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New Bell 206L4 for Orange County

New Bell 206L4 for Orange County

28-Oct-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Orange County’s Sherriff Jerry Demings piloted the first flight of their new $4.3 million Bell 206L4, named Chase 3. The new chopper is replacing a 1970s OH-58 helicopter which was recently labelled as unfit to fly, reports Orlando Sentinel. The Chase 3 dominates the rest of the fleet with a top speed of over 110mph,... Read more

Tunisia to receive 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warriors

Tunisia to receive 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warriors

6-May-2016Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Aircraft equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $100.8 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Tunisia has requested a possible sale of:... Read more

MIssissippi – future of Columbus Police OH-58 in question

MIssissippi – future of Columbus Police OH-58 in question

16-Nov-2015Source: WTVA

The new Columbus police chief will have to decide what to do with the department’s biggest but most unused tool. See Full Story... Read more

Fort Drum Kiowas make final flight

Fort Drum Kiowas make final flight

29-Jul-2015Source: Waterdown Daily Times

After 20 years of operations in the north country, the post’s Kiowa helicopters will fly for the final time today. See full story... Read more

Bell delivers ARH mockup to Dunbar High School

Bell delivers ARH mockup to Dunbar High School

23-Jul-2015Source: Bell

A helicopter delivered to Dunbar High School on Tuesday will serve as a symbol of aviation education at the school. The OH-58 mock-up was a gift from Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter and will be displayed at a 12,000-square-foot hangar that will open at Dunbar this fall. The school offers two aviation-related programs under the Fort... Read more

Harford County Sheriff’s Office to discontinue aviation unit

Harford County Sheriff’s Office to discontinue aviation unit

8-Jul-2015Source: Wbal TV

In making the announcement, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler cited safety, cost, focus and usage as reasons for the decision. See full story ... Read more

Helicopter focus of legal motion between Florence, Lake City law enforcement

Helicopter focus of legal motion between Florence, Lake City law enforcement

24-Jun-2015Source: Scnow

Days after the Florence County Sheriff’s Office unveiled its new helicopter in April, as part of its new aviation division, two Lake City aviators were charged with felonies by the department for operating another helicopter the sheriff’s office was acquiring. See Full Story... Read more

Airwolf Aerospace receives FAA STC for Bell 204, 205, 212, UH-1 and AH-1 TT Straps

Airwolf Aerospace receives FAA STC for Bell 204, 205, 212, UH-1 and AH-1 TT Straps

5-Jan-2015Source: Airwolf Aerospace

Airwolf Aerospace the value leader in life limited aftermarket helicopter components is pleased to announce that it has received FAA STC SR03408CH for its TT straps for Bell 204, 205, 212, UH-1 and AH-1 Helicopters. Airwolf’s AA-204-310-101-101 and AA-204-310-101-103 TT Straps are in stock for immediate shipment. Senior Engineer, John Montana said, “we were able... Read more

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office gets new helicopter to aid searches

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office gets new helicopter to aid searches

24-Nov-2014Source: Islandpacket

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office now has eyes in the sky — and they come free to local taxpayers. See Full Story File photo... Read more

Cliffdale awarded $8.5M contract for OH-58D actuator work

Cliffdale awarded $8.5M contract for OH-58D actuator work

7-Aug-2014Source: US DoD

Cliffdale Mfg. Inc.,* Chatsworth, California, was awarded a $8,520,000 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the actuator, elect (OH-58D), with a minimum of 100 to be completed, up to a maximum of 1,080; this is to include 180 for foreign military sales. This is a critical safety item. Funding and work location will be... Read more

Iraq – $500M contract for Helicopter Sustainment Support

Iraq – $500M contract for Helicopter Sustainment Support

30-Jul-2014Source: DSCA

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

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

18-Jun-2014Source: HeliHub.com

The following OH-58s are currently on the GSA Auction site for sale as “scrap metal”. The photos show two of them as mostly complete fuselages with skids, wire strike system and all windows etc. The third is the shell of the cabin.  All three are for disposal ex Raleigh, North Carolina and have been with... Read more

CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

CV International awarded $15M contract for helicopter maintenance platforms

28-Jan-2014Source: US DoD

CV International, Inc.*, Bend, Ore., was awarded a $15,916,531 firm-fixed-price contract for a modernized maintenance platform for CH-47, UH-60, AH-64, and OH-58 helicopters and for Unmanned Aerial System aircraft.  Funding and work location will be determined with each order.  Estimated completion date is Jan. 27, 2019.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with four received.... Read more

Defense Secretary approves US Army aviation restructure plan

Defense Secretary approves US Army aviation restructure plan

15-Jan-2014Source: Inside Defense

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a US Army plan to restructure its aviation forces that includes divesting all OH-58s and taking all AH-64s out of the National Guard – See full story... Read more

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

Bell get another $18.5M to support Iraq-based helicopters

8-Jan-2014Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc, Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00010) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 to procure six additional months of contractor logistics support for Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters.  Fiscal 2014 funds in the amount of $18,556,810 were obligated at the time of the award.  Estimated completion date is Aug. 8,... Read more

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

Bell awarded $18M six month contract extension for Iraq support

19-Dec-2013Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded an $18,556,810 modification (P00009) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0030 for an undefined contract action for six additional months of contractor logistics support for the Bell 407, Huey, Jet Ranger, and OH-58A&C helicopters in Al Taji, Iraq, in accordance with foreign military sales case IQ-B-UDZ.  Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds... Read more

Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

Bell settles with family of Tennessee Guardsman killed in Iraq OH-58D crash

5-Dec-2013Source: Amarillo Globe News

Lawyers have reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of a Tennessee National Guard soldier who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq.  See full story... Read more

Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

28-Nov-2013Source: Baltimore Sun

The Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday 3rd December at the Forest Hill Business Airpark to make the announcement and debut their Bell OH-58  See full story  [File photo]... Read more

26-Oct-13 N283MP Bell OH-58A Jefferson City, US-Missouri

26-Oct-13 N283MP Bell OH-58A Jefferson City, US-Missouri

26-Oct-2013

Engine failure on training flight, helicopter damaged in emergency landing in field.  Highway Patrol report shows no injuries to Michael Hagus and minor injuries not requiring medical help to Jeff Noack... Read more

First US Army OH-58 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron arrives in Korea

First US Army OH-58 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron arrives in Korea

25-Oct-2013Source: US Army

The 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, started their nine-month operation with 380 soldiers and 30 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters in South Korea as the first Rotational Forces Attack Reconnaissance Squadron sent to Korea Oct. 1. The first rotational ARS, 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, from Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., completed deployment with their equipment... Read more

Bell extends presence and commitment to US Army mission success at AUSA

Bell extends presence and commitment to US Army mission success at AUSA

22-Oct-2013Source: Bell

Today Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced its participation in the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, held Oct. 21-23. Bell Helicopter will showcase a full-scale representation of its Bell V-280 Valor third generation tiltrotor and provide program updates on the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior. “We are excited to... Read more

Bell to supply US Army with new metal OH-58D abins

Bell to supply US Army with new metal OH-58D abins

11-Sep-2013Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army valued at more than $61 million to supply 12 new metal OH-58D Kiowa Warrior cabins and 12 supplemental parts kits. The new metal cabins will be manufactured at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Amarillo,... Read more

Bell awarded $7.7M contract for long-lead OH-58F parts

Bell awarded $7.7M contract for long-lead OH-58F parts

2-Aug-2013Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum value of $7,738,885 for the advanced procurement of long lead materials in support of the low rate initial production of A-Kits for the Kiowa OH-58F model.  Fiscal 2013 Procurement funds are being obligated on this award.  One bid was solicited, with... Read more

Lockheed Martin Wins US Army Helicopter Maintenance Program

Lockheed Martin Wins US Army Helicopter Maintenance Program

26-Jun-2013Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received an aircraft maintenance and logistics contract with an initial funding value of $5 million from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to provide field and sustainment-level maintenance for U.S. Army helicopters. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will lead the Army’s Regional Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Central Operations at Fort... Read more

