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Cliffdale awarded $8.5M contract for OH-58D actuator work

Cliffdale awarded $8.5M contract for OH-58D actuator work

Source: US DoD, 07-Aug-14

Cliffdale Mfg. Inc.,* Chatsworth, California, was awarded a $8,520,000 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the actuator, elect (OH-58D), with a minimum of 100 to be completed, up to a maximum of 1,080; this is to include 180 for foreign military sales. This is a critical safety item. Funding and work location will be […]

Iraq – $500M contract for Helicopter Sustainment Support

Iraq – $500M contract for Helicopter Sustainment Support

Source: DSCA, 30-Jul-14

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for aviation sustainment support, on-the-job maintenance training and maintenance advice and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale […]

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-14

The following OH-58s are currently on the GSA Auction site for sale as “scrap metal”. The photos show two of them as mostly complete fuselages with skids, wire strike system and all windows etc. The third is the shell of the cabin.  All three are for disposal ex Raleigh, North Carolina and have been with […]

CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

Source: US DoD, 28-Jan-14

CV International, Inc.*, Bend, Ore., was awarded a $15,916,531 firm-fixed-price contract for a modernized maintenance platform for CH-47, UH-60, AH-64, and OH-58 helicopters and for Unmanned Aerial System aircraft.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Jan. 27, 2019.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received. […]

Defense Secretary approves US Army aviation restructure plan

Defense Secretary approves US Army aviation restructure plan

Source: Inside Defense, 15-Jan-14

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a US Army plan to restructure its aviation forces that includes divesting all OH-58s and taking all AH-64s out of the National Guard – See full story

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

Source: US DoD, 08-Jan-14

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc, Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00010) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 to procure six additional months of contractor logistics support for Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters.  Fiscal 2014 funds in the amount of $18,556,810 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Aug. 8, […]

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

Source: US DoD, 19-Dec-13

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00009) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 for an undefined contract action for six additional months of contractor logistics support for the Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters in Al Taji, Iraq, in accordance with foreign military sales case IQ-B-UDZ.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds […]

Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Source: Amarillo Globe News, 05-Dec-13

Lawyers have reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Tennessee National Guard soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq.  See full story

Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

Source: Baltimore Sun, 28-Nov-13

The Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday 3rd December at the Forest Hill Business Airpark to make the announcement and debut their Bell OH-58  See full story  [File photo]

26-Oct-13 N283MP Bell OH-58A Jefferson City, US-Missouri

26-Oct-13

Engine failure on training flight, helicopter damaged in emergency landing in field.  Highway Patrol report shows no injuries to Michael Hagus and minor injuries not requiring medical help to Jeff Noack

First US Army OH-58 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron arrives in Korea

First US Army OH-58 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron arrives in Korea

Source: US Army, 25-Oct-13

The 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, started their nine-month operation with 380 soldiers and 30 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters in South Korea as the first Rotational Forces Attack Reconnaissance Squadron sent to Korea Oct. 1. The first rotational ARS, 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, from Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., completed deployment with their equipment […]

Bell extends presence and commitment to US Army mission success at AUSA

Bell extends presence and commitment to US Army mission success at AUSA

Source: Bell, 22-Oct-13

Today Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced its participation in the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, held Oct. 21-23. Bell Helicopter will showcase a full-scale representation of its Bell V-280 Valor third generation tiltrotor and provide program updates on the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior. “We are excited to […]

Bell to supply US Army with new metal OH-58D abins

Bell to supply US Army with new metal OH-58D abins

Source: Bell, 11-Sep-13

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army valued at more than $61 million to supply 12 new metal OH-58D Kiowa Warrior cabins and 12 supplemental parts kits. The new metal cabins will be manufactured at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Amarillo, […]

Bell awarded $7.7M contract for long-lead OH-58F parts

Bell awarded $7.7M contract for long-lead OH-58F parts

Source: US DoD, 02-Aug-13

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $7,738,885 for the advanced procurement of long lead materials in support of the low rate initial production of A-Kits for the Kiowa OH-58F model.  Fiscal 2013 Procurement funds are being obligated on this award.  One bid was solicited, with […]

