WestWind was awarded the prestigious Cribbons Award for the work performed on this effort.
Transportable Flight Proficiency Simulator (TFPS)
The initial CH-47F TFPS was designed and four prototype units built by Manned Flight Systems (MFS) in Patuxent River, Maryland under contract to the U.S. Army. WestWind’s first Delivery Order was to transition from prototype to full production. For this build-to-print contract, WestWind performed all required procurement, manufacturing, and supporting administrative tasks for the assembly, test and delivery of three TFPS devices. In the transition from prototype to production, WestWind worked in partnership with PM CARGO and MFS to verify all drawings were production ready. WestWind recommended viable solutions to engineering issues that the Army routinely adopted and incorporated into the build-to-print package.
The follow-on contract was awarded for three additional TFPS with an option quantity for an additional two more systems which was later exercised. The TFPS program required standing up a new facility, establishing a specially selected core team of employees to create a dedicated, collocated team while transitioning from prototype to full production.
The TFPS Technical Data Package (TDP) was comprised of a mix of Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) hardware and software, sole or directed source items, actual aircraft components, military specification hardware, fabricated metal items and wire harnesses/cable assemblies which were either fabricated or modified. There were 4 major subsystems that required WestWind on-site Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) prior to delivery and integration.
WestWind managed customer provided drawings and maintained as-built configuration for all TFPS units. As producibility issues were identified, the systems engineers and design engineers evaluated the problems, made recommendations via Engineering Change Requests (ECR) and provided technical support to the design authority. Drawing changes were identified, tracked and incorporated during production. Strategic utilization of personnel and assets was crucial to the successful on-time delivery for the TFPS follow-on contract