25th CAB named AAAA Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year

25th CAB named AAAA Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year

15-Apr-2013Source: US Army

Combat Aviation Brigade was awarded the Army Aviation Association of American Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year Award at the 2013 AAAA Annual Professional Forum in Fort Worth, Texas on April 11. The Brigade’s primary mission was to conduct full spectrum aviation operations, to defeat the insurgency, support and improve governance and development. Their efforts... Read more

Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

7-Jan-2013Source: Oklahoma ANG

The Oklahoma Army National Guard announced today they will receive four UH-72A “Lakota” helicopters this year. The helicopters will replace four OH-58C “Kiowa” helicopters that have been in service for more than 30 years. The first two Lakotas are scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma in April with the final two following in May. The UH-72A... Read more

Two Pasadena Police OH-58s contact each other

Two Pasadena Police OH-58s contact each other

18-Nov-2012Source: HeliHub.com

A pair of law enforcement Bell OH-58s came into contact with each other on Saturday, just as one was in the process of landing and the other taking off.  Pasadena Police are now two helicopters down, but still have four others immediately available according to a local television interview. Both helicopters ended up on their... Read more

Profile – San Juan County Sheriff’s helicopter unit

Profile – San Juan County Sheriff’s helicopter unit

5-Nov-2012

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has had a helicopter since 2001. It’s the only police helicopter in hundreds of miles, the next closest is in Albuquerque.  The unit comprises just Gross, two deputies trained as tactical flight officers and a civilian contract pilot (see full story)... Read more

US Army tests Eurocopter EC145T2 for Kiowa replacement

US Army tests Eurocopter EC145T2 for Kiowa replacement

17-Oct-2012Source: US Army

With all of the innovations that have taken place on the battlefield and in the air over the last 37 years, it might be difficult for some to believe that the Army is still using helicopters that were in use during the Vietnam War. Yet, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter is still widely used... Read more

Kentucky Army Aviation helps keep the National Guard in the air

Kentucky Army Aviation helps keep the National Guard in the air

8-Oct-2012Source: US Army

It is often thought that a warrant officer in an Army Aviation unit is only a pilot. That is certainly not the case. The aviation field also demands that experts are on hand as maintenance technicians to ensure that those pilots have a working aircraft to fly. In the Kentucky National Guard, some aviation warrant... Read more

Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

Boeing establishes simulator-based training for Kiowa flight instructors

14-Aug-2012Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] subsidiary Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has installed a Helicrew simulator at the Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre in order to enhance the capabilities of BDA flight instructors. The Helicrew allows BDA Qualified Flying Instructors to further hone and test their training procedures through a variety of simulated situations. Helicrew is designed to... Read more

ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

31-May-2012Source: Aviation Specialties Unlimited

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) announced that they completed a full-service order for the Pasadena Police Department. The Pasadena Police Department purchased four new night vision goggles, modified the interiors of their two Bell OH-58s and received initial training for seven pilots. “The Pasadena Police Department plays a vital role in the protection of one of... Read more

Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

30-May-2012Source: Sacramento Bee

The Bell OH-58 is being donated by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon, just north of Salem. It can no longer afford to have an air operations program. (see full story)  File photo... Read more

Baxter County Sheriff acquires two OH-58s

Baxter County Sheriff acquires two OH-58s

12-Apr-2012

Baxter County Sheriff has acquired two ex-military surplus OH-58s from Arkansas State Police, where they had become surplus to requirements after acquisition of a Bell 407.  The two aircraft are N528SP and N529SP.  The photo shows Baxter County have tried to disguise their registrations for the road trip!  Baxter will merge the two into one usable... Read more

Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

28-Feb-2012Source: Yamhill Valley News-Register

County sold the three nonflying OH-58A+ units on eBay in December and has now disposed of the fourth and last aircraft to Sacramento Police Dept (see full story)  File photo... Read more

