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Exelis receives $34M contract for key CH-53K components

Exelis receives $34M contract for key CH-53K components

Exelis has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $34 million from Sikorsky to produce major structural airframe components for four production-representative CH-53K heavy lift helicopters . Designated as System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA), the four aircraft will enable the U.S. Marine Corps to conduct operational evaluation of the new helicopter system beginning in 2017. Exelis will fabricate and… Read more »

Source: Exelis, 25-Feb-14

Vector Aerospace and Aerotech Holland Sign 4 Year Agreement for Dutch military T700 MRO

Vector Aerospace and Aerotech Holland Sign 4 Year Agreement for Dutch military T700 MRO

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”),one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has signed a four-year agreement through their Dutch partner Aerotech Holland with the… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 25-Feb-14

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Honeywell navigation selected for EC145T2 and EC645T2

Honeywell navigation selected for EC145T2 and EC645T2

Honeywell Aerospace’s (NYSE: HON) LASEREF VI navigation system has been selected by Airbus Helicopters for its light helicopter platforms, the EC145 T2 and EC645 T2 family. The LASEREF inertial reference unit (IRU) allows helicopter operators to always have an autonomous navigation source available in the absence of a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and radio navigation. The capability is… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 25-Feb-14

US Army National Guard Units Make First HeliWagon Purchases

US Army National Guard Units Make First HeliWagon Purchases

HeliWagonTM announced this week that the company has delivered new HeliWagon mobile landing dollies to the New Jersey National Guard and the Maryland National Guard. New Jersey accepted delivery of four units and Maryland accepted delivery of their first HeliWagon. “We saw the Heliwagon demonstrated and it had all of the capabilities we were looking… Read more »

Source: HeliWagon, 25-Feb-14

Aviafora – New aviation discussion site launches today

Aviafora – New aviation discussion site launches today

New website Aviafora.com seeks to provide an arena for aviation professionals to discuss topical matters spanning the breadth of the aviation industry. The forum also hosts a dedicated ‘Helicopters’ section covering all aspects of rotary wing flying. The new venture is sponsored by Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training which is owned by pilot tutorials author Phil… Read more »

Source: Aviafora, 25-Feb-14

Breeze-Eastern Enhances Spares Distribution System

Breeze-Eastern Enhances Spares Distribution System

Responding to customer needs for faster spares parts deliveries,Breeze-Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, today announced plans for a new spare parts distribution system supported by significantly increased inventory levels. “We recognize that responsive spares support and turnaround times are critical to our customers’ mission success,” said… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 25-Feb-14

Kaman Aerospace establishes new engineering services office in Charleston SC

Kaman Aerospace establishes new engineering services office in Charleston SC

Kaman Aerospace Group announced today at the 2014 HAI HELI-EXPO that its subsidiary, Kaman Engineering Services, has opened a new office at the Clemson University Restoration Institute Campus (CURI) in North Charleston, S.C. Kaman Engineering Services recognizes the growing aerospace requirements in the Southeast United States and the new regional office will support that demand,… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 25-Feb-14

Airbus Helicopters brings new vision at its first show under new image

Airbus Helicopters brings new vision at its first show under new image

HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 will mark Airbus Helicopters’ first major rotorcraft industry event in its new identity, with the company showcasing an evolved product line, diversified service offerings and a strategy that reflects its core changes. “Under our new name, Airbus Helicopters, we have redefined our priorities. We are committed to new standards with respect to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Sikorsky Training Academy Graduates First Class of S-70i Pilots and Maintainers

Sikorsky Training Academy Graduates First Class of S-70i Pilots and Maintainers

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced its first graduating class from the Sikorsky Training Academy (STA). A team of Brunei pilots and maintainers recently completed in-depth flight and maintenance training in Stuart, Fla. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.  “We have taken the concept of single-source training and created a new paradigm with the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 24-Feb-14

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Billings Flying Service buys two CH-47D Chinooks

Billings Flying Service buys two CH-47D Chinooks

Billings Flying Service are to have one flying within four months, with the second aircraft slated for refurbishment over next winter See full story The actual aircraft are N561AJ ex 90-00184 which sold for $3,500,500 N562AJ ex 90-00185 which sold for $3,003,762

