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First Eurocopter, then AgustaWestland, now Turbomeca goes for new name

First Eurocopter, then AgustaWestland, now Turbomeca goes for new name

Safran has changed the name of every company in the group in the latest re-branding attempt in the helicopter industry. Given the mileage built up with an existing name, it is always a surprise when a company wishes to abandon its history and identity in an attempt to create a new one.  Plus they will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

P&WC Rolls Out New Customer Service Engine

P&WC Rolls Out New Customer Service Engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has started broad customer roll-out of MyP&WC Power, a flexible new service portal that makes conducting business with the company more convenient than ever through its advanced e-commerce functionality. The company expects the number of users on the new portal to grow from about 3,000 currently to as high as… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 24-May-16

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Airbus starts new MSN series for H135 helicopters

Airbus starts new MSN series for H135 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters have started a new set of numbers MSN (Manufacturer’s Serial Number) for the H135 series. From the first production unit at 0001, the production line is currently at around 1230 and continuing.  HeliHub.com has recently noticed that there are aircraft on the production line in a new series starting at 2001 – a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-16

Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus Helicopters in the UK has been selected by Ascent as the Aircraft Service Provider for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The contract, worth £500 million over 17 years, will see Airbus Helicopters deliver aircraft and an integrated support solution over the course of 18 months, ready to start training in April 2018…. Read more »

Source: AIrbus, 23-May-16

L-3 Vertex Aerospace awarded another $80M to support US Navy TH-57 fleet

L-3 Vertex Aerospace awarded another $80M to support US Navy TH-57 fleet

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $79,895,466 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for the organizational and depot level logistics services required to support and maintain the TH-57 fleet.  Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field, Milton, Florida… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-May-16

PPG coatings recreate US Coast Guard liveries

PPG coatings recreate US Coast Guard liveries

Advanced aerospace military coatings by PPG (NYSE:PPG) recreate historic paint schemes for repainted aircraft commemorating U.S. Coast Guard aviation’s 100th anniversary. Thirteen helicopters comprising three types – HH-52A, MH-60 and MH-65 – and two HC-144 search-and-rescue fixed-wing airplanes have been repainted in a visual retrospective celebrating the centennial. High-solids DESOTHANE® HS/CA 9800 military advanced performance… Read more »

Source: PPG, 20-May-16

First Mi-28NE planned for this year

First Mi-28NE planned for this year

Traditionally, Rosoboronexport will present to foreign customers the entire line-up of Russian-made helicopters, but special attention during the talks will be on the latest models. “A lot of efforts to promote the latest Russian military helicopters in the world market have started yielding results. In particular, in 2015 Russia carried out the first export deliveries… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 19-May-16

Aero Precision to supply LORD products for Korean MD500s

Aero Precision to supply LORD products for Korean MD500s

Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today an agreement of a territory-specific distribution agreement with LORD Corporation, a leading Aerospace and Defense supplier of vibration control systems. In the agreement, Aero Precision will supply LORD Dampers, Bearings and Tail Rotor Assemblies in South Korea to support MD-500 operations. “We are excited about LORD Corporation’s… Read more »

Source: Aero Precision, 19-May-16

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Sikorsky and AHS issue challenge with $50K prize

Sikorsky and AHS issue challenge with $50K prize

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, (NYSE: LMT) and the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International today announced the Sikorsky-AHS “Hover for a Day” Challenge, a new competition to demonstrate a game-changing level of efficiency in rotorcraft with a $50,000 prize at stake. Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development team within Sikorsky’s Engineering & Technology group, is working… Read more »

Source: AHS, 19-May-16

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US Army places $88M order for eight UH-60M

US Army places $88M order for eight UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $88,117,272 modification (P00350) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise an option for eight UH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $88,117,272 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-May-16

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Black Cats team ready for 30 air shows

Black Cats team ready for 30 air shows

The Royal Navy’s Black Cats helicopter display team are set to wow millions of spectators this summer.  Following months of training, the team was formally awarded its Public Display Authority (PDA), the final assessment that authorises the team to begin their season. The pair of Wildcats will appear at more than 30 displays in the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-May-16

