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Dillon Aero wins $14M contract for weapon systems on US Army helicopters

Dillon Aero wins $14M contract for weapon systems on US Army helicopters

Dillon Aero,* Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded a $13,987,456 firm-fixed-price multi-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for spare parts for the M134D weapons system in support of the CH-47, UH-60, MI-17, and OH-6 helicopters. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of May 15, 2018. Bids were solicited via the Internet… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-May-15

Airbus H145M certified by EASA

Airbus H145M certified by EASA

Airbus Helicopters’ H145M has been certified by the European EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) airworthiness authority, clearing the way for the military type approval and initial two deliveries of this multi-role twin-engine military rotorcraft before year-end. Its first customer is the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), who has ordered 15 rotorcraft to be operated by the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-May-15

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III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific

III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific

OKINAWA, Japan – As of May 13, 8:35pm, Japanese Standard Time, the search for six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese service members aboard the missing UH-1Y Huey continues. Two UH-1Y Hueys with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, and two MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, flew nine sorties and approximately 21 flight… Read more »

Source: USMC, 14-May-15

All Metal MS releases custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145

All Metal MS releases custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “safety first” aircraft maintenance stands, assembly/production line platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced today the release of custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145. Utilizing feedback from their valued client, The National Guard, All Metal enhanced… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 13-May-15

DiSTI wins contract for UH -72A Virtual Maintenance Trainer

DiSTI wins contract for UH -72A Virtual Maintenance Trainer

The DiSTI Corporation, a leading provider of graphical user interface software and customized 3-D virtual maintenance training solutions, today announced a contract award from the U.S. Army to develop a virtual maintenance trainer (VMT) for the UH-72A Lakota helicopter. The $4.4 million contract includes the development of twelve (12) interactive student workstations with a networked… Read more »

Source: DiSTI, 13-May-15

New Zealand Hueys start final tour

New Zealand Hueys start final tour

The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s fleet of Iroquois helicopters has provided almost 50 years of service to New Zealand and has been a stalwart of Defence Force operations since its purchase. The Iroquois is scheduled to cease flying operations with the Air Force on 01 July 2015. Ahead of this withdrawal from service, No.3… Read more »

Source: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 12-May-15

CV-22 Osprey Squadron Headed for Japan

CV-22 Osprey Squadron Headed for Japan

The Department of Defense announced plans to station a special operations squadron of CV-22 Osprey aircraft at Yokota Air Base, Japan, according to a DoD news release issued today. The first three aircraft will arrive in the second half of 2017 with an additional seven aircraft scheduled to arrive by 2021, the release said. The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-May-15

Vector demonstrates flexibility in Portuguese Lynx programme

Vector demonstrates flexibility in Portuguese Lynx programme

Vector Aerospace’s world leading position for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the Lynx military helicopter has been further underlined by a programme conducted at the company’s Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire and the Portuguese Navy Squadron based in Lisbon. The initial project involved one of the Portuguese Mk.95 Lynx, being inducted into Fleetlands for… Read more »

Source: Vector, 11-May-15

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Russian Helicopters military aircraft participate in Red Square victory parade

Russian Helicopters military aircraft participate in Red Square victory parade

Mi-26, Mi-28N Night Hunter, Mi-35M, Ka-52 Alligator and Mi-8/17 military helicopters built by Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) took part in the flight programmes of today’s parade ceremonies on Moscow’s Red Square and in towns and cities across Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Russian Great Patriotic War… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-May-15

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GE wins deal worth up to $2 billion for engines for Taiwan, others

GE wins deal worth up to $2 billion for engines for Taiwan, others

General Electric Co has won a five-year contract valued at up to $2 billion to supply helicopter engines to the government of Taiwan and support a number of U.S. military services, the Defense Department said on Friday. See Full Story

Source: Business Insider, 11-May-15

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Leesburg company to buy, refurbish used Blackhawks from Army

Leesburg company to buy, refurbish used Blackhawks from Army

You’ve seen  them in the movies, and you know our military relies on them, but did you know the Blackhawk helicopter is the most effective transport when fighting major forest fires? See Full Story

Source: my fox orlando, 11-May-15

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11-May-15 Bell AH-1W South Gate, US-California

Emergency landing Monday in the bed of the Los Angeles River near South Gate due to electrical problem.  No injuries to 2 POB or damage to the helicopter.  Military registration not known, but carries squadron code 423 by the nose

