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Unread post25 Jul 2018, 22:00

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“Lt. Cmdr. Rodney King (right), USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) aircraft handling officer, explains flight deck aircraft operations in the flight deck control office to AIR 6.7 employees. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey Troutman, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).” http://www.navair.navy.mil/img/uploads/model.jpg
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Unread post27 Jul 2018, 22:14

Navy’s newest carrier-based catapult, trap systems steadily advance through test
27 Jul 2018 PEO(T) Public Affairs

"NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – One year ago, the Navy’s newest aircraft launch and recovery systems successfully conducted historic first sorties aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). Today, the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) progress through comprehensive test programs.

Testing toward reliability
“Data from shipboard testing indicates that both EMALS and AAG have demonstrated improved reliability projections over the solely land-based testing,” said Capt. Steve Tedford, former Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (PMA 251) program manager.

Reliability is a key performance parameter for any new aircraft system, ensuring operational readiness for the fleet. EMALS and AAG are being put through the rigors to ensure they meet developmental milestones. Single-day shipboard operations show that both systems are capable of meeting operational requirements.

The EMALS and AAG teams, along with industry partner General Atomics, have developed numerous engineering changes to support the systems’ continued maturity and reliability growth, Tedford explained….

...“The dedicated EMALS and AAG teams have excelled in overcoming numerous challenges and will continue charging ahead, completing these concurrent test programs, continually increasing confidence in these technologies and getting both systems mission ready,” said Tedford."

Photo:“An F/A-18F Super Hornet catches a wire of the Advanced Arresting Gear system aboard USS Gerald R. “ Ford (CVN 78) for the first time, marking a naval history first, on July 28, 2017. (U.S. Navy Photo)” http://www.navair.navy.mil/img/uploads/ ... 6-0113.jpg


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Unread post13 Aug 2018, 21:33

Hail and farewell: Carrier Ford changes command
10 Aug 2018 Mark D. Faram

"...Capt. John J. “Yank” Cummings will preside over a first-in-class carrier undergoing extensive work designed to fix the glitches that have dogged the carrier since it was commissioned on July 22, 2017, and began its shakedown cruise. The list includes propulsion problems and software bugs but the Ford is slated to return to sea in late 2019 and the Pentagon believes it will deploy overseas three years after that.

“The shakedown period was an opportunity for the Navy to run the ship through a rigorous set of operational tasks and assess her performance," McCormack [previous skipper] told Navy Times in an interview. “We now enter a post-shakedown availability period to incorporate several design changes to correct performance deficiencies and complete the installation of other systems needed to ensure the ship, her embarked air wing and the strike group are ready.”

McCormack’s crew spent 81 days at sea testing the Ford, the newest class of American carriers in four decades. One of their most rewarding moments came when they discovered that the shipboard Electromagnetic Aircraft Launching System — called “EMALS” — and its companion Advanced Arresting Gear worked well.... [GOSH - WHO'DA THUNK]

...Although commanders planned on only 400 launches and arrested aircraft landings during the Ford’s maiden year of operations, EMALs worked so well that they pushed testing far higher. The crew tallied 747 launches and recoveries, seven of them made by McCormack himself, a career F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter pilot.

“It’s shows your crew that you have confidence in them and in the equipment to have them shoot you off the bow and bring you back aboard from the stern,” said McCormack, a California native who also served as a test pilot. He has orders to become chief of staff for Naval Air Forces, Atlantic...."

Source: https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-nav ... s-command/
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Unread post20 Aug 2018, 18:16

Which SIDE shows the DEADload?
“Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and Sen. Robert Menendez receive a demonstration of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) during a visit to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst Aug. 17. [2018] (U.S. Navy photo)” http://www.navair.navy.mil/img/uploads/SECNAV%202.JPG
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Unread post27 Aug 2018, 21:37

Props testing completion advances AAG fidelity
22 Aug 2018 NAWCAD Public Affairs

"JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, New Jersey, — The team behind the Navy’s newest carrier-based aircraft recovery system, the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), completed C-2A Greyhound, E-2C Hawkeye and E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Performance Testing Aug. 11 at a land-based test site located here.

