Helicopter Assist System
With larger flight decks than the previous class and the ability to accommodate most helicopters, Waesche is also the first major National Security Cutter to have a flight deck equipped with the cutting-edge Helicopter Assist System.
The assist system moves along the grooves on the flight deck, emerging from the bays on the left and right, and meets the landing helicopter.
Grabbing the helicopter, the assist system then pulls it back into the bay doors for stowing. The system is seen as being safer for operators while requiring fewer people on the flight deck during a landing.
May 8, 2010 10:16 AM PDT
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