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CNAL Releases Investigation Results of MH-53E Crash

CNAL Releases Investigation Results of MH-53E Crash

Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) released the results today of the Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) investigation in to the crash of an MH-53E Sea Dragon off the coast of Virginia January 8, that resulted in the death of three Sailors. The MH-53E, assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen (HM-14) and based at… Read more »

Source: CNAL, 15-Sep-14

Igor Sikorsky’s VS-300 Helicopter Transformed Aviation 75 Years Ago

Igor Sikorsky’s VS-300 Helicopter Transformed Aviation 75 Years Ago

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), this weekend will mark 75 years of modern helicopter flight that began September 14, 1939, when 50-year-old chief designer and chief test pilot Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground to tabletop height in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300. The first flight event began a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Sep-14

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Brazil requests $145M package including three UH-60M, training, equipment etc

Brazil requests $145M package including three UH-60M, training, equipment etc

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Brazil for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $145 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 8, 2014. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 15-Sep-14

Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is due to deploy an Aviation Unit under the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic(MINUSCA) which has been established under chapter vi to viii of United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 2149 (2014). This is the first ever aircraft deployment by Sri Lanka and SLAF… Read more »

Source: SLAF, 12-Sep-14

Bell-Boeing awarded $9.6M delivery order for V-22 update

Bell-Boeing awarded $9.6M delivery order for V-22 update

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $9,594,477 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0109 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) for non-recurring engineering required for the variable frequency generator-generator control unit update in support of the V-22 aircraft for the U.S. Navy. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (56 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Sep-14

Lawsuit blames Sikorsky for January Black Hawk crash

Lawsuit blames Sikorsky for January Black Hawk crash

A lawsuit filed Monday blames Sikorsky for a fatal crash in Georgia eight months ago, saying manufactures failed to install a tiny part that caused the tail rotor to malfunction and sent the aircraft spinning out of control.

Source: CBS, 10-Sep-14

Bell-Boeing awarded $9.4M order for V-22 flight display components

Bell-Boeing awarded $9.4M order for V-22  flight display components

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is being awarded $9,451,005 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0061 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) for the procurement of standby flight display components for the V-22 aircraft for the U.S. Navy. This order provides for replacement of obsolescent components no longer available due to diminishing manufacturing sources… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Sep-14

CAE Brunei launches new training facility

CAE Brunei launches new training facility

The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC) today announced it has officially started training at the new training facility in Rimba, Brunei Darussalam. The official Launch of Training ceremony and celebration was attended today by the Guest of Honour Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji… Read more »

Source: CAE, 08-Sep-14

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Bell wins $41M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z flight training devices

Bell wins $41M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z flight training devices

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, is being awarded a $41,776,269 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of three UH-1Y flight training devices, one AH-1Z flight training device, aircraft and/or trainer driven revisions, aircraft common operational equipment, provisioned spares, associated technical data required for operational and maintenance support, and three months of initial operation evaluation period… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $8.8M delivery order for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System

Lockheed Martin awarded $8.8M delivery order for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training, Owego, New York, is being awarded $8,879,035 for delivery order 4001 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0019) for non-recurring efforts for software modifications required for MH-60 Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS II) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast enhancements, including integration of the TAWS II software into… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Sep-14

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Airbus Helicopters and Romania extend working relationship

Airbus Helicopters and Romania extend working relationship

The Government of Romania and Airbus Helicopters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in a ceremony at the Victoria Palace in Victory Square, the headquarters of the Romanian Government. Present for the signing were Romanian Prime Minister Victor Viorel Ponta; Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs Gabriel Oprea; Minister of National Defence Mircea… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Sep-14

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Final Flight of UH-1N Huey for HMLA-773

Final Flight of UH-1N Huey for HMLA-773

After more than 40 years of service, the Marine Corps retired the aging UH-1N Huey helicopter during a “sundown ceremony” Aug. 28, 2014, aboard Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The UH-1N Huey is a twin engine, utility helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopters in 1969. Bell began the delivery of 205 UH-1N helicopters… Read more »

Source: USMC, 04-Sep-14

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Japan looks for budget for 17 MV-22 Ospreys

Japan looks for budget for 17 MV-22 Ospreys

Japan’s Defense Ministry plans to seek ¥10 billion for deploying the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to an airport in Saga Prefecture, in its budget request for fiscal 2015, officials said Friday. See Full Story

Source: The Japan News, 04-Sep-14

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Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

