Sat, Jun 14, 2008
Extends Production Of CH-47 Transportable Flight Proficiency
WestWind Technologies was recently awarded a $37+ million
contract to build additional CH-47 Transportable Flight Proficiency
Simulators for Redstone Arsenal’s Cargo Helicopter Project
Management Office, which is responsible for the Army’s CH-47
fleet worldwide. The program will include production of five
build-to-print units and associated spares.
"WestWind Technologies has delivered a product within cost,
schedule, and performance that will allow us to train soldiers much
better in the future," said Cargo Helicopter Office Project Manager
COL Newman Shufflebarger.
In January, WestWind Technologies delivered its first two CH-47F
Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulator units ahead of schedule
and marked the first time CH-47 simulators have been built in
Huntsville. Four prototype units were produced at Patuxent River,
MD by Manned Flight Systems, and WestWind began full-rate
production in the fall of 2007. This new contract will continue
that production program for the five new simulators.
The flight simulators contain the most current cockpit
configuration and provide soldiers with a dynamic training
environment for the newest heavy-lift cargo helicopters. The
simulators are easily transported and include a cost-saving
combination of commercial off-the-shelf and aircraft components as
well as state-of-the-art graphics. These features combine to save
considerable flight training costs while providing a realistic
flight training environment for the soldiers.
As a small business in close proximity to the Aviation Program
Executive Office at Redstone Arsenal, WestWind Technologies
provides substantial program flexibility for more cost-effective
and timely simulator manufacturing. The company’s
ability to meet and even accelerate production schedules
contributes significantly to operational readiness and ensures that
the pilots are fully prepared to fly the actual aircraft in a
variety of environments and situations.
Delivery of the additional units will begin in January 2009,
with final delivery the following October.
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