11-May-15

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Russian Helicopters delivers first batch of repaired Ka-31s to India

Russian Helicopters delivers first batch of repaired Ka-31s to India

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has delivered the first two repaired Ka-31 helicopters, produced by Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (a Russian Helicopters company), to India. In 2004, Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise supplied nine Ka-31 helicopters to India. Six needed comprehensive repairs before their first scheduled overhaul, and were sent to Kumertau for this… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-May-15

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Australia commissions first two CH-47F Chinooks

Australia commissions first two CH-47F Chinooks

We are pleased to announce the commissioning into service of the first two CH-47F Chinook ‘Foxtrot’ helicopters. This Project, which represents an investment of $631 million in Australia’s safety and security, will deliver seven Chinook Foxtrots and two flight simulators, with all major equipment deliveries scheduled for completion by August 2015. These helicopters, which will… Read more »

Source: Department Of Defence Ministers, 07-May-15

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Jordan requests a UH-60M VIP Blackhawk

Jordan requests a UH-60M VIP Blackhawk

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Jordan for a UH-60M VIP Blackhawk helicopter and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $21 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Jordan… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 05-May-15

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Japan seeks to buy 17 V-22 Ospreys

Japan seeks to buy 17 V-22 Ospreys

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for V-22B Block C Osprey aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 05-May-15

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02-May-15 Mil Mi-17 Kohat, Pakistan

Damaged after hitting container (some reports say “hit barrier”) during landing phase.  2 POB injured, not seriously

02-May-15

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Columbia Helicopters gets $63M extension to Afghan contract

Columbia Helicopters gets $63M extension to Afghan contract

Two companies have been awarded contracts for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. Columbia Helicopters Inc., Aurora, Oregon, was awarded a $63,644,013 modification (0002-31) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $377,093,731… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-15

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Boeing wins $247M contract to revitalise AH-64 and CH-47 fleets

Boeing wins $247M contract to revitalise AH-64 and CH-47 fleets

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $247,094,589 firm-fixed-price multi-year contract to overhaul, repair, and recapitalize the AH-64 and H-47 airframe and weapons system. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2019. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Army Contracting Command,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-15

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Russian Helicopters and China to collaborate on new models

Russian Helicopters and China to collaborate on new models

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Vice Premier of the State Council of China Wang Yang met in Hangzhou for talks. The Russian delegation also included Alexander Mikheev, CEO of the  Russian Helicopters holding, which is part of the Rostec Corporation. The talks were held in preparation for the next meeting of the heads of Russia and… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 30-Apr-15

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US Army to reduce headcount in Germany by 1,900

US Army to reduce headcount in Germany by 1,900

The Defense Department will restructure the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and subordinate units in Germany as part of the Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative in Europe, defense officials said today in a statement. The 12th CAB restructuring will reduce the U.S. presence in Germany by about 1,900 military positions and an estimated 2,850 family members, officials… Read more »

Source: DoD, 30-Apr-15

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Canadian CSAR capability not a priority at this time

Canadian CSAR capability not a priority at this time

Most Canadians are aware that Canada possesses a sophisticated search and rescue capability, with its aircraft and helicopters primarily flown by Canada’s Air Force.  See Full Story

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 30-Apr-15

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Former AW managers investigated over Algerian deal

Former AW managers investigated over Algerian deal

Italian tax police carried out searches in several cities on Thursday relating to allegations of corruption by former managers of Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland over a helicopter contract in Algeria, Italian prosecutors said. The new investigation comes as Finmeccanica’s CEO Mauro Moretti, appointed last year, seeks to restore the state-controlled defence group’s reputation after a separate… Read more »

Source: Agustawestland, 30-Apr-15

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Lockheed Martin awarded $10M for UAE AH-64 target sights

Lockheed Martin awarded $10M for UAE AH-64 target sights

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $10,466,558 fixed-price-incentive foreign military sales contract (UAE) to procure AH-64 Helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight, performance based logistics, and contractor engineering technical service program. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 27, 2019. One bid was solicited with one… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Apr-15

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NATO contracts CAE for maintenance of Lynx full-mission flight trainer

