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EADS North America and US Army Validates Global Mobility of the UH-72A Lakota

EADS North America and US Army Validates Global Mobility of the UH-72A Lakota

6-Oct-2009Source: EADS

EADS North America and the U.S. Army successfully loaded four U.S. Army UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) and one additional company-owned EC145 helicopter onto a U.S. Air Force C-17, validating the transportability of the LUH.... Read more

Helicopter clause in Pennsylvania tax bill tied to promise of jobs

Helicopter clause in Pennsylvania tax bill tied to promise of jobs

6-Oct-2009Source: Philly.com

Even as state officials scramble for new sources of revenue to help balance the beleaguered budget, they are coalescing behind a plan to add this item to the long list of Pennsylvania products exempted from the state sales tax: Helicopters.... Read more

ATK Awarded $25 Million Contract Option For AH-64D Ammunition

ATK Awarded $25 Million Contract Option For AH-64D Ammunition

6-Oct-2009Source: ATK

Alliant Techsystems has been awarded a $25 million contract option to provide lightweight (LW) 30mm M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) tactical ammunition for the AH-64D Apache attack helicopter. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Contracting Center, Rock Island, Ill., awarded the contract.... Read more

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Launches New Website

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Launches New Website

6-Oct-2009Source: ASU

ASU, a company that prides itself in being the largest turn-key provider for night vision solutions worldwide, today announced that it has launched its new and improved website.... Read more

Goodrich to Provide Low Cost Enhanced Digital Electronic Engine Control Unit for Black Hawk and Apache

Goodrich to Provide Low Cost Enhanced Digital Electronic Engine Control Unit for Black Hawk and Apache

6-Oct-2009Source: Goodrich

Goodrich Corporation will equip GE T700 engines powering Sikorsky H-60 Black Hawk, Jayhawk and Seahawk model helicopters for the U.S. Army, Coast Guard and Navy, as well as Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters for the U.S. Army, with a new low cost enhanced digital electronic control unit (EDECU).... Read more

Investigation launched after Canadian military helicopter touches down for burgers

Investigation launched after Canadian military helicopter touches down for burgers

5-Oct-2009Source: Canada.com

A spokesman for Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Saturday an investigation has been launched after a Canadian Forces helicopter pilot landed in Kenora recently – apparently to pick up some cheeseburgers.... Read more

Elbit Systems unit, US Army complete helicopter tests

Elbit Systems unit, US Army complete helicopter tests

5-Oct-2009Source: Globes

US subsidiary Elbit Systems of America, LLC, announced that it completed flight tests of its SWORD obstacle warning system for helicopters.... Read more

Boeing offer is "completely unacceptable", says union

Boeing offer is "completely unacceptable", says union

3-Oct-2009Source: UAW Local 1069

“The company has finally given your bargaining team their proposal.  Your Union Leadership is reviewing this offer in its entirety.  The offer is completely unacceptable.  There are no other words or descriptions necessary.  It is evident that your employer is unwilling to recognize your hard work and dedication with equity.”... Read more

EADS to hold Press Briefing to Discuss Developments on Its Armed Scout EC645 Program

EADS to hold Press Briefing to Discuss Developments on Its Armed Scout EC645 Program

3-Oct-2009Source: EADS

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 at Washington Convention Center... Read more

UK Army Apache Helicopters Conduct Maritime Aviation Training

UK Army Apache Helicopters Conduct Maritime Aviation Training

3-Oct-2009Source: Royal Navy

2 Apache helicopters from 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham, have been conducting maritime aviation training in the North Sea.  The aircrew, recently returned from operations in Afghanistan, were onboard HMS Ocean learning to operate their aircraft from the busy flight deck of the Royal Navy’s largest warship.... Read more

