Air Force delivers new Black Hawks to 12th CAB

Capt. Jaymon Bell/12th CAB
Sgt. 1st Class Desmond Schultz, a helicopter repairer, production control non-commissioned officer in charge, from Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, moves a UH-60A-L plus model Black Hawk helicopter inside an Air Force C-17, March 7, at Wiesbaden Army Airfield. The UH-60M is an improved model over the UH-60 A/L (alpha plus model) that 1st Bn., 214th Avn. Regt. had in the past.

The 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade received three UH-60M (mike model) Black Hawk helicopters March 7 at the Clay Kaserne airfield.
The UH-60M is an improved model over the UH-60 A/L (alpha plus model) that 214th had in the past. The improvements include an all-digital cockpit, increased lift capacity and improved engine performance.

The all-digital cockpit reduces pilot work load through a flight director system which is similar to an auto pilot function which can maintain altitude and airspeed. The system also increases situational awareness through a moving map system, which displays a two-dimensional representation of all the surroundings.

Rotor blades are also improved on the mike model and have a dihedral swept tip, which provides increased lift capacity.

Capt. Jaymon Bell/12th CAB
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment, remove a UH-60M model Black Hawk helicopter from an Air Force C-17, March 7, at Wiesbaden Army Airfield.

The integrated vehicle health unit maintenance computer system is also an important addition to the UH-60M. The system monitors a variety of moving components and helps advise maintainers prior to any component failure. This means parts are now replaced by actual wear and not by time.

“The UH-60M Black Hawk will allow 1-214th to shorten trips throughout Europe and to support USAREUR and EUCOM in a better capacity,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Stephen Randall, battalion aviation maintenance officer for 1st Bn., 214th Avn. Regt. “We can now fly almost all approaches here in Europe.”

A Federated Air Navigation system improves the compliance with the European One Sky Initiative which allows for more precise traffic routes through Europe and helps de-conflict an already crowded airspace.

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