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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 19:28

Director, Operational Test and Evaluation | F-35A Joint Strike Fighter
Readiness for Training Operational Utility Evaluation Feb 2013

http://pogoarchives.org/straus/ote-info ... 130215.pdf (0.7Mb)

Several sites including this one at BattleLand reference this PDF. I'll go read the PDF now.

More F-35 Turbulence Winslow Wheeler March 06, 2013

http://nation.time.com/2013/03/06/more-f-35-turbulence/
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Winslow Wheeler: Treason They Name is F-35A — We Expect Hagel to “Do A Cheney” 06 March 2013

http://www.phibetaiota.net/2013/03/wins ... -a-cheney/

"...Table 3-1 (starting on p. 14.) outlines the many limitations. The following are prohibited:

· Descent rates more than 6,000 feet per minute (for reference, Wikipedia shows the F-16C rate of climb to be 50,000 feet per minute);

· Airspeed above 550 knots per hour or Mach 0.9 (not the 1.6 Mach or 1,200 mph Wikipedia says the F-35 is capable of);

· Angle-of-attack (attitude of flight) beyond -5 and +18 degrees (e.g. not the +50 degrees the aircraft is capable of);

· Maneuvering at more than -1 or +5 gs (nowhere near the stated +9g capability);

· Take offs or landings in formation;

· Flying at night or in weather;

· Using real or simulated weapons;

· Rapid stick or rudder movements;

· Air-to-air or air-to-ground tracking maneuvers;

· Refueling in the air;

· Flying within 25 miles of lightning;

· Use of electronic countermeasures;

· Use of anti-jamming, secure communications, or datalink systems;

· Electro-optical targeting;

· Using the Distributed Aperture System of sensors to detect targets or threats;

· Using the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Interrogator;

· Using the helmet mounted display system as a “primary reference;”

· Use of air-to-air or air-to-ground radar modes for electronic attack, sea search, ground-moving targets or close-in air combat modes. (pp. 14-16.)..."
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Just some of what is in this report apparently. Some of this stuff seems to be reasonable in the circumstances of 'early days' 'still under test' etc. But youse knew that - right? For example from the report PDF - an explanation of the circumstances at moment:

Executive Summary...
"...The Block 1A training syllabus used during the OUE was limited by the current restrictions of the aircraft. Aircraft operating limitations prohibit flying the aircraft at night or in instrument meteorological conditions, hence pilots must avoid clouds and other weather. However, the student pilots are able to simulate instrument flight in visual meterological conditions to practice basic instrument procedures. These restrictions are in place because testing has not been completed to certify the aircraft for night and instrument flight.

The aircraft also is currently prohibited from flying close formation, aerobatics, and stalls, all of which would normally be in the familiarization phase of transition training, which typically is an introduction to aircraft systems, handling characteristics throughout the aircraft envelope, and qualification to operate/land in visual and instrument meteorological conditions. This familiarization phase is about one-fourth of the training in a typical fighter aircraft transition or requalification course. In a mature fighter aircraft, the familiarization phase is followed by several combat-oriented phases, such as air combat, surface attack, and night tactical operations. The F-35A does not yet have the capability to train in these phases, nor any actual combat capability, because it is still early in system development...." DUH.
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..."The limitations, workarounds, and restrictions in place in an air system this early in development limit the utility of training. Also, little can be learned from evaluating training in a system this immature. However, the evaluation indicates areas where the program needs to focus attention and make improvements. The radar, the pilot’s helmet-mounted display (HMD), and the cockpit interfaces for controlling the radios and navigational functions should be improved. Discrepancies between the courseware and the flight manuals were frequently observed, and the timelines to fix or update courseware should be shortened. The training management system lags in development compared to the rest of the Integrated Training Center and does not yet have all planned functionality...."
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"...Given its many significant limitations, the results of the OUE should not be used to make decisions regarding the readiness of the JSF system to support training inexperienced pilots in an F-35A initial qualification course.

Recommendations
The program should:
- Complete testing of the pilot escape system (transparency removal and ejection seat) under off-nominal ejections as soon as possible.

- Complete certification and installation of the water-activated-release system for the ejection seat as soon as possible to enhance pilot survivability in the event of an overwater ejection.

- Fully resolve Category 1 deficiency reports relevant to training operations at Eglin AFB as soon as possible.

