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Turbomeca at Farnborough 2014

Turbomeca at Farnborough 2014

Turbomeca (Safran) is bringing two members of its medium-heavy engine range – the Makila 2 (1,800 – 2,100shp) and the RTM322 (2,100 – 2,600shp) – to next week’s Farnborough Air Show (July 14-20). Best-seller in the medium weight twin-engine helicopter market, the Makila family powers Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma, Cougar and EC725/225, as well as… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 11-Jul-14

Airbus appoints Vice President Post Merger Integration and Carve-Out Management

Airbus appoints Vice President Post Merger Integration and Carve-Out Management

Wow.  What a title.  Just imagine how wide his new business card will need to be!   The appointment of a new person at the top of Airbus Helicopters UK included mention of the new role for the previous UK head, Markus Steinke.  To repeat it here, and just to confirm that his new massively-long job… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Jul-14

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Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

THe US Air Force has released its official report on the fatal crash of one of its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters on 7th January 2014 on the coast of Norfolk, UK. The very thorough document notes that the Accident Investigation Board President found “by clear and convincing evidence that multiple bird strikes caused the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-14

Pentagon found to pay Bell $8,124 for a $445 gear

Pentagon found to pay Bell $8,124 for a $445 gear

The Pentagon paid Bell $8,123.50 each for gears that should have cost $445.06, according to a report by the Defense Department’s inspector general.  See full report

Source: Bloomberg, 09-Jul-14

Australian National Audit Office criticises NH90 procurement program

Australian National Audit Office criticises NH90 procurement program

The Australian National Audit Office recently issued a report on their NH90 (known locally as ARH90) procurement program, and the contents give rise to a number of questions.  See the summary or the full 232 page audit report

Source: ANAO, 09-Jul-14

Summit Aviation reaches Chinook support milestone

Summit Aviation reaches Chinook support milestone

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has completed its 200th depopulation of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The program, which began at Summit in 2002, is designed to harvest parts from the United States Army’s “D” model aircraft to be installed onto new “F” or “G” models. The process starts with the… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 09-Jul-14

Vector team achieve Boeing’s supplier gold rating

Vector team achieve Boeing’s supplier gold rating

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced today that its Project Julius Team, responsible for the embodiment of the avionics upgrade to the UK MOD’s fleet of 46 Chinook aircraft, has obtained supplier ‘Gold’ status for their First Time Quality (FTQ). This is an… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Jul-14

Scientists unveil aircraft technologies of the future

Scientists unveil aircraft technologies of the future

The four technologies unveiled are: 3D printers so advanced they could print UAVs during a mission; aircraft parts that can heal themselves in minutes; a new type of long range aircraft which divides into a number of smaller aircraft when it reaches its destination, and a directed energy weapon that could engage missiles at the… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 08-Jul-14

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KBR to coordinate Australian Landing Helicopter Dock Ships

KBR to coordinate Australian Landing Helicopter Dock Ships

KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today that it has been awarded an initial five-year contract (with options for four additional years) by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide the Capability Support Coordinator (CSC) services for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships. The CSC contract will provide configuration management, data management, maintenance monitoring, engineering… Read more »

Source: KBR, 08-Jul-14

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France – DCNS head to stand down early; Successor nominated

France – DCNS head to stand down early; Successor nominated

Patrick Boissier, Chairman and CEO of DCNS, has informed its main shareholders, the French State (through the Agence des participations de l’Etat) and Thales, that he intends to ask the Board of Directors to cut short his term, 5 months before the end of his tenure, to provide clarity on the designation of his successor,… Read more »

Source: Thales, 08-Jul-14

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US Army Aviation Museum prepares for expansion

US Army Aviation Museum prepares for expansion

With only 50 aircraft currently on display, a massive $45M plan has been launched to bring many of the further 160 aircraft out of storage and onto public display.  See full story

Source: South East Sun, 07-Jul-14

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Boeing release 2014 Q2 production numbers

Boeing release 2014 Q2 production numbers

In the second calendar quarter of 2014, Boeing produced 24 new-build helicopters, split as 9 Apaches and 15 Chinooks. This compares to 15 Apache and 17 Chinook aircraft in the previous quarter. Cumulative totals for 2014 after two quarters are thus 19 Apache and 32 Chinooks. By comparison, a total of 81 helicopters were built… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-14

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Brazilian Navy signs for Lynx Mk21A upgrade

