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Boeing expect US Army to save $1 Billion by picking MH-139

Boeing expect US Army to save $1 Billion by picking MH-139

The Boeing [NYSE:BA] proposal for its MH-139 helicopter to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging Huey fleet could save more than $1 billion in acquisition costs and lifecycle expenses. The company today submitted its bid for the Air Force to buy up to 84 MH-139s to protect the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and meet certain… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Sep-17

Lockheed Martin completes testing of Radar Warning Receiver for USAF CRH program

Lockheed Martin completes testing of Radar Warning Receiver for USAF CRH program

A critical component of Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Tactical Mission System for the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the AN/APR-52 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), recently achieved Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 6 assessment following a successful demonstration at the U.S. Air Force Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 21-Aug-17

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Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing’s new MH-139 helicopter arrived in Cheyenne on Tuesday last week and was on display at the Wyoming National Guard Open House by Wednesday. The aircraft was designed to enter into the competition to replace the U.S Air Force’s UH-1N Huey fleet, which was been in service since the 70s. The U.S. Air Force UH-1N… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

Sikorsky HH-60W passes next program milestone

Sikorsky HH-60W passes next program milestone

“This milestone is an important achievement and demonstrates Sikorsky and the Air Force are well aligned on the technical requirements of the HH-60W,” said Tim Healy, Sikorsky CRH program director. “We got here by conducting several milestones on or ahead of schedule, and we are committed to staying on that track as we build the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Jun-17

Martin-Baker awarded $27M contract for 1,016 UH-60 Blackhawk operator seats

Martin-Baker awarded $27M contract for 1,016 UH-60 Blackhawk operator seats

Martin-Baker America Inc.,* Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $26,668,679 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 1,016 multi-functional operator seats in support of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work location and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 20, 2020.  U.S. Aviation Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-May-17

Osprey Distribution to Japan Delayed

Osprey Distribution to Japan Delayed

Recently, the US Department of Defence revealed that their plans to station a special squadron of US Air Force’s CV-22 Ospreys in Japan have been delayed. The arrival of the CV-22s was expected at the end of 2017, but the DoD is now expected to be in the Fiscal Year 2020, reports Air Forces Monthly…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-17

Boeing submits AW139 bid for USAF UH-1N replacement

Boeing submits AW139 bid for USAF UH-1N replacement

Boeing [NYSE:BA] today unveiled its MH-139 helicopter in the competition to replace the U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N “Huey” fleet, which currently protects intercontinental ballistic missiles and transports U.S. government and security forces. Boeing’s response to the Air Force, revealed at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium, is based on the market-leading Leonardo Helicopters AW139,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 05-Mar-17

Sikorsky Opens Testing Facility for Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky Opens Testing Facility for Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has inaugurated a new Systems Integration Lab (SIL) to begin testing key systems for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the new aircraft being built for the United States Air Force. The SIL encompasses 2,500 square feet located within the company’s main manufacturing facility in Stratford, Connecticut. The SIL… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-Dec-16

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Esterline FMS was selected for a United States Air Force

Esterline FMS was selected for a United States Air Force

Esterline CMC Electronics’ combat-proven CMA-2082MC Flight Management System (FMS) was selected recently for a United States Air Force (USAF) upgrade program to replace legacy control display units (CDU) currently flying on the USAF fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk search-and-rescue helicopters. The contract was awarded to Esterline CMC through the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), Canada’s international… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 22-Nov-16

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Kirtland AFB to receive new CSAR fleet

Kirtland AFB to receive new CSAR fleet

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) will receive a new combat search and rescue helicopter fleet to replace current aging aircraft. In his announcement at the base, Senator Heinrich underscored that KAFB will be the first Air Force installation in… Read more »

Source: Senator Martin Heinrich, 06-Jun-16

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Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

Colombia Helicopters and AAR awarded total of $65M more for Afghan transport work

