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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

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

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

Substantially damaged in force landing in an open field

06-Apr-15

Stock Check – A total of 237 NH90s have so far been delivered

Stock Check – A total of 237 NH90s have so far been delivered

The NH90 new generation helicopter entered service in 2006. Though it was designed primarily for military missions, the helicopter started its operational carreer as a disaster relief aircraft. The first operation occurred in Italy in 2009, after the earthquake in l’Aquila region. The Italian Army engaged its NH90 TTHs to provide disaster relief assistance to… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 01-Apr-15

Lynn Tilton sues SEC after regulator accuses her of fraud

Lynn Tilton sues SEC after regulator accuses her of fraud

MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton and her firm Patriarch Partners LLC on Wednesday sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to stop the regulator from pursuing a case accusing them of defrauding their investors.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 01-Apr-15

Ospreys Land On Korean Amphibious Assault Ship

Ospreys Land On Korean Amphibious Assault Ship

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft made its first ever landing on the flight deck of a Republic of Korea Navy amphibious assault ship off the coast of the Korean peninsula, March 26, 2015. The Osprey departed from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) nearby and landed on the ROK ship Dokdo (LPH-6111)…. Read more »

Source: Marines, 01-Apr-15

NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the difficulties in using the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s helicopters in cyclone-hit Vanuatu shows the Government needs to be very careful in making its next military purchases. See Full Story

Source: The New Zealand Herald, 01-Apr-15

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2nd MAW Marines earn Marine, NCO of the Year honors

2nd MAW Marines earn Marine, NCO of the Year honors

Two 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing non commissioned officers were recognized for their outstanding performance during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, March 20, 2015. Major Gen. William Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, recognized Cpl. Anthony Novelly as the 2014 II MEF Marine of the Year and… Read more »

Source: USMC, 01-Apr-15

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Heavy Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302 receives new home

Heavy Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302 receives new home

Base and station leaders gathered to observe the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 Hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River Friday. The hangar was designed to allow the air station to better support training and operational squadrons. “With a plan in place to relocate multiple squadrons from Marine… Read more »

Source: USMC, 01-Apr-15

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HAL renews Saab contract for Dhruv Self-protection Systems

HAL renews Saab contract for Dhruv Self-protection Systems

Defence and security company Saab (STO:SAABB) has received follow-on orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. The orders have a total value of approximately USD78 million (SEK740 million). Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids… Read more »

Source: SAAB, 01-Apr-15

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SEC Announces Fraud Charges Against Lynn Tilton

SEC Announces Fraud Charges Against Lynn Tilton

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against an investment adviser and her New York-based firms accused of hiding the poor performance of loan assets in three collateralized loan obligation (CLO) funds they manage. The SEC’s Enforcement Division alleges that Lynn Tilton and her Patriarch Partners firms have breached their fiduciary duties and… Read more »

Source: SEC, 31-Mar-15

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Breeze-Eastern Achieves 1,000-Hoist Delivery Milestone

Breeze-Eastern Achieves 1,000-Hoist Delivery Milestone

Breeze-Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, today announced the milestone delivery of more than 1,000 BL-29900 rescue hoist systems. “Building and delivering these 1,000 hoists is a point of pride for our team,” said President and CEO Brad Pedersen. “This milestone is a powerful reminder that our… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 30-Mar-15

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Axnes introduces PNG Wireless Intercom System to Quad-A Summit

Axnes introduces PNG Wireless Intercom System to Quad-A Summit

Axnes Aviation is proud to announce the next leap in wireless communication technology, with the introduction of its Polycon New Generation (PNG) Wireless intercom solution at the Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit 2015 in Nashville, TN. The new PNG system will be unveiled at the Becker Avionics booth today on booth #200 at 1:00pm. After 3 years… Read more »

Source: Axnes Aviation, 30-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters creates new Head of Digital Strategy role