Lockheed Martin Wins US Army Helicopter Maintenance Program

Lockheed Martin Wins US Army Helicopter Maintenance Program

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Jun-13

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received an aircraft maintenance and logistics contract with an initial funding value of $5 million from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to provide field and sustainment-level maintenance for U.S. Army helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will lead the Army’s Regional Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Central Operations at Fort […]

25th CAB named AAAA Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year

25th CAB named AAAA Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year

Source: US Army, 15-Apr-13

Combat Aviation Brigade was awarded the Army Aviation Association of American Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year Award at the 2013 AAAA Annual Professional Forum in Fort Worth, Texas on April 11. The Brigade’s primary mission was to conduct full spectrum aviation operations, to defeat the insurgency, support and improve governance and development. Their efforts […]

Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

Source: Oklahoma ANG, 07-Jan-13

The Oklahoma Army National Guard announced today they will receive four UH-72A “Lakota” helicopters this year. The helicopters will replace four OH-58C “Kiowa” helicopters that have been in service for more than 30 years. The first two Lakotas are scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma in April with the final two following in May. The UH-72A […]

Two Pasadena Police OH-58s contact each other

Two Pasadena Police OH-58s contact each other

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-12

A pair of law enforcement Bell OH-58s came into contact with each other on Saturday, just as one was in the process of landing and the other taking off.  Pasadena Police are now two helicopters down, but still have four others immediately available according to a local television interview. Both helicopters ended up on their […]

Profile – San Juan County Sheriff’s helicopter unit

Profile – San Juan County Sheriff’s helicopter unit

05-Nov-12

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has had a helicopter since 2001. It’s the only police helicopter in hundreds of miles, the next closest is in Albuquerque.  The unit comprises just Gross, two deputies trained as tactical flight officers and a civilian contract pilot (see full story)

US Army tests Eurocopter EC145T2 for Kiowa replacement

US Army tests Eurocopter EC145T2 for Kiowa replacement

Source: US Army, 17-Oct-12

With all of the innovations that have taken place on the battlefield and in the air over the last 37 years, it might be difficult for some to believe that the Army is still using helicopters that were in use during the Vietnam War. Yet, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter is still widely used […]

Kentucky Army Aviation helps keep the National Guard in the air

Kentucky Army Aviation helps keep the National Guard in the air

Source: US Army, 08-Oct-12

It is often thought that a warrant officer in an Army Aviation unit is only a pilot. That is certainly not the case. The aviation field also demands that experts are on hand as maintenance technicians to ensure that those pilots have a working aircraft to fly. In the Kentucky National Guard, some aviation warrant […]

Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

Source: Boeing, 14-Aug-12

Boeing [NYSE: BA] subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has installed a Helicrew simulator at the Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre in order to enhance the capabilities of BDA flight instructors. The Helicrew allows BDA Qualified Flying Instructors to further hone and test their training procedures through a variety of simulated situations. Helicrew is designed to […]

ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

Source: Aviation Specialties Unlimited, 31-May-12

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) announced that they completed a full-service order for the Pasadena Police Department. The Pasadena Police Department purchased four new night vision goggles, modified the interiors of their two Bell OH-58s and received initial training for seven pilots. “The Pasadena Police Department plays a vital role in the protection of one of […]

Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

Source: Sacramento Bee, 30-May-12

The Bell OH-58 is being donated by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon, just north of Salem. It can no longer afford to have an air operations program. (see full story)  File photo

Baxter County Sheriff acquires two OH-58s

Baxter County Sheriff acquires two OH-58s

12-Apr-12

Baxter County Sheriff has acquired two ex-military surplus OH-58s from Arkansas State Police, where they had become surplus to requirements after acquisition of a Bell 407.  The two aircraft are N528SP and N529SP.  The photo shows Baxter County have tried to disguise their registrations for the road trip!  Baxter will merge the two into one usable […]

Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

Source: Yamhill Valley News-Register, 28-Feb-12

County sold the three nonflying OH-58A+ units on eBay in December and has now disposed of the fourth and last aircraft to Sacramento Police Dept (see full story)  File photo

Bell awarded $87M contract for H-1 and OH-58 parts

Bell awarded $87M contract for H-1 and OH-58 parts

Source: US DoD, 26-Feb-12

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, requirements type, sole-source contract with a maximum $87,025,160 for support of 1,162 commercial consumable items required for the Navy/Marine Corps H-1 and Army OH-58 helicopters.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.  There was one proposal with […]

Mohawk College students refurbish Kiowa for Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Mohawk College students refurbish Kiowa for Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

30-Jan-12

The Kiowa, serialled 44072 and officially known as a Bell CH-136 light observation helicopter, belongs to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and is being restored for static display, in a unique partnership with Mohawk college. (see full story) File photo

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) today announced that its OH 58 Kiowa Warrior has successfully demonstrated  several ground breaking capabilities that will enable interoperability among  multiple aviation platforms, such as manned and unmanned vehicles. The exercise was conducted at the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability (MUSIC) demonstration, sponsored by the U.S. Army […]

Bell Helicopter OH-58D SEP programs finish after 13 years

Bell Helicopter OH-58D SEP programs finish after 13 years

Source: Bell, 28-Sep-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) and the U.S. Army Armed Scout Helicopter program office announced today the completion of the final Safety Enhancement Program (SEP) OH-58D delivered to the Army as part of the Kiowa Warrior refresh program. The program experienced 13 years of on time deliveries. “Delivering each of the 292 […]

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

Source: US Army, 18-Sep-11

MICHAEL ARMY AIRFIELD, Utah — The Project Offices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Apache Attack Helicopter and Armed Scout Helicopter conducted an exercise showcasing advancements made in aircraft interoperability, referred to as the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability Exercise at Michael Army Airfield, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, on Sept. 16. The MUSIC exercise is the largest […]

Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

Source: Boeing, 21-Aug-11

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it will use a Helimod helicopter simulator leased from Ryan Aerospace to help train Australian Army pilots to fly Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters. Delivery is expected before the end of this year. “Under our Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) contract, Boeing has traditionally taught students to fly […]

Aerosonic wins contract for encoding altimeters for UH-60s and OH-58s

Aerosonic wins contract for encoding altimeters for UH-60s and OH-58s

Source: Aerosonic, 10-Aug-11

Aerosonic Corporation, a leading supplier of precision flight products for commercial, business and military aircraft, today announced that it has received a new contract award from Defense Logistics Agency in support of the US Army Aviation Command. The contract is to supply AAU/32A Encoding Altimeters used on the UH60 Blackhawk and OH58 Helicopter Fleet. The […]

Upgrading Kiowas makes more sense than a new helicopter

Upgrading Kiowas makes more sense than a new helicopter

Source: Lexington Institute, 27-Jul-11

The U.S. Army has been seeking a successor to the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopter for over a decade, and it has been a frustrating experience. The first attempt, called the RAH-66 Comanche, was canceled after it ran up $7 billion in development bills on a design that was too costly and complicated. The Army then […]

Federal Program Integrators awarded $15M contract for flexible test modules

Federal Program Integrators awarded $15M contract for flexible test modules

Source: US DoD, 25-Jul-11

Federal Program Integrators, Indian Island, Maine, was awarded a $15,300,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of two flexible test modules for the transmission test systems to test transmissions and gearboxes on AH-1, AH-64, CH-47, OH-58, UH-1N and UH-60 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indian Island, Maine, and Corpus Christi, Texas, […]

