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Philippine UH-1 contract goes to court, US supplier alleges extortion

Philippine UH-1 contract goes to court, US supplier alleges extortion

The US-based supplier for a P1.2 billion helicopter contract with the military has accused the whistleblower in the supposed anomalies in the deal of extortion, and alleged that whenever she failed to get what she wanted, she made things difficult for the company.See Full Story.

Source: Inquirer.net, 09-Jul-15

Ukrainian helicopter pilot charged with murder as Moscow trial approaches

Ukrainian helicopter pilot charged with murder as Moscow trial approaches

Nadia Savchenko, 34, a Ukrainian army helicopter pilot who has spent nearly a year in Russian jails, now stands accused of the murder of two Russian journalists.See Full Story

Source: The Telegraph, 09-Jul-15

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Boeing Funds Bluedrop to Develop Rear Crew Trainer for Chinook Helicopter

Boeing Funds Bluedrop to Develop Rear Crew Trainer for Chinook Helicopter

Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. a subsidiary of Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (“Bluedrop”) (TSX-V: BPL) and The Boeing Company (Boeing) today announced a commitment to develop the next generation rear crew trainer for the CH-47 Chinook (Chinook) helicopter along with a five year commitment to support development and ongoing international sales. The Honourable Ed Holder,… Read more »

Source: Bluedrop, 09-Jul-15

Malta orders third AW139

Malta orders third AW139

The Armed Forces of Malta will soon have its third helicopter, as the government has signed a contract for a €14 million deal part of which will be financed by the European Union. See full story

Source: Independent, 08-Jul-15

Airbus reveals H135 Bluecopter technology demonstrator

Airbus reveals H135 Bluecopter technology demonstrator

A quieter and more fuel efficient future for rotorcraft flight was unveiled by Airbus Helicopters today with its Bluecopter demonstrator, which has validated leading-edge technologies ranging from an advanced Fenestron®, improved rotor and airframe design to intelligent engine power management. In the more than 28 flight hours logged during evaluations performed throughout its operating envelope,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 07-Jul-15

AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

On 18th June, HeliHub.com ran the story Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet On 6th July, AgustaWestland issued the following press release AgustaWestland announced today a major milestone in the modernization of the Italian Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet, with the delivery of three further AW139 intermediate twin aircraft and an order for two more aircraft. The… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Jul-15

07-Jul-15 MD Helicopters MD500D Bargoni, Kenya (2F)

Technical issues on approach led to emergency landing in an unsuitable location, leading to severe injuries to the 2 POB.  Both died in the hospital later the same day

07-Jul-15

Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Group form military joint venture

Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Group form military joint venture

Airbus Helicopters is joining hands with Mahindra Group subsidiary, Mahindra Defence, to produce helicopters in India in order to meet the country’s military requirements. The strengths of both the companies will ensure a strong partnership to present the best rotorcraft solutions for India’s needs and strengthen indigenous industrial capabilities. The teaming represents a significant step… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Jul-15

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Helicopter Museum hosts Flight Simulator Convention

Helicopter Museum hosts Flight Simulator Convention

If you have ever wanted to take to the controls of a jumbo jet or test out your top gun fighter pilot skills then you will be able to do just that when the annual Flight Simulator Convention returns to The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare on the 18th and 19th July. Flight simulators will be set… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 06-Jul-15

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Russian Helicopters showcases renewed production of amphibious Mi-14PS

Russian Helicopters showcases renewed production of amphibious Mi-14PS

During the 7th International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS 2015), which is being held in St. Petersburg from 1 to 5 July 2015, Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) showcasing potential plans for the renewed production of the unique amphibious Mi-14 helicopter. This multirole helicopter can land and taxi on water, and also take-off from… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jul-15

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Russian Helicopters announces results of AGM

Russian Helicopters announces results of AGM

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) in Moscow on 30 June. The AGM elected the Board of Directors, approved the Company’s annual report and annual financial statements for 2014, and discussed other items on the agenda. The AGM approved the new Board of Directors as follows:… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jul-15

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Russian Helicopters showcases new marine helicopters at International Maritime Defence Show

