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Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

EADS North America, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $25,474,389 modification (P00787) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistics support on the Lakota Utility Helicopter (UH-72A). Work will be performed in Columbia, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance Army funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

Northrop Grumman awarded $18M delivery order for V-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman awarded $18M delivery order for V-22 EW upgrade

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, is being awarded $17,969,104 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0506 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0004) for non-recurring engineering in support of the MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment Suite upgrade, including integration of the AN/AAQ-24(V)25 software with an electronic warfare controller and the MV-22 mission computer. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $6.7M delivery order for H-60R/S cockpit repair

Lockheed Martin awarded $6.7M delivery order for H-60R/S cockpit repair

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is being awarded $6,756,377 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order 7027 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-12-G-010F) for the repair of 11 items for the command cockpit used in H-60R/S helicopters. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, (73 percent); Farmingdale, New York, (21.25 percent); Middletown, Connecticut, (2.5 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

Military Helicopter Market for MRO Services from OEMs Analyzed in 2014 – 2018 Report

Military Helicopter Market for MRO Services from OEMs Analyzed in 2014 – 2018 Report

The Global Military Helicopter MRO market is expected to witness an increasing demand for military helicopter MRO services in emerging countries during the forecast period. It is expected that the demand for the military helicopters will increase in developing countries such as India, Pakistan, and China. This in turn could result in an increase in… Read more »

Source: ReportsnReports, 08-May-14

Papal helicopter put on display in museum

Papal helicopter put on display in museum

The Mi-8 helicopter used by His Holiness John Paul II during his pilgrimage to Poland in 1979 has been put on display in the Polish Aviation Museum at Krakow. Carrying military serial 620, the Mi-8 is shown in the colours of the VIP flight – 36 Specjalny Pułk Lotnictwa Transportowego, or 36th Special Regiment of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-May-14

Bell to lay off 325 employees as V-22 orders decline

Bell to lay off 325 employees as V-22 orders decline

Bell is cutting 325 more jobs as the company continues to downsize in the face of declining defense spending and competitive pressures – see full story

07-May-14

Telephonics presents VisionEdge™ Degraded Visual Environment Technology at Quad-A

Telephonics presents VisionEdge™ Degraded Visual Environment Technology at Quad-A

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), presented its VisionEdge™ Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) sensor solution today at the 2014 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Meeting and Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. VisionEdge addresses the life threatening challenges associated with degraded visual environment situations, enhancing the military aviator’s ability… Read more »

Source: Telephonics, 07-May-14

L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L‐3 WESCAM announced today that it has now delivered 100 MX™-15 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging turrets in support of the U.S. Army National Guard’s UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment Package (S&S MEP). L-3 WESCAM was awarded the contract for this program in 2009 as a subcontractor to Airbus Helicopters, Inc. The first system was delivered… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 07-May-14

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Astronics to manufacture V-280 Valor power distribution systems

Astronics to manufacture V-280 Valor power distribution systems

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Astronics Advanced Electric Systems will design and manufacture power distribution systems for the Bell V-280 Valor™. John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Astronics is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders and help… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-14

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Eaton to provide hydraulic system for V-280 Valor

Eaton to provide hydraulic system for V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announces today that power management company, Eaton (NYSE: ETN) will be providing the hydraulic system for the Bell V-280 Valor™ . John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Eaton is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-14

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Meggitt to provide V-280 Valor fuel system

Meggitt to provide V-280 Valor fuel system

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that Meggitt Inc. will be providing the fuel system for the Bell V-280 Valor™ . John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter, says: “We are pleased Meggitt is making the strategic decision to join our growing team of aerospace leaders and help develop our… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-May-14

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Rolls-Royce awarded another $8M for CV-22 engine work

Rolls-Royce awarded another $8M for CV-22 engine work

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded an $8,021,387 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) for Mission CareTM support for the CV-22 AE1107C engine, including lower power engine removals. Work will be performed in Oakland, California (70 percent) and Indianapolis, Indiana (30 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2015. Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-May-14

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First rotations of Arrius 2R engine

