Accession Number:

ADA112581

Title:

Airworthiness and Flight Characteristics Test of an OH-58C Configured to a Light Combat Helicopter (LCH)

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jul-Sep 81

Corporate Author:

ARMY AVIATION ENGINEERING FLIGHT ACTIVITY EDWARDS AFB CA

Report Date:

1981-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

99.0

Abstract:

The United States Army Aviation Engineering Flight Activity conducted a limited airworthiness and flight characteristics test of the OH-58C Light Combat Helicopter LCH from 22 July through 9 September 1981. The OH-58C LCH configuration increases the gross weight of the helicopter to 3425 pounds and includes one 7-tube 2.75-inch rocket pod and one 7.62mm minigun mounted externally. Performance and handling qualities were evaluated. A total of 20 flights were conducted for a total of 26.0 flight hours. As a result of the increased maximum gross weight of the OH-58C LCH, the hover ceiling was reduced. Level flight performance was degraded by the LCH configuration. No significant handling qualities differences were noted when comparing test results for the OH-58C LCH to the test results of the standard OH-58C.

Subject Categories:

  • Helicopters

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE