YUMA, Ariz.- During Monday’s Association of the United States Army Media Roundtable, Army officials spoke regarding one of the biggest issues plaguing pilots fighting in desert environments.
According to an article in breakingdefense.com Degraded Visual Environments have caused the loss of 157 service member, 400 aircrafts and a billion dollars in losses. DVE and burnouts are caused when a helicopter’s rotors kick up dust and debris and limit the pilot’s vision. This upcoming spring the U.S. Army plans to send pilots to Yuma Proving Ground to test the latest in Anti-Degraded Visual Environment technologies. The pilots will vary in experience and the Army has chosen to use the Blackhawk helicopter as it’s training aircraft.