The propellered segment of the USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) airwing, or “props,” completed a total of 450 aircraft recoveries since beginning the rigorous and specialized Performance Testing program in late May and will generate the Aircraft Recovery Bulletin (ARB) that clears the C-2A, E-2C and E-2D for future manned aircraft testing aboard CVN 78.

The Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) team designed and executed a test program that would validate AAG’s ability to safely arrest the aircraft aboard the supercarrier, while purposely challenging the system by inserting faults and verifying both the aircraft’s and system’s response by analyzing the data obtained during test....

...Concurrent testing at JCTS has been underway to support the F/A-18 Super Hornet ARB expansion as well as the EA-18G Growler ARB, and the jets will be the next to conduct a series of roll-in and fly-in arrestments at RALS. This pattern of sequential land-based testing will be completed for all aircraft types – first at JCTS, then RALS, prior to landing aboard the carrier."

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Unread post04 Sep 2018, 19:28

JPALS JPALS JPALS - wherefor art thou JPALS. USAF will have to be dragged akickin' and ascreamin' to the altar of JPALS.
Update: Raytheon developing expeditionary land-based JPALS system
04 Sep 2018 Pat Host

"Key Points
---------- • Raytheon is developing a man-portable land-based JPALS system
---------- • The system would enable the USAF to land aircraft where it does not have bases

Raytheon is developing a smaller, expeditionary, land-based version of its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) for a demonstration to the US Air Force (USAF), [wodabout USMC?] according to a company official.

CJ Jaynes, Raytheon executive technical adviser for precision landing, told Jane's on 22 August that the company is repackaging JPALS so it can be built with transit cases and transported on, or in, a truck, such as a light armoured utility vehicle. The idea is that it can be mobile and expeditionary, or carried by two people, as current JPALS equipment for US Navy (USN) aircraft carriers are extremely large, Jaynes said, with four avionics racks each 1.5 m tall by 0.8 m wide."

Source: https://www.janes.com/article/82763/upd ... als-system
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Unread post19 Sep 2018, 23:51

Raytheon TOUTS TOUTS TOUTS for the JPALS everywhere concept - an USAF drone did an auto landing just recently....
Precision Ship-Landing System Could Be Game-Changer at Bare Airfields
19 Sep 2018 Hope Hodge Seck

"Raytheon says its Joint Precision Approach and Landings System, or JPALS, is revolutionizing landings at sea for the first two deployed squadrons of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Now, the company is setting its sights on the Air Force, where JPALs, already installed on the service's F-35A, could help take the guesswork out of landings at austere airfields with little infrastructure, and in bad weather conditions.

Brooks Cleveland, the senior aviation adviser for landing systems at Raytheon and a former Navy F/A-18 Hornet pilot, said Raytheon wants to take a "road show" demonstration of JPALS capabilities to Hill and Luke Air Force bases, two major F-35 operations hubs. "On the F-35A, [JPALS] is in there and it's turned on, but there's no land-based system yet," Cleveland said. "It will be demonstrating that it's in there and it works as it does at sea, on an aircraft carrier."

JPALS works by enabling communication between a landing aircraft and systems on the ship or ground that can guide the plane in safely and accurately, even on a pitching ship deck or a zero-visibility landing zone. Since the JPALS-equipped F-35B embarked on historic first shipboard deployments with the 31st and 13th Marine Expeditionary Units earlier this year, Cleveland said the system has been 99.9 percent reliable.

"To us on the ships, it's unheard of," he said. "Just off the top of my head, about one out of every three times I came back, the landing systems weren't working, so you're just doing it by sight, which is kind of frustrating, off an eight-hour mission. [The pilots] love it, so that's been very successful."

...JPALS ground components can be set up within 90 minutes and can offer pilots 50 different possible approaches at multiple airfields within a radius of 20 nautical miles, Watkins [business development manager for Raytheon and a retired Air Force colonel who flew F-16 Fighting Falcons] said. Approaches, he said, can be tailored to accommodate challenging terrain or hazardous weather.

