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First Australian Tiger to 2,000 hours is global fleet lead

First Australian Tiger to 2,000 hours is global fleet lead

The Australian Army has achieved a major milestone with its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) flying 2000 hours on serial number #001, the first of any Tiger in the global fleet. Under the command of LTCOL Dave Lynch CSC, a highly experienced pilot and instructor, ARH Tiger 001reached the 2000 hours on a flight from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-May-17

New Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross

New Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis MP, today inspected progress in the development of a $157 million Helicopter Aircrew Training System at 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross. Minister Payne said the project will provide state of the art training facilities for Navy and Army aviators. “The new… Read more »

Source: Defence Minister Australia, 21-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters delivers final EC135T2+ for Australian military training program

Airbus Helicopters delivers final EC135T2+ for Australian military training program

Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of the last six of the EC135T2+ for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), completing on-time deliveries of the full fleet of 15 helicopters. Under the JP9000 Phase 7 HATS project, a new joint helicopter training program for Navy and Army aircrew will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Nov-16

CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC Helicopter has signed a contract with the Australian Army to provide them with aeromedical evacuations, crash response support and search and rescue for 21 months. The CHC will use their fleet of Sikorsky S-76s and Bell 412s, reports Australian Aviation. CHC Regional Director Asia Pacific Nick Mair reports that they have been working with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Sep-16

Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

It was up, up and away for the EC-135T2 helicopter, the latest aircraft to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army as part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). The first aircraft lifted off from HMAS Albatross yesterday with the first tranche of Flying Instructors from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

Australian Army commemorates Black Hawk accident 20 years on

Australian Army commemorates Black Hawk accident 20 years on

The Australian Army recently marked the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Black Hawk accident that took the lives of 18 Army personnel, with commemorative services held around Australia. On the evening of 12 June, 1996, two Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters collided in the air during a night training exercise near Townsville. The first Black Hawk crashed… Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 28-Jun-16

Australia retires a Chinook to War Memorial museum

Australia retires a Chinook to War Memorial museum

Chinook A15-202 was part of the army’s fleet of CH-47D Chinooks that were in near continuous use in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013, and is the only D-Model in the fleet to have taken enemy fire — during an incident in 2009, for which the pilot was awarded a medal for bravery.  See full story

20-Apr-16

Australian Army fails to fix Tiger fumes issue after five years

Australian Army fails to fix Tiger fumes issue after five years

News Corp Australia has also been told the chopper base has no comprehensive fire and emergency response service to cover Tiger operations.See Full Story

Source: News, 10-Aug-15

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21-Jul-15 Eurocopter Tiger Darwin, Australia

Precautionary landing by a road after warning light illuminated – later cleared for direct flight back to base

21-Jul-15

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Thales Australia reboots army’s Tiger helicopter simulators

Thales Australia reboots army’s Tiger helicopter simulators

ELECTRONIC and systems group Thales Australia needed to address obsolescence issues faced by the Australian Army Tiger helicopter simulators. See Full Story

Source: The Australian, 21-Jan-15

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Second Australian Army MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator accepted for training

Second Australian Army MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator accepted for training

CAE today announced that the Commonwealth of Australia has accepted into service the second MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) located at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville in Queensland. CAE also announced the MRH90 FFMS has been certified by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Airworthiness Authority to Level D under the Australian Civil Aviation… Read more »

Source: CAE, 06-Nov-14

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BAE Systems’ Laser-Guided Rocket Successfully Demonstrated for Australian military

BAE Systems’ Laser-Guided Rocket Successfully Demonstrated for Australian military

The Australian Defence Forces recently concluded a highly successful trial of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWSTM) laser-guided rocket for use on its Army and Navy helicopters. The ground trial marks the first time the APKWS technology, which transforms a standard unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rocket into a precision laser-guided weapon, has been demonstrated… Read more »

Source: Bae Systems, 14-Oct-14

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Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

BAE Systems says the agreement to service the Black Hawk fleet in Townsville concludes on January 31 next year, as the Australian Army upgrades to the NH90  See full story

Source: News.com.au, 01-Jun-14

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09-Apr-14 Sikorsky UH-60 Wisemans Ferry, Australia

Immediate landing after unspecified cockpit warning light.  No reported damage

09-Apr-14

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New Chinook facilities in Australia are a step closer

New Chinook facilities in Australia are a step closer

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, the Hon Darren Chester MP, today announced that the $54.8 million Replacement Chinook Facilities Project, which supports the acquisition of seven new Boeing CH-47F Chinook Helicopters, has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works. “If approved, the facilities project will provide new and upgraded working accommodation, new maintenance… Read more »

Source: DoD Australia, 27-Mar-14

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Australia’s Chinook mission in Afghanistan complete

