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US Special Ops Black Hawk has fatal training accident

US Special Ops Black Hawk has fatal training accident

Word is just reaching the HeliHub.com office of a night training flight accident just before midnight on Wednesday involving a Black Hawk.  One of the three crew was killed and the other two seriously injured.  Helicopter was with the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Regiment out of Fort Campbell. More info will be posted here as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-14

Proposed Israel V-22 sale is valued at $1.13 billion

Proposed Israel V-22 sale is valued at $1.13 billion

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress January 13 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel for V-22B Block C Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.13 billion. The Government of Israel  (GOI) has requested a possible sale of 6 V-22B Block C Aircraft, 16 Rolls… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 16-Jan-14

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Spain becomes worlds leading military EC135 operator

Spain becomes worlds leading military EC135 operator

Spanish Ministry of Defense Becomes the World’s Leading Operator of the Airbus Helicopters’ EC135 Helicopter for military use Airbus Helicopters’ factory in Spain provided the setting early this week for the delivery of the two EC135 helicopters to the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET). The aircraft were the first to be delivered as part of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jan-14

Bell-Boeing awarded $26M delivery order for V-22 flight test work

Bell-Boeing awarded $26M delivery order for V-22 flight test work

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $26,682,561 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable delivery order 0067 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the V-22 aircraft. 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…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jan-14

Rolls-Royce awarded $13M delivery order for V-22 flight test work

Rolls-Royce awarded $13M delivery order for V-22 flight test work

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $13,556,862 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) to provide 17,226 engine flight hours in support of the MV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Oakland, Calif. (70 percent) and Indianapolis, Ind. (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in November 2013.  Fiscal 2014 operations… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jan-14

Raytheon CEO to step down; New director also appointed

Raytheon CEO to step down; New director also appointed

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, age 58, to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of Raytheon Company, effective March 31, 2014.  Dr. Kennedy will succeedWilliam H. Swanson, who has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Raytheon Company since 2003, and who advised the Board… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 16-Jan-14

Global Military, Parapublic and Commercial Helicopter Systems Market Assessment

Global Military, Parapublic and Commercial Helicopter Systems Market Assessment

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Military, Parapublic and Commercial Helicopter Systems Market Assessment” report to their offering. This global research service on helicopter systems is broken down into three end-user segments which are military, parapublic, and commercial end users. The report provides analyses of helicopter avionics, mission systems, vehicle systems, and weapon systems… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 16-Jan-14

Defense Secretary approves US Army aviation restructure plan

Defense Secretary approves US Army aviation restructure plan

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a US Army plan to restructure its aviation forces that includes divesting all OH-58s and taking all AH-64s out of the National Guard – See full story

Source: Inside Defense, 15-Jan-14

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Boeing finds significant potential in Green Diesel as a sustainable fuel

Boeing finds significant potential in Green Diesel as a sustainable fuel

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has identified “green diesel,” a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50 percent less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its lifecycle. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders to gain approval for… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 15-Jan-14

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Enhanced Missile Warning System to protect US Army troops

Enhanced Missile Warning System to protect US Army troops

For more than two million in-theater combat hours, U.S. Army aviators have relied on BAE Systems’ Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) to locate and protect against infrared threats. As a result of the system’s success, the U.S. Army has awarded the company a $39 million contract for more than 300 third-generation (Gen3) units. This order… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 15-Jan-14

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TAI to display T129 ATAK Helicopter in Bahrain

TAI to display T129 ATAK Helicopter in Bahrain

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) participates in the Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS) under the umbrella of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) that will be held on 16-18 January 2014. During the show, TAI will display “T129 ATAK” Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter in the static display and a flight demo will also… Read more »

Source: TAI, 15-Jan-14

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B/E Aerospace announces $200M contract with AgustaWestland

B/E Aerospace announces $200M contract with AgustaWestland

B/E Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ:BEAV), the world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products and the world’s leading distributor of aerospace fasteners and consumables, today announced that the Company has been selected by AgustaWestland to provide aerospace fasteners and consumables, and logistical services for their global operations. The majority of the award represents market share gains. The… Read more »

Source: B/E Aerospace, 14-Jan-14

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CAE to develop an MH-60R mission operational flight trainer for Denmark