Bell awarded $87M contract for H-1 and OH-58 parts

Bell awarded $87M contract for H-1 and OH-58 parts

26-Feb-2012Source: US DoD

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Hurst, Texas, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, requirements type, sole-source contract with a maximum $87,025,160 for support of 1,162 commercial consumable items required for the Navy/Marine Corps H-1 and Army OH-58 helicopters.  There are no other locations of performance.  Using services are Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.  There was one proposal with... Read more

Mohawk College students refurbish Kiowa for Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Mohawk College students refurbish Kiowa for Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

30-Jan-2012

The Kiowa, serialled 44072 and officially known as a Bell CH-136 light observation helicopter, belongs to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and is being restored for static display, in a unique partnership with Mohawk college. (see full story) File photo... Read more

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

Kiowa proves manned-unmanned capability at US Army test demo

11-Oct-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) today announced that its OH 58 Kiowa Warrior has successfully demonstrated  several ground breaking capabilities that will enable interoperability among  multiple aviation platforms, such as manned and unmanned vehicles. The exercise was conducted at the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability (MUSIC) demonstration, sponsored by the U.S. Army... Read more

Bell Helicopter OH-58D SEP programs finish after 13 years

Bell Helicopter OH-58D SEP programs finish after 13 years

28-Sep-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) and the U.S. Army Armed Scout Helicopter program office announced today the completion of the final Safety Enhancement Program (SEP) OH-58D delivered to the Army as part of the Kiowa Warrior refresh program. The program experienced 13 years of on time deliveries. “Delivering each of the 292... Read more

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

MUSIC integrates unmanned and manned aircraft

18-Sep-2011Source: US Army

MICHAEL ARMY AIRFIELD, Utah — The Project Offices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Apache Attack Helicopter and Armed Scout Helicopter conducted an exercise showcasing advancements made in aircraft interoperability, referred to as the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability Exercise at Michael Army Airfield, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, on Sept. 16. The MUSIC exercise is the largest... Read more

Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

Boeing to provide simulator-based training for Australian Kiowa pilots

21-Aug-2011Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it will use a Helimod helicopter simulator leased from Ryan Aerospace to help train Australian Army pilots to fly Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters. Delivery is expected before the end of this year. “Under our Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) contract, Boeing has traditionally taught students to fly... Read more

Aerosonic wins contract for encoding altimeters for UH-60s and OH-58s

Aerosonic wins contract for encoding altimeters for UH-60s and OH-58s

10-Aug-2011Source: Aerosonic

Aerosonic Corporation, a leading supplier of precision flight products for commercial, business and military aircraft, today announced that it has received a new contract award from Defense Logistics Agency in support of the US Army Aviation Command. The contract is to supply AAU/32A Encoding Altimeters used on the UH60 Blackhawk and OH58 Helicopter Fleet. The... Read more

Upgrading Kiowas makes more sense than a new helicopter

Upgrading Kiowas makes more sense than a new helicopter

27-Jul-2011Source: Lexington Institute

The U.S. Army has been seeking a successor to the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopter for over a decade, and it has been a frustrating experience. The first attempt, called the RAH-66 Comanche, was canceled after it ran up $7 billion in development bills on a design that was too costly and complicated. The Army then... Read more

Federal Program Integrators awarded $15M contract for flexible test modules

Federal Program Integrators awarded $15M contract for flexible test modules

25-Jul-2011Source: US DoD

Federal Program Integrators, Indian Island, Maine, was awarded a $15,300,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of two flexible test modules for the transmission test systems to test transmissions and gearboxes on AH-1, AH-64, CH-47, OH-58, UH-1N and UH-60 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indian Island, Maine, and Corpus Christi, Texas,... Read more

OH-58 Block II proves hot and high performance at 6,000ft in 95 degrees

OH-58 Block II proves hot and high performance at 6,000ft in 95 degrees

27-Jun-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced today its  OH-58 Block II demonstrator successfully proved hover out of ground effect performance that exceeds the maximum gross aircraft weight of 5,500 lbs at 6k95 during test flights conducted in Colorado. “We completed several test flights at several different altitudes and temperatures, each to prove... Read more

Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

21-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Lansing Community College’s aviation mechanics program is the centre of an investigation involving a Bell OH-58A Kiowa.  Harry Whitehead, the lead faculty member who ran the aviation program before he was fired last month, allegedly tried to sell the helicopter to a long-time acquaintance two years ago.  He was expecting a running OH-58 in exchange... Read more

Colorado goes half-mast today to remember Fort Collins soldier

Colorado goes half-mast today to remember Fort Collins soldier

15-Jun-2011Source: State of Colorado

DENVER — Monday, June 13, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on Wednesday, June 15, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth White, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset. White, 35, died on June... Read more

Ohio sheriff envisions new regional aviation unit

Ohio sheriff envisions new regional aviation unit

1-May-2011Source: Columbus Dispatch

Marion County Sheriff Tim Baileywill pitch his aviation unit idea to the first of several groups of sheriffs from Ohio’s other 87 counties during May... Read more

Bell launches new website ScoutsOut.com

Bell launches new website ScoutsOut.com

20-Apr-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter announced today the release of a new website www.scoutsout.com that is dedicated to the men and women who fly and maintain the Kiowa Warrior. The site explores the aircraft’s history, current actions in theater and shows its transformation as the future Armed Aerial Scout solution. The site completes its mission with riveting, first-hand... Read more

Bell completes first flight of Block II Kiowa

Bell completes first flight of Block II Kiowa

19-Apr-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announces the first flight of its OH-58 Block II demonstrator at its Xworx research and development facility in Fort Worth, Texas on April 14, 2011. “The flight was flawless and completed according to plan,” said Cathy Ferrie, Director of Bell Helicopter’s Xworx facility. “The Block II is... Read more

Escambia County Sheriff’s OH-58 to fly again thanks to $100K grant

Escambia County Sheriff’s OH-58 to fly again thanks to $100K grant

30-Mar-2011Source: Pensacola News Journal

Sheriff David Morgan announced Monday that a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Program will allow the agency to restart its air unit on a temporary basis beginning this week. The unit, which flies two OH-58s, has been grounded since 1st March 2009 – see HeliHub.com story... Read more

StandardAero signs 5 year MRO contract with City of Nashville Metro Police

StandardAero signs 5 year MRO contract with City of Nashville Metro Police

9-Mar-2011Source: StandardAero

StandardAero announced today that it has signed an exclusive five-year contract for Model 250 engine repair and overhaul services with the City of Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. All work will be performed at StandardAero facilities in Winnipeg, Canada and Concord, N.C. Repair and overhaul services will be performed on the police department’s seven-helicopter fleet comprised... Read more

Australian Army selects Sandel 4-ATI Displays for Kiowas

Australian Army selects Sandel 4-ATI Displays for Kiowas

6-Mar-2011Source: Sandel Avionics

Sandel Avionics has announced that its 4-ATI SA4550 Primary Attitude (EADI) and SN4500 Primary Navigation (EHSI) Displays have been chosen by the Australian Army to upgrade its fleet of Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters. Panel design and installation work for the systems, which included Sandel’s on-demand NVIS option, was performed by Sikorsky Helitech in Brisbane. With... Read more

Westar Aerospace & Defense awarded $10M contract for nine OH-58s and five B206 in Iraq

Westar Aerospace & Defense awarded $10M contract for nine OH-58s and five B206 in Iraq

4-Mar-2011Source: US DoD

WESTAR Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., was awarded on Feb. 25 a $10,294,818 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for several logistic services for nine OH-58 and five 206B3 helicopters belonging to the government of Iraq.  Work will be performed in Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq, with an estimated completion date of March... Read more