Russian Helicopters showcases new marine helicopters at International Maritime Defence Show

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will showcase its latest developments for maritime use during the 7th International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS 2015), which is being held in St. Petersburg from 1 to 5 July 2015. “We are actively working to expand operational uses of our commercial and military helicopters on land and sea,”… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jul-15

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Finmeccanica wins Landing Helicopter Dock contract with Fincantieri

Finmeccanica wins Landing Helicopter Dock contract with Fincantieri

Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and reference player in the naval shipbuilding industry, and Finmeccanica, Italy’s leading manufacturer in the high technology sector, have been awarded the contract for the construction and equipment of one multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD) for the Italian Navy. The total value of the contract is over €1.1… Read more »

Source: finmeccanica, 06-Jul-15

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Retired UK helicopter pilot took £20K from Old Boys’ club

Retired UK helicopter pilot took £20K from Old Boys’ club

The treasurer of a school’s Old Boys’ society who plundered the funds to stave off debts has avoided an immediate jail term. See Full Story

Source: Express & Star, 02-Jul-15

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Egypt apparently acquiring NH90 for FREMM frigate

Egypt apparently acquiring NH90 for FREMM frigate

Egypt is reportedly seeking to acquire a single NH90 multimission helicopter for its new FREMM frigate, which was transferred by DCNS to the Egyptian flag on 23 June. See Full Story

Source: Defence Web, 02-Jul-15

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Global Military Helicopter Market – Strategic Outlook to 2025

Global Military Helicopter Market – Strategic Outlook to 2025

The global military helicopter market is on the verge of a technological leap with next generation compound helicopters & tilt rotorcrafts heralding the advent of a new era that is likely to witness a significant expansion of the operational spectrum, capabilities & performance threshold of these machines which is likely to eventually redefine their role… Read more »

Source: Report Buyer, 02-Jul-15

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Lynn Tilton loses bid to block SEC fraud case

Lynn Tilton loses bid to block SEC fraud case

A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected New York financier Lynn Tilton’s bid to block the US SEC from trying her before an administrative judge for defrauding investors. (See full story)

Source: Reuters, 01-Jul-15

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Australian NH90s having startup/shutdown problems in windy conditions

Australian NH90s having startup/shutdown problems in windy conditions

Australia’s new army and navy helicopters have been proving difficult to start and stop in strong winds. See Full Story

Source: ABC, 01-Jul-15

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M2 Services Corp awarded $9.6M contract modification for Fort Hood helicopter support

M2 Services Corp awarded $9.6M contract modification for Fort Hood helicopter support

Sunrise Beach Corp. (dba M2 services Corp.)*, McKinney, Texas was awarded a $9,652,470 modification (P00021) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0079 for daily field and sustainment maintenance for helicopters, wheeled and tracked vehicles, aviation ground support equipment, communications equipment, and government property at Ft. Hood, Texas with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-15

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Sikorsky awarded $79M modification to Tunisian UH-60M contract

Sikorsky awarded $79M modification to Tunisian UH-60M contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $79,680,022 modification (P00235) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 (Tunisia) for four modified UH60M Black Hawk helicopters. Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2019. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds up to 50% of the announced amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-15

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Lockheed Martin awarded $9.7M target sight contract for Saudi AH-64Es

Lockheed Martin awarded $9.7M target sight contract for Saudi AH-64Es

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida was awarded a $9,733,000 fixed-price-incentive foreign military sales contract (Saudi Arabia) to procure modernized target acquisition designation sights and post production support of the pilot night vision sensor for AH-64E helicopters. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2020. Bids were solicited… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-15

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Airbus heads for 1,000th Dauphin 2 delivery

Airbus heads for 1,000th Dauphin 2 delivery

Airbus Helicopters is on the point of delivering the 1,000th Dauphin 2 – by which we are including the 365N models including the EC155 (technically the AS365N4).  Starting at serial 6001, the authorities in Japan have issued the registration JA08AR to an AS365N3+ with serial 7001.  That marks the passing of the 1,000th delivery and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jun-15