Cleveland said it's not just about taking the complexity out of landings; it also offers a level of greater safety to pilots....

...Cleveland said most aircraft have the basic infrastructure needed to work with JPALs, with some modifications.

"It's a task, but not complex," he said. "It's not this massive, huge-scale, 'we have to flight test and certify because we're taking added things on.' But it's still something we have to solve because every airplane has a different radio ... [and] industry partners to work with. It's challenging, but certainly not insurmountable.""

Source: https://www.military.com/defensetech/20 ... ields.html
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Unread post21 Sep 2018, 20:57

The DFP F-35C HOOK tore up the same spot on the FCLP runway and now someone's hook is tearing holes in carrier decks?
Raytheon pitches USAF on F-35A auto-landing system
20 Sep 2018 Garrett Reim

"After successfully integrating its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) on F-35B fighters and a growing number of US Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships, Raytheon is pitching a modified version of the system to the US Air Force for auto-landing F-35A aircraft at expeditionary airfields.

The company is in talks with the USAF on how exactly the service would like a portable system configured to automatically land the Lockheed Martin F-35A on remote airfields without traditional instrument landing systems. Such airfields may have difficult approaches due to surrounding mountains, bad weather or potential enemy fire.

Raytheon says it is building a Humvee portable version of JPALS which could be transported to expeditionary air bases aboard a C-130J transport and set up in 60 to 90 minutes. The system would be able to manage 50 different aircraft making different approaches within a radius of 20nm....

...Initially designed to help a pilot land on an aircraft carrier in poor visibility or after long, tiring flights, the auto-landing system can put down an aircraft in a 20cm by 20cm box, says Raytheon.

“It was so precise that when they were testing it that they were having to move around the touchdown point on the aircraft carrier because the deck was getting worn out by the tail hook hitting the same spot,” says Brooks Cleveland, Raytheon’s senior aviation advisor for precision landing systems."

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... em-452040/
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Unread post21 Sep 2018, 22:58

JPALS Precision Approach and Landing Expeditionary for USAF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTtVf-qZVro

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Unread post23 Nov 2018, 03:24

Catch and Release [LONG ARTICLE BEST READ at source]
04 Sep 2018 Jeff Newman; NAN Naval Aviation News

"...Since first launching and recovering aircraft at-sea July 28, 2017—six days after Ford’s commissioning—the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arrested Gear (AAG) have successfully executed 747 day-and-night catapult launches and arrestments of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. The initial goal was to conduct between 400 and 500 such cycles prior to the post-shakedown availability (PSA)…

...Fully installed on Ford, the four EMALS catapults and AAG, which comprises three engines powering three arresting wires, are set for initial operational capability in 2019 and 2021, respectively, prior to the ship’s first scheduled deployment. Through January, Ford had six at-sea periods, four of which included EMALS launches and AAG recoveries. Multiple times, the systems launched and recovered more than 80 Super Hornets in a single day, including one day with more than 110 cycles, and another with more than 130, Tedford [Capt. Stephen Tedford, the former program manager for the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Program Office at Naval Air Systems Command. Tedford led the program office from September 2014 until his change of command on July 12] said....

...Systems Deliver Advantages
EMALS and AAG are designed to, respectively, launch and recover a wider envelope of aircraft than the legacy steam catapult and MK 7 arresting gear. They also weigh less and require significantly less manning—AAG alone saves 65 tons and requires half the manning of the MK-7.

“The difference in performance, you can definitely feel it,” said Lt. Cmdr. James Struck, a pilot with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, who flew the first launch-and-recovery off Ford in July 2017. “With the old arresting gear, you catch the wire and have a constant deceleration until you stop. With AAG, it tries to reduce the load on the aircraft. It’s not a constant deceleration; it’s controlled by software, so you catch the wire, and you can feel the system adjusting your deceleration profile.”

Struck said launching with EMALS also feels “just a little bit different” than with steam catapults. “EMALS is also driven by software, so the acceleration profile is slightly different, a little smoother,” he said....

