F-35C Lands at Lakehurst For Testing

Production milestones, roll-outs, test flights, service introduction and other milestones.
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Unread post10 Jun 2015, 00:14

Bulk of this long screed is here: viewtopic.php?f=62&t=27414
Navy Air Boss: F-35C Advanced Sensors, Situational Awareness a ‘Game-Changer’
09 Jun 2015 Gidget Fuentes

"...The helmet doesn’t just protect the pilot’s head, Johnson said. It pulls and displays data for the pilot. Cameras around the aircraft provide views – a “360-degree, full situational awareness,” he said – that allow the pilot, literally, to see what’s below the jet without having to bank the jet as is needed with fourth-generation aircraft.

The advanced F-35 is touted as easy to fly, with advanced controls that enable almost a hands-free landing on an aircraft carrier at sea. That same capability – added into older aircraft via the Navy’s software project “Magic Carpet” – has been installed on some Super Hornets, Shoemaker said. It will mean pilots will have to conduct fewer Field Carrier Landing Practices, or FCLPs, before becoming proficient in the jet, and that reduction in required flight hours for training will help preserve the planes’ service life....

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Unread post10 Jun 2015, 21:38

There is a thread already with this video 'titled' EMALS/JPALS: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=14115&p=292532&hilit=Newport#p292532
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Unread post10 Jun 2015, 22:37

Thanks, Spazs, my bad. I've been out of town for a few days and thought I was onto something new. Shoulda searched! Moderators please delete that post, thanks.
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Unread post11 Jun 2015, 00:35

No worries. IF anyone new saw that EMALS video then they can go to the EMALS thread to find out more.
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Unread post22 Jul 2015, 00:54

Boeing helps test software that makes carrier landings easier and safer
Published on Jul 20, 2015 BOING!

"The U.S. Navy and Boeing recently tested the technology during successful sea trials onboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. It’s called MAGIC CARPET, Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies, and it helps guide pilots to the carrier deck."

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Unread post22 Jul 2015, 01:25

Holy guacamole...

Are my aged eyes deceiving me or is that a NAVAIR engineer prominently featured in a contractor's infomercial? :wink:

Boeing didn't develop this stuff -- NAVAIR did (witness the audio in the video from :26-:30). It was first trialed in F-35C during DT-1 last fall ("Delta Path" or "Delta Flight Path").
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Unread post31 Aug 2015, 17:42

:devil: LADYhawke has KRAKEN the MAGIC CARPET Approach - so NavAir get Crackin'.... :mrgreen:

Magic Carpet Ladyhawke Kraken Carrier Approach Simulation

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Unread post05 Sep 2015, 13:26

Best simple explanation for MAGIC Carpentry I have seen so far - GO NAN!
First Sea Trials Completed for MAGIC CARPET
Naval Aviation News Summer 2015 Jennifer Neal

“The Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies, or MAGIC CARPET, automatically adjusts the jet’s speed and angle of attack in relation to the intended landing surface and includes improvements to the heads-up display, making it easier to land on an aircraft carrier. Initial tests of the system took place in early February at Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland.

“This was a huge technology milestone in the history of carrier landings,” said Navy test pilot Lt. Brent Robinson, MAGIC CARPET project officer. “What we saw at sea was essentially the same as the land-based testing we did at [Patuxent River].”

The flight test team, which included engineers from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, the Atlantic Test Ranges and industry partner Boeing, executed more than 180 touch-and-go landings with 16 arrested landings in the advanced control modes during three days of testing. Two aircraft, an F/A-18E and an F/A-18F, were flown in ideal-and less-than-ideal approaches and in varying wind conditions.

“This initial sea trial confirmed that carrier landings can be achieved at lower pilot workload while maintaining or reducing current touchdown dispersions performance,” said James “Buddy” Denham, a senior engineer in the aeromechanics division at NAVAIR. Touchdown dispersions refer to the differences between the actual and ideal landing points.

The idea for MAGIC CARPET started with a desire to simplify carrier-based air operations and pilots’ carrier qualifications (CQ). Landing F/A-18s with current flight-computer software requires adjusting multiple, interconnected variables simultaneously.

“Normally when a pilot is attempting to manage glideslope, line-up and angle-of- attack all at the same time, a change in one of those parameters affects the other two,” Robinson said. “MAGIC CARPET lets us unlink those parameters, so when a pilot wants to change glideslope, all he has to do is push or pull on the stick. The system can essentially hold the ideal glideslope for the pilot, so he doesn’t have to make very large corrections. When he wants to make line-up changes, all he has to do is move the stick left or right.”

The new heads-up display design aided this process, which includes symbols tailored for the shipboard landing task. This effectively enhances the pilot’s situational awareness and inputs needed to capture and track those approach parameters, Denham said. [Sadly the graphics in the PDF do not show this at all - I'll look for better quality grafix]

Traditionally, landing an F/A-18 on a moving aircraft carrier requires months of training and hours of qualifications. MAGIC CARPET greatly reduces the amount of time required to qualify a pilot.

“CQs train pilots to learn how to effectively address and adjust each aspect of landing the aircraft,” said Denham. “It’s like learning how to juggle — you start slowly and work your way up to proficiency. Now, we can let the computer do the work. With this software and 15 minutes in a simulator, we can teach anybody to safely land on a ship.”

Test pilots, engineers and landing signal officers (LSO) from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 will continue to test MAGIC CARPET demonstration software on F/A-18E/F aircraft for the remainder of 2015 and early 2016. Production-level software for the fleet is scheduled to start flight testing in 2017, with general fleet introduction to follow via the F/A-18 and EA-18G program office.

