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HAL flies third LCH prototype

HAL flies third LCH prototype

The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Technology Demonstrator TD-3 made the successful maiden flight here today. “Escorted by a Dhruv helicopter, the entire flight was flawless. It will be an effective weapon platform to deliver precision strikes at high altitude and we are confident it will meet the requirements of the IAF”, says Dr. R.K. Tyagi,… Read more »

Source: HAL, 17-Nov-14

Lockheed Martin delivers 200th MH-60R to US Navy

Lockheed Martin delivers 200th MH-60R to US Navy

The U.S. Navy received its 200th submarine-hunting MH-60R “Romeo” helicopter from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] following a patch signing with Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven-Two (HSM-72). The cornerstone of the U.S. Navy’s anti-surface and anti-submarine operations, MH-60R helicopters have flown more than 250,000 hours in operation with the Fleet, providing increased surveillance and situational awareness…. Read more »

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Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant receives international quality certification

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant receives international quality certification

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, a Russian Helicopters company, (part of State Corporation Rostec) has successfully completed quality management systems certification to the international standard EN 9100:2009, and has been added to the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System (OASIS) global database of aerospace industry suppliers. The certificate was issued by Bureau Veritas Certification, the global leader… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopter, 14-Nov-14

Peru’s National Police receives fifth EC145

Peru’s National Police receives fifth EC145

Peru’s Ministry of the Interior has now added the final EC145 helicopter to the modernized fleet of the National Police of Peru (PNP). The formal handover at the Police Aviation Unit facilities in El Callao was attended by both Peruvian and French officials, including Peru’s interior minister Daniel Urresti and Daniel Leimbacher, chief of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Nov-14

Bell appoints VP of Global Military Business Development

Bell appoints VP of Global Military Business Development

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today announced Lisa Atherton has been named Vice President, Global Military Business Development. In this role, Atherton will lead the combined domestic and international military business development activities for Bell Helicopter. Atherton will oversee an integrated team dedicated to driving military sales to both the U.S. Government… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Nov-14

AAR Selected by AMMROC to Support Design of New Military MRO Facility in the UAE

AAR Selected by AMMROC to Support Design of New Military MRO Facility in the UAE

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces it has been selected by AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center) LLC, the Abu Dhabi-based Joint Venture between Mubadala Development Company, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin, to support in the design, outfitting and integration of key areas of AMMROC’s state-of-the-art facility in Al Ain, UAE. The new facility will be… Read more »

Source: AAR, 12-Nov-14

MD Helicopters invited to participate in Quad-A product symposium

MD Helicopters invited to participate in Quad-A product symposium

At the invitation of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), Roger O’Dell, Director of Program Management for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will be part of a panel discussion at the 2015 AAAA Joseph P. Cribbins 41st Annual Aviation Product Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, November 5-6, 2014. Mr. O’Dell will address… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 10-Nov-14

Mi-26 helps make new geographical discovery

Mi-26 helps make new geographical discovery

Crews on board Russian military Mi-26 helicopters have discovered a new island in the Arctic Ocean. The island was identified from the air above the Vasilevsky shallows by two Mi-26 helicopters that were carrying equipment from the Yakutian port of Tiksi to the Novosibirskie Islands. This geographical discovery expands the Russian Federation’s territorial waters by… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 10-Nov-14

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Purple Foxes retire last ‘Phrog’

Purple Foxes retire last ‘Phrog’

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 364 made their final flight from Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Oct. 29. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group storage site at Davis-Monthan Field, also known as the boneyard, was established in 1946 and houses the… Read more »

Source: USMC, 10-Nov-14

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Refurbished Armed Forces of Malta Air Wing hangar inaugurated

Refurbished Armed Forces of Malta Air Wing hangar inaugurated

The refurbished and upgraded Hangar 3 (ex-RAF Hangar) and supporting facilities at the AFM Air Wing has been inaugurated. See Full Story

Source: Times of Malta, 10-Nov-14

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American Freedom Museum opens new helicopter exhibit