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KRET has developed a laser guidance system

KRET has developed a laser guidance system

KRET has developed a multi-channel laser guidance system for the Ka-52, Mi-8MNP, and Mi-28N helicopters. The new development will guide high-precision missiles and will allow helicopters to use various types of missiles. The laser guidance system is designed to control and guide missiles to a target through either automatic or manual honing. The system uses… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 30-Jun-15

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Boeing awarded $15M modification to Apache weapon systems contract

Boeing awarded $15M modification to Apache weapon systems contract

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona was awarded a $15,340,002 modification (0020) to contract W58RGZ-14-G-0005 for 1,060 Apache Weapons System main rotor strap pack assemblies. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2017. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $15,340,002 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-15

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Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $10M modification for MV-22 aux fuel contract

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $10M modification for MV-22 aux fuel contract

Robertson Fuel Systems, LLC, Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded a $10,002,302 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0097) to exercise an option for the procurement of one Mission Auxiliary Fuel Tank Systems (MATS); 11 MATS middle accessory hardware packages; and four MATS rapid ground refueling forward tank packages for the MV-22 Osprey aircraft. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-15

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Sikorsky awarded $21M Modification on contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $21M Modification on contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $21,756,070 modification (P00260) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M aircraft and two fire extinguishers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and one UH-60M for the Army BEST aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2015 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-15

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Erickson Secures Uruguayan Air Force Flight Training Contract

Erickson Secures Uruguayan Air Force Flight Training Contract

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce today that the company has contracted with Chilcott, Inc. to provide flight currency training for the Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya (FAU or Uruguayan Air Force helicopter pilots). The training will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Under the agreement, Erickson pilot instructors will… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 29-Jun-15

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New commander for Chinook operating 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment

New commander for Chinook operating 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment

New York Army National Guard Capt. Kenneth Hilkert, a Seneca Falls resident, takes command of Detachment 1, Company B of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment Sunday morning, June 28 at the Army Aviation Support Facility here. The unit operates CH-47 Chinook helicopters, providing heavy lift support to Army and joint forces. Hilkert takes command… Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Jun-15

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USS Mustin wins helicopter safety award

USS Mustin wins helicopter safety award

The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) and its embarked helicopter detachment from the ‘Warlords’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM ) 51, were selected for the annual Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Ship-Helicopter Safety Award in May. This unique award honors the cruiser or destroyer and embarked detachment with the… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 29-Jun-15

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Security chiefs from 70 countries visit Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant

Security chiefs from 70 countries visit Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant

On 24-26 June, representatives of 70 countries’ security agencies and a delegation from the UN had the chance to learn more about the products that are made at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a Russian Helicopters’ company (part of State Corporation Rostec). Security Council secretaries, ministers, presidential aides and prime ministers responsible for security issues, security service… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-Jun-15

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HAL Completes Hot Weather Flight Trials of LCH

HAL Completes Hot Weather Flight Trials of LCH

HAL’s indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) attained a milestone by successfully completing the hot weather flight trials for a nearly one week at Jodhpur recently. “Test flights were carried out in the temperature range of 39 to 42 degree Celsius. These were done with the involvement of customer pilots from Indian Air… Read more »

Source: HAL, 29-Jun-15

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NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

A written parliamentary answer to New Zealand First confirms the $771 million NH90 helicopters were one of our worst military procurement decisions as they are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships. See Full Story.

Source: Voxy, 26-Jun-15

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President of Helibras receives WOCA 2015 award

President of Helibras receives WOCA 2015 award

The President of Helibras, Eduardo Marson, received last Monday (22) the title of Corporate Personality in WOCA 2015 – World Company Award. The degree was awarded in recognition of his entrepreneurial and innovative vision in their activities ahead of the manufacturer of helicopters, for the benefit of the aviation industry development in Brazil. Promoted by GCSM… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 25-Jun-15

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Bangladesh SAR AW139s being test flown by AW

