USAALS Department of Aviation Systems Training (DAST)
DAST provides resident and nonresident maintenance training on the UH-60 Blackhawk, CH-47D Chinook, and UH-1 Huey helicopters. DAST provides leadership training for all MOSs in the common aviation maintenance (CAM) tracks of the Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Courses. The maintenance training consists of removing, installing, and servicing aircraft systems and components; ground handling the aircraft; performing preventative maintenance daily (PMD) and preventative maintenance service (PMS) inspections; maintaining aircraft logbooks and maintenance-related forms and records; and performing other maintenance tasks relating to the mechanical condition of the cargo and utility helicopters.
To meet the instructional needs required by the more complex and sophisticated Army aircraft systems, state-of-the-art electronic training devices and systems are used to enhance training realism.
The CH-47D composite trainer at DAST electronically links a computer assembly designed to program mechanical or maintenance problem situations into the aircraft systems. The trainer has see-through construction, which allows the student mechanic to view the inside workings of the aircraft to solve problems.
In an effort to reduce actual aircraft requirements, DAST is maximizing the use of enhanced composite trainers, hardware maintenance trainers, and computer-based training.
DAST has taken the lead for verifying and validating the Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM) for the UH-60 helicopter. The ultimate goal is to convert all maintenance publications for force modernization aircraft into electronic media.
Cargo Helicopter Division (CHD): The division employs highly motivated subject matter experts, both military and civilian, to meet the training needs of Army aviation and Force XXI. The mission of CHD is to train entry-level soldiers, transition soldiers, and basic noncommissioned officers to manage, inspect, and maintain the Boeing CH-47D helicopter. The training is provided to active Army and reserve component personnel, Department of Defense civilians, and international students. CHD conducts training in classrooms, laboratories, and hangars, covering more than 51,000 square feet. CHD trains up to 444 entry-level and 102 basic noncommissioned officer students per year. In order to accomplish this training, CHD uses CH-47D helicopters and CH-47D maintenance trainers that allow students to actually remove and replace components, inspect components for serviceability, and operate aircraft systems. In addition, the division has computer-enhanced Chinook hardware maintenance trainers and computerized panel trainers that replicate the operation of aircraft systems.
Utility Helicopter Division (UHD): The mission of UHD is to train entry-level soldiers, transition soldiers, and basic noncommissioned officers to manage, inspect, and maintain the Sikorsky UH-60 helicopter. The training is provided to active Army, Air Force, and reserve component personnel; Department of Defense civilians; and international students. UHD conducts training in classrooms, laboratories, and hangars, covering more than 56,000 square feet. UHD trains up to 704 entry-level and transition students, and 184 basic noncommissioned officer students per year. In addition, UHD is capable of training 90 basic noncommissioned officer students on the Bell UH-1 helicopter per year. In order to accomplish the training, UHD uses UH-60 helicopters that allow students to actually remove and replace components, inspect components for serviceability, and operate aircraft systems. In addition, the division has computer-enhanced Blackhawk maintenance trainers, landing gear trainers, and External Stores Support System trainers that replicate the operation of aircraft systems.
Advanced Aviation Logistics Division (AALD): The division employs highly motivated military subject matter experts to meet the training needs of Army aviation and Force XXI. The mission of AALD is to train basic noncommissioned officers to supervise and manage aircraft maintenance. The training is provided to active Army and reserve component personnel and international students. AALD conducts training in classrooms and laboratories, covering more than 3,200 square feet. AALD trains all CMF 67 soldiers in advanced aviation logistics subjects.
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