Van Horn Aviation expands to accommodate main rotor blade manufacture

Van Horn Aviation expands to accommodate main rotor blade manufacture

12-Feb-2011Source: Van Horn Aviation

Composite rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently signed an offer to purchase on a 23,000+ sq. ft. facility in Tempe, Ariz., significantly expanding the company’s available manufacturing space compared to its current location. According to VHA president James R. Van Horn, the expansion is required to accommodate current and future rotor blade programs.... Read more

Bell launches new assembly and delivery center for Kiowa Warrior

Bell launches new assembly and delivery center for Kiowa Warrior

9-Feb-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) officially dedicated their newest flight hangar at the Military Aircraft Assembly and Delivery Center in Amarillo, TX  for work specifically supporting the U.S. Army’s OH-58 Kiowa Warrior program. “We, at Bell Helicopter, are honored by the confidence and trust the U.S. Army, the Program Executive Officer of Army Aviation,... Read more

Washington County OH Sheriff to transfer two OH-58Cs to Marion County

Washington County OH Sheriff to transfer two OH-58Cs to Marion County

6-Jan-2011Source: News and Sentinel

Federal Law Enforcement Support Office prevented Washington County Sheriff selling the helicopters and instructed them to hand them to Marion County, who should pick them up January 13.  They are belived to be N381WC (ex US Army 70-15208) and N575WC (ex 70-15387)... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $9M contract to overhaul 40 OH-58 engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $9M contract to overhaul 40 OH-58 engines

23-Dec-2010Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., was awarded on Dec. 17 a $9,312,910 firm-fixed-price contract.  This award will provide for the analysis, testing, repair and overhaul of 40 gas turbine engines to the OH-58 Kiowa helicopters.  Work will be performed in Neosho, Mo., and Oakland, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Sep. 30, 2011.  One bid... Read more

L-3 awarded $8M contract for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior avionics

L-3 awarded $8M contract for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior avionics

22-Dec-2010Source: US DoD

L-3 Communications Corp., Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded on Dec. 16 an $8,114,626 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for radio frequency B-kit communications hardware to support the Kiowa Warrior OH-58D program.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011.  One bid was solicited... Read more

Sikorsky Helitech consolidates support of Australian OH-58s

Sikorsky Helitech consolidates support of Australian OH-58s

21-Dec-2010Source: Sikorsky

SHELTON, Conn., – Sikorsky Helitech, a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, today announced the merger of several support agreements that will provide deeper component and accessories maintenance for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Kiowa aircraft fleet. The $7.5 million contract represents a consolidation of services that were previously administered as separate... Read more

Cutaway and review – Bell OH-58 Kiowa

Cutaway and review – Bell OH-58 Kiowa

20-Dec-2010Source: Flightglobal

Since winning the Light Observation Helicopter competition in 1967, the OH-58 has been adapted multiple times and survived.  Flightglobal reviews it as it approaches its fifth decade in service.... Read more

Van Horn Aviation expands dealer network into Canada

Van Horn Aviation expands dealer network into Canada

9-Dec-2010Source: Van Horn Aviation

TEMPE, Ariz., December 8, 2010 – Composite tail rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently added two Canadian companies as authorized dealers for its composite tail rotor blades. AOG Heli Services (www.aogheliservices.com) based at Norman Rogers Airport in Kingston, Ontario, and Avialta Helicopter Maintenance Ltd. (www.avialta.com) based at Villeneuve Airport in Edmonton, Alberta, have... Read more

Boeing proposes AH-6 variant as cheaper than Kiowa upgrades

Boeing proposes AH-6 variant as cheaper than Kiowa upgrades

4-Nov-2010Source: Flightglobal

Boeing is now pitching the AH-6S helicopter as a less costly alternative for the US Army than upgrading 330 Bell Helicopter OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scouts.... Read more

US Army announces OH-58 “A2D” conversion program

US Army announces OH-58 “A2D” conversion program

3-Nov-2010Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced that the U.S. Army initiated a contract for the OH-58 “A2D” cabin conversion upgrade program for the highly successful OH-58 platform. “We are pleased and proud that the United States Army has awarded us the first phase of the “A2D” agreement,” said John L. Garrison, president... Read more