CAE to develop an MH-60R mission operational flight trainer for Denmark

CAE was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to develop an MH-60R mission operational flight trainer (MOFT) for the Royal Danish Navy under the United States foreign military sale (FMS) program. CAE USA will be the prime contractor responsible for the design and manufacture of an MH-60R MOFT that will be delivered in 2016 to Karup Air… Read more »

Source: CAE, 13-Jan-14

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Rockwell Collins TacNet™ Tactical Radio receives final NSA certification

Rockwell Collins TacNet™ Tactical Radio receives final NSA certification

Rockwell Collins’ next generation TacNet Tactical Radio (TTR) has received final National Security Agency certification to Top Secret, clearing the way to bring essential situational awareness to all warfighters through the smallest form factor, standalone Link 16 terminal. “The TacNet Tactical Radio opens up Link 16 networked communications to a wide range of new users and gives… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 12-Jan-14

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Sikorsky awarded $550M to support MH-60R and MH-60S fleet

Sikorsky awarded $550M to support MH-60R and MH-60S fleet

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $549,905,199 modification (P00126) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to fund Navy’s eighteen MH-60S helicopters and nineteen MH-60R helicopters and associated sustaining engineering, program management, systems engineering, provisioning, technical publications, other integrated logistics support and advanced procurement funding for program years four and five.  Fiscal 2014 other program funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jan-14

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Final VIP Sokol delivered to the Polish Air Force

Final VIP Sokol delivered to the Polish Air Force

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it has delivered the fifth and final VIP transport Sokol helicopter to the Polish Air Force. The aircraft joined the other four Sokols already in service with the 1st Airlift Base in Warsawon 23rd December. All five helicopters, which have been delivered to the Polish Air Force this… Read more »

10-Jan-14

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Airbus Helicopters takes off

Airbus Helicopters takes off

The rebranding of Eurocopter as Airbus Helicopters, effective today, marks a new era in the history of the company, which joins Airbus and Airbus Defence & Space within the new Airbus Group – the global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. Airbus Helicopters will benefit from and enrich the Airbus brand as it develops,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Jan-14

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Colombian Navy takes delivery of two Bell 412EPs

Colombian Navy takes delivery of two Bell 412EPs

The Colombian Navy has recently taken delivery of two Bell 412EPs, serialled locally as ARC-225 and ARC-226. These are Bell serial numbers 36639 test flown as N493AH and became ARC-225 with Colombian Navy, and 36640 test flown as N495FB and became ARC-226 with Colombian Navy Finished in a overall naval grey colour, the helicopters feature… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jan-14

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New boss for US division of Airbus Group (ex EADS North America)

New boss for US division of Airbus Group (ex EADS North America)

Sean O’Keefe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Group, Inc, the company’s North American business unit, will resign his position effective 1 March 2014. His successor will be Allan McArtor, currently Chairman of Airbus Americas. In his new capacity, McArtor will be a member of the Airbus Group Executive Committee. O’Keefe has elected… Read more »

Source: Airbus Group, 08-Jan-14

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Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc, Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00010) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 to procure six additional months of contractor logistics support for Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters.  Fiscal 2014 funds in the amount of $18,556,810 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Aug. 8,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jan-14

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Nepal orders two Mil helicopters

Nepal orders two Mil helicopters

The Government of Nepal is reported to have signed a contract for the supply of two M il MI-17V5 helicopters, for delivery later in 2014.   The source of this news – the ITAR-TASS agency – cites a source close to Nepalese Ministry of Defense.  No other information is available at this time File photo Jeremy… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-14

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2013 Fatal helicopter accident statistics

2013 Fatal helicopter accident statistics

HeliHub.com publishes what we believe to be the most comprehensive helicopter accident information available on the internet.  We do not vouch for completeness – and indeed we regularly add more data for both recent and historical events – but from the feedback we receive from our readers, we are confident that we provide a very comprehensive repository of helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-14

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Canada decides not to scrap troubled H-92 purchase

