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UH-60M Instructor pilot earns Broken Wing Award

UH-60M Instructor pilot earns Broken Wing Award

As a flight crew flew a routine mission overseas, a loud bang was heard and the Black Hawk flown by one of Fort Rucker’s own began to shake violently as it started to drop out of the sky, but an extraordinary Aviator’s actions saved the lives of himself and three others, earning him an award… Read more »

Source: US Army, 09-Feb-14

Bell to Showcase Breadth of Product Offerings at Singapore Airshow

Bell to Showcase Breadth of Product Offerings at Singapore Airshow

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its participation in the Singapore Airshow, to be held Feb. 11 – 16. Bell Helicopter will have a strong presence as an exhibitor, with a Bell 407GX and Bell 429 on static display as well as the debut of the Bell AH-1Z “Zulu” attack helicopter cockpit demonstrator. In addition, the U.S. Marine Corps… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Feb-14

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Research Report – The 6 leading military helicopter manufacturers

Research Report – The 6 leading military helicopter manufacturers

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Strategy Orientation – Military Helicopters & Rotorcrafts – 2014 – World’s 6 Leading Military Helicopter & Rotorcraft Manufacturers – Key Strategies, Plans, Strategic Focus, Trends & Insights, Strategic Outlook – Airbus Helicopters, AgustaWestland, Bell, Sikorsky, Boeing, Russian Helicopters” report to their offering. Global Military Helicopter and Rotorcraft Segment Driven… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 07-Feb-14

USS Halyburton MH-60R assists in rescue of crashed Panamanian Bell 412EP

USS Halyburton MH-60R assists in rescue of crashed Panamanian Bell 412EP

A Panamanian helicopter crashed killing one and injuring eight while working together with USS Halyburton (FFG 40) conducting operations in support of Operation Martillo in the 4th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 6. Editor note – Bell 412 accident details at 06-Feb-14 AN-137 Bell 412EP Mansukum, Panama (1F) The names of the victims will not be… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 07-Feb-14

Rockwell Collins at Singapore Airshow 2014

Rockwell Collins at Singapore Airshow 2014

Rockwell Collins is featuring a number of new products and services at the Singapore Airshow 2014 taking place Feb. 11-16. Attendees are encouraged to visit the company exhibit (Stand Q79 in the USA Pavilion), to learn more about its new MultiScan ThreatTrack™ weather radar, the EVS-3000 enhanced vision system and the HeliSure™ family of products… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 07-Feb-14

AEM Makes Improvements on the Road to ‘Greener Processes’

AEM Makes Improvements on the Road to ‘Greener Processes’

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp (AEM) is now capable of providing an environmentally safer chemical conversion coating for their aluminum products. AEM’s new chemical conversion coating process is in accordance with the standard ‘MIL-DTL-5541F, Type II’.  The trivalent coating process was introduced to AEM by a European OEM. This new non-hexavalent chromium coating process is RoHS and REACh compliant…. Read more »

Source: AEM Corp, 07-Feb-14

AgustaWestland Recognized for Support of National Guard and Reservists

AgustaWestland Recognized for Support of National Guard and Reservists

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, was presented with the Patriot award by the Pennsylvania Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for “outstanding support of our brave men and women serving in the Guard or Reserve.” “On behalf of AgustaWestland Philadelphia, I thank the Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 06-Feb-14

Exelis to provide radios for US Army Blackhawks and Chinooks

Exelis to provide radios for US Army Blackhawks and Chinooks

Exelis has been awarded a Defense Logistics Agency contract  valued at $10.9 million to provide  ARC-201D radios for installation in U.S. Army UH-60M Blackhawk and CH-47F Chinook helicopters. The ARC-201D is the primary Army Aviation voice communications radio and the only qualified SINCGARS (Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System) capable airborne radio for these two helicopters. It provides voice… Read more »

Source: Exelis, 04-Feb-14

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Cherry Point pilots train for night operations

Cherry Point pilots train for night operations

Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 conducted low light flying evaluations for the squadron’s senior pilots at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point from Jan. 20-27. Evaluated and certified by flight instructors with Marine Aviation and Weapons Tactics Squadron 1, the HMLA-467 pilots reinforced the principles and skills required to pilot an aircraft… Read more »

Source: USMC, 03-Feb-14

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Rolls-Royce awarded $90M contract for 40 AE1107C engines for V-22

Rolls-Royce awarded $90M contract for 40 AE1107C engines for V-22

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $90,164,920 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0007) to exercise an option for the procurement of 40 AE1107C install engines in support of the MV-22 aircraft for the United States Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind., and is expected to be completed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-14

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Bell-Boeing awarded $10M for V-22 support