First rotations of Arrius 2R engine

The first engine test bench run of Turbomeca’s new Arrius 2R turboshaft tookplace on April 29th 2014 at the company’s Bordes factory in southwestern France. The latest Arrius variant is destined for Bell Helicopter’s new Jet Ranger replacement,the Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM, and the initial rotations were witnessed by Bell Helicopter’s 505 Program Director… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 06-May-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $80M Contract for US and Indonesian Apache sensor systems

Lockheed Martin wins $80M Contract for US and Indonesian Apache sensor systems

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $80.6 million production contract for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64 Apache helicopter. This Lot 9 contract includes production of eight targeting and pilotage systems and spares for the U.S. Army and nine systems for the Indonesian Army. Indonesia… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 06-May-14

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Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK showcases growing composite proposition

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services recently hosted a customer day at its impressive Almondbank facility in Perth. The event showcased the growing capabilities offered at the site – including a new composite repair facility, completed on 4 April – all of which are set to deliver… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 06-May-14

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L-3 Wescam demos MX™-25D Electro-Optical Technologies on US Army Apache

L-3 Wescam demos MX™-25D Electro-Optical Technologies on US Army Apache

L‐3 WESCAM announced today successful ground and flight demonstrations of its MX™-25D at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Test Center (RTC) in Alabama on April 16, 2014. Through a cooperative agreement between the Apache Sensors Product Office and L-3 WESCAM, the demonstrations were conducted to investigate available electro-optical technologies. The original ground demonstration prompted the Sensors… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 06-May-14

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Donaldson completes delivery of engine protection system for CH-53K

Donaldson completes delivery of engine protection system for CH-53K

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has completed delivering system development versions of its Engine Air Particle Protection System (EAPPS) to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s CH-53K program that will provide the next-generation heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The 12 Engineering Development Models delivered by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI),… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 06-May-14

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Lockheed Martin Marks Significant Milestone in R&D for Unmanned Technologies

Lockheed Martin Marks Significant Milestone in R&D for Unmanned Technologies

Three systems acquired by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have progressed from their research and development phase to operational readiness. The Indago vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quad-rotor, accompanied by its handheld ground control station (GCS) will offer a robust, mobile surveillance application. Additionally, a new Commercial Avionics Suite delivers the same performance and reliability that… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-May-14

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Unical Aviation appoints VP of Military Division

Unical Aviation appoints VP of Military Division

Roger Wassmuth has joined Unical Aviation Inc. to lead and expand its newly formed Military Division. As Vice President, Military Division, Wassmuth is responsible for developing and implementing a strategy that will drive sales and fuel aggressive growth. In addition to leading the organization, key areas of focus will include establishing partnerships, license and distribution… Read more »

Source: Unical Aviation, 05-May-14

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Raytheon, US Army certify TALON Laser-Guided Rocket on Apache

Raytheon, US Army certify TALON Laser-Guided Rocket on Apache

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Army have completed the certification process for air worthiness release (AWR) of the TALON Laser-Guided Rocket (LGR) on the Apache AH-64D/E Attack helicopter. The AWR certification provides for potential operational employment of the TALON weapon system on U.S. Army Apaches and Apaches in international fleets. The TALON LGR… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 05-May-14

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AgustaWestland joins Finmeccanica North America at Quad-A

AgustaWestland joins Finmeccanica North America at Quad-A

AgustaWestland North America, a Finmeccanica company, will showcase its range of solutions for the US Army on the joint Finmeccanica North America booth (#1731) at this year’s Army Aviation Association of America Mission Solutions Summit, taking place in Nashville, Tennessee from May 4 through 6. AgustaWestland is highlighting the AW119Kx, a light-single engine helicopter featuring… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-May-14

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National Technologies awarded $6.5M V-22 logistics deal

National Technologies awarded $6.5M V-22 logistics deal

National Technologies Associates Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded a $6,567,668 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering/logistics and acquisition logistics support services to the V-22 Joint Program Office. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $3,751,515 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is April 30, 2017. Bids were solicited via the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-May-14

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Boeing flies production configuration AH-6i for first time

