10/31/2007 - ST. LOUIS -- The Boeing Company
continues to log test milestones on its C-130 Avionics
Modernization Program (AMP), including some
significantly ahead of schedule.
Most recently, Boeing flew the first C-130 AMP
aircraft Oct. 20 for the first time following a series
of Code 2 engineering improvements. The work,
completed by Boeing 12 days ahead of schedule,
consisted of converting analog signals to digital
signals and enhancing the aircraft's heads-up display
"The improvements give the aircraft increased mission
capabilities and allow the customer to expand the
system, if needed," said Mike Harris, Boeing vice
president and C-130 AMP program manager.
Boeing performed the work in San Antonio, Texas, and
the aircraft has since returned to the U.S. Air Force
Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Boeing also flew the second C-130 AMP aircraft for
the first time using its newly installed Core Complete
1 software. The successful flight took place Sept. 25
at the Air Force Flight Test Center. The software
upgrade provides a fully functional Flight Management
System (FMS) aboard the AMP aircraft, eliminating the
need for the navigator position in the cockpit.
"This is a very exciting upgrade for the program and
our customer because it offers the flight crew a
variety of new options," said Harris. "For example, it
computes airspeed, altitude, time of arrival and fuel
at each waypoint in the flight plan. It also includes
the initial military FMS functionality of airdrop,
take off and landing data, which reduce the workload
of the flight engineer."
Michael Leone, Boeing's C-130 AMP chief test pilot,
said the software performed beyond his expectations
during the flight.
"Core Complete 1 is a terrific follow-on to the
remarkable first build," he said. "It offers some
rich, new options, and truly improves the
functionality of the cockpit."
Core Complete 1 is the second of three major software
builds that are under way. The next phase, Core
Complete 2.2, is scheduled for installation early next
The program will receive its next aircraft, a C-130
(H3) from the West Virginia Air National Guard, in
Boeing's C-130 AMP provides enhanced digital avionics
that significantly increase situational awareness for
the warfighter. The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing the
AMP contract in June 2001. The upgrade commonality
brought to the fleet of C-130 transport aircraft by
the AMP also offers additional flexibility in
assigning aircrew, regardless of the model design
Source: Boeing Press Release