AgustaWestland Congratulates the 2009 Cormorant Trophy Winners

AgustaWestland Congratulates the 2009 Cormorant Trophy Winners

2-Oct-2009Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland congratulates the crew of the Canadian Forces 442 Search and Rescue Squadron, based at CFB Comox, on winning the 2009 Cormorant Trophy for the skilful night rescue of a skier who had fallen 30 m down a crevasse on Hamathko Glacier, 8700 ft above sea level.... Read more

South African Air Force Oryx comms upgrade underway

South African Air Force Oryx comms upgrade underway

2-Oct-2009Source: DefenceWeb

The upgrade of the on-board communication and navigation systems of the Denel M1 Oryx medium helicopter is underway at Denel Aviation’s Kempton Park facility as part of the South African Air Force’s Project Drummer.... Read more

British AW101 Merlins prepare to get hot and high in Afghanistan

British AW101 Merlins prepare to get hot and high in Afghanistan

2-Oct-2009Source: UK Ministry of Defence

With all RAF aircraft out of Iraq, the priority is now to get all available helicopters to troops in Afghanistan.... Read more

Tiger achieves major milestone for Australian Army

Tiger achieves major milestone for Australian Army

2-Oct-2009Source: Australian Dept of Defence

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science today announced the achievement of a major milestone in project AIR 87, the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter project.... Read more

UH-72A Lakota arrives at Fort Polk, Louisiana

UH-72A Lakota arrives at Fort Polk, Louisiana

1-Oct-2009Source: The Town Talk

Fort Polk’s U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment, 5th Aviation Battalion, now has three brand new, fresh-from-the-factory, medevac-configured Lakota UH72A Light Utility Helicopters in its fleet... Read more

South Korea to delay attack helicopter programme

South Korea to delay attack helicopter programme

1-Oct-2009Source: Flightglobal

South Korea’s defence ministry has reduced the funding for the development of indigenous fighters and attack helicopters as part of a major cost-cutting plan.... Read more

Dutch Cougar transport helicopters take over from Chinooks in Afghanistan

Dutch Cougar transport helicopters take over from Chinooks in Afghanistan

1-Oct-2009Source: Defpro

Five Cougar transport helicopters of the Dutch Armed Forces take over transportations tasks from Chinooks deployed to Afghanistan. An Antonov cargo aircraft successive brought the helicopters to Kandahar Airfield during the past weeks... Read more

Helicopter safety appears to be responding to treatment

Helicopter safety appears to be responding to treatment

1-Oct-2009Source: Flightglobal

After more than 20 years of stagnation, global helicopter safety performance is showing signs of improvement.... Read more

Carey Bond Appointed President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters

Carey Bond Appointed President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters

1-Oct-2009Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the appointment of Carey Bond as president of the company’s Sikorsky Global Helicopters business. Bond also retains his previous position as Chief Marketing Officer and reports to Sikorsky President Jeffrey P. Pino.... Read more

US Army Aviation Modernization Program Has "Several Challenges to Be Addressed"

US Army Aviation Modernization Program Has "Several Challenges to Be Addressed"

30-Sep-2009Source: GAO

The Army’s current efforts to transform and modernize its aviation assets began in 1999, seeking to maintain and improve the warfighting capabilities of the existing force as well as to invest in science and technology in a way that improved the future force. To accomplish these goals, the Army focused on upgrading and modernizing existing... Read more

Eurocopter and UK military sign Contract for Royal Air Force Puma Life Extension Programme

Eurocopter and UK military sign Contract for Royal Air Force Puma Life Extension Programme

30-Sep-2009Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter UK Ltd. and the British Ministry of Defence signed a contract on September 18 for the Life Extension Programme for 28 of the Royal Air Force’s fleet of Puma Mk1 helicopters. The upgraded Pumas, which will be designated Puma HC.2, will consequently offer significantly enhanced performance and operational capabilities, thus being capable of remaining... Read more

ATAK Team Announce T129 Maiden Flight

ATAK Team Announce T129 Maiden Flight

30-Sep-2009Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the ATAK Team, comprising Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), Aselsan and AgustaWestland, has successfully performed the maiden flight of the first T129 prototype.... Read more