Brazilian Navy signs for Lynx Mk21A upgrade

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation has signed a contract for a major midlife upgrade of eight Lynx Mk21A helicopters. The contract, valued in excess of US$160 million (€117 million), includes replacement of the aircraft’s engines with the CTS800-4N product from LHTEC, navigation, displays suite and mission avionics. A comprehensive… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Jul-14

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HMMT-164 Knight Riders celebrate 50 years

HMMT-164 Knight Riders celebrate 50 years

Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their squadron and the Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. The Sea Knight was first purchased by the Marine Corps in 1964 and was… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-Jul-14

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US Future Vertical Lift capability focuses on tech demo

US Future Vertical Lift capability focuses on tech demo

The Army-led Future Vertical Lift program is being developed to replace the service’s aging helicopter fleet, and the aircraft of other services, at some point in the future. The need for Future Vertical Lift, known as FVL, was explained by Dan Bailey, program director, Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator/FVL, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Jul-14

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VMX-22 receives new commanding officer

VMX-22 receives new commanding officer

Col. Michael R. Orr relinquished command of Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 22 to Col. Robert L. Rauenhorst in a change of command ceremony held at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, June 27. Orr, who led the “Argonauts” from July 2012 to June 2014,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-Jul-14

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CGAS New Orleans transfers command

CGAS New Orleans transfers command

Cmdr. David Cooper relieved Cmdr. Michael Brandhuber as commander of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans in an official change-of-command ceremony, Thursday Cmdr. Michael Brandhuber assumed command of Air Station New Orleans in June 2012, and will be attending the Eisenhower School of National Security at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. As the… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 03-Jul-14

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Sikorsky awarded $14M delivery order on Australian MH-60R program

Sikorsky awarded $14M delivery order on Australian MH-60R program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $14,000,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order (#4004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004). This order provides for non-recurring efforts to incorporate the Engineering Change Proposal 4330AU into the Royal Australian Navy MH-60R aircraft for the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. In addition,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-14

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Bell opens new 230,000 ft² HQ building

Bell opens new 230,000 ft² HQ building

The four-story facility, at the corner of Texas 10 and Bell Spur, is filled with conference rooms, meeting spaces and natural light, and is designed to help workers be more productive  See full story

Source: Star Telegram, 02-Jul-14

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Boeing Completes Delivery of Canadian CH-147F Chinooks

Boeing Completes Delivery of Canadian CH-147F Chinooks

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Royal Canadian Air Force today celebrated the delivery of the 15th CH-147F Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter, ensuring advanced operational capability for the Canadian Chinook fleet. “The Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter project is making an exemplary contribution to the Canada First Defence Strategy,” said Col. Andrew Fleming, program manager for the Medium Heavy Lift Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 02-Jul-14

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New Russian helicopter components sale website launches

New Russian helicopter components sale website launches

Helicopter Service Company (HSC), a Russian Helicopters enterprise (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) is launching a new website for the sales of components for Russian-made helicopters. The site is now active and can be found at: http://www.hsc-copter.com/. “This is a unique project for the Russian helicopter sector, and is implemented as… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Jul-14

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Rostvertol celebrates 75th anniversary

Rostvertol celebrates 75th anniversary

Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) congratulates the staff of Rostvertol on the 75th anniversary of its founding. “75 years is a significant milestone and an important celebration for the company. The success and achievements of which we are rightfully proud today are a credit to the company’s staff,” Russian… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Jul-14

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PZL-Świdnik presenting advanced maritime aerospace solutions at BALT Military Expo 2014

PZL-Świdnik presenting advanced maritime aerospace solutions at BALT Military Expo 2014

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it is attending BALT Military Expo in Gdańsk this week (24-26th June), exhibiting its latest rotorcraft technology and confirming the Company’s key role in the Polish Armed Forces’ main maritime helicopter programmes and its leadership in the Polish aviation sector. PZL-Świdnik has developed and produced the W-3RM… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Jul-14

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Pakistan Army completes first in-house Mi-8 overhaul

Pakistan Army completes first in-house Mi-8 overhaul

Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif visited the newly set up premier helicopter overhauling facility at Aviation Base Workshop on 25th June and witnessed the first batch of overhauled helicopters. Addressing on the occasion, Chief of Army staff, congratulated engineers and technicians of Aviation Base Workshop for having developed the first ever inland helicopter… Read more »

Source: Pakistan Army, 01-Jul-14

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Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade & Retrofit Market 2014-2024

Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade & Retrofit Market 2014-2024

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

Source: Report Linker, 01-Jul-14

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Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

