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Sikorsky awarded $387M order for 35 UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $387M order for 35 UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $387,181,200 modification (P00333) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to exercise the option for 35 UH-60M helicopters.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $387,181,200 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

Norwegian NH90 self-protection suite testing completed

Norwegian NH90 self-protection suite testing completed

NHI successfully completed the test campaign of the self-protection suite of the Norwegian NH90.  The aircraft NH90 NNWN01 prototype was manned by Finmeccanica Helicopter Division flight test team (Test Pilot Roger Mowbray and Flight Test Engineer Fabrizio Santarossa) and supported by a multi-national, multi-disciplined team from several organisations. This comprehensive suite encompasses a Radar Warner… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 09-Mar-16

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Honeywell Forecasts 4,300 To 4,800 Global Helicopter Deliveries Over Next Five Years

Honeywell Forecasts 4,300 To 4,800 Global Helicopter Deliveries Over Next Five Years

In the face of a slower global economic growth environment and increased volatility in oil and gas-related markets, the helicopter industry is reacting with a cautious outlook for near-term new purchases. In its 18th annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) forecasts 4,300 to 4,800 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2016 to 2020,… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 09-Mar-16

Lockheed Martin warns of Sikorsky under-performance

Lockheed Martin warns of Sikorsky under-performance

The following is an extract from a recent 10-K filing with the Stock Exchange Commission:-  [can also be seen on Lockheed Martin website here].  It covers impacts in both civil markets – due to oil prices etc – and military markets, where the US DoD has expressed concerns regarding greater consolidation The acquired Sikorsky business… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 09-Mar-16

First German first H145M special ops pilots complete training

First German first H145M special ops pilots complete training

In keeping with the already brand new helicopter, the first pilot of the H145M in Laupheim have now arrived. Special: You are authorized flight instructor and other pilots for the Air Force to train. In the Road Traffic Act, it is easy. With licenses for categories truck, bus or car, we must all models of… Read more »

Source: Luftwaffe, 09-Mar-16

ReportBuyer launches Global Military Helicopter Market assessment

ReportBuyer launches Global Military Helicopter Market assessment

The Global Demand for Military Helicopters is likely to witness a spurt over near to medium term driven a number of drivers & favorable factors, which include, rapidly evolving global geopolitical dynamics & equations marked by increasing threat from extremism, terrorism, resurgence of conventional state based threats, compounding nature of overall threat perception, political instability… Read more »

Source: ReportBuyer, 09-Mar-16

Airbus Helicopters boosts its HCare material support offer

Airbus Helicopters boosts its HCare material support offer

Through the launch of HCare, Airbus Helicopters simplified and reshaped its material support services to provide a more easy-to-use service, performance guarantees, competitive pricing and larger coverage. The objective of the enhanced Material Support offer is to enable operators to be the most agile and competitive in the market place thanks to controlled costs, a reduced… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Mar-16

Terma appoints VP of Business Development for Airborne Systems

Terma appoints VP of Business Development for Airborne Systems

Denmark-based Defense and Security Group Terma A/S appointed Adina C. Cherry new Vice President, Business Development, Airborne Systems. Terma’s Airborne Systems Business Area has a large and growing activity in the U.S. – that is sales of airborne solutions to U.S. customers and U.S. export to the global market. In order to meet our customers… Read more »

Source: Terma, 04-Mar-16

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Sikorsky launches S76C+ to C++ upgrade program

Sikorsky launches S76C+ to C++ upgrade program

Sikorsky today introduced a program that will enable operators to upgrade their S-76C+™ aircraft to the S-76C++™ configuration. The announcement was made at the 2016 Helicopter International Association Heli-Expo show. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). The upgrade increases performance capabilities by expanding the aircraft’s mission envelope to S-76C++ profiles, including greater take-off and cruising… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Mar-16

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BHI² (BHI Squared) Helicopters Delivers 4th Type-Certificated UH-60A Commercial Hawk