OH-58 Block II proves hot and high performance at 6,000ft in 95 degrees

OH-58 Block II proves hot and high performance at 6,000ft in 95 degrees

Source: Bell, 27-Jun-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced today its  OH-58 Block II demonstrator successfully proved hover out of ground effect performance that exceeds the maximum gross aircraft weight of 5,500 lbs at 6k95 during test flights conducted in Colorado. “We completed several test flights at several different altitudes and temperatures, each to prove […]

Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-11

Lansing Community College’s aviation mechanics program is the centre of an investigation involving a Bell OH-58A Kiowa.  Harry Whitehead, the lead faculty member who ran the aviation program before he was fired last month, allegedly tried to sell the helicopter to a long-time acquaintance two years ago.  He was expecting a running OH-58 in exchange […]

Colorado goes half-mast today to remember Fort Collins soldier

Colorado goes half-mast today to remember Fort Collins soldier

Source: State of Colorado, 15-Jun-11

DENVER — Monday, June 13, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Wednesday, June 15, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth White, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset. White, 35, died on June […]

Ohio sheriff envisions new regional aviation unit

Ohio sheriff envisions new regional aviation unit

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 01-May-11

Marion County Sheriff Tim Baileywill pitch his aviation unit idea to the first of several groups of sheriffs from Ohio’s other 87 counties during May

Bell launches new website ScoutsOut.com

Bell launches new website ScoutsOut.com

Source: Bell, 20-Apr-11

Bell Helicopter announced today the release of a new website www.scoutsout.com that is dedicated to the men and women who fly and maintain the Kiowa Warrior. The site explores the aircraft’s history, current actions in theater and shows its transformation as the future Armed Aerial Scout solution. The site completes its mission with riveting, first-hand […]

Bell completes first flight of Block II Kiowa

Bell completes first flight of Block II Kiowa

Source: Bell, 19-Apr-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announces the first flight of its OH-58 Block II demonstrator at its Xworx research and development facility in Fort Worth, Texas on April 14, 2011. “The flight was flawless and completed according to plan,” said Cathy Ferrie, Director of Bell Helicopter’s Xworx facility. “The Block II is […]

Escambia County Sheriff’s OH-58 to fly again thanks to $100K grant

Escambia County Sheriff’s OH-58 to fly again thanks to $100K grant

Source: Pensacola News Journal, 30-Mar-11

Sheriff David Morgan announced Monday that a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Program will allow the agency to restart its air unit on a temporary basis beginning this week. The unit, which flies two OH-58s, has been grounded since 1st March 2009 – see HeliHub.com story

StandardAero signs 5 year MRO contract with City of Nashville Metro Police

StandardAero signs 5 year MRO contract with City of Nashville Metro Police

Source: StandardAero, 09-Mar-11

StandardAero announced today that it has signed an exclusive five-year contract for Model 250 engine repair and overhaul services with the City of Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. All work will be performed at StandardAero facilities in Winnipeg, Canada and Concord, N.C. Repair and overhaul services will be performed on the police department’s seven-helicopter fleet comprised […]

Australian Army selects Sandel 4-ATI Displays for Kiowas

Australian Army selects Sandel 4-ATI Displays for Kiowas

Source: Sandel Avionics, 06-Mar-11

Sandel Avionics has announced that its 4-ATI SA4550 Primary Attitude (EADI) and SN4500 Primary Navigation (EHSI) Displays have been chosen by the Australian Army to upgrade its fleet of Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters. Panel design and installation work for the systems, which included Sandel’s on-demand NVIS option, was performed by Sikorsky Helitech in Brisbane. With […]

Westar Aerospace & Defense awarded $10M contract for nine OH-58s and five B206 in Iraq

Westar Aerospace & Defense awarded $10M contract for nine OH-58s and five B206 in Iraq

Source: US DoD, 04-Mar-11

WESTAR Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on Feb. 25 a $10,294,818 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for several logistic services for nine OH-58 and five 206B3 helicopters belonging to the government of Iraq.  Work will be performed in Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq, with an estimated completion date of March […]