Airbus Helicopters creates new Head of Digital Strategy role

Stéphane Chery has been appointed as Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Digital Strategy, reporting to Clive Schley, Head of Strategy and Marketing. He will be responsible for implementing the company’s vision and top objectives in this domain, enabling new culture and behaviors governing digital technologies across the company. Airbus Helicopters’ creation of the Digital Strategy position… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Mar-15

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Russian Defense Ministry Wants 100 ‘Arctic Terminator’ Helicopters

Russian Defense Ministry Wants 100 ‘Arctic Terminator’ Helicopters

The Defense Ministry wants up to 100 Mi-8 “Terminator” helicopters specially modified for service under the recently formed Arctic Command, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov was quoted by news agency TASS as saying Tuesday. See Full Story

Source: The Moscow Times, 30-Mar-15

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Donaldson Marks Centennial With Exhibit Of Advanced Filtration

Donaldson Marks Centennial With Exhibit Of Advanced Filtration

Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) marks its 100th anniversary this year with an exhibit at Quad A. Donaldson provides advanced technology filtration solutions that help protect military aircraft – and the crews and troops using them – from the adverse effects of dirt, dust and other environmental contaminants. The 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit is… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 30-Mar-15

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Bell extends UH-1Y and AH-1Z blade deal with Kaman

Bell extends UH-1Y and AH-1Z blade deal with Kaman

Kaman Corporation announced today that its Aerosystems division (Kaman) has been awarded an extension to its current contract with Bell Helicopter to manufacture skin and skin to core components for the Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters. This five-year follow on contract has an expected value in excess of $25 million. The components will continue to… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 27-Mar-15

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Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus Group yesterday delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota’s latest mission, as the service’s initial-entry training helicopter. The aircraft will join seven Lakotas previously in the Army inventory that have already been modified to the training configuration and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Mar-15

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UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the third five year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The contract provides a comprehensive availability based support package for the UK MoD’s fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters for the period 1st… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Mar-15

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27-Mar-15 163220 Bell TH-57B Pensacola, US-Florida

US Navy TH-57B rolled over onto its starboard side during a night training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured

27-Mar-15

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HMH-366 Marine earns the Danny L. Radish award for 2014

HMH-366 Marine earns the Danny L. Radish award for 2014

A Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., was awarded the Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year Award for 2014. The Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year Award was established in honor of Master Gunnery Sgt. Danny L. Radish, who served in Marine aviation with… Read more »

Source: USMC, 26-Mar-15

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26-Mar-15 Mil Mi-8 Phu Quy Island, Vietnam

Crashed on final approach due to gusty conditions.  Rolled over onto its side. Three of 8 POB taken to hospital were named as  Tran Van Thong, 36; Nguyen Xuan Toan, 53; and Dong Van Vu, 34

26-Mar-15

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First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

Manned-unmanned operations using helicopters linked with unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, have been used by the Army for a number of years. However, no single unit has ever actually been assigned to both assets until now, said Lt. Col. Tory Burgess, product manager for Shadow Tactical UAS. Burgess and others spoke during a media roundtable… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Mar-15

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US Navy hoping to buy V-22 Osprey fleet of 44

US Navy hoping to buy V-22 Osprey fleet of 44

The Navy says it plans to obtain its own fleet of 44 V-22 Ospreys, taking possession of eight a year starting in 2020. See Full Story

Source: Stars And Stripes, 25-Mar-15

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25-Mar-15 Bell UH-1 Sanaa, Yemen

Destroyed in reported Saudi air attack on hangar at Al-Dailami air base.  Photo shows Bell 412 on the left of this image

25-Mar-15

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25-Mar-15 Bell 412 Sanaa, Yemen

Destroyed in reported Saudi air attack on hangar at Al-Dailami air base.  Photo shows Bell 412 on the left of this image

25-Mar-15

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Go from Military to Civilian with HAI at Quad-A 2015

Go from Military to Civilian with HAI at Quad-A 2015

You’ve served your country and are part of the helicopter community. Now take advantage of two career-enhancing opportunities just for you at the Army Aviation Solutions Summit March 30–31 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN: the HAI Aviation Industry Career Fair and the HAI Career Development Seminar.  HAI Aviation Industry Career Fair Mon., March 30 • 9:00… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-Mar-15

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Anger at RAF Sea King event cancellation in Moray

Anger at RAF Sea King event cancellation in Moray

The cancellation of a party marking the retirement of Sea King helicopters has been met with anger. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 24-Mar-15

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24-Mar-15 29 Yellow Mil Mi-24 Kiev, Ukraine (1F)

1 killed and 2 injured when helicopter came down close to Ukraine’s capital Kiev (Kyiv) . Video from crash scene here

24-Mar-15

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Netherlands requests 17 CH-47F Chinooks in $1.05 Billion deal

Netherlands requests 17 CH-47F Chinooks in $1.05 Billion deal

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands for CH-47F Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.05 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 19, 2015. The Government… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 23-Mar-15

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Sikorsky awarded $93M contract for eight UH-60M for Tunisia

Sikorsky awarded $93M contract for eight UH-60M for Tunisia

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $93,312,100 modification (P00233) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for eight “Green” configured UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopters for the Tunisian government. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $93,312,100 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2016. Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Boeing awarded $713M contract to remanufacture 26 and build 4 CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing awarded $713M contract to remanufacture 26 and build 4 CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $713,896,061 modification (P00019) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for 26 remanufactured CH-47F helicopters, four new CH-47s, and the option of building two more CH-47s, and provides for over and above appropriated funding and obligates long lead funding for Production Lot 14. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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MD Helicopters awarded $31M contract for five months of MD530F support

MD Helicopters awarded $31M contract for five months of MD530F support

MD Helicopter Inc.,* Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $31,605,244 firm-fixed-price contract for five months of logistical support for 12 MD530F aircraft. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $15,486,569 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Aug. 30, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $23,954,200 modification (P00890) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to exercise an option to procure Program Year 10 contractor logistics support for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $23,954,200 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8M contract for H-1 HUMS systems

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8M contract for H-1 HUMS systems

Simmonds Precision Products Inc., Vergennes, Vermont, is being awarded an $8,092,320 firm-fixed-price order (0008) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0010) for the procurement of 32 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic and Health Usage Monitoring System (IMD HUMS) kits in support of the H-1 production upgrades, AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircrafts. Work will be performed in Vergennes,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Bell awarded $32M US Navy rotor blade contract

Bell awarded $32M US Navy rotor blade contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $32,493,960 firm-fixed-price contract for rotary wing blades. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a 39-month base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Texas with a May 30, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Upgraded RAF Puma – first NATO mission deployment

Upgraded RAF Puma – first NATO mission deployment

On a dark winter’s night, illuminated by runway lights, the first Puma HC Mark2 aircraft was loaded on to a single C17 transport aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire for the 3,608 mile journey to Kabul. Its departure came just days before the MOD announced that the new Puma, and the RAF’s latest version… Read more »

Source: RAF, 23-Mar-15

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22-Mar-15 2393 Mil Mi-14PL Jabal al-Zawiya, Syria (1F)

Pilot carried out an “emergency landing due to technical failure”. Four occupants were captured by opposition fighters, one crew member was shot by his captors and the fait of a sixth crew member is unknown.  Registration confirmed from this YouTube video

22-Mar-15

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Boeing Military Aircraft appoints VP of Business Development

Boeing Military Aircraft appoints VP of Business Development

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today named Jeff Johnson, vice president, Business Development, Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA). He succeeds Tim Norgart, who recently retired from Boeing. Johnson will be based in St. Louis, Missouri, and report to BMA President Shelley Lavender. Johnson has been president of Boeing Middle East since March 2011, based in the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Mar-15

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First Canadian F-model Chinook flight engineer earns his wings

First Canadian F-model Chinook flight engineer earns his wings

Corporal Reid Bellamy achieved a significant milestone for his squadron – 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron – late last month. On February 24, 2015, the squadron’s commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Chris McKenna, presented CH-147F Chinook helicopter flight engineer (FE) wings to Corporal Bellamy. To earn his wings, Corporal Bellamy successfully completed operational cadre training for the new… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 20-Mar-15

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Canada – 443 Maritime Helicopter Sqn invests new honorary colonel

Canada – 443 Maritime Helicopter Sqn invests new honorary colonel

Colonel Patrick MacNamara, commanding officer of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, invested the squadron’s new honorary colonel in a December 8, 2014, ceremony in Patricia Bay, British Columbia. Honorary Colonel Michael Sudul stepped into the position vacated by outgoing Honorary Colonel Jeffrey Morris, who served since 2009. Colonel Lise Bourgon, 12 Wing’s commander, presided over the… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 20-Mar-15

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Russian Helicopters delivered 189 aircraft to Asia-Pacific region over three years

Russian Helicopters delivered 189 aircraft to Asia-Pacific region over three years

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, continues to supply helicopters across the Asia-Pacific region, including India. Over the past three years 189 commercial and military aircraft were delivered, which includes Rosoboron export contracts. In 2014 deliveries increased by 11% on 2012, and today more than 1,400 Russian-built helicopters operate in the region. “Over the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Mar-15

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MD Helicopters displays MD530G at LIMA

MD Helicopters displays MD530G at LIMA

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) announced today that it will attend the 2015 Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition at the Mashuri International Exhibition Centre, 17-21 March 2015. The MD Helicopters chalet and static display will feature the MD 530G, the mid-range model of the company’s new scout attack helicopter fleet. “MD Helicopters has delivered… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 18-Mar-15

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Airbus Defence and Space and Huneed Technologies to produce warning system for KAI Surion

Airbus Defence and Space and Huneed Technologies to produce warning system for KAI Surion

Airbus Defence and Space is joining forces with Huneed Technologies Co. Ltd., Incheon/Republic of Korea, to provide the new Korean Utility Helicopter “Surion” with advanced missile warning systems. The companies signed a cooperation agreement aiming at Huneed Technologies to produce core electronics components of Airbus Defence and Space’s MILDS missile warning system (MILDS = Missile… Read more »

Source: Airbus Defence and Space, 18-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters Malaysia and Boustead sign JV agreement for regional helicopter simulation center

Airbus Helicopters Malaysia and Boustead sign JV agreement for regional helicopter simulation center

Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC) signed an agreement today to acquire a 30 percent share in the Airbus Helicopters Simulation Center in Malaysia. This joint venture agreement was signed by BHIC Chairman YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin and Philippe Monteux, Airbus Helicopters Senior Vice President for South East Asia & Pacific… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Mar-15

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AW Training Academy Malaysia Set to Receive AW139 Maintenance Trainer Simulator

AW Training Academy Malaysia Set to Receive AW139 Maintenance Trainer Simulator

AgustaWestland announced today that its Training Academy in Malaysia will receive an AW139 Maintenance Trainer Simulator later this year. This will enable practical elements of AW139 airframe and avionics courses to be undertaken in Malaysia by customers in the region. The full aircraft maintenance trainer simulator enables students to undertake maintenance and fault finding tasks… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Mar-15

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Russian Helicopters to showcase commercial and military helicopters at LIMA 2015

Russian Helicopters to showcase commercial and military helicopters at LIMA 2015

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase its latest developments at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, LIMA 2015, which will be held on Malaysia’s Langkawi island from 17 to 21 March. Russian Helicopters will display its multirole Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters at LIMA-2015. Military models will also be centre-stage: together with… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-Mar-15

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RCAF Soldiers learn to be first responders during Angkor Sentinel 2015

RCAF Soldiers learn to be first responders during Angkor Sentinel 2015

Members of the 18th Medical Command Group conducted a four-day, medical first responder exercise for soldiers from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, March 11, 2015. Working in two-man teams, the RCAF soldiers simulated responding to a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief scenario where patients with medical needs were waiting. Each patient was assessed and treated as necessary,… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 18-Mar-15

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French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

Friday, March 13, 2015 was an important date for the NH90 Caiman in France as it became a combat helicopter in its own right following the statement by the General Staff of the Navy of an initial operational capability of firing the torpedo MU90 .  This is a major milestone for the torque capability FREMM / Cayman… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 17-Mar-15

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Mexico requests three UH-60M in total package worth $110M

Mexico requests three UH-60M in total package worth $110M

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico for UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $110 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 16, 2015. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 17-Mar-15

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Quad-A Announces 2015 Army Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees

Quad-A Announces 2015 Army Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees

Three new members will be inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), in ceremonies at the Hall of Fame Dinner during the AAAA Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday, March 30, 2015. The Army Aviation Hall of Fame honors those persons… Read more »

Source: AAAA, 17-Mar-15

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17-Mar-15 Q-15 Boeing AH-64D Gao, Mali (2F)

Captain Rene Zeetsen, 30, was killed in the crash and First Lieutenant Ernst Mollinger, 26, died later in a field hospital

17-Mar-15

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17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

17-Mar-15 MM80722 Agusta-Bell 205A.1 Casera Razzo, Italy

Heavy landing on snow, damaging the helicopter. two pilots and two technicians on board were not seriously injured.  Army code EI-351

17-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters delivers 2 upgraded AS532 for the French Army Aviation

Airbus Helicopters delivers 2 upgraded AS532 for the French Army Aviation

The French General Directorate for Armament (DGA) took delivery of 2 upgraded AS532 Cougar for the French Army Aviation on Friday the 13th March. Airbus Helicopters was awarded with an ambitious modernization program, by the French General Directorate for Armament, for the 26 Cougar aircraft that are operated by the French Army Aviation. The upgrade… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Mar-15

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16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (1 of 2)

16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (1 of 2)

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron

16-Mar-15

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16-Mar-15 Bell TH-67A Tainan City, Taiwan (2 of 2)

Manoevring accident – in hover, tail rotor hit the tail rotor of another helicopter on the apron

16-Mar-15

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HABCO and Sikorsky displayed PinPoint Tool Control System at Heli-Expo

HABCO and Sikorsky displayed PinPoint Tool Control System at Heli-Expo

HABCO and Sikorsky have joined forces once again in displaying PinPoint tool control system (pictured) at the 2015 Heli-Expo. With Director of Sales, Daniel Franzese heading up the show on HABCO’s end, they were able to introduce a new, sleeker, streamlined version of the AeroVIEW™.  Complete with a variety of customization options, from door configurations to… Read more »

Source: Habco, 15-Mar-15

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Seasprites Formally Handed over to NZ Defence Force

Seasprites Formally Handed over to NZ Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) officially accepted ownership of the new Seasprite SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman Aerospace in a ceremony at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland this morning. There are three new Seasprites at Base Auckland and the remaining five will be delivered by September. The new SH-2G(I) replaces the SH-2G model… Read more »

Source: NZDF, 13-Mar-15

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United Technologies confirms Sikorsky up for disposal

United Technologies confirms Sikorsky up for disposal

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a review of strategic alternatives for the corporation’s Sikorsky Aircraft business, including a potential tax-free spinoff. “As part of the portfolio review announced last December, we are exploring strategic options for Sikorsky to determine the best way to enhance its long-term… Read more »

Source: UTC, 13-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 12551 Mil Mi-17 Belgrade, Serbia (7F)

EMS flight in poor weather conditions, crashed killing two medical staff, four crew and the baby patient, only a few days old.  A later report indicated “The post mortem showed there were 0.68 milligrams per milliliter of alcohol in Mehic’s blood, and 1.30 mg/ml in his urine.”