American Freedom Museum opens new helicopter exhibit

The American Freedom Museum held the grand opening and dedication of its new outdoor “Huey Helicopter” exhibit, on Saturday, November 8th. See Full Story

Source: KYTX, 10-Nov-14

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Russian Helicopters display Mi-171A2 and Ka-32A11BC at Dubai Helishow

Russian Helicopters display Mi-171A2 and Ka-32A11BC at Dubai Helishow

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has taken part in the Dubai Helishow 2014 international helicopter and maintenance equipment show, which has opened in Dubai (UAE). Russian Helicopters showcased its upcoming Mi-171A2 search and rescue helicopter, and also the Ka-32A11BC firefighting model. The Mi-171A2, was developed on the basis of the Mi-8/17 series, and… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 07-Nov-14

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AgustaWestland ships first Nigerian VIP AW101

AgustaWestland ships first Nigerian VIP AW101

AgustaWestland has recently shipped the first of two VIP AW101s to the Nigerian Air Force.  The manufacturer flew the helicopter from its Yeovil factory in the UK to London Stansted Airport, where technicians dismantled the aircraft and stored it in a hangar ready for the flight.  On a similar assignment in 2013, inclement weather conditions… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-14

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Bell awarded $58M for long lead items for 13 UH-1Ys

Bell awarded $58M for long lead items for 13 UH-1Ys

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $58,054,000 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the long lead materials for the manufacture and delivery of 13 Lot 13 UH-1Y Build New Aircraft and 14 Lot 13 AH-1Z Build New Aircraft for the U. S. Marine Corps. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Nov-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $8M delivery order for MH-60R/S cockpit work

Lockheed Martin wins $8M delivery order for MH-60R/S cockpit work

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is being awarded $8,034,097 for delivery order 7035 issued under a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement (N00383-12-G-010F) for the repair of 16 items for the common cockpit for the H-60R/S helicopters. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, (61 percent); Farmingdale, New York, (33 percent); and Horsham, Pennsylvania… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Nov-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $24M delivery order for MH-60R avionic improvements

Lockheed Martin awarded $24M delivery order for MH-60R avionic improvements

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $24,022,053 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 4008 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring engineering efforts for unique development, testing, validation and verification, and retrofit modifications to the MH-60R aircraft mission avionics systems for the government of Australia under the foreign… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Nov-14

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Feature: Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

Feature: Operationally stretched SAAF flying fewer hours

The South African Air Force saw a significant increase in operational demands and external commitments in the last financial year, including its first fighter and helicopter operational deployments since democracy, but flew 5 000 fewer hours than the previous year, according to the Department of Defence. See Full Story

Source: Defenceweb, 06-Nov-14

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Indo Defence 2014 kicks-off at Jakarta

Indo Defence 2014 kicks-off at Jakarta

INDO DEFENCE 2014, Indonesia’s international defence expo & forum, kicked-off today at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) Kemayoran, showcasing the latest technologies from the aerospace, naval, land defence and security industries. Hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, the 6th bi-annual exhibition runs from 5 – 8 November, and is anticipating a record-breaking 18,000 political… Read more »

Source: Indo Defence, 06-Nov-14

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Indonesian Navy orders 11 Airbus AS565MBe Panther

Indonesian Navy orders 11 Airbus AS565MBe Panther

The mission capabilities and cost effectiveness of Airbus Helicopters’AS565 MBe Panther has been further validated by Indonesia’s order for 11 rotorcraft to be used in naval anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. Scheduled for deliveries within three years, the AS565 MBe helicopters will be supplied by Airbus Helicopters to PT Dirgantara Indonesia. Through the strategic industrial agreement… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 05-Nov-14

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Airbus Helicopters at Indo Defence 2014

Airbus Helicopters at Indo Defence 2014

The highly fruitful Airbus Helicopters relationship with Indonesia takes center stage at Indo Defence 2014, where this long-term cooperation’s advantages for Indonesian military services, parapublic operators and industry will be highlighted at the exposition in Jakarta. During the 5-8 November event, Airbus Helicopters’ exhibit is to focus on its beneficial relationship with PT Dirgantara Indonesia/Indonesian… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 05-Nov-14