Northrop Grumman’s CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system recently completed another round of U.S. Army testing by demonstrating its capabilities on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. The flight test was conducted at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, by the Redstone Test Center. The Northrop Grumman CIRCM system was subjected to rigorous conditions over a… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 04-Sep-14

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Boeing wins $234M Saudi AH-6i contract

Boeing wins $234M Saudi AH-6i contract

The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $234,700,000 undefinitized contract action to procure long lead items for the production and delivery of 24 AH-6I aircraft, initial spares package and ground support equipment. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $115,003,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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Sikorsky awarded $33M contract for UH-60M ground equipment

Sikorsky awarded $33M contract for UH-60M ground equipment

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut was awarded a $33,592,172 sole-source contract for procurement of initial spares and aviation ground support equipment for 24 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in support of the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $33,592,172 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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Bell-Boeing awarded $21M delivery order for MV-22 radar upgrade

Bell-Boeing awarded $21M delivery order for MV-22 radar upgrade

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $21,395,545 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0096 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Universal Urgent Needs Statement Effort. This order provides for the replacement of the warning system and radar warning receiver system… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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Robertsons Fuels Systems awarded $47M AH-64 aux fuel system contract

Robertsons Fuels Systems awarded $47M AH-64 aux fuel system contract

Robertsons Fuels Systems, Tempe, Arizona, (W58RGZ-14-D-0116) was awarded a $47,916,209 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for auxiliary fuel systems including reduced size crashworthy external fuel systems and internal auxiliary fuel system combo packs for the Apache AH-64 helicopter for domestic and foreign military sales. Performance location and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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$37M contract place for new helicopter hangar at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

$37M contract place for new helicopter hangar at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Archer Western Federal JV, Chicago, Illinois, was awarded a $36,998,000 contract to design and construct an attack/assault/cavalry hangar for rotary-wing aircraft at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, with an estimated completion date of March 17, 2016. Bids were solicited via the Internet, with seven received. Fiscal 2014 military construction funds in the amount of $36,998,000 are… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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Sikorsky awarded $30M more for Saudi UH-60M contract

Sikorsky awarded $30M more for Saudi UH-60M contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $30,351,927 modification (P00072) to foreign military sales contract (Saudi Arabia) W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $30,351,927 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Aug…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-14

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PZL-Świdnik exhibits optionally piloted SW-4 Solo at MSPO 2014

PZL-Świdnik exhibits optionally piloted SW-4 Solo at MSPO 2014

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is showcasing the SW-4 Solo Rotorcraft Unmanned Air System/Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) at MSPO 2014 in Kielce, demonstrating the Company’s potential in the European UAV sector, reinforcing its position as an important centre of excellence for advanced aviation technologies and confirming its continuous commitment to innovation. The SW-4 Solo RUAS/OPH, the… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 03-Sep-14

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First consignment of upgraded Mi-8AMTSh delivered to Russian Military

First consignment of upgraded Mi-8AMTSh delivered to Russian Military

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has delivered the first consignment of four upgraded Mi-8AMTSh transport helicopters to Russia’s Defence Ministry. The helicopters were built at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP), a Russian Helicopters company, as part of the state defence order, and have successfully completed the flight to their new… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Sep-14

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Columbia Helicopters Opens Military Helicopter Maintenance Center

Columbia Helicopters Opens Military Helicopter Maintenance Center

Columbia Helicopters, Inc., a member of the American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA), has opened a new facility which will be totally focused on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of military helicopters. The 16,000 square foot building, located at the company’s headquarters and maintenance complex at Aurora (Oregon) State Airport, will be… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 03-Sep-14

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02-Sep-14 Sikorsky MH-60S Fallon, US-Nevada

Rolled on its side while landing during a routine training mission. All five crew members aboard — two pilots and three enlisted aircrew — are accounted for and safe with no significant injuries. All five crew members were transported to Naval Air Station Fallon medical facilities for evaluation.  Recovered by a Chinook 11-Sep-14

02-Sep-14

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India Cancels $1 Billion Light Helicopter Tender

India Cancels $1 Billion Light Helicopter Tender

India has canceled the purchase of 197 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) worth $1 billion in which Airbus Helicopter’s AS550 was competing with Russia’s Ka-226T built by Kamov. The cancellation followed lengthy corruption investigations. See Full Story

Source: Defense News, 01-Sep-14

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Honeywell HUMS selected by Singapore for CH-47 Fleet