BHI² (BHI Squared) Helicopters Delivers 4th Type-Certificated UH-60A Commercial Hawk

BHI² (BHI Squared) Helicopters has announced completion and delivery of its fourth Type-Certificated, Sikorsky UH-60A ‘Commercial Hawk’ or ‘C-Hawk’ helicopter, available for firefighting and special operations. This fourth commercially-approved ‘C-Hawk’ is being displayed during the 2016 Heli-Expo in Louisville, Ky. March 1-3, at Booth 12636 and Static Area space 1-3, coinciding with release of the… Read more »

Source: BHI² Helicopters, 03-Mar-16

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Croatia buys 16 US Army surplus OH-58Ds

Croatia buys 16 US Army surplus OH-58Ds

The Defence Committee of the Croatian Parliament consented to the procurement of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters and to the appointment of Lieutenant General Mirko Šundov as the new Chief of the General Staff succeeding General Drago Lovrić as of 1 March 2016. The project of equipment of  the Armed Forces with a squadron of… Read more »

Source: Croatian Military, 03-Mar-16

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Rolls-Royce Recognizes StandardAero for Customer Satisfaction and Program Investment

Rolls-Royce Recognizes StandardAero for Customer Satisfaction and Program Investment

StandardAero received both “Customer Satisfaction” and “Program Investment” awards at the Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, held on February 29 as part of Rolls-Royce’s attendance at this year’s HAI HELI-EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky. The awards recognize authorized maintenance service centers that provide MRO services for M250 helicopter engines. This is the unprecedented seventh year in… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 03-Mar-16

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Sikorsky Launches Customer Care Center

Sikorsky Launches Customer Care Center

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE:LMT) today unveiled several initiatives to provide new and enhanced services supporting the company’s customers. The announcements were made at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. “Sikorsky is focused on enhancing customer support and achieving excellence in customer satisfaction,” said Joe Triompo, vice president, Sikorsky Customer Support. “We are… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 02-Mar-16

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Rolls-Royce expands service offerings for M250, RR300 engine fleets

Rolls-Royce expands service offerings for M250, RR300 engine fleets

Rolls-Royce has signed new agreements with repair and overhaul facilities to offer M250 and RR300 engine operators even more options for their service needs. Two current M250 service providers in the Rolls-Royce FIRST network will become Authorized Repair Facilities for RR300 engines, while a new service provider in Brazil will join the FIRST network and provide services… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 02-Mar-16

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MD Helicopters and Rolls-Royce to launch new M250-C47E/3 engine for MD530F

MD Helicopters and Rolls-Royce to launch new M250-C47E/3 engine for MD530F

Rolls-Royce and MD Helicopters have reached agreement to launch the new M250-C47E/3 variant for MD 530-series and growth derivative airframes. Rolls-Royce is the exclusive engine provider for MD Helicopters’ single-engine platforms. The new agreement continues a long-standing relationship between Rolls-Royce and MD Helicopters. Rolls-Royce M250 engine variants power multiple MD Helicopters aircraft, including the MD 500, MD 520N, MD 530F and… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 02-Mar-16

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Enstrom signs new 5-year agreement for M250 engines

Enstrom signs new 5-year agreement for M250 engines

Rolls-Royce and Enstrom Helicopter Corporation have signed a new agreement to provideRolls-Royce M250 engines for the versatile 480B helicopter. The 480B is Enstrom’s flagship turbine helicopter, known for its combination of safety, stability, comfort and value. The five-seat aircraft serves as a military trainer, and is well suited for law enforcement, emergency medical and commercial, agricultural… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 02-Mar-16

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ProPilot names Bell number one in customer support for 22nd consecutive year

ProPilot names Bell number one in customer support for 22nd consecutive year

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company today announced that it has been once again voted number one in customer support by Professional Pilot magazine. Ranking at the top in each of the seven categories, Bell Helicopter has won the top honor for the helicopter industry for its 22nd consecutive year. “Our goal is… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

