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Helibras delivers fifth EC725 to Brazilian Armed Forces

[electronic translation] The Helibras held this week, the delivery of the fifth helicopter EC725 the Brazilian Army. This is the seventh aircraft that the company delivered to the armed forces this year and is part of the 50 units acquired by the Ministry of Defence, under the H-XBR program , which provides for the absorption… Read more »

27-Nov-14

Ghana to buy Z-9 and Mi-17 helicopters

Ghana to buy Z-9 and Mi-17 helicopters

President John Dramani Mahama, has pledged governments commitment to equipping the Ghana Armed Forces with adequate logistics to ensure the safety and security of the country’s airspace and maintenance of its territories, at the inauguration ceremony of a new hangar, operational equipment and vehicles at the Air Force Base in Accra on Thursday 20 November… Read more »

Source: Ghana AF, 26-Nov-14

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UK Military Flying Training System – 3 bids received

UK Military Flying Training System – 3 bids received

In April Ascent successfully achieved Review Note approval for the Rotary Wing business case and proceeded to the assessment phase.  Ascent released the Request For Proposal to Industry and is currently engaged with 3 bidders and working towards a preferred solution next year.  Ascent received three responses from industry regarding the RFP issued for the… Read more »

Source: Ascent, 26-Nov-14

USMC awards Rolls-Royce v-22 engine services contract

USMC awards Rolls-Royce v-22 engine services contract

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a new, two-year contract to provide aftermarket engine support for the US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 fleets, which provides a more than 30 percent reduction in support costs. The contract, through the company’s innovative MissionCare™ model, is valued at up to $287 million and will cover all V-22 aircraft… Read more »

Source: Rolls Royce, 26-Nov-14

First female Korean American AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot

First female Korean American AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot

On a brisk autumn day, a Soldier walks into a classroom at Sookmyung Womens University in Seoul, South Korea. She is in her dress blue uniform which is pressed and clean. Her black hair is pulled tight into a bun. She walks with her chest out and chin up directly to her seat. She waits… Read more »

Source: USMC, 25-Nov-14

AEDC to give $3M to Bell for new ramp

AEDC to give $3M to Bell for new ramp

Bell Helicopter will have a new ramp for testing its tiltrotors after the Amarillo Economic Development Corp. board of directors voted Thursday to give the company a $3 million construction grant. See Full Story

Source: Amarillo, 24-Nov-14

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office gets new helicopter to aid searches

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office gets new helicopter to aid searches

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office now has eyes in the sky — and they come free to local taxpayers. See Full Story File photo

Source: Islandpacket, 24-Nov-14

California National Guard receives first of 12 CH-47F Chinooks

California National Guard receives first of 12 CH-47F Chinooks

The first of 12 new CH-47F Chinook helicopters arrived at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Stockton, California, Nov. 6 after a cross-country flight. A Stockton flight crew from the 1st General Support Aviation Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment “Delta Schooners” flew the aircraft on a 2,200 nautical mile ferry flight from Fort Hunter in Savannah,… Read more »

Source: Chinook, 21-Nov-14

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Kaman to Support the Upgrade of SH-2G Super Seasprites for Peru

Kaman to Support the Upgrade of SH-2G Super Seasprites for Peru

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) today announced that it has entered into a contract with General Dynamics Canada to remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite aircraft and provide support for the operation of a fifth aircraft for the Peruvian Navy. The program value to Kaman is expected to exceed $40 million. Gregory Steiner, President Kaman… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 21-Nov-14

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19,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

19,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

HeliHub.com is having continuing success with its “Gallery” feature, recording over 19,000 images in its main Gallery, and almost 330 photographers have joined as members of the Gallery. The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity to upload their own photos, and the early success is demonstrating just how valuable this will become over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-14

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Helibras Customer Support receives ISO 9001 certification and NBR 15100

Helibras Customer Support receives ISO 9001 certification and NBR 15100

The Customer Support Center (CSC) of Helibrás, located in Atibaia, São Paulo, is certified in ISO 9001 and 15100 standards NBR, both equivalent to implementing a Quality Management System, and specifically the NBR for industry aerospace. To obtain such certifications CSC adjusted its internal procedures to the requirements of standards, following the focus of the… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 20-Nov-14

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Metro Aviation Honored by Department of Defense

Metro Aviation Honored by Department of Defense

Jim Hill, Area Chair for Northwest Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that Metro Aviation was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Louisiana National Guard and Reserve. According to Jim… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Nov-14

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814 Naval Air Squadron retire Merlin Mk.1

814 Naval Air Squadron retire Merlin Mk.1

It was the end of an era at a Westcountry Naval base when a return home from a 19 month deployment also saw a squadron wave goodbye to their trademark helicopter. See Full Story

Source: Western Morning News, 20-Nov-14

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Vector UK to support French Navy Lynxes

Vector UK to support French Navy Lynxes

Vector Aerospace UK, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced the agreement of a long term contract to provide structural maintenance and technical support for the French Navy’s Lynx Mk.4 helicopter fleet. The company’s Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, has the only main build/repair jig for this aircraft type in the… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 19-Nov-14

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Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

The Kaman Corporation board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 16 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on January 8, 2015 to shareholders of record on December 16, 2014. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 19-Nov-14

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AETE team tests Chinooks in Canada’s North

AETE team tests Chinooks in Canada’s North

How vast is Canada’s North? Five Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) personnel from 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, flew to Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert in August to test navigation systems on two CH-147F Chinook helicopters. Their mission – from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Petawawa, Ontario, to Alert, Nunavut, and then to Iqaluit, on Baffin… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 19-Nov-14

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Pinnacle Selects Flatirons S1000D Solution for U.S. Army Helicopter Program

Pinnacle Selects Flatirons S1000D Solution for U.S. Army Helicopter Program

Flatirons Solutions announced today that Pinnacle Solutions Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), has selected the Flatirons S1000D Solution to fulfill technical content lifecycle management (CLM) requirements for its newly awarded contract for a U.S. Army helicopter program. The program requires contractors to support the S1000D data exchange standard. The selection of the Flatirons… Read more »

Source: Flatirons, 19-Nov-14

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $7.8M to repair V-22 Aircraft Constant Frequency Generator

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $7.8M to repair V-22 Aircraft Constant Frequency Generator

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $7,832,935 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7008 against previously awarded contract (N00383-12-D-011N) for the repair of the V-22 Osprey Aircraft Constant Frequency Generator. Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 Navy working capital funds in… Read more »

Source: US DOD, 17-Nov-14

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Sikorsky awarded $535M for eight MH-60S and 29 MH-60Rs

Sikorsky awarded $535M for eight MH-60S and 29 MH-60Rs

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $535,336,328 modification (P00202) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to provide funding for the Navy’s fourth program year for eight MH-60S helicopters and 29 MH-60R helicopters, and to fund associated sustaining engineering, program management, systems engineering, provisioning, technical publications, other integrated logistics support and provide advance procurement funding (termination liability)… Read more »

Source: US DOD, 17-Nov-14

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Sikorsky wins $771M contract for 65 Black Hawks

Sikorsky wins $771M contract for 65 Black Hawks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford Connecticut was awarded a $771,957,753 modification (P00201) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for 41 UH-60M helicopters and 24 HH-60M helicopters and to fund associated support functions. Fiscal 2015 aircraft procurement Army funds in the amount of $771,957,753 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2015. Work… Read more »

Source: US DOD, 17-Nov-14

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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

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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 »

14-Nov-14

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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