Canada decides not to scrap troubled H-92 purchase

The plan to replace the Sea King fleet is years behind schedule, billions of dollars over the original project estimate and apparently beset with technical glitches.  Last year, the Public Works Department indicated it was looking at other aircraft because Cyclone manufacturer Sikorsky had delivered just four test aircraft, which National Defence has refused to… Read more »

Source: Huffington Post, 07-Jan-14

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Modernized S-61T launches First Flight

Modernized S-61T launches First Flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the successful maiden test flight of the modernized S-61T™ helicopter with an integrated glass cockpit and enhanced performance capabilities. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140106/NE40848) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO) In 2010, Sikorsky began a program to upgrade S-61™ aircraft and return them to productive service. An industry workhorse,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 07-Jan-14

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UK Museum opens exhibition – The First Helicopter Rescue

UK Museum opens exhibition – The First Helicopter Rescue

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014, and to kick-start its year of celebrations it has unveiled an exhibition that charts another important Anniversary in the world of helicopter aviation. “The First Helicopter Rescue” tells the tale of the daring rescue mission that took place 60 years ago in April… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 06-Jan-14

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US Navy awards $14M bearing contract to Sikorsky

US Navy awards $14M bearing contract to Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., has been awarded a maximum $14,352,600 firm-fixed-price contract for helicopter bearing assembly spindle.  This contract is a sole source acquisition.  Location of performance is Connecticut with a Dec. 31, 2018 performance completion date.  Using military service is Navy.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds.  The contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-14

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AgustaWestland welcomes the India’s Nomination of an Arbitrator

AgustaWestland welcomes the India’s Nomination of an Arbitrator

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, confirms to have received yesterday from India’s Ministry of Defence a notification concerning the appointment of an arbitrator from its side, as requested by AgustaWestland on November 25 and December 4, 2013, as well as a termination notice of the agreement for the supply of 12 VVIP/VIP helicopters, consistent with yesterday’s… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Jan-14

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Helicopter Museum seeks “venerable beast” Alouette III, and more

Helicopter Museum seeks “venerable beast” Alouette III, and more

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, UK, is seeking two particular aircraft to expand what is already a most impressive line-up of helicopters. In a posting on a popular forum website, the user heli1 – widely believed to be the Chairman of the Museum’s Trustees, Elfan ap Rees – posted a request initially for an Alouette… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-14

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Russian Helicopters showed growth in 2013

Russian Helicopters showed growth in 2013

In 2013, Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, produced 303 helicopters for Russian and international customers, with an anticipated consolidated profit in excess of 140 billion roubles*. Preliminary results were voiced at the Russian Helicopters board meeting which reviewed performance in the helicopter sector over the past year and outlined… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Jan-14

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Russia to Modify Mi-8 for Arctic warfare

Russia to Modify Mi-8 for Arctic warfare

Russia’s Ulan-Ude aircraft manufacturing plant has announced that it is developing a variant of the famed Mi-8 transport helicopter for use by the military in harsh Arctic climate.  See full story

Source: RIA Novosti, 02-Jan-14

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Airbus Group takes off into 2014 with joint brand

Airbus Group takes off into 2014 with joint brand

Taking off into the New Year, the EADS group has been rebranded as “Airbus Group”. Uniting all its activities under a single and strong brand, Airbus Group also renames two of its three Divisions. Going forward, the Group is home to: Airbus, focussing on commercial aircraft activities; Airbus Defence and Space, integrating the Group’s defence… Read more »

Source: Airbus Group, 02-Jan-14

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OFFICIAL – India appoints arbitrator for AW101 helicopter contract

OFFICIAL – India appoints arbitrator for AW101 helicopter contract

The Indian Government has  released this statement – we run it verbatim with the spelling mistake! Press Information Bureau  Government of India Ministry of Defence  01-January-2014 17:44 IST VVIP Choper Agreement with AgustaWestLand International Ltd. (AWIL) Terminated  The Government of India has terminated with immediate effect the Agreement that was signed with M/s. AgustaWestLand International… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-14

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Boeing awarded $617M contract to build 6 and update 22 CH-47F helicopters

