UH-1N Reconfigurable Operational Flight Trainer

Customer: Lockheed Martin Simulation Training & Support

User: U.S. Air Force Aircrew Training & Rehearsal Support (ATARS) Program

ASI was selected by Lockheed Martin to upgrade the U.S. Air Force (USAF) UH-1N ROFT as part of the ATARS Flight Improvement Program. The purpose of this upgrade was to improve the fidelity of the training system to provide required aircrew training and mission rehearsal capabilities located at Kirtland AFB, NM. The UH-1N ROFT training device provides training and rehearsal support for the Special Operations Forces.

This contract included the design, development, installation, integration, and test of a merged/updated and tuned flight model, updated engine model, and automatic test generation system. These systems provide the trainee with the force, feel, and feedback consistent with the operation of the UH-1N helicopter in all flight and ground operations.

The following UH-1N systems were developed and/or integrated by ASI:

  • Flight Dynamics System
  • Engine System
  • Auto Test System
  • Stabilizer Bar

ASI also provided Program Management and Logistics Support 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 UH-1N Huey

The UH-1N is a light-lift utility helicopter used to support Air Force Space Command missile wings and groups. The helicopter has a number of uses. Its primary mission includes airlift of emergency security and disaster response forces, security surveillance of off-base movements of nuclear weapons convoys and test range areas during launch conditions, space shuttle landing support, priority maintenance dispatch support, emergency positive control document changes, and response to search and rescue operations. Other uses include airlift of missile support personnel, airborne cable inspections and distinguished visitor transport.

The UH-1N is capable of flight in instrument and nighttime conditions. The crew complement is normally two (pilot and co-pilot), but may be flown single-pilot depending on weather and mission requirements. The crew complement for hoist, water and navigational operations is three, adding a flight engineer. When configured for passengers, the UH-1N can seat up to 13 people, but actual passenger loads are dependent on fuel loads and atmospheric conditions (may be less). The medical evacuation configuration can accommodate up to six litters. Without seats or litters, the cabin can carry bulky, oversized cargo. Access to the cabin is through two full-sized sliding doors.