremendous savings in time and expenses of helicopter-ship qualification. This paper is specifically aimed at pilots and engineers who are involved in flight trials of helicopter-ship combinations as part of a complex flight test programme for which they are required to plan, conduct and report on helicopter-ship operational limitations.
dc.identifier.other 4-B-paper
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11881/3412
dc.language.iso en
dc.title Lessons learned from NH90 NFH helicopter-ship interface: Testing across the complete Dutch fleet
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