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President’s Message: Zero accidents: yes, we can

President’s Message: Zero accidents: yes, we can

Call me crazy, call me insane — I don’t care. I truly believe we can achieve zero accidents in the helicopter industry. Maybe not tomorrow, not in the next few years, or not even in my lifetime. But ultimately we can and will accomplish this goal. At a recent safety forum, I was challenged by… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 13-Feb-17

A Presidential Restoration

A Presidential Restoration

The retired Marine One helicopter that was once host to President Nixon, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford, was driven in a flatbed truck to the Chino Airport, where it will be refurbished by Rancho Cucamonga’s California Aero Fab. This refurbishment is part of a $15 million renovation of the Nixon Presidential Library and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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VH-92A Presidential Helicopter completes Critical Design Review

VH-92A Presidential Helicopter completes Critical Design Review

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the successful execution of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Critical Design Review (CDR), signaling the program is ready to proceed to assembly, test and evaluation. The joint Sikorsky/Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) VH-92A helicopter program team met in July with key collaborators from government and industry for an… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Jul-16

Sikorsky awarded $7.9M contract modification for VH-92A Presidential program

Sikorsky awarded $7.9M contract modification for VH-92A Presidential program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $7,912,270 for modification P00022 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-14-C-0050) for integration of formation lighting into the VH-92A Integrated Air Vehicle in support of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program.  Efforts will include the design, development, qualification/certification, documentation, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

Sikorsky awarded $14M more for Presidential Helicopters Program

Sikorsky awarded $14M more for Presidential Helicopters Program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $14,223,772 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of special progressive aircraft rework sustainment support services, including security, project engineering, integrated logistics support, VIP helicopter training, and program support for the Presidential Helicopters Program. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut (88 percent); and Quantico, Virginia (12 percent)…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 30-Nov-15

Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

The Jakarta Post is reporting that the Indonesian Government have ordered three AW101 helicopters from AgustaWestland for VVIP work, quoting Air Force spokesman First Marshall Dwi Badarmanto saying that the aircraft had been included in the 2014-19 strategic plan.  The three helicopters will replace a single AS332 Super Puma, with the expectation that the scope… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

Sikorsky details completion of some Presidential VH-92A milestones

Sikorsky details completion of some Presidential VH-92A milestones

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced today the successful completion of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Preliminary Design Review (PDR), completion of the integration and performance testing of mission communications system (MCS) components, and Sikorsky’s acceptance of the second S-92A™ aircraft for the program. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Nov-15

Lockheed Martin awarded $468M for CSAR and Marine One Programs

Lockheed Martin awarded $468M for CSAR and Marine One Programs

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Omnibus spending bill – a must-pass bill that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year – includes $368,086,000 for the Presidential Helicopter program and $100 million for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program, two major helicopter construction projects being… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 15-Dec-14

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VMGR-252 aerial refuels HMX-1 during trans-Atlantic flight

VMGR-252 aerial refuels HMX-1 during trans-Atlantic flight

Three KC-130J Super Hercules from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 left Cherry Point May 27 for a week-long deployment in support of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 as the helicopter squadron completed its first trans-Atlantic flight in the squadron’s MV-22B Ospreys. Four Ospreys from HMX-1 crossed the Atlantic bound for the 70th D-Day Anniversary Ceremony… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-Jun-14

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Sikorsky awarded $1,244,677,064 contract for Presidential S92s

Sikorsky awarded $1,244,677,064 contract for Presidential S92s

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $1,244,677,064 fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement program. This contract provides for the procurement of six test aircraft and the associated support equipment, integration of mature government-defined mission systems, a training system including a flight training device… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-14

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US Navy confirms Sikorsky wins ‘Marine One’ competition by default

US Navy confirms Sikorsky wins ‘Marine One’ competition by default

Editor note – You would not believe from the press release below that Sikorsky was the ONLY remaining bidder for this program, but that was the case.  See this story from Reuters to put it all in context. The U.S. Navy today announced that Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-May-14

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Sikorsky awarded $15M for VH-3D cabin weight reduction project

Sikorsky awarded $15M for VH-3D cabin weight reduction project

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $14,947,975 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously awarded Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) under the Cabin Interior Phase IIA Program, to include a cabin redesign to reduce the total gross weight allowing for greater lift capability of the VH-3D In-Service Presidential Helicopter. Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Mar-14