Bangladesh SAR AW139s being test flown by AW

Following AgustaWestland’s announcement in July 2014, HeliHub.com can confirm that the two AW139s due to be delivered to the Bangladesh Air Force are now being test flown at the factory prior to delivery.  The two are serialled 613 and 616, and are currently flying on Italian permit registrations I-EASS and I-PTFR respectively.  As is the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-15

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Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem (Safran) has been awarded a contract by French defense procurement agency DGA for a program to upgrade the capabilities of the Euroflir 350 optronic systems on the French army’s Cougar helicopters, and the Caracal fleet deployed by France’s special and conventional forces. The gyrostabilized Euroflir 350 optronic system will incorporate a new Matis infrared… Read more »

Source: Sagem, 25-Jun-15

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Italy hosts multinational helicopter exercise

Italy hosts multinational helicopter exercise

More than 30 helicopters and 1000 military personnel have gathered 80 kilometers north of Rome for Italian Blade 2015, this year’s largest military rotary-wing exercise in Europe. Crews from seven different countries have started training together yesterday using joint procedures and tactics during missions of increasing complexity. After three successful live-flying events hosted by Portugal… Read more »

Source: EDA, 25-Jun-15

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Airbus Defense & Space awarded $28M for UH-72A program support

Airbus Defense & Space awarded $28M for UH-72A program support

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $28,325,176 modification (P00918) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for logistic support for the UH-72A Lakota helicopter program. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and other procurement funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters opens new Training Academy in Donauwörth

Airbus Helicopters opens new Training Academy in Donauwörth

The newly-built Airbus Helicopters Training Academy that opened today in Germany marks the latest enhancement of the company’s support and services network, providing instructional courses for pilots and technicians. By expanding the educational capacities in Donauwörth, Airbus Helicopters conforms to its own high standards of quality and safety, insuring the training of capable and qualified… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 24-Jun-15

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Czech Police order first Bell 412EPI in Europe

Czech Police order first Bell 412EPI in Europe

BellHelicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Europe to the Czech Police. The helicopter will be used for search and rescue missions and is expected to be delivered by the end of the year. “The BELL 412 EPI is one of the most reliable, rugged… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Jun-15

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PZL-Świdnik files law suit after failed helicopter bid

PZL-Świdnik files law suit after failed helicopter bid

The ministry chose the French helicopters Caracal for tests, with second stage negotiations ongoing. See Full Story

Source: The News, 23-Jun-15

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Sikorsky awarded $8.1M delivery order for H-53 nacelles

Sikorsky awarded $8.1M delivery order for H-53 nacelles

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $8,088,361for firm-fixed-price delivery order 5306 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for nacelles physical configuration audit support for the H-53 in-service program. In addition, this order provides for the procurement of 36 production kits. Work will be performed in Tallahassee, Alabama (90 percent); and Stratford,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Jun-15

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HeliHub.com launches LinkedIn company page

HeliHub.com launches LinkedIn company page

HeliHub.com has started a company page on the hugely-successful business networking site LinkedIn.com – check out the HeliHub.com LinkedIn Company Page and hit the Follow button!  We aim to post one story each working day on that page, and increase our already-steady input on LinkedIn forums. A LinkedIn Company Page makes it easy for organizations… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-15

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Spirit delivers Third SDTA CH-53K fuselage to Sikorsky

Spirit delivers Third SDTA CH-53K fuselage to Sikorsky

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] today announced it has successfully delivered to Sikorsky the third fuselage section for the CH-53K ‘King Stallion’ heavy lift helicopter program’s System Demonstration and Test Article (SDTA) contract.  Consisting of an integrated cockpit and cabin structure with a separately attached tail section, the composite-skinned fuselage will enable prime contractor Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Spirit AeroSystems, 22-Jun-15

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Sikorsky Delivers Six CH-148 Cyclone Helicopters to Canada

Sikorsky Delivers Six CH-148 Cyclone Helicopters to Canada

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today delivered six CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to the CANADIAN GOVERNMENT during an acceptance celebration joined by Canada’s Defense Minister Jason Kenney, Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Regional Ministers.  Representing Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), was William Gostic, Vice President of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Jun-15

