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Aspen’s President and CEO. “The Terrain Warning System and 3D traffic are invaluable tools to the pilot operating in congested ter- minal airspaces, reduced visibility conditions, or in mountainous terrain. Aspen’s ESV is yet anoth- er technology our company has developed to help make General Aviation flying easier and safer at an affordable price.”

Unique to Evolution Synthetic

Vision is the ability to customize the display layout to suit individ- ual preferences, including the flexibility to toggle different fields of view between narrow or wide, to best suit the phase of flight. The wide field of view is suited for enroute, while the narrow field of view is best for zooming in on the approach environment. Evolution Synthetic Vision can also be dis- played in any of the available win- dow configurations—full screen, split screen, or thumbnail lay- outs—and on the Primary Flight Display, the Multi-function Flight Display, or both.

Another significant capability provided with Aspen’s ESV is a built-in Terrain Warning System (TWS). Combining the use of synthetic vision terrain coloring, flight path marker coloring, cau- tion and warning text annuncia- tions, and a cockpit terrain audio warning signal, the Terrain Warning System alerts the pilot when terrain or obstacle conflict is imminent. For operations in the terminal area, the TWS employs intelligent alerting logic that suppresses alerts for terrain proximity that is expected and normal during this phase of flight, minimizing nuisance alert- ing and further increasing safety and reducing pilot workload dur- ing critical phases of flight. ◆

EADS North America Passes the Halfway Mark in Deliveries of the U.S. Army UH-72A Lakota Helicopter

EADS North America has achieved another milestone on the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program as the company has delivered more than half of the planned 345 Lakotas to the U.S. Army.

The UH-72A Lakota, built by the company’s American Eurocopter business unit, is one of the U.S. Army’s most successful acquisition programs and is repeatedly noted by DoD officials for its on-time and on-budget deliveries.

“Reaching the midway point in deliveries to the Army with an unblemished record of on- time deliveries is an excellent example of our strong performance on the Lakota program,” said EADS North American CEO Sean O’Keefe. “This program clearly demonstrates the company’s abili- ty to successfully execute large programs, in-source manufactur- ing to the U.S. and create high- value American jobs, while simul- taneously delivering on our on- time and on-cost commitment to our Army and Navy customers.” The UH-72A is based on the best-selling EC145 multi-role helicopter and was developed by EADS’ Eurocopter division. As part of EADS North America’s commitment to the U.S. Army, the company’s American Eurocopter business unit created a dedicated assembly line for UH- 72As in Mississippi, and success-


fully completed the on-time in-sourcing of its full produc- tion activity from Germany in 2010 – with sustained output reaching 53 rotary- wing air- craft annually at the state-of- the-art facility. Overall there have been 180

aircraft delivered to the DoD. The steady production and delivery represents the rapid success in establishing a world-

Lakotas in multiple configura- tions for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions, search and rescue operations, border patrols along the U.S./Mexico border, VIP transport, general aviation support and in combat flight training at the service’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany, the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Ft.

class production facility, recruiting and training the technical professionals who build the aircraft and the sup- pliers in the U.S. and overseas. UH-72A Lakota helicopters

are operating from 31 basing locations in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Germany and the Pacific Ocean’s Kwajalein Atoll following the establishment of 10 new field- ing sites in 2010. The U.S. Army has ordered 219 UH- 72As to date, with the total acquisition of 345 helicopters sustaining production through 2015. Five LUH aircraft are used by the Navy Test Pilot School for their rotary wing test pilot training.

The U.S. Army is using its

Polk, La., and soon at the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, Calif. EADS engineers continue to integrate addition- al mission equipment packages (MEPs) on the UH-72A, achieving FAA certification for the Combat Training Center (CTC) MEP in 2010. Efforts continue on additional MEP integration, for a comprehen- sive package for the Army National Guard’s Security and Support Battalion missions. The training and logistics

for the LUH program is also on track. Pilots and mainte- nance professionals of U.S. Army have completed more than 575 pilot and 375 main- tenance personnel completing their classes. ◆


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