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Apache Guardians perform first deck landing qualifications

Apache Guardians perform first deck landing qualifications

AH-64E Apache Guardians from 1st Armed Reconnaissance Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted deck landing qualifications aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) off the coast of Hawaii, July 19, as part of the Navy’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014. The deck landing qualifications, a first… Read more »

Source: US - Navy, 01-Aug-14

Osprey makes Sapporo Airshow debut

Osprey makes Sapporo Airshow debut

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262 displayed the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft July 20 during the 28th Sapporo Airshow at the Sapporo Okadama Airport. The squadron is with Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. More than 20,000 people attended the biannual airshow, which displayed both U.S. and Japanese… Read more »

Source: USMC, 01-Aug-14

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18,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

18,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

HeliHub.com is having continuing success with its “Gallery” feature, recording over 18,000 images in its main Gallery, and over 315 photographers have joined as members of the Gallery. The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity to upload their own photos, and the early success is demonstrating just how valuable this will become over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-14

South Carolina National Guard moves into new hangar

South Carolina National Guard moves into new hangar

The $27.5 million Army Aviation Support Facility is home base for 10 helicopters — six Chinooks and four Lakotas — and 75 full-time soldiers.  See full story

Source: The State, 30-Jul-14

Indian Dhruv accident – should an independent organisation check the FDR?

Indian Dhruv accident – should an independent organisation check the FDR?

Sadly there was a bad accident with an Indian Air Force Dhruv in the state of Uttar Pradesh last Friday, and we recorded that in our Safety data section here. The “black box” – Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) – are now being analysed in an attempt to find out what… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-14

Iraq – $500M contract for Helicopter Sustainment Support

Iraq – $500M contract for Helicopter Sustainment Support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for aviation sustainment support, on-the-job maintenance training and maintenance advice and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 30-Jul-14

Tunisia requests 12 UH-60M Black Hawks

Tunisia requests 12 UH-60M Black Hawks

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $700 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 23, 2014. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 30-Jul-14

Boeing Delivers First U.S. Army Multiyear II Configured Chinook

Boeing Delivers First U.S. Army Multiyear II Configured Chinook

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered the first multiyear II configured CH-47F Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army one month ahead of schedule. The delivery was celebrated in a ceremony at the production facility in Ridley Township, Pa. “This delivery is an example of teamwork and commitment to the troops in the field,” said Col. Rob… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 30-Jul-14

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Sikorsky union boss charged with embezzlement

Sikorsky union boss charged with embezzlement

The Independent Review Board (IRB) has brought embezzlement charges against Harvey Jackson, the president of Local 1150, which represents Sikorsky Aircraft Teamsters at plants in Connecticut, Alabama, and Florida. The charges and investigative report are available here. Jackson is charged with using the union credit card to buy at least $13,000 worth of electronics for… Read more »

Source: Teamsters, 28-Jul-14

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Bell-Boeing awarded $69M delivery order for V-22 support

Bell-Boeing awarded $69M delivery order for V-22 support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $69,659,650 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0073 against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the V-22 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. This order provides for the non-recurring engineering (Phase II) of the Improved Inlet Solution (IIS) for the V-22… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jul-14

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KAI selected as a LCH/LAH developer

KAI selected as a LCH/LAH developer

KAI selected as a LCH/LAH developer to tow the development of the aviation industry and strengthening of self-reliant defense simultaneously – Targets exports of 600 units, putting total sales to 1,000. – Lays the groundwork for the new growth engine along with the KF-X project in the future aviation industry. Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd.(KAI), an… Read more »

Source: KAI, 28-Jul-14

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Unmanned K-MAX returns from USMC deployment Afghanistan

Unmanned K-MAX returns from USMC deployment Afghanistan

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin LMT +1.11% and Kaman Aerospace Corporation KAMN -0.50% K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 25-Jul-14

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25-Jul-14 HAL Dhruv Ataria, India (7F)

Emergency declared shortly after take-off, then crashed killing all seven on board.  Copilot named here as Sqn. Ldr. R. Manu

25-Jul-14

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Polk County Florida Sheriff takes delivery of second MD500E

Polk County Florida Sheriff takes delivery of second MD500E

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, held a ceremonial delivery of a new MD 500E helicopter for the Polk County Florida Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). The acceptance took place at the MD Helicopters booth, where the aircraft was proudly displayed at the Airborne… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Jul-14