Australia’s Chinook mission in Afghanistan complete

Rotary Wing Group – Eight (RWG-8), the Australian Army Aviation Detachment, has completed its five-month mission in Afghanistan. RWG-8 marked the End of Mission during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) on 14 September. The KAF-based RWG consisted of two CH-47D Chinook medium lift helicopters operating throughout the Afghan summer months as part of the… Read more »

Source: Australian DoD, 17-Sep-13

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Australian Army MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator accepted for training

Australian Army MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator accepted for training

CAE today announced that the Commonwealth of Australia has accepted into service the first MRH90 full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) located at the Army Aviation Training Centre Oakey in Queensland. CAE also announced the MRH90 FFMS has been certified by the Australian Defence Force Airworthiness Authority to Level D under the Australian Civil Aviation Safety… Read more »

Source: CAE, 01-Sep-13

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Australian Army pilots head to offshore operators over pay levels

Australian Army pilots head to offshore operators over pay levels

Local press in Australia is reporting a big outflow of helicopter pilots from the Australian Army, many heading for the offshore operators where they can double their pay and fly less hours. In the last year, 22 helicopter pilots have left, including 12 at the rank of Major.  A further 8 are on leave to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-12

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Australian Tiger pilots strike after third “fumes” incident

Australian Tiger pilots strike after third “fumes” incident

Dozens of Australian Army pilots have conducted a mini-mutiny by refusing to fly new Tiger attack helicopters after aircrew were hit by cockpit fumes for the third time this year. The fleet was not grounded after the third incident. (see full story)

Source: News Corp, 05-Dec-12

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04-Nov-12 Eurocopter Tiger Cultana, Australia

A third “fumes in the cockpit” situation, repeating incidents from May and June

04-Nov-12

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30-Aug-12 Helmand province, Afghanistan (2F)

Two Australian special forces officers were killed when their helicopter crashed in Helmand Province. The pair were named in Australian press as Private Nathanael Galagher and Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald.   Initial reporting indicates there was no insurgent action in the area at the time of the incident which could be related to the crash.

30-Aug-12

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Australian Tigers return to the sky

Australian Tigers return to the sky

The suspension, which began on 26 June 2012, was put in place as a safety measure when fumes were detected in the cockpit of an aircraft that performed a precautionary landing at Shoalwater Bay training area the day before. Following a detailed investigation and assessment into the source of the fumes, the Army Operational Airworthiness… Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 14-Aug-12

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Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

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… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 14-Aug-12

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Sikorsky Helitech Signs $120M Australian H-60 Maintenance Contract

Sikorsky Helitech Signs $120M Australian H-60 Maintenance Contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Australia Limited announced today the signing of a four-year agreement with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for ongoing logistics and engineering support for the Commonwealth of Australia’s fleet of BLACK HAWK (S-70A(TM)) and SEAHAWK® (S-70B(TM)) helicopters. Valued at more than $120 million, with six annual renewable options, the contract is a follow-on agreement… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-Jul-12

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Australian Army takes delivery of two Chinooks

Australian Army takes delivery of two Chinooks

Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced that two additional CH-47D Chinook helicopters have been handed over to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Townsville. The Chinook provides the ADF with an outstanding battlefield lift capability and has provided excellent service to Army for more than 25 years…. Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 04-Jul-12

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Australian Army grounds Tigers again

Australian Army grounds Tigers again

The suspension was put in place following the precautionary landing of a helicopter at the Shoalwater Bay training area on 25 June after the aircraft’s two-man crew detected fumes in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely with no injuries to the crew or further damage to the aircraft. Defence is presently investigating the cause of… Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 26-Jun-12

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25-Jun-12 Eurocopter Tiger Shoalwater Bay, Australia

Fumes in the cockpit – led to fleet grounding (for second time)

25-Jun-12

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22-Jun-12 Boeing CH-47 Kandahar province, Afghanistan

Helicopter damaged, although extent of damage not stated.  One occupant injured.

22-Jun-12

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Australian Tigers resume flying operations

Australian Tigers resume flying operations

The Australian Army’s fleet of Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters (ARH) has returned to regular training activities following the lifting of a temporary suspension that was put in place on 16 May 2012 due to the detection of fumes in the cockpit of the aircraft. The Army Operational Airworthiness Authority lifted the suspension late yesterday following a… Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 30-May-12

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Australia grounds Tigers after cockpit smoke incident

Australia grounds Tigers after cockpit smoke incident

The Australian Army has suspended Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter flying operations for training activities due to a concern following the detection of fumes in the cockpit of one of the aircraft. The Australian Army has a fleet of 22 Tiger helicopters, 19 of which are in the fully capable configuration operating in the fleet. The… Read more »

Source: Australian DoD, 17-May-12

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16-May-12 Eurocopter Tiger Australia

Fumes in the cockpit – led to fleet grounding.