Van Horn Aviation expands to accommodate main rotor blade manufacture

Van Horn Aviation expands to accommodate main rotor blade manufacture

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 12-Feb-11

Composite rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently signed an offer to purchase on a 23,000+ sq. ft. facility in Tempe, Ariz., significantly expanding the company’s available manufacturing space compared to its current location. According to VHA president James R. Van Horn, the expansion is required to accommodate current and future rotor blade programs. […]

Bell launches new assembly and delivery center for Kiowa Warrior

Bell launches new assembly and delivery center for Kiowa Warrior

Source: Bell, 09-Feb-11

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) officially dedicated their newest flight hangar at the Military Aircraft Assembly and Delivery Center in Amarillo, TX  for work specifically supporting the U.S. Army’s OH-58 Kiowa Warrior program. “We, at Bell Helicopter, are honored by the confidence and trust the U.S. Army, the Program Executive Officer of Army Aviation, […]

Washington County OH Sheriff to transfer two OH-58Cs to Marion County

Washington County OH Sheriff to transfer two OH-58Cs to Marion County

Source: News and Sentinel, 06-Jan-11

Federal Law Enforcement Support Office prevented Washington County Sheriff selling the helicopters and instructed them to hand them to Marion County, who should pick them up January 13.  They are belived to be N381WC (ex US Army 70-15208) and N575WC (ex 70-15387)

Rolls-Royce awarded $9M contract to overhaul 40 OH-58 engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $9M contract to overhaul 40 OH-58 engines

Source: US DoD, 23-Dec-10

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., was awarded on Dec. 17 a $9,312,910 firm-fixed-price contract.  This award will provide for the analysis, testing, repair and overhaul of 40 gas turbine engines to the OH-58 Kiowa helicopters.  Work will be performed in Neosho, Mo., and Oakland, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Sep. 30, 2011.  One bid […]

L-3 awarded $8M contract for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior avionics

L-3 awarded $8M contract for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior avionics

Source: US DoD, 22-Dec-10

L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded on Dec. 16 an $8,114,626 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for radio frequency B-kit communications hardware to support the Kiowa Warrior OH-58D program.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011.  One bid was solicited […]

Sikorsky Helitech consolidates support of Australian OH-58s

Sikorsky Helitech consolidates support of Australian OH-58s

Source: Sikorsky, 21-Dec-10

SHELTON, Conn., – Sikorsky Helitech, a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, today announced the merger of several support agreements that will provide deeper component and accessories maintenance for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Kiowa aircraft fleet. The $7.5 million contract represents a consolidation of services that were previously administered as separate […]

Cutaway and review – Bell OH-58 Kiowa

Cutaway and review – Bell OH-58 Kiowa

Source: Flightglobal, 20-Dec-10

Since winning the Light Observation Helicopter competition in 1967, the OH-58 has been adapted multiple times and survived.  Flightglobal reviews it as it approaches its fifth decade in service.

Van Horn Aviation expands dealer network into Canada

Van Horn Aviation expands dealer network into Canada

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 09-Dec-10

TEMPE, Ariz., December 8, 2010 – Composite tail rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently added two Canadian companies as authorized dealers for its composite tail rotor blades. AOG Heli Services (www.aogheliservices.com) based at Norman Rogers Airport in Kingston, Ontario, and Avialta Helicopter Maintenance Ltd. (www.avialta.com) based at Villeneuve Airport in Edmonton, Alberta, have […]

Boeing proposes AH-6 variant as cheaper than Kiowa upgrades

Boeing proposes AH-6 variant as cheaper than Kiowa upgrades

Source: Flightglobal, 04-Nov-10

Boeing is now pitching the AH-6S helicopter as a less costly alternative for the US Army than upgrading 330 Bell Helicopter OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scouts.

