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siderable amount of money in the research and development department but it also will increase supportability as the logistics and supply chains are already established to support and maintain the new compo- nents. When asked about the challenges associated with the Jayhawk upgrade LCDR King cited the planning and exe- cution required to take an aircraft that is in service and complete major technologi- cal upgrades without interrupting normal operations. In order to do this the up- grades are being accomplished during reg- ular maintenance periods when each aircraft goes to the Coast Guard’s Avia- tion Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, NC. During a typical maintenance period technicians take the aircraft down to the nuts and bolts then replace parts that have reached the end of their service lives and repair any corrosion that is found. Now in addition to this work the upgrades will be done and when the aircraft leaves it will be an MH-60T with an extended service life through 2027. The Coast Guard plans to complete 8 aircraft a year and will finish the T-model upgrade for the entire fleet by the end of 2013. The first production MH- 60T, tail number 6028, was delivered to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, NC on June 3, 2009. Initial Operating Ca- pability is anticipated by the fall and Air Station Elizabeth City should trade in their 4 remaining J-models for T-models by the end of 2009. The 6028 is actually the third Jayhawk to receive the T-model upgrade, the first two, tail numbers 6017 and 6027 were pre-production upgrades that were delivered to the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL to start de- veloping new operating procedures as well as to complete pilot and aircrew upgrade training. From the outside it will be hard to tell a 60J from a 60T but from the in- side it will be obvious which is which. LCDR King noted that the CG estimates that there is an 80 percent pilot-to-machine interface change. In order to address this, each pilot will be required to attend a 3 week course at the Aviation Training Cen- ter that will include classroom work along with simulator and actual flight time to fa- miliarize pilots with the new cockpit and systems. A course is already in place for aircraft maintenance personnel at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Technical Training Cen- ter in Elizabeth City, NC. T-model infor- mation was incorporated into the

curriculum in August of 2009 to familiar- ize the students with how to maintain, op- erate and troubleshoot the new systems. Much like its counterparts in the other services, the Army’s Blackhawk, Navy’s Seahawk and Air Force’s Pavehawk, the Jayhawk has proven its versatility and reli- ability. The upgrade to MH-60T will not only enhance these qualities, but also guar-

antee that these aircraft are capable of con- ducting their legacy search and rescue and emerging National Security missions, along with any new missions that they are called on to do. Most importantly, the up- grades ensure that the Jayhawks and the crews that fly them will continue to live up to the Coast Guard’s motto “Semper Para- tus-Always Ready.” ❚

www.ROTORCRAFTPRO.com • August 2009

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