US Navy’s CMV-22 Osprey fleet back in the air

The U.S. Navy returned its CMV-22 Osprey fleet to flight status on March 8, following Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)’s announcement that issued clearance for the V-22 to fly.

Illustration; Credit: US Navy

NAVAIR issued a flight clearance for the V-22 Osprey thereby lifting the grounding. In response to the preliminary investigation indicating a materiel failure of a V-22 component, the V-22 grounding was initiated on December 6, 2023. The grounding provided time for a thorough review of the mishap and formulation of risk mitigation controls to assist with safely returning the V-22 to flight operations, according to the US Navy.

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NAVAIR has worked with the USAF-led investigation to identify the materiel failure that led to the mishap together with the teams from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force

Now, the US Navy will perform a deliberate, multi-phased, conditions-based approach that will prioritize safety during the CMV-22 return to flight. Starting immediately, Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission (VRM) Wing will oversee a comprehensive plan that includes enhanced maintenance checks and tailored training to renew aircrew currency and unit readiness.

Maintenance and procedural changes have been implemented to address the materiel failure that allow for a safe return to flight. The U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force will each execute their return to flight plans according to service specific guidelines.

“The Navy has confidence in the analysis by NAVAIR as the Airworthiness Certification Authority for the V-22 program, and the engineering analysis driving the return to flight decision. Commander, Naval Air Forces remains in close collaboration with key senior leaders across three services, and continue to work to ensure our pilots and aircrew can fly and operate safely,” the navy concluded.