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Airbus Helicopters extends German Army EC135 support by seven years

Airbus Helicopters extends German Army EC135 support by seven years

Airbus Helicopters has won the support contract to maintain, overhaul and ensure the availability of the German Army Aviation School’s fleet of EC135 training helicopters. This extends the existing contract, signed in 2005, by a further seven years. “At the core of the Airbus Helicopters full service contract is ensuring that on virtually every working… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Dec-14

CAE wins OCCAR-EA/Tiger Helicopter Program training analysis contract

CAE wins OCCAR-EA/Tiger Helicopter Program training analysis contract

The Organisation conjointe de cooperation en matiere d’armement (OCCAR-EA), a European organization responsible for managing the through-life support of cooperative European defence programs, has awarded CAE a contract for the analysis of training needs for the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School located in Fassberg, Germany. The technical school is responsible for the theoretical and practical… Read more »

Source: CAE, 16-Dec-14

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AAI rebrands to Textron Systems

AAI rebrands to Textron Systems

AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training and AAI Unmanned Systems have been part of the Textron Systems enterprise for years now. We’ve now rebranded to be one Textron Systems. You’ve known us for years – our expertise, products and services remain as trusted and capable as ever. Now, get to know us… Read more »

Source: Textron, 16-Dec-14

Sikorsky awarded $56M for five UH-60M for Mexican Navy

Sikorsky awarded $56M for five UH-60M for Mexican Navy

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $56,394,775 modification (P00217) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise an option for five UH-60M aircraft for foreign military sales case MX-B-UEU, Mexican Navy. Estimated completion date is May 30, 2016. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut. Fiscal 2010 funds in the amount of $2,221,115 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Dec-14

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $14M more for MV-22 aux fuel tank systems

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $14M more for MV-22 aux fuel tank systems

Robertson Fuel Systems LLC, Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded a $14,779,950 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0097) to exercise an option for the procurement of two Mission Auxiliary Fuel Tank Systems for the MV-22 Osprey aircraft to extend range of flight requirements. Work will be performed in Tempe, Arizona, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Dec-14

Greece requests ten CH-47D Chinooks

Greece requests ten CH-47D Chinooks

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece for CH-47D Chinook helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Greece has requested a… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 15-Dec-14

Bell creates flight-ready helicopter parts on 3D printers

In partnership with Harvest, a rapid prototyping company, Bell has taken the rapid prototyping step of their design process to the next level and have developed a method of using 3D printing as a form of final manufacturing for some of their helicopter parts using Harvest’s high-quality EOS laser-sintering (SLS) machines.  See full story

Source: 3Ders, 15-Dec-14

Bell-Boeing awarded $31M delivery order for design/test work for V-22 fleet

Bell-Boeing awarded $31M delivery order for design/test work for V-22 fleet

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $31,264,447 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable delivery order 0067 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006). This order provides for on-site flight test management, flight test engineering, design engineering, and related efforts for the Naval Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron in support of the V-22 aircraft. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Dec-14

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DynCorp awarded $44M contract to support US Navy aircraft at NAS Fallon

DynCorp awarded $44M contract to support US Navy aircraft at NAS Fallon

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $44,530,685 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for organizational, selected intermediate, and limited depot level maintenance and logistics services for aircraft assigned to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Fallon, Nevada. Services will be provided in support of 20 F/A-18A-F; three EA-18G, five MH-60S, 14 F-16A/B; and two… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Dec-14

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Airbus delivers second AS332C1e to Bolivian Air Force

Airbus delivers second AS332C1e to Bolivian Air Force

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 2nd Super Puma AS332 C1e to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB). At the end of 2013, the FAB purchased six of these light-medium helicopters to fight drug trafficking and perform civil security and public service missions throughout the country. The first helicopter was delivered in August of this year and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-14

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Russian military builds futuristic helipad on Moscow embankment (PHOTOS)

Russian military builds futuristic helipad on Moscow embankment (PHOTOS)

Top brass in Russia will now be swift and mobile not only at drills, but also while navigating through Moscow. Their new berthing and helipad facility on the Moscow River will provide jamless access to the newly-built national defense HQ by air and water. See Full Story

Source: RT, 15-Dec-14

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Silvia assumes command of Hammerheads

Silvia assumes command of Hammerheads

Lt. Col. Charles F. Megown relinquished command of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 to Lt. Col. Scott P. Silvia during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Dec. 10. HMH-366 provides assault support transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment during operations in support of the Marine Air-Ground Task… Read more »

Source: USMC, 12-Dec-14

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Congress keeps Newport USCG helicopter base open for a year

Congress keeps Newport USCG helicopter base open for a year

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter base in Newport – known as Yaquina Bay – has won a reprieve from Congress and will remain open for a further 12 months.  Democratic members from Oregon have announced that they were able to attach a provision to the Coast Guard authorization bill, effectively requiring them to keep the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-14

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Italian State Police AW139 deliveries completed

Italian State Police AW139 deliveries completed

AgustaWestland is completing the Italian State Police order for eight AW139s around now.  From the first delivery in May 2013 , the last three examples have all been test flying recently from the factory at Vergiate and other AW139s in the same production sequence have been delivered in recent weeks. Our research team have put… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-14

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V-22 Osprey Forward-Firing Capability Demonstrated

V-22 Osprey Forward-Firing Capability Demonstrated

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the successful demonstration of forward-firing capability for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. The exercise took place last month at the United States Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. To download images and video of the forward-firing demonstration, please visit this link. “The forward-firing demonstration was a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Dec-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $82M option to AH-64 target/NV contract

