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Kaman Nears Reopening of K-Max Production Line; 2nd Unmanned Fire Fighting Demo Planned

Kaman Nears Reopening of K-Max Production Line; 2nd Unmanned Fire Fighting Demo Planned

By Andrew Drwiega, Heli-Expo, Florida, USA Kaman Aerospace is nearing the threshold that would allow the company to reopen its K-Max K-1200 production line, says Terry Fogarty, general manager of Kaman’s UAS Group. “With deposits now over 75% of what we require we are now anticipating that this will go ahead.” Speaking at Heli-Expo to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Mar-15

09-Mar-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Pensacola, US-Florida (11F)

7 Marines and 4 Army personnel killed in poor visibility on Florida coast. The missing Marines were from a special operations regiment out of Camp LeJeune in North Carolina – identified as  Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III , Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders, Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock , Staff Sgt. Kerry… Read more »

09-Mar-15

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The HeliHub.com Interview – Daniele Romiti, CEO AgustaWestland

The HeliHub.com Interview – Daniele Romiti, CEO AgustaWestland

Andrew Drwiega interviewed Daniele Romiti inside the mock-up of an AW609 VIP cabin at Heli-Expo, 2015. The discussion in fact centred on the development and future of AgustaWestland’s tiltrotor. Andrew Drwiega (AD): When you bought the AW609 off Bell Helicopter Textron, it was agreed that a number of there engineers would continue to work on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-15

SAAM offers reduced insurance premiums for operators who choose Helisim

SAAM offers reduced insurance premiums for operators who choose Helisim

Helisim and SAAM Verspieren Group announced today at Heli-Expo their agreement offering significant insurance premium refunds for operators who perform recurrent flight training at the Helisim Training Academy and have an insurance contract handled by the SAAM Verspieren Group. Helisim – a subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, Thales Training & Simulation and DCI (Defence Conseil International)… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Mar-15

Turbomeca customers confirm confidence in Support-by-the-Hour contract model

Turbomeca customers confirm confidence in Support-by-the-Hour contract model

Turbomeca (Safran) companies across the world have finalized SBH (Support By the Hour) contracts with numerous operators flying a wide range of missions. During Heli-Expo 2015, Canadian operator Coast to Coast will sign a SBH contract with Turbomeca Canada covering the Arrius 1A engines in its AS 355 helicopters. At the end of 2014 Aiut… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 06-Mar-15

Turbomeca enriches its engine warranty conditions through the new Turbomeca Care Program

Turbomeca enriches its engine warranty conditions through the new Turbomeca Care Program

Turbomeca (Safran) has developed the “Turbomeca Care Program” that will provide additional warranty solutions and conditions for its engines throughout their lifecycle and answer important operator needs. Since the end of 2014, new and enhanced warranty conditions have been introduced for all new and current civil engine models. The new warranty conditions include a 400-hour… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 04-Mar-15

Enstrom delivers last of 30 480Bs to Japanese Ground Self Defense Force

Enstrom delivers last of 30 480Bs to Japanese Ground Self Defense Force

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce that the final 4 Enstrom 480B turbine training helicopters were accepted by the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. The aircraft were delivered by Aero Facility Co Ltd, Enstrom’s authorized sales representative in Japan. The 480B was originally selected by the JGSDF in 2010 to replace their fleet of… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 04-Mar-15

Trinidad and Tobago orders four 429s and one 412EPI

Trinidad and Tobago orders four 429s and one 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the sale of four Bell 429s configured for Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) and one Bell 412EPI configured for Search and Rescue (SAR) to the National Operations Centre, Air Division (NOCAD) in Trinidad and Tobago. The contract was signed by NOCAD Executive Director Mr. Garvin Heerah… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Mar-15

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Sikorsky Begins Final Assembly of Second S-97 Raider

Sikorsky Begins Final Assembly of Second S-97 Raider

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced the start of final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center. Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDER™ prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight speed…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Mar-15

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Sikorsky Awarded $8M Contract for Phase 1 ALIAS Program from DARPA

Sikorsky Awarded $8M Contract for Phase 1 ALIAS Program from DARPA

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the company an $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The objective of DARPA’s ALIAS program is to develop and insert new automation into… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Mar-15

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The HeliHub.com interview – Lynn Tilton of MD Helicopters