Bell Helicopter Chooses Aveksa for Enterprise Access Governance

Bell Helicopter Chooses Aveksa for Enterprise Access Governance

29-Sep-2009Source: Aveksa

The use of the Aveksa solution at Bell Helicopter will initially focus on enabling process and policy automation for the monitoring, reporting and validation of user entitlements.... Read more

Eurocopter and Hua-Ou Aviation Support Centre sign China spares management contract

Eurocopter and Hua-Ou Aviation Support Centre sign China spares management contract

29-Sep-2009Source: Eurocopter

Bruno Boulnois, CEO of Eurocopter China, says “We are delighted at this cooperation with our local partner, thanks to which the lead-time and cost of delivery of our spare parts will be significantly reduced. Efficient and rapid service is extremely important for our Chinese customers who operate their helicopters mainly for offshore operations, law enforcement... Read more

$5 billion Algerian helicopter deal for UK plant

$5 billion Algerian helicopter deal for UK plant

28-Sep-2009Source: The Times

Britain’s last helicopter maker is in advanced talks with the Algerian government over a $5 billion (£3.1 billion) order that would safeguard more than 4,000 jobs in Somerset.... Read more

‘Sarang’ team bids adieu to Yelahanka Air Force Station

‘Sarang’ team bids adieu to Yelahanka Air Force Station

28-Sep-2009Source: Deccan Herald

The pride of the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, the 151 Helicopter Unit, also known as ‘Sarang,’ the colourful helicopter display team of the Indian Air Force, has bid goodbye to its home base for the past four years.... Read more

Russian Helicopters to Start Taking Orders for Modernized Mi-8M in 2010

Russian Helicopters to Start Taking Orders for Modernized Mi-8M in 2010

26-Sep-2009Source: Defense Aerospace

Russian Helicopters, JSC, the managing body of the consolidated Russian helicopter industry holding, is planning to start taking orders for the deeply modernised Mi-8M helicopter. First deliveries of Mi-8M are scheduled for 2013. After serious modernisation this model will retain its popularity on the global market at least till 2020.... Read more

Major Helicopter Purchase Lands Important Work in Canada

Major Helicopter Purchase Lands Important Work in Canada

25-Sep-2009Source: Industry Canada

Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced that The Boeing Company has awarded a contract to Avcorp Industries Inc. for the nose enclosure and sub-assemblies in support of 400 Boeing CH-147 Chinook helicopters, including 15 Boeing CH-147 Chinook helicopters purchased by the Government... Read more

Brazilian AF Reveals EC725 Tech Transfers in Eurocopter Contract

Brazilian AF Reveals EC725 Tech Transfers in Eurocopter Contract

25-Sep-2009Source: Defense Aerospace

The details of the technology transfer agreements were presented by the Air Force during public hearings held last week (Sept. 16) in Brasilia by the Senate Foreign Relations and Defense Committee.... Read more

Heroux-Devtek to manufacture landing gear for Boeing's Chinook

Heroux-Devtek to manufacture landing gear for Boeing's Chinook

25-Sep-2009Source: Heroux-Devtek

Héroux-Devtek announced that its Landing Gear Division has signed an MOU with Boeing to manufacture the landing gear for the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, including the CH-147 as it is known for the Canadian Forces.... Read more

£408M upgrade for RAF Chinooks in Afghanistan

£408M upgrade for RAF Chinooks in Afghanistan

24-Sep-2009Source: Rotorhub

This upgrade will include a £128m contract which will give the whole Chinook fleet a significant boost by fitting a more powerful engine, enabling the Chinooks to operate more effectively in the hot summers and high altitudes of Afghanistan.... Read more

Honeywell's Spectra(R) Fiber Strengthens Rope Used by U.S. Military in V-22 Operations

Honeywell's Spectra(R) Fiber Strengthens Rope Used by U.S. Military in V-22 Operations