Bell-Boeing awarded $10M for V-22 support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $10,322,803 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for additional Joint Performance Based Logistics support for the Marine Corps MV-22, and the Air Force and Special Forces Operations Command CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Amarillo, Texas (50 percent) and Philadelphia, Pa. (50… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-14

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Selex ES Sage ESM system makes first flight on Schiebel Camcopter

Selex ES Sage ESM system makes first flight on Schiebel Camcopter

Schiebel and Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, have successfully integrated and flown the SAGE electronic warfare system on an unmanned air system for the first time. On 12th December 2013 the system flew on-board a Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS. SAGE is a digital Electronic Support Measure (ESM) and Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) system for Radio Frequency (RF) Intelligence, Surveillance and… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 31-Jan-14

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General Dynamics UK Receives Order for Tactical Systems for AW159 Helicopters

General Dynamics UK Receives Order for Tactical Systems for AW159 Helicopters

General Dynamics UK has received an order for eight Tactical Processors and Security Enhanced Data Transfer Units for installation on the AgustaWestland’s AW159 helicopters.  Both products are currently integrated into the UK Ministry of Defence AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter platforms. The General Dynamics UK tactical processor is a key element of the helicopter’s architecture… Read more »

Source: General Dynamics, 30-Jan-14

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Interstate Aviation Committee approves Russian AW139 production line

Interstate Aviation Committee approves Russian AW139 production line

HeliVert, a joint venture between Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland, has received a Certificate of Approval from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC) for production of the AW139 commercial helicopter. The certificate is valid for two years. “The Certificate of Approval confirms the company’s right to assemble commercial AW139s in strict compliance… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Jan-14

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Airbus Helicopters’ Foundation partners with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Crisis Center

Airbus Helicopters’ Foundation partners with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Crisis Center

The Airbus Helicopters Corporate Foundation today expanded its humanitarian outreach, signing a high-level agreement on heliborne airlift support for French government-coordinated operations at international natural disaster sites and in other emergency situations. This accord establishes a partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Crisis Center, and offers helicopter transportation services from operators chartered by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-14

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Universal Wiring Systems completes 407 miles of electrical wiring for AW101 programme

Universal Wiring Systems completes 407 miles of electrical wiring for AW101 programme

The company is over two thirds of the way through a contract to provide harnesses for 22 aircraft, each comprising 25 miles (41km) of wiring, with 16 aircraft sets delivered. The Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP) is a significant phase of the Merlin HM Mk1 Weapon System life cycle that will significantly enhance the Merlin’s… Read more »

Source: Universal Wiring Systems, 30-Jan-14

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Sikorsky sells Dallas property on leaseback

Sikorsky sells Dallas property on leaseback

Sikorsky has sold a 150,975-square-foot industrial property at 2717 S. Main St. within Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on a ten year leaseback.  See full story

Source: Dallas Business Journal, 30-Jan-14

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First Brazilian EC725 completes 1,000 flying hours

First Brazilian EC725 completes 1,000 flying hours

The Brazilian Air Force has reason to celebrate. Last week its team of EC725 pilots logged their 1,000th flight hour with one aircraft (H-36 FAB 8510) while performing EMS, firefighting and Search and Rescue missions in the region. This mighty helicopter, operated by the Aviation Group Falçao, enables the team to protect and save lives… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-14

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AgustaWestland awarded UK Merlin and Apache contracts worth £760 Million

AgustaWestland awarded UK Merlin and Apache contracts worth £760 Million

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the award of two contracts by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), together valued at £760 million (approximately €910 million), to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations under the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) and to provide the Apache AH Mk.1 Attack Helicopter fleet with… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Jan-14

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Joint Base Lewis McChord – Saab to supply new low level surveillance system

Joint Base Lewis McChord – Saab to supply new low level surveillance system

Saab has been selected by the U.S. Army to supply a Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system at Joint Base Lewis – McChord (JBLM), Fort Lewis, Washington. The WAM system will provide precise surveillance during low level aviation tactical maneuvers during training at JBLM. JBLM will be the fourth U.S. military installation to utilize Saab WAM… Read more »

Source: Saab, 29-Jan-14

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Boeing helicopter deliveries up from 70 to 81 in 2013

Boeing helicopter deliveries up from 70 to 81 in 2013

Boeing delivered 11 more helicopters in 2013 compared to 2012, with 81 aircraft comparing to 70. In 2013, Boeing delivered 37 Apache , approximately double the figure of 19 the previous year, with the Chinook line in Philadelphia down a little from 51 to 44.  The full quarter-by-quarter figures are shown below. 2013 Q4 Q3… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-14