Columbia Helicopters and AAR Airlift Group have been awarded modifications to contracts for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance, and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation service. Columbia has been awarded a $31,294,989 modification (Task Order 0002, Modification 33) to previously awarded contract HTC711-11-D-R021.  The modification brings the total cumulative face… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $8,696,829 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7011 under a previously awarded long-term contract (N00383-12-D-011N) for the repair of the computer frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines) and CV-22 (Air Force).  Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $14M for CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment

Bell-Boeing awarded $14M for CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $14,485,959 for cost-plus- fixed-fee modification to delivery order 0096 previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 in support of the V-22 aircraft.  This modification provides for the procurement of nonrecurring engineering in support of the CV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) joint urgent operational need effort… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

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Canadian Commercial Corp awarded $9M contract for HH-60G repairs

Canadian Commercial Corp awarded $9M contract for HH-60G repairs

Canadian Commercial Corp., Saint-Laurent, Quebec Province, Canada, has been awarded an $8,984,736 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for depot-level repair of the control indicators for the HH-60G aircraft. Contractor will provide repair work determined by the initial functional checkout, and the disassembly/assembly required returning the item to a serviceable end item that shall efficiently serve its intended… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Mar-16

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HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI and six other general aviation associations are sending a letter to the leadership of both parties in the U.S. House of Representatives first thing Tuesday morning, warning that a bill up for a vote by the full House on Tuesday or Wednesday — H.R. 3016 — will break a promise made to veterans. Buried in the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Feb-16

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M-1 Support Services win $12M contract option for helicopter support at Kirtland AFB

M-1 Support Services win $12M contract option for helicopter support at Kirtland AFB

M-1 Support Services LP; Denton, Texas, has been awarded an estimated $12,028,752 modification (P00008) to exercise an option to previously awarded contract FA3002-15-C-0004. Contractor will provide aircrew and maintenance services for the CV-22 aircraft, UH-1N and HH-60G helicopters, associated engines, and mission support equipment of the 58th Maintenance Group. Work will be performed at Kirtland… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-16

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M1 Support Services awarded $304M Nellis AFB contract, incl HH-60s

M1 Support Services awarded $304M Nellis AFB contract, incl HH-60s

M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $304,969,015 fixed-price, performance incentive and award fee contract with cost-reimbursable line items for Nellis Aircraft Maintenance Backshop operations and maintenance services. Contractor will provide services to perform safe and reliable maintenance for A-10, F-15, F-16, F/A-22 and F-35 aircraft located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, as… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $9M delivery order for V-22 frequency generator work

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $9M delivery order for V-22 frequency generator work

Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $8,974,879 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7010 under previously awarded long-term contract N00383-12-D-011N for repair of the constant frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines), and CV-22 (Air Force). Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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USAF CV-22 crew win top award

USAF CV-22 crew win top award

The Cannon military flying community, leaders, family and local supporters gathered in Hanger 196 to recognize a group of heroes who risked their lives in combat late last year to save the lives of others, Oct. 16. Capt. Jonathan Seagle, Capt. John Vandenbemden, Staff Sgt. Spencer Seymore and Staff Sgt. Daniel Teel, members of the… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 28-Oct-15

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US Air Force Plans for UH-1N Huey Replacement

US Air Force Plans for UH-1N Huey Replacement

As the US Air Force gears up to modernize its legacy UH-1N Huey helicopter fleet, the service is planning an industry day later this month to explore the path ahead for the 40-year-old platform. See Full Story

Source: Air Force Times, 18-Aug-15

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HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Rep. Brad Wenstrop (R-Ohio) plans to sneak into a larger bill an amendment that would severely limit veterans’ funding for flight-training degree programs. Show your support for our veterans: contact the heads of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee TODAY to prevent the inclusion of amendments that restrict GI benefits for flight training…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-May-15

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3rd CAB salutes Kiowa helicopter during final flight