...Built-in diagnostics identify components in need of repair, making EMALS and AAG far more reliable and easier to maintain than the legacy systems. “Life as a maintainer is much easier working on EMALS than on steam catapults,” Rivera said [Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Launching and Recovery) Petty Officer 1st Class (ABE1) Daniel Rivera]. “When there is a problem with EMALS, the system is able to determine exactly what is wrong, so there is less manpower needed to troubleshoot.

“Once the problem is identified, EMALS is more plug-and-play than steam catapults, meaning Sailors can simply remove a failed component instead of attempting to fix it on the spot. This results in less downtime of the equipment and more availability to complete the ship’s mission of launching and recovering aircraft.”...

Test and Evaluation Phase
Having completed land-based developmental testing at its test site at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, EMALS will soon begin an integrated test and evaluation (IT&E) period, which will include system reliability testing. A key performance parameter for any new aircraft system, reliability ensures operational readiness for the fleet. Single-day shipboard operations have shown that both systems are able to meet operational requirements.

“In developmental testing, we’re trying to find problems with these systems,” Tedford said. “We then take that data and do the best we can to generate predictions of what we think our reliability will be when we get to the ship. “What we learned on CVN 78 last year was that our reliability for both systems was significantly better than our land-based data was predicting, which is a good thing.”

As for AAG, “the team has made incredible progress over the last two years,” Tedford said. The system has conducted more than 2,000 arrestments using dead-loads, weighted sleds that replicate the mass and—when pushed by a jet car—force of an aircraft. Following its year-long PSA, Ford is set to undergo flight deck certification with components of the entire air wing sometime in 2020, Tedford said...."

Entire PDF Summer 2018: http://navalaviationnews.navylive.dodli ... er2018.pdf (8.1Mb)

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Unread post23 Nov 2018, 03:30

Wasn't there an issue that it took a significantly long time( ie. something like 30-45 min IIRC) to power down EMALS before the techs could safely dp their stuff? Anyone know if that's still the case?
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Unread post23 Nov 2018, 03:40

There are still issues to be worked upon IIRC involving powering down ALL EMALS before fixing THE ONE but YMMV. :drool:

I'll guess a solution to all problems will be found even if we are not told. So for example OTHER CLOWNS can dig up OLD POTUS QUOTES to lash him with it when he admits the USN Officer gave POTUS a great reply about EMALS recently. :roll:
Trump uses Thanksgiving call to Navy officer to voice a weird grudge about aircraft carriers
23 Nov 2018 Alex Lockie

"President Donald Trump returned to one of his more bizarre concerns about the US military on a call with US service members overseas on Thanksgiving Day. Talking to a US Navy officer on the phone from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump asked about a pet peeve of his: the catapults aircraft carriers use to launch aircraft....

...“So when you do the new carriers, as we do and as we’re thinking about doing, would you go with steam, or would you go with electromagnetic?” Trump quizzed the sailor, putting him in the awkward position of disagreeing with the president or disagreeing with his superior officers. “Because steam is very reliable, and the electromagnetic, I mean, unfortunately you have to be Albert Einstein to really work it properly,” Trump said. “What would you do?”

“Yes sir, you sort of have to be Albert Einstein to run the nuclear power plant that we have here as well, but we’re doing that very well,” the officer replied. “Mr. President, I would go electromagnetic [catapults] … We do pay a heavy cost to transit the steam around the ship.”

“Good, OK, I like to hear that. I’m actually happy about that answer,” Trump said. “They’re doing what they’re doing, but that’s actually a very good answer.”…"

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com.au/trum ... ke-2018-11
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Unread post23 Nov 2018, 05:57

EMALS is saved! Trump orders a dozen more Ford class carriers! Two dozen Zumwalts also ordered, cuz ‘lectromagnetic!

Give that sailor a promotion! This is YUGE!!!
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Unread post23 Nov 2018, 06:01

NOPE. Digital - no 'lectromagneato Einsteinian Schrodingers Catapult' needed to explain it herein - it is HUUUGGGEEEE!
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