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21-Jul-14 Mil Mi-35P Bama, Nigeria (1F)

A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter on a training mission crashed, reportedly due to a technical fault – although some reports suggest the involvement of insurgents in Borno State. Initial reports stated one dead, one survived, one missing presumed dead – but the latter trekked through the bush and back to base

21-Jul-14

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18-Jul-14 Mil Mi-8MTV Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

Crashed into snowy mountains of Issyk-Kul region during evacuation of a mountain climber, who broke his leg.  The crew and the climber were not injured.  Photo here

18-Jul-14

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17-Jul-14 XS568 Westland Wasp Gosport, UK

Damaged when fell off the back of a lorry near the gate of HMS Sultan, Gosport

18-Jul-14

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Kaman announces Release Date for FY 2014 Q2 Earnings

Kaman announces Release Date for FY 2014 Q2 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its second quarter 2014 results after the stock market closes on Monday, August 4, 2014, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30am ET on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (877) 703-6103 and from… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 17-Jul-14

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Royal Navy’s sub-hunting helicopters enter service early

Royal Navy’s sub-hunting helicopters enter service early

Since successfully entering service with the Royal Navy, the aircraft have been put through their paces on exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. Embarked on HMS Illustrious, the Merlin Mk2 aircraft took part in Exercise Deep Blue, simulating anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and casualty evacuation capabilities. The new helicopters are part of an £800 million programme… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 17-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) valued at £90 million to integrate, test and install the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) Heavy and Light missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The contract award was announced today at the Farnborough International… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-14

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US Air Force announces changes to headquarters organization

US Air Force announces changes to headquarters organization

Air Force leaders announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization today. The Air Force will create efficiencies by deactivating and realigning organizations at Headquarters Air Force, Major Commands, Numbered Air Forces and Field Operating Agencies, resulting in savings of $1.6 billion across the Air Force in the next five years. “I will work to… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 16-Jul-14

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AW149 Achieves Military Certification

AW149 Achieves Military Certification

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the new generation AW149 multirole military helicopter has been issued with military certification by the Italian Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO). The Type Certificate was signed and delivered to Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland during an official ceremony held at the Farnborough International Air Show today, in the presence of Finmeccanica… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Jul-14

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Barco joins with GE Aviation to develop future helicopter displays

Barco joins with GE Aviation to develop future helicopter displays

GE Aviation and Barco’s Defence & Aerospace division have signed an MOU for collaboration in the development of a new family of open system cockpit display products, targeted at display and avionic system applications for helicopters. “This collaboration builds upon our experience with Barco in this sector and our successful delivery of cockpit display systems… Read more »

Source: Barco, 16-Jul-14

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Russian Helicopters completes delivery of 52 Mi-171E helicopters to China

Russian Helicopters completes delivery of 52 Mi-171E helicopters to China

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, announces that Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has delivered four Mi-171E transport helicopters to China’s Poly Technologies, the final consignment of a contract for 48 helicopters signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012. In total under the original contract and a follow-on agreement the Chinese company has received… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Jul-14

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Danish AW101 helicopters equipped with Terma self-protection suite

Danish AW101 helicopters equipped with Terma self-protection suite

Last Friday the first of three Danish EH101 Tactical Troop Transport (TTT) helicopters was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Danish contribution to the international peacekeeping and peace-supporting operations. Earlier this year Terma made the final delivery of Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment fielded on the TTT version of the Royal Danish Air Force’ Westland… Read more »

Source: Terma, 16-Jul-14

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Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Develop ‘Digital Backbone’ for Future Vertical Lift Program

Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Develop ‘Digital Backbone’ for Future Vertical Lift Program

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE: UTX] have been selected to help develop the Joint Common Architecture (JCA) standard for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Science and Technology program, an element of the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative. The Technology Investment Agreement was awarded by the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 16-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters marks 40 years as a training partner for British military pilots

Airbus Helicopters marks 40 years as a training partner for British military pilots

The important role of Airbus Helicopters in the ab-initio training of British military rotorcraft pilots is being marked by Airbus Helicopters during this week’s Farnborough Airshow. During the past four decades, thousands of British crewmembers have earned their wings, trained on mission scenarios and practiced their flying skills aboard Airbus Helicopters-designed rotorcraft. This activity traces… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland demonstrates Unmanned/Optionally-Piloted helicopter