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Paramount Top Gun school to train cargo and helicopter pilots

Paramount Top Gun school to train cargo and helicopter pilots

Paramount Group’s Top Gun jet academy based at Polokwane will expand its pilot training services to include helicopter and transport aircraft, with helicopter training currently at the planning phase. See Full Storey

Source: Defence Web, 04-Nov-14

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Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

The delivery of Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army was completed in October 2014. Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the US Department of Defense was signed in 2011, 63 helicopters produced at Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, have been delivered to Afghanistan. Rosoboronexport proved itself a reliable supplier of military helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 04-Nov-14

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Arizona National Guard Black Hawk crew suspended over Halloween candy drop

Arizona National Guard Black Hawk crew suspended over Halloween candy drop

National Guard helicopter crew suspended after using Blackhawk chopper to make mid-air CANDY drop at Halloween party. See Full Story

Source: Daily Mail, 03-Nov-14

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Belize to buy one new or two refurbished helicopters

Belize to buy one new or two refurbished helicopters

The Ministry of National Security and the Belize Defence Force have dreamed of it for several years and now it is a reality: the people of Belize will now benefit from at least one helicopter to be bought from a leading provider, Bell. See Full Story

Source: BMG, 03-Nov-14

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Busy helicopter squadron see 10 years with Merlin

Busy helicopter squadron see 10 years with Merlin

829 Naval Air Squadron – The Kingfishers – are celebrating their 10th anniversary since recommissioning as a squadron in 2004. But they are not waiting for a party to start with such a full programme ahead to keep them occupied. Over the past 10 years the squadron is known for being one of the busiest… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 03-Nov-14

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Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

Russia completes Mi-17V-5 supplies to Afghanistan

The delivery of Mi-17V-5 military-transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army was completed in October 2014. Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the US Department of Defense was signed in 2011, 63 helicopters produced at Kazan Helicopters, part of Russian Helicopters, have been delivered to Afghanistan. Rosoboronexport proved itself a reliable supplier of military helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 31-Oct-14

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Terma signs MoU with Boeing to include Chinook EW enhancements

Terma signs MoU with Boeing to include Chinook EW enhancements

On Thursday, 30 October, Terma signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Boeing Company aiming to pursue a number of collaboration opportunities within the defense and aerospace area. Five other Danish companies within the defense industry did the same. Boeing and Terma are exploring applications of Terma’s expertise in technology and manufacturing related to composites, components,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 31-Oct-14

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New York Army National Guard Aviators Move Up to CH-47 Foxtrot Model

New York Army National Guard Aviators Move Up to CH-47 Foxtrot Model

New York Army National Guard aviators here are now operating the Army’s latest and greatest version of the venerable Chinook dual rotor helicopter: the CH-47F. “For the Soldiers it is a very big deal because of all the enhanced capabilities which the aircraft provides which is above and beyond the ‘Delta’ model,” said Capt. Brendan… Read more »

Source: US Army, 30-Oct-14

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SD National Guard fielding new medevac helicopters

SD National Guard fielding new medevac helicopters

The South Dakota Army National Guard is fielding new HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Rapid City. The SDARNG has received its first two of six aircraft, which will replace its current inventory of six UH-60 A/L model Black Hawk helicopters. The new aircraft will provide an increased operational capability… Read more »

Source: US Army, 30-Oct-14

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Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

On October 14, at 10:30 am, the crew of Air Force instructor Juan Jose Villaescusa Adam and Army Sergeant student Juan Carlos Román Hernández reached the milestone 50,000 flight hours for the Spanish military Sikorsky S-76C fleet.  The flight was an instrument rating training flight operated by 781 Squadron. Upon landing, the crew was received… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Oct-14

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Algerian Navy about to receive first Super Lynx 300s

Algerian Navy about to receive first Super Lynx 300s

The Algerian Navy will soon take delivery of the first of six Super Lynx 300 helicopter following the conclusion of armed flight trials of the first aircraft by AgustaWestland at the company factory in Somerset, United Kingdom. See Full Story

