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EC-135 Hoist Light

EC-135 Hoist Light

As defence budgets come under strain from the increasing complexity in the security landscape, militaries are beginning to look at using more cost effective means to achieve their mission outcomes. One of the key areas where significant cost savings and effectiveness can be realised is in military aviation training. The ability to use civil helicopters to perform military flying training  allows the militaries to leverage economies of scale in the extensive commercial supply chain and tap into the large pool of aftermarket solutions. The cost and schedule advantage is significant as the militaries can rely on civil airworthiness regulators to ensure adequacy and safety of the aftermarket solutions, and through mutual recognition of appropriately rigorous civil regulatory standards, accept suitably qualified solution providers as being acceptable without the overheads of auditing and complying with the bespoke military airworthiness regulatory system.

GVH Aerospace was presented with the challenge of designing and supplying a hoist light system for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). The HATS program uses a fleet of EC-135 helicopters to provide helicopter pilot and aircrew training, including hoist operations training. The belly mounted hoist light is designed to illuminate the area under the helicopter to perform hoisting training safely. GVH Aerospace, working together with the lighting manufacturer, designed a multi-element LED light of superior performance over existing competing products and a mounting solution for the aircraft. The hoist light system was flight tested on sister company Nova Systems UK’s EC-135 systems development and trials helicopter and delivered as a turn-key EASA approved modification, ready for embodiment on the ADF aircraft without the need for further flight testing.

Key People

Cher-Min Teo

Chief of Strategy & Marketing

Cher Min has a long history of delivering aviation programmes....

Cher Min has a long history of delivering aviation programmes. Cher Min is responsible for developing GVH’s business in the Asian market beyond Southeast Asia, having first being part of the team that established GVH’s design centre in Singapore. His background includes airworthiness certification, engineering and project management, business development and program delivery.

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Brett Worsley

Operations Director - Australia Pacific

Brett leads our GVH Aerospace Australia Pacific team...

Brett leads our GVH Aerospace Australia Pacific team and has a long history in delivering aviation programmes. As the Operations Director for Australia Pacific he is responsible for implementing the global business strategy and ensuring the delivery of safe and effective design solutions to clients within this region. Brett’s background includes airworthiness certification, engineering & project management, and major program delivery.

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Chris Andretzke

Business Development Manager - Australia Pacific

Chris is part of GVH Aerospace's global business development team and leads our ...

Chris is part of GVH Aerospace’s global business development team and leads our business development and sales efforts in the Australia Pacific region. Chris contributes to the definition and implementation of the global business strategy within this region. As a fully qualified Flight Test Engineer, Chris combines engineering management expertise, technical expertise and an intimate operational understanding to deliver high value solutions to our customers.

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