Boeing flies production configuration AH-6i for first time

Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter has flown for the first time in its production configuration, moving the program another step closer to full-scale production while continuing to prove the helicopter’s close air support and attack capabilities. Boeing pilots flew the aircraft for less than 20-minutes at low speeds in forward, rearward and sideward… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 02-May-14

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AVX Aircraft Attending 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

AVX Aircraft Attending 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

AVX Aircraft Company today announced that they will be attending the 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, May 4-6, 2014.  AVX will have a large booth with new displays and information on its innovative Compound Coaxial Helicopter design which is one of four designs competing for the Army’s JMR contract. In addition… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft, 02-May-14

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AgustaWestland supports Canadian CH-149 Cormorant exercise in Peru

AgustaWestland supports Canadian CH-149 Cormorant exercise in Peru

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company is proud to provide its support to the Royal Canadian Air Force in deploying an AW101/CH-149 Cormorant for Exercise COOPERACIÓN III in Peru.  The exercise is running until May 2, 2014. “This is the first time the RCAF has deployed a Cormorant outside Canada and we are pleased to provide assistance… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-May-14

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Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K with rotor blades

Sikorsky begins powered ground tests of CH-53K with rotor blades

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has begun full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with all seven main rotor blades and four tail rotor blades attached for the first time to a non-flying prototype called the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV). Powered “Light-Off” with rotor… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 02-May-14

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Czech military institute develops Mi-171 mission rehearsal system

Czech military institute develops Mi-171 mission rehearsal system

The Czech Air Force and Air Defense Technical Institute,known as VTÚLaPVO Praha, works to integrate communication and information systems to aid decision-making in support of air and army forces command and security crisis management. As part of their work, they were tasked to develop a new Mi-171 helicopter mission rehearsal system for the Army of… Read more »

Source: VT-MAK, 02-May-14

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17,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

17,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

HeliHub.com is having continuing success with its “Gallery” feature, recording over 17,000 images in its main Gallery, and over 309 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 time. HeliHub.com plans to utilise… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-14

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Columbia Helicopters awarded $30M US Army Chinook contract

Columbia Helicopters awarded $30M US Army Chinook contract

Columbia Helicopters Inc.*, Aurora, Ore., was awarded a $30,552,180 firm-fixed-price contract for the after rotor head and the forward rotor head for the Chinook weapons system. The minimum quantity (combined for the rotor heads) is ten and the maximum quantity is 198. Funding and performance location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-May-14

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Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) successfully demonstrated its capability across several different maritime scenarios to Dutch Authorities in Den Helder, The Netherlands, on 29 April 2014. Consolidating its unmatched maritime position, the S-100 demonstrated its ability to support maritime commanders and decision makers in the North Sea, west of Den Helder. The North… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Apr-14

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Northrop Grumman to supply mission computers for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Northrop Grumman to supply mission computers for UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a low-rate initial production contract from the U.S. Navy to deliver FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers in support of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Marine Corps helicopters. Under the $10.6 million contract, Northrop Grumman will provide mission computers for H-1 helicopter flight tests, system integration laboratories and training. The… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 30-Apr-14

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M International at 2014 Mission Solutions Summit

M International at 2014 Mission Solutions Summit

M International’s Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (KTS) and MINT Turbines, LLC (MINT) will be exhibiting at booth #2908 from May 4th to the 6th during the 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Both companies will have representatives available to answer questions relating to the maintenance,… Read more »

Source: M International, 30-Apr-14

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Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

Science Channel to Feature K-MAX

The K-MAX unmanned aircraft system has made a name for itself in Afghanistan, with more than 1,800 unmanned resupply missions flown and delivering over 4 million pounds of supplies to troops throughout the region since being deployed in 2011. This week, the K-MAX cargo-hauling copter will achieve a different type of milestone. K-MAX will make… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Apr-14

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US Army to spend $21M on flares to protect helicopters and low-level fixed wing

