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Bell appoints new Customer Support and Service VP

Bell appoints new Customer Support and Service VP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that Glenn Isbell will assume the role of Senior Vice President for the Customer Support and Service organization, effective immediately. “Glenn is a proven, innovative leader. He knows our products and our business and I’m confident that the CSS business will continue to grow and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Jul-15

Harris Corp announces new Org Structure

Harris Corp announces new Org Structure

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that it will reorganize its business segments to increase operational efficiency and capture synergies that result from Harris’ recent acquisition of Exelis. “We combined Harris’ and Exelis’ top talent and technology to create four market-focused segments aligned with Harris’ strategic growth platforms,” said William M. Brown, chairman, president and chief… Read more »

Source: Harris, 13-Jul-15

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Lockheed Martin tipped to buy Sikorsky

Lockheed Martin tipped to buy Sikorsky

In the last week, Reuters were first to announce the apparent reduction in bidders for Sikorsky to two – Bell’s parent company Textron and Lockheed Martin.  Now the balance is clearly tipping in favour of Lockheed Martin, and figures around $8 billion are being suggested by the Sunday Times in the UK and the Wall… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jul-15

Competition for China’s future helicopter being held in Beijing

Competition for China’s future helicopter being held in Beijing

The Future Helicopter Designer Competition held which began on July 8 in Beijing and is sponsored by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China will decide what kind of military helicopter the country will develop over the next five years, reports state-run Global Times. See full story

Source: Want China Times, 13-Jul-15

Finland recieves last NH90 from order for 20

Finland recieves last NH90 from order for 20

Airbus Helicopters and Patria, the company responsible for the local assembly of the NH90, marked the important milestone of the delivery of the 20th and last serial NH90 during a ceremony with the customer at Patria’s facility in Halli, Finland. “These helicopters are used for various tasks of the Finnish Defense Forces such as national… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jul-15

AgustaWestland Celebrates 100 Years of Aircraft Manufacturing in the UK

AgustaWestland Celebrates 100 Years of Aircraft Manufacturing in the UK

AgustaWestland is today celebrating the centenary of the formation of the Westland Aircraft Works in Yeovil and the many aeronautical achievements that have been made during 100 years of continuous aircraft manufacturing on the site. Established in 1915 Westland has produced many famous fixed wing aircraft designs such as the Whirlwind, Welkin, Wapiti, Lysander before… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Jul-15

CAE appoints VP Washington Operations – Defense & Security

CAE appoints VP Washington Operations – Defense & Security

CAE today announced the appointment of Andrew “Andy” Jazwick as Vice President, Washington Operations for its Defense and Security business unit. In this newly established position for the company, Mr. Jazwick will serve as the senior executive for CAE Defense and Security in Washington, DC and have responsibility for all CAE worldwide efforts involving the… Read more »

Source: CAE, 10-Jul-15

HSM-77 welcomes new commanding officer

HSM-77 welcomes new commanding officer

Cmdr. Kenneth P. Ward relieved Cmdr. Lonnie L. Appleget as commanding officer of the “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 during an airborne change of command ceremony with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), July 4. Appleget, a plankowner of George Washington, completed his command tour not only on the… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Jul-15

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Boeing explores opportunities in Poland in support of AH-64E bid

Boeing explores opportunities in Poland in support of AH-64E bid

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and members of its AH-64E Apache industry team – General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Longbow Ltd. – launched an initiative with Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) to explore opportunities for collaboration with Polish industry. More than 10 Polish companies participated in the two-day workshop with Boeing and its teammates to forge partnerships… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 10-Jul-15

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Russian Helicopters showcased Ka52K and Mi-8AMTSh-VA at IMDS-2015

Russian Helicopters showcased Ka52K and Mi-8AMTSh-VA at IMDS-2015

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will showcase its latest developments for maritime use during the 7th International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS 2015), which is being held in St. Petersburg from 1 to 5 July 2015. “We are actively working to expand operational uses of our commercial and military helicopters on land and sea,”… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 10-Jul-15

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Russian Helicopters is taking part in the exhibition Innoprom-2015

Russian Helicopters is taking part in the exhibition Innoprom-2015

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the sixth international industrial exhibition Innoprom-2015, which is being held from the 8th to the 11th of July 2015. The company will showcase its Ansat multipurpose helicopter at Innoprom, which is taking place at the Ekaterinburg-Expo International Exhibition Centre. Russian Helicopters’ exhibition can be… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 10-Jul-15

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Russian Helicopters announces results of AGM