NATO contracts CAE for maintenance of  Lynx full-mission flight trainer

The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) has contracted CAE to provide maintenance and support services on theCAE-built Lynx full-mission flight trainer (FMFT) based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Nordholz in Germany. Under terms of the three-year contract, which includes an additional two option years, CAE will provide on-site maintenance services as well as logistics support and visual database development services…. Read more »

Source: CAE, 29-Apr-15

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PZL Swidnik issues statement regarding Polish military selection

PZL Swidnik issues statement regarding Polish military selection

PZL Swidnik have issued the following statement in Polish language – the following is an electronic translation 1. PZL Swidnik states that so far made ​​public by the President of the social media company information on the proposed delivery of the first helicopter in 2017 by PZL-Swidnik are true. In this way, the content of PZL-Swidnik… Read more »

Source: PZL Swidnik, 27-Apr-15

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Sikorsky sells Eclipse Aerospace stake – is PZL-Mielec next?

Sikorsky sells Eclipse Aerospace stake – is PZL-Mielec next?

As parent company UTC prepares Sikorsky for sale, it would appear that they are “tidying up” to ensure a smooth transfer process to a new owner. One part of this has been to sell their stake in Eclipse Aerospace, a manufacturer of VLJs (Very Light Jets), which they purchased in February 2011. At the Sun… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Apr-15

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25-Apr-15 Mil Mi-35 Sriganganagar, India

on Army training exercise.  3 POB evacuated safely

25-Apr-15

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Despite Russian Aggression, US Apache Helicopters To Be Removed From Germany

Despite Russian Aggression, US Apache Helicopters To Be Removed From Germany

Despite growing tension between Russia and Western Europe, the United States is planning to move 24 military helicopters over the next two years from Germany to Alaska, media reports said Sunday. The timing of the transfer of such major military assets has been criticized amid Russia’s growing presence in Ukraine and the U.S.’s recent assurances… Read more »

Source: International Business Times, 24-Apr-15

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Cuban Government visit Russian Helicopters plant in Kazan

Cuban Government visit Russian Helicopters plant in Kazan

Kazan Helicopter Plant, a subsidiary of the holding “Russian Helicopters” Rostec, SC, was one of the venues for XXIII Russian-Cuban Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. Members of the Commission, accompanied by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Ildar Khalikov and the Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-Apr-15

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Louisiana National Guard demonstrates readiness for disasters

Louisiana National Guard demonstrates readiness for disasters

The Louisiana National Guard participated in a statewide disaster response exercise (DRX) designed to test the capabilities of various local, state and federal agencies, April 18, 2015. The exercise, organized by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, involved training missions that took place simultaneously at Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia, Camp… Read more »

Source: LANG, 23-Apr-15

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La. Air Guard hosts joint aeromedical evacuation exercise

La. Air Guard hosts joint aeromedical evacuation exercise

The Louisiana Air National Guard is hosting a joint aeromedical evacuation exercise, Ultimate Caduceus 2015, at the Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, April 16-18. Ultimate Caduceus 2015 is a joint exercise with Air Mobility Command, U.S. Transportation Command, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Louisiana Emergency Operation Center and Louisiana Department of Health… Read more »

Source: LANG, 23-Apr-15

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443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron: New hangar opened and new Colour consecrated

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron: New hangar opened and new Colour consecrated

A ceremony was held to mark the official opening and naming of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron’s new hangar facility at the Victoria International Airport in British Columbia on April 9, 2015. The ceremony, presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Judith Guichon, also included the consecration of a new Colour (standard) for the… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 23-Apr-15

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23-Apr-15 Harbin Z-9AE Douala, Cameroon

Photos show tail missing and helicopter partly on its side with starboard gear collapsed and main blades broken.  Aircraft was involved in practice flights for Cameroon’s National Day on 20th May.  2 POB to hospital but released within 2 days.

23-Apr-15

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Helibras working with AEL on weapons upgrades for Brazilian Fennec fleet

Helibras working with AEL on weapons upgrades for Brazilian Fennec fleet

[electronic translation] Helibras is working in partnership with AEL, a proposal for the request (RFP) issued by the Army to provide new weapons for the Fennec helicopter operated by the Force. The company, which is making the modernization of the fleet model at its plant in Itajubá (MG), also developed new skills from the transfer… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 21-Apr-15

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20,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

20,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

HeliHub.com is having continuing success with its “Gallery” feature, recording over 20,000 images in its main Gallery, and almost 350 photographers have joined as members of the Gallery.  Both of these numbers continue to grow, with two photographers now breaking the 1,000 milestone of contributed images. The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Apr-15