3rd CAB salutes Kiowa helicopter during final flight

The pilots of the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade bid an emotional farewell to the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter during the final flight at Hunter Army Airfield May 13. The commander of 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Reg., Lt. Col. Geoffrey Whittenberg explained why the 3rd CAB leadership decided to salute… Read more »

Source: USAF, 20-May-15

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CV-22 Osprey Squadron Headed for Japan

CV-22 Osprey Squadron Headed for Japan

The Department of Defense announced plans to station a special operations squadron of CV-22 Osprey aircraft at Yokota Air Base, Japan, according to a DoD news release issued today. The first three aircraft will arrive in the second half of 2017 with an additional seven aircraft scheduled to arrive by 2021, the release said. The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-May-15

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US Army Saves Millions of Dollars on Helicopter Fuel Costs by Using GE Liquid Fuel Additive

US Army Saves Millions of Dollars on Helicopter Fuel Costs by Using GE Liquid Fuel Additive

GE (NYSE: GE) has a liquid fuel additive that is saving the U.S. Army millions of dollars in helicopter fuel and maintenance costs. The Army is projecting even greater cost savings if it expands deployment of GE’s +100 fuel additive to all Army aircraft. As part of long-term feasibility studies of the additive on the… Read more »

Source: GE, 07-May-15

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Canadian CSAR capability not a priority at this time

Canadian CSAR capability not a priority at this time

Most Canadians are aware that Canada possesses a sophisticated search and rescue capability, with its aircraft and helicopters primarily flown by Canada’s Air Force.  See Full Story

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 30-Apr-15

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Louisiana National Guard demonstrates readiness for disasters

Louisiana National Guard demonstrates readiness for disasters

The Louisiana National Guard participated in a statewide disaster response exercise (DRX) designed to test the capabilities of various local, state and federal agencies, April 18, 2015. The exercise, organized by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, involved training missions that took place simultaneously at Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia, Camp… Read more »

Source: LANG, 23-Apr-15

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Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky Aircraft CorporationCorp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $480,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for spare parts that will be used in various weapon system platforms, including the H-53 and H-60 platforms. Estimated value cited is based on demand quantities for the life of the contract. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a five-year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Moog awarded $71M contract for V-22 component repair

Moog awarded $71M contract for V-22 component repair

Moog Inc., East Aurora, New York, is being awarded a $71,339,972 three year requirements contract for the repair of multiple components used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines) and CV-22 (Air Force).  Work will be performed in East Aurora, New York, and work is expected to be completed by Feb. 26,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Mar-15

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Haskell Awarded NAVFAC Contract for Joint Base Andrews Facility

Haskell Awarded NAVFAC Contract for Joint Base Andrews Facility

Washington has awarded a contract to Haskell for the design and construction of a $22 million helicopter operations facility. This 66,000 SF, 2-story HOF will accommodate consolidation of two squadrons, the 1st Helicopter Squadron (1HS) and the 811th Operational Support Squadron (811 OSS), into one facility. Design is underway with an anticipated construction start in… Read more »

Source: Haskell, 17-Feb-15

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USAF using biodegradable binding material to save CV-22 engines

USAF using biodegradable binding material  to save CV-22 engines

The 58th Special Operations Wing has a plan to mitigate aircraft engine damage that happens during training missions using a biodegradable binding material at practice landing zones. TerraLOC — a material is described to 58th SOW officials as “Gorilla Glue on steroids,” by its manufacturer — binds the dirt in a landing zone together so… Read more »

Source: USAF, 06-Feb-15

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HH-60W – USAF designation for new combat rescue Black Hawk

HH-60W – USAF designation for new combat rescue Black Hawk

The Air Force has officially designated the new combat rescue helicopter (CRH) as the HH-60W. The need to acquire a new personnel recovery capability resulted in the June 2014 contract award to Sikorsky for eventual production and fielding of up to 112 aircraft with a potential value of approximately $7.9 billion. “The formal designation of… Read more »

Source: USAF, 01-Dec-14

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Conference attendees discuss future USAF helicopter fleet

