Did you read that in the NSTM 3000?It purportedly reduces crew fatigue.
Here is the “historical rumor” based on some truth...Did you read that in the NSTM 3000?
Here's a real chicken vs. egg question: is it just coincidence that helos usually land on the port side of big decks and run a starboard-to-port angle to Flight I/II DDGs and PIC station is officially right? If not, which came first?
I would argue the egg (or is it the chicken?) is the fact that the wind envelopes favor a s-t-p approach no doubt because history favors the right seat. Given how tail rotors move back and forth, depending on T/M, my theory is that the envelopes favor the current standard because it's cheaper than doing the full engineering study.is it just coincidence that helos usually land on the port side of big decks and run a starboard-to-port angle to Flight I/II DDGs and PIC station is officially right? If not, which came first?
Awesome find, Griz.Here is the “historical rumor” based on some truth...
Les Morris was one of the first helicopter test pilots for Igor Sikorsky, and he had time in the first American helicopter, the VS-300. On the single seat VS-300, which made its debut on 8 December 1941, the collective control was fitted on the left side of the seat likely to match standard throttle placement of the time. The next year brought the introduction of the XR-4 helicopter, which was designed to the flown from the left seat (again for reasons I’m not sure of...it is possible that Mr. Sikorsky was trying to follow the convention of fixed wing aircraft). Still, in these early helicopters, the collective was always mounted between the seats, unlike modern helicopters, which have collective controls on the left of each seat. Morris, being a good test pilot, retrained himself to fly from the left seat, with the collective in his right hand. In his own words, it took him "many hours before I mastered an inordinate desire to use the wrong control at the right time!" Once he had retrained himself, Morris began training other pilots in the XR-4. Morris, however, didn't want to give up the left seat and risk confusing the controls should a student pilot make a mistake that required a quick correction, so all the new pilots were trained in the right seat. From this point on, all new helicopter pilots learned to fly from the right seat, giving us one possible explanation for their position in modern western helicopters.
Igor Sikorsky, BTW, graduated both Imperial Naval College of Russian Imperial Navy, St Petersburg, Russia, and Kiev Imperial University, Aeronautical section, now Ukraine. The College evaluation report said that "Mid'n Sikorsky evidently hates the service aboard the ships and is not eligible to be recommended to Watch Officer duty since he stares at the sky far more often than on the surface of the sea. But given the outstanding academical scores it would be wise to offer him further studies in some engineering or science field". That was the way he went into University course.Mr. Sikorsky was trying to follow the convention of fixed wing aircraft
I believe there are some FMS users of the MH-60S; thailand? Korea?Pretty soon all the cool countries will be in on the Romeo love...the Sierra, just an ugly step-sister I guess.
But only if you can afford it, which was ROKN's initial (and then follow-on) issue to tackle. I saw the same article today and was glad to see that ROKN was able to pull the trigger on the rough number that was being discussed several years ago. It's just a shame they wasted a bunch of other money on the Agusta birds for their first purchase because it was "cheaper."Turns out when you want a shipboard ASW/SUW helo you want one with a radar, sonar, esm, etc.