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Top Five Vendors in the Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems Market

Top Five Vendors in the Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems Market

Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global helicopter flight control systems (FCS) market report. The report also presents the market landscape and a detailed analysis of the key vendors in the market. Competitive vendor landscape The global helicopter FCS market is highly competitive, and vendors compete based on cost, product… Read more »

Source: Technavio, 17-May-16

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AW119 gets new name and avionics for US Navy trainer bid

AW119 gets new name and avionics for US Navy trainer bid

As part of their presence at the Navy League Sea-Air Space Exhibition in Washington DC, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has introduced the TH-119 – an AgustaWestland AW119 targeted at the US Navy training requirement. The TH-119 has some distinctive capabilities and features to differentiate it from the civil market AW119Kx. Like the commercial AW119Kx, the TH-119 will be… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-May-16

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First Sea Hawks delivered to Denmark this week

First Sea Hawks delivered to Denmark this week

Three MH-60R Seahawk helicopters departed Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s William P. Gwinn Airfield May 10, aboard two C-17 aircraft to join their new home with Air Squadron 723, Karup Air Base in Denmark. This is the first delivery to the Danish Defense, which is replacing their former fleet of British Lynx helicopters with the Seahawk. The… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-May-16

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Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to retrofit the avionics suite of the 35 EC145 helicopters operated by the Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior that performs critical search and rescue and medical evacuation services throughout the French territory. As part of this… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-May-16

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Bird Aerosystems to display special mission system on Kazak EC145

Bird Aerosystems to display special mission system on Kazak EC145

At the KADEX defence exhibition which starts 2nd June in Astana, Kazakhstan, Bird Aerosystems will be demonstrating their ASIO Special Mission System that will be installed on the Kazakhstan Armed Forces EC145 Helicopters At the show, Bird and KAI (a subsidiary of JSC “NC” Kazakhstan Engineering “) will display how the ASIO system enhances mission… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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AgustaWestland sold $1.3 Billion worth of helicopters to Algeria

AgustaWestland sold $1.3 Billion worth of helicopters to Algeria

Over the last five years, Algeria has received a significant number of helicopters from AgustaWestland, but the manufacturer goes into complete silence mode when asked how many aircraft have been delivered.  No article has been published to date enumerating the extent of this order. HeliHub.com has thus done a significant amount of research in an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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RAF donates Sea King to Falklands museum

RAF donates Sea King to Falklands museum

The Royal Air Force has donated a Sea King (Sikorsky S61 built in UK under licence) to the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust.  The aircraft is serialled XZ593. RAF Commodore Darren Bone said: “For over a generation the Sea King has been a reassuring sight across the Falkland Islands. It has gone to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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UK SAR Training Unit renamed

UK SAR Training Unit renamed

Following the recent gradual disbandment of UK military SAR, the RAF Valley based Search & Rescue Training Unit (SARTU), a unit of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS), will be formally numbered 202 (Reserve) Squadron at a ceremony at RAF Shawbury, the home of the DHFS. No 202 (Reserve) Squadron will become the maritime and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-16

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Parker Hannifin awarded $8.5M more for V-22 aircraft heat stack assemblies

Parker Hannifin awarded $8.5M more for V-22 aircraft heat stack assemblies

Parker Hannifin Corp., Irvine, California, has been awarded a maximum $8,537,278 modification (P00071) to a five-year base contract (SPE4AX-14-D-9413), with one five-year option period for V-22 aircraft heat stack assemblies. This is a firm-fixed-price, requirements contract. Location of performance is California, with a July 31, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-May-16

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Bell donates $5K to Quad-A Scholarship Foundation

Bell donates $5K to Quad-A Scholarship Foundation

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, presented a $5,000 check to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation. Lisa Atherton, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Military Business Development, presented the ceremonial check to retired Army Col. Stanford Oliver, Chairman of the Army Aviation Association of America’s scholarship fund committee earlier today… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-May-16

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Bell helps keep Army Aviation Museum flying high