Source: Billings Gazette, 24-Feb-14

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AHS Noise Library Announced

AHS Noise Library Announced

The use of helicopters is increasingly subjected to objections and concerns about noise. Particular examples currently are in New York and Los Angeles, areas where members of the public are attempting to essentialy eliminate helicopter operations, while members of Congress are proposing that severe limitations be placed on helicopter operations and the routes and altitudes… Read more »

Source: AHS, 24-Feb-14

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FlightSafety install new EC135 simulator in Dallas

FlightSafety install new EC135 simulator in Dallas

FlightSafety International announces the installation of its new Airbus EC135 helicopter simulator in Dallas, Texas. Training is expected to begin in April 2014 following FAA Level D qualification. “Installing a new Airbus EC135 helicopter simulator in Dallas shows FlightSafety’s commitment and ability to respond quickly to Customer needs,” said Steve Gross, Vice President Sales. “They… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 24-Feb-14

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HeliHub.com produces list of helicopters at Heli-Expo 2014

HeliHub.com produces list of helicopters at Heli-Expo 2014

The HeliHub.com team have produced the following list of the helicopters at the Heli-Expo 2014 convention in Anaheim, California.  This is a “work in progress” story, which we will update regularly, so please check back if there is a detail here currently incomplete.  As news stories emerge relating to particular aircraft, we will annotate the story… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Feb-14

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Leading Edge Composites showcases at Heli-Expo

Leading Edge Composites showcases at Heli-Expo

Leading Edge Composites, Inc. will be exhibiting at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 in booth #3812. Exciting examples of the company’s diverse production capabilities and a new cutting edge VIP cabinet will be on display. “After 20+ years of successfully serving the composite parts and interior needs of rotor- and fixed-wing customers we are pleased to announce… Read more »

Source: Leading Edge Composites, 23-Feb-14

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Leonardo – the new Customer Portal for AgustaWestland operators

Leonardo – the new Customer Portal for AgustaWestland operators

AgustaWestland have taken the opportunity of Heli-Expo 2014 to launch a new Customer Portal named after the Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci.  Here is their description of the site:- Leonardo , the AgustaWestland Customer Portal, offer a much wider range of services directly from the web, with the target to ensure a faster response and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Feb-14

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23-Feb-14 EJC-2160 Sikorsky UH-60L Hondas, Colombia (4F)

Accident killed Major Luis Fabián Carrero Llanos, Captain Jhonny Patiño Ballesteros, Sargeant Leonardo Polo Monje and Cadet Mauricio Gómez Vélez.

23-Feb-14

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Bad Timing – Sikorsky lays off 600 as Heli-Expo opens

Bad Timing – Sikorsky lays off 600 as Heli-Expo opens

Sikorsky announced Friday a workforce reduction of “approximately 600 employees, mostly in Connecticut” due to “the challenging and unstable economic conditions that continue to affect our industry,” – See full story

Source: Stratford Star, 22-Feb-14

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New Managing Director at Turbomeca Asia Pacific

New Managing Director at Turbomeca Asia Pacific

On February 1st 2014, Aurelien Blanc, previously head of Turbomeca Asia Pacific (TAP) Front Office, took over as the company’s Managing Director. In 2009, Aurélien Blanc (37), a business graduate from INSEAD, joined TAP having spent several years at Airbus Helicopters as Commercial Director for South-East Asia. He is now in charge of executive management… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 22-Feb-14

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HAL Takes Lead in Establishing First Aerospace University in India

HAL Takes Lead in Establishing First Aerospace University in India

An “Aerospace Industry-Academia Conclave” was organised at HAL under thechairmanship of Prof S. G. Dhande, former Director, IIT Kanpur on February 17, 2014 in presence of senior executives of HAL and other distinguished academicians. HAL aims to pursue its leading role in the Indian aerospace industry through this conclave and create an ecosystem for enhancing… Read more »

Source: HAL, 22-Feb-14

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P&WC Continues to Gain Momentum in the Global Helicopter Market

P&WC Continues to Gain Momentum in the Global Helicopter Market

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC’s) growing helicopter-engine business marked several major milestones in 2013 including reaching 50 million turboshaft flying hours and is gearing up for another busy year. In 2013, the PW210S engine, selected for Sikorsky’s S-76D helicopter, received EASA validation in July, and the PT6T-9 engine entered service on the Bell 412EPI in… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 22-Feb-14

