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HANGAR TALK


Curtiss-Wright Congratulates Sierra Nevada Corporation on Being Selected by U.S. DoD to Provide Degraded Visual Environment System for HH-60G Rotorcraft


Aerometals Introduces Sikorsky S-70i/UH-60 Blackhawk Engine Inlet Barrier Filter


Aerometals recently announced the introduction of a new generation Engine Inlet Barrier Filter (EIBF) that was designed, manufactured, flight tested, and delivered by the company. Utilizing complex computer airflow modeling and three-dimensional CAD technology, Aerometals is now delivering a revolutionary new EIBF designed both for the Sikorsky S-70i and Blackhawk UH-60 utility helicopters.


Attributes of the new design over legacy systems include a significant weight savings of almost 50 pounds, no airspeed correlation charts, no impact to ram air cooling of engines, no increase in fuel burn due to parasitic drag, and minimal impact to aircraft performance. In addition to protecting engines from FOD damage and filtering particulates and salt nuclei, the EIBF also guards against thermal impact spikes that can lead to premature hot section fatigue of firefighting aircraft. Veteran Blackhawk test pilot Kevin Bredenbeck evaluated the filter system and said, “It isn’t often I’m impressed, but after reviewing the technical data and performing flight profiles, my opinion has solidified that the Aerometals barrier filter should be standard equipment on all Blackhawk aircraft.”


The City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s Air Operations Division is the launch customer with the recent delivery of its new airframe with the Aerometals EIBG filter installed. The acquisition of the S-70i provides a critical role of fire suppression and support of ground firefighting crews for San Diego and surrounding areas. Battalion Chief Chuck Macfarland commented, “When we decided to lead the fleet, I expected a good product from Aerometals. Now that I have had the opportunity to fly with the barrier filter installed, it has exceeded my expectations and put to rest any concern about power available.”


Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions recently congratulated Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) on its selection by the U.S. DoD to provide the Degraded Visual Environment System (DVES) for use on the Air Force’s HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopters. SNC’s DVES, which uses safety certifiable rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded technology, improves situational awareness to pilots and aircrew operating in DVE conditions by adding new functional capabilities to the HH-60G. Use of the DVES will increase the safety of military aircrews by enabling pilots to safely operate in aircraft-induced degraded visual environments such as brownout and whiteout conditions through the use of a multi-sensor system that provides real-time, high-resolution fused data and imagery of the terrain and obstacles. This game-changing technology will increase aircrew situational awareness of obstacles throughout all phases of flight including power lines, ditches, mountains, rocks and other obstacles, thus reducing loss of life and equipment.


“We are very pleased to congratulate Sierra Nevada Corporation on being selected to provide its important Degraded Visual Environment System (DVES) for use on HH-60G helicopters,” said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Defense and Power. “The DoD’s important lifesaving and mission- enabling program will significantly improve situational awareness for helicopter pilots and aircrew while operating in conditions that reduce visibility. We are proud to support SNC on this program and provide them with a rugged, cost-effective size, weight, and power-optimized processing solution based on our cost-effective COTS technology.”


“Sierra Nevada Corporation is very pleased to team with Curtiss- Wright on this important program,” said Greg Cox, executive vice president for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Electronic & Information Systems division. “Our DVE system will play a critical role in improving helicopter pilot and aircrew safety by greatly increasing situational awareness.”


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