Honeywell HUMS selected by Singapore for CH-47 Fleet

Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has been selected to supply Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) to the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) CH-47SD Chinook helicopters. “Our HUMS technology will provide RSAF operators with information that’s needed to keep their fleet safe and efficient,” said Mark Burgess, senior director, Defense and Space, Asia Pacific, Honeywell… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 01-Sep-14

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Boeing to Highlight Combat Helicopters at MSPO Exhibition in Poland

Boeing to Highlight Combat Helicopters at MSPO Exhibition in Poland

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will participate in the annual MSPO International Defence Industry exhibition in Kielce, Poland, which runs Sept. 1-4. The company will highlight several of its defense products and services including the AH-64 Apache and AH-6i combat helicopters, the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker, and unmanned aerial systems such as the ScanEagle, among other… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 01-Sep-14

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Airbus Group open for business at MSPO

Airbus Group open for business at MSPO

Airbus Group and its Divisions will showcase its portfolio of advanced helicopter, defence and security products at the 22nd MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, from 1 to 4 September in Kielce, Poland. The Group will have a major presence incorporating a static display for real helicopters, a hospitality area, meeting rooms and a large stand… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Sep-14

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India scraps tender for Light Utility Helicopters again

India scraps tender for Light Utility Helicopters again

Defence Ministry today scrapped a scam-tainted tender worth over Rs. 6,000 crore to procure 197 light utility helicopters for Army and Air Force to replace the vintage fleet of Cheetah and Chetak choppers used to move troops and equipment to high altitude locations like Siachen. See Full Story

Source: BL, 01-Sep-14

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01-Sep-14 Sikorsky CH-53E Gulf of Aden, Djibouti

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde.  All 25 persons aboard the helicopter; 17 Marines and eight Navy Sailors, were safely recovered

01-Sep-14

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27-Aug-14 Mil Mi-8 Tikrit, Iraq

A helicopter from the Iraqi Air Force was allegedly shot down north of Tikrit by ISIS insurgents

27-Aug-14

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24-Aug-14 HU.15-90 Airbus Bo105CBS-4 Marana, Spain (3F)

Blades struck mountain side during rescue operation of a climber, causing helicopter to crash.  All three on board killed, named as Captain Emilio Pérez Peláez Lieutenient Marcos Antonio Benito Rodríguez José Martínez Conejo (Mountain specialist) The helicopter is officially serialled HU.15-90.  It also carried the Guardia Civil code 09-118 See also Guardia Civil tribute video… Read more »

24-Aug-14

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Nigerian Air Force acquiring two AW101 helicopters

Nigerian Air Force acquiring two AW101 helicopters

The Nigerian Air Force will soon take delivery of two AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters, which will be used for VIP transport duties.            See Full Story HeliHub.com understands these are from the batch previously expected to be delivered to India

Source: Defence web, 21-Aug-14

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L-3 Vertex awarded $13M modification to TH-57 support contract

L-3 Vertex awarded $13M modification to TH-57 support contract

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $13,744,643 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007) to provide logistics services for aircraft availability of 96 TH-57 aircraft. Services to be provided include pre-flighting and fueling of the aircraft, as well as safe for flight release for designated missions. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Aug-14

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Poland says to speed up attack helicopter purchase due to Ukraine crisis

Poland says to speed up attack helicopter purchase due to Ukraine crisis

Poland will move the purchase of 30 attack helicopters forward by two years as part of a review of its army modernisation programme triggered by the crisis in Ukraine, Polish deputy defence minister Czeslaw Mroczek said. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 20-Aug-14

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Budgets, Not Tech, May Delay US Army’s Next Rotorcraft

Budgets, Not Tech, May Delay US Army’s Next Rotorcraft

Though the US Army has yet to make a formal announcement, according to reports the Sikorsky-Boeing team and Bell Helicopter Textron have been selected for government-funded Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program technology demonstrations. See Full Story

Source: Defense News, 20-Aug-14

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Huey Helicopter Museum opens in Australia

Huey Helicopter Museum opens in Australia

Opening of Huey helicopter museum – Photos – See Full Story

Source: The Recorder, 20-Aug-14

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Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

Robots Moving Robots: Lockheed Martin Conducts First Fully Autonomous Mission

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), successfully conducted a fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration using its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle, K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Gyrocam optical sensor. During the “Extending the Reach of the Warfighter through… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Aug-14