AgustaWestland demonstrates Unmanned/Optionally-Piloted helicopter

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the completion of a demonstration of its Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System / Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The trials were conducted to evaluate modern remote controlled rotorcraft technology and its potential to provide enhanced capabilities for the Italian armed forces in the future. Under the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland impresses with Farnborough line-up

AgustaWestland impresses with Farnborough line-up

AgustaWestland will be exhibiting an impressive line-up of eight helicopters from its commercial and military helicopter product ranges and showcasing its industry leading customer support and training services at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. Making its first appearance at Farnborough will be a full scale mock-up of the recently launched AW109 Trekker light twin… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Jul-14

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General Dynamics develops Tactical Processing System for AW101 Merlin upgrade

General Dynamics develops Tactical Processing System for AW101 Merlin upgrade

General Dynamics UK, in partnership with AgustaWestland, has commenced development work to modify its Tactical Processing System for integration into the AW101 Merlin Mk4. This development work is part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP), a contract awarded to AgustaWestland in January 2014 to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations. It will… Read more »

Source: General Dynamics, 15-Jul-14

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US Army selects Pall inlet barrier filters for Black Hawk

US Army selects Pall inlet barrier filters for Black Hawk

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) today announced that the U.S. Army has awarded a five-year indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to Pall Aerospace for 950 U.S. Army BLACK HAWK PUREair barrier filter elements. The PUREair barrier filters have been specifically designed using advanced synthetic dry media technology that virtually eliminates the maintenance associated with conventional oil-wetted… Read more »

Source: Pall, 15-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters picks Donaldson filters for German CH-53GA upgrades

Airbus Helicopters picks Donaldson filters for German CH-53GA upgrades

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has been selected to provide air filtration systems for  CH-53 transport helicopters that Airbus Helicopters is upgrading for the German military. Donaldson’s products will filter cooling air for avionics bays on 40 medium-lift CH-53Gs that Airbus Helicopters is upgrading to the -53GA configuration… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 15-Jul-14

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Turkish Aerospace displays T129 at Farnborough

Turkish Aerospace displays T129 at Farnborough

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) will be participating to the Farnborough Air Show 2014 (FIA 2014) which will be held in Farnborough, UK between July 14-20, 2014 and displaying T129 ATAK and ANKA at the static area. TAI’s stand can also be visited at Hall 4 H1. “T129 ATAK” Multi Role Combat and Armed Reconnaissance… Read more »

Source: TAI, 15-Jul-14

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UK denies visa to Russian visitors for Farnborough

UK denies visa to Russian visitors for Farnborough

Russian aviation industry sources are reporting that a significant number of people intending to travel to the UK this week for the Farnborough Air Show have been denied visas by the UK Government.  One report gives a figure of 167 visas granted to a Russian trade delegation numbering 347, implying that at least 180 have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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Mexico upgrading 21 Mi-8 and Mi-17s

Mexico upgrading 21 Mi-8 and Mi-17s

The Russian website Lenta.RU is reporting that Mexico is gradually shipping the older examples of Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters to Russian Helicopters for unspecified upgrades.  It is assumed that the 19 Mi-17s come from the batches delivered in 1996 and 1998, when they took a total of 24 examples.  Around the same time Mexico acquired… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 14-Jul-14

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Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Military investigators issue preliminary report on April 2014 Lynx Mk.9 crash

Two key statements sum up the current situation of the investigation of the crash of Army Air Corps Lynx Mk.9A ZF540 on 26th April 2014 20 km south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, killing all 3 crew members and the 2 passengers onboard:- The CVR [cockpit voice recorder] offers evidence of controlled flight and no acknowledgement… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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AW139 fleet passes 1,000,000 flight hours milestone

AW139 fleet passes 1,000,000 flight hours milestone

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the AW139 global fleet has now flown more than 1 million flight hours, achieving this impressive milestone in just ten years of operations. This milestone has been achieved with aircraft flying in the some of the most demanding environmental conditions around the world whilst performing a wide range of missions… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jul-14

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Uganda orders GrandNew and W-3A Sokol for Law Enforcement

Uganda orders GrandNew and W-3A Sokol for Law Enforcement

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uganda has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin and one W-3A Sokol intermediate twin engine helicopter. These aircraft, which are to be delivered in 2015, will be operated by the Uganda Police to perform law enforcement missions across the nation. The… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jul-14