Russian Helicopters announces results of AGM

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) in Moscow on 30 June. The AGM elected the Board of Directors, approved the Company’s annual report and annual financial statements for 2014, and discussed other items on the agenda. The AGM approved the new Board of Directors as follows:… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 10-Jul-15

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Northrop Grumman to Provide Mission Computer for USMC H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman to Provide Mission Computer for USMC H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) was recently awarded a contract from Naval Air Systems Command to deliver its next-generation mission computer for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps’ H-1 helicopter upgrade program. Under this contract, Northrop Grumman will provide FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH‑1Z aircraft. These aircraft are expected to… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 10-Jul-15

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10-Jul-15 Mil Mi-171 Apatrampa, Ghana

Flight with Ghana’s President John Mahama and First lady Lordina Maham on board.  Landed due to severe weather.  No mention in local press as to whether pilot obtained a forecast before take-off

10-Jul-15

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Sikorsky awarded $11M modification for Jordanian UH-60M order

Sikorsky awarded $11M modification for Jordanian UH-60M order

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford Connecticut was awarded an $11,278,955 modification (P00273) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 (Jordan) for and additional UH-60M helicopter. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2015. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $ $11,278,955 were obligated at the time… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Jul-15

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Final results of Italian Blade 2015

Final results of Italian Blade 2015

The latest flying event organised as part of the Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) was successfully conducted from 22 June to 3 July in Viterbo, Italy. More than 1000 personnel and 30 helicopters from seven countries attended this multinational training, the largest of its kind organised in Europe this year. Over the course of Italian Blade… Read more »

Source: EDA, 09-Jul-15

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CAE to manufacture two more UH-72A flight training devices

CAE to manufacture two more UH-72A flight training devices

CAE was awarded a contract by Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. to manufacture two additional UH-72A Lakota flight training devices (FTDs). These UH-72A FTDs, the seventh and eight being produced by CAE for the U.S. Army, will be delivered to Fort Rucker, Alabama during the spring of 2016. These training devices, which are Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: CAE, 09-Jul-15

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CAE to develop an MH-60R composite maintenance trainer for Australia

CAE to develop an MH-60R composite maintenance trainer for Australia

CAE was awarded a contract to develop an MH-60R composite maintenance trainer (CMT) as well as procure an MH-60R rear crew trainer (RCT) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under the United States foreign military sale (FMS) program.  CAE USA will be the prime contractor responsible for the design and development of the MH-60R CMT… Read more »

Source: CAE, 09-Jul-15

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Philippine UH-1 contract goes to court, US supplier alleges extortion

Philippine UH-1 contract goes to court, US supplier alleges extortion

The US-based supplier for a P1.2 billion helicopter contract with the military has accused the whistleblower in the supposed anomalies in the deal of extortion, and alleged that whenever she failed to get what she wanted, she made things difficult for the company.See Full Story.

Source: Inquirer.net, 09-Jul-15

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Ukrainian helicopter pilot charged with murder as Moscow trial approaches

Ukrainian helicopter pilot charged with murder as Moscow trial approaches

Nadia Savchenko, 34, a Ukrainian army helicopter pilot who has spent nearly a year in Russian jails, now stands accused of the murder of two Russian journalists.See Full Story

Source: The Telegraph, 09-Jul-15

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Boeing Funds Bluedrop to Develop Rear Crew Trainer for Chinook Helicopter

Boeing Funds Bluedrop to Develop Rear Crew Trainer for Chinook Helicopter

Bluedrop Training & Simulation Inc. a subsidiary of Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. (“Bluedrop”) (TSX-V: BPL) and The Boeing Company (Boeing) today announced a commitment to develop the next generation rear crew trainer for the CH-47 Chinook (Chinook) helicopter along with a five year commitment to support development and ongoing international sales. The Honourable Ed Holder,… Read more »

Source: Bluedrop, 09-Jul-15

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Malta orders third AW139

Malta orders third AW139

The Armed Forces of Malta will soon have its third helicopter, as the government has signed a contract for a €14 million deal part of which will be financed by the European Union. See full story

Source: Independent, 08-Jul-15

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Airbus reveals H135 Bluecopter technology demonstrator

Airbus reveals H135 Bluecopter technology demonstrator

A quieter and more fuel efficient future for rotorcraft flight was unveiled by Airbus Helicopters today with its Bluecopter demonstrator, which has validated leading-edge technologies ranging from an advanced Fenestron®, improved rotor and airframe design to intelligent engine power management. In the more than 28 flight hours logged during evaluations performed throughout its operating envelope,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 07-Jul-15