24-Sep-2009Source: Honeywell

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that rope using its super-strength, lightweight Spectra(R) fiber is being used by the U.S. military in fast rope insertion operations. Spectra fiber is a key component of Novabraid(TM) Fast Rope, a high-performance rope made by Canada-based Novatec Braids Ltd. and currently being used... Read more

Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

24-Sep-2009Source: Eurocopter

The company exhibits the EC135 “L’Hélicoptère par Hermès” as centre piece, as well as a large array of eight state-of-the-art helicopters: a London “Met” EC145, an EC135 by Suffolk Police, the UK’s first helicopter – an EC135 – dedicated to offshore wind farm maintenance, a utility AS355 NP used by National Grid for powerline inspections,... Read more

Vector Aerospace awarded Bell UH-1 maintenance fixture certification & dynamic component overhaul approval

Vector Aerospace awarded Bell UH-1 maintenance fixture certification & dynamic component overhaul approval

24-Sep-2009Source: RotorNews

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has received Bell Helicopter approval for both its UH-1 airframe maintenance fixture as well as for the repair and overhaul for UH-1 dynamic components at its Andalusia, Alabama helicopter maintenance operation.... Read more

Canadian Helicopters loses contract with U.S. Air Force

Canadian Helicopters loses contract with U.S. Air Force

24-Sep-2009Source: Reuters

Canadian Helicopters provides flight operations and maintenance services, said in a statement that the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) had selected one of its competitors for providing the services and will not renew the contract beyond Sept. 30.  Canadian Helicopters said USTRANSCOM had said it would decide on two other such contracts shortly.... Read more

Helisim Inaugurates its First NH90 Simulator

Helisim Inaugurates its First NH90 Simulator

23-Sep-2009Source: Eurocopter

Today, Helisim inaugurated its first NH90 flight simulator at the training center in Marignane (France) where it will be used to train military helicopter pilots. Helisim is a company jointly created by Eurocopter, Thales and DCI. The Australian Army Aviation, the French Navy and the French Army Air Corps will be the first customers to... Read more

Sikorsky Aircraft Celebrates Donation of MH-53 Pave Low to RAF Museum

Sikorsky Aircraft Celebrates Donation of MH-53 Pave Low to RAF Museum

23-Sep-2009Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Royal Air Force today at Helitech celebrated the donation of an MH-53 PAVE LOW helicopter to the RAF Museum. The PAVE LOW helicopter, donated by the United States Air Force, was manufactured by Sikorsky... Read more

Bell Helicopter Awards Latrobe Specialty Steel Premier Supplier Status

Bell Helicopter Awards Latrobe Specialty Steel Premier Supplier Status

23-Sep-2009Source: Latrobe Steel

Bell’s Premier Supplier status requires Latrobe Specialty Steel (LSS), an ISO9001 and AS9100 registered company, to deliver on-time quality material and pass an examination of an on-site team of Bell inspectors.... Read more

US Navy Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 moving from Texas to Virginia

US Navy Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 moving from Texas to Virginia

23-Sep-2009Source: US Navy

HM-15 was moved from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas to Naval Station Norfolk under BRAC 2005. It has 10 MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopters.... Read more

Royal New Zealand Air Force start to retire UH-1

Royal New Zealand Air Force start to retire UH-1

22-Sep-2009Source: TVNZ

Two of the force’s 14 Iroquois helicopters have been put into storage in a hangar at Ohakea Air Base but could be returned to flying within a day if needed.... Read more

HeliHub.com builds "The Helicopter Search Engine" with detailed accident data

HeliHub.com builds "The Helicopter Search Engine" with detailed accident data

22-Sep-2009Source: HeliHub.com

Duxford, UK – 22 September 2009 – HeliHub.com today launches a major update at Helitech 2009, adding a range of safety-related information including detailed Accident data.  Every known accident from 1st January 2009 is now listed, together with links to relevant web reports.  As with our News data, we have provided “tags” against each key... Read more