Lockheed Martin awarded $82M option to AH-64 target/NV contract

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $82,821,104 modification (P00023) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-12-C-0009 to exercise option year three performance based logistics program support for Apache Attack Helicopter modernized target designation sight/pilot night vision sensor equipment.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $82,821,104 were obligated at the time of the award…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Dec-14

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Carabinieros de Chile selects Trakkabeam A800 Searchlight

Carabinieros de Chile selects Trakkabeam A800 Searchlight

Trakka Corp Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the Carabiniers of Chile have selected the Trakka A800 Tactical Helicopter Searchlight for the agency’s AW 109E Power patrol helicopter in Iquique, Chile. The Trakka A800 searchlight’s advanced optics technology provides superior performance and flexibility complimenting the AgustaWestland 109E Power mission equipment. The Trakka A800 is the… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 08-Dec-14

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Longbow LLC awarded AH-64D fire control radar unit $18M contract extension

Longbow LLC awarded AH-64D fire control radar unit $18M contract extension

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded an $18,487,338 modification (P00009) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-13-C-0028 exercising option year two for the management and logistics for all U.S. government Apache AH-64D helicopter fire control radar units.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $18,487,338 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Dec-14

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Team effort drives advanced rotorcraft

Team effort drives advanced rotorcraft

Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center has partnered with both Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in cooperative Technology Investment Agreement with the Future Advanced Rotorcraft Drive System Programs. These programs focus on the critical performance and affordability enhancing drive system technologies for the Army’s current and future force fleet of rotorcraft, as… Read more »

Source: US Army, 08-Dec-14

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Indian Navy Selects Sikorsky’s S-70B SeaHawk

Indian Navy Selects Sikorsky’s S-70B  SeaHawk

India’s Navy has selected Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), to fulfill the service’s Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW), among other maritime roles. Negotiations will now begin to procure 16 S-70B SEAHAWK® helicopters, with an option for eight additional aircraft, along with a complete logistics support… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-Dec-14

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15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to train in Los Angeles

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to train in Los Angeles

Marines and Sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be training at several locations in downtown and metro Los Angeles from Dec. 5-16 to prepare the unit for its deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East next spring. Additionally, the MEU will train at numerous training locations throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona. The… Read more »

Source: USMC, 08-Dec-14

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Helibras certifies EC725 configuration with a hydraulic winch

Helibras certifies EC725 configuration with a hydraulic winch

[electronic translation] Helibras certified this year, the possibility of a new configuration for the EC725 in relation to cargo winches. From now on, the configuration is designed to receive two winches, electrical and hydraulic. The company held the instrumentation and flight tests for configuration containing only one hydraulic winch, as requested of the Navy of Brazil. From… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 05-Dec-14

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South African A109 LUHs grounded again?

South African A109 LUHs grounded again?

It is rumoured that all flying activities of the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) fleet of Agusta A109 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) have ceased and, in effect, the fleet is subject to yet another grounding. See Full Story

Source: Defence Web, 04-Dec-14

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Global Military Helicopters Market Takes Wing Despite Budget Cuts

Global Military Helicopters Market Takes Wing Despite Budget Cuts

Repeated budget cuts and frozen orders have blurred promises of market recovery in the global military market, especially across Western regions. The adoption of remotely piloted aircraft systems seems to make manned helicopters further irrelevant. Nevertheless, unrivalled vertical take-off and landing capabilities as well as strong mission efficiency rates will sustain interest in military rotorcraft…. Read more »

Source: Frost Sullivan, 04-Dec-14

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Swedish Armed Forces to test CybAero RPAS from Visby corvette

Swedish Armed Forces to test CybAero RPAS from Visby corvette

First North-listed CybAero has been selected by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to conduct test and demonstration flights from Sweden’s world-leading Visby class corvette in Q3, 2015. Sweden-based CybAero was chosen ahead of other international competitors. It is estimated that the flights, which will employ CybAero’s APID helicopter systems, are to be conducted by… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 03-Dec-14

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First U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator at Ft. Rucker now ready-for-training

First U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator at Ft. Rucker now ready-for-training

Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest modelling, simulation and training event, CAE announced that the United States Army has accepted for training the first UH-72A flight training device (FTD) to be located at the U.S. Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Under subcontract to… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Dec-14

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Ametek Hughes-Treitler awarded $9M contract for helicopter heat exchangers

Ametek Hughes-Treitler awarded $9M contract for helicopter heat exchangers

Ametek Hughes-Treitler, Garden City, New York, has been awarded a maximum $8,973,770 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter heat exchangers. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a two-year base contract with three one-year option periods. Location of performance is New York, with a Sept. 30, 2016, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-14

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Airbus awarded $71M for UH-72A work

Airbus awarded $71M for UH-72A work

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $71,358,549 modification (P00857) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire UH72A Lakota helicopters with ARC 231 radios. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $71,713,665 were obligated at the time of the award. The cumulative total for the contract, with this modification, is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-14

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Bell awarded $14M more for AH-1Z support

Bell awarded $14M more for AH-1Z support

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $14,614,573 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-14-C-1000) to exercise an option for services in support of the AH-1Z Program. This option includes delivery of one AH-1Z flight training device to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina. In addition, this option provides… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-14

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The impact of grounding “Pedro” on local EMS departments

The impact of grounding “Pedro” on local EMS departments

The Marine Corps may soon ground its four “Pedro,” search and rescue helicopters at MCAS Cherry Point and disband its crew. See Full Story

Source: WCTI12, 28-Nov-14

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Sikorsky awarded $316M to upgrade H-60 weapon system

Sikorsky awarded $316M to upgrade H-60 weapon system

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $316,176,135 modification (P00030) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-10-D-0001 for continued support of technical, engineering and logistical services and supplies, and component and airframe parts, for the overhaul, repair and recapitalization of the H-60 weapons system. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $105,994,755 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-14

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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