- Continue to track air and ground abort rates and discovery rates as indicators of
system maturity.

- Implement pilot-vehicle interface improvements in the cockpit displays and touch
screen controls for communication and navigation functions as identified by pilots in
the OUE.

- Address the discrepancies identified in the simulation certification report, coupled with the student pilot's experience in the aircraft during the OUE, to assure the simulated flameout training for F-35 pilots is adequate.

- Re-evaluate the 96 information assurance controls once the information assurance
deficiencies and the lack of an Information Assurance Manager have been corrected
for the Unclassified Operational Environment.

- Once the classified network is in place, accomplish an assessment similar to the
information assurance assessment of the Unclassified Operational Environment.

- Evaluate reliability performance and make adjustments to assure interim reliability
growth targets and, eventually, ORD thresholds can be met.

- Assure adequate sparing of HMD parts and equipment are in place at the training
center and at follow-on field units to meet requirements.

- Track all hours for personnel supporting F-35A sustainment to enable accurate
assessments of direct and indirect maintenance man hours.

- Collect information on ALIS availability, reliability, maintainability, logistics
supportability, and data administration to support evaluation of performance...."
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LATER:
"...The training syllabus used in this evaluation, the Block 1A syllabus, is an early phase – termed here as the familiarization phase – of what will eventually become the complete training syllabus for experienced pilots who have flown in other fighter aircraft and are transitioning to the F-35A. This partial syllabus is the first 6-8 weeks of a full syllabus that will take approximately 40 weeks to complete. Another syllabus, used for initial qualification of inexperienced pilots, is under development and will be more robust, include a more expansive familiarization phase, and take longer to complete. The Air Force intends to start training with inexperienced pilots in 2014...."
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Reminds me of the first A4G OFS at NAS Nowra (although I was not there at the time I arrived soon afterwards to hear the 'tales of woe') from around end of 1967 until end of 1968. [I arrived at NAS Nowra beginning of 1969.] More than one year was taken for that first Operational Flying School course (mostly with seasoned Sea Venom pilots) due to aircraft unavailability for many diverse reasons such as lack of spares, maintainers unfamiliar with the aircraft being trained on the job (initial cadre trained in USofA then training others back at NAS Nowra). Even lack of boarding ladders could be a real hassle at the time, but youse get the picture. Life ain't easy for the 'plank owners'. Later the second course took one year then my course took 4 months from Feb to May 1971, whilst most following courses took around 3-4 months with many variables such as weather and such. Having few aircraft at beginning (ten and later 20) exacerbated the availability issues whilst having 20 made a big difference to the training squadron VC-724 with ten (4 trainers and 6 single seaters).

'plank owner': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plankowner
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 20:02

:bang: :bang: Oh for Pete's.....it's Winnie Wheeler!! The guy would've grounded the Viper the first time it Lawn Darted. :x

Isn't it interesting how they've conveniently closed the comment section? WW would prolly go apoplectic on the first poster that disagreed with him.
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 20:10

WW = a complete and utter intellectually challenged Equus africanus asinus
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 20:47

Another article about this report here: [also same at AF TIMES]

F-35 Report Warns of Visibility Risks, Other Dangers Mar. 6, 2013 By AARON MEHTA

http://www.defensenews.com/article/2013 ... |FRONTPAGE
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F-35 design problems make night flying impossible, increase risk of being shot down, U.S. pilots warn Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News | 06 Mar 2013

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/03/06 ... Stories%29

Interesting that 'new' F-35 pilots are taken at their inexperienced word.... but I digress. Here is a tidbit for the CANuks:

"...The aircraft also experienced difficulties when the overnight temperature dropped below 15 degrees Celsius — an occurrence that will be extremely common in Canada.

“To mitigate this problem, maintenance crews put jets in heated hangars overnight,” the report reads.

“Moving jets in and out of a hangar to keep them warm involves five personnel for three to four hours per shift. The parking of flyable jets in hangar also interfered with maintenance because these flyable jets occupied space that would otherwise be used for jets requiring repair.”..."

HEATED HANGARS? Sheer Looxury! :D
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 20:57

I've heard it is good for Kids to mature slow, it will make them more creative and skillfull when grown up, although it puts more stress on the parents.

The report suggests that the F-35 is slow to mature. And we know that the parents are quite stressed at the moment. If it will turn out to a creative, skillfull adult I'll let you decide.