Source: Defence Web, 29-Oct-14

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US Coast Guard to move SAR helicopter from John’s Island

US Coast Guard to move SAR helicopter from John’s Island

Plans are in place to close the U.S. Coast Guard facility on John’s Island and relocate the search and rescue helicopter to Savannah. See Full Story

Source: News 2, 29-Oct-14

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Newport helicopter facility gets 2-week reprieve

Newport helicopter facility gets 2-week reprieve

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s office says the Coast Guard will delay the closure of a helicopter station in Newport by two weeks. See Full Story

Source: SFgate, 29-Oct-14

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Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

One of the Army’s oldest and most reliable helicopters is leaving the Florida National Guard. For more than four decades the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters buzzed through the skies over Florida, but due to National Guard divestiture of the airframe it will see its final flight as a military aircraft on Oct. 31. Thanks to… Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Oct-14

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Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

Lt. Col. Reese Hauenstein, product manager for the CH-47F Chinook helicopter, gives a coin to a Soldier from Company B., 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade as they concluded their hands on verification process of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter maintenance manuals on Hunter Army Airfield Oct 15

Source: US Army, 28-Oct-14

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Boeing delivers 300th US Army CH-47F Chinook ahead of schedule

Boeing delivers 300th US Army CH-47F Chinook ahead of schedule

“This marks another benchmark for the CH-47F program,” said Lt. Col. Michael Hauenstein, the Army’s CH-47F product manager, Office of the Project Manager, Cargo Helicopters. “More importantly, we have met this benchmark ahead of schedule, within cost, and produced an aircraft that performs as required worldwide. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this if… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 28-Oct-14

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General Dynamics Canada to missionize Peruvian Navy SH-2G fleet

General Dynamics Canada to missionize Peruvian Navy SH-2G fleet

General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to upgrade four SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopters with an integrated mission system to enhance the operational capability of the Peruvian Navy and its ability to meet the demands of modern maritime missions. The contract, facilitated by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Government of Canada’s… Read more »

Source: General Dynamics, 28-Oct-14

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Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter upgrade

Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter upgrade

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced he has given Combined Pass approval for an interim Tactical Data Link for the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters in service with the Australian Army. Under LAND 2089 Phase 3B, a total of 21 Tiger helicopters will be upgraded with a tactical information exchange solution that further integrates… Read more »

Source: Department of Defence, 27-Oct-14

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New training system for ADF helicopter crews

New training system for ADF helicopter crews

A modern helicopter training system for Navy and Army personnel has been approved by the Australian Government, Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced today. Senator Johnston said the new training system would better prepare Navy and Army aircrew to transition to the ADF’s current combat helicopter fleet, as well as the advanced helicopters entering service… Read more »

Source: Department of Defence, 27-Oct-14

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Sikorsky Collaborates with LORD Corporation to Unveil S-97 Raider

Sikorsky Collaborates with LORD Corporation to Unveil S-97 Raider

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE:UTX], unveiled the first of two S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter prototypes in collaboration with LORD Corporation, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control. Sikorsky teamed with specialized companies in the rotorcraft industry to develop this follow-up to its successful X2 TECHNOLOGY™ demonstrator aircraft…. Read more »

Source: LORD, 27-Oct-14

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Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

Workhorse Battalion concludes CH-47F verification process

The “Workhorse” Soldiers of Company B, 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade concluded their hands-on verification process of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter maintenance manuals. The product manager for the CH-47F Chinook helicopter, Lt. Col. Reese Hauenstein, was on hand Oct. 15 to reward the Soldiers of Company B, 603rd ASB with some challenge… Read more »

Source: Chinook, 24-Oct-14

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US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $82,917,199 modification (P00852) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire 17 72A Lakota helicopters with airborne radio communications 231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $82,917,199 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Oct-14

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Northrop Grumman awrded $7.9M contact for MV-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman awrded $7.9M contact for MV-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded a $7,926,639 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition undefinitized contract action (N00019-10-G-0004). This modification is for task order 0506 to procure non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Oct-14

