Black Hawk visits PIA

Black Hawk visits PIA

On Tuesday, November 16th, a UH-60 Black Hawk Crew flew into the Allegheny County Airport.  The Pennsylvania Army National Guard traveled from the Johnstown Army Aviation Support Facility and upon landing, became an impromptu lesson for students at PIA.

Students were able to take advantage of the Black Hawk’s landing to learn more about the rotorcraft and tour the unique military machine. The aircraft has a top speed of 222 MPH and utilizes a General Electric T700 engine.  The helicopter design first entered service in June of 1979.  The Rotorcraft Systems and Maintenance Course at PIA is the only elective offered at the institution and focuses on familiarizing students with the intricacies of rotary-wing aircraft.

A special thanks to Charles Doyno, Aviation Logistics Management Officer for the AASF-JST, and John Fefolt, Facility Standardization Instructor Pilot for the AASF-JST, for allowing students to learn on such a specialized aircraft!

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