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20-Aug-14 FAG-132 Bell 206L1 LongRanger El Aguacate, Guatemala (5F)

Bad weather had prevented the helicopter from from touching down at the base where they had planned to land. The accident happened during the diversion. One of the occupants was Major General Israel Rudy Ruiz Ortiz, Chief of Staff of National Defense of Guatemala

20-Aug-14

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20-Aug-14 09 Yellow Mil Mi-24VP Heorhiyivka, Ukraine (2F)

Separatists downed one Mil Mi-24 helicopter from the Ukrainian Air Force with a portable air defence system

20-Aug-14

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20-Aug-14 Mil Mi-24VP Luhansk region, Ukraine

Separatists downed one Mil Mi-24 helicopter from the Ukrainian Air Force with a portable air defence system – this second helicopter was also hit, but further details not known

20-Aug-14

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Caboolture Warplane Museum adds an Iroquois helicopter to its collection

Caboolture Warplane Museum adds an Iroquois helicopter to its collection

Iroquois aircraft are largely associated with the Vietnam War, but this helicopter was used in Egypt in the late 1970s for United Nations peacekeeping forces following the Arab-Israeli War until 1979, then used largely for the Australian Defence Force Helicopter School. See Full Story

Source: Courier Mail, 19-Aug-14

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19-Aug-14 Mil Mi-8 Donetsk, Ukraine

Mil Mi-8 helicopter was shot down by Donetsh People Republic fighters. Helicopter crashed and crew member were severely injured. Later they were evacuated to hospital. The very same pilots flew on Mil Mi-8MT, 62 YELLOW which was shot down the day before (see HeliHub.com page for that accident). That time they were into luck to… Read more »

19-Aug-14

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Feds Join Whistleblower Case Against Sikorsky

Feds Join Whistleblower Case Against Sikorsky

U.S. attorneys have intervened in a whistleblower suit against United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft Co. that alleges one of its subsidiaries used a sister company to illegally mark up replacement parts provided through a defense contract to the Navy. See Full Story

Source: Courant, 18-Aug-14

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Bell/Boeing awarded $15.1M contract modification for V-22 parts

Bell/Boeing awarded $15.1M contract modification for V-22 parts

Bell/Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $15,170,182 for modification 0006 under previously awarded cost-plus-incentive fee, indefinite-delivery requirements contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent), and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent). Work is expected to be completed by Dec…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Aug-14

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Helibrás awarded special ‘Linha Azul’ customs clearance

Helibrás awarded special ‘Linha Azul’ customs clearance

Helibras received the qualification of the Federal Revenue of Brazil to operate the system of customs clearance Express ‘Linha Azul’ as published in the Official Gazette on June. Since July 1st Helibras is the only helicopter manufacturer authorized to use the system in the country, to cater for all requirements. ‘Linha Azul’ (the ‘Blue Line’)… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 18-Aug-14

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Northrop Grumman Selected to Modernize Black Hawk Cockpit for US Army

Northrop Grumman Selected to Modernize Black Hawk Cockpit for US Army

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by Redstone Defense Systems to supply and integrate mission avionics equipment for a digital cockpit upgrade of the U.S. Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. Northrop Grumman will provide a scalable, fully integrated mission equipment package for the UH‑60L cockpit and will replace the older analog gauges with… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 18-Aug-14

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18-Aug-14 62 Yellow Mil Mi-8MT Donetsk, Ukraine

Mil Mi-8MT helicopter of 16 Army Aviation Brigade was shot down by Donetsh People Republic fighters. Helicopter crashed but crew managed to leave the downed machine and return to air base. The next day the same crew flying on another helicopter would be shot down again. (see HeliHub.com page for that accident).

18-Aug-14

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Bell progresses towards V-280 Valor demonstrator

Bell progresses towards V-280 Valor demonstrator

Earlier this week, the Boeing/Sikorsky team put out a statement detailing their acceptance by US Army on the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) project, the precursor to the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme.  In the absence of any press statement from Bell, they have provided the following quotes from  Keith Flail, program director for the Bell V-280… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-14

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Russian Helicopters and UAC to collaborate on quality management

Russian Helicopters and UAC to collaborate on quality management

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, and United Aircraft Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop and support the Industry Controlled Other Party (ICOP) quality-assurance process in Russia. The MoU was signed today at Oboronexpo 2014 and the Engineering Technologies 2014international forum. “The goal of this MoU… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Aug-14

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Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Build Technology Demonstrator for Future Vertical Lift

Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Build Technology Demonstrator for Future Vertical Lift

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program (JMR TD), paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate (AATD) selected the… Read more »

Source: Boeing Sikorsky, 13-Aug-14

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13-Aug-14 6-2414 Agusta-Bell 212 Dayer, Iran

Helicopter came down with significant vertical force, causing the skids to splay out, the cabin to touch the ground and the boom to detach at the root.  That said, the main and tail rotor blades were not damaged.  4 of 6 POB injured

13-Aug-14

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Kazan Helicopters launches new painting and finishing workshop

Kazan Helicopters launches new painting and finishing workshop

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, announces that Kazan Helicopters has launched a new painting and finishing workshop as part of its ongoing programme of upgrade work. The new facility was opened today in the presence of the President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov. “The construction of the new workshop was… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Aug-14

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AgustaWestland applies for planning permission for new corporate archive

AgustaWestland applies for planning permission for new corporate archive

YEOVIL helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland is set to find out this later this month whether it can turn a storage building into an archive.     See Full Story

Source: Western Gazette, 12-Aug-14

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Cantwell wants USCG technology beefed up during tour of CGAS Port Angeles

Cantwell wants USCG technology beefed up during tour of CGAS Port Angeles

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said the Coast Guard should be equipped with the technology it needs to handle the “complexity of Washington’s waterways.” See Full Story

Source: PDN, 12-Aug-14

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12-Aug-14 Mil Mi-17 Sinjar, Iraq (1F)

Helicopter was involved in evacuating people in a humanitarian emergency situation in northern Iraq.  Crashed – killing the pilot (reported as “Majed”) – possibly due to overloading. Those on board included Yazidi member of parliament, Vian Dakheel New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin – see story Australian photographer Adam Ferguson, freelancing for the New York… Read more »

12-Aug-14

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7 Sokol helicopters grounded after Marawi crash

7 Sokol helicopters grounded after Marawi crash

Philippine Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado has ordered the grounding of 7 Sokol helicopters following the crash of a similar aircraft in Marawi City on Thursday. See Full Story

Source: ABC-CBN, 11-Aug-14

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1-228th Aviation Regiment accomplishes deck landing qualifications

1-228th Aviation Regiment accomplishes deck landing qualifications

Flight crews from 1-228th Aviation Regiment conducted deck landing qualifications on the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS McClusky (FFG-41) off the Pacific coast of Honduras, August 3-4, 2014. The training, which took place approximately 20 miles off the coast, was done to qualify 1-228th Aviation Regiment pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. The… Read more »

Source: JTF-B, 11-Aug-14

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Scam-wary India defers decision on naval helicopter purchase

Scam-wary India defers decision on naval helicopter purchase

The Navy’s wait for desperately-needed anti-submarine warfare helicopters to operate from its warships has just got longer. “See Full Story“

Source: Times of India, 08-Aug-14

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10 bidders to modernize Poland’s combat helicopter fleet

10 bidders to modernize Poland’s combat helicopter fleet

Although not naming the companies, the defence ministry has said in a statement that the bidding process involves “foreign and domestic companies offering both ready-made helicopters and components for assembly” ” See Full Story“

Source: Polskie Radio, 08-Aug-14

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Russia orders Ka-52K helicopters for Mistral-class LHDs

Russia orders Ka-52K helicopters for Mistral-class LHDs

Russia has ordered a batch of Kamov Ka-52K ‘Hokum B’ naval attack helicopters for the Russian Navy’s Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessels. “See Full Story“

Source: IHS Janes, 08-Aug-14

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A new training facility for Mi-17V-5 helicopters was opened in Nicaragua

A new training facility for Mi-17V-5 helicopters was opened in Nicaragua

In the network of military-technical cooperation, a new integrated training facility was put into operation in Nicaragua. “See Full Story“

Source: Russian Aviation, 08-Aug-14

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IE Pacific awarded $7.8M contract for H-60 facility at Naval Base Coronado

IE Pacific awarded $7.8M contract for H-60 facility at Naval Base Coronado

I. E. Pacific Inc.*, San Diego, California, is being awarded $7,877,000 for firm-fixed-price task order 0018 under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract (N62473-09-D-1657) for design and construction of an H-60 trainer facility at Naval Base Coronado. The facility will house two tactical operational flight trainers and two Naval Aircrew Training Systems. The building… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Aug-14

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Cliffdale awarded $8.5M contract for OH-58D actuator work