Iraqi Air Force Expands Deployment of Guardian Mobility Tracking Services

Iraqi Air Force Expands Deployment of Guardian Mobility Tracking Services

22-Sep-2009Source: Guardian Mobility

At Helitech today, in booth FTE 1717, Guardian Mobility announced the Iraqi Air Force has expanded its deployment of Guardian aircraft tracking solutions for its air fleet. It added an additional 60 aircraft, for a total of more than 125 aircraft – both fixed wing and helicopters... Read more

Australian Aerospace chief calls for competition for planned acquisition of up to 27 new Navy helicopters

Australian Aerospace chief calls for competition for planned acquisition of up to 27 new Navy helicopters

22-Sep-2009Source: The Australian

The new helicopters are due to replace the junked Seasprite program as well as the RAN’s Sea King fleet and now ageing Seahawk machines in a major acquisition that will regenerate the navy’s naval aviation combat arm.... Read more

Denel Saab Aerostructures adds new dimension to South Africa’s aerostructures capabilities

Denel Saab Aerostructures adds new dimension to South Africa’s aerostructures capabilities

22-Sep-2009Source: Denel

“In developing these technological and advanced manufacturing capabilities at Denel Saab Aerostructures, South Africa will soon become a more significant player in the global aerostructures supply chain,” says Lana Kinley, CEO of DSA.... Read more

Helitech: Sneak Preview

Helitech: Sneak Preview

21-Sep-2009Source: Rotorhub

As companies began setting up their stands, Rotorhub.com had a quick look around some of the machines.... Read more

Rhode Island National Guard bids farewell to the its workhorse helicopter of 50 years

Rhode Island National Guard bids farewell to the its workhorse helicopter of 50 years

21-Sep-2009Source: Providence Journal

Members of the R.I. Army National Guard bade farewell Sunday to their remaining UH-1 “Huey” helicopters during an afternoon ceremony at the Quonset Air National Guard Base.... Read more

Host Systems to demonstrate mobile ATC Tower at Helitech 2009

Host Systems to demonstrate mobile ATC Tower at Helitech 2009

18-Sep-2009Source: Rotorhub

Host Systems will be displaying their demonstration mobile elevating tower at Helitech 2009. Elevating to a height of 8m the ATC tower will be a great place to view the show.... Read more

French host CSAR training exercise

French host CSAR training exercise

18-Sep-2009Source: Rotorhub

CSAR units from across Europe have gathered at Cazaux airbase in South West France for a Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardisation Course.... Read more

Norwegian Lynx fleet reaches 50,000 flying hours

Norwegian Lynx fleet reaches 50,000 flying hours

18-Sep-2009Source: NRK

Norwegian Lynx fleet reaches 50,000 flying hours... Read more

Contract talks begin at Boeing’s Ridley plant

Contract talks begin at Boeing’s Ridley plant

18-Sep-2009Source: Boeing

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, United Aerospace Workers (UAW) Local 1069 today began formal negotiations for a new contract covering the 1,789 UAW-represented employees at the Boeing Rotorcraft Systems facility near Philadelphia. Informal negotiations, including sub-committee meetings, have been ongoing since mid-August.... Read more

Are Morocco And Algeria Gearing Up For Arms Race?

Are Morocco And Algeria Gearing Up For Arms Race?

18-Sep-2009Source: Morocco Board

The Algerian ministry of defense signed a contract with Agusta Westland, an Italian company of the Finmeccanica Group, to purchase 100 helicopters of various nomenclatures for its gendarmerie, police, and civil protection agency.... Read more

First Upgraded British Army Lynx Flies With New Engines

First Upgraded British Army Lynx Flies With New Engines

17-Sep-2009Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the successful first flight of the British Army’s first Lynx AH Mk.9A fitted with more powerful CTS800 engines, just 10 months after contract award. The maiden flight, lasting 60 minutes, took place today at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility with the aircraft handling as expected.... Read more

Belarus interested in joint projects with Italian business including AgustaWestland