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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 21:32

People, please forget about Winslow Wheeler and adress the issues in the report that Spaz posted. There are some issues there that are troubling and must be addressed.
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 21:38

Isn't this just the equivalent of stating that the F-35 hasn't been cleared all of its testing?
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 21:47

Couldn't we just summarize this BS report;
"We do not want students and pilots new to the F-35 to push the envelope, and they should stay within limitations until further flight tests are completed".

I suspect some of the limitations (tight formations, or formation takeoff and landings, steep descents) might be related to pilot depth perception with the helmet. The F-35 and its helmet are very different than previous aircraft. I also think some of their information is quite out of date, and limits have been relaxed since then.

Everyone knows that "training limits" are more restrictive than operational NATOPS flight manual limits, even in mature jets like the F-16 and F/A-18. Maybe gums might enlighten us, but when the F-16 came out in 1979, it was a different era, different risk tolerance, and "local rules" were used extensively because the dash one hadn't even been written.

I'm not even sure if they had an actual flight (procedures) manual for the F-16 in 1979. The F-35 is being developed is a new era, and everyone has forgotten why legends like Chuck Yeager, Phil Oestricher, Dave Ferguson, Paul Metz. Tom Morgenfeld, Jon Beesley and others became legends. There is risks in test flying jets and pushing the envelope. The USAF do not expect their student pilots to push the envelope, just get home safely and fly another day.
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 22:17

spazsinbad wrote:· Airspeed above 550 knots per hour or Mach 0.9 (not the 1.6 Mach or 1,200 mph Wikipedia says the F-35 is capable of);

· Angle-of-attack (attitude of flight) beyond -5 and +18 degrees (e.g. not the +50 degrees the aircraft is capable of);

· Maneuvering at more than -1 or +5 gs (nowhere near the stated +9g capability);


It was my understanding the aircraft's nominal envelope has been cleared by now.
Any idea why pilots are denied the full envelope?
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 22:17

aceshigh wrote:People, please forget about Winslow Wheeler and adress the issues in the report that Spaz posted. There are some issues there that are troubling and must be addressed.
Sure, why don't you start us out with a few that you think are serious and have not been addressed.



cola wrote:It was my understanding the aircraft's nominal envelope has been cleared by now.
Any idea why pilots are denied the full envelope?
Because this report is about Block1A, not the latest Block 2B.

Envelope expansion has always been planed to be part of the Block Upgrades.

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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 22:58

'aceshigh' said: "People, please forget about Winslow Wheeler and adress the issues in the report that Spaz posted. There are some issues there that are troubling and must be addressed."

The issues/restrictions are being addressed by the Test Program by TEST Pilots, however the student pilots are restricted because of the restricted flight/operational envelope in this 'early days' training environment outlined in my remarks/extracts from the OUE report in the first post. Wheeler is not honest. I am not about to summarise again a 68 page report which is already summarised internally. Wheeler picked out the limitations as though they are somehow permanent - they are not. Always best to read the entire report rather than anyone single person's summary of the same. Test pilots TEST - student pilots learn in the available envelope of that time (always only a test of this beginning training system). This is not the end of it all - just the beginning.
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 23:10

What makes you wonder, is wether the limited training for the student pilots is really worth the taxpayers money.
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Unread post06 Mar 2013, 23:55

+1 on the Spaz-meister's last comment.

Just my :2c: but to this old Viper guy it seems like this phase of the program is different from previous weapon systems in that the flight test and deployment tracks appear to be running almost concurrently. And in some cases, the FTUs are helping the Testers to write the rule books and flight manuals as they get more familiar with the jets. In days of old, it seemed like the FTUs wouldn't get jets until the flight test phase was finished enough to send the system to an preliminary IOC status.

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Unread post07 Mar 2013, 00:32

Atle wrote:What makes you wonder, is wether the limited training for the student pilots is really worth the taxpayers money.


This is more about training the whole unit and debugging procedures than it is training the pilots themselves.

Right now there are going to be countless errors in manuals. (or non-existent manuals) Lots of little work-arounds that haven't yet been invented. Just lots of learning all around. It will take time.
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Unread post07 Mar 2013, 00:37

Learning to swim in a Gold Fish Bowl it would seem right now. :D
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