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AS350 B3 pilot helps build world’s longest urban cable car system in Bolivia

AS350 B3 pilot helps build world’s longest urban cable car system in Bolivia

Earlier this year, the city of La Paz in Bolivia launched the world’s longest urban aerial cable-car system, a veritable subway in the sky that has brought relief to millions of the city’s commuters who had faced increasingly longer commutes in mini-buses, taxis and cars on La Paz’s narrow congested streets. An alternative to costlier… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Oct-14

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France to Help Ukraine Modernize Mi-24s

France to Help Ukraine Modernize Mi-24s

State Consortium “Ukroboronprom” is implementing a joint project with French company SAGEM for capital modernization of Mi-24 helicopters. See Full Story

Source: Censor.net, 23-Oct-14

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Twin Haven buys Apache / Black Hawk supplier Impresa

Twin Haven buys Apache / Black Hawk supplier Impresa

Impresa Aerospace, a leading supplier to the commercial and military aerospace industries, announced today that it has been acquired by a private equity fund managed by Twin Haven Capital Partners, LLC. As a result of this acquisition and an accompanying capital infusion, Impresa’s liquidity position has been significantly enhanced and its net debt has been… Read more »

Source: Impresa, 22-Oct-14

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Friday is last day to sign up for AHS HELMOT XVI event

Friday is last day to sign up for AHS HELMOT XVI event

The 16th biennial Helicopter Military Operations Technology (HELMOT) XVI is being held by the Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) on base at Ft. Eustis, Virginia in order to comply with current US government restrictions for this type of event. We regret to announce that there will be no unclassified sessions. There will be a single day… Read more »

Source: AHS, 22-Oct-14

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Russian engine manufacturer Klimov celebrates 100 years

Russian engine manufacturer Klimov celebrates 100 years

Today marks 100 years since the founding of the Klimov Factory, the leading Russian developer of gas turbine engines. More than 90% of Russian helicopters, including those used by the President of Russia, utilize products from the Klimov Factory. Turbojets developed by Klimov are used on the MiG-20 and MiG-35 fighter jets. The factory a… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 22-Oct-14

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Northrop Grumman to Supply New Attitude/Heading Reference System for Airbus Helicopters

Northrop Grumman to Supply New Attitude/Heading Reference System for Airbus Helicopters

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to certify and deliver its new LCR-350 Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for several helicopter platforms. Developed by Northrop Grumman’s subsidiary in Germany, Northrop Grumman LITEF, the LCR-350 AHRS can be used in civil and military applications on rotary- and fixed-wing platforms, providing critical flight… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 22-Oct-14

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HSC-12 changes command at sea

HSC-12 changes command at sea

 The “Golden Falcons” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 12 held a change of command ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Oct. 21. The squadron’s personnel fell in formation on the ship’s flight deck to witness Cmdr. Jason Young assume command of HSC-12 from Cmdr. Jeffrey Holzer. “The ceremony went… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 22-Oct-14

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Police in Macedonia arrest 9 in helicopter scam

Police in Macedonia arrest 9 in helicopter scam

Police in Macedonia have arrested a former Defense Ministry official and eight others for allegedly embezzling $2.8M from the government by filing fake expenses related to a helicopter maintenance program – See full story

Source: SF Gate, 22-Oct-14

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Exelis adds night capability to CorvusEye™ wide area airborne surveillance system

Exelis adds night capability to CorvusEye™ wide area airborne surveillance system

A new Exelis (NYSE: XLS) CorvusEye 1500 visible color and infrared (IR) sensor provides day and nighttime wide area airborne surveillance coverage to support the military, law enforcement, border patrol and first responders. Developed to complement the daytime electro-optical sensor Exelis released in May, the sensors are available as an integrated end-to-end system or separately. The new… Read more »

Source: Exelis, 21-Oct-14

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Conference attendees discuss future USAF helicopter fleet

Conference attendees discuss future USAF helicopter fleet

Air Force Global Strike Command’s Helicopter Operations Division hosted the World-Wide Helicopter Conference here Oct. 7-9 to discuss the current and future state of the Air Force’s helicopter fleets. The conference promoted cross talk among the Air Force’s helicopter forces, which are principally operated by Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force District… Read more »