Boeing awarded $617M contract to build 6 and update 22 CH-47F helicopters

Boeing Co, Ridley, Park, Pa., was awarded a $617,676,589 modification (P0004) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0003 for the remanufacture of twenty- two CH-47F helicopters, six new CH-47F helicopters, and long lead funding for remanufacturing thirteen CH-47F helicopters.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $615,046,591 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-14

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INAER Spain wins contract to maintain Spanish military AB212 fleet

INAER Spain wins contract to maintain Spanish military AB212 fleet

INAER Spain will take over the maintenance of the Armed Forces’ fleet of AB 212 helicopters. The contract was awarded through a public competition by the Nato Support Agency (NSPA) and will last three years with the option of a two year extension. INAER has already taken delivery of the first AB 212 at its… Read more »

Source: INAER, 02-Jan-14

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Mi-28N Night Hunter enters service with Russian military

Mi-28N Night Hunter enters service with Russian military

The Mi-28N Night Hunter combat helicopter, made by Russian Helicopters a subsidiary of Oboronprom and part of State Corporation Rostec, has officially entered into service with the Russian Defence Ministry under an order signed by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. Before officially entering into service, the Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter was operated by the Russian Armed… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Jan-14

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Bell parent Textron adds Beechcraft to aviation portfolio

Bell parent Textron adds Beechcraft to aviation portfolio

Beechcraft Corporation announced today that Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) has agreed to acquire Beech Holdings, LLC, the parent of Beechcraft Corporation, for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. Bill Boisture, CEO of Beechcraft, said: “This transaction represents an important step forward in the evolution of Beechcraft’s business. The team at Beechcraft has worked tirelessly to strengthen our core business… Read more »

Source: Beechcraft, 02-Jan-14

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US Army proposes four additional landing zones in Hawaii

US Army proposes four additional landing zones in Hawaii

The 25th Army Combat Aviation Brigade and Hawaii Army National Guard want to construct four aviation landing zones on Mauna Loa’s northern slope See full story

Source: West Hawaii Today, 02-Jan-14

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US Army flies Black Hawk on alcohol fuel blend

US Army flies Black Hawk on alcohol fuel blend

Gevo, Inc, the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced that the U.S. Army has successfully flown the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on a 50/50 blend of Gevo’s ATJ-8 (Alcohol-to-Jet). ATJ is a renewable, drop in alternative fuel for JP8 that addresses the Army Energy Security Strategy and Plans mandate that the Army… Read more »

Source: Gevo, 02-Jan-14

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Sikorsky awarded $724M contract for 58 UH-60M helicopters

Sikorsky awarded $724M contract for 58 UH-60M helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $723,998,360 modification (P00127) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to fund program year three for 33 UH-60M helicopters and 24 HH-60M helicopters, and associated program management, systems engineering, provisioning, technical publications, and integrated logistics support. Also provided for are advance procurement funding (termination liability) for program years four and five…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jan-14

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and better times in 2014. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-13

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Sweden takes delivery of first International Mission NH90

Sweden takes delivery of first International Mission NH90

The Swedish Armed Forces has taken delivery of its very first “International Mission” version of the NH90. The helicopter, locally designated HKP 14D and globally named NHIndustries NH90 TTT/IM, landed at Malmen Air Base in Linköping on 12 December 2013 following an overnight stop at the helicopter squadron in Luleå. It was officially handed over… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 23-Dec-13

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Sikorsky awarded $105M contract to modify eight Saudi UH-60Ms

Sikorsky awarded $105M contract to modify eight Saudi UH-60Ms

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn. was awarded a $105,300,000 modification (P00089) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to modify eight UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters to a General Service Configuration in Support of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $10,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Dec-13

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Global Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade and Retrofit Market 2013-2023

Global Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade and Retrofit Market 2013-2023

Helicopters are crucial to military operations. Rotorcraft can transport personnel and cargo, and often within areas not readily accessible to vehicles or fixed-wing aircraft. These can also provide aerial fire support as well as reconnaissance, over land or sea. Defence spending cuts and the high cost of new helicopters have pushed countries to opt for… Read more »

Source: VisionGain, 23-Dec-13

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Corpus Christi Army Depot breaks ground for new helicopter paint facility

