Vector Aerospace enhances the Huey’s hot, high and heavy performance with its UH-1H3 upgrade
Global independent MRO provider Vector Aerospace continues to support the needs of Bell Huey helicopter operators worldwide with its UH-1H3 (“Hot, High, Heavy”) upgrade & modernization program.

Developed as a cost-effective means of enhancing the performance of the enduring UH-1H platform, 1,500 of which remain in service worldwide, the UH-1H3 ‘Hot, High, Heavy’ upgrade offers operators a portfolio of technical solutions with which to customize the Huey to their specific requirements.

These include:

  • High performance tailboom, with upgraded upper longerons, improved skins, BLR FastFin® and dual strake system
  • Upgraded main rotor transmission, hub, swashplate assembly, stabilizer and blades
  • Upgraded main and tail rotor drive shaft and couplings
  • Upgraded tail rotor, tail rotor gearbox and push-pull tube control system
  • Airframe upgrade, including lift beam, main beam and cross tube tunnel
  • Honeywell T53-L-703 engine

Vector also offers a range of electrical and avionics upgrades to complement the UH-1H3 ‘Hot, High, Heavy’ upgrade, including complete airframe rewire, instrument panel modifications and three- or four-screen glass cockpit avionics suites.

Capt. Jeff Rose and Lt. Al Daniel of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department with the Vector team in Langley, BC.

Customers for the UH-1H3 upgrade include the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD), which operates the UH-1H in support of a wide range of missions across the San Bernardino Valley and San Bernardino Mountains, including search & rescue, fire suppression and homeland security. Vector is proud to serve the SBCSD, and will be delivering an upgraded UH-1H3 - complete with Garmin GTN 650H GPS/nav/comms and GTX transponder, integrated to display TCAS, HTAWS and ADS-B - back to them this week to the support the Department’s missions.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 4th May 2017 | Issue #415