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Sikorsky awarded $21M more for VVIP helicopter rework

Sikorsky awarded $21M more for VVIP helicopter rework

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $21,624,392 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) to exercise an option for special progressive aircraft rework for one VH-3D and two VH-60N presidential helicopters, including two months of field level support.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn. (99 percent) and Quantico, Va. (1… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Mar-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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Russian Helicopters demonstrates VIP Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 to Presidential flight

Russian Helicopters demonstrates VIP Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 to Presidential flight

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, carried out testing of the new Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 helicopters at the National Helicopter Building Centre (NHBC) in Tomilino, Moscow Region. The tests were attended by Vladimir Kozhin, Chief of the Presidential Property Management Directorate. The NHBC is currently carrying out the first round… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 21-Nov-13

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25-Sep-13 Mil Mi-17 Chennai, India

Technical issue on Presidential helicopter prevented take-off

25-Sep-13

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GAO reports on US Navy waiving the VXX competitive prototyping requirement

GAO reports on US Navy waiving the VXX competitive prototyping requirement

The Department of Defense’s (DOD) rationale for waiving the competitive prototyping requirement in the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, as amended (WSARA), for the VXX program addresses one of the two bases provided in the statute; namely that the cost of producing competitive prototypes exceeds the expected life-cycle benefits (in constant dollars) of… Read more »

Source: GAO, 11-Sep-13

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US Presidential bid farce as RFP rejections appear to hand deal to Sikorsky

US Presidential bid farce as RFP rejections appear to hand deal to Sikorsky

Is the US military writing RFPs around the aircraft they want to win?  Or is the S92 genuinely the only helicopter type which could meet the spec?  You decide after reading this article 

Source: Reuters, 01-Aug-13

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AgustaWestland declines to bid for US presidential helicopter

AgustaWestland declines to bid for US presidential helicopter

Manufacturer AgustaWestland will not bid for the US VXX programme to replace the presidential helicopter fleet, despite winning a previous competition, says the company. see full story

Source: FlightGlobal, 31-Jul-13

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US Navy seeks presidential helicopter replacement

US Navy seeks presidential helicopter replacement

Today the Navy issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX).  Proposals are due in 90 days with a goal to award a fixed-price incentive engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract, with production options, by mid-calendar year 2014. “Our acquisition approach includes a full and open competition to select a… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 06-May-13

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First Presidential V-22 takes flight

First Presidential V-22 takes flight

Aircraft 197, the first MV-22 to be assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1, hovers over the runway during a test flight at the Bell-Boeing V-22 assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, on Jan. 22. The aircraft, crewed by pilot Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Bodwell, co-pilot Capt. William Thomas and crew chief Staff Sgt. Ronald Benton… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 25-Jan-13

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Sikorsky awarded $22M contract to rework two VH-60Ns

Sikorsky awarded $22M contract to rework two VH-60Ns

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $22,055,922 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) to exercise an option for special progressive aircraft rework of two fiscal 2013 VH-60N aircraft.  In addition this modification includes the associated vendor repairable and component overhaul for the VH-60N and the VH-3D aircrafts.  Funds will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Oct-12

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Obama’s three-day stay pinches pockets of helicopter tour operators

Obama’s three-day stay pinches pockets of helicopter tour operators

Officials from the Secret Service and FAA met with the tour companies last week to offer an alternative to grounding their helicopters.  The plan moved the eight tour companies’ operations to the Jean Airport, where the FAA set up a temporary air traffic control tower to ensure safe aircraft operations. (see full story)

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05-Oct-12

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Sikorsky awarded $14M for VH-3D support

Sikorsky awarded $14M for VH-3D support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $41,476,433 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) to exercise an option for security, project engineering, integrated logistics support, VH trainingand technical manual updates in support of VH Presidential Helicopter including special progressive aircraft rework of three VH-3D aircraft.  Funds will be obligated on individual… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Sep-12

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US Presidential helicopter acquisition delayed further

US Presidential helicopter acquisition delayed further

The formal start of the VXX presidential helicopter program has been delayed, as finding an acceptable solution has proved elusive. Last year, we reported that the VXX effort was in the earliest stages of development–still developing a business case to launch product development. At that time, an AOA—required for a Milestone A decision initiating the… Read more »

Source: GAO, 06-Mar-12

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Sikorsky awarded $20M more to rework two VH-3D and one VH-60N

