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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Philippine Navy receives three AgustaWestland AW109E

Philippine Navy receives three AgustaWestland AW109E

Three AW109E have arrived for the Philippine Navy, with a further two to follow in the first quarter of 2014.  See full story  File photo.  HeliHub.com understands these three are AW serial numbers 11808, 11809 and 11810

16-Dec-13

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Thales EC635 simulator for Swiss Air Force gains Level-D certification

Thales EC635 simulator for Swiss Air Force gains Level-D certification

Thales is pleased to announce that the EC635 helicopter Full Flight Mission Simulator (FFMS) delivered to the Swiss Air Force has achieved JAR FSTD-H* Level D certification issued by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA). The Thales simulator, which is in service at Emmen Air Base, Switzerland, has therefore achieved the highest possible level… Read more »

Source: Thales, 15-Dec-13

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Irish Air Corps completes 100th EMS mission of 2013

Irish Air Corps completes 100th EMS mission of 2013

Last night the Air Corps transferred a young patient from Kerry to Casement Aerodrome in their 100th Air Ambulance Mission of 2013. The patient was transferred from the helipad at Tralee General Hospital in an AgustaWestland AW 139 helicopter and was flown to Dublin, with the flight crew using specialist Night Vision Goggles. This mission… Read more »

Source: Irish Air Corps, 15-Dec-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $92M contract extension for Apache night vision program

Lockheed Martin awarded $92M contract extension for Apache night vision program

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $92,915,233 contract modification (P00015) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0009 to exercise option year two of the Apache attack helicopter performance based logistics program to modernize target designation sight/pilot’s night vision sensor equipment. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $92,915,233 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Dec-13

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AgustaWestland investigation becomes row between Indian political parties

AgustaWestland investigation becomes row between Indian political parties

The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party – literally “Indian People’s Party”) party in India is turning the AgustaWestland AW101 deal investigation into a domestic political row. The BJP claims to have had sight of a document which Swiss businessman Guido Haschke claimed he wrote during a meeting in 2008. The document reportedly lists initials of Indian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Dec-13

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CV-22 Osprey arrives at National Museum of the USAF

CV-22 Osprey arrives at National Museum of the USAF

One of the U.S. Air Force’s more unique aircraft landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Thursday, Dec. 12. The CV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft,… Read more »

Source: USAF, 15-Dec-13

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Aurora Flight Sciences awarded contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane Program

Aurora Flight Sciences awarded contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane Program

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today reported that the Department of Defense has awarded a $14.0 million competitive contract to Aurora Flight Sciences in Columbus to assist in the development of a new aircraft for the Department of Defense. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the contract under its X-Plane program to support development… Read more »

Source: Senator Thad Cochran, 15-Dec-13

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Russian Helicopters wins Company of the Year award

Russian Helicopters wins Company of the Year award

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, has been named Company of the Year 2013 among aviation manufacturers, one of the most prestigious Russian business awards. Russian Helicopters was cited as a successful company that has made a noticeable contribution to strengthening… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 13-Dec-13

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Simmonds Precision Products awarded $7.9M option for MH-60R and MH-60S work

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $7.9M option for MH-60R and MH-60S work

Simmonds Precision Products operating as Goodrich Corp., Sensors and Integrated Systems, Vergennes, Vt., is being awarded a $7,945,029 modification on a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2015) to exercise an option for 8 MH-60S integrated mechanical diagnostic systems (IMDS) production A1 kits, 27 IMDS integrated vehicle health ,management units and data transfer units, 17 MH-60S IMDS… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Dec-13

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Sikorsky Innovations Awarded Contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane Program

Sikorsky Innovations Awarded Contract for Phase 1 DARPA X-Plane Program

Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today announced it has won a contract for Phase 1 of the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Experimental Aircraft (VTOL X-Plane) program by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The proposed effort is valued at $15 million to develop the preliminary design for the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Dec-13

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Retired Bell employees lose $500 Christmas bonus

Retired Bell employees lose $500 Christmas bonus

It appears that the Christmas bonuses were eliminated during negotiations between Bell and the UAW Local 218 untion for a new five-year contract, which was ratified on 13th October.  See full story

12-Dec-13

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Royal Thai Army add R44 – with training from Heliluck and Mornington Sanford Aviation

Royal Thai Army add R44 – with training from Heliluck and Mornington Sanford Aviation

The Thai Army are taking delivery of a Robinson R44 Raven II – serial 13525 – for evaluation, and it is scheduled to arrive in-country this month. Local operator – and Robinson dealer in Thailand – Heliluck Aviation is handling the whole project, with Richard Mornington Sanford of Mornington Sanford Aviation providing R44 type training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-13

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Royal Australian Navy accepts first two MH-60Rs

Royal Australian Navy accepts first two MH-60Rs

The Royal Australian Navy accepted the first two MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. Navy in a ceremony today at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] facility in Owego, N.Y. “The advanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capabilities of the MH-60 Romeo are a game-changer in shifting the advantage from the submarine to the helicopter, which is essential in… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Dec-13

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Apache M-TADS/PNVS Team Receives Second Secretary of Defense PBL Award

Apache M-TADS/PNVS Team Receives Second Secretary of Defense PBL Award

The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Apache Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) team was honored with a 2013 Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Award recognizing outstanding achievements in providing soldiers with exceptional operational support. The team received the subsystem level PBL award, which is one of three presented annually to… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Dec-13

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New CEO at French military contractor DCI

New CEO at French military contractor DCI

The board of directors of Défense Conseil International (DCI) is announcing the unanimous appointment of Jean-Michel Palagos as Chief Executive Officer of DCI. He is succeeding admiral François Dupont, who has reached the statutory age limit and who has been thanked by the board of directors for his actions at the head of the company…. Read more »