Bell helps keep Army Aviation Museum flying high

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has donated $5,000 in support of the Army Aviation Museum. Lisa Atherton, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Military Business Development, presented the ceremonial check to LTG (Retired) Daniel J. Petrosky, Chairman of the Army Aviation Museum Foundation Board of Directors at the 2016 Army Aviation Association… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-May-16

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AZ Guard aviators hone interagency wildfire response skills

AZ Guard aviators hone interagency wildfire response skills

Members of the 2-285th Assault Helicopter Battalion participated in an annual training and certification course for wildfire response at the Papago Park Military Reservation May 4-5. At the completion of the 24-hour training course, 16 pilots and crew chiefs were certified to respond and assist with helicopter bucket operations, delivering water for aerial firefighting during… Read more »

Source: AZ National Guard, 09-May-16

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Pair of unmanned K-Max helicopters arrive at MCAS Yuma

Pair of unmanned K-Max helicopters arrive at MCAS Yuma

The Marine Corps’ first two Kaman K-MAX Helicopters arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. May 7, 2016. The Kaman K-MAX Helicopter is very unique in many different ways, such as its purpose and design. It is a helicopter with interlinking rotors whose primary mission is to provide cargo load operations with a maximum… Read more »

Source: USMC, 09-May-16

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Bell mates V-280 Valor wing and fuselage

Bell mates V-280 Valor wing and fuselage

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has successfully joined the V-280 Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) wing and nacelles to the aircraft fuselage. The milestone occurred last week at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas. To download images of the wing and fuselage mate, please follow this link. “The V-280… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-May-16

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ASU Ecliptus night vision camera now available on GSA

ASU Ecliptus night vision camera now available on GSA

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) a Boise, Idaho-based night vision company engaged with GSA representatives and contractors at the Southwest Supply Acquisition Center (SSAC) Industry days May 3-4, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas to better serve their GSA customers. At the event ASU announced that the company’s new Ecliptus product is now available on GSA…. Read more »

Source: ASU, 06-May-16

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Tunisia to receive 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warriors

Tunisia to receive 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warriors

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Aircraft equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $100.8 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Tunisia has requested a possible sale of:… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 06-May-16

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AgustaWestland to see THREE name changes in 12 months

AgustaWestland to see THREE name changes in 12 months

The change in a company name, or even a logo, is never something to be done lightly, as the loss of marketing mileage can be enormous.  The internet search engine aspect is more important these days too.  The loss of all the SEO capital built up in a company name and website address is not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-16

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India becomes 11th International Customer for Apache Longbow Radar

India becomes 11th International Customer for Apache Longbow Radar

The U.S. Army awarded LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LLC) a $57.1 million foreign military sale contract to provide the Indian Air Force with LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) systems for their new Apache AH-64E helicopters. LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC). Under this contract,… Read more »

Source: Longbow, 05-May-16

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Triumph receives Supplier of the Year Award from Sikorsky

Triumph receives Supplier of the Year Award from Sikorsky

Triumph Gear Systems – Macomb, Inc., has received the 2015 Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training Supplier of the Year Award in recognition of its exceptional performance and contributions to the Sikorsky division’s success throughout the year. Triumph Gear Systems-Macomb is a current Sikorsky Gold Supplier which recognizes them for their best-in-class performance in quality,… Read more »

Source: Triumph, 05-May-16

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Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

Columbia Helicopters and AAR Airlift Group have been awarded modifications to contracts for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance, and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. Columbia has been awarded a $31,294,989 modification (Task Order 0002, Modification 33) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021.  The modification brings the total cumulative face… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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New President named at CMC Electronics

New President named at CMC Electronics

Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL) has announced the appointment of Michel Potvin, effective May 2, 2016, to the position of president of its Avionics Systems business group, which includes Esterline’s CMC Electronics (CMC) product brand and the newly acquired Simulation Visual Systems capability, featuring TREALITY® display products. Mr. Potvin succeeds Mr. Greg Yeldon who has left Esterline… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 03-May-16

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CybAero performs test campaign from Swedish Navy corvette