Sikorsky awarded $20M more to rework two VH-3D and one VH-60N

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $20,521,388 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) for special progressive aircraft rework of two VH-3D and one VH-60N executive helicopters, including vendor repairables and component overhaul.  Funds will be obligated on individual delivery orders as they are issued.  Work will be performed in Stratford,… Read more »

21-Feb-12

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Presidential Marine One hangar gets solar panel array

Presidential Marine One hangar gets solar panel array

Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, today announced its panels are being used to power the newest— and largest— solar array installed by FLS Energy at the Marine Helicopter Squadron 1’s greenside hangar at Quantico, home to the president’s Marine One helicopter. The 120-kilowatt system features 500 of… Read more »

Source: Suniva, 13-Jan-12

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Canada buys nine US-101s from suspended VH-71 program

Canada buys nine US-101s from suspended VH-71 program

One of the pledges made by Barack Obama prior to being elected President was to was to cancel the presidential VH-71 Kestrel helicopter program – which had been awarded by his predessor George Bush after British prime minister Tony Blair had cosied up to him on behalf of AgustaWestland.  However, Bush’s administration then changed the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-11

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HAI requests TSA procedures to minimize Presidential TFR impact

HAI requests TSA procedures to minimize Presidential TFR impact

HAI President Matt Zuccaro joined the leaders of several other general aviation associations earlier this month in a letter to TSA Administrator John S. Pistole expressing the need for TSA to work with industry to minimize the impact on general aviation businesses due to temporary flight restrictions (TFR) created to support presidential travel. Zuccaro and the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Jun-11

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EADS will not bid on ‘Marine One’ Presidential fleet

EADS will not bid on ‘Marine One’ Presidential fleet

“We chose not to take this trip,” Chief Executive Officer Sean O’Keefe told reporters in Washington today. The “sheer amount of integration effort” required for the new program didn’t match the company’s core skills, he said.

Source: Business Week, 05-Mar-11

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Sikorsky awarded $8M modification for V-3D repair/overhaul work

Sikorsky awarded $8M modification for V-3D repair/overhaul work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on Feb. 24 an $8,659,976 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) to exercise an option for the procurement of VH-3D executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework, vendor repairables and component overhaul.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., and is expected to be completed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Feb-11

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China set to bid AC313 for Presidential VXX program

China set to bid AC313 for Presidential VXX program

AVIC is preparing proposals, in partnership with existing partner US Aerospace, to bid for the US Navy’s VXX helicopter programme as well as a current fixed-wing requirement

Source: Janes, 27-Jan-11

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Sikorsky awarded $17M contract modification for VH-3D/VH-60N rework project

Sikorsky awarded $17M contract modification for VH-3D/VH-60N rework project

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $17,668,830 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-07-D-0004) to exercise an option for the fiscal 2011 VH-3D/VH-60N executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework effort. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., and is expected to be completed in September 2011. Contract funds in the… Read more »

15-Oct-10

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Rockwell Collins awarded $11.6M delivery order for VH-60N cockpit upgrade program

Rockwell Collins awarded $11.6M delivery order for VH-60N cockpit upgrade program

Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded an $11,655,079 firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00421-06-G-0006) for services in support of the VH-60N presidential helicopter cockpit upgrade program. Services to be provided include incorporation of updated navigation performance area navigation software; terrain awareness warning system software; Mode 5 Level… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 12-Oct-10

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Lockheed Martin awarded $10M post-termination expenses on VH-71 program

Lockheed Martin awarded $10M post-termination expenses on VH-71 program

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $10,077,448 modification to the previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee VH-71 system development and demonstration contract (N00019-05-C-0030), which was terminated for the convenience of the government. This modification provides funding for post-termination related expenses, including, but not limited to, the physical inventory of contractor acquired… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 09-Sep-10

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US Navy comments on Presidential VXX program

US Navy comments on Presidential VXX program

For now the Navy will say only that its Request for Information deadline is June 17, not June 18 as referenced by Boeing in a press release Monday

Source: Press Connects, 09-Jun-10

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Boeing Secures All Rights to AW101 for VXX Presidential Helicopter Program

Boeing Secures All Rights to AW101 for VXX Presidential Helicopter Program

Boeing announced today that it will secure a license from AgustaWestland for U.S. production of the AW101 medium-lift helicopter as an entry into the U.S. Navy VXX Presidential Helicopter Program. This license will give Boeing full intellectual property, data and production rights for the aircraft in support of the VXX program. Because of this arrangement,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 08-Jun-10

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V-22 Osprey to be put forward in Presidential helicopter tender

V-22 Osprey to be put forward in Presidential helicopter tender

It may seem an unlikely choice but Bell Helicopter and Boeing say they are likely players in the presidential helicopter competition. They told Defense Daily that they are “preparing a response to the RFI request with a VV-22 solution.”