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MV-22 confirmed for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

MV-22 confirmed for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, one of the world’s most unique military aircraft, will return to the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in in 2014. The MV-22 will be on display at the event and also give demonstrations of its unique flying capabilities. The Osprey is making its first appearance at Oshkosh since 2010. This appearance,… Read more »

Source: EAA, 22-Feb-14

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MH-53E Sea Dragon – Troubled past, uncertain future

MH-53E Sea Dragon – Troubled past, uncertain future

The US Navy have reportedly decided to develop a replacement to the MH-53E rather than invest a significant amount of money to keep the helicopters flying – see full story

Source: Virginian Pilot, 22-Feb-14

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Ex-Im Bank Tops $1 Billion in Financing for American Business Aircraft and Helicopters

Ex-Im Bank Tops $1 Billion in Financing for American Business Aircraft and Helicopters

Today the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) announced it has topped $1 billion in support of American-made business-aircraft and helicopter financings since the beginning of FY 2012. In a deal that drove recent business-aircraft and helicopter financings over the $1 billion mark and supported approximately 2,100 American jobs, the Bank’s board approved a guarantee of a $300 million loan extended… Read more »

Source: Ex-Im Bank, 22-Feb-14

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Engility awarded $40M contract for EW system modifications, including MH-60R

Engility awarded $40M contract for EW system modifications, including MH-60R

Engility Corp., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $39,969,545 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for electronic warfare (EW) weapons systems modifications for U.S. Navy and Australian EA-6B, EA-18G, E-2C, MH-60R, BAMS, P-8A aircraft, Unmanned Air Systems, flight simulators, training systems, other advanced electronic attack derivatives and initiatives. Services to be provided include systems engineering, in-service hardware and software… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Feb-14

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Turkish PM Erdogan says $3.5 Billion Sikorsky deal signed

Turkish PM Erdogan says $3.5 Billion Sikorsky deal signed

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday a deal had been signed with Sikorsky for a general purpose helicopter order worth $3.5 billion.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 22-Feb-14

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22-Feb-14 Karma, Iraq (4F)

Shot down by militants while on reconnaissance flight

22-Feb-14

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Twelve AgustaWestland directors caught in Italian asbestos investigation

Twelve AgustaWestland directors caught in Italian asbestos investigation

Turin prosecutors have placed a dozen former and current directors of AgustaWestland under investigation in a probe into suspected health risks from the asbestos in helicopters supplied to the Italian armed forces and police  See full story

Source: Gazetta del Sud, 21-Feb-14

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Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement at Patuxent River to close?

Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement at Patuxent River to close?

The Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) has decided to close a rotary-wing technology development center. See full story  No mention so far on NACRA website

Source: Seapower, 21-Feb-14

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Garmin Pilot App Adds 3-D Synthetic Vision Capability

Garmin Pilot App Adds 3-D Synthetic Vision Capability

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced an updated version of the Garmin Pilot application for the iPad and iPhone featuring synthetic vision as an option for premium subscribers. 3D Vision incorporates GPS-derived airspeed, altitude, and vertical speed overlaid on rich 3D topographic landscape…. Read more »

Source: Garmin, 21-Feb-14

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Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

The Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 16 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on April 3, 2014 to shareholders of record on March 18, 2014. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 21-Feb-14

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21-Feb-14 FAE-601 AL Dhruv Chimborazo, Ecuador (3F)

3 of 4 POB killed

21-Feb-14

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Turbomeca at Heli-Expo 2014

Turbomeca at Heli-Expo 2014

At Heli-Expo, Turbomeca (Safran) will display its principal product lines: Arriel, Arrano, Ardiden 3 and RTM 322. The line-up is completed by the latest Arrius 2R, selected by Bell Helicopter to power its new SLS (Short Light Single) helicopter. The Arrius 2R is the latest member of a 3,000-strong engine family. This new engine version… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 21-Feb-14

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21-Feb-14 Chakri, Pakistan

Emergency landing on training flight

21-Feb-14

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Air Methods Awarded Multiple International Completion Contracts