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Bangladesh Air Force orders two SAR AW139s

Bangladesh Air Force orders two SAR AW139s

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has signed a contract for two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. These helicopters, which will be delivered by the end of 2015, will be operated by the Bangladesh Air Force to perform maritime search and rescue (SAR) and other… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters only take scale models to Farnborough 2014

Airbus Helicopters only take scale models to Farnborough 2014

Airbus Helicopters’ Farnborough International Airshow participation will emphasize the company’s long-standing commitment to the U.K.’s civil and military markets through its diversified helicopter product line, along with the company’s innovation for further improvements in rotorcraft performance, efficiency and reliability. During the biennial industry gathering at the UK’s Farnborough Airport this month, Airbus Helicopters’ significant role… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Jul-14

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DARPA selects Rockwell Collins to develop new antenna technology

DARPA selects Rockwell Collins to develop new antenna technology

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to develop new electronically scanned array (ESA) antenna technology as part of the Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) program. The ACT program is focused on shorter design cycles and creating a commercial market approach to developing antenna arrays.  This program aims to… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 14-Jul-14

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14-Jul-14 Harbin Z-9 Dangkor, Cambodia (5F)

Five military trainees killed and one seriously injured.  The helicopter was one of 12 helicopters Cambodia bought from China last year to boost its military capacity.

14-Jul-14

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Russian dependence on Ukraine-produced helicopter engines to be eliminated?

Russian dependence on Ukraine-produced helicopter engines to be eliminated?

Russian Helicopters could replace supplies of Ukraine-produced engines within 18 months according to Deputy General Director Andrei Shibitov.  Quoted in a speech at the Innoprom industrial exhibition and conference in Yekaterinburg this week. Headquartered in Zaporizhia, the Ukraine-based manufacturer Motor Sich was clearly in Shibitov’s sights.  He noted that the Russian Ministry of Industry has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jul-14

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Turbomeca at Farnborough 2014

Turbomeca at Farnborough 2014

Turbomeca (Safran) is bringing two members of its medium-heavy engine range – the Makila 2 (1,800 – 2,100shp) and the RTM322 (2,100 – 2,600shp) – to next week’s Farnborough Air Show (July 14-20). Best-seller in the medium weight twin-engine helicopter market, the Makila family powers Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma, Cougar and EC725/225, as well as… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 11-Jul-14

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Airbus appoints Vice President Post Merger Integration and Carve-Out Management

Airbus appoints Vice President Post Merger Integration and Carve-Out Management

Wow.  What a title.  Just imagine how wide his new business card will need to be!   The appointment of a new person at the top of Airbus Helicopters UK included mention of the new role for the previous UK head, Markus Steinke.  To repeat it here, and just to confirm that his new massively-long job… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Jul-14

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10-Jul-14 MAP-7712 Mil Mi-17V-5 Strumica, Macedonia (4F)

Police helicopter on night mission hit 140m high antenna, and crashed to the ground killing all four on board.  Cabin burnt out in post-crash fire

10-Jul-14

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Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

THe US Air Force has released its official report on the fatal crash of one of its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters on 7th January 2014 on the coast of Norfolk, UK. The very thorough document notes that the Accident Investigation Board President found “by clear and convincing evidence that multiple bird strikes caused the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-14

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Pentagon found to pay Bell $8,124 for a $445 gear

Pentagon found to pay Bell $8,124 for a $445 gear

The Pentagon paid Bell $8,123.50 each for gears that should have cost $445.06, according to a report by the Defense Department’s inspector general.  See full report

Source: Bloomberg, 09-Jul-14

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Australian National Audit Office criticises NH90 procurement program

Australian National Audit Office criticises NH90 procurement program

The Australian National Audit Office recently issued a report on their NH90 (known locally as ARH90) procurement program, and the contents give rise to a number of questions.  See the summary or the full 232 page audit report

Source: ANAO, 09-Jul-14

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Summit Aviation reaches Chinook support milestone

Summit Aviation reaches Chinook support milestone

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has completed its 200th depopulation of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The program, which began at Summit in 2002, is designed to harvest parts from the United States Army’s “D” model aircraft to be installed onto new “F” or “G” models. The process starts with the… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 09-Jul-14

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Vector team achieve Boeing’s supplier gold rating