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US Army Redstone – New PEO for Aviation takes charge at Utility Helicopter Office

US Army Redstone – New PEO for Aviation takes charge at Utility Helicopter Office

The employees of the Utility Helicopter Office of the Program Executive Office for Aviation welcomed their new Colonel Thursday at a Change of Charter ceremony. See Full Story

Source: WaayTV, 22-Jun-15

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Oregon Coast Guard unit likely to win 12 months more funding

Oregon Coast Guard unit likely to win 12 months more funding

Oregon lawmakers announced Thursday they are one step closer to being able to keep the Newport-based U.S. Coast Guard helicopter facility open through September 2016.  See full story

Source: Oregon Live, 19-Jun-15

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LOM Praha signs MoU to maintain Bell military helicopters

LOM Praha signs MoU to maintain Bell military helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Prague-based service and support provider LOM PRAHA for discussions on collaboration involving reassembly, customization and maintenance of Bell Helicopter military aircraft. To see images of the signing ceremony in Prague, please follow this link. “We are looking… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters focusing on new technologies

Airbus Helicopters focusing on new technologies

Airbus Helicopters showcases several ground-breaking research projects and new helicopter innovations for environment-friendly technologies during Paris Air Show. These projects are part of the company´s mid and long term research and development strategy to provide innovative solutions to reduce operating and maintenance costs while improving environmental protection, safety, quality and performance. The H160 is displayed… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Jun-15

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Korean politician accused of taking bribes over AW159 order

Korean politician accused of taking bribes over AW159 order

Former Patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister Kim Yang is under investigation regarding allegations that he accepted at least 1 billion won ($894,000) in bribes in exchange for exerting his influence on a defense contract. See Full Story

Source: Korea Times, 19-Jun-15

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Royal Australian Navy considers MQ-8C Fire Scout purchase

Royal Australian Navy considers MQ-8C Fire Scout purchase

Future Royal Australian Navy vessels will almost certainly be equipped with both manned and remote unmanned choppers that will reduce risk and cost. See Full Story

Source: News, 19-Jun-15

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Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Italy’s Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) are in the process of expanding their fleet of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, replacing older Agusta-built Bell 412s.  Two AW139s were delivered recently and Robert Swan from Freelance Aerospace Writers alerted us to the pair test flying from Sarzana using callsigns “Nemo 5” and “Nemo 6”.  Four more are due, two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

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Bell and Boeing expect 100 more V-22 sales

Bell and Boeing expect 100 more V-22 sales

Boeing Co and BELL Helicopter, makers of the V-22 Osprey, say more countries are interested in buying the tiltrotor aircraft, with another 100 sales possible in coming years. See Full Story.

Source: Reuters, 18-Jun-15

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Textron not interested in selling Bell Helicopter, despite downturn

Textron not interested in selling Bell Helicopter, despite downturn

Textron Inc (TXT.N) is not interested in selling its BELL Helicopter business, despite the current downturn in the commercial sector, the company’s chief executive, Scott Donnelly, said. See Full Story.

Source: Reuters, 18-Jun-15

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Sikorsky reassures US Marine Corps of CH-53K future post-sale

Sikorsky reassures US Marine Corps of CH-53K future post-sale

Sikorsky Aircraft has assured the U.S. Marine Corps that a change in its ownership will not derail its work on the CH-53K, a new heavy-lift helicopter the company is building for the Marines, the top Marine in charge of aviation told Reuters. See Full Story.