The HeliHub.com interview – Lynn Tilton of MD Helicopters

Andrew Drwiega of HeliHub.com listened to, then talked with, Lynn Tilton, CEO, MD Helicopters during her 10 Year Ownership Party in the exhibition halls during the opening day of Heli-Expo. Lynn Tilton is celebrating 10 years in charge of MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI), the old Hughes then McDonnell Douglas company. Using her investment company, Patriarch… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-15

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Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

Robinson Doing Well Despite the Numbers

In 2014 Robinson produced 329 helicopters in contrast to the 523 helicopters of 2013. Kurt Robinson, company President, said this was due to the catching up on the backlog of R66s. The other reason involved the fact that over 70% of Robinson helicopters are produced outside the USA and that has to do with economies… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-15

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Donaldson reveals New Filtration Options in Development

Donaldson reveals New Filtration Options in Development

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) which, this year, is celebrating its 100th anniversary, is focused in 2015 on developing new filtration solutions for numerous civil and military rotorcraft programs. The company’s initiatives cover in-service, vertical-lift aircraft as well as the newest generation of civil and military helicopters. Donaldson is… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 03-Mar-15

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Airbus rename all AS and EC helicopter products

Airbus rename all AS and EC helicopter products

A good proportion of the industry still thinks “Eurocopter” and not “Airbus” and now they are changing all their product names.  All the AS and EC prefixes are gone, to be replaced by H.  So the EC135 becomes the H135, the AS350 is now the H350 and so on. That will be very confusing at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-15

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Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation Rebuild an M250 Engine at Heli-Expo

Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation Rebuild an M250 Engine at Heli-Expo

BBA Aviation companies Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation are providing a one of a kind of experience at the 2015 Heli-Expo tradeshow by rebuilding an M250 helicopter engine at their booth. “We believe in demystifying the engine maintenance experience for customers. Re-assembling a helicopter engine at Heli-Expo allows our expert engine technicians to not only… Read more »

Source: Dallas Airmotive, 03-Mar-15

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BBA Aviation Continues Expansion of Global Rotorcraft Service and Support Network

BBA Aviation Continues Expansion of Global Rotorcraft Service and Support Network

BBA Aviation companies Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation unveiled their expanded and enhanced global service network at this year’s Heli-Expo in Orlando Florida. Complementing the companies’ existing facilities in Dallas, Texas and Portsmouth, UK, H+S Aviation announced the opening of its new MRO facility in Abu Dhabi, UAE, while Dallas Airmotive announced the construction of… Read more »

Source: BBA Aviation, 03-Mar-15

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StandardAero improves engine warm start with Custom Overhauled Hydromechanical Unit

StandardAero improves engine warm start with Custom Overhauled Hydromechanical Unit

StandardAero has introduced a new custom solution for operators of Rolls-Royce M250-C47 engines to improve starting performance by lowering starting temperatures on engines that are currently experiencing warm starting conditions. The solution, a custom overhauled Hydromechanical Unit (HMU), was designed by StandardAero engineers through continuous improvement efforts to optimize the performance of M250-C47 engines. “Our… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 03-Mar-15

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StandardAero Bolsters Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 Engine Rental Pool

StandardAero Bolsters Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 Engine Rental Pool

StandardAero has reached an agreement with Rolls-Royce to purchase additional helicopter engines to bolster its current rental pool to more than $10M in assets with 25 engines and over 70 modules. These rental engines provide operators with instantly available powerplants to minimize aircraft down time and maximize flight mission performance and availability. Over the past… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 03-Mar-15

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Vector Aerospace contracted by Royal Thai Navy for complete S-76B refurbishment

Vector Aerospace contracted by Royal Thai Navy for complete S-76B refurbishment

Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector Aerospace”), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”) has been awarded a contract by the Royal Thai Navy (“RTN”) for the airframe refurbishment of one of the RTN’s Sikorsky S-76B aircraft including a complete… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 03-Mar-15

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Vector Aerospace and Colombian Air Force Sign Contract for PT6T Engine Overhauls

Vector Aerospace and Colombian Air Force Sign Contract for PT6T Engine Overhauls

Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector Aerospace), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) with the assistance of their local representatives, Naher Trading, has signed a contract to provide the Colombian Air Force with Pratt & Whitney PT6T and JT15D… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 03-Mar-15

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The HeliHub.com interview – Mick Maurer of Sikorsky

