This was achieved following successful completion of an Airworthiness Board Review, and receipt of approval for a special flight permit from the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Airworthiness Authority.
Set to achieve Initial Operating Capability in late 2018, the HATS program is responsible for replacing, upgrading and supporting the Navy and Army Helicopter Aircrew Training System at Nowra.
Boeing Defence Australia Director, HATS and Program Management, Terry Nichols, says that in passing these milestones, Boeing and the ADF will use the initial flying hours to develop the instructor workforce prior to testing and validating a range of planned HATS curriculum that will form part of the program’s delivery.
“As a company, we’re proud that the program passed the Airworthiness Board review. This outcome is a testament to the collaborative approach that was maintained by Defence and Boeing – allowing the aircraft to go on to secure a special flying permit. This is the result of the hard work of the many dedicated people on the program,” said Nichols.
“The program successfully achieving these milestones is especially important for Boeing, as it allows both Navy and Army to have confidence that we’re not just delivering a good development plan on paper, but gives clear indication that we’re on track to commence full operations in 2018.”
“With this information in hand, Boeing is able to provide Defence with a roadmap, which may assist the Commonwealth in making informed decisions around timing and process for transitioning existing legacy fleets.”
The HATS program training assets includes 15 Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2 helicopters and three Thales EC135 Reality H Full Flight Simulators.
- Bell awarded $10M contract for Procurement of 3 B407 Airframes
- Sacramento PD Becomes First Law Enforcement Agency to Operate Bell 505
- US Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB
- CAE wins contract to provide Qatar Emiri Air Force with comprehensive NH90 training solution
- HMLA-367 bids farewell to AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters
- Canadian AvGas supply problem partly resolved
- First show of the new Russian light helicopter to take place at HeliRussia 2018
- Milestone Aviation provides four new H135 helicopters to ADAC
- Oceania Aviation receives award from MD Helicopters
- New mission systems extend the capabilities for the German Federal Police Air Support
- Honeywell provides support to AW139 Leonardo fleets
- Trakka announces SWE-400 Quad Orders
- 4 Key Helicopter Technologies That Will Save Lives
- Mid-Continent Named Authorized BendixKing Repair Partner
- Marine Corps Plans for Super UAS
- Charleston County Sheriff Replace Aging Bell
- DART Aerospace certifies lightweight Bell 505 Bearpaws
- MD Helicopters announces scholarship recipient
- Aero Products partners with Pall Aerospace
- StandardAero Announces Plans Expansion