Jennifer Neal, Naval Aviation News contributing editor, compiled the articles by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Ian Crimmins, USS George H.W. Bush Public Affairs; and Victor Chen is director of Corporate Communication, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.”

Source: http://navalaviationnews.navylive.dodli ... 5-web1.pdf (6.6Mb)

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Unread post05 Sep 2015, 13:36

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Unread post12 Sep 2015, 08:17

On Friday 11th Sep 2015 there was a Magic Carpet briefing by VX-23 at Tailhook 2015. I'll look for video:

http://livestream.com/wab/tailhook2015 (what does WAB [Webcast & Beyond?] mean?) SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO....

VX-23 Magic Carpet — Carrier Landing Brief (40 Mins) One day they'll make better slides....

http://livestream.com/wab/tailhook2015/videos & http://livestream.com/wab/tailhook2015/videos/98951655
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Lockheed Martin Update http://livestream.com/wab/tailhook2015/videos/98909598

LOTS of good info about shore based F-35C testing and of course the CVN test last year in this video - 23 Minutes.
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Unread post13 Sep 2015, 11:14

I think we can see this reporter scribbling away in the 'Magic Carpet' brief Tailhook 2015 video (I'll try to make a youtube video soon if it does not appear there otherwise - it is a good 'un). Anyhoo SCRIBBLER SAYS (and very well I might add...):
New carrier landing software will smooth out the ride
12 Sep 2015 Meghann Myers

"SPARKS, Nev. — They say the world's most stressful job is landing on an aircraft carrier at night in bad weather.

That may be true, but the task is going to get significantly easier when MAGIC CARPET starts making its way to the fleet next year.

The goal is to get the latest version of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies software to the fleet to start testing in 2016, F/A-18 Hornet program manager Capt. David Kindley told Navy Times on Friday at the annual Tailhook Reunion near Reno, Nevada.

From there, they're looking ahead to a 2018 total availability to the fleet's Hornet and E-18G Growler Squadrons, in addition to the F-35C Lightning II jets that will come standard with MAGIC CARPET, which will automate more of the approach so pilots need to make fewer adjustments.

Landing an aircraft on a carrier now is a delicate dance of shifting left, right, up and down while adjusting the plane's throttle to make up for the tiny losses in speed and altitude for every movement of the nose.

When you do it right, you keep a little ball on the heads-up display just above the flight deck to glide down and catch your tailhook on the wires.

It takes an immense amount of focus and skill, but Naval Air Systems Command's MAGIC CARPET software aims to make it much easier.

"It's this admin task, where they should be focusing on the projection of power that should be our primary mission," Lt. William Dann said at a NAVAIR presentation Friday.

The difference with MAGIC CARPET is that a pilot can change direction without losing speed or altitude. The software simply self-adjusts to maintain a flight path.

"What this does is makes the longitudinal stick into a flight path rate controller, so when you pull aft on the stick a certain amount, it commands a rate of change of flight path, and when you release the stick, you get zero flight path rate," he said.

When F-35Cs are delivered to the fleet in 2018, they will come with MAGIC CARPET. The challenge now, Kindley said, is to start loading the software into older airframes.

It's a two-part process, he said, which involves updating an aircraft's flight and mission computers. Flight computers can be updated at any time, but mission computer updates are on a set schedule.

At the request of Naval Air Forces boss Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Kindley said, he's looking into how soon they can start pushing the latest version of the software to Hornet mission computers, which looks like next summer right now.

That will give squadrons the chance to test out how the software works before a 2018 roll-out goal, he added.

The goal of MAGIC CARPET isn't simply to make carrier landings easier, Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, the Navy's director of air warfare, told Navy Times.

Pilots spend a significant amount of their training just working on safe carrier landings, and then a significant amount of their time in the fleet requalifying for landings.

MAGIC CARPET will cut down drastically on the amount of time they spend training to land and pass that savings on to more time training for missions, Manazir said.

"We're looking forward to not having to practice as much, while reducing costs of training and repairs," he said.

Every time a pilot has a hard landing, it takes time to investigate the damage and then significant time and money to repair it. MAGIC CARPET will reduce all of that.

And for the Super Hornets, nicknamed "Rhinos," which have decades left of scheduled service, fewer hard landings and repairs is a huge plus.

"We're concerned about the life of the airframe," Kindley said.

Though pilots in the fleet will be landing aircraft with MAGIC CARPET in the next few years, Dann said that for now, they'll continue to train the old way, on T-45 Goshawk jets that don't use the system.

The question of changing that comes up often, he added.

"Do we not train guys to be the classic manual ball flyers that we always have? And we're not suggesting that at any point right now," he said. "But we do believe that in the future we will get to a point when this is the only way to fly the Rhino and the Growler, and so we don't necessarily need to train to anything else."

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Unread post14 Sep 2015, 19:08

Edited MAGIC CARPET Brief TAILhook 2015 (first few minutes explaining old tech carrier landings cut).

Super Hornet Magic Carpet 2015 Tailhook LSO 'Magic Legs' Brief 19 mins 45 seconds

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Unread post14 Sep 2015, 21:29

spazsinbad wrote:Edited MAGIC CARPET...]


...you are welcome! from the F-35 developers to the SBUG community! :poke: :D
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Unread post15 Sep 2015, 09:31

VADM Dunaway Remarks Magic Carpet Benefits TailHOOK 2015

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