Air Methods Awarded Multiple International Completion Contracts

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that its United Rotorcraft Division has been awarded contracts totaling up to $5.5 million with the Ecuadorian Navy, AgustaWestland, and an unnamed customer in the Middle East to design, manufacture, certify and complete several airframes for a variety of missions. “United Rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 20-Feb-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $92M Apache Targeting and Pilotage System Sustainment Contract

Lockheed Martin wins $92M Apache Targeting and Pilotage System Sustainment Contract

Lockheed Martin LMT +1.44% received a $92 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract in December 2013 from the U.S. Army for sustainment of the AH-64 Apache helicopter Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor(M-TADS/PNVS) system. The firm, fixed-price contract is the foundation for a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables M-TADS/PNVS mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Feb-14

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AHS Award nominations due Wednesday

AHS Award nominations due Wednesday

If you know someone who deserves recognition, nominate them today to join the coterie of luminaries who have helped to build the incredible legacy of vertical flight. Whether it is for a single outstanding contribution or achievement, a major technical innovation, an act of courage or heroism, or long and valued service that has pushed the frontiers… Read more »

Source: AHS, 20-Feb-14

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Team Apache Sensors test flies modernized day sensor assembly on AH-64E

Team Apache Sensors test flies modernized day sensor assembly on AH-64E

Team Apache Sensors, including the U.S. Army’s Apache Attack Helicopter Project Management Office and Aviation Flight Test Directorate and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), conducted a test flight of the Apache AH-64E Modernized Day Sensor Assembly (M-DSA) during an event at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., yesterday. The test flight demonstrated the maturity of M-DSA and the enhanced capabilities it brings to… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Feb-14

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Senior Executives assigned new roles with Airbus Helicopters Inc

Senior Executives assigned new roles with Airbus Helicopters Inc

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has restructured its senior leadership team in order to better serve customers and develop new and expanded business opportunities. Peter Cutler was named Vice President of Customer Support, reporting directly to Marc Paganini, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters Inc., the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the global leader of the helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Inc, 20-Feb-14

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Greenwich AeroGroup names Director of Government Business Development

Greenwich AeroGroup names Director of Government Business Development

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today the hiring of Keith Clark as its Director of Government Business Development.  He will be based at Greenwich AeroGroup’s Summit Aviation in Middletown, Delaware. Mr. Clark will be responsible for the development of new business opportunities within United States and International governments with his primary concentration in the areas of maintenance,… Read more »

Source: Greenwich AeroGroup, 20-Feb-14

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Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract For SMSS-K-MAX Cooperative Teaming Demo

Lockheed Martin LMT -0.03% received a contract from the U.S. Army Robotics Technology Consortium to conduct a fully autonomous reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition experiment using both its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle and its K-MAX unmanned air vehicle. Contract terms are not being disclosed. In collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, Lockheed… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Feb-14

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Cobham Receives Orders for V-22 Refuelling Probes

Cobham Receives Orders for V-22 Refuelling Probes

Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Boeing and Cobham in June 2013, Cobham has recently secured the first two annual Lots for the supply of Refuelling Probes for the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in support of the second V-22 multiyear award from the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Capable of… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 19-Feb-14

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All Metal moves to new Las Vegas facility

All Metal moves to new Las Vegas facility

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “safety first” aircraft maintenance stands, assembly /production line platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, is pleased to announce that the company has moved into a new, more modern manufacturing facility. This move has been a yearlong… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 19-Feb-14

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HeliHub.com adds fuel weight calculations

HeliHub.com adds fuel weight calculations

HeliHub.com is today adding fuel weight calculations to the site.  As part of a planned expansion to provide the industry with more resources, HeliHub.com has today added graphics to provide the multiplication factors needed to convert the various measures of volume – Imperial Gallons, US Gallons and Litres – into Pounds or Kilograms. All details can… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-14

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US Army contracts for four more UH-72A Lakotas

US Army contracts for four more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $22,856,085 modification (P00766) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire four UH-72A Lakota helicopters with engine inlet barrier filters and ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $22,856,085 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2015. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Feb-14

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Twirly Birds Annual Membership To Hold Annual Meeting