Vector team achieve Boeing’s supplier gold rating

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced today that its Project Julius Team, responsible for the embodiment of the avionics upgrade to the UK MOD’s fleet of 46 Chinook aircraft, has obtained supplier ‘Gold’ status for their First Time Quality (FTQ). This is an… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Jul-14

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Scientists unveil aircraft technologies of the future

Scientists unveil aircraft technologies of the future

The four technologies unveiled are: 3D printers so advanced they could print UAVs during a mission; aircraft parts that can heal themselves in minutes; a new type of long range aircraft which divides into a number of smaller aircraft when it reaches its destination, and a directed energy weapon that could engage missiles at the… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 08-Jul-14

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KBR to coordinate Australian Landing Helicopter Dock Ships

KBR to coordinate Australian Landing Helicopter Dock Ships

KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today that it has been awarded an initial five-year contract (with options for four additional years) by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide the Capability Support Coordinator (CSC) services for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships. The CSC contract will provide configuration management, data management, maintenance monitoring, engineering… Read more »

Source: KBR, 08-Jul-14

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France – DCNS head to stand down early; Successor nominated

France – DCNS head to stand down early; Successor nominated

Patrick Boissier, Chairman and CEO of DCNS, has informed its main shareholders, the French State (through the Agence des participations de l’Etat) and Thales, that he intends to ask the Board of Directors to cut short his term, 5 months before the end of his tenure, to provide clarity on the designation of his successor,… Read more »

Source: Thales, 08-Jul-14

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US Army Aviation Museum prepares for expansion

US Army Aviation Museum prepares for expansion

With only 50 aircraft currently on display, a massive $45M plan has been launched to bring many of the further 160 aircraft out of storage and onto public display.  See full story

Source: South East Sun, 07-Jul-14

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07-Jul-14 Mil Mi-171 Hanoi, Vietnam (18F)

Military helicotpter on parachute training flight came down killing 16 and injuring a further 5.  2 of the 5 succumbed to their injuries in hospital within 48 hours, taking the toll up to 18

07-Jul-14

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Boeing release 2014 Q2 production numbers

Boeing release 2014 Q2 production numbers

In the second calendar quarter of 2014, Boeing produced 24 new-build helicopters, split as 9 Apaches and 15 Chinooks. This compares to 15 Apache and 17 Chinook aircraft in the previous quarter. Cumulative totals for 2014 after two quarters are thus 19 Apache and 32 Chinooks. By comparison, a total of 81 helicopters were built… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-14

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04-Jul-14 Sikorsky S61 Halat, Lebanon

Emergency landing for a firefighting helicopter – Lebanon has three ex Bristow S61s registered AD-1601 through 1603

04-Jul-14

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Brazilian Navy signs for Lynx Mk21A upgrade

Brazilian Navy signs for Lynx Mk21A upgrade

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation has signed a contract for a major midlife upgrade of eight Lynx Mk21A helicopters. The contract, valued in excess of US$160 million (€117 million), includes replacement of the aircraft’s engines with the CTS800-4N product from LHTEC, navigation, displays suite and mission avionics. A comprehensive… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Jul-14

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HMMT-164 Knight Riders celebrate 50 years

HMMT-164 Knight Riders celebrate 50 years

Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron 164, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, celebrated the 50th anniversary of their squadron and the Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. The Sea Knight was first purchased by the Marine Corps in 1964 and was… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-Jul-14

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US Future Vertical Lift capability focuses on tech demo

US Future Vertical Lift capability focuses on tech demo

The Army-led Future Vertical Lift program is being developed to replace the service’s aging helicopter fleet, and the aircraft of other services, at some point in the future. The need for Future Vertical Lift, known as FVL, was explained by Dan Bailey, program director, Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator/FVL, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Jul-14

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VMX-22 receives new commanding officer

VMX-22 receives new commanding officer

Col. Michael R. Orr relinquished command of Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 22 to Col. Robert L. Rauenhorst in a change of command ceremony held at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, June 27. Orr, who led the “Argonauts” from July 2012 to June 2014,… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-Jul-14

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CGAS New Orleans transfers command

CGAS New Orleans transfers command

Cmdr. David Cooper relieved Cmdr. Michael Brandhuber as commander of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans in an official change-of-command ceremony, Thursday Cmdr. Michael Brandhuber assumed command of Air Station New Orleans in June 2012, and will be attending the Eisenhower School of National Security at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. As the… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 03-Jul-14