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $7.5M delivery order for V-22 constant frequency generator

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $7.5M delivery order for V-22 constant frequency generator

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $7,573,995 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7009 against previously awarded contract (N00383-12-D-001N) for the repair of the V-22 Osprey aircraft constant frequency generator. Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 working capital (Navy) funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-15

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Poland pre-selects Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Poland pre-selects Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli Invest Services welcome the decision of the Polish Ministry of Defence to pre-select the H225M Caracal from Airbus Helicopters. We are fully committed to providing Poland with the best product and support for this long-term strategic program. We believe our offer will deeply strengthen the defence capabilities of Poland… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 21-Apr-15

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Rockwell Collins Unveils TruNet Networked Communications Solution

Rockwell Collins Unveils TruNet Networked Communications Solution

For years, the U.S. armed forces and militaries around the world have sought an interoperable, scalable, ad hoc networked communications system that allows warfighters to talk with each other, no matter if they are located on the ground or in the air. Now Rockwell Collins has cracked that code with its TruNet networked communications solution… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 21-Apr-15

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AW139 Reliability Data Sharing Group holds first meeting

AW139 Reliability Data Sharing Group holds first meeting

The 15th April 2015 saw the Launch of the First AgustaWestland conference to be transmitted by webcast to our worldwide AW139 Customer locations (Canada, United States, UK, Italy, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan & Australia). The AW139 Reliability Data Sharing Group (RDSG) Launch event, organized by Product Support Engineering with the help of AgustaWestland… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Apr-15

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RAF Valley Sea King flies 10,000th mission

RAF Valley Sea King flies 10,000th mission

The rescue happened at night in the Ogwen Valley of Snowdonia, when a young London woman with an ankle injury was winched aboard and flown to hospital at Bangor.  See Full Story

Source: North Wales Chronicle, 21-Apr-15

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Korean Government seals $1.5M deal with KAI to replace MD500 and AH-1 fleets

Korean Government seals $1.5M deal with KAI to replace MD500 and AH-1 fleets

South Korea’s defense acquisition agency has struck a deal with Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, to develop home-built military and civilian helicopters by 2022, officials said Wednesday. See Full Story

Source: The Korea Herald, 21-Apr-15

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Ex-US Army colonel tied to Lynn Tilton pleads guilty

Ex-US Army colonel tied to Lynn Tilton pleads guilty

A retired U.S. Army colonel pleaded guilty on Monday to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton’s private equity firm while taking steps to enable a helicopter company it controlled to get paid faster by the Defense Department. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 21-Apr-15

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21-Apr-15 HA-5066 Bell 205A1 Ahmad Yani, Indonesia

Photos show UH-1 after very heavy landing, upright but skids partially collapsed. Main blades appear complete and still attached to rotorhead.

21-Apr-15

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Russian Helicopters delivers batch of Ka226s to Russian military

Russian Helicopters delivers batch of Ka226s to Russian military

[electronic translation] Holding “Russian Helicopters” State Corporation Rostec successfully completed the transfer of the party light multi-purpose helicopters Ka-226.80 Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, which was noted at the bottom of the Unified acceptance of military products.Helicopters have been provided for all tests taken by the Ministry of Defense and the military representative… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 20-Apr-15

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Philippines halts contract for 21 Hueys

Philippines halts contract for 21 Hueys

The Philippines has terminated the contract to purchase 21 helicopters worth about P1.2 billion, a Palace official said Friday. See Full Story

Source: Manila Standard Today, 20-Apr-15

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Boeing awarded $321M contract for Apache development

Boeing awarded $321M contract for Apache development

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $321,800,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee undefinitized contract to complete development of the base line Apache attack helicopter, and for the integration of modifications. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018. Bids were solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, testing,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $62M contract for MV-22 hangar facility in Hawaii

Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $62M contract for MV-22 hangar facility in Hawaii

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $62,493,027 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a hangar, parking apron, and taxiway to support one MV-22 squadron at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The multi-story modified aircraft maintenance hangar will provide a weather protected shelter for inspection, service and maintenance. The high bay aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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International Enterprises awarded $20M repair contract for AH-64 pilot and crew helmets

International Enterprises awarded $20M repair contract for AH-64 pilot and crew helmets

