Mon, Mar 14, 2011
Options Range From Minor Enhancement To Major Airframe And
Vector Aerospace Helicopter
Services-North America, said at Heli-Expo last week that it has
launched a unique UH-1H helicopter upgrade program which they say
is ready for delivery to operators around the globe.
Vector's customizable UH-1 upgrade program addresses a wide
variety of operator-relevant issues; from minor system enhancements
to larger scale solutions that deliver appreciable increases in
aircraft performance and addresses major obsolescence issues.
"Options available range from operational and logistics support
such as maintenance and overhaul planning, up to a complete range
of airframe, engine and avionics solutions; made available in
scalable packages that are flexible enough to fit practically any
operator's needs," explains Phil Kemp, Vector's vice-president of
airframe and avionics sales.
Kemp continues, identifying key UH-1 upgrades that will be of
interest to UH-1 operators, including two engine upgrades
(installation of the Honeywell T-703 or the PT6T-67D; providing
gross weight increase and significant "hot and high" operational
capability), as well as the industry-leading BLR FastFin with
Vector Supplemental Type-Certificated options for a tractor-style
tail rotor and tail boom assembly. Additional upgrades
available with the Vector UH-1 program include customizable night
vision-compatible glass cockpit solutions and airframe repairs and
rebuilds, to complete rewires and avionics suites; all designed for
total customization in addressing the operator's mission
requirement and budget.
The goal of Vector's new UH-1 program is to provide operators
with a scalable upgrade solution rather than providing an "all or
nothing" scenario. The program addresses a variety of recurring
obsolescence and support challenges associated with legacy
mechanical, electrical and avionics systems. This enables operators
to reduce costly trouble-shooting activity, and refocus on
performing routine maintenance to improve aircraft availability and
safely and efficiently meet mission requirements.
"With Vector's unique, customer-driven approach to the UH-1
upgrade, operators have the opportunity to select a basic upgrade
package and then add to and customize that package. Operators now
have the option to choose a less significant degree of modification
to meet their desired performance objective, and periodically
embody additional performance enhancing upgrades to meet their
operational requirements and budgets."
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