[electronic translation] The corrosion and wear on the NH90 helicopter is larger than expected and Defense take the remaining 7 devices not currently on manufacturer NHIndustries (NHI). Minister Hennis-Plasschaert writes that today the House. Only when there are agreements with the factory about solutions, and it is clear who will pay the repairs, the new devices are… Read more »

Source: Dutch military, 30-Jun-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,465,734 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0126) for the extension of engineering and software sustainment services in support of the Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Fire Scout MQ-8B. Work will be performed in San Diego, California,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-14

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Sikorsky awarded USAF contract to develop UH-60M derivative

Sikorsky awarded USAF contract to develop UH-60M derivative

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. UTX +0.18% , has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to develop new combat search and rescue helicopters.  Sikorsky will develop a derivative of the UH-60M BLACK HAWK model for the Air Force’s rescue mission. The award of an estimated $1.28 billion Engineering & Manufacturing Development… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Jun-14

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Northrop Grumman Offers Newest Cockpit Technology for Multiple Platforms

Northrop Grumman Offers Newest Cockpit Technology for Multiple Platforms

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is incorporating the newest cockpit technology and open architecture design in both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. The cornerstones of Northrop Grumman’s integrated, open system are mature and proven technology, as well as a partitioned software architecture that minimizes life cycle cost while enabling easy capability upgrades well into the future. “By… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 27-Jun-14

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Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and NASA test integration of UAS into the national airspace

Rockwell Collins and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have scheduled risk reduction tests that will eventually enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to safely operate in the national airspace. “Routine integration of sizeable numbers of UAS into the national airspace system is a challenging task,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 26-Jun-14

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Washington National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

Washington National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

The 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment is getting the six new UH-72 Lakota helicopters to replace OH-58 Kiowa helicopters  See full story

Source: Air Force TImes, 26-Jun-14

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Marine Corps firefighting equipment showcases advanced capabilities

Marine Corps firefighting equipment showcases advanced capabilities

Senior fire officers with the U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, Army and Department of Defense Master Labor Contractors attended a Bambi Bucket firefighting water delivery system and MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft display June 10 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. The displays are… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 25-Jun-14

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NHI Delivers the 200th NH90

NHI Delivers the 200th NH90

NHI celebrated today the 200th NH90 helicopter delivery. The 200th NH90, a TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) variant, was delivered officially to Belgian Defence and will be operated from Beauvechain Air Force Base by the 1st Wing. The handover ceremony took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held this year at the German Army… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 25-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters promotes Polish credentials

Airbus Helicopters promotes Polish credentials

The long-term partnership between Poland and Airbus Helicopters – built on the dual strengths of cooperation and the application of innovation – will be spotlighted during the company’s participation at this week’s Balt Military Expo and Natcon Conference in Gdańsk. During Balt Military Expo 2014, the company will unveil a new cooperation with three Polish… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Jun-14

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Armed Forces of Malta take delivery of first new helicopter

Having previously flown helicopters donated by other countries – Italy and Libya – Armed Forces of Malta have now taken delivery of their first new helicopter, an AW139  See full story

25-Jun-14

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AgustaWestland uses Palisade software to inform major company decisions

AgustaWestland uses Palisade software to inform major company decisions

AgustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian helicopter company owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica, uses risk analysis software from Palisade to develop financial business cases and feasibility studies to produce in-depth analysis on the costs, risks and financial sustainability of potential new products.  This informs the company’s decisions on which products it will develop and manufacture. New helicopters require large… Read more »

Source: Palisade, 24-Jun-14

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Boeing Signs Rotorcraft Maintenance Agreements with Royal Netherlands Air Force, Fokker

Boeing Signs Rotorcraft Maintenance Agreements with Royal Netherlands Air Force, Fokker

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed separate agreements with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and Fokker Technologies to explore advanced maintenance opportunities for Dutch rotorcraft and expand efforts to make the Netherlands a regional hub for military and civilian aircraft support services. Boeing and the RNLAF signed a strategic partnership agreement that builds on an… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 24-Jun-14

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Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

Finmeccanica board approves new Group Organizational and Operating Model

The Board of Directors of Finmeccanica, convened today under the chairmanship of Gianni De Gennaro, approved the guidelines to implement the new Group Organizational and Operating Model. The Model, illustrated to the Board of Directors by the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Mauro Moretti, encompasses in the new perimeter operating companies, 100% owned by… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 23-Jun-14

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Hawaii Marines undergo shallow water egress training