Belarus interested in joint projects with Italian business including AgustaWestland

16-Sep-2009Source: Belarus Government

Belarus is interested in promoting joint projects together with Italian capital, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko as he met with CEO of the Italian concern Finmeccanica Pier Francesco Guarguaglini in Minsk on 14 September.... Read more

Talon Laser-Guided Rocket Team Completes First Guided Test Flights

Talon Laser-Guided Rocket Team Completes First Guided Test Flights

14-Sep-2009Source: Raytheon

Raytheon Company and Emirates Advanced Investments completed the first guided test flights of the TALON Laser-Guided Rocket. The TALON LGR rounds hit a 1.5 meter square target during both tests, exceeding accuracy requirements at ranges of 3.7 km and 5 km... Read more

Study: US Air Force CSAR should grow, not shrink

Study: US Air Force CSAR should grow, not shrink

11-Sep-2009Source: Air Force Times

The Air Force needs 171 rescue helicopters to meet the requests of the service and joint combatant commanders, according to a report by the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency.... Read more

Boeing to spend $130M to modernize Chinook factory

Boeing to spend $130M to modernize Chinook factory

11-Sep-2009Source: Philly.com

Revenues for the Chicago-based company in 2008 topped $60 billion. Its global workforce is more than 150,000 people. And if you drive along I-95 in Delaware County, the Boeing Rotorcraft complex sprawls over 364 acres between the highway and the Delaware River.... Read more

New guns for French Cougars and Caracals

New guns for French Cougars and Caracals

11-Sep-2009Source: Rotorhub

French Minister for Defence, Herve Morin has announced an order for new door guns to equip the French Air Force and Army fleets of Cougar and Caracal helicopters.... Read more

Northrop Grumman and Selex Galileo Team to Compete for US Army's Common InfraRed Countermeasures Program

Northrop Grumman and Selex Galileo Team to Compete for US Army's Common InfraRed Countermeasures Program

11-Sep-2009Source: Northrop Grumman

The Northrop Grumman-SELEX Galileo team has integrated the ECLIPSE micro pointer/tracker with a processing and laser countermeasures capability to produce a 4th generation lightweight, highly reliable Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) system specifically designed for medium and light helicopter protection.... Read more

Judge investigates Army helicopter maintenance irregularities in Chile

Judge investigates Army helicopter maintenance irregularities in Chile

11-Sep-2009Source: Latercera

A former officer of the Aviation Brigade of the military branch reported that it would have paid about $ 3 million pieces and arrangements exist for helicopters and aircraft.... Read more

Turkey Eyes Light Utility Helicopter Production

Turkey Eyes Light Utility Helicopter Production

11-Sep-2009Source: Defense News

Turkey plans to develop and produce its own light utility helicopter over the next 10 years and is open to cooperation with other countries, Ankara’s defense procurement agency said in its latest official report on strategy objectives.... Read more

VH-71 Helicopter for the President Not Dead Yet

VH-71 Helicopter for the President Not Dead Yet

11-Sep-2009Source: AIN

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

Bell Helicopter parent's CEO bullish on company's future

Bell Helicopter parent's CEO bullish on company's future

11-Sep-2009Source: Star Telegram

Textron has been pulled back from the financial precipice after slashing 10,000 jobs, including 135 corporate positions announced Wednesday, rapidly liquidating its loan portfolio and raising new capital, company officials told investors.... Read more

Okinawa residents’ complaints lead to helicopter noise survey

Okinawa residents’ complaints lead to helicopter noise survey

11-Sep-2009Source: Stars & Stripes

Japanese and U.S. officials — wary of complaints from residents living near USAF air bases — conducted noise surveys Thursday of flight paths proposed for the new air facility on Camp Schwab.... Read more

Sikorsky Subsidiary Derco Receives AS9110 Certification

Sikorsky Subsidiary Derco Receives AS9110 Certification

10-Sep-2009Source: Derco

Derco Aerospace, Inc., a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, announced its Repair Services division recently became certified to the AS9110 aerospace quality standard after passing a certification audit by the Performance Review Institute (PRI).... Read more