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Rumours of Sikorsky sell-off exaggerated – for now…

Rumours of Sikorsky sell-off exaggerated – for now…

The aerospace sector has been awash in rumours over the last week that United Technologies would sell or spin off its Sikorsky helicopter unit  See full story

Source: Forbes, 29-Jan-14

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Phoenix Logistics appoints VP of Programs and Product Development

Phoenix Logistics appoints VP of Programs and Product Development

Phoenix Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of engineering and manufacturing solutions for the defense and aerospace market, today announced that Chris Collins has joined the company in a newly created role to lead programs and product development. Before joining Phoenix Logistics, Collins was most recently the senior procurement manager on the Apache AH-64D program at… Read more »

Source: Phoenix Logistics, 29-Jan-14

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Kratos receives $35M contract for MH-60 Aircrew Training Systems

Kratos receives $35M contract for MH-60 Aircrew Training Systems

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has received a single contract award valued at over $35 million to deliver four MH-60R Naval Aircrew Training Systems (NATS) and four MH-60S Aircrew Virtual Environment Trainer (AVET) devices for NAVAIR. The period of performance under this new contract award is… Read more »

Source: Kratos, 28-Jan-14

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Airbus Helicopters reports on 2013 deliveries and orders

Airbus Helicopters reports on 2013 deliveries and orders

Eurocopter closed out a 20-year history of rotorcraft leadership with increased deliveries of 497 helicopters in 2013. Renamed Airbus Helicopters, the company opened 2014 with the certification of its new EC175 and the implementation of an ambitious customer-driven transformation plan. “We enter 2014 with a transformation plan that is being applied across the company and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jan-14

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New CEO at Enstrom from 1st February

New CEO at Enstrom from 1st February

Jerry Mullins, current President and CEO, announced his retirement effective January 31st, 2014. A veteran in the aviation industry for 40 years, Mullins says, “It’s been a great run. Part of me will always be connected to the helicopter industry.” Mullins and his wife Nancy will be moving to Texas to be closer to family,… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 28-Jan-14

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L-3 Vertex awarded $13M contract to include SH-60 maintenance

L-3 Vertex awarded $13M contract to include SH-60 maintenance

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Miss., is being awarded a $13,764,771 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-09-D-0007) to exercise an option for organizational, selected intermediate and limited depot level maintenance for F-16, F-18, H-60 and E-2C aircraft operated by the adversary squadrons based at Naval Air Station, Fallon, Nev. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jan-14

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Iraq files $4.8 billion request for 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters

Iraq files $4.8 billion request for 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AH-64E APACHE LONGBOW Attack Helicopters  and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $4.8 billion. The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 24 AH-64E APACHE LONGBOW Attack Helicopters, 56 T700-GE-701D… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 28-Jan-14

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Second Iraq request worth $1.37B covers lease and associated equipment

Second Iraq request worth $1.37B covers lease and associated equipment

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for support for APACHE lease and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.37 billion. The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 8 AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System, 3 T-700-GE-701D engines,… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 28-Jan-14

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Sweden to fund training for 30 helicopter pilots per year

Sweden to fund training for 30 helicopter pilots per year

Two Swedish helicopter schools, Svensk Pilotutbildning (SPU) and Scandinavian Aviation Academy (SAA), have been awarded an agreement with the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education for training of 30 new helicopter pilots a year. After acceptance to the two-year 400-point higher vocational education programme, the pilots will gain a full ATPL(H)IR theory and a CPL(H) license… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 28-Jan-14

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Alabama Senator visits Bell facility

Alabama Senator visits Bell facility

Senator Richard Shelby paid a visit to Bell Helicopter as part of his statewide jobs and industry tour – taking a look at the quality of businesses, their products and how they affect the local economies.  See full story

Source: Dothan First, 28-Jan-14

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CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

CV International, Inc.*, Bend, Ore., was awarded a $15,916,531 firm-fixed-price contract for a modernized maintenance platform for CH-47, UH-60, AH-64, and OH-58 helicopters and for Unmanned Aerial System aircraft.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Jan. 27, 2019.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jan-14

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UK Army Air Corps considering smaller helicopters to reduce training cost

UK Army Air Corps considering smaller helicopters to reduce training cost

Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, Brigadier Neil Sexton revealed that with helicopters accounting for nearly half of the army’s running costs, a cheaper training solution is being sought.  See full story

Source: IHS, 27-Jan-14

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Bell-Boeing offers VIP V-22 to India to replace AW101