US Army to spend $21M on flares to protect helicopters and low-level fixed wing

ARMTEC Countermeasures Co., Cochella, Calif., was awarded an $11,450,440 modification (P00034) to firm-fixed-price contract W52P1J-09-C-0055 to exercise the option for 390,800 each M206 decoy countermeasure flares (389,300 for U.S. Air Force and 1500 each for the U.S. Army) for protection of helicopters and low altitude aircraft. Work will be performed in East Camden, Ark., with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Apr-14

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Every sixth helicopter in the world is Russian

Every sixth helicopter in the world is Russian

Upon its foundation in 2002, the Russian company Oboronprom began to consolidate the helicopter industry under its auspices. By 2004, Oboronprom had incorporated the helicopter design bureau Mile, and by 2005, it joined the Kamovtsy alliance. Nonetheless, the industry remained fragmented. In 2007, the state corporation Rostec established the subsidiary project of Russian Helicopters under the framework… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 30-Apr-14

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VMM-263 maintains excellence aboard Mesa Verde

VMM-263 maintains excellence aboard Mesa Verde

Since the first MV-22 Ospreys were deployed to Iraq in 2007, the Marines of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 have built a reputation for overcoming adversity through teamwork and ingenuity. The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) current deployment has proven an opportunity for VMM-263 (Reinforced) Detachment A to continue that tradition aboard the USS… Read more »

Source: USMC, 30-Apr-14

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US Marine Corps Ospreys change command in Spain

US Marine Corps Ospreys change command in Spain

Marines, sailors, and distinguished visitors gathered together aboard Moron Air Base, Spain, to observe Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 receive a new commander during a change-of-command ceremony, April 26, 2014. Lieutenant Colonel Brian T. Koch took command of VMM-162 from Lt. Col. Robert A. Freeland. The squadron from Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.,… Read more »

Source: USMC, 30-Apr-14

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Registration open for HAI and Quad-A Career Development Sessions

Registration open for HAI and Quad-A Career Development Sessions

Make the most of your military aviation experience: prepare yourself with inside knowledge of the helicopter industry that will make you more knowledgeable in the present and prepare you for success in the future — no matter which direction your aviation career takes you! The Army Aviation Association of America’s (Quad-A) 2014 Army Aviation Mission… Read more »

Source: HAI, 30-Apr-14

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HMH-462 squadron celebrates 70 years of service

HMH-462 squadron celebrates 70 years of service

Marines, Sailors, families and former members of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462 celebrated the squadron’s 70th anniversary aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., April 26. Throughout the past seven decades, HMH-462 made its mark in history as a Marine Corps work horse, attributing their success to the countless missions the squadron flew for… Read more »

Source: USMC, 29-Apr-14

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Arizona National Guard fights back on proposed Apache reduction

Arizona National Guard fights back on proposed Apache reduction

They train to the same standards as their active duty counterparts and cost 60 percent less to maintain. Yet after years of defending freedom in Afghanistan, Arizona’s Citizen-Soldiers are being told they are unworthy of operating the Army’s premier attack helicopter. Army leaders recently revealed a plan to take away all 192 National Guard AH-64D… Read more »

Source: Arizona National Guard, 28-Apr-14

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Kentucky Army Guard rolls out first of six UH-72A Lakotas

Kentucky Army Guard rolls out first of six UH-72A Lakotas

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson joined Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s aviation community for the inaugural roll out of the Guard’s newest acquisition, the LUH-72 Lakota helicopter at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., April 24. The American-made LUH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was specifically selected and… Read more »

Source: Kentucky ANG, 27-Apr-14

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Airbus Helicopters selects Software Testing Solution Provider

Airbus Helicopters selects Software Testing Solution Provider

Vector Software, the world’s leading provider of innovative software solutions for testing safety and mission critical embedded applications, announced today that Airbus Helicopters has selected VectorCAST™ as their standard corporate test solution for the company’s division in Germany. The company chose the VectorCAST/Cover, VectorCAST/C++ and VectorCAST/Ada tools to ensure that they are able to use… Read more »

Source: Vector Software, 27-Apr-14

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US Navy awards Bell $38M yoke contract