Source: USAF, 21-Oct-14

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US Dept of Justice files overcharging case against Sikorsky

US Dept of Justice files overcharging case against Sikorsky

The Department of Justice announced today that it has filed its complaint in intervention in a case against defendants Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and two of its subsidiaries, Sikorsky Support Services Inc. and Derco Aerospace Inc., for violating the False Claims Act.  Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, with headquarters… Read more »

Source: US DoJ, 21-Oct-14

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CAE contracted to support New Zealand Seasprite synthetic training devices

CAE contracted to support New Zealand Seasprite synthetic training devices

Today at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) annual forum, CAE announced it has been awarded contracts by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to support its SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter synthetic training devices. Under terms of the contracts, CAE will perform updates to an existing SH-2G(I) Full Mission Flight Simulator (FMFS) and SH-2G(I)… Read more »

Source: CAE, 21-Oct-14

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Boeing Ridley Park UAW Employees Approve New Contract

Boeing Ridley Park UAW Employees Approve New Contract

Boeing employees represented by the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Local 1069 ratified an eight-year contract on Oct. 19. The represented employees work at the Boeing site in Ridley Park, Pa., and the contract will be in effect until 2022. “Our goal has always been to recognize the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Oct-14

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Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade & Retrofit Market 2014-2024

Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade & Retrofit Market 2014-2024

Helicopters are essential to most military operations and extending the service life of rotorcraft is a priority for many armed forces. This will provide substantial demand in the future. However, with several major programmes already ongoing alongside development of new rotorcraft, these factors will have an impact on demand in the long-term. Visiongain has calculated… Read more »

Source: Report Buyer, 16-Oct-14

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Royal Jordanian Air Force buys eight R44s to replace MD500s

Royal Jordanian Air Force buys eight R44s to replace MD500s

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) chose Robinson Helicopter Company’s R44 Raven II to replace its fleet of Hughes 500D helicopters that have been in service since 1981. Equipped with Garmin and Aspen glass avionics, and Bendix King’s new military KTR909 UHF transceiver, the white R44s will be used for primary helicopter training at the… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 16-Oct-14

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US Navy Military Sealift Command extends Erickson contract

US Navy Military Sealift Command extends Erickson contract

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services for a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, announced today that it was recently awarded an option period extension with the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). Udo Rieder, Chief Executive Officer of Erickson said, “We see this as… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 16-Oct-14

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Airbus to move helicopter production from Germany to France?

Airbus to move helicopter production from Germany to France?

Airbus is seriously considering building new helicopter programs in France rather than Germany in the future due to a restrictive export policy in Europe’s largest economy, the group CEO told Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 15-Oct-14

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Bell and TRU Simulation + Training Announce Cooperative Agreement

Bell and TRU Simulation + Training Announce Cooperative Agreement

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces today that Textron sister company, TRU Simulation + Training, will provide a high fidelity Flight Training Device (FTD) and Interactive Multi Media Instruction (IMI) virtual Maintenance Trainer for the Bell V-280 Valor™. “We are pleased TRU Simulation + Training is joining our growing team of aerospace… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-14

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Bell and IAI Announce Cooperative Agreement

Bell and IAI Announce Cooperative Agreement

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces today that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be providing the nacelle structures for the 280 Valor™. “We are pleased IAI is joining our growing team of aerospace leaders and will be a part of the team investing in our next generation tiltrotor, the Bell V-280,” said… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-14

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Bell contributes $1 Million to National Army Museum

Bell contributes $1 Million to National Army Museum

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today announced a $1 million contribution to the National Museum of the United States Army. Bell Helicopter will sponsor its iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois Utility Helicopter as the featured macro artifact of the Museum’s Vietnam War exhibit. Robert Hastings, Bell Helicopter’s Senior Vice President of Communications &… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Oct-14

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Bulgarian military expects 2 Bell 206s and 2 Cougars in early 2015