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AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

On 18th June, HeliHub.com ran the story Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet On 6th July, AgustaWestland issued the following press release AgustaWestland announced today a major milestone in the modernization of the Italian Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet, with the delivery of three further AW139 intermediate twin aircraft and an order for two more aircraft. The… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Jul-15

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07-Jul-15 MD Helicopters MD500D Bargoni, Kenya (2F)

Technical issues on approach led to emergency landing in an unsuitable location, leading to severe injuries to the 2 POB.  Both died in the hospital later the same day

07-Jul-15

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07-Jul-15 12414 Sikorsky S61 Lawrencetown, Canada

helicopter was on a routine flight when the crew noticed a drop in hydraulic pressure and were forced to land

07-Jul-15

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Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Group form military joint venture

Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Group form military joint venture

Airbus Helicopters is joining hands with Mahindra Group subsidiary, Mahindra Defence, to produce helicopters in India in order to meet the country’s military requirements. The strengths of both the companies will ensure a strong partnership to present the best rotorcraft solutions for India’s needs and strengthen indigenous industrial capabilities. The teaming represents a significant step… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Jul-15

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Helicopter Museum hosts Flight Simulator Convention

Helicopter Museum hosts Flight Simulator Convention

If you have ever wanted to take to the controls of a jumbo jet or test out your top gun fighter pilot skills then you will be able to do just that when the annual Flight Simulator Convention returns to The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare on the 18th and 19th July. Flight simulators will be set… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 06-Jul-15

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Russian Helicopters showcases renewed production of amphibious Mi-14PS

Russian Helicopters showcases renewed production of amphibious Mi-14PS

During the 7th International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS 2015), which is being held in St. Petersburg from 1 to 5 July 2015, Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) showcasing potential plans for the renewed production of the unique amphibious Mi-14 helicopter. This multirole helicopter can land and taxi on water, and also take-off from… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jul-15

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Russian Helicopters announces results of AGM

Russian Helicopters announces results of AGM

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) held its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) in Moscow on 30 June. The AGM elected the Board of Directors, approved the Company’s annual report and annual financial statements for 2014, and discussed other items on the agenda. The AGM approved the new Board of Directors as follows:… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jul-15

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Russian Helicopters showcases new marine helicopters at International Maritime Defence Show

Russian Helicopters showcases new marine helicopters at International Maritime Defence Show

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will showcase its latest developments for maritime use during the 7th International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS 2015), which is being held in St. Petersburg from 1 to 5 July 2015. “We are actively working to expand operational uses of our commercial and military helicopters on land and sea,”… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jul-15

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Finmeccanica wins Landing Helicopter Dock contract with Fincantieri

Finmeccanica wins Landing Helicopter Dock contract with Fincantieri

Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and reference player in the naval shipbuilding industry, and Finmeccanica, Italy’s leading manufacturer in the high technology sector, have been awarded the contract for the construction and equipment of one multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD) for the Italian Navy. The total value of the contract is over €1.1… Read more »

Source: finmeccanica, 06-Jul-15

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05-Jul-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Tamaulipas, Mexico

Came under fire from the ground in an area regarded as the centre of a turf war between rival drugs cartels

05-Jul-15

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Retired UK helicopter pilot took £20K from Old Boys’ club

Retired UK helicopter pilot took £20K from Old Boys’ club

The treasurer of a school’s Old Boys’ society who plundered the funds to stave off debts has avoided an immediate jail term. See Full Story

Source: Express & Star, 02-Jul-15

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Egypt apparently acquiring NH90 for FREMM frigate

Egypt apparently acquiring NH90 for FREMM frigate

Egypt is reportedly seeking to acquire a single NH90 multimission helicopter for its new FREMM frigate, which was transferred by DCNS to the Egyptian flag on 23 June. See Full Story

Source: Defence Web, 02-Jul-15

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Global Military Helicopter Market – Strategic Outlook to 2025

Global Military Helicopter Market – Strategic Outlook to 2025

The global military helicopter market is on the verge of a technological leap with next generation compound helicopters & tilt rotorcrafts heralding the advent of a new era that is likely to witness a significant expansion of the operational spectrum, capabilities & performance threshold of these machines which is likely to eventually redefine their role… Read more »

Source: Report Buyer, 02-Jul-15

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Lynn Tilton loses bid to block SEC fraud case

Lynn Tilton loses bid to block SEC fraud case

A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected New York financier Lynn Tilton’s bid to block the US SEC from trying her before an administrative judge for defrauding investors. (See full story)