The HeliHub.com interview – Mick Maurer of Sikorsky

Andrew Drwiega of HeliHub.com talked to Mick Maurer, President, Sikorsky Aircraft Andrew Drwiega (AD): What are you expecting in terms of growth from the regions around the world? Mick Maurer (MM): We look at the US market which is our anchor customer [the Department of Defense in particular] which helps us into other world markets…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-15

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Heli-One helps Korea’s National 119 halve EC225 inspection time

Heli-One helps Korea’s National 119 halve EC225 inspection time

A primary provider of private firefighting and rescue services in South Korea had one of its key helicopters safely back in service in less than one-half the expected time following routine inspection and maintenance performed by Heli-One. Heli-One is a segment of CHC Helicopter, the operating company of CHC Group Ltd. (NYSE:HELI). National 119 was… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 03-Mar-15

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BLR Aerospace Delivers 850th FastFin System; Military Demand Continues to Grow

BLR Aerospace Delivers 850th FastFin System; Military Demand Continues to Grow

Some 850 BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability Systems are now operating in 30 nations worldwide, elevating the performance of Bell Medium helicopters and helping a wide range of operators improve mission effectiveness. More than half of all FastFin Systems are operating in North America, followed by Latin America (20 percent) and Asia… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 03-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland “Service Excellence” Project Delivers Improved Customer Service

AgustaWestland “Service Excellence” Project Delivers Improved Customer Service

AgustaWestland introduced significant changes in 2014 to its Customer Support and Training services as the first of three stages of its “Service Excellence” project, part of the Company Vision revolving around the “ThinkCustomer” ethos. The first stage is now complete with the second and third stages to be implemented in 2015. Excellence is being pursued… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland Skyflight Mission Planning System ‘Goes App’

AgustaWestland Skyflight Mission Planning System ‘Goes App’

AgustaWestland announced today the launch of a dedicated ‘App’ for its Skyflight mission planning system. Customers are now able to download the Skyflight app from the Apple App Store and install onto their iPad, enabling access to the Skyflight web service. The proven Skyflight multi-helicopter flight and mission planning system has been designed by AgustaWestland… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland Philadelphia adds past Governor of Pennsylvania to Board

AgustaWestland Philadelphia adds past Governor of Pennsylvania to Board

AgustaWestland today announced that the Honorable Tom Ridge has joined AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation’s Board of Directors. Ridge, the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has significant public and private sector expertise that will allow him to take an active role in advocating for and raising the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland Launches My Order E-Commerce Service

AgustaWestland Launches My Order E-Commerce Service

AgustaWestland announced today the launch of the new My Order E-commerce service. One year after the launch of the Leonardo portal, the company is now ready to introduce a brand new platform, a completely new service that will enable worldwide operators to request quotations and to evaluate the availability of spare parts at AgustaWestland’s warehouse,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland Launches New Online Training Section On Leonardo Customer Portal

AgustaWestland Launches New Online Training Section  On Leonardo Customer Portal

AgustaWestland announced today the launch of the new online training section of its Leonardo Customer Portal. Designated Leonardo for Training, the new dedicated section provides quick and simplified access to AgustaWestland’s training services. Benefits of Leonardo for Training to customers include an easy and effective search for and access to courses, simple and rapid personal… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Mar-15

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Lockheed Martin and Burns Engineering focus on improving pilot vision

Lockheed Martin and Burns Engineering focus on improving pilot vision

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and H. N. Burns Engineering Corp. have agreed to collaborate on technology that enhances military helicopter pilots’ ability to fly in low visibility conditions caused by weather, dust or other obstructions. Known as degraded visual environments (DVE), the blinding conditions are a primary cause of major helicopter accidents. “Overcoming DVE challenges requires… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 02-Mar-15

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Mexican Air Force signs for 15 Bell 407GXs

Mexican Air Force signs for 15 Bell 407GXs

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the sale of 15 Bell 407GXs to the Mexican Air Force (FAM) with deliveries to begin this year. The aircraft will be configured for a variety of parapublic missions. “We are extremely pleased to provide the Mexican Air Force with such a high performing and reliable aircraft,” said… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-15

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V-22 included as USMC demo capabilities to Malaysian military

V-22 included as USMC demo capabilities to Malaysian military

Members of the Malaysian armed forces, alongside Malaysian and U.S. government officials, observed a theater security cooperation event with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit here Feb. 27. The amphibious air-ground demonstration provided an opportunity for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and MAF to build relationships and pave the way for future exercises in Malaysia. … Read more »

Source: USMC, 01-Mar-15

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Despite Decline, Military Rotorcraft Segment an Important Niche for Manufacturers