Hawaii Marines undergo shallow water egress training

Marines from various units on Marine Corps Base Hawaii participated in shallow water egress training at the base pool here, June 18, 2014. The training introduced Marines to the gear used to increase their survivability in the event of an over-water aircraft mishap. Personnel from 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Jun-14

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Triumph Gear Systems awarded $55M contract for V-22 pylon repairs

Triumph Gear Systems awarded $55M contract for V-22 pylon repairs

Triumph Gear Systems, Park City, Utah, is being awarded a $55,775,371 firm-fixed-price contract for the repair of various parts including the pylon conversion actuator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines), and CV-22 (Air Force). Work will be performed in Park City, Utah, and work is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-14

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Kollsman awarded $56M contract for AH-1W night target system work

Kollsman awarded $56M contract for AH-1W night target system work

Kollsman Inc., Merrimack, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $56,887,669 firm-fixed-price five year requirements contract for the repair of four weapons repairable assemblies on the night targeting system upgrade to support the AH-1W helicopter. Work will be performed in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and work is expected to be completed by July 2019. No funds will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $11M MH-60R/S retrofit program contract

Lockheed Martin awarded $11M MH-60R/S retrofit program contract

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded an $11,333,603 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the production kits in support of the MH-60R/S Point and Click Operator System Interface and Link-16 retrofit programs. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (58 percent); Farmingdale, New York (17 percent); Everett, Washington (12 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-14

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Canada signs amended CH-148 Cyclone contract with Sikorsky

Canada signs amended CH-148 Cyclone contract with Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. welcomed the signing of a contract amendment today with the government of Canada to bring the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program to completion and accelerate the CH148 Cyclone helicopter’s entry into operational service. [Editor note.  Interesting use of words here given they are years behind on this contract and the Canadian Government had… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-Jun-14

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Radar upgrade increases visual reach of MQ-8B Fire Scout

Radar upgrade increases visual reach of MQ-8B Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that will drastically enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders. Warfighters will now have the latest in radar technology to pair with their current electro-optical infrared payload. Integrating this new… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 19-Jun-14

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Three new CAE-built MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers enter service for US Navy

Three new CAE-built MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers enter service for US Navy

USA today announced that over the past few months, three new MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFT) built by the company for the United States Navy have been declared ready-for-training and entered service for the Navy. One of the MH-60R TOFTs entered service at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, another entered service at Naval Station… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Jun-14

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

The following OH-58s are currently on the GSA Auction site for sale as “scrap metal”. The photos show two of them as mostly complete fuselages with skids, wire strike system and all windows etc. The third is the shell of the cabin.  All three are for disposal ex Raleigh, North Carolina and have been with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-14

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Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

The first “built-in-Brazil” EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy last Friday, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This milestone aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence operated by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jun-14

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CPI Aero adds former Bell CEO to Board

CPI Aero adds former Bell CEO to Board

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT:CVU) today announced that during the Annual Meeting of Shareholders Terry Stinson was elected to its Board of Directors. Mr. Stinson will serve a three-year term. Mr. Stinson brings over 45 years of executive leadership in the aerospace and defense industry. Since 2007, Terry was a senior executive with… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 18-Jun-14

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MCR Federal wins $14.1M Apache airworthiness contract

MCR Federal wins $14.1M Apache airworthiness contract

MCR Federal, LLC (MCR), a premier provider of Integrated Program Management services, has been awarded a task order worth up to $14.1 million under the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) Express contract to provide engineering, data management, testing review, and other support to the Apache Helicopter program in Huntsville, Alabama…. Read more »

Source: MCR Federal, 18-Jun-14

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RAF unveils first new CH-47F Chinook

RAF unveils first new CH-47F Chinook

The first of the RAF’s fourteen new Chinook helicopters have been unveiled today by the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, following its entry into service on time. During a visit to RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the Chinook force, Philip Hammond also announced a new £115 million agreement with Boeing Defence UK to maintain… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 17-Jun-14

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UK Government announces FASGW(L) missile contract for Thales

UK Government announces FASGW(L) missile contract for Thales

MOD Minister announces FASGW(L) contract for Thales Philip Dunne MP, Minister of Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, today announced that Thales has been awarded a contract worth €56 million (£48 million) from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the demonstration and manufacture of the Future Anti Surface Guided Weapon (Light) system. Key points    … Read more »

Source: Thales, 17-Jun-14

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S-97 Raider closer to first flight with power on for first time