Bell-Boeing offers VIP V-22 to India to replace AW101

Bell has offered the V-22 Osprey to India in the wake of the not-yet-finalised AW101 debacle. The AW101 situation is far from over. India finally agreed to appoint an arbitrator on 1st January, almost three months after AgustaWestland took the same step when India unilaterally decided to suspend the contract. According to AgustaWestland, there is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-14

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16,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

16,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

HeliHub.com is having continuing success with its “Gallery” feature, recording over 16,000 images in its main Gallery, and over 296 photographers have joined as members of the Gallery. The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity to upload their own photos, and the early success is demonstrating just how valuable this will become over time. HeliHub.com plans to utilise… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-14

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Sikorsky 2013 turnover 8% down, profit 17% down

Sikorsky 2013 turnover 8% down, profit 17% down

Last week Sikorsky’s parent company United Technologies issued their unaudited results for the year to 31 December 2013. As part of this, they included Sikorsky’s turnover figures down from $6.271 Billion to $6.253 Billion, a drop of 8%. The helicopter manufacturer’s profit was hit harder, dropping 17% from $712 Million to $594 Million. UTC also… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-14

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L-3 win $17M for Tactical Common Data Link on MQ-8B and MQ-8C

L-3 win $17M for Tactical Common Data Link on MQ-8B and MQ-8C

L-3 Corp. Systems West, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $17, 611,443 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-13-D-0001) for supplies and services associated with Surface Terminal Equipment for Hawklink Tactical Common Data Link (TCDL) and the Littoral Combat Ship configurations, and the Vortex Mini-TCDL Shipset components.  These supplies and services… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jan-14

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FLIR Systems Announces Senior Management Changes

FLIR Systems Announces Senior Management Changes

FLIR Systems, Inc. FLIR -3.91% today announced that William A. Sundermeier, President of the Company’s Government Systems Division, has resigned to pursue other personal and business opportunities. Thomas A. Surran, most recently President of the Company’s Commercial Systems Division, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, and will assume responsibility for FLIR’s global commercial and government… Read more »

Source: FLIR Systems, 27-Jan-14

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India blocks Finmeccanica companies from Defence Expo

India blocks Finmeccanica companies from Defence Expo

Officials on Friday said the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica had booked exhibition space at the show for its several companies to hawk their military hardware and software but its participation at Def Expo 2014 (due to open 6th February) had now been cancelled.  See full story

Source: Times of India, 26-Jan-14

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Defence Minister visits Vector Aerospace’s Fleetlands site

Defence Minister visits Vector Aerospace’s Fleetlands site

Vector Aerospace UK, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, welcomed Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology to its Fleetlands site in Gosport, Hampshire yesterday. The Minister, who was accompanied by Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-Solent and Hill Head, was given a behind the scenes look… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 26-Jan-14

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DLR researchers make big step towards helicopter noise reduction

DLR researchers make big step towards helicopter noise reduction

Researchers from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) based at Göttingen and Braunschweig have succeeded for the first time in visualising the main cause of what makes helicopters so noisy while in the air. To do this, they conducted at times daring in-flight experiments – most recently in a quarry… Read more »

Source: DLR, 26-Jan-14

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Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

Head of Italian Army Aviation killed in training crash

The Italian military has reported the untimely death of Major General Feltrinelli Calligaris, head of Italy’s Army aviation unit. The General was the instructor in an Agusta-Bell JetRanger which crashed on Mount Martha, near the Viterbo military base. Student pilot Lieutenant Paolo Tozzi was also killed in the accident. Major General Calligaris was appointed to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-14

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Breeze-Eastern wins $37M contract for Advanced Rescue Hoists

Breeze-Eastern wins $37M contract for Advanced Rescue Hoists

Breeze-Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, has been selected by the U.S. Army to supply BL-29900-30-1 high performance rescue hoists, as it upgrades its fleet of medical evacuation and search and rescue BLACK HAWK helicopters. These helicopters are used by active Army, Reserves and the National Guard,… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 24-Jan-14

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EFW awarded $11M option for AH-1W helmet display tracker system kits

EFW awarded $11M option for AH-1W helmet display tracker system kits

EFW, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an $11,666,579 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0037) to exercise an option for the installation and procurement of helmet display tracker system (HDTS) kits for AH-1W aircraft, including nine HTDS P-kits, 29 AH-1W Helmet kits, and installation of 54 HDTS.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-14

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Bell awarded $13M delivery order for H-1 repair/overhaul work

Bell awarded $13M delivery order for H-1 repair/overhaul work

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded $13,495,182 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0001 under a previously awarded contract (N00383-14-D-015N) for repair/overhaul work of five high priority items for the UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters.  Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and is expected to be completed by January 2017.  Fiscal 2014 Navy working… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-14

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Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

