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Verification and Validation Foreign Object Environments

Verification and Validation Foreign Object Environments

The MRH90 Helicopter was procured by the ADF in 2005 as part of an AU$2+billion project. One aircraft that the MRH90 was to replace was the Black Hawk helicopter in the battlefield troop lift role. Preliminary results from other MRH90 users indicated issues with this aircraft operating in sand, dirt, grass or gravel environments; and further testing was required to determine the extent of these issues.

Nova Systems flight test specialists lead the planning, conduct and reporting of this trial in order to meet the quick turnaround required. Nova Systems planned the test program in close collaboration with Army test pilots and developed a detailed Test Plan; which was signed off by senior Army Aviation representatives within two weeks. The flight test program was conducted over 10 days and comprehensive pre and post flight maintenance inspections were coordinated by Nova Systems.

Nova Systems delivered a comprehensive Test Report, which detailed the airworthiness and maintenance impacts of operating a MRH90 in battlefield-like environments; less than two months after being requested to conduct the task. This MRH90 flight test program success proved the ability of using Nova Systems to rapidly plan, conduct and report on a complex flight test event.

The combined Defence and Industry team identified all resources required (including photographic experts) and the dedicated personnel in location for resource coordination proved to be invaluable in the initial conduct phase.

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Jeff Perry

General Manager – Aerospace & Surveillance

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team ...

Jeff is responsible for finding interesting and challenging work for our team and excellence in service delivery within Nova’s Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing and Surveillance Systems domains. Jeff has over 25 years of Defence and Aerospace experience with extensive experience in complex systems of systems projects.

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Mick Priddin

Program Manager - Rotary Wing

Mick is responsible for the business development and delivery of Novas Rotary Wing Program for our military...

Mick is responsible for the business development and delivery of Novas Rotary Wing Program for our military and civil clients. Mick had over 20 year’s military experience in the Australian Army including service with Army Aviation which has been followed by commercial experience at senior management levels in both domestic and international markets.

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Nick Kemp

Chief Capability Officer

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising...

Reporting to the CEO, Nick is responsible for the leadership and management of Nova’s Capabilities comprising staff competencies, Intellectual Property, innovation and training. In this capacity, Nick works across the Australia and New Zealand business and is responsible for implementing Nova’s global capability framework.  Nick is an accomplished business leader with over 30 years’ experience across the defence, rail, utilities, medical device and civil aerospace sectors.

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