Conference attendees discuss future USAF helicopter fleet

Air Force Global Strike Command’s Helicopter Operations Division hosted the World-Wide Helicopter Conference here Oct. 7-9 to discuss the current and future state of the Air Force’s helicopter fleets. The conference promoted cross talk among the Air Force’s helicopter forces, which are principally operated by Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force District… Read more »

Source: USAF, 21-Oct-14

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US Air Force announces changes to headquarters organization

US Air Force announces changes to headquarters organization

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

Source: US Air Force, 16-Jul-14

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Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

Fatal Pave Hawk crash in UK attributed to multiple bird strike

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-14

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Sikorsky awarded USAF contract to develop UH-60M derivative

Sikorsky awarded USAF contract to develop UH-60M derivative

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. UTX +0.18% , has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to develop new combat search and rescue helicopters.  Sikorsky will develop a derivative of the UH-60M BLACK HAWK model for the Air Force’s rescue mission. The award of an estimated $1.28 billion Engineering & Manufacturing Development… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Jun-14

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Able Earns $8.75m in US Air Force Contracts

Able Earns $8.75m in US Air Force Contracts

Able Aerospace Services, a leading MRO service and FAA approved PMA parts provider, and one of the world’s largest helicopter repair facilities, has been awarded two five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts by Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC), located at Robinson Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga. Worth an estimated $8.75 million,… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 11-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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One new CV-22 ordered at cost of $76.1M

One new CV-22 ordered at cost of $76.1M

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $76,100,722 modification to the previously awarded V-22 fixed-price-incentive-fee lot 17-21 multiyear contract (N00019-12-C-2001).  This modification exercises an option for the manufacture and delivery of one CV-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (24.6 percent); Ridley Park,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Mar-14

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US Air Force to fund rescue helicopter in last-minute reversal

US Air Force to fund rescue helicopter in last-minute reversal

US Air Force decided on Tuesday to start work on a new rescue helicopter by sole-bidder Sikorsky in fiscal 2015, a surprising turnaround hours after the Pentagon told Congress the program to replace the HH-60 Pave Hawk had been postponed.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 06-Mar-14

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Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Birds posing the biggest threat to helicopters operated by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, a new study finds.  See full story

Source: Live Science, 06-Mar-14

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US Air Force mulls whether it can afford HH-60G Pave Hawk replacement

U.S. Air Force Secretary Debra James says she’s reviewing whether the service can afford a contract for combat-rescue helicopters that drew only one bid -= from Sikorsky  See full story

Source: Dallas Morning News, 28-Feb-14

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07-Jan-14 88-26109 Sikorsky HH-60G Cley, UK (4F)

Lakenheath-based Pave Hawk helicopter crashed during a night low-level training exercise due to a multiple bird strike, killing all four on board – named as Capt Christopher S. Stover, Capt Sean M. Ruane, Technical Sergeant Dale E. Mathews and Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce.. The helicopter went down between a beach car park at Cley… Read more »

07-Jan-14

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US military helicopter industry to almost halve by 2018

US military helicopter industry to almost halve by 2018

As Department of Defense (DoD) budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to… Read more »

Source: Frost & Sullivan, 18-Dec-13

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CV-22 Osprey arrives at National Museum of the USAF

CV-22 Osprey arrives at National Museum of the USAF

One of the U.S. Air Force’s more unique aircraft landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Thursday, Dec. 12. The CV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft,… Read more »

Source: USAF, 15-Dec-13

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CV-22 Osprey to make final landing at museum

CV-22 Osprey to make final landing at museum

One of the U.S. Air Force’s more unique aircraft is scheduled to arrive at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The CV-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 05-Dec-13

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Bell-Boeing awarded $18M more for V-22 logistics support

Bell-Boeing awarded $18M more for V-22 logistics support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $18,064,906 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for additional joint performance based logistics support for the Marine Corps (MV-22), Air Force, and Special Forces Operations Command (CV-22) aircraft. Work will be performed in Amarillo, Texas (50 percent); and Philadelphia, Pa. (50 percent), and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-13