Despite Decline, Military Rotorcraft Segment an Important Niche for Manufacturers

As the military rotorcraft market enters a downturn, Forecast International sees a strong niche in the medium/heavy military rotorcraft sector with over 5,300 units expected to be produced in the next 10 years. The company’s new study “The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft” reports that, during the 2015-2024 forecast period, the value of production will… Read more »

Source: Forecast International, 01-Mar-15

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Moog awarded $71M contract for V-22 component repair

Moog awarded $71M contract for V-22 component repair

Moog Inc., East Aurora, New York, is being awarded a $71,339,972 three year requirements contract for the repair of multiple components used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines) and CV-22 (Air Force).  Work will be performed in East Aurora, New York, and work is expected to be completed by Feb. 26,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Mar-15

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Lockheed/Sikorsky JV awarded $2 Billion contract for H-60 weapon systems

Lockheed/Sikorsky JV awarded $2 Billion contract for H-60 weapon systems

Marine Helicopter Support Co., Trevose, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $1,999,812,283 fixed-price performance based logistics requirements contract for 1,710 weapon replaceable assemblies/shop replaceable assemblies’ components in support of the H-60 aircraft. This effort will encompass the repair, modification, overhaul and replacement of hardware, including manufacturing of new material, as well as storage, requisition processing, obsolescence… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Mar-15

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Staco to Exhibit New Rotorcraft Cockpit Products at Heli-Expo

Staco to Exhibit New Rotorcraft Cockpit Products at Heli-Expo

An aerospace industry staple for more than 50 years, today’s Staco Systems is aggressively working to expand its presence in helicopter cockpits everywhere with custom solutions and smaller, more durable products that are ideally suited for the rotorcraft operating environment. The company will display and discuss its illuminated panels, subsystems, switches, and data entry solutions… Read more »

Source: Staco Systems, 01-Mar-15

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Donaldson A&D uses Heli-Expo 2015 to celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

Donaldson A&D uses Heli-Expo 2015 to celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

One hundred years ago, a Utah farmer confronted a salesman with a tractor from his company that put the farmer’s livelihood at risk. It would not run. After an overhaul failed to fix the problem, the Bull Tractor salesman came up with a solution: a filter that blocked dust from the engine and kept that… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 01-Mar-15

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Breeze-Eastern Advances MissionView Development

Breeze-Eastern Advances MissionView Development

Breeze Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, is completing initial system development and is on track to flight test and begin qualification on its MissionView™ Situational Awareness System in the next several months. The MissionView System is designed with integrated sensors that wirelessly transmit real-time color video… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 01-Mar-15

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UH-60 helps US and Polish forces hone interoperability skills

UH-60 helps US and Polish forces hone interoperability skills

On a sunny, winter morning, with the last of the morning’s frost dissipating into fog, U.S. troopers and Polish infantrymen met at the edge of the airfield here to await the UH-60 Black Hawk’s arrival and the beginning of medical evacuation training.  This is the latest in weeks of training between Dragoons assigned to K… Read more »

Source: US Army, 01-Mar-15

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Pentagon Accused Of Cover-Up In Case Over Sikorsky Data

Pentagon Accused Of Cover-Up In Case Over Sikorsky Data

The American Small Business League (ASBL) is accusing the Pentagon of trying to cover-up trillions of dollars in fraud in a federal case over data submitted to the 25-year-old Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP). In August 2013 under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the ASBL requested the most recent comprehensive subcontracting plan that Sikorsky Aviation Corporation submitted to the… Read more »

Source: ASBL, 01-Mar-15

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First Royal Thai Army pilots, engineers complete UH-72A training

First Royal Thai Army pilots, engineers complete UH-72A training

Six pilots and 10 maintenance technicians from the Royal Thai Army have successfully completed training to fly and maintain the UH-72A Lakota, the initial group of Thai pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians that will be trained to operate Lakotas for Thailand. The Thai pilots and technicians were honored Friday in a graduation ceremony at Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Mar-15

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MV-22 Osprey refuels from KC-10 for the first time

MV-22 Osprey refuels from KC-10 for the first time

Five MV-22 Ospreys flew over 2,200 nautical miles to participate in exercise Cobra Gold 2015 Feb. 7-21, and in the process, marked the first time the Osprey has been refueled by the U.S. Air Force KC-10 aircraft in-flight. The Ospreys traveled from Clark Air Base, the Philippines to Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield, Kingdom of… Read more »

