HomeNewsArticle Display

Eglin AFB pilots receive ratings for new helicopter

Pilots earn rating in new helicopter

Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington, 413th Flight Test Squadron, are the first Air Force pilots to earn a Type Rating on the AW-139 helicopter in Whippany, N.J. July 29, 2019. The Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. pilots completed the five-week course on the civilian counterpart to the Air Force’s new MH-139 helicopter. The MH-139 will replace the Air Force’s aging UH-1N Huey. A Type Rating is a Federal Aviation Administration certification to fly a specific aircraft. (Courtesy photo)

WHIPPANY, N.J. (AFNS) --

Test pilots from the 413th Flight Test Squadron from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida became the first Air Force pilots to receive a type rating on the AW-139 helicopter in Whippany, July 29.

Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington completed the five-week contracted course on the civilian counterpart to the Air Force’s new MH-139 helicopter. The helicopter will replace the Air Force’s aging UH-1N Huey.

“This puts our team one step closer to flight testing the new aircraft when production is completed,” said Maj. Roycroft, 413th Flight Test Squadron MH-139 lead test pilot. “Ultimately, it puts the Air Force one step closer to delivery of a much-needed increase in capability.”

A type rating is a Federal Aviation Administration qualification for a specific aircraft.

As the test pilots were in flight training, 413th FLTS and Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen were completing the maintenance technician course for the same aircraft. Those Airmen are also being trained on the unique systems included in the MH-139 like the hoist and cargo hook.

The knowledge gathered from the training will allow the Airmen to safely operate the aircraft systems, perform effective developmental testing and teach their counterparts, according to Tech. Sgt. Joe Kendall, 413th FLTS special mission aviator.

The MH-139 delivery marks the first time in recent history the Air Force will receive a rotary wing asset not previously used in another branch of the military.

“Every engineer, pilot and SMA is dedicated to ensure the UH-1N community receives the most capable replacement aircraft to defend our nation’s assets,” Roycroft said.

The Air Force plans to purchase 84 MH-139 helicopters over the next decade. The first aircraft delivery to the 413th FLTS is scheduled for late November.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
Oliver "Ollie" Crawford, lifelong pilot and advocate for the #USAF was laid to rest with full military honors at Fo… https://t.co/JvyiWAcAff
RT @ActingSecAF: The @usairforce is committed to sending #F35s to @TeamTyndall. The #USAF just completed an in-depth analysis & confirmed…
#DYK @AirMobilityCmd activated June 1, 1992, with headquarters @ScottAFB #Illinois, & is one of 11 major #USAF comm… https://t.co/Kuj89T9fyD
RT @HQ_AFMC: An @AFResearchLab and Air Force Test Center ground test team set a record for the highest thrust produced by an air-breathing…
RT @EsperDoD: What a view and what a ride! The amazing professionals from the @374AirliftWing provided transportation via UH-60 Black Hawks…
RT @US_TRANSCOM: Airmen from @146AirliftWing provide Aeromedical Evacuation Training at Alekseevka military airport in Tbilisi, Georgia, du…
.@PACAF kicks off Ex #RedFlagAlaska193, where 1,500 service members will fly, maintain and support over 100 aircraf… https://t.co/XIY234j3gY
RT @AFEnergy: Creating an #energy smart culture starts with our #Airmen. That's why we're collaborating w/ @HQAirUniversity & @AF_Academy (…
RT @PACAF: #ICYMI: Gen CQ Brown Jr. spoke @MitchellStudies about #PACAF's readiness and the importance of ensuring a free and open Indo-Pac…
RT @DeptofDefense: Wheels down! 🛠️ @usairforce airmen with the @911_Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh IAP Air Reserve Station, Pa., perform mainten…
RT @DOD_Outreach: As heavy as it looks! An explosive ordnance disposal @usairforce airman shows Eli Conley how to wear a blast suit during…
.@DCANG #Airman Senior Master Sgt. Tracy Winborne demonstrated her outstanding cooking skills recently on the… https://t.co/OH8Qi2V45s
RT @AstroHague: Flying around station moving cargo. Tons of new supplies and science with the arrival of @SpaceX-18. Thank you @AFSpace, 45…
Munitions are loaded onto a #B52 Stratofortress during a weapons load competition at Barksdale AFB. These #Airmen a… https://t.co/s9GDi4yv1B
Sharp dressed #Airmen - #F22 Raptor #pilots from @JointBasePHH have been selected to bring the new Integrated Aircr… https://t.co/NFF1fRzuOo
Citizens can be #Airmen too. Locate vacancies and hiring events in your area by accessing the #USAF Civilian Caree… https://t.co/mu1Fk2B9Yk
RT @DeptofDefense: It’s all about teamwork! Press ▶️ to watch airmen from @the182AW, soldiers from the @OKGuard, and Latvian National Gua…
.@cmsaf18 "Every leader of Airmen, supervisor, command team, friend and family member are looking for ways to keep… https://t.co/L8EdlpAfTd