We are excited to announce that online registration is now open for the 2016 Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) Symposium in Norfolk, Virginia. The theme for the Symposium this year is “The Future of Vertical Lift.” As this is the last year for the production of the MH-60 helicopter, it is fitting that we take time to look to the future with regards to the next generation of aircraft and airframe that we will procure to be delivered in 2046. Notice it will be the next “generation of aircraft” and “airframe” as we are not sure the replacement aircraft will necessarily be a helicopter. Thirty years will go by in a flash!
We do know that the next generation aircraft will need to provide dynamic improvements over conventional helicopters in maneuverability, range, endurance, altitude and hover efficiency…in addition to speed and stealth technology. The aircraft will need to perform armed reconnaissance and light attack missions. The aircraft will need to host a variety of sensors and externally-mounted weapons with the flexibility to carry additional fuel and ammunition for extended missions in the light or special operations configuration as well as do logistics and move personnel. Now is the time to discuss the requirements and capabilities that will define the mission sets for the future.
We hope that you will enjoy the program that we have planned for this year’s Symposium and encourage you to get involved and provide your inputs as your thoughts are important as we continue to move the Rotary Wing Community forward. Enjoy the Symposium and Fly Safe!
NHA Members now have access to an online social community! Log-in to start networking through special interest circles, activity streams, discussion forums, member-to-member messaging capabilities, and view our searchable online directory.
The new social community gives you an opportunity to interact with industry partners and rotary-wing aviators, both past and present.