General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has announced the completion of the flight deck certification on the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the company said.
The completion was accomplished with the support of GA´s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system.
The number of aircraft to have landed and taken off from CVN 78 now totals more than 2,000. CVN 78 used fleet squadrons from Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8), as well as pilots from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 and Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 to obtain hundreds of sorties over a two-week period with all arrested landings and catapult launches completed safely.
FDC is a qualification of the ship´s various aviation systems and includes the crews´ qualification to operate the numerous systems. FDC was completed March 20 following day and night launch and recovery exercises with F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. FDC is intended to qualify and prove ship and crew capabilities under operational conditions that can occur while on deployment.
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Group offers research, design, and manufacture of electromagnetic and electric power generation systems.