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Rolls-Royce awarded $57M contract modification for V-22 engine work

Rolls-Royce awarded $57M contract modification for V-22 engine work

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $57,146,970 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-10-C-0020) to exercise an option for MissionCareTM maintenance services in support of the V-22’s inventory of AE1107C engines. The services being performed will include O-level supply support, Repair of Repairable engine components and whole engines, field service representatives, low… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-13

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Afghan Air Force takes over instruction of crucial air mission planning course

Afghan Air Force takes over instruction of crucial air mission planning course

It has been a year of significant milestones for the Afghan National Security Forces as they have taken a definitive lead in providing security for Afghanistan. The International Security Assistance Force has moved to an increasingly train, advise and assist role after nearly a decade of combatting the enemies of Afghanistan, shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghan forces…. Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 24-Nov-13

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AAF completes Mi-35 helicopter crew rebuild

AAF completes Mi-35 helicopter crew rebuild

The final two Afghan Mi-35 helicopter co-pilots from the Kabul Air Wing completed training November 3 in order to finalize a crew build-up that has spanned over a year. Czech Republic instructor pilots and advisors with NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan qualified the additional two pilots from the 377th Rotary Wing Squadron in order to complete… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 07-Nov-13

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Oldest USAF CV-22 Osprey retired to museum

Oldest USAF CV-22 Osprey retired to museum

The future of the 12-year-old CV-22 Osprey lies at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio  See full story

Source: NW Florida Daily News, 03-Nov-13

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Honeywell awarded $502M for 5+4 year spares contract

Honeywell awarded $502M for 5+4 year spares contract

Honeywell International Inc., Tempe, Ariz., has been awarded a maximum $502,425,544 firm-fixed-price with prospective-price-redetermination, indefinite-quantity contract for purchase of spare parts to support various weapon systems to include aircraft, engines, helicopters, and related hardware. This is a five-year base contract with one four-year option period. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. Locations of performance are… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Oct-13

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Lockheed Martin awarded $113M USAF contract for SAR training simulators

Lockheed Martin awarded $113M USAF contract for SAR training simulators

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received a $113 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to design, develop, field and sustain aircrew training devices for HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver eight HH-60G training simulators, spares and logistics support to the U.S. Air Force as part of the Pave Hawk Equivalent… Read more »

29-Oct-13

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Tiltrotor Test Rig Team including NFAC receives NASA award

Tiltrotor Test Rig Team including NFAC receives NASA award

NASA Ames Research Center recognized the Tiltrotor Test Rig Development Team with a Group Achievement Award at its annual NASA Agency Honor Award ceremony Aug. 29. The multi-agency TTR Development Team is comprised of NASA Ames Research Center, the U.S. Army and Arnold Engineering Development Complex personnel teaming with Bell Helicopter and Triumph Aerospace Systems. The team… Read more »

Source: USAF, 27-Sep-13

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20M to upgrade 23 V-22 training devices

Bell-Boeing awarded $20M to upgrade 23 V-22 training devices

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $20,516,768 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0026 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006). This order provides for upgrades to the existing 15 Marine Corps and 8 Air Force V-22 training devices. The Marine Corps (MV) and Air Force devices (CV) will be upgraded to the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-13

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Mercer Engineering wins $12M contract for H-1 and H-60 integrity program

Mercer Engineering wins $12M contract for H-1 and H-60 integrity program

The Corporation of Mercer University, doing business as Mercer Engineering Research Center, Warner Robins, Ga., has been awarded a $12,380,083 cost-reimbursable, no-fee contract (FA8509-12-G-0001-0002) for TH-1H, UH1N, and HH-60G Aircraft Structural Integrity Program and Mechanical Equipment and Subsystem Integrity Program sustaining engineering support. The contract includes a wide range of analyses, to include engineering research,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Sep-13

