E-2C Comprehensive Upgrade Program

Aero Simulation, Inc. (ASI) has been selected by Rockwell Collins to support a major modification and upgrade of the U.S. Navy’s existing E-2C Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs), Device 2F110 located at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia (VA), and Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Point Mugu, California (CA).

Under the program, ASI will perform a number of modifications to each trainer, including replacement of the Host Computer, Control Loading, Instructor/Operator, Audio Communications and Aural Cueing Systems, CNS/ATM upgrades, redesign of the Input/Output Interface System, Aerodynamic (Aero) modeling, replacement of the existing motion systems with a motion/vibration system and the implementation of Information Assurance controls. Each trainer will be modified in ASI’s recently expanded 52,000 square foot Tampa facility.

“ASI is extremely pleased with the confidence the U.S. Navy continues to place in our team’s ability to fully satisfy E-2 flight training requirements” said Dr. Michael McCarthy, ASI’s President. “Our excell

ent past performance for the E-2 and C-2A communities and our best value solution for this major upgrade program clearly provided the foundation for this important award. We’re very excited to continue our work as a Principal Subcontractor to Rockwell Collins and look forward to our successful deliveries in support of the Navy’s E-2 training requirements.”

Previous E-2C Contracts 

Customer: U.S. Navy, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)

User: U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Training Squadron VAW-120

ASI was selected by NAWCTSD to deliver the E-2C Group II Navigation Upgrade Program. The program included state-of-the-art improvements in trainer systems design and capability and incorporation of the Integrated Navigation System Upgrade (AFC 399) and the NP2000 Propeller System. It also included replacement of the simulator host computer system, trainer I/O system, Instructor/Operator System, Cockpit Trainee Station modifications, and visual system upgrade for installations at the Naval Station at Norfolk VA (Devices 2F166 SN2 and 2F110 SN1) and Naval Air Station Pt Mugu CA (Device 2F110 SN2). NOTE: Visual System Upgrade performed on 2F166 only.

The Device 2F166 S/N 2 is an OFT that provides an effective degree of simulation in relation to the actual E-2C Hawkeye aircraft in the areas of flight and navigation, under direct supervision of an instructor. The mission of the E-2C OFTs is to provide the fleet with the capability to train and qualify E 2C crewmembers (including engine maintenance turn-up personnel) at a rate consistent with operational demands. The OFTs provide training in aircraft operations using normal and emergency procedures described in the E-2C NATOPS Manual. This includes procedures for preflight, prestart, start, ground and shipboard deck operations, pre-taxi, pre-takeoff, takeoff from land based fields and carrier catapult launch, climb, normal and emergency flight operations (including approach to stalls, stalls, engine airstart and alternate airstart), approach to land based fields and the carrier deck, field and carrier landing, post-landing, engine shutdown/secure, post-shutdown, as well as navigational equipment turn on/off and alignment procedures. The operational environment that the trainer will simulate shall be from sea level to 40,000 feet (ft.) elevation.

The following E-2C systems were developed and/or integrated by ASI:

Aerodynamics Flight Controls
Aircraft Systems Autopilot
Engines Control Loading
Avionics Propellers
Trainer I/O Navigation
Instructor / Operator Station Computer System
Out-the-Window Visual System Trainer Station
Auto Test System Aural Cue System


ASI also provided Program Management, Logistics Support, and Contractor Services to support the successful completion of this program.

Delivery Status and Customer Satisfaction

Deliveries were on time with complete satisfaction by the customer and the users.

About the E-2C Hawkeye

The linchpin of naval aviation operations, the mission of the highly-valued E-2C Hawkeye, is to provide command and control leadership to Aircraft Carrier Strike Groups. Manufactured by Northrop-Grumman, the Hawkeye is flown by ten fleet squadrons stationed in Norfolk, VA, Pt. Mugu, CA, and Atsugi, Japan; two reserve squadrons in Norfolk and Atlanta, GA, and the training squadron VAW-120, also in Norfolk. A highly flexible aircraft, the carrier-based Hawkeye has a trio of detection systems which are able to detect ships and aircraft in excess of 300 nautical miles. When this “over-the-horizon” detection capability is combined with a suite of communications equipment and a highly trained aircrew, the Hawkeye is a potent airborne weapon for any mission in which the Carrier Air Group takes part, from Strike and Air Intercept Control to Close Air Support for ground forces as well as Search and Rescue missions. Regardless of its assigned mission, the Hawkeye is a priceless player in the airborne command and control of the United States Armed Forces.