S-97 Raider closer to first flight with power on for first time

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has turned on electrical power for the first time to the S-97 RAIDER™ prototype helicopter, signaling successful installation of the avionics system and a major step toward completing the assembly of the new – and first – light tactical rotorcraft featuring X2 Technology™. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Jun-14

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Russian Emergencies Ministry adds Ka32 at Crimean port of Sevastopol

Russian Emergencies Ministry adds Ka32 at Crimean port of Sevastopol

[Electronic translation] Helicopter KA-32 Russian Emergencies Ministry entered service Sevastopol garrison and successfully passes the first “battle” of the test. Sevastopol Russian Emergencies Ministry specialists have developed a plan of prevention and liquidation of emergency situations during the formation of the wildfires in the city of Sevastopol in this year with the use of the Russian… Read more »

Source: MES Севастополе, 16-Jun-14

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Australia – $35M MH-60R facility approved for construction near Nowra

Australia – $35M MH-60R facility approved for construction near Nowra

The facility, to be built near HMAS Albatross south of Nowra, will be used to maintain 24 of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Seahawk Romeo helicopters.  See full story

Source: ABC, 16-Jun-14

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Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

The following is an electronic translation of Ukrainian Helicopters response to an assertion by the new military leadership in Ukraine that the 26 Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters leased from the military should be returned, claiming breach of contract per this story  Airline “Ukrainian Helicopters” for more than ten years of experience in the international air transport market,… Read more »

Source: Ukrainian Helicopters, 16-Jun-14

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Donaldson Debuts At Eurosatory

Donaldson Debuts At Eurosatory

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), is making its debut at the Eurosatory defense and security trade show this week.  Donaldson will display air and liquid filtration systems that have protected military ground vehicles and their crews in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for more than 30 years,… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 16-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

The rugged, capable and mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup from Airbus Helicopters will be displayed at next week’s Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, along with a focus on the latest innovation for its product family. “The rapid evolution of operational requirements, for missions that are carried out by armed forces worldwide, requires an answer… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jun-14

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USS Gettysburg conducts 1,000th Safe Helicopter Landing of 2014

USS Gettysburg conducts 1,000th Safe Helicopter Landing of 2014

Late at night, while underway conducting a readiness evaluation and deck landing qualifications, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) conducted its 1,000th safe helicopter landing of 2014. A helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 72 marked the occasion, as it landed on the cruiser, underway supporting helicopter squadrons to qualify their pilots…. Read more »

Source: US Navy, 16-Jun-14

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Japan Air Self-Defense Force receive USMC V-22 briefing

Japan Air Self-Defense Force receive USMC V-22 briefing

Members of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and civilian business leaders attended a U.S. Marine Corps briefing June 5 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler. The briefing was part of ongoing efforts between the Japan and U.S. governments to strengthen their relationship and promote a mutual understanding of… Read more »

Source: USMC, 16-Jun-14

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Heavy-lift helicopters program welcomes new program manager

Heavy-lift helicopters program welcomes new program manager

The Navy and Marine Corps’ Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office (PMA-261) welcomed a new leader May 29 during a change of command ceremony here in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett Building. PMA-261 Program Manager U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robert Pridgen turned over command to Col. Henry Vanderborght, former Light/Attack Helicopters (PMA-276) platform team lead… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Jun-14

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MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

MQ-8B Fire Scout successfully tested aboard ship with MH-60R

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully flew the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander’s intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the Littoral Combat Ship. A video is available on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOZDG7Uk_PY…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 12-Jun-14

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US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

US Army Europe aviators arrive in Poland with UH-60Ls

More than 60 pilots and support personnel and five UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) deployed here from Katterbach Army Airfield, Germany, June 6 to support U.S. and NATO forces training in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The CAB Soldiers arrived by helicopter at the 12th Air Base of the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 12-Jun-14

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Turkish Armed Forces Takes Delivery of T129 ATAK Helicopter

Turkish Armed Forces Takes Delivery of T129 ATAK Helicopter

TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) and Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland are pleased to announce that the Turkish Armed Forces have taken delivery of their first “T129 ATAK” Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter on 22nd of April 2014. This delivery, celebrated during an official ceremony on June 10th, is the first of 59 helicopters, 9 in T129A… Read more »

Source: TAI, 12-Jun-14

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UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

UK Government considers corruption probe into Indian AW101 deal

AgustaWestland reportedly faces the prospect of a criminal investigation in the UK if any evidence appears in the current Indian investigation warrant it – see full story