International Enterprises Inc., Talladega, Alabama, was awarded a $20,565,202 firm-fixed- price contract for repair of various Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System components for AH-64 Apache pilots and crew. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 10, 2018. One bid was solicited with one received…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky Aircraft CorporationCorp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $480,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for spare parts that will be used in various weapon system platforms, including the H-53 and H-60 platforms. Estimated value cited is based on demand quantities for the life of the contract. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a five-year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Northrop Grumman awarded $83M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers

Northrop Grumman awarded $83M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded an $83,738,954 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research and development efforts associated with the system improvement of system configuration sets for the AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers in support of the U.S. Marine Corps. Efforts include designing, developing, and implementing upgrades to existing mission computer software and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $9,360,135 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Thailand) for UH-72A helicopter support, hardware, and services for the Royal Thai Army. Work will be performed in Thailand with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2017. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 other procurement… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 gearbox parts

Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 gearbox parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $7,098,324 firm fixed price contract for gearbox assembly spare parts in support of the H-1 helicopter. This contract was a sole-source. This is a 54-base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Texas with a Sept. 30, 2019, performance completion date…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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19-Apr-15 Mil Mi-24 Illizi, Algeria (2F)

Further Details not reported

19-Apr-15

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19-Apr-15 Boeing CH-47 Lisvane, UK

Chinook dropped part of its underslung load in farm field.  Chinook was flying as part of the Joint Warrior exercise

19-Apr-15

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AW139 enters service with Carabineros de Chile

AW139 enters service with Carabineros de Chile

AgustaWestland announced today that the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter delivered to the Carabineros de Chile has now entered service. The aircraft will be used to support a wide range of missions including public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security across the nation, search and rescue and transport. The exceptional… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Apr-15

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New home at Victoria airport has helicopter unit flying high

New home at Victoria airport has helicopter unit flying high

Canada’s Pacific coast helicopter unit has moved into a $155-million facility at Victoria International Airport, bringing together operations that had been spread among aging structures. See Full Story

Source: Times Colonist, 17-Apr-15

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Conflict At Serbian Army Leadership Over Mi-17 Crash

Conflict At Serbian Army Leadership Over Mi-17 Crash

The conflict between Chief of Staff Ljubisa Dikovic and the top management of air defense has grounded all aircrafts, writes Serbian daily “Blic”. See Full Story

Source: in News, 17-Apr-15

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Boeing-Built CH-147F Maintenance Training Center Opens in Canada

Boeing-Built CH-147F Maintenance Training Center Opens in Canada

In 2013 and 2014, The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) took delivery of 15 new Boeing-built CH-147F Chinook helicopters, among the most capable and advanced variants of the legendary Chinook family. Now, the RCAF and Boeing have unveiled an equally advanced training facility for those helicopters. The Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopters (MHLH) Maintenance Training Center at… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 16-Apr-15

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Russian Helicopters details LAAD Defence & Security 2015 activities

Russian Helicopters details LAAD Defence & Security 2015 activities

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is taking part in the Latin American aerospace and defence technology exhibition and conference LAAD Defence & Security 2015 which will run from 14 to 17 April in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Russian Helicopters will showcase its series produced commercial and military helicopters, as well as its latest… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Apr-15

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Russian Helicopters announces results for year to 31 December 2014

Russian Helicopters announces results for year to 31 December 2014

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters and manufacturer of some of the world’s most innovative and widely operated models, announces its consolidated operating and audited financial results for the year ended 31 December 2014 under IFRS. Main results: · Revenue grew by 22.8% to RUB 169.8… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Apr-15

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Forestry Commission and National Guard partner for firefighting training in South Carolina

Forestry Commission and National Guard partner for firefighting training in South Carolina

As a man-made fire burns through the forest, threatening property and lives, the South Carolina National Guard is called in to assist civilian firefighters in extinguishing the blaze. This is the scenario the Soldiers and aviators of the 2-151st Security and Support Aviation Battalion faced at Manchester State Forest here during a training exercise April… Read more »

Source: US National Guard, 15-Apr-15

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15-Apr-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Solana Beach, US-California

Emergency landing on public beach after reported oil leak

15-Apr-15

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AgustaWestland, Bristow, Doss Aviation And Rockwell Collins propose AW119Kx for US military training

AgustaWestland, Bristow, Doss Aviation And Rockwell Collins propose AW119Kx for US military training