CCAD returns first OH-58 Armed Scout to Afghanistan

CCAD returns first OH-58 Armed Scout to Afghanistan

2-Nov-2010Source: US Army

orpus Christ Army Depot sent its first OH-58D Kiowa Warrior back to the fight during a roll-out ceremony held in the depot’s Hangar 44, Oct. 14, 2010. The unprecedented OH-58D crash battle damage repair is the first step to increasing the number of Kiowa Warriors at a time when cost-effective measures are critical to support... Read more

Wide range of potential federal charges await Kustom Products

Wide range of potential federal charges await Kustom Products

29-Oct-2010Source: The World

Federal investigators contend the company sold knock-off parts to the Defense Department, including nonconforming helicopter parts for the Kentucky Army National Guard.... Read more

US Army names new “F” designation for upgraded OH-58D

US Army names new “F” designation for upgraded OH-58D

26-Oct-2010Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announced that the U.S. Army Aviation awarded a new designation for the highly successful OH 58 platform. “We are pleased and proud that the United States Army has awarded the OH 58 “F” designation to our helicopter,” said John L. Garrison, president and chief executive officer of... Read more

Oregon company Kustom Products is target of helicopter parts probe

Oregon company Kustom Products is target of helicopter parts probe

19-Oct-2010Source: AP

Federal agents allege they have evidence an Oregon defense contractor sold phony replacement parts to the military that could cause attack helicopters to crash.... Read more

Bell starts up helo demonstrator to boost Kiowa Warrior

Bell starts up helo demonstrator to boost Kiowa Warrior

12-Oct-2010Source: Flightglobal

Bell Helicopter is building a new demonstrator aircraft to prove the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior can remain a viable, long-term option even as the US Army seeks a huge boost in performance.... Read more

Air Comm wins $5M US Army contract

Air Comm wins $5M US Army contract

24-Sep-2010Source: Air Comm

Air Comm Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to develop a cockpit heater/windshield defroster system for up to 400 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, company President Keith Steiner announced today. Total potential contract value for the competitively bid program exceeds $5 million. The pursuit and award of the OH-58D heater program demonstrates... Read more

Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition needs to justify tax money

Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition needs to justify tax money

18-Aug-2010Source: Rockford Register Star

LEAC’s accounting and record keeping seem hazy even for a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers. Their website shows them operating three OH-58s and one UH-1.  A Bell 430 is also available on a donation basis... Read more

Austrian military OH-58 pilot lands to pick up wedding stationery

Austrian military OH-58 pilot lands to pick up wedding stationery

6-Aug-2010

The Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that is already taking disciplinary action against the helicopter pilots concerned... Read more

Bell begins Kiowa Warrior cabin conversion

Bell begins Kiowa Warrior cabin conversion

19-Jul-2010Source: Bell

Work is underway at Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, on an Army contract for the conversion of an OH-58A cabin into a D-model cabin. In April 2009, the Army exercised a contract option to have Bell Helicopter convert one OH-58A cabin into a new OH-58D cabin and also complete the non-recurring engineering... Read more

La Salle County Board to decide whether OH-58 will fly

La Salle County Board to decide whether OH-58 will fly

30-Jun-2010Source: My Web Times

Whether to sponsor a helicopter on behalf of the Law Enforcement Coalition is now set to be decided by the La Salle County Board at its meeting on Thursday, July 8.  The county’s role would be to sponsor, not pay for, a military surplus OH-58 [file photo]... Read more

Rolls-Royce receives US Army Kiowa Warrior Supplier Excellence Award

Rolls-Royce receives US Army Kiowa Warrior Supplier Excellence Award

17-Jun-2010Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received the U.S. Army Kiowa Warrior Supplier Excellence Award for 2009. The award, selected by the Kiowa Warrior Program Manager, is presented annually to the supplier demonstrating superior field support over the prior 12 months. Bert Brown, Rolls-Royce, Vice President, U.S. Army Helicopter Programs, accepted the award from... Read more

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