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Georgia Tech awarded $25M for sensor suite integration

Georgia Tech awarded $25M for sensor suite integration

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga., was awarded a $24,999,999 delivery order to contract HC1047-05-D-4000-0252 for PMA209 systems engineering, design and development. The delivery order will focus on achieving sensor suite integration, supporting sensor fusion algorithm development, making situational awareness enhancements and better supporting the system’s organic sustainment efforts for a variety of fixed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Sep-13

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AFFT Museum moves helicopter to Texas

AFFT Museum moves helicopter to Texas

The Air Force Flight Test Museum parted with a Sikorsky VH-34 helicopter Sept. 13. The aircraft, which has been in the boneyard for nearly 20 years, is being moved to the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin, Texas. “The helicopter was originally built as a VH which means it’s for VIP’s and it’s commonly referred… Read more »

Source: USAF, 21-Sep-13

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First US Air Force CV-22Bs arrive at UK base

First US Air Force CV-22Bs arrive at UK base

The 352nd Special Operations Group resurrected a key capability when two CV-22B Ospreys touched down June 24 here. The Ospreys are the first of 10 slated to arrive as part of the 352nd SOG expansion, which will last through the end of 2014. The CV-22 fills part of the role previously accomplished by the MH-53… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 28-Jun-13

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24-May-13 Bell UH-1 Arlington, US-Virginia

Near miss – military helicopter and Embraer 175 airliner at same level (400ft) and 950 ft horizontal separation.  Airliner on approach to Reagan National Airport

24-May-13

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LifePort wins USAF Special Forces ballistic armour contract

LifePort wins USAF Special Forces ballistic armour contract

LifePort, Inc. today announced it has contracted with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Special Operations to equip its fleet of Sikorsky HH-60G PAVE HAWK™ helicopters with the company’s Improved Ballistic Armor Sub System (iBASS).  Culminating five years of product development and collaboration with the USAF, deliveries of the iBASS systems are scheduled to commence this… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 11-Apr-13

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Lockheed Martin to work on GPS III for USAF

Lockheed Martin to work on GPS III for USAF

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] two fixed-price contracts totaling $120 million to procure long lead parts for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth next generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the evolving… Read more »

Source: U.S. Air Force, 27-Feb-13

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25-Feb-13 Bell UH-1N Parshall, US-North Dakota

Helicopter from Minot AFB made emergency landing, which injured two of the five occupants

25-Feb-13

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Fairchild helicopter pilot wins AETC award

Fairchild helicopter pilot wins AETC award

A helicopter pilot from the 36th Rescue Flight was awarded the Air Education and Training Command Aviator Valor Award for the year 2012. Capt. Ashly Barnes, the standardization and evaluation liaison officer, 36th Rescue Flight, distinguished herself as a pilot during a mission to save the life of a United States Air Force survival student… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 11-Feb-13

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Rockwell Collins completes first HH-60G avionics upgrade for National Guard

Rockwell Collins completes first HH-60G avionics upgrade for National Guard

Rockwell Collins recently completed the first installation of the next generation ARC-210 Gen5 radio on an HH-60G Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) helicopter for the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard (ANG), a key milestone in the HH-60G Avionics Communications Suite Upgrade Program. The first HH-60G modification was completed on schedule at the Rockwell Collins… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 10-Jan-13

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USAF name next Air National Guard Command Chief

USAF name next Air National Guard Command Chief

Chief Master Sgt. James Hotaling from the Continental U.S. NORAD Region-1st Air Force here was named as the Air National Guard’s next command chief today. As ANG command chief, Hotaling will serve as the senior adviser to Lt. Gen. Sid Clarke, the incoming director of the Air National Guard, on matters concerning the readiness, morale,… Read more »

Source: USAF, 09-Jan-13

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Bell-Boeing awarded $1.4 Billion for 17 MV-22 and 4 CV-22

