HU-25, HH-60J, and HH-65C Operational Flight Trainers

User: U.S. Coast Guard

ASI received a contract to design, produce, install, and test major modifications to the U.S. Coast Guard’s HU-25, HH-60J, and HH-65C Operational Flight Trainers at the USCG Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL. The modifications included new Host Computer Systems, Control Loading Systems, Trainer Input/Output Systems, Visual Systems, Navigation Systems, Communications Systems, Radar Systems, Computer Added Debrief Systems (CADS), Instructor Operator Stations, Motion System analysis, Seat Shaker upgrades, Mission Computer Systems, and other Cockpit Upgrades.

The HU-25, HH-60J, and HH-65C OFTs are the primary trainers used by the USCG ATC to train all USCG pilots in the operation (both normal and emergency) and mission of each of the related aircraft.

The following systems were developed and/or integrated by ASI on this program:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Controls
  • Control Loading
  • Aircraft systems
  • Engines
  • Avionics
  • Trainer I/O
  • Instructor / Operator Station
  • Out-the-Window Visual System
  • Tactics System
  • Autopilot
  • Rotor/Propeller System
  • Navigation
  • Computer system
  • Trainee Station Modifications
  • Aural Cue Systems
  • Auto Test System
  • Motion System

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

Delivery Status and Customer Satisfaction

Deliveries were to the satisfaction of the customer and the users.

About the HU-25

The HU-25 Falcon Jet is a medium-range surveillance fixed-wing aircraft that is used to perform search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties including illegal drug interdiction, marine environmental protection, and military readiness. This twin-engine turbofan jet, deliveries of which were completed in 1983, is one of the few aircraft flown by the military services that is built by a foreign company, Dassault-Breguet of France. The Falcon’s ability to operate from sea level to altitudes of 42,000 feet makes it suitable for Coast Guard’s missions of search and rescue, drug interdiction and marine law enforcement. Key features include computer controlled air navigation system, surveillance system operators console, surveillance camera and avionics adapted for oil pollution overflight detection.

About the HH-60J

The HH-60J Jayhawk is a medium-range recovery helicopter. The HH-60J is used to perform search and rescue, law enforcement, military readiness, and marine environmental protection missions. The JAYHAWK is a variant of the Sikorsky H-60 product line currently used by all five branches of the US military along with 25 governments across the world. The JAYHAWK is a rugged, proven, versatile multi-mission military aircraft well suited to the task. Sikorsky Aircraft delivered 42 HH-60Js to the Coast Guard for search and rescue (SAR), offshore law enforcement, drug interdiction, aids to navigation and environmental protection.

About the HH-65C

The Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation’s HH-65C Dolphin was selected by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in the early 1980s as its short range recovery (SRR) air-sea rescue helicopter. The HH-65 normally carries a crew of four: Pilot, Copilot, Flight Mechanic, and Rescue Swimmer.

The HH-65 Dolphin is used for homeland security patrols, cargo, drug interdiction, ice breaking, military readiness, pollution control, and search and rescue missions. The HH-65 is known for its Fenestron tail rotor and its autopilot capabilities, which can complete an unaided approach to the water and bring the aircraft into a stable 50′ hover, or automatically fly search patterns, an ability which allows the crew to engage in other tasks.