Helicopter/Ship Qualification Testing (Les essais de qualification helicoptere/navire)
NATO RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATION NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE (FRANCE)
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NATOs rotorcraft aviation forces rely heavily on ship-based operations for both military and commercial applications. The requirements to provide surveillance, supplies and force projection options in areas where land-based operations are not available also dictate aircraftship operations. These multi-national forces operate from a variety of different aircraft and ships in both weather and visibility extremes. Basic helicopter flight limitations are usually determined in a land-based environment by the aircraft manufacturer andor by the procuring activity. The land-based limitations are not valid in the shipboard environment due to the individual factors including ship air waketurbulence, ship motion, confined landing areas and visual cue limitations and due to the combined effects of these factors. Future NATO operators and force commanders may require the maximum helicoptership operational capability that can be accomplished in any environmental condition. The purpose of this AGARDograph is to document the helicoptership qualification test procedures including the preparation, execution and data analysis of helicoptership flight testing that should be employed, combined with best safety practices to obtain that maximum operational capability. Attention is focused on helicopter take-off and landing, which constitutes the main part of the test programme.