US Army announces OH-58 “A2D” conversion program

US Army announces OH-58 “A2D” conversion program

Source: Bell, 03-Nov-10

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced that the U.S. Army initiated a contract for the OH-58 “A2D” cabin conversion upgrade program for the highly successful OH-58 platform. “We are pleased and proud that the United States Army has awarded us the first phase of the “A2D” agreement,” said John L. Garrison, president […]

CCAD returns first OH-58 Armed Scout to Afghanistan

CCAD returns first OH-58 Armed Scout to Afghanistan

Source: US Army, 02-Nov-10

orpus Christ Army Depot sent its first OH-58D Kiowa Warrior back to the fight during a roll-out ceremony held in the depot’s Hangar 44, Oct. 14, 2010. The unprecedented OH-58D crash battle damage repair is the first step to increasing the number of Kiowa Warriors at a time when cost-effective measures are critical to support […]

Wide range of potential federal charges await Kustom Products

Source: The World, 29-Oct-10

Federal investigators contend the company sold knock-off parts to the Defense Department, including nonconforming helicopter parts for the Kentucky Army National Guard.

US Army names new “F” designation for upgraded OH-58D

US Army names new “F” designation for upgraded OH-58D

Source: Bell, 26-Oct-10

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced that the U.S. Army Aviation awarded a new designation for the highly successful OH 58 platform. “We are pleased and proud that the United States Army has awarded the OH 58 “F” designation to our helicopter,” said John L. Garrison, president and chief executive officer of […]

Oregon company Kustom Products is target of helicopter parts probe

Oregon company Kustom Products is target of helicopter parts probe

Source: AP, 19-Oct-10

Federal agents allege they have evidence an Oregon defense contractor sold phony replacement parts to the military that could cause attack helicopters to crash.

Bell starts up helo demonstrator to boost Kiowa Warrior

Bell starts up helo demonstrator to boost Kiowa Warrior

Source: Flightglobal, 12-Oct-10

Bell Helicopter is building a new demonstrator aircraft to prove the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior can remain a viable, long-term option even as the US Army seeks a huge boost in performance.

Air Comm wins $5M US Army contract

Air Comm wins $5M US Army contract

Source: Air Comm, 24-Sep-10

Air Comm Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to develop a cockpit heater/windshield defroster system for up to 400 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, company President Keith Steiner announced today. Total potential contract value for the competitively bid program exceeds $5 million. The pursuit and award of the OH-58D heater program demonstrates […]

Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition needs to justify tax money

Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition needs to justify tax money

Source: Rockford Register Star, 18-Aug-10

LEAC’s accounting and record keeping seem hazy even for a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers. Their website shows them operating three OH-58s and one UH-1.  A Bell 430 is also available on a donation basis

Austrian military OH-58 pilot lands to pick up wedding stationery

Austrian military OH-58 pilot lands to pick up wedding stationery

06-Aug-10

The Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that is already taking disciplinary action against the helicopter pilots concerned

Bell begins Kiowa Warrior cabin conversion

Bell begins Kiowa Warrior cabin conversion

Source: Bell, 19-Jul-10

Work is underway at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, on an Army contract for the conversion of an OH-58A cabin into a D-model cabin. In April 2009, the Army exercised a contract option to have Bell Helicopter convert one OH-58A cabin into a new OH-58D cabin and also complete the non-recurring engineering […]

La Salle County Board to decide whether OH-58 will fly

La Salle County Board to decide whether OH-58 will fly

Source: My Web Times, 30-Jun-10

Whether to sponsor a helicopter on behalf of the Law Enforcement Coalition is now set to be decided by the La Salle County Board at its meeting on Thursday, July 8.  The county’s role would be to sponsor, not pay for, a military surplus OH-58 [file photo]

Rolls-Royce receives US Army Kiowa Warrior Supplier Excellence Award

Rolls-Royce receives US Army Kiowa Warrior Supplier Excellence Award

Source: Rolls-Royce, 17-Jun-10

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received the U.S. Army Kiowa Warrior Supplier Excellence Award for 2009. The award, selected by the Kiowa Warrior Program Manager, is presented annually to the supplier demonstrating superior field support over the prior 12 months. Bert Brown, Rolls-Royce, Vice President, U.S. Army Helicopter Programs, accepted the award from […]

