Accession Number : ADP002241

Title :   Protecting the World's Largest Commercial Helicopter from Atmospheric Hazards,

Corporate Author : BOEING VERTOL CO PHILADELPHIA PA

Personal Author(s) : Heiderscheidt,G. A.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : This paper provides an in-depth look at the lightning protection features of the world's largest commercial helicopter, the Boeing 234. This aircraft regularly carries 44 passengers over 580 nautical miles across water, in IFR, and VFR flight conditions, at altitudes consistently placing it in foul weather conditions. The aircraft is examined from the viewpoint of systems and system protection, composite external fuel pods, composite crew nose section, radome protection and, where appropriate, specific subsystem protection. Inservice lightning strike experience is presented as well as future plans for the aircraft. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Helicopters, *Protective equipment, Lightning, Interactions, Parts, Aircraft equipment, Materials, Protection, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE