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Rockwell Collins to display HeliSure™ flight situational awareness solutions at AeroIndia

Rockwell Collins to display HeliSure™ flight situational awareness solutions at AeroIndia

Rockwell Collins will be showcasing a broad range of affordable, capability-rich products and systems for the military at Aero India 2015, India’s premier defense expo. Highlighting the show will be a demonstration of a new, co-developed helicopter simulator with Zen Technologies. Rockwell Collins and Zen Technologies recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combine their strengths in… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 13-Feb-15

Indra to supply EC135 simulator to Spanish Army in €14.4m contract

Indra to supply EC135 simulator to Spanish Army in €14.4m contract

The Arms and Materials General Board (DGAM) for the Spanish Ministry of Defense has chosen Indra to provide an integrated training system for the EC135 helicopter; this project will be worth €14.4m. This system is comprised of the following: level D mission simulator, which reproduces aircraft flight behavior accurately; simulation support systems; and a computer-assisted… Read more »

Source: Indra, 13-Feb-15

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Sikorsky to collaborate with Brazilian Aerospace Academics

Sikorsky to collaborate with Brazilian Aerospace Academics

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Brazilian Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica (ITA) today celebrated the launch of the Collaboration for Rotorcraft Innovation to accelerate the development of rotorcraft technologists in Brazil. The initiative aims to increase undergraduate exposure to rotorcraft principles as part of a well-rounded aerospace engineering education in a country whose military already flies… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Feb-15

Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

Ultra Electronics announces that its Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £18m contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin maritime patrol helicopter. The contract will be executed over the next two years with options for a further two years. The contract, between Ultra and the MoD, for sonobuoy… Read more »

Source: Ultra Electronics, 13-Feb-15

UK – Regional Growth Fund award to boost Vector Aerospace expansion

UK – Regional Growth Fund award to boost Vector Aerospace expansion

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is to receive a Regional Growth Fund award from the UK Government. The award was announced by the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister of State… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 13-Feb-15

Thales and Rheinmetall expand Tiger training capabilities

Thales and Rheinmetall expand Tiger training capabilities

On the 16th of December 2014, the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has awarded a contract to Thales, in partnership with Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE), to supply or upgrade 20 Tiger combat helicopter simulators for the French and German armed forces. Thales and its partner will upgrade 18 simulators to the latest Tiger helicopter… Read more »

Source: Thales, 13-Feb-15

Bell takes 407GT to AeroIndia

Bell takes 407GT to AeroIndia

Bell Helicopter,Textron Aviation Inc.,and Textron Systems, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announced today their joint presence during Aero India 2015, February 18-22, at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. “Our strong showing at Aero India is evidence of Textron’s commitment to forge strategic relationships for coproduction and development in India,” said Inderjit Sial, president and managing… Read more »

Source: Textron, 12-Feb-15

12-Feb-15 8781 MD Helicopters MD500E Ebino, Japan (3F)

Two instructors and one student died on a training accident.  Weather was a factor and cause them to change their planned route after take-off.

12-Feb-15

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12-Feb-15 H-67 Eurocopter SA315B Punta de Vacas, Argentina

Emergency landing onto a mountain pass road and rolled over on landing

12-Feb-15

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12-Feb-15 Bell TH-57 Spencer Field, US-Florida

Training accident of a SeaRanger out of Whiting Field NAS, rolling over onto its side while landing

12-Feb-15

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12-Feb-15 Sikorsky MH-53E Norfolk, US-Virginia

Precautionary landing shortly after take off – MH-53E is currently focus of safety inspections regarding wiring and fuel lines

12-Feb-15

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Raytheon awarded $270M contract to support V-22 systems, testing and software

Raytheon awarded $270M contract to support V-22 systems, testing and software

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a potential value of $270 million by the U.S. Navy’s Air Systems Command to support V-22 Osprey systems, testing and software. The work will be performed by Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services at its facility in Indianapolis, Ind. Under the contract,… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 11-Feb-15

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Lockheed Martin awarded $82M for US Army Apache Targeting/Night Vision System

Lockheed Martin awarded $82M for US Army Apache Targeting/Night Vision System

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received an $82 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in December from the U.S. Army for AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system sustainment. The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Feb-15

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Bell Boeing Training System Readies Marine Pilots for High-Profile Mission

Bell Boeing Training System Readies Marine Pilots for High-Profile Mission

The V-22 team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Airlift Squadron, enabling Marine aviators to more efficiently train for their critical and highly-visible transport mission. With the simulators, which are installed at the squadron’s headquarters in Quantico, Va., aircrews can rehearse missions… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 11-Feb-15

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Russian Helicopters to showcase new maintenance equipment at NAIS&CA 2015

Russian Helicopters to showcase new maintenance equipment at NAIS&CA 2015

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) will showcase the latest equipment for aircraft maintenance bases and service centres at the 2nd National Airport Infrastructure Show and Civil Aviation, to be held in Moscow at Crocus Expo from 10 to 12 February. Russian Helicopters currently offers its clients a modern after-sale support service, built on… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Feb-15

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Butler wins contract for Apache chain gun parts

Butler wins contract for Apache chain gun parts

Butler National Corporation (OTC Pink: BUKS), a leading manufacturer and provider of support systems for commercial and military aircraft and a recognized provider of management services in diverse business groups including the gaming industry, announces its Tempe Arizona Division was awarded a contract for approximately $5 million from Orbital ATK, Inc., Mesa, AZ. (NYSE: OA)…. Read more »

Source: Butler, 11-Feb-15

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11-Feb-15 HAL Dhruv Ganderbal, India (2F)

Instructor and student killed on night training flight.  Crashed in rocky mountainous area and burnt out

11-Feb-15

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SC Army National Guard Apache unit changes leadership

SC Army National Guard Apache unit changes leadership

A change of command ceremony was held for the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard, at the Army Aviation flight facility at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Feb. 8, 2015. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. James Fidler relinquished command of the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter unit to Maj. John McElveen, in front… Read more »

Source: SC Army, 10-Feb-15

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Sogitec wins Swedish NH90 training contract

Sogitec wins Swedish NH90 training contract

SOGITEC INDUSTRIES has been awarded by Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk, FMV) a contract for the training of Swedish Air Force (AF) and FMV T&E (Test and Evaluation) NH90 crews. Training will be delivered to Swedish AF and FMV T&E personnel and will take place at the French Army Aviation Academy’s NH90 Joint Training… Read more »

Source: Sogitec, 10-Feb-15

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US Navy issues corrective action directive for CH-53E and MH-53E

US Navy issues corrective action directive for CH-53E and MH-53E

Issued Feb 6th –  U.S. Navy and Marine Corps leadership conducted a review board at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Feb. 6, 2015, to determine the effectiveness of mitigation measures that were put in place after the January 2014 MH-53E mishap. After an initial assessment by NAVAIR’s Heavy Lift Helicopters Program (PMA-261), the in-service support… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Feb-15

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Germany grounds NH90 over design flaw

Germany grounds NH90 over design flaw

The German military announced Friday that they had informed Airbus Helicopters (a partner in NH Industries) on Thursday 5th February 2015 of a design issue with the NH90.  Following their accident investigation of the crash of  one of their NH90 helicopters on June 19, 2014 in Uzbekistan, certain technical improvements to the overhead Control Panel… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Feb-15

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08-Feb-15 Eurocopter EC145 Toubkal, Morocco

Crashed on snowy mountainside.  Some reports say EC135, but the Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie have both EC135 and EC145 and analysis of the accident photo confirms EC145.  Thus the subject aircraft is one of their two EC145s, CN-BZE (9344) or CN-BZF (9369).  Reports also differ between the accident being on Saturday 07-Feb-15 and Sunday 08-Feb-15.  This… Read more »

Source: Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie, 08-Feb-15

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NAVAIR’s H-53 team wins DoD logistics award

NAVAIR’s H-53 team wins DoD logistics award

The H-53 Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Team was presented with a 2014 Secretary of Defense PBL award, Jan. 13. The 10thannual awards ceremony, which took place during the Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager Workshop at Defense Acquisition University in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, recognizes government and industry teams that have demonstrated outstanding achievements while providing the… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 06-Feb-15

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Thales awarded FMS software contract for US Army UH-60V cockpit

Thales awarded FMS software contract for US Army UH-60V cockpit

Thales (Euronext: HO) announces that it has been selected by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) to supply its state of the art Flight Management System software, i-FMS200, which will be embedded in the avionics mission equipment package that Northrop Grumman will provide to upgrade the US Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The upgraded version of… Read more »

Source: Thales, 06-Feb-15

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USAF using biodegradable binding material to save CV-22 engines

USAF using biodegradable binding material  to save CV-22 engines

The 58th Special Operations Wing has a plan to mitigate aircraft engine damage that happens during training missions using a biodegradable binding material at practice landing zones. TerraLOC — a material is described to 58th SOW officials as “Gorilla Glue on steroids,” by its manufacturer — binds the dirt in a landing zone together so… Read more »

Source: USAF, 06-Feb-15

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Military Rotorcraft Market Worth $27.3 Billion by 2025 Led by Asia Pacific Globally

Military Rotorcraft Market Worth $27.3 Billion by 2025 Led by Asia Pacific Globally

MarketReportsStore.com adds Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 research report of 186 pages that forecasts a CAGR of 2.61% for military rotorcraft industry across the globe for next 10 years. The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 report provides readers with a detailed analysis of both historic and forecast global industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges… Read more »

Source: Market Reports, 06-Feb-15

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Fourth Russian-produced AW139 flies

Fourth Russian-produced AW139 flies

Russian blogger Yevgeny Matveyev reported the first flight of a Russian produced AW139 last Thursday 29th January from the Tomilino airfield just outside Moscow where the joint venture company HeliVert has its facility.  While we all know that production lines never run in order, it did surprise us to see that after flying serials 60001, 60002 and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-15

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider Begins Ground Tests

Sikorsky S-97 Raider Begins Ground Tests

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced the start of bladed ground testing, a major milestone, for the S-97 RAIDER™ program. The RAIDER™ is an armed reconnaissance rotorcraft designed to significantly outmatch conventional military helicopters in maneuverability, payload, speed, range and high/hot environmental conditions. “Testing all of the aircraft’s… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 05-Feb-15

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Apache included in Boeing contract with US Defense Logistics Agency

Apache included in Boeing contract with US Defense Logistics Agency

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) signed the second phase of a performance-based contract that reduces combat logistics support costs while enhancing warfighter readiness. Under terms of the contract Boeing will provide support for 11 different aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet; AH-64 Apache; AV-8B Harrier; B-52 Stratofortress; C-17 Globemaster III… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 05-Feb-15

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Sikorsky subcontractor is second fastest growing exporter in Czech Republic

Sikorsky subcontractor is second fastest growing exporter in Czech Republic

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. took the second place in Exportér roku 2014 (Exporter of the year 2014) list in the category of export growth in 2012 and 2013. Aero thus benefits from the long-term growing trend within the entire industry. Aero was at the excellent 9th position in the growth of revenues among aircraft manufacturers… Read more »

Source: Aero Vodochody, 05-Feb-15

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Sea King moves from National Maritime Museum Cornwall to Yeovilton

Sea King moves from National Maritime Museum Cornwall to Yeovilton

Saying goodbye to an old friend is never easy and for the hundreds of thousands who have climbed aboard, relived and re-enacted being crew on a Sea King helicopter at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, all good things have to come to an end. See Full Story

05-Feb-15

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Mexico = Juárez gets new police helicopter

Mexico = Juárez gets new police helicopter

Officials on Tuesday announced that Juárez police will have a new helicopter. See Full Story

Source: Elipaso Times, 05-Feb-15

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US Appeals Court finds in favour of former Army helicopter pilot

US Appeals Court finds in favour of former Army helicopter pilot

A U.S. appeals court in New Orleans has found in favor of a former Army helicopter pilot who was denied disability benefits by a life insurer on the grounds that the pilot was still capable of working, even at a lower salary, and therefore was not totally disabled. See Full Story

Source: Insurance News Net, 05-Feb-15

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04-Feb-15 518 Bell UH-1H Camp Evangelista, Philippines

Two POB not seriously injuried in UH-1H crash in which helicopter ended up on its roof in open grass area

04-Feb-15

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UK – South Wales Police ASU joins NPAS

UK – South Wales Police ASU joins NPAS

Yesterday, Sunday 1 February, Gwent and South Wales Police joined the National Police Air Service (NPAS). NPAS, which began managing police air services in October 2012, has extended its operations into Wales meaning that almost every force in England and Wales is either part of the service, or is scheduled to join. Utilising the existing… Read more »

Source: Gwent Police, 03-Feb-15

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Northrop Grumman Receives Contract for MH-60S Laser Mine Detection Systems

Northrop Grumman Receives Contract for MH-60S Laser Mine Detection Systems

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received a contract from the U.S. Navy for the continued production of the AN/AES-1Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The contract includes the production of five ALMDS pod subsystems, support equipment, spares, and technical support. The ALMDS is mounted on an MH-60S helicopter. Flying over sea lanes, it finds… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 03-Feb-15

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Will UK Military upgrade RAF Northolt or close it to civilian traffic?

Will UK Military upgrade RAF Northolt or close it to civilian traffic?

•The safety of all civilian aircraft using government owned military aerodromes is the sole responsibility of the Civil Aviation Authority not the Military Aviation Authority or MOD. •The CAA is now responsible for deciding if RAF Northolt is safe for use by civil aircraft •An assessment by the CAA is required and this may require… Read more »

Source: LBHA, 03-Feb-15

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Vietnam grounds the Huey

Vietnam grounds the Huey

VIETNAM’S military announced Friday it has temporarily grounded Vietnam War-era US-built helicopters after a crash killed four personnel. See Full Story

Source: BT, 02-Feb-15

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02-Feb-15 Z3155 HAL Chetak Rangapahar, India

Crashed from 10-12 ft shortly after take off, 4 POB.  Pilots Colonel B K Singh and Major Kshitij not injured

02-Feb-15

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Lynx pilot gets Royal Navy wings from Prince Andrew

Lynx pilot gets Royal Navy wings from Prince Andrew

he first and last woman to become a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter pilot has received her wings from Prince Andrew. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 30-Jan-15

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Colorado Springs Police looks to restart air unit

Colorado Springs Police looks to restart air unit

Some guy brandishing a weapon. A high-speed chase. Missing children in the vicinity of rising waters. Site security for a presidential visit to Peterson Air Force Base. See Full Story

Source: csindy, 30-Jan-15

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State police float Michigan-wide drone use

State police float Michigan-wide drone use

The Michigan State Police could become the first police agency in the nation with statewide authorization to deploy an aerial drone to photograph vehicle crash scenes and give a bird’s-eye view of other emergency situations. See Full Story

Source: The Detroit News, 30-Jan-15

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Border Guard Bangladesh to buy four helicopters

Border Guard Bangladesh to buy four helicopters

Border Guard Bangladesh is planning to set up an air wing as part of an increase in vigiliance against cross-border crime.  Their prime focus is drug trafficking across the borders with Myanmar and India (particulary Yaba), where there is a 400km unfenced and unguarded and border.  The apparent inaccessibility of this border BGB Director General… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jan-15

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Terma to Field Aircraft Survivability Equipment on Dutch NH90s

Terma to Field Aircraft Survivability Equipment on Dutch NH90s

Terma has been contracted by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability (MASE) Pod onto the Dutch air force’ NH-90 helicopters. The MASE Pod solution includes the Terma developed and manufactured Electronic Warfare Management System, ALQ-213 in the latest version, Missile Warning sensors, and Chaff/Flare Dispenser modules. The modular… Read more »

Source: Terma, 28-Jan-15

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Airbus Helicopters completes first year bringing three new helicopters to market

Airbus Helicopters completes first year bringing three new helicopters to market

Building on an unprecedented year of new product certification and introduction, Airbus Helicopters has set its sights on best serving its customers in a challenging global marketplace, with the priority on customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness. During 2014, Airbus Helicopters delivered 471 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 28-Jan-15

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28-Jan-15 7912 Bell UH-1H Binh Chanh, Vietnam (4F)

Crashed on training flight killing all four on board

28-Jan-15

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HATS flying as first Australian military EC135T2+ takes to the air

HATS flying as first Australian military EC135T2+ takes to the air

The first EC135 T2+ helicopter in a planned fleet of modern, twin-engine, rotary-wing aircraft being acquired by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for its new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), has successfully completed its first flight in Europe. Under the HATS project, a joint training scheme for both Army and Navy aircrew will utilise some… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Jan-15

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Indian President confers gallantry medal on helicopter pilot

Indian President confers gallantry medal on helicopter pilot

Wing Commander Amit Jain, Flying (Pilot) is posted as Flight Commander of a Cheetal/ Cheetah Helicopter Unit operating in the Siachen Glacier. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor and an Examiner, and has more than 3500 hours of accident/incident free flying. On 18 Jul 2014, an urgent request from Leh district administration for a casuality… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence, 27-Jan-15

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27-Jan-15 FAE-605 HAL Dhruv Tena, Ecuador

Crashed shortly after take off from Army operations centre at Tena.  All four survived despite helicopter ending upside down and on fire – named as captains Soberon Hernán Alberto Davalos Villacrés and Andrew Ismael Carrillo, Second Sergeant Henry Toapanta Ona and Sergeant Humberto Moreno.  A later press report blamed this accident on a fault with… Read more »

27-Jan-15

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Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet

Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet

The Netherlands recently announced the retirement of their three Agusta-Bell 412SPs as they transferred the SAR role over to their NH90s.  Just three weeks on and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced that preliminary agreement has been reached to sell the 412s to Peru.  Although no financial numbers have been stated, and no contract yet signed, there’s enough… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-15

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KAI flies Marines variant of Surion

KAI flies Marines variant of Surion

Korea Aerospace Industries announced Friday 23rd January that its Korean Utility Helicopter for Korean Marines Corps has completed a first test flight successfully on January 19 in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province.  The flight – with two pilots and two technicians – was about 30 minutes, and was mainly concerned with low-level activities including forward and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-15

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Court finds UK military airfields must meet CAA standards for civilian flights

Court finds UK military airfields must meet CAA standards for civilian flights

In a landmark ruling, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Secretary of State have been told that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the statutory regulator required to determine safety standards for civilian aircraft using government owned military aerodromes. Previously, as part of a policy of attracting 12,000 more business jets a year to… Read more »

Source: LBHA, 26-Jan-15

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Gothenburg City Airport closure could hit helicopter ops

Gothenburg City Airport closure could hit helicopter ops

Gothenburg City Airport, more commonly known as Säve Airport, will be closed for airline operations, says state-owned airport operator Swedavia. The company issued a press release earlier today where it announced that it has taken over the remaining shares in the company that runs the airport and that it has decided to initiate a gradual… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 26-Jan-15

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Gulf Coast Avionics wins DEA helicopter avionics upgrade contract

Gulf Coast Avionics wins DEA helicopter avionics upgrade contract

Rick Garcia, President and CEO, Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation announced today that the company has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to provide new-generation avionics upgrades for select piston aircraft and turbine helicopters operating in the Agency’s fleet. “This is a significant contract win for Gulf Coast Avionics,” Garcia said…. Read more »

Source: Gulf Coast Avionics, 26-Jan-15

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Thales to take €100m hit from DCNS losses

Thales to take €100m hit from DCNS losses

Over the past few months DCNS, in which Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) holds a 35% shareholding, has conducted a comprehensive review of the financial and contractual status of several activities and complex programmes, which have had difficulties. The main conclusions of these reviews have been communicated to DCNS governing bodies. On the basis of these… Read more »

Source: Thales, 25-Jan-15

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Mi-26T heavy-lift helicopter celebrates 30 years

Mi-26T heavy-lift helicopter celebrates 30 years

In January 2015 “Rostvertol”, a member of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters Holding, marks the 30th anniversary of the serial production launch of the world’s largest cargo helicopter, the Mi-26T. The machine is capable of carrying up to 20 tons of cargo, and is still holds the record for total carrying capacity. Mi-26T was based on the… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 23-Jan-15

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Cavalry conducts final flight of Kiowa Warriors, case colors

Cavalry conducts final flight of Kiowa Warriors, case colors

It was a bittersweet day for the Soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, with the casing of the unit colors in preparation for an operational deployment to the Korea peninsula and a final flight of the Kiowa Warrior helicopters, Jan. 15. “The Kiowa Warrior has called this island home for the past 17… Read more »

Source: US Army, 23-Jan-15

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National Guard helicopters support Border Patrol

National Guard helicopters support Border Patrol

Army National Guard members have served along the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas since 2012 providing aviation support to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with plans to continue serving for the foreseeable future. Soldiers, from numerous states across the country, collaborate in this unique mission, known as Operation Phalanx, to provide aviation assets in support… Read more »

Source: US Army, 23-Jan-15

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Coast Guard helicopter allegedly opens fire on suspected marijuana smugglers

Coast Guard helicopter allegedly opens fire on suspected marijuana smugglers

In what reports are calling an unprecedented display of firepower, a Coast Guard Black Hawk helicopter unleashed a barrage of machine gun fire to stop suspected marijuana traffickers off the coast of California’s Catalina Island Saturday night. See Full Story

Source: Sfgate, 23-Jan-15

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Russia, China To Develop High Altitude Version Of Mi-26 Helicopter

Russia, China To Develop High Altitude Version Of Mi-26 Helicopter

Russia and China will be developing a high altitude version of M-26 helicopter with a take-off weight of 38 tons that can be used on plateaus under thermal climate conditions, Chinese PLA military online reported citing Russian news sources. See Full Story

Source: Defense World, 23-Jan-15

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23-Jan-15 Bell UH-1Y Twentynine Palms, US-California (2F)

Marines helicopter out of MCAS Miramar crashed on a training flight at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.  Both on board died in the accident, named later as Capt. Elizabeth Kealey and 1st Lt. Adam Satterfield

23-Jan-15

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Boeing awarded $14M to increase quantity of AH-64E Lot 5 aircraft

Boeing awarded $14M to increase quantity of AH-64E Lot 5 aircraft

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $14,583,600 modification (P00002) to contract W58RGZ-14-C-0018 to increase the quantity of AH-64E Apache full rate production Lot 5 aircraft. The modification adds additional advance procurement funding to purchase of long lead items. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $14,583,600 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-15

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L-3 awarded $22M modification to MH-60R data link contract