CybAero performs test campaign from Swedish Navy corvette

During the last week of April CybAero ended an extensive test campaign with their ship based system APID One. The clients of the campaign were FMV (the Swedish Defence Procurement Agency) in collaboration with the Swedish Navy. The campaign has been going on for over a year and ended with numerous flights during week 17,… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 03-May-16

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Sikorsky conducts Combat Rescue Helicopter preliminary design review

Sikorsky conducts Combat Rescue Helicopter preliminary design review

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the successful execution of the Combat Rescue Helicopter Program (CRH) Air Vehicle Preliminary Design Review (PDR). This important review signals that the CRH program is proceeding with detailed design activities for the HH-60W Air Vehicle and Logistics system.  In addition, the team will continue toward the CRH Training Systems… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-May-16

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Royal Thai Navy receives first pair of H145M

Royal Thai Navy receives first pair of H145M

With today´s successful technical acceptance, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first two of five lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an important milestone in the H145M programme on its way to the final acceptance and entry into service in Thailand at the end of 2016. A delegation from… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-May-16

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Global NH90 fleet celebrates 100,000 flight hour landmark

Global NH90 fleet celebrates 100,000 flight hour landmark

NHIndustries celebrated today the 100,000 flight hours achieved in operation by the end users of the NH90. Currently, more than 270 NH90s are operated by 17 Armed Forces of 13 nations. Some of these aircraft are deployed operationally at sea and on land in multiple locations around the world. “We are particularly proud of this… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 29-Apr-16

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France bestows award on FlightSafety Chairman, President & CEO

France bestows award on FlightSafety Chairman, President & CEO

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Bruce Whitman has received the Médaille de l’Aéronautique from France. The medal was presented by Bertrand Lortholary, Consul Général of France, in New York on April 26, 2016. “It is a great honor and privilege to receive the Médaille de l’Aéronautique. It is humbling to join those from… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 29-Apr-16

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Serial Production of the MI-171A2 Will Begin in 2017

Serial Production of the MI-171A2 Will Begin in 2017

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAZ) being a part of Russian Helicopters Holding, will begin serial production of its newest helicopter, the MI-171A2, in the first quarter of next year. As reported by Leonid Belykh, managing director of the plant, the machine is now undergoing final testing. “Our challenge in the first quarter of 2017 is… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 29-Apr-16

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Raytheon awarded $21M more for MQ-8 software upgrades

Raytheon awarded $21M more for MQ-8 software upgrades

Raytheon Co., Dulles, Virginia, is being awarded a $21,592,886 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to continue the software upgrade transition in support of the MQ-8 fire scout unmanned aircraft system tactical control system 2016 Linux cyber baseline.  Work will be performed in Dulles, Virginia, and is expected to be completed in October 2018.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Apr-16

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Lockheed Martin awarded $71M for MH-60R and MH-60S support

Lockheed Martin awarded $71M for MH-60R and MH-60S support

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded a $70,665,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to update and maintain operational, vendor, maintenance-related, flight test, and laboratory support software in support of the MH-60 R/S and SH-60B aircraft.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed in September 2018. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Apr-16

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Sikorsky awarded $16M for US Navy H-53 and H-60 field support

Sikorsky awarded $16M for US Navy H-53 and H-60 field support

Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $16,232,698 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engineering technical services and field services in support of the H-53 and H-60 aircraft, subsystems, and associated support equipment. Work will be performed in Miramar, California (22 percent); McGuire Air Force Base (22 percent); New River, North Carolina (22 percent); Mayport… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Apr-16

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Terma Universal DIRCM pod gains interest

Terma Universal DIRCM pod gains interest

The continuing threat of terrorism around the globe and the ever-changing technology of surface-to-air missiles have created a greater demand of directed infra-red (IR) countermeasure (DIRCM) systems and the flexibility to protect all aircraft. Terma’s Universal DIRCM Pod (UDP) provides operators flexibility to transfer IR-countermeasure systems and Missile Warning systems (MWS) across aircraft and among… Read more »

Source: Terma, 28-Apr-16

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Poland – Airbus Helicopters seeks to work with PGZ on Tiger