Source: USPACOM, 27-Feb-15

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Airbus Helicopters outlines Heli-Expo coverage, including X4 launch

Airbus Helicopters outlines Heli-Expo coverage, including X4 launch

The high-profile presence of Airbus Helicopters at Heli-Expo 2015 will confirm the company’s leadership role, with its unveiling of the all-new X4 rotorcraft and a rollout of the industry’s most comprehensive customer services coverage. These developments are aligned with the company’s transformation plan, which has been implemented to provide highly efficient helicopter solutions for customers… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Feb-15

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Airbus Defence and Space joins forces with Australia’s DSTO to improve protection of helicopters

Airbus Defence and Space joins forces with Australia’s DSTO to improve protection of helicopters

Airbus Defence and Space has joined forces with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) of the Australian Ministry of Defence to improve the protection of wide-body aircraft and helicopters. In a joint development program they upgraded Airbus Defence and Space’s proven MILDS AN/AAR-60 Block II Missile Approach Warning system with a HFI (Hostile Fire… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Feb-15

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26-Feb-15 Imamzadeh Ebrahim, Iran (3F)

No details released apart from fatality numbers.  One unconfirmed report quotes the type as AB212

26-Feb-15

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UAE military orders nine AW139s

UAE military orders nine AW139s

The United Arab Emirates armed forces have signed a 732 million dirham ($200 million) contract with AgustaWestland to buy 9 AW139 helicopters, a spokesman for a UAE defence organisation said on Tuesday.  See Full Story

Source: The Economic Times, 25-Feb-15

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Boeing awarded $591M contract for 35 AH-64E Apaches

Boeing awarded $591M contract for 35 AH-64E Apaches

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $591,245,165 modification (P00003) to fixed-price-incentive contract W58RGZ-14-C-0018 to acquire 35 AH-64E Apache helicopters under the full rate production of Lot 5.  Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $105,616,400 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is July 31, 2015.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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Bell awarded $50M for weapons assemblies on Legacy H-1s

Bell awarded $50M for weapons assemblies on Legacy H-1s

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $50,095,510 three year firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair of four weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the H-1 Legacy helicopter, including the right hand and left hand stub wings, gearboxes and main rotor blades.   Work will be performed in Hurst, Texas, and work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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Northrop Grumman awarded $25M MQ-8 support contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $25M MQ-8 support contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $25,848,612 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for engineering sustainment and integrated logistics services in support of MQ-8 operational, vendor, maintenance-related and laboratory support software. Services to be provided include analysis of engineering change proposals, development of plans of action and milestones, laboratory facility studies and analysis,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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Bell awarded $6.8M contract for AH-1W transmission repairs

Bell awarded $6.8M contract for AH-1W transmission repairs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $6,800,000 undefinitized contract action for the repair of AH-1W helicopter transmissions. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and work will be completed by October 2016. Fiscal 2015 Navy working capital funds in the amount of $3,332,000 will be obligated at the time… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Feb-15

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France – DCI opens a new helicopter training centre

France – DCI opens a new helicopter training centre

[electronic translation] DCI announces the opening of a brand new helicopter training International Centre (ITC-H) recorded in Dax located in the Drivers French Military Training Schools (Dax and Luc-en-Provence). The ITC-H curriculum are taught in English or French and in partnership with Light Aviation Army (ALT) and HeliDax. This new training center meets the high demand… Read more »

Source: DCI, 23-Feb-15

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Interim solution gets German NH90s airborne again

Interim solution gets German NH90s airborne again

[electronic translation] In the incident with a NH90 on 19 June 2014 in Termez / Uzbekistan occurred in connection with the engine stagnation in triggering the fire extinguishing system of the engine to a short circuit in the overhead Control Panel. To this end, the company announced AIRBUS Helicopter the Ministry of Defense and the… Read more »

Source: Bundeswehr, 23-Feb-15

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Royal Thai Army signs for six VIP EC145T2s

Royal Thai Army signs for six VIP EC145T2s

A further addition to the Royal Thai Army’s rotorcraft fleet has been committed with the acquisition of six Airbus Helicopters light-utility EC145 T2, which is the newest and most powerful model in Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family. The Royal Thai Army signed for six EC145 T2s with a VIP installation, under the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Feb-15

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Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins Launch into India’s Military Flight Simulation Market Segment

Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins Launch into India’s Military Flight Simulation Market Segment

Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins today announced their decision to join forces in military flight simulation by unveiling a next generation rotary wing simulator at Aero India 2015. The two industry leaders recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to combine their strengths in simulation and training to offer advanced and high fidelity aviation solutions…. Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 23-Feb-15

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Sikorsky tempts India with local Sea Hawk production line

Sikorsky tempts India with local Sea Hawk production line

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. will make India its only assembly location outside of the U.S. for one of its military helicopters if it wins contracts to build more than 120 helicopters from the South Asian nation, the company’s global defense business head said. See Full Story

Source: WSJ, 23-Feb-15

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Slovakia requests nine UH-60M Black Hawks

Slovakia requests nine UH-60M Black Hawks

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Slovakia for UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $450 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 18, 2015. The Government… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 23-Feb-15

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Airbus Helicopters opens design office in Poland

Airbus Helicopters opens design office in Poland

Building on a decade of cooperation in Poland, Airbus Helicopters today expanded its in-country presence by opening an engineering design office at Łódź, which will employ approximately 100 engineers. This new Airbus Helicopters Polska facility is to be assigned a wide variety of mechanical design activities, with a focus on future breakthrough technologies in such… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Feb-15

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CLD-1 demonstrates Helicopter Support Team operations for Japanese forces

CLD-1 demonstrates Helicopter Support Team operations for Japanese forces

Marines with Combat Logistics Detachment-1, I Marine Expeditionary Force, demonstrated Helicopter Support Team operations to members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during Exercise Iron Fist 15 aboard Camp Pendleton, Feb. 10, 2015. Exercise Iron Fist 15 is an annual bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese military forces that builds their combined ability to… Read more »

Source: USMC, 19-Feb-15

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Rostvertol wins award for humanitarian assistance to the citizens of Ukraine

Rostvertol wins award for humanitarian assistance to the citizens of Ukraine

[electronic translation] By the end of 2014 the staff of the plant “Rostvertol” (part of the holding “Russian Helicopters” Rostec, SC) was awarded an honorary award governor of Rostov region for the provision of humanitarian assistance to the citizens of Ukraine affected by the civil war in the Donbass. Total prize in the Rostov region have… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-Feb-15

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British Prime Minister Cameron Praises Boeing-led Chinook Support Program

British Prime Minister Cameron Praises Boeing-led Chinook Support Program

British Prime Minister David Cameron praised Boeing [NYSE: BA] for providing excellent value, and a close partnership with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD), which led to a five-year extension of the contract under which Boeing supports the Royal Air Force’s Chinook helicopters. “The Chinook support contract represents significant value for money for what… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 18-Feb-15

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BAE Systems wins AW159 Wildcat mission planning system contract

BAE Systems wins AW159 Wildcat mission planning system contract

The system will be used by Royal Navy and Army Air Corps pilots who fly the Wildcat. Combined Arms Gateway Environment (CAGE) is a unique system developed by BAE Systems that can be used on multiple platforms to plan, brief, rehearse, execute and debrief a mission using the latest situational awareness and planning support information…. Read more »

Source: BAE, 18-Feb-15

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Sarang helicopter display team reforms for AeroIndia 2015

Sarang helicopter display team reforms for AeroIndia 2015

Spectacular, colourful and vibrantly agile, the Sarang helicopter display team of the Indian Air Force will be back with a bang at Aero-India 2015. Await the copters enthrall the crowd with their “Inverted wine glass” formation, the diamond formation, their signature “Sarang split” manoeuvre and much more.  See Full Story

Source: DH, 18-Feb-15

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US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

US Army attending AW189 cold-weather testing in Michigan

The Army’s Redstone Test Center’s Aviation Flight Test directorate near Huntsville, Alabama, has sent a team to Sawyer to ice test the twin-engine AW189 helicopter.  See full story

Source: The State, 17-Feb-15

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Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $45M contact for CH-47s from Korea, Turkey and UAE

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $45M contact for CH-47s from Korea, Turkey and UAE

Robertson Fuel Systems, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a $45,352,938 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Korea, Turkey, UAE) to supply Extended Range Fuel Systems and associated support equipment for the CH-47 helicopter. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 3019. Bids were solicited via the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Feb-15

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Maritime Helicopter Support awarded $25M delivery order for H-60 components