Bell-Boeing awarded $1.4 Billion for 17 MV-22 and 4 CV-22

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $1,405,744,559modification to the previously awarded V-22 lot 17 advance acquisition contract (N00019-12-C-2001) for 17 fiscal 2013 MV-22 Tiltrotor aircraft for the Marine Corps and four fiscal 2013 CV-22 Tiltrotor aircraft for the Air Force.  In addition, this modification provides funding for long lead components required… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jan-13

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US Combat Rescue program questions as Boeing, Bell and AgustaWestland all pull out

US Combat Rescue program questions as Boeing, Bell and AgustaWestland all pull out

Industry executives said the Air Force bidding rules were so narrowly framed that they effectively excluded their aircraft from the competition. They said the terms favored Sikorsky’s Black Hawk and would not reward extra capability offered by bigger aircraft. (see full story)

Source: Reuters, 12-Dec-12

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USAF ‘Airman’ magazine enters digital era

USAF ‘Airman’ magazine enters digital era

A year after publishing the final print edition of Airman magazine, the Air Force is unveiling a new digital version of the service’s official magazine specifically geared for tablet devices. “Built specifically for Apple and Android tablet users, this new format gives readers all the in-depth feature stories and spectacular photos they’ve come to expect from Airman… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 02-Nov-12

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US Air Force releases RFP for next SAR helicopter

US Air Force releases RFP for next SAR helicopter

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition announced today the posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of this high priority Air Force acquisition program. The RFP defines an integrated, capability-based, best-value approach. It also includes… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 24-Oct-12

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Army UH-1H finds new home with Air Force

Army UH-1H finds new home with Air Force

The Inter-American Air Forces Academy at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland recently landed a new training tool that upgrades the helicopter maintenance courses it offers to students from Latin American partner nations. The arrival of an Army UH-1H helicopter at IAAFA’s 318th Training Squadron is expected to meet the growing needs of students who are here… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 15-Oct-12

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Hurlburt Field bids farewell to Huey

Hurlburt Field bids farewell to Huey

It’s been a fixture on the base’s flightline for decades, marked by its noticeable difference in design from the larger C-130s and elaborate CV-22s operated by 1st Special Operations Wing Airmen. Yet perhaps now the only way one can see a UH-1 Huey at Hurlburt Field will be the one honored in the base’s Airpark. The final flight of Huey,… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 12-Oct-12

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Analysis of the DoD Helicopter Market

Analysis of the DoD Helicopter Market

This research forecasts the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) helicopter market, including general trends and program analysis. This market includes seven classifications of helicopter platforms as well as miscellaneous helicopter parts and services. Military helicopters provide end users with many capabilities, including air-to-ground attack and assault, troop and cargo transport, intelligence and surveillance gathering, resupply,… Read more »

Source: ReportLinker, 03-Jul-12

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13-Jun-12 Boeing CV-22B Navarre, US-Florida

Crashed on training mission out of Hurlburt Field’s Eglin Range, injuring all five occupants

13-Jun-12

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New Mi-17 simulator pushes Afghan pilots’ capabilities

New Mi-17 simulator pushes Afghan pilots’ capabilities

Afghan pilots now have a state-of-the-art MI-17 simulator here to hone their aviation skills in a safe environment. Air Force Lt. Col. Chas Tacheny, the deputy commander of the 438 Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, said he has been involved with bringing the MI-17V5 No-Motion Level 5 Simulator to Afghanistan since July 2011 and he is… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 21-Apr-12

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Helo pilot awarded Silver Star for Afghanistan rescue mission

Helo pilot awarded Silver Star for Afghanistan rescue mission

With chaos erupting around him, rounds narrowly missing his aircraft, frantic crew members barking directions and a pair of wounded troops waiting for salvation in a sequestered landing zone below, then-Capt. Charles McMullen did what he was trained to do — adapt, lead and overcome. McMullen, a rescue pilot deployed to Afghanistan from the 41st… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 12-Apr-12

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