Twirly Birds Annual Membership To Hold Annual Meeting

International helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, will again hold their annual membership meeting in conjunction with the HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California on Tuesday 25 FEB 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Anaheim Marriott Marquis Ballroom Northeast. General membership qualification requirements are to have flown solo in a helicopter or vertical lift aircraft at least twenty years previously. … Read more »

Source: Twirly Birds, 19-Feb-14

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AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded a contract from the French Direction Générale de L’armement (DGA) for its requirement for a multipurpose helicopter transport system [designated as système d’hélitransport polyvalent; (SHP)] for the French armed forces helicopter fleet. The SHP is a suite of specialist helicopter cargo lifting equipment capable of safely and efficiently transporting… Read more »

Source: AmSafe Bridport, 19-Feb-14

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Rockwell Collins’ HeliSure™, Pro Line Fusion® headline Heli-Expo 2014 exhibit

Rockwell Collins’ HeliSure™, Pro Line Fusion® headline Heli-Expo 2014 exhibit

At HAI Heli-Expo 2014, the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exhibition, Rockwell Collins will be featuring its HeliSure family of technologies, along with its Pro Line Fusion®integrated avionics. The HeliSure family of products provides helicopter pilots with unprecedented situational awareness to help them meet the challenges of flying in an increasingly congested and hazard-filled… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 19-Feb-14

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Columbia Helicopters buys three CH-47D from US Army

Columbia Helicopters buys three CH-47D from US Army

Columbia Helicopters has announced the acquisition of three Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters. The aircraft were purchased from the United States government. These aircraft will join the company’s fleet of commercial super-heavy-lift helicopters which Columbia uses for its traditional markets. No specific projects or contracts are immediately identified for these aircraft. “We are pleased to add… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 18-Feb-14

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MV-22 lands on French warship for first time

MV-22 lands on French warship for first time

At Sea – An MV-22B Osprey from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response lands aboard the French Mistral-class assault ship, Dixmude, to increase squadron proficiency while enhancing interoperability with the U.S. and their NATO allies during a bi-lateral engagement in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 8. The U.S. and French carrier qualification was the first… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 18-Feb-14

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Hamad Medical officially launches AW139 air ambulance fleet

Hamad Medical officially launches AW139 air ambulance fleet

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Ambulance Service today held an event to announce the successful implementation of three new Agusta Westland AW139 LifeFlight helicopters to increase access to safe and effective emergency healthcare. The event was attended by HE Abdulla Khalid Al Qahtani, Minister for Health, Major General Ghanim bin Shaheen Al Ghanim, Chief of Staff… Read more »

Source: Hamad Medical, 18-Feb-14

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HeliHub.com files 19,000th news story

HeliHub.com files 19,000th news story

On Fridayday, the HeliHub.com team filed the 19,000th news story on the site, a truly remarkable achievement in just under five years – an average of nearly 15 stories per working day.  No other website files this volume of news – and indeed no other website comes anywhere near us on breadth of news too… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-14

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DCI wins EDA “Helicopter Basic Flying Training Syllabus” Study

DCI wins EDA “Helicopter Basic Flying Training Syllabus” Study

Défense Conseil International (DCI) just won the bid “Helicopter Basic Flying Training Syllabus Harmonisation Study (2 HS)” launched by the European Defence Agency (EDA). The study, which will be presented next June, is aiming at implementing a European reference syllabus concerning the ab initio training of helicopter pilots. The importance of this project had been… Read more »

Source: DCI, 17-Feb-14

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US Army 1-228th Aviation Regiment gains deck-landing qualifications

US Army 1-228th Aviation Regiment gains deck-landing qualifications

Flight crews from the 1-228th Aviation Regiment conducted deck landing qualifications on the USS Rentz off the coast of Honduras, Feb. 8-10. The training, which took place approximately 70 miles off the Honduran coast, was done to qualify 1-228th Aviation Regiment pilots and crew chiefs on shipboard operations. “This was a great and unique training… Read more »

Source: US Army, 16-Feb-14

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Growing simulation market opens timely window for Helitech International 2014