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Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus Helicopters has designated CAE’s Olso helicopter training centre an Airbus Helicopters Approved Simulation Centre for H225 recurrent training. This is the culmination of a process that included a rigorous evaluation of the centre’s H225 simulator verifying its fidelity based on Airbus Helicopter’s simulation package, and completion of an Airbus-led training program for CAE instructors…. Read more »

Source: CAE, 02-Mar-16

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Erickson Elevates Legacy Aircraft Maintenance Services Program

Erickson Elevates Legacy Aircraft Maintenance Services Program

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has increased its support of legacy aircraft with several key project updates. “We have more than 200 mechanics and engineers on our team at Erickson,” said Kerry Jarandson, Erickson’s Vice President of MRO and Manufacturing. “They have taken our existing offering of services for legacy aircraft, and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 02-Mar-16

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Lockheed Martin appoints VP and Treasurer

Lockheed Martin appoints VP and Treasurer

Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) today announced that its board of directors has appointed John Mollard as vice president and treasurer, and elected Mollard as a corporate officer. His appointment is effective April 4. Mollard will succeed Ken Possenriede, who has served as corporate treasurer since July 2011. Possenriede will become vice president, Finance and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 01-Mar-16

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Bell Launches New Aftermarket Customer Service Plans

Bell Launches New Aftermarket Customer Service Plans

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today introduced its new comprehensive aftermarket service plans and announced CareFlite, a fully-integrated medical transport company, as its launch customer. Named “Customer Advantage Plans,” the new aftermarket plans provide customers with holistic coverage solutions for their daily operations. The plans offer a fixed cost per flight hour… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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NASA picks Erickson for Mid-Air Retrieval Program

NASA picks Erickson for Mid-Air Retrieval Program

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been contracted in support of the initial phases of NASA’s 3rd Generation Mid-Air Retrieval Project. The project is focused on mid-air retrieval of NASA vessels upon re-entry to the atmosphere. Erickson is contracted to study the concept of operations for proposed NASA missions that employ mid-air retrieval using a single… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 01-Mar-16

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Terma Asia Pacific – new VP and General Manager appointed

Terma Asia Pacific – new VP and General Manager appointed

Mr. Anupam Narain Mathur has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of Terma Asia Pacific including Terma India. This appointment takes effect today. Mr. Mathur will succeed Mr. Jannik Termansen, who has recently accepted a new position outside the company. Jointly, effective today, Terma’s regional offices in Singapore and India will merge into one… Read more »

Source: Terma, 01-Mar-16

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Breeze-Eastern to Showcase New Products at Heli-Expo

Breeze-Eastern to Showcase New Products at Heli-Expo

Breeze-Eastern LLC will display its largest-ever array of leading-edge and legacy products in Exhibit 11944 at HAI HELI-EXPO 2016. The company will introduce and display a new DC brushless motor and controller for new and legacy 20200 Series rescue hoists. The upgraded hoist, known as BL-20200-440, features unlimited duty cycle, a 60 percent increase in… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 01-Mar-16

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ARGUS Announces Intent to Acquire Unmanned Safety Institute

ARGUS Announces Intent to Acquire Unmanned Safety Institute

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to announce their intent to acquire Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) of Orlando, Florida, a privately held business that has carved out a recognized and respected position in the safety training, certification and management of unmanned aerial vehicles. The acquisition couples nicely with ARGUS’ global presence in the aviation safety… Read more »

Source: Argus, 01-Mar-16

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Tiltrotor documentary re-released at lower price

Tiltrotor documentary re-released at lower price

The world’s first independent tiltrotor (or tilt rotor) development documentary, Tiltrotor and The Future, is newly available for “download to own” delivery at an unprecedented low price exclusively from http://aeronauticpictures.com/buy/download/v-22-osprey-documentary/ The first of its kind hour-long film was originally released in 1987, before the now operational and controversial V-22 Osprey had ever flown. The aviation… Read more »

Source: Aeronautic Pictures, 29-Feb-16

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Vector celebrates 40 years of supporting T58 engines