US Navy awards Bell $38M yoke contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $38,409,418 firm-fixed-price contract for yoke assemblies. This is a sole-source acquisition. This contract is a stand-alone delivery order on a basic delivery order agreement. This is a 51-month base contract with no options. Location of performance is Texas with a July 31, 2018… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Apr-14

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Boeing awarded $103M contract for long-lead AH-64E items

Boeing awarded $103M contract for long-lead AH-64E items

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $103,800,000 firm-fixed-price contract for advance procurement funding for the purchase of long lead items as part of the AH-64E Apache Full Rate Production Lot 5 aircraft requirement. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $103,800,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Apr-14

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27-Mar-14 Lucknow, India

Bird strike with large bird, possibly an eagle.  Uneventful emergency landing.  VVIP on board – Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his MP wife Dimple escaped unhurt

27-Apr-14

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26-Apr-14 ZF540 Westland Lynx Mk.9A Kandahar, Afghanistan (5F)

Lynx was one of two taking part in air-to-ground gunnery training when it was lost with all on board – named (eg. here) as Capt Thomas Clarke, WO2 Spencer Faulkner and Cpl James Walters of the Army Air Corps died alongside Flt Lt Rakesh Chauhan of the Royal Air Force and L/Cpl Oliver Thomas of… Read more »

26-Apr-14

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New commander appointed for NY Army National Guard

New commander appointed for NY Army National Guard

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jack James, currently the commander of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, has been picked to command the Latham-based 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The brigade headquarters, along with the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, and Company A of the 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation, also from Latham, deployed to Kuwait in… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Apr-14

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Helibras delivers 10th and 11th EC725s

Helibras delivers 10th and 11th EC725s

Helibras has just delivered two EC725 helicopters, meeting deadlines and criteria for nationalization stipulated by the contract signed between the company and the Ministry of Defence in 2008, which established the supply of 50 aircraft of this model to the Brazilian Armed Forces. The 10th unit is allocated to the FAB, who has now five… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 25-Apr-14

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25-Apr-14 808 Boeing AH-64E Taoyuan County, Taiwan

Crashed into residential area on a training flight.  Very heavily damaged – images

25-Apr-14

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FlightSafety announces Courseware Support Director

FlightSafety announces Courseware Support Director

FlightSafety International announces that Jennifer Bensky has been promoted to Director, Courseware Support. She succeeds Jon Pollack who has been named Director, Business Development, Rotorcraft. Jennifer will oversee the design, development and distribution of training materials and FlightSafety’s Specialty and Enrichment training programs. She will also lead strategic initiatives, research and development, technology support, and… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 24-Apr-14

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FlightSafety to host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference

FlightSafety to host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference

FlightSafety International announces that it will host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference. It will be held September 15 to18, at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference is expected to be attended by more than 300 flight simulation experts from around the world. Attendees and participants will… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 24-Apr-14

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FlightSafety names new Rotorcraft Business Development Director

FlightSafety names new Rotorcraft Business Development Director

FlightSafety International announces that Jon Pollack has been named Director, Business Development, Rotorcraft. “We look forward to Jon’s many contributions in his new role as Director, Business Development, Rotorcraft,” said David Davenport, Senior Vice President. “Jon will work to develop and establish training programs and locations designed to meet the current and future requirements of… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 23-Apr-14

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Mexico requests 18 UH-60M Black Hawks

Mexico requests 18 UH-60M Black Hawks

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico for UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $680 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 17, 2014. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 23-Apr-14

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Selex ES to support Malaysian Super Lynx sensors

Selex ES to support Malaysian Super Lynx sensors

Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signature of a contract with AIROD SDN BHD for the supply and support of equipment for the Government of Malaysia, Royal Malaysian Navy Super Lynx MK100 helicopter. YBhg Colonel Dato’ Mohammed Selamat bin Bakin RMAF (R), CEO of AIROD, signed the contract with Barry Anstey,… Read more »

Source: Selex ES, 23-Apr-14

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Bell Expands Maintenance Training Offerings in Singapore