Bell commercial deliveries 13% up in 2013, profits down 10%

As parent company Textron reports it’s fourth quarter numbers, so they release the quarterly report on production volumes at Bell Helicopter.  While military production continues fairly flat (and is predicted to near halve), so they have been compensated by commercial helicopter deliveries up 13% from 188 to 213 units.  This covers Bell 206L3, 212, 407,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jan-14

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India needs more helicopters, says HAL boss

India needs more helicopters, says HAL boss

India needs more helicopters compared to West and China as these wonder machines have proved their mettle in variety of uses by Armed Forces in general, during natural calamities and internal security threats, said Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL. Pointing out that these machines ensure better governance but the country has far less copters compared… Read more »

Source: HAL, 23-Jan-14

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Bell laying off 115 engineers

Bell laying off 115 engineers

The layoffs are expected to affect mostly salaried engineers at the company’s corporate headquarters in far east Fort Worth, where it employs about 5,000 people.  See full story

Source: Star Telegram, 23-Jan-14

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HMLAT-303 corporals honored in ceremony

HMLAT-303 corporals honored in ceremony

Eleven corporals with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron 303 (HMLAT-303) symbolically received the noncommissioned officer blood stripe during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 17. Understanding the commitment behind the rank only begins the transformation from follower to leader. Noncommissioned officers form the backbone of leadership in the Marine… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 22-Jan-14

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Triumph Group Announces Upcoming Senior Management Changes

Triumph Group Announces Upcoming Senior Management Changes

Triumph Group, Inc.  today announced that M. David Kornblatt, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will transition from that position next month to become the company’s Director of Corporate Development. He will be succeeded as Chief Financial Officer by Jeffrey L. McRae, currently President of Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division, upon formal election by the… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 22-Jan-14

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Former soldier sues Sikorsky over January 2009 Black Hawk crash

Matthew J. Smith filed a lawsuit Jan. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Sikorsky Support Services, United Technologies Corp., Parker-Hannifin Corp. and Parker Aerospace Group, citing negligence. See full story

Source: SE Texas Record, 21-Jan-14

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Utah National Guard bristles at loss of Apaches

Utah National Guard bristles at loss of Apaches

Utah National Guard Maj. Gen. Jefferson Burton questions the U.S. Army’s plan to take back all of their AH-64 Apache helicopters, 16 of which are here.  See full story

Source: Salt Lake Tribune, 21-Jan-14

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Global Helicopter Simulators Market 2014-2018

Global Helicopter Simulators Market 2014-2018

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:  Global Helicopter Simulators Market 2014-2018 TechNavio’s analysts forecast the Global Helicopter Simulators market to grow at a CAGR of 2.80 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the growing demand for commercial aircrafts…. Read more »

Source: Reportlinker, 21-Jan-14

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US Congress Continues Support of UH-72A Lakota

US Congress Continues Support of UH-72A Lakota

Airbus Group leaders today welcomed the decision by Congress to fund procurement of 20 UH-72A Lakota helicopters through an omnibus spending package that the President has indicated he will sign into law. “This continuation of the government contract orders for the Lakota demonstrates the value of affordable, cost-effective programs in a constrained budget environment,” said… Read more »

Source: Airbus Group, 20-Jan-14

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Ukrainian helicopter pilots celebrate 10th Anniversary

Ukrainian helicopter pilots celebrate 10th Anniversary

The personnel of the 56th DHU have celebrated its 10 Anniversary of peacekeeping activities in this country. At the official ceremony Col. Olexander Venher, Commander of Helicopter Unit, greeted the servicemen and awarded them the certificates. “In January 2004, the commander of the first rotation of the Ukrainian Contingent Col. Igor Shendrihin, completed the first flight in Robertsfield and the whole Mi-8crew accomplished its first flight task… Read more »

Source: Ukraine military, 20-Jan-14

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Prince Harry ends his attachment to the Army Air Corps

Prince Harry ends his attachment to the Army Air Corps

Prince Harry has completed his attachment to 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and will now take up a Staff Officer role in HQ London District. The Prince will take the position of SO3 (Defence Engagement). His responsibilities will include helping to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London. Prince Harry will… Read more »

Source: Royal Household, 20-Jan-14

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Bolivia orders six AS332C1e for public-security and disaster-relief missions

Bolivia orders six AS332C1e for public-security and disaster-relief missions

The Bolivian Air Force (FAB) has selected the latest high-power version of the Super Puma to fight drug trafficking and perform public-security and disaster-relief missions throughout the country. The contract includes a logistics package that will support fleet sustainability in the coming years. The first two helicopters will be delivered this year and the remaining… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Jan-14

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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