Vector celebrates 40 years of supporting T58 engines

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the celebration of its 40th year as a registered overhaul facility for the General Electric (GE) Aviation T58 and CT58 turboshaft engines. “Many of the T58 and CT58 engines we have overhauled to date are supporting… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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Bell report 2015 production data

Bell report 2015 production data

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces global deliveries as part of its 2015 performance results. In 2015, Bell Helicopter delivered 175 aircraft, a combination of its current production products as follows: 52 x Bell 429 12 x Bell 412 (EP/EPI) 99 x Bell 407 (GX/GXP) 12 x Bell 206L4 Regional deliveries include: 28… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Feb-16

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Bell signs agreement to expand Indonesian business

Bell signs agreement to expand Indonesian business

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today an expanded Industrial and Commercial Agreement with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) (PTDI) that will enable the two companies to expand their support and services in Indonesia to Bell Helicopter operators. Bell Helicopter and PTDI had an agreement in place from 2012 and this extension further… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Feb-16

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HeliHub.com launches on new Anchor public radio

HeliHub.com launches on new Anchor public radio

HeliHub.com is today launching on Anchor – the new social media platform which brands itself as “the world’s first public radio station”.  We will use this platform to broadcast news headlines and timely updates from across the global helicopter industry that we report on.  Anchor is a free iPhone app that makes it easy to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Feb-16

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FlightSafety names Manager of new Denver Learning Center

FlightSafety names Manager of new Denver Learning Center

FlightSafety International announces that Otto Gambrel has been named Manager of the company’s new Learning Center in Denver, Colorado. “We are pleased that Otto will become Manager of our new Learning Center in Denver,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “His experience and in depth understanding of aviation training and the operation of a… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 29-Feb-16

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Sikorsky names 6th Winner and Launches 7th Entrepreneurial Challenge

Sikorsky names 6th Winner and Launches 7th Entrepreneurial Challenge

Sikorsky Innovations today announced the winner of the 6th Entrepreneurial Challenge and the launch of the 7th competition. The  Entrepreneurial Challenge, driven by Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), is designed to accelerate innovators and disruptive technology concepts with applications in the vertical flight market. The organization… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 29-Feb-16

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CHC Safety & Quality Summit keynote speaker named

CHC Safety & Quality Summit keynote speaker named

Dr. Joe MacInnes, a medical doctor, undersea explorer, author and leadership expert, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the gala dinner at the 12th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Tuesday, April 5, dinner at the Westin Bayshore hotel is expected to attract up to 600 people – most of whom will also… Read more »

Source: CHC, 29-Feb-16

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Turbomeca appoints new Strategy and Development VP

Turbomeca appoints new Strategy and Development VP

French engine manufacturer Turbomeca has today announced the appointment of Serge Maillé as Executive Vice-President for Strategy and Development. Serge Maillé succeeds Philippe Couteaux who has been appointed to another position within Safran group. M. Maillé (55) is a graduate engineer from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) and ISAE-SUPAERO. He joined Turbomeca in 1983… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 26-Feb-16

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ITT Showcases Rotorcraft Solutions at Heli-Expo

ITT Showcases Rotorcraft Solutions at Heli-Expo

ITT Corporation’s (NYSE:ITT) Enidine brand will showcase its energy absorption and vibration isolation rotorcraft solutions at HAI HELI-EXPO 2016, March 1-3, in Louisville, KY. Enidine’s portfolio of rotorcraft solutions reduce noise and vibration, allowing for a more comfortable passenger ride and longer lifespan of rotorcraft components. “We’re proud to serve the rotorcraft industry with innovative… Read more »

Source: ITT, 26-Feb-16

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Super Stallion is worn out, says report

Super Stallion is worn out, says report

The internal military report leads with a warning, typed in bold: If called to war tonight, the Marine Corps could only meet operational demands by deploying nearly every heavy-lift transport helicopter remaining in its inventory. See Full Story