Source: DCI, 10-Dec-13

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Indian defence chief clears his Ministry of any wrongdoing in AW101 case

Indian defence chief clears his Ministry of any wrongdoing in AW101 case

Defence Minister A K Antony on Monday gave a clean chit to his ministry in the controversial deal with Italian firm AgustaWestland, for supplying 12 VVIP helicopters, saying it had followed all procurement processes in a transparent and meticulous manner.  see full story

Source: New Indian Express, 10-Dec-13

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Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the Italian Police has taken delivery of a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter which will be based in Reggio Calabria. The contract, which was signed in July last year, includes a total of eight AW139 helicopters. Designated UH-139C, the Italian Police’s helicopters operate from bases in… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Dec-13

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Royal Naval frigate HMS Monmouth conducts first in-service Wildcat landings

Royal Naval frigate HMS Monmouth conducts first in-service Wildcat landings

The squadron, the RN’s first to be equipped with the Wildcat, put its new aircraft through its paces on one of the ships the Wildcat will operate from on deployments when entering operational service in 2015. Wildcat is the Navy’s replacement for the Lynx that has been serving the Fleet for over 40 years. Although… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 09-Dec-13

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New Zealand compensated for NH90 delays

New Zealand compensated for NH90 delays

The NZ Herald is saying that NH Industries are compensating New Zealand for late deliveries of their NH90 fleet.  A total of 8 operational and 1 spare aircraft are being procured, with delivery of the last example expected to arrive 34 months late  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 09-Dec-13

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US Army dispose of two CH-47D Chinooks

US Army dispose of two CH-47D Chinooks

The GSA auction website – part of the US Government’s General Services Administration – is currently listing two CH-47D Chinooks for disposal, with a starting bid of $1,000,000. The pair were both built originally as CH-47C models and upgraded using Fiscal Year 1990 money, as follows Lot #91QSCI14005101 – built as serial B540 and registration… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-13

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Indonesian military develops underslung basket and platform

Indonesian military develops underslung basket and platform

[Electronic translation] Research and Development Department of the Air Force (Dislitbangau) implementing static and dynamic test on the two prototypes airlift helicopter rides at air base Senjaya Atang Bogor, (5-6 / 12). Two prototypes were tested are AIRTEP (Airborne Tactical Extraction Platform) and Helly Basket (Basket Heli) the results of research and development Dislitbangau to answer… Read more »

Source: TIN-AU, 09-Dec-13

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Austria files request for three UH-60Ms

Austria files request for three UH-60Ms

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Austria for UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters in Total Package Approach and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $137 million. The Government of Austria has requested a possible sale of: 3 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 09-Dec-13

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Bell-Boeing receive $15M delivery order for eight V-22 helmet mounted display kits

Bell-Boeing receive $15M delivery order for eight V-22 helmet mounted display kits

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $15,597,818 firm-fixed-price delivery order (0075) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the V-22 aircraft. This order provides for additional nonrecurring engineering and technical support to forward fit/retrofit engineering change proposal #1007 into the aircraft. This effort will also provide for… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Dec-13

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Argentine Coast Guard negotiating for EC225s

Argentine Coast Guard negotiating for EC225s

The Argentine Coast Guard – or Prefectura Naval Argentina to give them their local name – are reportedly in negotiations for two Eurocopter EC225s and an option for a third aircraft. They are expected to replace the 1980 delivered SA330 Pumas, of which they have two currently on charge – serialled PA-11 and PA-13. A… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Dec-13

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Norbert Dentressangle secures contract renewal with AgustaWestland

Norbert Dentressangle secures contract renewal with AgustaWestland

Norbert Dentressangle has secured a major contract renewal with AgustaWestland; the Anglo-Italian helicopter company that is one of the world’s leading providers to military and commercial operators in the vertical lift market. Owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland operates globally through a number of subsidiaries, joint ventures and collaborative programmes with major aerospace and defence companies…. Read more »

Source: Norbert Dentressangle, 06-Dec-13

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Brunei accepts four Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawks

Brunei accepts four Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawks

The Ministry of Defence this week at the Brunei International Defence Exhibition (Bridex) accepted two Sikorsky S-70i™ BLACK HAWK helicopters into the Royal Brunei Air Force following an unveiling attended by His Majesty the Sultan. Two more Sikorsky S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopters are currently undergoing the process of acceptance at the Royal Brunei Air Force…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Dec-13

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CV-22 Osprey to make final landing at museum

CV-22 Osprey to make final landing at museum

One of the U.S. Air Force’s more unique aircraft is scheduled to arrive at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The CV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 05-Dec-13

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Korea requests fourteen CH-47D Chinooks

Korea requests fourteen CH-47D Chinooks

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for CH-47D Model Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $151 million. The Republic of Korea has requested a possible sale of: 14 CH-47D Model Aircraft to include T55-GA-714A… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 05-Dec-13

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HMH-772 flies toward aerial excellence

HMH-772 flies toward aerial excellence

Since its inception, the Marine Corps has adapted to and overcome the numerous challenges and obstacles that have stood before it. And with highly capable units such as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 772, the Marine Corps will conquer future obstacles as well. Commonly known as the “Hustlers,” HMH-772 is primarily stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 05-Dec-13

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Bell approves Colombian Air Force to do their own Huey II conversions

Bell approves Colombian Air Force to do their own Huey II conversions

During a recent ceremony, Bell granted the certification to the Air Maintenance Command which allows them to convert the UH-1H to Huey II standard, enhancing their existing capabilities. This opens the way for 19 UH-1Hs operated by Air Combat Command No.4 to be converted locally. The ceremony was attended by the Commander-in-Chief of the Colombian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-13

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Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Lawyers have reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Tennessee National Guard soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq.  See full story

Source: Amarillo Globe News, 05-Dec-13

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