Source: Exaro, 11-Jun-14

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Rolls-Royce awarded $9.4M modification to V-22 contract

Rolls-Royce awarded $9.4M modification to V-22 contract

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $9,479,821 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) for the procurement of 13 low power MV-22 repairs under the Mission CareTM contract. Work will be performed in Oakland, California, and is expected to be completed in February 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jun-14

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Evergreen Helicopters awarded $10M option on military EMS contract in Hawaii

Evergreen Helicopters awarded $10M option on military EMS contract in Hawaii

Evergreen Helicopters, Inc., McMinnville, Oregon, was awarded a $10,672,126 modification (P00008) to contract W91CN-12-D-0002 to exercise option two for service and support for Medical Evacuation for the U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is June 22, 2015. Army Contracting Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jun-14

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Air Chief Visits HAL Bangalore – opens LUH transmission test facilities building

Air Chief Visits HAL Bangalore – opens LUH transmission test facilities building

The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha and Secretary Defence Production, Mr. Gokul Chandra Pati visited HAL’s Bangalore facilities and reviewed the on-going project activities here today. “This visit is important to us considering that we all – Defence Production (MOD) and HAL – have been working on important defence projects…. Read more »

Source: HAL, 10-Jun-14

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HMLA-369 receives new commanding officer

HMLA-369 receives new commanding officer

Marines and Sailors with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, gathered at the HMLA-369 hangar for a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 6, 2014. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Tres Smith, the off-going commanding officer of HMLA-369, was relieved by Lt. Col. Jamey Federico, from Buffalo, N.Y. Smith received the Meritorious… Read more »

Source: USMC, 10-Jun-14

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AAR awarded new US Navy VertRep contract

AAR awarded new US Navy VertRep contract

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces the Military Sealift Command awarded its Airlift division a contract to provide vertical replenishment (VERTREP) services to its 5th and 7th Fleets in the Mediterranean Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Indian and Western Pacific oceans. The contract is valued at approximately $34 million, inclusive of all options. Military Sealift Command (MSC) is… Read more »

Source: AAR, 10-Jun-14

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Black Hawk to come home to National Navy Seal Museum in Ft Pierce

Black Hawk to come home to National Navy Seal Museum in Ft Pierce

The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army’s Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976, after… Read more »

Source: National Navy Seal Museum, 09-Jun-14

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Helibrás offer special support for 55 Army helicopters during World Cup

Helibrás offer special support for 55 Army helicopters during World Cup

[Electronic translation] Helibras, the only helicopter manufacturer in Brazil, will support the full operation of 55 aircraft Helibrás / Airbus Helicopters chosen by the Brazilian Army to fulfill the patrol missions during the FIFA World Cup, which begins in the country on 12 June. Already underway Special support provided by the companies Helibrás / Airbus Helicopters Force,… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 08-Jun-14

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Sikorsky Innovations Announces Winner of Annual STEM Challenge

Sikorsky Innovations Announces Winner of Annual STEM Challenge

A team from Danbury High School is the winner of the 2014 annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge, Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., announced today. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Sikorsky Innovations co-sponsors the competition with Connecticut Corsair, a volunteer organization dedicated… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Jun-14

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VMM-363 celebrates 62nd anniversary of service, unveils new insignia

VMM-363 celebrates 62nd anniversary of service, unveils new insignia

Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 363 celebrated 62 years of service with the unveiling of their new squadron insignia and their fully operational capabilities aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., June 2. Marines with the squadron came together after their workday to eat together, learn about their history and see the new insignia, which… Read more »

Source: USMC, 06-Jun-14

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Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky cooperate on Unmanned Ground Vehicle for autonomous Black Hawk

Carnegie Mellon University has provided more information to the similar story Sikorsky released on 15th May – see Sikorsky and Carnegie Mellon partner to demo US Army autonomous UGV delivery Robot Team Will Autonomously Survey Sites for Radiation, Biological or Chemical Contamination Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. are working… Read more »

Source: Carnegie Mellon, 06-Jun-14

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Bell and SIFCO present rotorcraft corrosion protection at trade event

Bell and SIFCO present rotorcraft corrosion protection at trade event

Scientific research on a less toxic alternative to rotorcraft corrosion protection will be presented by SIFCO ASC and Bell experts at the National Association for Surface Finishing’s SUR/FIN Manufacuring & Technology Tradeshow & Conference 2014 in Cleveland.  See full story

Source: Products Finishing, 06-Jun-14

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