Growing simulation market opens timely window for Helitech International 2014

In light of growth forecasts for the civil rotary simulation market, Helitech International 2014 will provide a timely platform for this important sector to be showcased at Europe’s largest helicopter show, which takes place 14-16 October in Amsterdam. Leading simulation and training companies such as Bell Helicopter, FlightSafety International and Frasca International have secured their… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 16-Feb-14

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market worth $114.7B by 2023

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market worth $114.7B by 2023

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market (2013 – 2018) and The Global UAV Market 2013-2023 research reports are now available with ReportsnReports.com and provide detailed analysis of the global UAV market over the next ten years, alongside potential market opportunities to enter the industry, using detailed market size forecasts. The report titled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)… Read more »

Source: ReportsnReports, 14-Feb-14

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Rockwell Collins appoints Asia Pacific VP/Managing Director

Rockwell Collins appoints Asia Pacific VP/Managing Director

Rockwell Collins today announced that James ‘Jim’ Walker has joined the company as vice president and managing director of Asia Pacific. Walker reports directly to Colin Mahoney, senior vice president, International and Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “Jim brings a unique combination of regional business acumen, geopolitical savvy and seasoned leadership experience to Rockwell Collins,”… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 14-Feb-14

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Airbus buys a bank – to provide more Group aviation financing options

Airbus buys a bank – to provide more Group aviation financing options

Airbus Group (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has entered into a Share Purchase Agreement with Raiffeisenverband Salzburg to acquire Salzburg München Bank AG, in order to provide additional financing options for the aeronautics and defence company. Salzburg München Bank, owned 100% by Raiffeisenverband Salzburg, is a small fully-licensed bank based in Munich serving small and medium… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Feb-14

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Russian Helicopters displays military helicopters in Singapore

Russian Helicopters displays military helicopters in Singapore

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has displayed its military helicopters at the Singapore Airshow 2014 aerospace and defence exhibition during a conference for military helicopter operators entitled Russian military helicopters and new technological developments: Ka-52 Alligator, Mi-35M and Mi-8/17, held jointly with Rosoboronexport. “Today Russian Helicopters offers a wide range of military helicopters, which are… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 14-Feb-14

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US Coast Guard helicopters train aboard the US Navy’s newest warship

US Coast Guard helicopters train aboard the US Navy’s newest warship

The Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship and Coast Guard medium range recovery helicopters trained together in several ship and helicopter exercises Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, while transiting the Gulf of Mexico. During the training, two Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters based out of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile in Mobile, Ala., flew parts… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 14-Feb-14

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Garmin recognizes a GPS milestone in aviation

Garmin recognizes a GPS milestone in aviation

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the Garmin GPS 155 receiving FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization, the industry’s first FAA TSO-C129 approach approved IFR GPS receiver. The GPS 155 TSO received FAA TSO approval on February 16, 1994,… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 14-Feb-14

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Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

Second MQ-8C Fire Scout takes flight

The second MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter conducts its first test flight Feb. 12 from Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu, Calif.  The first aircraft completed its initial flight in October 2013 and has flown 66 hours to date. The MQ-8C air vehicle upgrade will provide longer endurance, range and greater payload capability than the MQ-8B,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Feb-14

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Industry first from the newly launched Aero Training

Industry first from the newly launched Aero Training

The recently launched airborne surveillance training firm Aerotraining is offering customers a brand new modular approach to instruction. Comprehensive, structured and targeted, the new training programme covers all aspects of operating airborne EO/IR surveillance systems and is available for both rotary and fixed wing assets. This new approach allows each course to be tailored to… Read more »

Source: Aero Training, 12-Feb-14

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Lockheed Martin receives $22M support contract for Saudi Apaches

Lockheed Martin receives $22M support contract for Saudi Apaches

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $22 million contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) Special Repair Activities for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command’s Apache attack helicopters. Under this three-year contract, Lockheed Martin will provide tools and test equipment to maintain components of the… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 12-Feb-14

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PT Dirgantara Indonesia and Airbus Helicopters sign support agreement

PT Dirgantara Indonesia and Airbus Helicopters sign support agreement

The long-established cooperation of PT Dirgantara Indonesia and Airbus Helicopters will be expanded to include support and services for the users of Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft based on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed today at the Singapore Airshow. This MoU covers maintenance, repair and overhaul for the various Airbus Helicopters products operated within Indonesia –… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Feb-14