FAA extend Van Horn B206 composite tail blade STC to OH-58s

FAA extend Van Horn B206 composite tail blade STC to OH-58s

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 09-Jun-10

OH-58 helicopter operators now have an aftermarket choice for tail rotor blades. The FAA recently issued an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Van Horn Aviation (VHA) 206B/L series composite tail rotor blade to include OH-58A+ and OH-58C models after reviewing flight and engineering data submitted by the company. “The City of Pasadena (California) […]

Arizona Governor seeks helicopters, UAVs from Obama for Mexican border

Source: Arizona Republic, 24-May-10

In a May 20 letter, released by Brewer’s office on Friday, the governor asks the federal government to reallocate some of the nation’s network of OH-58 Kiowa helicopters to Arizona for use in border missions. Click on the “Arizona Republic” link for the press story, or here for the full 18-page pack sent by the […]

Kiowa OH-58 AVX Configuration Can Reduce Brownout

Kiowa OH-58 AVX Configuration Can Reduce Brownout

Source: AVX, 27-Apr-10

In addition to increased performance at a reduced cost, modeling has shown that the AVX configuration has the potential to reduce brownout conditions in the landing configuration. Preliminary studies were made of the downwash/sidewash flow fields of the OH‐58D and the OH‐ 58AVX, along with limited studies of particle transport in ground effect in representative […]

Bell Helicopter Supports Army Kiowa Warriors

Bell Helicopter Supports Army Kiowa Warriors

Source: Bell, 15-Apr-10

In addition to beginning work in March on the final lot of aircraft in the OH-58D Safety Enhancement Program (SEP), Bell Helicopter is also supporting the Army’s Kiowa Warrior program with crash damage repairs and a C-to-D cabin conversion build line. In March the Army awarded Bell a contract to modify the final 30 OH-58D […]

AVX proposes radical OH-58 makeover – coaxial rotors and ducted fans

AVX proposes radical OH-58 makeover – coaxial rotors and ducted fans

Source: Star-Telegram, 14-Apr-10

AVX Aircraft, composed largely of ex-Bell employees, has proposed what it says is a low-cost way for the Army to upgrade its OH-58 fleet while significantly improving performance, safety and combat capability of the aircraft.

US Army to trial Sagem glass cockpit retrofit for OH-58 and TH-67

US Army to trial Sagem glass cockpit retrofit for OH-58 and TH-67

Source: Flightglobal, 14-Apr-10

Yulista Aviation has installed on an OH-58 a completely new instrument panel, featuring two glass cockpit displays from Sagem Avionics.

Lockheed Martin’s DAGR Guided Rocket Fires Successfully From Kiowa Warrior

Lockheed Martin’s DAGR Guided Rocket Fires Successfully From Kiowa Warrior

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Apr-10

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] hit the target in two tests featuring DAGR guided rockets launched from an airborne OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. This is the fourth aircraft DAGR has fired from in the past year—prior platforms include the AH-64D Apache and the AH-6 Little Bird. Two DAGRs were launched from the OH-58D Kiowa in airborne […]

Texas deploys more helicopters to Mexican border

Texas deploys more helicopters to Mexican border

Source: KVIA ABC7, 22-Mar-10

Texas deploys military OH-58 Kiowa and UH-72 Lakota helicopters to the area between El Paso and Brownsville as part of the first phase of the state’s spillover violence contingency plan.

Bell to Modify Final 30 Aircraft in OH-58D Safety Enhancement Program

Bell to Modify Final 30 Aircraft in OH-58D Safety Enhancement Program

Source: Bell, 10-Mar-10

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Mar. 9, 2010) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to modify the final 30 OH-58D aircraft under the Kiowa Warrior Safety Enhancement Program (SEP). These 30 aircraft will form Lot 13 of the Kiowa Warrior SEP […]