Bell Expands Maintenance Training Offerings in Singapore

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to conduct Bell 412EP/Bell 412EPI B1.3 and B2 Part 147 technical training at the Bell Helicopter Singapore Service Center. The Australian CASA approval expands the BTA’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Apr-14

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Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report

Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report

Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the “Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market Report” report to their offering. The analysts forecast the Global Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market to grow at a CAGR of 3.17 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increase in UAV launch…. Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 23-Apr-14

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Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight

Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight

Kaman Aerospace announced today that the first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. After production flight tests, this aircraft will be used for maintenance and aircrew training. The program is on track with deliveries of all ten aircraft scheduled to be complete in mid-2015. The first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I)… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 22-Apr-14

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Optionally-Piloted Black Hawk makes successful first flight

Optionally-Piloted Black Hawk makes successful first flight

In cooperation with the U.S. Army, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully demonstrated optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Apr-14

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FlightSafety announces new Assistant Manager at West Palm Beach

FlightSafety announces new Assistant Manager at West Palm Beach

FlightSafety International announces that Otto Gambrel has been promoted to Assistant Manager of its Learning Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Otto joined FlightSafety in 2001 as an instructor at the Savannah Learning Center.  He most recently served as Program Manager at the company’s Learning Center in Hong Kong. Previously, Otto was responsible for FlightSafety’s… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 22-Apr-14

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Rockwell Collins CEO to address RBC Aerospace and Defense Investor Day

Rockwell Collins CEO to address RBC Aerospace and Defense Investor Day

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) CEO and President Kelly Ortberg will address RBC Capital Markets’ Aerospace and Defense Investor Day in New York on May 15, 2014, at 10:40 a.m. Eastern Time. A live audio webcast and subsequent replay of Ortberg’s comments will be available on the company’s web site at www.rockwellcollins.com. Listeners of the live transmission… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 21-Apr-14

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Opportunities for Composites in Global Aerospace Market 2014-2033

Opportunities for Composites in Global Aerospace Market 2014-2033

Global Information Inc. announces the addition of a new market research report “Opportunities for Composites in Global Aerospace Market 2014-2033” at GIIResearch.com High order backlog and an increasing production rate for various aircraft as well as high penetration are the main drivers for significant composite materials demand in the aerospace industry. Lucintel expects a major… Read more »

Source: Global Information, 21-Apr-14

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Lockheed Martin awarded $7.2M order for H-60R/S cockpit repairs

Lockheed Martin awarded $7.2M order for H-60R/S cockpit repairs

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, N.Y., is being awarded $ 7,265,034 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order 7026 against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-12-G-010F) for the repair of 12 items of the common cockpit for H-60R/S helicopters. Work will be performed at Owego, N.Y. (77 percent); Farmingdale, N.Y. (9 percent); Phoenix, Ariz. (6 Percent); Salt Lake… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-14

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Boeing awarded $43M for CH-47F weapons system training

Boeing awarded $43M for CH-47F weapons system training

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pa. was awarded a $43,340,932 modification (P00003) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0114 to support fielding new equipment and equipment training for units receiving the CH-47F weapons system. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $43,340,932 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion dated is Feb. 29, 2016…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-14

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Raytheon awarded $17M for MH-60R/S Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems

Raytheon awarded $17M for MH-60R/S Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $17,707,050 for modification 0044-01 to previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00164-12-G-JQ66) for 19 Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems for U.S. Navy MH-60R/S helicopters.  The system is an airborne, electro-optic, forward-looking infra-red, turreted sensor package that provides long-range surveillance, high altitude target acquisition, tracking, range-finding, and laser designation, and for all tri-service… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Apr-14

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ACE Signs 3-year LTA with AgustaWestland Philadelphia

ACE Signs 3-year LTA with AgustaWestland Philadelphia

ACE has signed a 3-year Long Term Agreement with AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation for the manufacture of AW139, AW119, and AW109 composite and metal bonded airframe components. ACE has been manufacturing components for AWPC for the past five years. This agreement covers 132 different part numbers. “We are looking forward to working with AWPC over the… Read more »

Source: ACE, 17-Apr-14

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Pall Aerospace Introduces PUREservices MRO Program