Source: DoD Buzz, 23-Apr-10

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Lockheed Martin gets in bed with Sikorsky for VXX Presidential Helicopter Program

Lockheed Martin gets in bed with Sikorsky for VXX Presidential Helicopter Program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) today announced the signing of a teaming agreement to compete jointly for the U.S. Navy’s revived VXX Presidential Helicopter program. The agreement formally positions global helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky as the prime contractor offering its H-92â„¢ medium-lift helicopter for the presidential transport… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-Apr-10

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Bolivia considers Mi-17 for presidential flight

Bolivia considers Mi-17 for presidential flight

Bolivia has signed for a Falcon 900EX jet, and is considering both Antonov An148 fixed wing and Mil-17 helicopters

Source: Cavok, 14-Apr-10

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AgustaWestland positive about ‘new’ VXX

AgustaWestland positive about ‘new’ VXX

AgustaWestland’s Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe Orsi, has welcomed the issuing of the US Presidential helicopter request for information (RfI)

Source: Key Aero, 22-Feb-10

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More than $100M committed to defunct presidential helicopter

Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), in whose district Lockheed Martin assembles the VH-71, said that he secured more than $100 million in the negotiated 2010 Pentagon spending bill to continue some work on the program. The funds would technically allow the work force in Owego, N.Y., to continue outfitting the helicopters with mission systems.

Source: The Hill, 14-Dec-09

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VH-71 Helicopter for the President Not Dead Yet

Alhough the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee did not add funding in the Senate defense appropriations bill to extend the VH-71 presidential helicopter program, the House of Representatives in July approved $400M in its companion bill to continue work on the program, with the objective of making the five “pilot production” VH-71As into operational helicopters for… Read more »

Source: AIN, 11-Sep-09

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VH-71 spec included kitchen in the event of a nuclear attack

A new high-tech helicopter that was designed to whisk U.S. President Barack Obama to safety in the event of a nuclear attack had a secret capability — cooking.

Source: Reuters, 20-Aug-09

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House approves funding for presidential helicopter program

Source: Star Gazette, 31-Jul-09

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Indianapolis firm to build pad and hangar for presidential helicopter

Source: Indy Star, 19-Jun-09

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Sikorsky Offers to Join Lockheed in Bid to Revive Helicopter Pact

Source: Wall St Journal, 15-Jun-09

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US Navy terminates VH-71 presidential helicopter contract

Source: Flightglobal, 03-Jun-09

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Pentagon may build two different presidential helicopters

Source: GovExec, 22-May-09

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Pentagon issues stop-work order for presidential helicopter

Source: Elmira Star Gazette, 17-May-09

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Obama budget cut proposals include entire VH-71 program

Source: Star Gazette, 08-May-09

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Obama Finds That Saving on Copters Could Be Costly

Source: New York Times, 01-May-09

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AgustaWestland defends Obama helicopter plan

Source: Forbes, 30-Apr-09

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Final “Increment 1” VH-71 US Presidential Helicopter Delivered

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Apr-09

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Finmeccanica clarification on the VH-71 programme

Source: Finmeccanica, 11-Apr-09

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Majority of cost over-runs on Presidential VH-71 are associated with design changes

Source: Reuters, 03-Mar-09

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Design specs on the president’s helicopter found on Iranian systems; leaked via P2P

Source: ZDNet, 02-Mar-09

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Blade and cockpit technologies promise long-life VH-3D

Source: Flightglobal, 27-Feb-09

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Presidential Helicopter Plan Is Excessive, Obama and McCain Agree

Source: New York Times, 24-Feb-09

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History Places Odds In Favor of VH-71’s Survival

Source: Rotor & Wing, 19-Feb-09

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Blow to AgustaWestland’s prestige as Barack Obama reviews $11bn contract

Source: The Times, 17-Feb-09

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Shake-up for Air Force One helicopter, fixed-wing bidders

Source: Flight International, 01-Feb-09

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