L-3 awarded $22M modification to MH-60R data link contract

L-3 Communications, Communication Systems–West, Salt Lake City, Utah, is being awarded a $22,709,796 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-2024) to exercise an option for the manufacture, test, delivery and support of the Common Data Link Hawklink system in support of the MH-60R aircraft. This option includes 29 AN/ARQ-59 radio terminal sets (RTS), 11… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Jan-15

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23-Jan-15 MD Helicopters MD500E Frosinone, Italy

Training flight, accident while hover taxying

23-Jan-15

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UK – New Commanding Officer at RNAS Culdrose

UK – New Commanding Officer at RNAS Culdrose

Captain Adrian Orchard OBE has joined Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose as its new Commanding Officer. Bringing a wealth of operational expertise, Captain Orchard takes the reins at a very important time for the Cornish Air Station and will lead a team driving a variety of frontline deployments, supporting the Royal Navy whenever and wherever… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 22-Jan-15

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Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based AS365 simulator upgraded for day and night SAR

Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based AS365 simulator upgraded for day and night SAR

The AS365 Dauphin rotorcraft full-flight simulator at Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based training center has been upgraded to provide highly realistic training in both day and night search and rescue (SAR) operations, offering pilots the unique capability to safely practice these demanding life-saving missions. The upgrade was made by Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia at its Seletar Aerospace… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Jan-15

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22-Jan-15 6559 Eurocopter MH-65D Kemah, US-Texas

Emergency landing in retail parking lot after bird strike

22-Jan-15

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Northrop Grumman Names VP, Corporate Strategy

Northrop Grumman Names VP, Corporate Strategy

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has appointed Brett B. Lambert vice president, corporate strategy, effective Jan. 26. He will report to Mark A. Caylor, corporate vice president, president of Enterprise Services and chief strategy officer. Lambert replaces Stanley R. Szemborski who has retired from the company. In this role, Lambert will lead development and implementation of… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumma, 21-Jan-15

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Thales Australia reboots army’s Tiger helicopter simulators

Thales Australia reboots army’s Tiger helicopter simulators

ELECTRONIC and systems group Thales Australia needed to address obsolescence issues faced by the Australian Army Tiger helicopter simulators. See Full Story

Source: The Australian, 21-Jan-15

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Pranab Kumar Bharali appointed as DG of Army Aviation Corps

Pranab Kumar Bharali appointed as DG of Army Aviation Corps

Lt Gen Pranab Kumar Bharali has been appointed as the Director General of Army Aviation Corps at the Army Headquarters, Delhi. See Full Story

Source: ET, 21-Jan-15

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21-Jan-15 Eurocopter SA316 Saurimo, Angola

During an air display, the helicopter was approaching a hover but porpoised – during this the main blades contacted and cut the boom, causing the helicopter to crash from low level.  Video of incident on YouTube here.  Pilot and co pilot seriously injured

21-Jan-15

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20-Jan-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Ramona, US-California

Routine night training mission.  Helicopter ended up on its side.  2 injured

20-Jan-15

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Honduras President upgrades with new Bell 412EP

Honduras President upgrades with new Bell 412EP

The Air Force of Honduras has recently taken delivery of a new Bell 412EP for the Presidential Flight.  It replaces an older 412SP which has been on charge in this role since 1988, and was one of a fleet of ten bought at that time.  It is not clear exactly how many of the original… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jan-15

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Chivenor Sea King switchover delayed until October

Chivenor Sea King switchover delayed until October

The transfer of Chivenor’s search and rescue helicopter service to Wales has been postponed, the Gazette understands. See Full Story

Source: North Devon Gazette, 16-Jan-15

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GE awarded $29M contract for six GE38 engines for CH-53K

GE awarded $29M contract for six GE38 engines for CH-53K

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $28,997,331 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0132) for the procurement of six T408-GE-400 (GE38-1B) System Demonstration Test Article engines in support of the CH-53K helicopter program. Work will be performed in South Windsor, Connecticut (17 percent); Lynn, Massachusetts (15 percent), Evendale, Ohio (12 percent),… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jan-15

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