Poland – Airbus Helicopters seeks to work with PGZ on Tiger

Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and Airbus Helicopters are hosting a two-day workshop in Radom on the 28 – 29 April to identify potential areas of cooperation around the Tiger HAD project, in the frame of the Kruk attack helicopter project. The event included the global network of Tiger HAD suppliers who took part in the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Apr-16

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Belize Defence Force holds ceremony for two donated UH-1s

Belize Defence Force holds ceremony for two donated UH-1s

The Belize Defence Force has held an acceptance ceremony this week to take on charge a pair of Bell UH-1H helicopters which have been donated to the country by Taiwan.  Belize Defence Force commander Brigadier General David Jones has had a long-term intention of having rotary wing assets for casualty evacuation and insertion of troops… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Apr-16

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Polish helicopter factory at Swidnik celebrates 60 years of production

Polish helicopter factory at Swidnik celebrates 60 years of production

The Special Rotorcraft Conference, which was held today in the Aviation Institute in Warsaw, inaugurated the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the launch of helicopter production in PZL-Świdnik. The event was attended among others by Jarosław Gowin, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Science and Higher Education and representatives of the Armament… Read more »

Source: PZL Swidnik, 28-Apr-16

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Bell highlights military products at Marrakech 2016

Bell highlights military products at Marrakech 2016

Bell Helicopter, Textron AirLand and Textron Aviation Inc., all Textron Inc. companies, have detailed their plans for the Marrakech Airshow at the Menara Airport in Marrakesh, Morocco, which runs April 27-April 30, 2016. Textron will be displaying in chalet A8. This year, Bell Helicopter is showcasing the Bell 407GXP, equipped by NorthStar Aviation as a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Apr-16

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CH-53K makes first external lift flight

CH-53K makes first external lift flight

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) today announced the CH-53K helicopter has achieved its first external lift flight by successfully carrying a 12,000 pound external load. “Achieving our first external lift signifies another milestone for the CH-53K program,” said Mike Torok, Sikorsky’s Vice President of CH-53K Programs. “Our flight envelope expansion efforts remain on track, and we continue… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Apr-16

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Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale VTOL X-Plane Aircraft

Aurora Successfully Flies Subscale VTOL X-Plane Aircraft

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that a subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD) of its LightningStrike, Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL x-plane) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was successfully flown at a U.S. military facility. The flight of the subscale aircraft met an important DARPA risk reduction requirement, focusing on validation of… Read more »

Source: Aurora, 26-Apr-16

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Estrella Warbirds Museum acquires H-19 and H-34 from Fox Field Museum

Estrella Warbirds Museum acquires H-19 and H-34 from Fox Field Museum

The Estrella Warbirds Museum recently acquired two Sikorsky helicopters from the Fox Field Museum which was closing. The H-19 and H-34 helicopters are currently being refurbished at the museum and will be on display to the public in June.  See full story

Source: Paso Robles Daily News, 26-Apr-16

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Terma at the AAMSS Summit 2016

Terma at the AAMSS Summit 2016

At this year’s Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Atlanta, GA, Terma will be showcasing innovative, combat proven, and cost-effective Aircraft Survivability Equipment and capabilities that meet the needs of operators, OEMs, and international users. Our display (booth #910) will feature a wide range of aircraft situational awareness solutions, survivability equipment, and airborne structures currently… Read more »

Source: Terma, 25-Apr-16

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Bell axes another 60 at Mirabel – additional to the 200 in February

Bell axes another 60 at Mirabel – additional to the 200 in February

The axe is falling again at Bell’s Canadian plant in Mirabel, where at least sixty people will lose their jobs – these being addition to 200 layoffs announced by management in February.  See full story

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Wind River avionics system enables Airbus Helicopters

Wind River avionics system enables Airbus Helicopters

Wind River®, a global leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, is utilizing Wind River VxWorks® 653 Platform for its new Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) system, Helionix (pictured). Helionix represents the latest technological evolution from the European helicopter manufacturer offering an unrivaled… Read more »