Source: Reuters, 18-Jun-15

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LHTEC CTS800 to power Turkish Light Utility Helicopter

LHTEC CTS800 to power Turkish Light Utility Helicopter

The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) and Rolls-Royce, has been selected by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to provide propulsion engines for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter (TLUH) programme. TAI and LHTEC officials today signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Paris Air Show and will… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 18-Jun-15

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NH Industries celebrates NH90 Initial Operational Capability in Belgium

NH Industries celebrates NH90 Initial Operational Capability in Belgium

NHI celebrated today the Initial Operational Capability of the Belgian NH90s. This event took place today in the NHI pavilion in presence of Colonel Dejaeger Commander of the Air Component of Belgium and the NHI Directoire. After having ordered 4 Tactical Transport NH90s and 4 Naval NH90s and proceeded to the training of its aircrews,… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 18-Jun-15

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15th NH90 Caiman delivered to French Army

15th NH90 Caiman delivered to French Army

NHI celebrated today the Initial Operational Capability of the Belgian NH90s. This event took place today in the NHI pavilion in presence of Colonel Dejaeger Commander of the Air Component of Belgium and the NHI Directoire. After having ordered 4 Tactical Transport NH90s and 4 Naval NH90s and proceeded to the training of its aircrews,… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 18-Jun-15

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Defence secretary emphasises deep UK commitment during Baltic NATO visit

Defence secretary emphasises deep UK commitment during Baltic NATO visit

During a visit to HMS OCEAN on Exercise Baltops in Poland and to the RAF Typhoon detachment conducting Baltic Air Policing in Estonia, Michael Fallon said an increase in the number of troops co-operating across the region sent a clear message about the Alliance’s resolve OCEAN, the Royal Navy’s flagship, is taking part in the… Read more »

Source: Ministry Of Defence, 18-Jun-15

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Schiebel and IAI to demonstrate Camcopter HR interception and geolocation capability

Schiebel and IAI to demonstrate Camcopter HR interception and geolocation capability

Schiebel and Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd., are preparing to demonstrate the ELK-7065 3D High Frequency (HF) Band COMINT interception and geo-location system installed on the Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) during Q3 2015. The ELK-7065 3D HF COMINT provides quick labelling and identification of HF signals, creating a reliable… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 18-Jun-15

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Turbomeca to support engines on Portuguese AW101 fleet

Turbomeca to support engines on Portuguese AW101 fleet

Turbomeca (Safran), Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa) and DEFLOC (Locação de Equipamentos de Defesa, S.A.) have signed at the Paris Air Show, signed in the presence of the Portuguese Secretary of State, Assistant to The Minister of National Defense, Mrs Berta Cabral, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the Portuguese RTM322-powered EH101 fleet…. Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 18-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters holds its first awards ceremony for suppliers

Airbus Helicopters holds its first awards ceremony for suppliers

Airbus Helicopters launched its first Suppliers Awards ceremony yesterday evening at the Musée de L’Air near the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget. This was the first event in what is to become an annual affair in order to recognize suppliers actively contributing to Airbus Helicopters’ quest for competitiveness. ”We are transforming ourselves to move… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters creates H Pilot Club for pilots/technicians of its rotorcraft

Airbus Helicopters creates H Pilot Club for pilots/technicians of its rotorcraft

The global community that operates Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft now has its own association to share their experience, expertise and passion: the H Pilot Club. Officially launched today at the Paris Air Show, the H Pilot Club will create a dialog among the flight crews, mechanics and customers who own and operate Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft, while… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jun-15

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HAL to support Indian customers of Turbomeca

HAL to support Indian customers of Turbomeca

Turbomeca (Safran), and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) have signed, at the Paris Air Show, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish in India a joint venture to support customers in India as well as some others of different countries. This joint venture will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul for Turbomeca and HAL engines installed on… Read more »

Source: Turbomecca, 18-Jun-15

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Raytheon awarded $10M delivery order for H-60 FLIR repairs

Raytheon awarded $10M delivery order for H-60 FLIR repairs

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $10,405,640 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7041 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-10-G-006D) for repair of units in support of the H-60 multi-spectral targeting system forward looking infrared system. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to be completed by June 2017. Fiscal 2015… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Jun-15

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V-22 makes first landing on Dutch warship

V-22 makes first landing on Dutch warship

Spirits ran high aboard the Karel Doorman, a warship with the Royal Netherlands Navy, as U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 made the first MV-22 Osprey landing aboard a Dutch ship during an interoperability test conducted near Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, June 12. “What we normally do is support… Read more »

Source: USMC, 17-Jun-15

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Royal Australian Navy tests Camcopter S-100