13-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 B511 Eurocopter AS565MB Gageodo Island, Korea (4F)

Crashed in waters off Gageodo Island, while trying to land near a seawall to carry out a mission to transport an emergency patient to an inland hospital. The accident left one dead and three others aboard the helicopter missing.

13-Mar-15

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Heli-Expo 2015: a strategic summary

Heli-Expo 2015: a strategic summary

With time to reflect following the end of Heli Expo, Andrew Drwiega gives a quick summary of some of the key points that were made by OEMs during the show. Now that the dust has settled from Heli Expo, Florida, for another year what, if anything, did we learn from the world’s biggest helicopter exposition?… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-15

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New Chinooks enhance Cal Guard’s mission capability

New Chinooks enhance Cal Guard’s mission capability

New upgrades to an old workhorse are bringing added capability to the California National Guard’s helicopter fleet. The Cal Guard has been replacing its aging CH-47D fleet, which consists of aircraft originally built in the 1960s and ’70s, with brand new, high-tech CH-47F Chinooks. The first of 12 new CH-47F Chinooks arrived at the Cal… Read more »

Source: USCG, 12-Mar-15

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Transportation Museum welcomes new piece of history

Transportation Museum welcomes new piece of history

The U.S. Army Transportation Museum received a retired piece of modern history to add to their full aviation pavilion at Fort Eustis, Virginia, March 10, 2015. The museum welcomed a 30-year-old VH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Fort Belvoir, Virginia, designed to transport VIPs throughout the Military District of Washington. David Hanselman, U.S. Army Transportation Museum… Read more »

Source: US Army, 12-Mar-15

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Sikorsky awarded $241M option for 22 UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $241M option for 22 UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $241,701,155 modification (P00232) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise option for a quantity of 22 UH-60M aircraft to support contingency operations. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $241,701,155 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2016. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-15

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Bell awarded $8.4M contract on 407s for Fire Scout program

Bell awarded $8.4M contract on 407s for Fire Scout program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded an $8,431,030 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-14-C-0022) to exercise an option for delivery of one Bell 407 Analog Helicopter, and preservation and storage of seven aircraft in support of the endurance upgrade of the MQ-8C Fire Scout. Work will be performed in Ozark,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 Boeing V-22 Futenma, Japan

Aluminum part about 20.3 centimeters long and 7.6 centimeters wide, weighing about 164 grams, fell from aircraft in flight.  US military reportedly took four days to advise local Japanese authorities

12-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland must get ‘fair opportunity’ to win Apache helicopter deal

AgustaWestland must get ‘fair opportunity’ to win Apache helicopter deal

An MP has claimed Westcountry defence manufacturer AgustaWestland was “cut out” of a £1 billion deal to build the Army’s next fleet of Apache helicopters. See Full Story

Source: Western Morning News, 11-Mar-15

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UH-72A delivers on commitments to both US Army and US taxpayers

UH-72A delivers on commitments to both US Army and US taxpayers

The U.S. Army’s recent order for an additional 41 UH-72A Lakota helicopters underscores the continuing value the Army places on the Lakota’s low cost multi-mission capabilities, high performance and reliability. It also validates the work done by Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Group Inc. to fulfil commitments made to the Army and the U.S. government…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Mar-15

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Rugged COTS-Based Helicopter Avionics and Subsystem Solutions Displayed by Curtiss-Wright

Rugged COTS-Based Helicopter Avionics and Subsystem Solutions Displayed by Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced that its Defense Solution division will display a wide range of its industry leading COTS-based solutions designed for use on commercial and defense aerospace helicopter platforms at Heli-Expo 2015 (Booth# 5466) The broad range of highly engineered solutions displayed will include: • Air data and data acquisition avionics; • Rugged touchscreen LCD… Read more »

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 09-Mar-15

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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

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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

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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

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