Source: Wind River, 25-Apr-16

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CTRM Aviation becomes Authorized Service Centre for Malaysian MD530G fleet

CTRM Aviation becomes Authorized Service Centre for Malaysian MD530G fleet

In partnership with Malaysia-based Halaman Optima Sdn Bhd, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce that CTRM Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of DRBHicom Defence Technologies, will be the exclusive Authorized Service Centre supporting the company’s ASEAN military segment. Specifically, the contract is awarded for the support of the first six (6) MD 530G… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-Apr-16

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Dart Aerospace pitching more to US military market

Dart Aerospace pitching more to US military market

DART Aerospace continues to expand its presence as a designer, manufacturer and supplier of rotorcraft aftermarket solutions, accessories, spare parts and tools to support the world’s largest helicopter fleet operated by the U.S. military. At the upcoming Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (formerly Quad-A) being held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia,… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 22-Apr-16

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Heli-One to upgrade Malaysian S-61 fleet

Heli-One to upgrade Malaysian S-61 fleet

AIROD has signed a contract with Heli-One for the glass cockpit upgrade of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Sikorsky S-61 helicopters. This collaboration between AIROD and Heli-One will provide a customised solution through developing a new design to leverage the latest technology that will add new capabilities to these helicopters and greatly enhance their… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 22-Apr-16

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Sikorsky awarded $25M for long lead items for CH-53K early production

Sikorsky awarded $25M for long lead items for CH-53K early production

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $25,000,000 advance acquisition contract for the long lead items in support of low-rate initial production Lot 1 of two CH-53K aircraft.  Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is expected to be completed in October 2021.  Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded a further $55M for V-22 repairs

Bell-Boeing awarded a further $55M for V-22 repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $55,000,000 for modification of delivery order 0006 to previously awarded contract N00019-09-D-0008 for the repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent), and will be completed by December 2017. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-16

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UK – 815 Naval Air Squadron receives first four of 12 Wildcats

UK – 815 Naval Air Squadron receives first four of 12 Wildcats

The first four of 12 new Wildcats has been delivered to 815 Naval Air Squadron as the Fleet Air Arm’s largest squadron begins the switch from Lynx after 35 years. Over the next 11 months the Yeovilton squadron will gradually retire the Lynx Mk8 as its successor takes over as the wings of front-line destroyers… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 20-Apr-16

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Netherlands to receive another 12 CH-47F Chinooks

Netherlands to receive another 12 CH-47F Chinooks

“Boeing, Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $308,035,700 modification (P00042) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 (Holland) for 12 CH-47F helicopters.  Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of April 15, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $308,035,700 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Apr-16

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Canada does a U-Turn on SAR privatisation

Canada does a U-Turn on SAR privatisation

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced last week that his Government would be launching a spending review across all aspects of the military, making it clear that there was nothing off limits.  A 36 page document was issued, inviting feedback on what the military should – or should not – be involved in. One section… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Apr-16

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EDA launches market survey on in-theatre helicopter medevac

EDA launches market survey on in-theatre helicopter medevac

Since the creation of the European Defence Agency in 2004, support to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and to EU operations has been one of EDA’s core missions. Several activities are now ongoing to develop the support of CSDP military and civilian operations or missions as well as EU Battlegroups at the request… Read more »

Source: EDA, 14-Apr-16

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Sikorsky awarded $55M more for seven FMS UH-60M helicopters

Sikorsky awarded $55M more for seven FMS UH-60M helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $54,991,000 modification (P00245) to foreign military sales contract (Mexico) W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for seven uniquely configured UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.  Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2019.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $54,991,000 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Apr-16

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Royal Navy SAR Sea Kings leave Culdrose for the last time

Royal Navy SAR Sea Kings leave Culdrose for the last time

On Monday 11th April, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose waved goodbye to its iconic Search and Rescue Sea King helicopters for the last time. During the late morning, the final three aircraft flew from the Helston base to HMS Sultan. The much-loved red and grey aircraft have flown from RNAS Culdrose since 1988. Brave aviators… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 13-Apr-16

