Progress Towards a Maritime Aeronautical Design Standard 33 Addendum
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION EDINBURGH (AUSTRALIA) AIR OPERATIONS DIV
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The Aeronautical Design Standard 33 ADS-33 is a performance specification for the handling qualities requirements of military rotorcraft. The handling qualities criteria and metrics of ADS-33 depend primarily on the mission the helicopter has to execute rather than its role or size. ADS-33 requires that the specifications of the Mission Task Element MTE, the Usable Cue Environment UCE and the response type are defined. The current criteria and specifications defined in ADS-33 relate to scout, attack, utility and cargo helicopters for land operations however there are no requirements related to maritime operations. This technical note provides an overview of work by the Aircraft Maintenance And Flight Trials Unit AMAFTU and DSTO, that are collaboratively progressing towards the definition of a maritime hover Mission Task Element MTE. This involves an over water manoeuvre flown to a floating buoy. Flight tests were performed by AMAFTU, though the current data set is not sufficient to draw any conclusions. Further work is planned to demonstrate the viability of the maritime hover MTE through AMAFTU flight tests and DSTO simulations.