Corpus Christi Army Depot breaks ground for new helicopter paint facility

Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD); the core of Army aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for helicopters, engines and components; broke ground on a new modernized helicopter facility that will house painting operations for Army helicopters, this December. When complete, this $34.2M Aircraft Corrosion Control Facility (ACCF) will meet the painting requirements for the Army’s… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-Dec-13

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Helibrás flies first modernized Brazilian Army Fennec

Helibrás flies first modernized Brazilian Army Fennec

[electronic translation] With four aircraft already in the hangar factory for upgrades, Helibras held the first flight of the first upgraded AS550 Fennec  of the Brazilian Army on Thursday 19th December, after completing its rebuild and modernizaston at their Itajubá plant. A first cell – base for reconstruction / modernization of the helicopter EB -1019… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 22-Dec-13

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Interview with Russian Helicopters test pilot

Interview with Russian Helicopters test pilot

Gurgen Karapetyan worked as a Soviet and Russian helicopter test pilot, a senior lieutenant in the reserve and Hero of the Soviet Union. During his career he mastered 39 types of helicopters, gliders and aeroplanes, or more than 100 if you count all the different modifications. He spent more than 5,500 hours in the air… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 22-Dec-13

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Successful Flight Test of Danish TTT helicopter EW Suite

Successful Flight Test of Danish TTT helicopter EW Suite

Terma and the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) recently conducted a successful flight test of the Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment fielded on the Royal Danish Air Force’ (RDAF) EH-101 TTT helicopters. The flight test was performed according to the original schedule at the air force base in Karup with numerous flights and flare… Read more »

Source: Terma, 22-Dec-13

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INAER flies first upgraded Spanish Navy AB212

INAER flies first upgraded Spanish Navy AB212

The helicopter used as prototype in the AB212 Helicopter Life Extension Program of the Spanish Navy (PEVH-AB212) took to the air for its first test flight. This milestone caps off more than three years of concept development, led by the Spanish Navy, with the resulting project being awarded at the end of 2011 to the… Read more »

Source: Avincis, 20-Dec-13

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Russian Helicopters opens thermo-chemical parts processing plant

Russian Helicopters opens thermo-chemical parts processing plant

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has opened a thermo-chemical parts processing plant – the only one of its kind in Russia – at Reductor-PM, the Perm-based Russian Helicopters company that produces gearbox and transmission units. Today’s official opening ceremony was attended by the Perm Minister of Industry, Enterprise and Trade… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 20-Dec-13

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Second Landing Helicopter Dock ship leaves shipyard for Australia

Second Landing Helicopter Dock ship leaves shipyard for Australia

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston today announced the departure of the hull of the second and last of the Royal Australian Navy’s new amphibious ships from Vigo in northern Spain. Senator Johnston said the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) hull will be transported to Melbourne, Australia, by the Heavy Lift Ship Blue Marlin. The hull was built… Read more »

Source: Australian MoD, 20-Dec-13

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Norway AW101 deal includes penalties if AW executives found guilty of corruption

Norway AW101 deal includes penalties if AW executives found guilty of corruption

The Norwegian government said it had inked an option to fine AgustaWestland in case two former chief executives are found guilty of corruption See full story

Source: Wall St Journal, 20-Dec-13

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UK Government welcomes £1 billion AgustaWestland helicopter deal

UK Government welcomes £1 billion AgustaWestland helicopter deal

Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable have welcomed the announcement that UK helicopter company,AgustaWestland, has signed a £1 billion contract to supply 16 helicopters plus support and training to the Norwegian government. Prime Minister David Cameron said: This £1 billion deal between AgustaWestland and the Norwegian government is testament to the first class engineering… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 20-Dec-13

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Helibrás donates material for scientific study

Helibrás donates material for scientific study

[electronic translation] In November, the board of Innovation Helibrás donated two new pieces for study and research courses in engineering, mathematics and computing, Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI). They are available for the development of technological projects of the students of the institute. One of donated materials was a sign of hive to support the… Read more »

Source: Helibrás, 19-Dec-13

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Bell awarded $11M more for H-1 upgrade program

Bell awarded $11M more for H-1 upgrade program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $11,163,306 modification to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for additional logistics products and services in support of the H-1 upgrade effort, including logistic management support, technical material for maintenance planning, design interface, supply/material support, support of support equipment/technical data, distribution and inventory… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Dec-13