Sikorsky plans $26 million plant to cut energy use

Sikorsky plans $26 million plant to cut energy use

10-Sep-2009Source: Forbes

Sikorsky selected Carrier Corp. to build a combined heat and power facility, also known as co-generation, at Sikorsky’s Stratford, Conn., site.... Read more

General Dynamics UK selects SPARK language for AW159 Lynx Wildcat

General Dynamics UK selects SPARK language for AW159 Lynx Wildcat

10-Sep-2009Source: Praxis

Praxis, the international specialist in critical systems engineering and assurance, today announced that General Dynamics UK has selected Praxis’ SPARK language as part of its £6 million contract to develop the safety-critical Stores Management System for the Royal Navy’s new AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter.... Read more

French Air Force carry out long range helicopter evacuation

French Air Force carry out long range helicopter evacuation

10-Sep-2009Source: Rotorhub

The crew based at Faa’a on Tahiti flew a 1,200 nautical mile round trip to Vanavana on the Tuamotu Atoll on August 28 to collect a patient suffering from peritonitis.... Read more

UK and France start work on advanced naval anti-ship missile

UK and France start work on advanced naval anti-ship missile

10-Sep-2009Source: Rotorhub

The UK and French governments have announced the start of a joint Assessment Phase to develop systems and technologies for a new helicopter-launched anti-surface missile.... Read more

Helicopter Support Inc. Activates Contractor Support Site for UH-72A Lakota

Helicopter Support Inc. Activates Contractor Support Site for UH-72A Lakota

10-Sep-2009Source: Helicopter Support

The first three of six UH-72A Lakota helicopters from American Eurocopter arrived at the site in early July, signifying a key event for the on-time activation of the seventh contractor logistics support (CLS) site operating in the HSI CLS program. The aircraft delivery there brings the LUH fleet to a total of 72 aircraft.... Read more

ATK to develop gunfire alert system for helicopters

ATK to develop gunfire alert system for helicopters

10-Sep-2009Source: Flightglobal

Alliant Techsystems will start developing a new sensor that can detect gunshots fired at US Navy helicopters under a $2 million deal... Read more

Kaman Awarded $53M Composites Contract From Bell Helicopter

Kaman Awarded $53M Composites Contract From Bell Helicopter

10-Sep-2009Source: Kaman

Kaman Aerospace has been awarded a five-year contract with a potential value of $53 million to build composite helicopter blade skins and skin core assemblies for Bell Helicopters. Under the terms of the contract, Kaman will provide 18 different assemblies for H1, 406, 407, 412, 427, 429, 430 and BA609 aircraft.... Read more

Afghanistan-bound HMLA-367 to Bring New Huey to the Fight

Afghanistan-bound HMLA-367 to Bring New Huey to the Fight

10-Sep-2009Source: Defence Talk

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 will be the first squadron to utilize the Bell UH-1Y “Yankee” while conducting combat operations in support of the ground combat element and other coalition forces in Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.... Read more

UK MoD to purchase 12 remote sighting systems with BAE Systems’ Q-Sight™ display

UK MoD to purchase 12 remote sighting systems with BAE Systems’ Q-Sight™ display

10-Sep-2009Source: BAE Systems

The U.K. Ministry of Defence has placed the first order for a new generation of helmet-mounted displays developed by BAE Systems. The Royal Navy will purchase 12 remote sighting systems incorporating BAE Systems’ Q-Sightâ„¢ display, for its Lynx Mk8 helicopters.... Read more

AW149 to fly in 2010

AW149 to fly in 2010

10-Sep-2009Source: Rotorhub

Development of the new eight-tonne battlefield support helicopter has been ongoing for the past five years and a full-scale mock up of the aircraft has is on display at the DSEi exhibition in London’s Docklands.... Read more

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