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Unread post30 Mar 2016, 14:47

Slimmed-down F-35 Gen III helmet to be introduced sooner
29 Mar 2016 James Drew

"The Pentagon is bullish about resolving issues with the F-35 Lightning II’s escape system that has restricted lightweight pilots of from flying the fifth-generation combat jet, with the joint programme office (JPO) now expecting delivery of a slimmed-down “Gen 3” helmet from Rockwell Collins by November for rollout in 2017....

... a weight reduction for the third-generation helmet from 2.3kg (5.1lb) to 2.1kg (4.6lb) has also been required.

Estimates in February predicted that a helmet solution, which uses lighter-weight materials and has detachable day and night visors, would have lagged ejection seat modifications by “eight to nine months”. Lockheed, Rockwell and other suppliers have since promised to deliver it sooner, officials say.

“We’ll have our first Gen 3 light helmets now aligned with the seat in November of 2016, so we can remove the restriction for the lightweight pilots weighing under 136lb,” Bogdan said at a forum in Washington DC earlier this month. “We’ve tested helmets with similar mass properties, and we think it’s going to work.”

On 29 March, the programme office confirmed that November delivery date, and said one test asset is already on hand to validate that a reduced weight helmet will indeed reduce the likelihood of a serious neck injury during ejection, in combination with Martin-Baker’s seat modifications.

“Those three fixes will be in place this year,” a spokesman says. Those changes will be gradually rolled out across the fleet and cut into aircraft production beginning in 2017.

The heavier, third generation Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) replaces a less-capable model and both are produced by Rockwell Collins and Elbit Systems of America’s Vision Systems International joint venture. The first operational third-generation helmet was delivered in August [2015]."

Caption: "F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System"
PHOTO: https://www.flightglobal.com/assets/get ... emid=66441


Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... so-423620/
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Unread post17 Apr 2016, 03:59

http://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/ne ... /514485426

Finally found some photos of the taped helmet belonging to a British pilot flying the F-35B.

Also some descriptions below:

A pilot helmet decorated with the Union Flag, used to fly the F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft on display at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.

Pilot helmets decorated with the Union Flag, used to fly the F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft on display at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.

2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.

A crew member prepares a suit and helmet for pilots flying the F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.

Lieutenant Commander Adam Hogg, Royal Navy, Major Ethan Howell, US Marine Corps, and Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, RAF, pose in front of a F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.

Major Ethan Howell, US Marine Corps, dresses in a flight suit and helmet worn to fly the F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.

Lieutenant Commander Adam Hogg, Royal Navy, Major Ethan Howell, US Marine Corps, and Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, RAF, pose with a Union Flag in front of a F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.

Squadron Leader Hugh Nichols, RAF, walks around a F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.

A crew member stands beside a F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.

Lieutenant Commander Adam Hogg of the Royal Navy poses for a portrait in front of a F-35B Lightning II fifth generation multi role combat aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training programme, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. This includes pilots and engineers, with numbers of UK personnel starting to grow in the build to the reforming of 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) in summer 2018. The Dambusters will reform at Beaufort before returning to the UK, to be based at RAF Marham.
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Unread post18 Apr 2016, 12:09

'charlielima223' earlier posted the complete Gen. Bogdan video F-35 Program Chief Speaks at Defense Programs Conference 11 Mar 2016 here: Excerpt below starts at 44min 20sec and the audio is BETTER in the original.

viewtopic.php?f=58&t=13143&p=321036&hilit=somewhere+video#p321036

This excerpt about the new lightweight HMDS III helmet has some poor audio because the Gen. has dancing feet, moving away from the fixed microphone sometimes. Watch the hands and lip read for some of the missing parts. Next time some one please NAIL the general boots to floor. VIDEO is now much better AUDIOwise & reuploaded for good audible viewing.

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Unread post19 Apr 2016, 19:54

First Light F-35 Helmet Test A Success


— The first test of a new, lightweight F-35 helmet was successful, according to the program office, a promising sign that the Pentagon can qualify and implement all three fixes to the jet’s escape system by the end of the year.

On March 31 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Lockheed Martin's F-35 conducted the first test combining all three solutions designed to reduce the risk of neck injury to F-35 pilots during ejection, according to spokesman Joe DellaVedova. Once the full gamut of testing is completed, hopefully by the end of the summer, the JPO can begin implementing the two modifications to the ejection seat and issuing the new Generation III “light” helmet to the fleet, he said.

The recent sled test, conducted with a 103-pound mannequin, is the latest sign that the JPO can make good on its promise to finish the three design fixes by November, allowing the military services to lift restrictions on lightweight pilots flying the F-35. Last year, Defense News first reported that pilots under 136 pounds were barred from flying the fifth-generation aircraft after testers discovered an increased risk of neck damage to lightweight pilots ejecting from the plane. The US Air Force has also acknowledged an “elevated level of risk” for pilots between 136 and 165 pounds...