AgustaWestland North America, along with Bristow Group, Doss Aviation and Rockwell Collins, announced today that they are in discussions to develop a turn-key solution to address the rotary-wing pilot training needs of U.S. military and government customers. The solution would provide for total life-cycle support and management, centered around the U.S.-built AW119 helicopter, the best-in-class… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Apr-15

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VMM-163 CO goes out with large scale training op

VMM-163 CO goes out with large scale training op

Nearly two years ago, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 conducted a large-scale division flight to test their efficiency, readiness, and capabilities. Today, the squadron flawlessly executed the same flight, symbolizing continuity in light of the changing winds. Lt. Col. Jason Holden, commanding officer of VMM-163, and a Woodbridge, Virginia, native, will relinquish command of… Read more »

Source: USMC, 14-Apr-15

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Bell take four military rotorcraft to LAAD 2015 in Brazil

Bell take four military rotorcraft to LAAD 2015 in Brazil

Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, announced today their joint participation in the tenth bi-annual LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition, held April 14 to April 17 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Subject matter experts from both Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available at Booth #J.20… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Apr-15

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India – Border Security Force inducts pair of Mi-17s

India – Border Security Force inducts pair of Mi-17s

The Border Security Force (BSF) has inducted two Russian-built Mi-17 V5 medium lift choppers to carry out air support missions along the border and for anti-Naxalite operations in the hinterland. See Full Story

Source: The Hindu, 10-Apr-15

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Ex-U.S. Army colonel tied to Tilton equity firm reaches plea deal

Ex-U.S. Army colonel tied to Tilton equity firm reaches plea deal

 A retired U.S. Army colonel has agreed to plead guilty to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton’s private equity firm while also taking steps to ensure a helicopter company it controlled got paid faster by the Department of Defense. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 09-Apr-15

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The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 – Major Programs

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 – Major Programs

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2j6bv2/the_global) has announced the addition of the “The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 – Major Programs: Market Profile” report to their offering. This report provides information on major programs planned in the global Military Rotorcraft market. It provides details on top programs in each segment expected to be executed during the forecast… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 09-Apr-15

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US: Ex-Army colonel negotiated job with defense contractor that had business with his office

US: Ex-Army colonel negotiated job with defense contractor that had business with his office

A retired Army colonel pleaded guilty to negotiating his post-military employment with a helicopter company that did business with the Defense Department office he ran while still in uniform, according to court records filed Tuesday by U.S. government attorneys. See Full Story

Source: U S News, 08-Apr-15

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Uganda budgets for new presidential helicopter

Uganda budgets for new presidential helicopter

A figure of 11.3 billion Ugandan Shillings ($3.77M) has been budgeted in 2015/6 for a new helicopter for President Yoweri Museveni, pictured here in a Government-issued image.  Some sources quote it slightly differently, saying that the figure is “at least 11.3 billion” and that it is for “a new helicopter and another specialized vehicle”.  HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-15

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US Coast Guard looks for new base to serve LA region

US Coast Guard looks for new base to serve LA region

The Coast Guard is searching for a new base of operations for helicopter crews serving the greater Los Angeles area. The current facility, which has been located in leased hangars and support buildings at Los Angeles International Airport since 1962, will no longer be available as of September 2016 due to airport expansion. Planning for… Read more »

Source: USCG, 07-Apr-15

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Eagle Technologies named as a V-280 supplier

Eagle Technologies named as a V-280 supplier

Eagle Technologies, a veteran owned company, is proud to announce they will be part of a growing list of suppliers participating in the manufacture of the first Bell V-280 Valor technology demonstrator. Eagle Technologies will manufacture the proprotor blades for the first V-280 tiltrotor, an aircraft that has been selected to advance as part of… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 07-Apr-15

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US Coast Guard team stops over 5200kg of cocaine in single interdiction

US Coast Guard team stops over 5200kg of cocaine in single interdiction

USS Gary (FFG 51), her embarked Helicopter Squadron and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment successfully intercepted a suspected narcotic-trafficking vessel in international waters off the coast of Central America in early March. This interdiction conducted in coordination with U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell (WHEC-719) and the Canadian Navy vessel HMCS Whitehorse (MM-705) is estimated… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 06-Apr-15

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06-Apr-15 31249 Hughes OH-6D Okada, Japan

Substantially damaged in force landing in an open field

06-Apr-15

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