Pall Aerospace Introduces PUREservices MRO Program

Pall Aerospace announces the introduction of its PUREservices Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) program for Aerospace customers. The PUREservices program combines the established MRO capabilities of Pall Aerospace and the technical expertise of Pall’s Scientific Laboratory Services (SLS) technical support group to address contamination and filtration challenges for aircraft operators worldwide. The PUREservices program was… Read more »

Source: Pall Aerospace, 17-Apr-14

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Bell Helicopter Training Academy Celebrates 130,000 Student Milestone

Bell Helicopter Training Academy Celebrates 130,000 Student Milestone

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has trained 130,000 students through its Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA). The milestone student, Mr. Fredrick “Chon” Taylor, who works for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is an experienced pilot with more than 3,500 hours in Bell helicopters. Like many of Bell Helicopter’s customers,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Apr-14

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Black Knight Transformer Successfully Completes First Flights

Black Knight Transformer Successfully Completes First Flights

Advanced Tactics Inc. announced that it has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of large scale multicopter design, production, and testing and the successful flights of the Black Knight Transformer open the door to a… Read more »

Source: Advanced Tactics, 16-Apr-14

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Lord Corp receives two-year Chinook vibration control contract

Lord Corp receives two-year Chinook vibration control contract

LORD Corporation has announced the award of a two-year contract with The Boeing Company to integrate and qualify an Improved Vibration Control System (IVCS) for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. The purchase order was delivered and accepted in September of 2013 and a Preliminary Design Review was completed in January of 2014. Production is planned to… Read more »

Source: Lord, 15-Apr-14

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SCRA wins $2.8M contract for Future Vertical Lift composite structures

SCRA wins $2.8M contract for Future Vertical Lift composite structures

SCRA Applied R&D today announced the award of a $2.8 million contract by the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Aviation Development Directorate. The contract is to develop representative composite structures to meet weight and structural requirements for future vertical lift aircraft. The contract will be executed over a two year period. The… Read more »

Source: SCRA, 15-Apr-14

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Airbus Helicopters displaying at DSA in Kuala Lumpur

Airbus Helicopters displaying at DSA in Kuala Lumpur

Airbus Helicopters is presenting its aircraft at the Defense Services Asia Exhibition & Conference (DSA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from April 14-17. On display at the Airbus Group booth for military and governmental customers are one-fifth models of the combat-proven multi-role Cougar EC725, the Tiger HAD combat helicopter, and the EC135 light twin-engine helicopter. Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 and EC135 aircraft… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Apr-14

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Airbus Group Named Preferred Employer By French Engineering Students in 2014

Airbus Group Named Preferred Employer By French Engineering Students in 2014

Airbus Group has been named the most attractive employer among students at France’s leading engineering universities, according to the 2014 surveys by renowned employer branding consultancies Universum Global and Trendence. For the 10th consecutive year, students at France’s top engineering universities (Grandes Écoles) selected Airbus Group as their “Ideal Employer” in the Universum Global Survey… Read more »

Source: Airbus Group, 14-Apr-14

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13-Apr-14 JW-9505 Agusta-Bell 412 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Crashed on take-off, ending up on its side with rotorhead against the hangar wall, injuring Tanzania’s vice president Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal and some of the others on board – total 11 POB

13-Apr-14

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Gama Engineering wins UK Army Gazelle avionics update contract

Gama Engineering wins UK Army Gazelle avionics update contract

Gama Engineering Ltd, the Fairoaks Airport, UK based EASA Part 21J and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Design Approved Organisation Status company, has been awarded a contract to supply the design solution and major parts for a Traffic Alerting System, GPS and 8.33kHz VHF Comms upgrade to a number of Airbus Helicopters’ Gazelle helicopters for… Read more »

Source: Gama Engineering, 11-Apr-14

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Armed Forces of Malta to acquire second AW139

Armed Forces of Malta to acquire second AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Armed Forces of Malta has taken up the option for a second AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. The helicopter will be used to conduct mainly maritime border control missions. The delivery of the second AW139 is scheduled for June 2015, while the first helicopter will… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Apr-14

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