Preliminary Airworthiness Evaluation OH-58C Helicopter Configured with a Mast Mounted Sight
Final rept. for period ending Oct 1980
ARMY AVIATION ENGINEERING FLIGHT ACTIVITY EDWARDS AFB CA
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The United States Army Aviation Engineering Flight Activity conducted a preliminary airworthiness evaluation of the OH-58C helicopter with a mast mounted sight and Bell Helicopter, Textron Model 570B three-axis stability and control augmentation system. The evaluation was completed in two phases at the Bell Helicopter Engineering Flight Research Center, Arlington, Texas elevation 630 ft. Phase 1 consisted of an evaluation of a dummy mast mounted sight installed on an instrumented helicopter. This phase was conducted between 15 and 30 October 1980 and 12 flights were flown for a total of 9.7 productive hours. Phase 2 consisted of a qualitative assessment of the handling qualities of the OH-58C configured with the operational Rockwell International sight. This phase was completed on 30 November 1980 in two flights for 1.5 productive test flight hours. The overall evaluation indicated that the OH-58C handling qualities with installed mast mounted sight and three-axis SCAS were satisfactory within the flight envelope tested. No problems were noted that will prevent future operational testing of the system. The addition of a three-axis SCAS significantly improved the OH-58C handling qualities, particularly in low speed flight, and is an enhancing characteristic.
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