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Problematic Performance Planning Card (PPC)
Today’s military aircraft Operator’s Manuals and Checklists are prepared per military specifications (MIL-PRF-63029E) and serves primarily two groups of users; engineers and combat aviators.  The Operator’s Manual data presentation format suffices technical and engineering applications, however, this format, particularly performance data, is fundamentally user unfriendly to the aviator and doesn't lend itself to convenience required of high risk missions with truly dynamic operational parameters.  This inherent user unfriendly nature of the data necessitates pre-mission planning well in advance, hence, the Performance Planning Card (PPC).
Completing a PPC affords aviators the opportunity to assess aircraft limitations for a given set of ambient conditions and mission constraints.  Although, the PPC is not required for every flight, it is prudent to do so.  Although task accomplishment has been facilitated by the use of microcomputers (PPC software programs, PDA’s etc.). The completed PPC is only good for the planned conditions.
“The account of Black Hawk crashes shows that it’s critical for aviators to clearly understand how power-limited aircraft will perform during all phases of assigned missions.  The Army continues to deploy and operate in demanding environments…  When we arrive in a high altitude environment, such as Bosnia; a hot desert environment like Kuwait; or a hot, high environment such as Fort Irwin, we find ourselves operating in vastly different conditions.”  BG James E. Simmons, FlightFax Oct 2001
Today’s Army Aviation performs a wide variety of challenging missions with truly dynamic operational parameters, rendering the PPC obsolete.  Re-computation of a PPC, under certain circumstances, may be at best impractical and at worst impossible.  Although the Operator’s Manual is always available in the cockpit, the data or information may not be sufficiently accessible.  The document is impractical for everyday aviator use.
For example, enroute mission changes.  "Do I have enough fuel to accept this request?"...  "Do I have enough power available under ambient conditions at the PZ?"...  "Will Directional Control Margin (DCM) pose a problem?"...  "Under these conditions, how fast can I fly with some reasonable safety margin?"...
The Performance Planning Card (PPC) method is tedious, time consuming and human error prone due to the awkward, user-unfriendly Operator's Manual (-10) performance data presentation.
Microcomputer PPC devices, Portable Flight Planning Systems (PFPS), even on-board Flight Management Systems (FMS) help, however, are subject to damage, power loss and failure.  These devices are no substitute for a manual fallback recovery alternative measure
WingNotes™ Quick Reference Handbook
The practical solution is a Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) or sometimes called Quick Reference Handbook (QRH).  The Army has indirectly acknowledged the need for handy access to critical performance data evident by attempts to add tabular data to the Checklist (-CL).  For example, Maximum Torque Available, Hover Torque Required, etc.  However, -CL performance data tables are not suitable for combat aviator use and incomplete data ultimately requires reference back to the user-unfriendly Operator’s Manual (–10).
WingNotes™ International Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) is essentially a blend of Aircraft Operator’s Checklists (-CL) procedures with comprehensive tabular performance data.  In other words, a system of publications derived from authoritative sources, developed by a combat aviator specifically tailored for operational combat aviator use.  Particularly, WingNotes Quick Reference Handbook (QRH), and PPC Takeoff Wall Planner Posters etc.
WingNotes™ International Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) documents are so comprehensive that it’s like having a PPC for all occasions and renders the PPC, the process, the software, the paradigm obsolete.  U. S. military use of WingNotes™ International publications will significantly enhance aircraft Operational Readiness, Mission Effectiveness, Safety and Economy (Total Ownership Costs (TOC) reduction).
UH-1H/V Flight Handbook For U. S. Army Aviators
Study Guide and Quick Reference, 2nd Edition, includes Metal (MB) and Composite (CB) Main Rotor Blade aircraft.  ISBN 1-878595-02-4, Ringbound, $90.00 USD, Available Now!...
This handbook evolved from the author’s personal notes into this comprehensive Quick Reference and Performance Supplement.  It is published in the 2nd Edition.  Civilian customers find this handbook particularly useful for UH-1H fire bucket missions, game relocation, logging, powerline and power pole placement, aerial surveying, medevac and law enforcement to name a few.
The Maine Forest Protection Service has recently selected the UH-1H/V Flight Handbook For U. S. Army Aviator’s as standard equipment for their UH-1H fleet.
This handbook demonstrates a fully developed, fully integrated WingNotes™ International solution for superior military Flight Technical Support.
WingNotes™ International can provide Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) publications for U. S. military operational use, or provide consultation services to develop custom Flight Technical Support Solutions.

WingNotes™ International is uniquely capable of providing these posters for other aircraft “on the turn of a dime”.  For example, we can provide a similar set of posters for the AH-64A or AH-64D within 10 business days of receiving the raw engineering hardcopy graphic data.



WingNotes™ PPC WALL PLANNER Takeoff Quick Reference Posters
  PPC Wall Planner Takeoff Quick Reference Posters, our newest publications, are 24” x 36” (or 36” x 48” oversized) Color posters, single side imaged on 60 lb. laser paper with encapsulated lamination for durability.  These posters contain minimum essential performance planning data to assess lift capability and are perfect for flight operations planning, simulator, IP briefing, training or conference rooms.  They’re Ideal for unit commanders, S-3 and other staff officers.
  UH-60A/EH-60A and UH-60L  specimens contain Torque Ratio, Maximum Torque Available (30 Minute Operation) and Hover Torque Required data tables.  In addition, Condition/Action Flow Diagrams (C/AFD’s) provide concise definitions, instructions, data basis and torque adjustments, etc. 
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