Source: Reuters, 01-Jul-15

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Australian NH90s having startup/shutdown problems in windy conditions

Australian NH90s having startup/shutdown problems in windy conditions

Australia’s new army and navy helicopters have been proving difficult to start and stop in strong winds. See Full Story

Source: ABC, 01-Jul-15

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M2 Services Corp awarded $9.6M contract modification for Fort Hood helicopter support

M2 Services Corp awarded $9.6M contract modification for Fort Hood helicopter support

Sunrise Beach Corp. (dba M2 services Corp.)*, McKinney, Texas was awarded a $9,652,470 modification (P00021) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0079 for daily field and sustainment maintenance for helicopters, wheeled and tracked vehicles, aviation ground support equipment, communications equipment, and government property at Ft. Hood, Texas with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-15

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Sikorsky awarded $79M modification to Tunisian UH-60M contract

Sikorsky awarded $79M modification to Tunisian UH-60M contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $79,680,022 modification (P00235) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 (Tunisia) for four modified UH60M Black Hawk helicopters. Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2019. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds up to 50% of the announced amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-15

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Lockheed Martin awarded $9.7M target sight contract for Saudi AH-64Es

Lockheed Martin awarded $9.7M target sight contract for Saudi AH-64Es

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida was awarded a $9,733,000 fixed-price-incentive foreign military sales contract (Saudi Arabia) to procure modernized target acquisition designation sights and post production support of the pilot night vision sensor for AH-64E helicopters. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2020. Bids were solicited… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jul-15

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Airbus heads for 1,000th Dauphin 2 delivery

Airbus heads for 1,000th Dauphin 2 delivery

Airbus Helicopters is on the point of delivering the 1,000th Dauphin 2 – by which we are including the 365N models including the EC155 (technically the AS365N4).  Starting at serial 6001, the authorities in Japan have issued the registration JA08AR to an AS365N3+ with serial 7001.  That marks the passing of the 1,000th delivery and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jun-15

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KRET has developed a laser guidance system

KRET has developed a laser guidance system

KRET has developed a multi-channel laser guidance system for the Ka-52, Mi-8MNP, and Mi-28N helicopters. The new development will guide high-precision missiles and will allow helicopters to use various types of missiles. The laser guidance system is designed to control and guide missiles to a target through either automatic or manual honing. The system uses… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 30-Jun-15

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Boeing awarded $15M modification to Apache weapon systems contract

Boeing awarded $15M modification to Apache weapon systems contract

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona was awarded a $15,340,002 modification (0020) to contract W58RGZ-14-G-0005 for 1,060 Apache Weapons System main rotor strap pack assemblies. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2017. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $15,340,002 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-15

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Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $10M modification for MV-22 aux fuel contract

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $10M modification for MV-22 aux fuel contract

Robertson Fuel Systems, LLC, Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded a $10,002,302 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0097) to exercise an option for the procurement of one Mission Auxiliary Fuel Tank Systems (MATS); 11 MATS middle accessory hardware packages; and four MATS rapid ground refueling forward tank packages for the MV-22 Osprey aircraft. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-15

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Sikorsky awarded $21M Modification on contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $21M Modification on contract for one UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $21,756,070 modification (P00260) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for one UH-60M aircraft and two fire extinguishers for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and one UH-60M for the Army BEST aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2015 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-15

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Erickson Secures Uruguayan Air Force Flight Training Contract

Erickson Secures Uruguayan Air Force Flight Training Contract

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce today that the company has contracted with Chilcott, Inc. to provide flight currency training for the Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya (FAU or Uruguayan Air Force helicopter pilots). The training will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Under the agreement, Erickson pilot instructors will… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 29-Jun-15

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New commander for Chinook operating 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment

New commander for Chinook operating 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment

New York Army National Guard Capt. Kenneth Hilkert, a Seneca Falls resident, takes command of Detachment 1, Company B of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment Sunday morning, June 28 at the Army Aviation Support Facility here. The unit operates CH-47 Chinook helicopters, providing heavy lift support to Army and joint forces. Hilkert takes command… Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Jun-15

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USS Mustin wins helicopter safety award

USS Mustin wins helicopter safety award

The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) and its embarked helicopter detachment from the ‘Warlords’ of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM ) 51, were selected for the annual Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Ship-Helicopter Safety Award in May. This unique award honors the cruiser or destroyer and embarked detachment with the… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 29-Jun-15

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Security chiefs from 70 countries visit Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant

Security chiefs from 70 countries visit Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant

On 24-26 June, representatives of 70 countries’ security agencies and a delegation from the UN had the chance to learn more about the products that are made at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, a Russian Helicopters’ company (part of State Corporation Rostec). Security Council secretaries, ministers, presidential aides and prime ministers responsible for security issues, security service… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-Jun-15

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HAL Completes Hot Weather Flight Trials of LCH

HAL Completes Hot Weather Flight Trials of LCH

HAL’s indigenously designed and developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) attained a milestone by successfully completing the hot weather flight trials for a nearly one week at Jodhpur recently. “Test flights were carried out in the temperature range of 39 to 42 degree Celsius. These were done with the involvement of customer pilots from Indian Air… Read more »

Source: HAL, 29-Jun-15

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29-Jun-15 HAL Chetak Ramachandrapuram, India

Precautionary landing due to suspected engine problem.  Engineers checked it over and it returned to base at INS Dega the same evening

29-Jun-15

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29-Jun-15 Airbus MH-65 San Francisco, US-California

Landing accident on post maintenance test flight.  ended up on its side

29-Jun-15

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NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

A written parliamentary answer to New Zealand First confirms the $771 million NH90 helicopters were one of our worst military procurement decisions as they are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships. See Full Story.

Source: Voxy, 26-Jun-15

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President of Helibras receives WOCA 2015 award

President of Helibras receives WOCA 2015 award

The President of Helibras, Eduardo Marson, received last Monday (22) the title of Corporate Personality in WOCA 2015 – World Company Award. The degree was awarded in recognition of his entrepreneurial and innovative vision in their activities ahead of the manufacturer of helicopters, for the benefit of the aviation industry development in Brazil. Promoted by GCSM… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 25-Jun-15

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Bangladesh SAR AW139s being test flown by AW

Bangladesh SAR AW139s being test flown by AW

Following AgustaWestland’s announcement in July 2014, HeliHub.com can confirm that the two AW139s due to be delivered to the Bangladesh Air Force are now being test flown at the factory prior to delivery.  The two are serialled 613 and 616, and are currently flying on Italian permit registrations I-EASS and I-PTFR respectively.  As is the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-15

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Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem (Safran) has been awarded a contract by French defense procurement agency DGA for a program to upgrade the capabilities of the Euroflir 350 optronic systems on the French army’s Cougar helicopters, and the Caracal fleet deployed by France’s special and conventional forces. The gyrostabilized Euroflir 350 optronic system will incorporate a new Matis infrared… Read more »

Source: Sagem, 25-Jun-15

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Italy hosts multinational helicopter exercise

Italy hosts multinational helicopter exercise

More than 30 helicopters and 1000 military personnel have gathered 80 kilometers north of Rome for Italian Blade 2015, this year’s largest military rotary-wing exercise in Europe. Crews from seven different countries have started training together yesterday using joint procedures and tactics during missions of increasing complexity. After three successful live-flying events hosted by Portugal… Read more »

Source: EDA, 25-Jun-15

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Airbus Defense & Space awarded $28M for UH-72A program support

Airbus Defense & Space awarded $28M for UH-72A program support

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $28,325,176 modification (P00918) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for logistic support for the UH-72A Lakota helicopter program. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and other procurement funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters opens new Training Academy in Donauwörth

Airbus Helicopters opens new Training Academy in Donauwörth

The newly-built Airbus Helicopters Training Academy that opened today in Germany marks the latest enhancement of the company’s support and services network, providing instructional courses for pilots and technicians. By expanding the educational capacities in Donauwörth, Airbus Helicopters conforms to its own high standards of quality and safety, insuring the training of capable and qualified… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 24-Jun-15

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Czech Police order first Bell 412EPI in Europe

Czech Police order first Bell 412EPI in Europe

BellHelicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Europe to the Czech Police. The helicopter will be used for search and rescue missions and is expected to be delivered by the end of the year. “The BELL 412 EPI is one of the most reliable, rugged… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Jun-15

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PZL-Świdnik files law suit after failed helicopter bid

PZL-Świdnik files law suit after failed helicopter bid

The ministry chose the French helicopters Caracal for tests, with second stage negotiations ongoing. See Full Story

Source: The News, 23-Jun-15

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Sikorsky awarded $8.1M delivery order for H-53 nacelles

Sikorsky awarded $8.1M delivery order for H-53 nacelles

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $8,088,361for firm-fixed-price delivery order 5306 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for nacelles physical configuration audit support for the H-53 in-service program. In addition, this order provides for the procurement of 36 production kits. Work will be performed in Tallahassee, Alabama (90 percent); and Stratford,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Jun-15