Although the March 31 test was the first test of the new helmet, the JPO, Lockheed Martin and seat-maker Martin Baker have conducted at least seven other tests with the latest version of the seat, which is equipped with two modifications designed to reduce risk to pilots. The fixes to the ejection seat itself include a switch for lightweight pilots that will delay deployment of the main parachute, and a “head support panel,” a fabric panel sewn between the parachute risers that will protect the pilot’s head from moving backward during the parachute openin

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Unread post19 Apr 2016, 19:57

:applause: Hahaha 'zerion' - whilst you were posting I was reading and posting - oh well :mrgreen:
First Light F-35 Helmet Test A Success
19 Apr 2016 Lara Seligman

"...On March 31 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Lockheed Martin's F-35 conducted the first test combining all three solutions designed to reduce the risk of neck injury to F-35 pilots during ejection, according to spokesman Joe DellaVedova. Once the full gamut of testing is completed, hopefully by the end of the summer, the JPO can begin implementing the two modifications to the ejection seat and issuing the new Generation III “light” helmet to the fleet, he said.

The recent sled test, conducted with a 103-pound mannequin, is the latest sign that the JPO can make good on its promise to finish the three design fixes by November, allowing the military services to lift restrictions on lightweight pilots flying the F-35....

...The prototype helmet tested last month weighs about 4.63 pounds, approximately 6 ounces lighter than the original Gen III helmet, and is designed to ease some strain on smaller pilots' necks during ejection.

Although the March 31 test was the first test of the new helmet, the JPO, Lockheed Martin and seat-maker Martin Baker have conducted at least seven other tests with the latest version of the seat, which is equipped with two modifications designed to reduce risk to pilots. The fixes to the ejection seat itself include a switch for lightweight pilots that will delay deployment of the main parachute, and a “head support panel,” a fabric panel sewn between the parachute risers that will protect the pilot’s head from moving backward during the parachute opening.

The program office has about another 10 tests planned, which will use a mix of low-, middle- and high-weight mannequins...."

Source: http://www.defensenews.com/story/defens ... /83230588/
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Unread post19 Apr 2016, 20:09

:D :D :D
We must have seen the article at the same time. I was just a little faster. :mrgreen:
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Unread post19 Apr 2016, 20:13

:mrgreen: :roll: But your formatting is non-existent. Wot about the details of origin/author/date etc. :doh: 8)
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Unread post19 Apr 2016, 21:34

Backup HUD function on the left PCD: https://youtu.be/WQE2mnpTrx0?t=10m38s
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Unread post19 Apr 2016, 22:46

zerion wrote:First Light F-35 Helmet Test A Success


— ... can qualify and implement all three fixes to the jet’s escape system by the end of the year....


Question??... since the only pilot <136# was moved to the F-22 program, will that pilot now return to the F-35 program??? :D ...(opinion) .as a pilot, not likely; as a politician, probably..... :wink:

...how do "light" pilots eject from the F-22??...other than "carefully"... :roll:
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Unread post19 Apr 2016, 23:03

neptune wrote:
zerion wrote:First Light F-35 Helmet Test A Success


— ... can qualify and implement all three fixes to the jet’s escape system by the end of the year....


Question??... since the only pilot <136# was moved to the F-22 program, will that pilot now return to the F-35 program??? :D ...(opinion) .as a pilot, not likely; as a politician, probably..... :wink:

...how do "light" pilots eject from the F-22??...other than "carefully"... :roll:

That lightweight F-22 pilot may return to the F-35 in future (after F-22 training & experience) but they may put on weight and become too heavy for the F-35 then they will go to a happy warty future? Lighties must be able to eject from an F-22 otherwise why would they be there - except to put on weight etc.
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Unread post20 Apr 2016, 00:36

spazsinbad wrote::mrgreen: :roll: But your formatting is non-existent. Wot about the details of origin/author/date etc. :doh: 8)

:oops: I am ashamed, I will do better. :oops:
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Unread post20 Apr 2016, 01:05

From the TubeYou Video above by 'tazcan': https://youtu.be/WQE2mnpTrx0?t=10m38s :devil: Arm Me Up, Arm Me Up - IF you arm me up I'll never stop, never stop, never never never stop ( :mrgreen: apolylogies to the 8) Strolling Bones 'Start Me Up'). :roll:
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Unread post08 May 2016, 06:38

Anuvver Wery OLDie But Goldie....
Rockwell Collins and Elbit show off F-35 Gen III helmet at Farnborough
15 Jul 2014 SAE International

"...Speaking to his own experience Al Norman, F-35 Chief Test Pilot, said the new helmet gives him "the choice of what I see, the choice of what to do. When I plug in my HVI [helmet vehicle interface] cable, I truly become one with the aircraft."

The system provides a lightweight HMD, with optimized center of gravity and maximum comfort for reduced pilot fatigue. Everything about the F-35 Gen III HMDS is designed to enhance the fighter pilot’s precision, efficiency, and safety, while reducing the overall cost of the program, says Rockwell. The Gen III design includes improved optics, image device and backlight, along with enhanced head tracking capability and the next-generation Night Vision Camera, providing equivalent performance to ANVIS-9 NVGs (night vision goggles).

Norman says the system eliminates the need to decide when or if to wear NVGs, "turning night into day. It's like having six eyeballs [due to the plane's six cameras]. Everywhere I am I have my symbology with me." He added that pilots can use either the stick or the touch-screen glass to change the option of their view and amount of information from the helmet...."

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Unread post26 May 2016, 03:56

Might be a little basic for some of you, but I found this video had some interesting tidbits from the pilot on the helmet and voice commands:
https://www.facebook.com/gizmodo/videos/10154201867643967/
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