Maritime Helicopter Support awarded $25M delivery order for H-60 components

Maritime Helicopter Support Co., Trevose, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $25,499,598 modification for firm-fixed-priced delivery order 0005 under previously awarded performance based logistics contract (N00383-11-D-0003F) in support of 1275 components of the H-60 aircraft. Work will be performed at Stratford, Connecticut (70 percent) and Oswego, New York, (30 percent) and work will be completed by January,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Feb-15

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Raytheon awarded $10M turret order for Australian MH-60R fleet

Raytheon awarded $10M turret order for Australian MH-60R fleet

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $10,464,556 for job order 0060 under previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for procurement of Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems Turret Units, electronic units and power converter units and data for the MH-60 Royal Australian Navy. This contract involves foreign military sales to Australia. The system is an airborne, electro-optic,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Feb-15

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Northrop Grumman to Feature Global Defence Capabilities at IDEX 2015

Northrop Grumman to Feature Global Defence Capabilities at IDEX 2015

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will showcase a range of systems including airborne early warning and control, C4ISR, radars, defence electronics, cyber security and an upgraded helicopter cockpit at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition to product displays, company representatives and subject matter experts will be… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 17-Feb-15

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Bell to showcase models of 525, V-22 and V-280 at IDEX 2015

Bell to showcase models of 525, V-22 and V-280 at IDEX 2015

Bell Helicopter will showcase their commercial and military products to a global audience at the company’s exhibit at stand 03-C30. A model of the new Bell 525 Relentless fly-by-wire commercial helicopter will be on display, along with models of the company’s next generation V-280 tiltrotor and the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. “IDEX is considered by… Read more »

Source: Textron, 17-Feb-15

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US Customs accept first of eight overhauled UH-1N helicopters

US Customs accept first of eight overhauled UH-1N helicopters

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) received the first of eight completely overhauled UH-1N twin-engine helicopters this week. This economical overhaul allows OAM to maintain critical capabilities necessary for the security of the American people, while saving valuable taxpayer dollars. The approximate cost for the overhaul is $1.3 million per… Read more »

Source: CBP, 17-Feb-15

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Haskell Awarded NAVFAC Contract for Joint Base Andrews Facility

Haskell Awarded NAVFAC Contract for Joint Base Andrews Facility

Washington has awarded a contract to Haskell for the design and construction of a $22 million helicopter operations facility. This 66,000 SF, 2-story HOF will accommodate consolidation of two squadrons, the 1st Helicopter Squadron (1HS) and the 811th Operational Support Squadron (811 OSS), into one facility. Design is underway with an anticipated construction start in… Read more »

Source: Haskell, 17-Feb-15

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Obama proposes $663M for Lockheed programs

Obama proposes $663M for Lockheed programs

The Obama administration’s $4 trillion 2016 budget released Monday proposes $663 million for two new helicopter programs that would involve work at Lockheed Martin facilities in Owego. See Full Story.  

Source: Press Connects, 17-Feb-15

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Investigation determines Marine’s fatal fall from aircraft was accidental

Investigation determines Marine’s fatal fall from aircraft was accidental

The investigation into the May 19, 2014, mishap that resulted in the death of a Marine MV-22 Osprey crew chief has determined that the Marine’s death was likely the result of an accidental fall from the aircraft. See Full Story.  

Source: Wwaytv3, 17-Feb-15

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17-Feb-15 32634 Kawasaki OH-1 Shirahama, Japan

Ditched into the sea after engine problem.  2 POB rescued safely

17-Feb-15

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Saab has US patent approved for unmanned helicopter rotorhead

Saab has US patent approved for unmanned helicopter rotorhead

From the full official documentation of US Patent 8944764 The invention claimed is:1. A main rotor arrangement for an UAV-helicopter, the main rotor arrangement comprising: a rotor mast defining a vertical axis of rotation, a hub for attachment of rotor blades, wherein the hub is mounted to the rotor mast in a tiltable way so… Read more »

Source: US PTO, 16-Feb-15

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Culdrose team start the very last Sea King “Zonal Survey”

Culdrose team start the very last Sea King “Zonal Survey”

Two Royal Navy Air Branch Reservists from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose have started the very last ever “Flying-MOT” of a Sea King Mk 5 before the aircraft is retired from service next year. The veteran Air Engineers, Chief Petty Officers Bruce Rowarth and Andy Harding who have served most of their naval careers with… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 16-Feb-15

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US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

The U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus, according to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. will support the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios…. Read more »

Source: Thad Cochran, 16-Feb-15

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