Cliffdale awarded $8.5M contract for OH-58D actuator work

Cliffdale Mfg. Inc.,* Chatsworth, California, was awarded a $8,520,000 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the actuator, elect (OH-58D), with a minimum of 100 to be completed, up to a maximum of 1,080; this is to include 180 for foreign military sales. This is a critical safety item. Funding and work location will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Aug-14

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Armed Forces of Malta celebrate delivery of first AW139

Armed Forces of Malta celebrate delivery of first AW139

AgustaWestlandis pleased to announce thatthe Armed Forces of Malta celebrated today the delivery of their first AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter during an official ceremony. The aircraft, delivered in June, will primarily be used to perform maritime border control missions. The best-in-class AW139 was selected following an extensive evaluation process thanks to its unmatched capability, performance… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Aug-14

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Vermont National Guard receives new Lakotas

Vermont National Guard receives new Lakotas

The Army Aviation Facility in South Burlington saw the landing of two new pieces of equipment to help push flying into the future. Two UH-72 MEPS Lakota helicopters were flown from Meridianville, Alabama, to the facility in South Burlington during the weekend. “The Army retired the OH-58 that we had,” said Lt. Col. John Johnston,… Read more »

Source: US Army, 07-Aug-14

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07-Aug-14 310921 PZL W-3 Sokol Marawi City, Philippines

Appeared to lose power in hover taxi for take-off  en route to Cagayan de Oro City and lost height, crashing to the ground – see full video

07-Aug-14

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AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force Sign Training Services Cooperation Agreement

AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force Sign Training Services Cooperation Agreement

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Italian Air Force for training services aimed at further strengthening their already well-established cooperation through the future set up of joint training services. The agreement follows the Letter of Intent signed earlier this year in March. The partners intend to co-develop… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 06-Aug-14

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700 (W) Naval Air Squadron bows out on a high

700 (W) Naval Air Squadron bows out on a high

Yesterday saw the decommissioning of 700 (W) Naval Air Squadron (NAS) following 5 years of hard work, diligence and dedication at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton. Last week saw all seven Royal Naval Wildcat helicopters from 700(W) Naval Air Squadron (NAS) into the sky simultaneously for the first time and today the decommissioning marks… Read more »

05-Aug-14

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Indian Air Force grounds Dhruv

Indian Air Force grounds Dhruv

The Indian Air Force has grounded its fleet of around 40 Dhruv helicopters in view of the recent crash in which seven of its personnel were killed. See full story

Source: Daily Mail, 05-Aug-14

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Osprey capabilities showcased to senior military leadership

Osprey capabilities showcased to senior military leadership

Senior military leaders with the U.S. and Japan met with Ogasawara village officials July 28 on Chichi Jima, Japan, to discuss the benefits of the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for the people of Japan. The minister of defense for Japan, members of his staff and U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. John Wissler along with Japan Maritime… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 05-Aug-14

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AAR wins US Army Contract to Overhaul Black Hawk APUs

AAR wins US Army Contract to Overhaul Black Hawk APUs

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces it has been selected by the U.S. Army to upgrade and overhaul Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The work will be performed at AAR’s Aircraft Component Services facility in Garden City on Long Island. The five-year contract, valued in excess of $23 million, will initially cover… Read more »

Source: AAR, 04-Aug-14

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GE awarded $68M contract more for CH-53K engines

GE awarded $68M contract more for CH-53K engines

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $68,550,240 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0132) for the procurement of 16 GE38-1B engines, closure kits, tooling, and associated systems engineering and program management in support of the CH-53K helicopter program. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Aug-14

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DynCorp awarded $101M more for Naval Test Wing Atlantic support, including helicopters

DynCorp awarded $101M more for Naval Test Wing Atlantic support, including helicopters

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $101,947,764 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-11-C-0033) to exercise an option for organizational level maintenance and logistics support for all aircraft and support equipment for which the Naval Test Wing Atlantic has maintenance responsibility. This includes all rotary, fixed, lighter-than-air, and unmanned aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Aug-14

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Exelis awarded $190M contract for V-22 countermeasures

Exelis awarded $190M contract for V-22 countermeasures

Exelis, Inc., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $190,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide Suite of Integrated Radio Frequency Countermeasure components and related services for the Technology Applications program office and CV-22 program offices. The majority of the work will be performed in Clifton, New Jersey. This contract has a five-year base period and a… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Aug-14

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