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HeliHub.com launches LinkedIn company page

HeliHub.com launches LinkedIn company page

HeliHub.com has started a company page on the hugely-successful business networking site LinkedIn.com – check out the HeliHub.com LinkedIn Company Page and hit the Follow button!  We aim to post one story each working day on that page, and increase our already-steady input on LinkedIn forums. A LinkedIn Company Page makes it easy for organizations… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-15

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Spirit delivers Third SDTA CH-53K fuselage to Sikorsky

Spirit delivers Third SDTA CH-53K fuselage to Sikorsky

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] today announced it has successfully delivered to Sikorsky the third fuselage section for the CH-53K ‘King Stallion’ heavy lift helicopter program’s System Demonstration and Test Article (SDTA) contract.  Consisting of an integrated cockpit and cabin structure with a separately attached tail section, the composite-skinned fuselage will enable prime contractor Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Spirit AeroSystems, 22-Jun-15

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Sikorsky Delivers Six CH-148 Cyclone Helicopters to Canada

Sikorsky Delivers Six CH-148 Cyclone Helicopters to Canada

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today delivered six CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to the CANADIAN GOVERNMENT during an acceptance celebration joined by Canada’s Defense Minister Jason Kenney, Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Regional Ministers.  Representing Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), was William Gostic, Vice President of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Jun-15

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US Army Redstone – New PEO for Aviation takes charge at Utility Helicopter Office

US Army Redstone – New PEO for Aviation takes charge at Utility Helicopter Office

The employees of the Utility Helicopter Office of the Program Executive Office for Aviation welcomed their new Colonel Thursday at a Change of Charter ceremony. See Full Story

Source: WaayTV, 22-Jun-15

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Oregon Coast Guard unit likely to win 12 months more funding

Oregon Coast Guard unit likely to win 12 months more funding

Oregon lawmakers announced Thursday they are one step closer to being able to keep the Newport-based U.S. Coast Guard helicopter facility open through September 2016.  See full story

Source: Oregon Live, 19-Jun-15

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LOM Praha signs MoU to maintain Bell military helicopters

LOM Praha signs MoU to maintain Bell military helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Prague-based service and support provider LOM PRAHA for discussions on collaboration involving reassembly, customization and maintenance of Bell Helicopter military aircraft. To see images of the signing ceremony in Prague, please follow this link. “We are looking… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters focusing on new technologies

Airbus Helicopters focusing on new technologies

Airbus Helicopters showcases several ground-breaking research projects and new helicopter innovations for environment-friendly technologies during Paris Air Show. These projects are part of the company´s mid and long term research and development strategy to provide innovative solutions to reduce operating and maintenance costs while improving environmental protection, safety, quality and performance. The H160 is displayed… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Jun-15

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Korean politician accused of taking bribes over AW159 order

Korean politician accused of taking bribes over AW159 order

Former Patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister Kim Yang is under investigation regarding allegations that he accepted at least 1 billion won ($894,000) in bribes in exchange for exerting his influence on a defense contract. See Full Story

Source: Korea Times, 19-Jun-15

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Royal Australian Navy considers MQ-8C Fire Scout purchase

Royal Australian Navy considers MQ-8C Fire Scout purchase

Future Royal Australian Navy vessels will almost certainly be equipped with both manned and remote unmanned choppers that will reduce risk and cost. See Full Story

Source: News, 19-Jun-15

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Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Italy’s Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) are in the process of expanding their fleet of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, replacing older Agusta-built Bell 412s.  Two AW139s were delivered recently and Robert Swan from Freelance Aerospace Writers alerted us to the pair test flying from Sarzana using callsigns “Nemo 5” and “Nemo 6”.  Four more are due, two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

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Bell and Boeing expect 100 more V-22 sales

Bell and Boeing expect 100 more V-22 sales

Boeing Co and BELL Helicopter, makers of the V-22 Osprey, say more countries are interested in buying the tiltrotor aircraft, with another 100 sales possible in coming years. See Full Story.

Source: Reuters, 18-Jun-15

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Textron not interested in selling Bell Helicopter, despite downturn

Textron not interested in selling Bell Helicopter, despite downturn

Textron Inc (TXT.N) is not interested in selling its BELL Helicopter business, despite the current downturn in the commercial sector, the company’s chief executive, Scott Donnelly, said. See Full Story.

Source: Reuters, 18-Jun-15

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