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Sikorsky awarded $14M delivery order on Australian MH-60R program

Sikorsky awarded $14M delivery order on Australian MH-60R program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $14,000,000 firm-fixed-price delivery order (#4004) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004). This order provides for non-recurring efforts to incorporate the Engineering Change Proposal 4330AU into the Royal Australian Navy MH-60R aircraft for the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. In addition,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-14

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Bell opens new 230,000 ft² HQ building

Bell opens new 230,000 ft² HQ building

The four-story facility, at the corner of Texas 10 and Bell Spur, is filled with conference rooms, meeting spaces and natural light, and is designed to help workers be more productive  See full story

Source: Star Telegram, 02-Jul-14

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Boeing Completes Delivery of Canadian CH-147F Chinooks

Boeing Completes Delivery of Canadian CH-147F Chinooks

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Royal Canadian Air Force today celebrated the delivery of the 15th CH-147F Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter, ensuring advanced operational capability for the Canadian Chinook fleet. “The Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter project is making an exemplary contribution to the Canada First Defence Strategy,” said Col. Andrew Fleming, program manager for the Medium Heavy Lift Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 02-Jul-14

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New Russian helicopter components sale website launches

New Russian helicopter components sale website launches

Helicopter Service Company (HSC), a Russian Helicopters enterprise (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) is launching a new website for the sales of components for Russian-made helicopters. The site is now active and can be found at: http://www.hsc-copter.com/. “This is a unique project for the Russian helicopter sector, and is implemented as… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Jul-14

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Rostvertol celebrates 75th anniversary

Rostvertol celebrates 75th anniversary

Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) congratulates the staff of Rostvertol on the 75th anniversary of its founding. “75 years is a significant milestone and an important celebration for the company. The success and achievements of which we are rightfully proud today are a credit to the company’s staff,” Russian… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Jul-14

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PZL-Świdnik presenting advanced maritime aerospace solutions at BALT Military Expo 2014

PZL-Świdnik presenting advanced maritime aerospace solutions at BALT Military Expo 2014

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it is attending BALT Military Expo in Gdańsk this week (24-26th June), exhibiting its latest rotorcraft technology and confirming the Company’s key role in the Polish Armed Forces’ main maritime helicopter programmes and its leadership in the Polish aviation sector. PZL-Świdnik has developed and produced the W-3RM… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Jul-14

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02-Jul-14 Failaka Island, Kuwait

Damaged in emergency landing

02-Jul-14

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Pakistan Army completes first in-house Mi-8 overhaul

Pakistan Army completes first in-house Mi-8 overhaul

Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif visited the newly set up premier helicopter overhauling facility at Aviation Base Workshop on 25th June and witnessed the first batch of overhauled helicopters. Addressing on the occasion, Chief of Army staff, congratulated engineers and technicians of Aviation Base Workshop for having developed the first ever inland helicopter… Read more »

Source: Pakistan Army, 01-Jul-14

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Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade & Retrofit Market 2014-2024

Military Helicopter Modernisation, Upgrade & Retrofit Market 2014-2024

Helicopters are essential to most military operations and extending the service life of rotorcraft is a priority for many armed forces. This will provide substantial demand in the future. However, with several major programmes already ongoing alongside development of new rotorcraft, these factors will have an impact on demand in the long-term. Visiongain has calculated… Read more »

Source: Report Linker, 01-Jul-14

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21-Jun-14 Mil Mi-8 Lyzohubivka, Ukraine (3F)

Crashed en route from Nezhin air base to Chuhuiv air base.  Quoted by one source as “21 yellow” msn 9788612 but with no evidence provided to validate

30-Jun-14

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Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

[electronic translation] The corrosion and wear on the NH90 helicopter is larger than expected and Defense take the remaining 7 devices not currently on manufacturer NHIndustries (NHI). Minister Hennis-Plasschaert writes that today the House. Only when there are agreements with the factory about solutions, and it is clear who will pay the repairs, the new devices are… Read more »

Source: Dutch military, 30-Jun-14

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Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman awarded $8.4M extension to MQ-8B contract

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego, California, is being awarded an $8,465,734 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-12-C-0126) for the extension of engineering and software sustainment services in support of the Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Fire Scout MQ-8B. Work will be performed in San Diego, California,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-14

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