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Northrop Grumman awarded $10M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers

Northrop Grumman awarded $10M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronic, Woodland Hills, Calif., is being awarded a $10,551,915 firm-fixed-price contract for the fabrication, test, and delivery of 45 low rate initial production technical refresh AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters mission computers in support of Marine Corps helicopters. Work will be performed in Woodland Hills, Calif., and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Dec-13

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US Navy to Build $57M MV-22 Hangar and Aircraft Staging Area for MCB Hawaii

US Navy to Build $57M MV-22 Hangar and Aircraft Staging Area for MCB Hawaii

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded a $57 million firm-fixed-price contract Dec. 17 to Watts Contrack, a Joint Venture of Honolulu, Hawaii for the construction of a Marine Vertical (MV) 22 hangar, supporting utility infrastructure, and an aircraft staging area for Marine Corps Base Hawaii. This project includes a hangar, apron, and taxiway to… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 19-Dec-13

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Russian Helicopters, AgustaWestland and Turbomeca extend collaboration

Russian Helicopters, AgustaWestland and Turbomeca extend collaboration

Russian Helicopters, AgustaWestland and Turbomeca agree to extend collaboration on core joint projects Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, AgustaWestland (a Finmeccanica company) and Turbomeca (Safran) have agreed to continue working together on core joint projects. The agreements were reached during a visit by a Russian Helicopters delegation headed by… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Dec-13

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Norway signs for 16 SAR AW101s

Norway signs for 16 SAR AW101s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a  contract for 16 AW101 helicopters plus support and training, valued at approximately £1 billion (€1.15 billion), to meet the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter (NAWSARH) requirement. The contract also includes an option for six further aircraft. The contract was signed at… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Dec-13

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Bell expands Maintainers and Operators Conference Offerings

Bell expands Maintainers and Operators Conference Offerings

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), completed another successful year of Maintainers and Operators (M&O) Conferences during 2013, providing the opportunity to connect with more than 900 customers from approximately 20 countries. This year, the Customer Support and Services (CSS) organization hosted conferences in several new locations including Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Prague,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Dec-13

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VMM-266 welcomes new commanding officer

VMM-266 welcomes new commanding officer

Lt. Col. Christopher J. Boniface relinquished command of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 to Lt. Col. Kirk B. Nelson during a change of command ceremony at the squadron’s hangar, Dec. 6. In the presence of many friends, peers and family members, Boniface passed the squadron colors to Nelson, signifying the passage of the many… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 19-Dec-13

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Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00009) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 for an undefined contract action for six additional months of contractor logistics support for the Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters in Al Taji, Iraq, in accordance with foreign military sales case IQ-B-UDZ.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Dec-13

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New flyGarmin Videos Demonstrate Aviation Database Updates

New flyGarmin Videos Demonstrate Aviation Database Updates

This time of year often brings back fond memories of doing my aircraft preflight on an icy, snow-covered ramp. The winds were inevitably gusting to 20 knots, and in an attempt to sump 100LL from my Cessna 172, fuel sprayed all over my frozen hand. Why did I enjoy flying again? If you’re like me and… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 19-Dec-13

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3rd China Air Medical & Rescue Congress to Be Held in May 2014

3rd China Air Medical & Rescue Congress to Be Held in May 2014

China Air Medical & Rescue Congress 2014 will be held on May 8, 9 in Shanghai, China. This event is expected to gather government authorities, general aviation operators, international & local air ambulance operators, emergency assistance companies, maritime SAR authorities, aircraft manufacturers, and insurance companies, among others. China is one of the countries suffering the worst… Read more »

Source: CDMC, 19-Dec-13

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AgustaWestland open Korea office

AgustaWestland open Korea office

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The office will strengthen AgustaWestland’s position in the Far East by better serving existing Customers and promoting future business with military, government and commercial Customers. Attending the successful opening event were more than 100 delegates including… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Dec-13

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Bell parent Textron to release Q4 results on January 22, 2014