16-May-12

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Boeing given $9.6M to add rotor brakes to Australian CH-47s

Boeing given $9.6M to add rotor brakes to Australian CH-47s

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded a $9,611,350 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for the addition of a rotor brake system on the Australian Defense Force CH-47 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pa., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2015.  One bid was solicited, with one bid… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Apr-12

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24-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Isurava, Papua New Guinea

Precautionary landing due to an engine fault

24-Apr-12

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Australian Army grounds Black Hawks

Australian Army grounds Black Hawks

The Australian Army has temporarily grounded its thirty Black Hawks after fractured bolts were found during routine maintenance.   “The precautionary suspension will remain in place to allow an investigation into the cause of the fracture to be completed,” Colonel Stephen Evans (Acting Director-General of Aviation) said. Three Black Hawks currently operating for in East Timor… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-12

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Final Australian Tiger handed over

Final Australian Tiger handed over

In a formal ceremony at the company’s facility in Brisbane, chief executive Dr Jens Goennemann said it was a great day for Australian Army Aviation, the ADF and Australian Aerospace. (see full story)

01-Dec-11

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30-Nov-11 A25-204 Sikorsky UH-60 Thornleigh, Australia

We are receiving initial reports of a Black Hawk making an emergency landing in Headen Park on the northern outskirts of Sydney.   It was en route to Newcastle when a warning light came on.  No damage, no injuries

30-Nov-11

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Boeing and Australian Army graduate 100th helicopter pilot

Boeing and Australian Army graduate 100th helicopter pilot

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Australian Army today announced the graduation of the 100th helicopter pilot to earn their wings through the Helicopter Qualification Course delivered under the Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) program in Oakey. “Graduating the 100th helicopter pilot is a significant achievement for both Boeing and the Australian Army. It… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 24-Oct-11

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Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

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… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 21-Aug-11

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21-Jul-11 Eurocopter Tiger Rockhampton, Australia

21-Jul-11 Eurocopter Tiger Rockhampton, Australia

Helicopter attacked by peace activist while parked at Rockhampton Airport.  See also our story here

21-Jul-11

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30-May-11 Boeing CH-47D Tarin Kot, Afghanistan (1F)

An Australian Army Officer (later named as Marcus Case) was killed when an Australian Chinook Helicopter crashed while undertaking a re-supply mission in Zabul Province.

30-May-11

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Boeing supports Australian Kiowa fleet through 60,000 hours

Boeing supports Australian Kiowa fleet through 60,000 hours

Boeing [NYSE: BA] earlier this month reached the milestone of supporting the Australian Army’s 27 Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters for more than 60,000 flight hours. The achievement includes 180 hours of relief efforts following the recent cyclone and flooding in Queensland. Boeing and its heritage companies have supported the Kiowa for 14 years. Since the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 19-Apr-11

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10-Mar-11 A17-001 Bell OH-58A Merrylands, Australia

Emergency landing on a playing field yesterday after indications of a possible engine fault

10-Mar-11

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Australian Army selects Sandel 4-ATI Displays for Kiowas

Australian Army selects Sandel 4-ATI Displays for Kiowas

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… Read more »

Source: Sandel Avionics, 06-Mar-11

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AgustaWestland, CAE and BAE Systems team to pursue Australia’s AIR 9000 Phase 7

AgustaWestland, CAE and BAE Systems team to pursue Australia’s AIR 9000 Phase 7

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, CAE, and BAE Systems today announced the formation of an industry team to pursue the AIR 9000 Phase 7 program in Australia. The AIR 9000 Phase 7 program, also called the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), is intended to provide a rotary wing training capability for the Australian Navy and Army… Read more »

Source: CAE, 01-Mar-11

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Upgraded Black Hawk simulator enters service for Australian Army

Upgraded Black Hawk simulator enters service for Australian Army

CAE Australia today announced that a major upgrade to the Australian Army’s S-70A Black Hawk full-flight and mission simulator (FFMS) has been completed on-schedule and recently entered service for the Australian Army. CAE Australia, prime contractor under the Management and Support of the Australian Defence Force’s Aerospace Simulators (MSAAS) contract, upgraded the S-70A Black Hawk… Read more »

Source: CAE, 17-Feb-11

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24-Nov-10 Sikorsky UH-60 Yass, Australia

An Army Black Hawk helicopter from the 5th Aviation Regiment, based at Townsville, Queensland, conducted an emergency landing near Yass

24-Nov-10

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Boeing Signs Au$44M Contract Expansion for Australian Army Rotary Wing Support

Boeing Signs Au$44M Contract Expansion for Australian Army Rotary Wing Support

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed an AU$44 million change proposal with the Commonwealth of Australia to increase the scope of the Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) contract. Awarded the contract in 2007, Boeing subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia has been supporting the Australian Army’s Black Hawk and Kiowa helicopters with pilot, aircrew and technician… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 27-Feb-10

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9-Feb-09 Sikorsky UH-60 Dili Airport, East TImor

9-Feb-09 Sikorsky UH-60 Dili Airport, East TImor

09-Feb-09

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