Royal Australian Navy tests Camcopter S-100

Schiebel´s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) has in a series of flights between 2 and 12 June 2015 successfully demonstrated its multi- sensor capability to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and other Australian Government Departments. The demanding trials took place near Nowra, on the South East Coast of Australia, and encompassed multiple scenarios, performed… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 17-Jun-15

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Garmin introduces D2 Bravo watch with sophisticated aviation features

Garmin introduces D2 Bravo watch with sophisticated aviation features

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today introduced D2 Bravo, a next-generation aviator watch that combines practical functionality and sophisticated design to bring pilots and aviation enthusiasts a premium GPS watch. D2 Bravo incorporates Garmin’s signature direct-to and nearest airport navigation features, complete with a worldwide aviation navigation database. New and… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 17-Jun-15

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Royal Australian Navy commissions MH-60R Squadron

Royal Australian Navy commissions MH-60R Squadron

Commissioning is an important historical occasion marking the formal induction of a squadron and its aircraft into the fleet. The MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ became part of 725 Squadron in a ceremony at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales, on 11 June. Minister for Defence, the Hon Kevin Andrews said the introduction of the Romeo… Read more »

Source: Navy Daily, 17-Jun-15

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Eagle Copters Digital Audio System Receives FAA Approval for Airbus H145 (BK117 D-2)

Eagle Copters Digital Audio System Receives FAA Approval for Airbus H145 (BK117 D-2)

Eagle Copters is pleased to announce FAA STC installation approval for its Generation II Digital Audio Systems in Airbus Helicopters H145 (MBB-BK117 D-2) rotorcraft. This certification complements their product installation STCs that encompass more than 47 popular models of both Part 27 and Part 29 rotorcraft. For Law Enforcement applications, the system provides full access… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 17-Jun-15

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Belarus orders twelve Mi-17MTV-5

Belarus orders twelve Mi-17MTV-5

During the international military technology forum Army-2015 on 16 June 2015, Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) announced that a contract has been signed with the Belarusian Defence Ministry for delivery of 12 Russian-made Mi-8MTV-5 military transport helicopters over 2016-2017. “The Republic of Belarus is an important partner for Russia in military technical cooperation,”… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Jun-15

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Russian Helicopters showcases new military models at Army-2015

Russian Helicopters showcases new military models at Army-2015

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the international military technology forum Army-2015, which runs from 16 to 19 June in Kubinka, Moscow Region. Participants and visitors will have the opportunity to see Russian Helicopters’ military models, which are in service in the Russian Armed Forces, and also upcoming developments and… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Jun-15

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Sikorsky says Saudi Arabia looking at bigger helicopter order

Sikorsky says Saudi Arabia looking at bigger helicopter order

Saudi Arabia is looking at a possible further order of new helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, after a 10-helicopter purchase announced last month, the company said. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 16-Jun-15

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Royal Navy helicopter pilots pocket up to £100,000 bonus

Royal Navy helicopter pilots pocket up to £100,000 bonus

ROYAL Navy helicopter pilots pocketed bonus payments of up to £100,000 if they agreed to remain ‘operationally flying’ for an extra five years – despite record cuts across the fleet. See Full Story

Source: Mirror, 16-Jun-15

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EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme starts next week in Italy

EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme starts next week in Italy

Italian Blade 2015, the 8th training event organised under the framework of the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), will start on 22 June in Viterbo, Italy. Gathering about 40 helicopters from seven different countries, it will be one of the largest exercises organised since the establishment of the HEP. Aircraft from Austria, Belgium,… Read more »

Source: EDA, 16-Jun-15

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Denmark approves Seahawk offset industrial projects

Denmark approves Seahawk offset industrial projects

Four U.S. companies providing nine U.S. Navy MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopters and associated services to Danish Defence have launched the first phase of industrial cooperation projects in Denmark with the approval of the Danish Business Authority (DBA). “Currently, the four companies have fulfilled or initiated activities covering 50 percent of the total obligation,” said Mr. Anders… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Jun-15

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