Bulgarian military expects 2 Bell 206s and 2 Cougars in early 2015

24th Air Base in Krumovo expects 2 new Bell 206 helicopters and 2 more Cougar helicopters at the beginning of the following year,” said Brigadier General Zlatko Zlatev, commander of the air base, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv. See Full Story

Source: Focus, 14-Oct-14

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Peru to acquire five Seasprite helicopters

Peru to acquire five Seasprite helicopters

The governments of Peru and Canada have recently signed an accord that will allow the Andean nation to acquire up to five Seasprite multipurpose helicopters for the Peruvian Navy. See Full Story

Source: Andina, 14-Oct-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $90M Contract for Qatar Apache Targeting and Pilotage Systems

Lockheed Martin wins $90M Contract for Qatar Apache Targeting and Pilotage Systems

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar marks the 14th international customer for the M-TADS/PNVS system. Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS provides Apache pilots with long-range, precision engagement… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 14-Oct-14

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T64-GE-419 engines to power Bell V-280 Valor Demonstrator

T64-GE-419 engines to power Bell V-280 Valor Demonstrator

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today GE Aviation’s T64-GE-419 engine will power the Bell V-280 Valor demonstrator aircraft. The Bell V-280 Valor program has been selected to advance to build and fly an aircraft within the Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) initiative. JMR-TD is intended to reduce risk and inform… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Oct-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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Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-8MTV-5-1s to Russian Defence Ministry

Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-8MTV-5-1s to Russian Defence Ministry

Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec), has delivered a consignment of Mi-8MTV-5-1 military transport helicopters built at Kazan Helicopters to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The helicopters were delivered as part of the Defence Ministry’s Single Acceptance Day for deliveries of military products, held as a videoconference between the ministry’s National Defence… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 13-Oct-14

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Russian military to receive 27 Mi-8, Ansat-U Helicopters by 2015

Russian military to receive 27 Mi-8, Ansat-U Helicopters by 2015

Russian Helicopters will deliver 27 Mi-8 and Ansat-U military helicopters to the Russian Defense Ministry by the end of 2014, the company said on Friday. See Full Story

Source: RIANOVOSTI, 13-Oct-14

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Phyre Technologies, Inc. CTPD program successfully demonstrates GOBIGGS™

Phyre Technologies, Inc. CTPD program successfully demonstrates GOBIGGS™

Today Phyre Technologies, Inc. (“Phyre”) announced that they had successfully completed the GOBIGGSTM fuel tank inerting system prototype testing and demonstration phase of the Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration (CTPD).  Phyre is contracted by Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, to build and demonstrate a Green On-Board Inert Gas Generating System (GOBIGGSTM) system for… Read more »

Source: Phyre Technologies, 13-Oct-14

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Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 364 “Purple Foxes” held a change of command and redesignation ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 9. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. John Field, outgoing commanding officer of HMM-364, relinquished command to Lt. Col. Paul B. Kopacz, oncoming commanding officer. “It has been my esteemed honor… Read more »

Source: USMC, 13-Oct-14

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Bell awarded $7.6M contract for aircraft transmission masts

Bell awarded $7.6M contract for aircraft transmission masts

Bell Helicopter, Hurst, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $7,637,586 firm-fixed-price contract for aircraft transmission masts. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a 43-month base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Texas with an Apr. 30, 2018, performance completion date. Using country is Taiwan. Type of appropriation is fiscal year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Oct-14

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AHS Mourns the Passing of Ray Prouty

AHS Mourns the Passing of Ray Prouty

It is with great sadness that AHS International recognizes the passing of one of the rotorcraft community’s pioneers, Ray Prouty, who passed away on Friday, September 26. He was 88. In addition to his achievements in the technical field, Prouty was known for his generosity and commitment in sharing his knowledge with others, in particular… Read more »

Source: AHS, 09-Oct-14

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Culdrose SAR helicopter crew bravery award

Culdrose SAR helicopter crew bravery award

THE crew of a search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose are to receive an award for bravery today at a national awards ceremony by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society. See Full Story

Source: West Briton, 09-Oct-14

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