Thursday, April 23, 2015
Army to Brief DVE Solution Options Next Week
U.S. Army aviation officials will brief their analysis of alternatives (AOA) for managing degraded visual environment (DVE) hazards next week to the service's top acquisition officer. The AOA was done last year under the Brownout Rotorcraft Enhancement System (BORES) initiative. Tackling the threats of brownout, whiteout and other conditions that deprive a helicopter crew of visual cues outside the aircraft is generally considered to involve three elements: sensors, cockpit display symbology and flight controls. Budget constraints had led Army leaders to put off fielding DVE aid sensors until the first Future Vertical Lift aircraft enter the fleet in 2020-2030. But a senior aviator told Rotor & Wing that Maj. Gen. Michael Lundy, chief of the Aviation Branch wants a solution incorporating sensors fielded sooner, so the branch will brief the service's assistant secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Heidi Shyu, next week on the BORES AOA.