Bell parent Textron to release Q4 results on January 22, 2014

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) will release its fourth quarter 2013 financial results on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. The company will also host a conference call at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss the results and the company’s outlook. The call will be available via webcast at www.textron.com or by direct dial at (800) 230-1092 in the U.S. or… Read more »

Source: Textron, 19-Dec-13

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CFB Trenton team rescue crane operator from fire

CFB Trenton team rescue crane operator from fire

A dramatic rescue unfolded yesterday afternoon in downtown Kingston, Ontario, when a crew from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron, located at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, saved a crane operator who was trapped above a massive building fire. Around 2 p.m. on December 17, a fire broke out in a student residence that was under construction… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 19-Dec-13

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US military helicopter industry to almost halve by 2018

US military helicopter industry to almost halve by 2018

As Department of Defense (DoD) budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to… Read more »

Source: Frost & Sullivan, 18-Dec-13

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Develop Your Skills and Contacts at HAI Heli-Expo 2014

Develop Your Skills and Contacts at HAI Heli-Expo 2014

HAI Professional Education courses at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 provide information essential to success in today’s rapidly changing operating environment, attracting students from across the international helicopter industry. Register today and take advantage of — 28 different courses, taught by some of the best instructors in the helicopter industry Inspection authorization renewal credit Helicopter-only flight instructor refresher course Unmatched networking opportunities… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Dec-13

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Vector Aerospace UK repairs French Lynx

Vector Aerospace UK repairs French Lynx

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has delivered a repaired French Lynx Mk4 to the end customer. “I am pleased that we have quickly and effectively completed our first international Lynx Depth repair contract in collaboration with Eurocopter”, said Ross Powlesland, Operations Director for… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 18-Dec-13

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India donates second Dhruv to Maldives

India donates second Dhruv to Maldives

During the ongoing official visit to India by the Maldives’ Minister of Defence and National Security Colonel (Ret.) Mohamed Nazim, the Government of India has gifted a helicopter to the MNDF. During the ceremony held at India’s Southern Naval Command in Kochin, the helicopter was ceremonially handed over by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, the Flag… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-13

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Panamanian Supreme Court closes AgustaWestland kickback case

Panamanian Supreme Court closes AgustaWestland kickback case

The Panamanian Supreme Court of Justice is understood to have unanimously closed the case against Italy’s Finmeccanica which stemmed from a complaint filed two years ago by Oreste del Rio, leader of the opposition Popular Party. In the case, del Rio had sought an investigation of Panamanian Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, over alleged kickback… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-13

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US Navy approves use of Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator

US Navy approves use of Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator

 A new aviation landing system is lighting the way to the future of helicopter landings aboard air-capable and amphibious assault ships. Test pilots from Naval Air Station Patuxent River successfully employed the Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator (ASGSI) to approach and land on the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in San Diego this fall. This… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 17-Dec-13

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Raytheon awarded $42M sonar contract for Royal Australian Navy MH-60R fleet

Raytheon awarded $42M sonar contract for Royal Australian Navy MH-60R fleet

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, R.I., has been awarded a maximum $42,589,944 firm-fixed-price contract for the manufacture and delivery of airborne low frequency sonar helicopter dipping sonar systems.  This contract is a sole source acquisition.  Location of performance is Rhode Island with a February 2017 performance completion date.  Using service is the Royal Australian Navy…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Dec-13

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Sikorsky workers agree to 10% increase over four years, plus $4000 bonus

Sikorsky workers agree to 10% increase over four years, plus $4000 bonus

Late Sunday afternoon, Sikorsky workers voted overwhelmingly (2098 to 66) in favour of a new four-year deal that includes 10% wage increases over the life of the contract, $4,000 in signing bonuses ($2,000 paid in each of the first 2 years), a 15% increase in the pension multiplier and a 20% increase to the cash balance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-13

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Japanese politicians get familiar with V-22 Osprey

Japanese politicians get familiar with V-22 Osprey

HeliHub.com editor introduction – With an increasing number of observers suggesting that Japan could be close to following Israel in ordering the V-22 Osprey, this report from US Marine Corps is interesting in the depth it goes… Fourteen members of the Japan House of Representatives and Senate visited various facilities at Marine Corps Air Station… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 16-Dec-13

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