PMA-274 VXX Presidential Helicopters Program

Presidential Helicopter PMA-274 VXX

Mission: The Presidential Helicopters Program Office has responsibility for providing current and future safe and timely helicopter transportation for the President and Vice President of the United States, heads of state and other official parties. The global nature of these commitments requires aircraft to deploy worldwide and operate in varying environmental and climatic conditions without mission degradation. As such a new vertical lift platform is required to provide safe, survivable, timely, flexible, dependable, worldwide movement support and maintain information availability and connectivity necessary to execute the Office of the President.

As the current Presidential Helicopter airframes near the end of their sustainable life, PMA 274 and the VXX Program Office are preparing to acquire a new vertical lift platform to support the Office of the President of the United States. Holmes-Tucker provides on and off-site requirements management in the form of systems engineering analysis, requirements development and validation and 360-degree requirements traceability to support PMA-274’s acquisition responsibilities.

This capability enhances the ability of program managers and engineers to make fact-based decisions, to document such decisions for reference by others, and to maintain a highly accurate, timely and complete accountability of the program from concept development through delivery of new aircraft. We maintain and provide access to all top-level requirements-related information through the Program Office SharePoint Integrated Data Environment, with readily accessible links to program management information developed by the associated architecture, risk management and test validation/verification tools used within the Program Office.

Holmes-Tucker personnel help develop and validate system requirements within the program’s Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements System (DOORS) database and link them to required US Marine Corps operational capabilities and both US and DoD policy and standards. In support of VXX program managers and engineers, we link internally and externally generated requirements, analyze and rationalize differences between these requirements and engineering capabilities, and maintain the rationalized master requirements set for the program. This linked requirements set is used to monitor system development, testing, validation and delivery of mission capabilities in the form of new aircraft to the Office of the President.

Ken Thetford, Project Manager