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FT Sistemas picks Rockwell Collins Micro Inertial Navigation Sensors for UAV

FT Sistemas picks Rockwell Collins Micro Inertial Navigation Sensors for UAV

FT Sistemas has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Micro Inertial Navigation Sensor (INS) for the new FT-200FH unmanned Category 2 helicopter. The agreement between the companies was announced at the FIDAE 2016 air show in the Brazil pavilion, coordinated by ABIMDE in partnership with Apex-Brasil. “Rockwell Collins has been a valued partner throughout the… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 13-Apr-16

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US Army orders 117 AH-64E Apaches in $922M contract

US Army orders 117 AH-64E Apaches in $922M contract

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $922,628,257 modification (PZ0011) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0018 for 117 AH-64E remanufactured Apache helicopters.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2018.  Fiscal 2015 and 2016 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $922,628,257 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Sikorsky awarded $11M for one more UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $11M for one more UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded an $11,062,320 modification (P00342) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M helicopter.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $11,062,320 were obligated at the time of the award.  Army Contracting Command,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $8,696,829 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7011 under a previously awarded long-term contract (N00383-12-D-011N) for the repair of the computer frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines) and CV-22 (Air Force).  Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Lockheed Martin awarded $8.4M for MH-60 training

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.4M for MH-60 training

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $8,475,334 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 4014 against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0019 for non-recurring engineering efforts in support of the MH-60 R/S aircraft.  These efforts provide for the modification, testing, and qualification of three MH-60R/S avionics weapons replaceable assemblies.  These services are in support… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

An Italian appeals court sentenced former AgustaWestland director Giuseppe Orsi [pictured] to 4½ years in prison on Thursday for corruption and falsifying invoices, overturning a previous lower court ruling. while another former director Bruno Spagnolini was sentenced to 4 years in jail.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 08-Apr-16

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Wyoming Army aviation is growing

Wyoming Army aviation is growing

Wyoming Army aviation, which is highly utilized across the state, nation and abroad, is growing. The Wyoming Army National Guard is standing up a second helicopter unit. A command aviation company will reside alongside the C Company, 5th Battalion 159th Aviation Regiment medical evacuation unit at the Army Aviation Support Facility and will execute missions… Read more »

Source: US Army, 08-Apr-16

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US Army Apache pilots conduct over-water training with US Navy

US Army Apache pilots conduct over-water training with US Navy

For the first time, Soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI), teamed up with sailors from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two (HSC-2), to conduct a weeklong overwater exercise that began March 14 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Sailors from HSC-2, also known as the “Fleet Angels,” spent the week with the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 08-Apr-16

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Technavio forecasts Global Military Helicopter MRO Market to exceed $11.5 Billion by 2020

Technavio forecasts Global Military Helicopter MRO Market to exceed $11.5 Billion by 2020

According to the latest market research study released by Technavio, the global military helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market is expected to exceed USD 11.5 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of over 3%. This research report titled ‘Global Military Helicopter MRO Market 2016-2020’, provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms… Read more »

Source: Technavio, 08-Apr-16

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Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

Bell plans to ask the FAA to let pilots at its training academy fly at a higher altitude, after noise complaints from residents and cities in Tarrant County close to where the manufacturer moved its training HQ last year.  See full story

Source: CBS DFW, 08-Apr-16

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Triumph Group receives 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from AHS

Triumph Group receives 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from AHS

Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE: TGI) today announced that it has received the 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from the American Helicopter Society International (“AHS International”) in recognition of the quality, innovation and cost-effective technology of its products. The AHA International Supplier Excellence Award is given to companies that make a notable contribution to improving the state… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 08-Apr-16

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CAE to upgrade two Royal Air Force Chinook simulators

CAE to upgrade two Royal Air Force Chinook simulators

The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a contract amendment to CAE to upgrade two of the CH-47 Chinook dynamic mission simulators at CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) at RAF Benson. CAE will install the digital automatic flying control system (DAFCS) in each of the simulators to ensure concurrency with… Read more »

Source: CAE, 06-Apr-16

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