VH-3D & VH-60N Aircrew Procedures Trainers

Customer: Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)

User: U.S. Marine Corp / President of the USA

ASI was selected by NAWCTSD to provide two APTs for the U.S. Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), Quantico, Virginia, to conduct initial training for conversion to the VH aircraft, and proficiency training to maintain currency and skill level. These APTs enhanced the training associated with executive transport operations, cockpit familiarization procedures, Emergency Procedures (EP) checks, aircrew coordination training, and instrument and NATOPS checks.

ASI designed, developed, produced, installed, integrated, and tested these devices. This included fixed base trainers housed in transportable, climate controlled enclosures. All cockpit functions, avionics, aerodynamics, flight controls, audio system, visual system, and automatic test system were provided.
The following VH-3D / VH-60N systems were developed and/or integrated by ASI:

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

ASI also provided Program Management, Logistics Support, and two years of Instructor/Maintainer 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 VH-60N

The Marine Corps VH-60N is a helicopter transport for the President of the United States, Vice President, and other visiting heads of state. It has seating provisions for 10 passengers and the aircrew consists of a pilot, co-pilot, crewchief, and a communication system operator. As an executive transport, it has an interior suitable for executive travel and receives extensive care and maintenance exceeding normal standards to keep the aircraft in superior condition. The VH-60N can be folded quickly, in less than two hours, for loading and storage onto an Air Force C-5A/B, and C-17, allowing for transport on short notice. It is also capable of being loaded onto an Air Force B, C-130, and C-141. Marine Helicopter Squadron One [HMX-1] is the sole helicopter support for executive transport throughout the United States and overseas.

About the VH-3D

Marine-1 is a VH-3D. The VH-3D is a twin engine, all-weather helicopter flown by Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) and supports the executive transport mission for the President of the United States. The first version of this workhorse helicopter was flown more than 35 years ago and was derived from the Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 series. Originally developed as an antisubmarine sensor carrier for the U.S. Navy, The Sea King has been replaced in that role by the SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter as the anti-submarine warfare helicopter. As the most visible helicopter in the Atlantic Fleet, the VH-3A’s have provided flawless executive transport services to the Navy, civilian, foreign, and other military dignitaries. The standard 16 passenger VH-3A helicopters have the cabin divided into three compartments. The forward entrance compartment contains an airstair door and accommodations for one passenger and the air crewmen. The passenger compartment accommodates 15 passengers.