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Sikorsky awarded $10M more for Presidential VH-3D and VH-60N fleet

Sikorsky awarded $10M more for Presidential VH-3D and VH-60N fleet

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $10,906,165 modification to an existing delivery order against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) for security and integrated logistic support in support of the VH assistant program manager for logistics for the VH-3D and VH-60N presidential helicopters.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn. (88 percent)… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Feb-14

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12-Feb-14 Mil Mi-35 Essider, Libya (5F)

Unknown circumstances.  Took 4 days to find wreckage of this missing helicopter

12-Feb-14

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Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Italian Navy contracts for Schiebel Camcopter S-100

The Italian Navy has selected the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) to provide support for its fleet, making it the first European Navy that has S-100 in operational use. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 has already proven efficient to the Italian Navy as it was the first UAS ever to fly from an Italian ship, the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 11-Feb-14

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Royal Thai Army takes delivery of two AW139s

Royal Thai Army takes delivery of two AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Royal Thai Army has taken delivery of two AW139 twin-engine helicopters. Ordered at the end of 2012, these aircraft will perform transport and utility missions across the nation. The contract, which also includes a comprehensive maintenance and training package, marks the entrance of the AW139… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Feb-14

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Philippine Navy signs for two more AW109E Powers

Philippine Navy signs for two more AW109E Powers

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce an order by the Republic of Korea’s Public Procurement Service and Chungnam Fire Fighting Department, for one AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. This helicopter will perform fire fighting, search and rescue, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and utility mission in support of the Chungnam community . The helicopter… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Feb-14

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Sikorsky powers up CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle

Sikorsky powers up CH-53K Ground Test Vehicle

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has powered up the engines and spun the rotor head on the first prototype CH-53K heavy lift helicopter — designated the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV). The January 24 event continues the “Bare Head Light Off” phase of testing — so named because it was conducted without rotor blades — that… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 11-Feb-14

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Russian Helicopters displays commercial and military helicopters at Singapore

Russian Helicopters displays commercial and military helicopters at Singapore

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, displays a range of helicopters for various uses at the Singapore Airshow 2014 aerospace and defence exhibition, which is held at the Changi Exhibition Centre fr om 11 to 16 February 2014. The Russian Helicopters’ section can be found at stand K53. Russian Helicopters will hold meetings… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Feb-14

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US Marines HMM-774 squadron prepares to retire CH-46E Sea Knight

US Marines HMM-774 squadron prepares to retire CH-46E Sea Knight

The Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774 (HMM-774), stationed out of Norfolk, Va., is currently in the process of retiring their CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters, whose service spans 50 years, while transitioning to the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. “Most of the Marines in my squadron, myself included, have mixed emotions about this transition,” said Master… Read more »

Source: USMC, 10-Feb-14

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QinetiQ to provide test & evaluation for Merlin helicopters

QinetiQ to provide test & evaluation for Merlin helicopters

QinetiQ has been awarded a five year contract, worth £16 million, to provide test and evaluation services to the MOD in support of its Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). Merlin helicopter This contract will see the conversion of 25 Mk 3/3A Merlin helicopters, currently operated by the RAF, to be operated by the Royal Navy… Read more »

Source: QinetiQ, 10-Feb-14

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Aurora Flight Sciences wins DARPA VTOL X-Plane contract

Aurora Flight Sciences wins DARPA VTOL X-Plane contract

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today the award of a Phase I contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) X-Plane program. Aurora’s innovative VTOL X-Plane, known as LightningStrike, is designed for efficient hover and high speed, meeting DARPA’s ambitious goals for performance and useful load capacity. LightningStrike leverages Aurora’s… Read more »

Source: Aurora, 10-Feb-14

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Navy divers, sailors awarded for MH-53E recovery and salvage

Navy divers, sailors awarded for MH-53E recovery and salvage

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, presented awards to sailors and Navy Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (MDSU2) Feb. 6 for salvaging last month’s downed MH-53E helicopter and recovering a missing aviator. Gortney also congratulated MDSU2 on other recent mission highlights including salvaging a downed U.S. Air Force F-16C Falcon… Read more »

Source: USMC, 10-Feb-14

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