Source: Pilot Online, 26-Feb-16

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Honeywell comments on United Technology discussions

Honeywell comments on United Technology discussions

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) confirms that over the past year it has engaged in discussions with United Technologies Corporation regarding a possible business combination. The value creation from a combination is significant, including the benefits of $3.5 billion in annualized cost synergies. We do not see the regulatory process as a material obstacle to a transaction. In fact,… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 25-Feb-16

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Canadian H92 makes first landing on warship at sea

Canadian H92 makes first landing on warship at sea

Bravo Zulu to the first Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircrew to successfully land a CH-148 Cyclone [that’s the local designation of the H92 military variant of the S92] helicopter on a Canadian warship at sea, as well as to the ship’s crew of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Halifax, involved with Cyclone testing and… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 25-Feb-16

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First Italian CSAR AW101 enters service

First Italian CSAR AW101 enters service

Finmeccanica and the Italian Air Force celebrated today the entry into operational service of their first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, during an official ceremony at Cervia Air Base. A total of four HH-101A “CAESAR” helicopters, out of a total requirement of 15, have been delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division’s assembly line… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 25-Feb-16

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Sikorsky explores Saudi production line with Taqnia Aeronautics

Sikorsky explores Saudi production line with Taqnia Aeronautics

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) today signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics to jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new agreement outlines the investment, technology and skills needed to establish production jobs for Saudi citizens, and could lead to direct involvement in the assembly of Sikorsky S-70… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Feb-16

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Hungary decides against buying 30 Russian helicopters

Hungary decides against buying 30 Russian helicopters

The Hungarian side has changed its mind and will not buy 30 Mi-8/Mi-17 multi-mission helicopters from Russia, according to a source close to the talks. See Full Story

Source: UKRAINE TODAY, 25-Feb-16

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Finmeccanica to give Panama a free AW139 to settle dispute

Finmeccanica to give Panama a free AW139 to settle dispute

The Panamanian government said on Tuesday it had agreed the cancellation of a $125 million radar contract with a subsidiary of Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA that had become mired in a dispute over alleged corruption. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 25-Feb-16

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Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

Kaman Board of Directors Declares Dividend

The Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) board of directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 18 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on April 7, 2016 to shareholders of record on March 15, 2016. About Kaman Corporation Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 24-Feb-16

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Pratt & Whitney Canada doubles headcount at Asia Support Hub

Pratt & Whitney Canada doubles headcount at Asia Support Hub

In response to a growing Asia-Pacific operator base comprising more than 7,000 Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) engines in service in the region, P&WC has doubled the staff at its Singapore-based Pratt & Whitney Canada (SEA) Pte Ltd (“Asia Hub”) – including its 24/7 Customer First Center (CFirst) support staff – to more than 30… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 24-Feb-16

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Czechs find Polish SM-2 helicopter which crashed in 1968

Czechs find Polish SM-2 helicopter which crashed in 1968

Two Czechs found a week ago the wreck of a Polish helicopter in a forest between Lanskroun and Ceska Trebova that crashed 48 years ago, Military History and Technology Museum owner Vladek Vacha told journalists on Monday. See Full Story

Source: Prague Daily Monitor, 24-Feb-16

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Heli-Expo 2016 Preview

Heli-Expo 2016 Preview

Heli-Expo is almost upon us, and it is a good time to both reflect on the year since the last event and look ahead to the future – hoping that we can see an improvement to give us a warm feeling inside. We look for new models being revealed, contracts being announced, the camaraderie of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Feb-16

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Bell provide full details of Heli-Expo display

Bell provide full details of Heli-Expo display

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces its show plans for the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition, HELI-EXPO 2016. Hosted by the Helicopter Association International (HAI), this year’s show will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. While engaging with current and prospective customers, Bell Helicopter plans to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Feb-16

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Russian Helicopters joins COHC and AVIC to create repair centre in China

Russian Helicopters joins COHC and AVIC to create repair centre in China

Under the agreement, Russian Helicopters is planning to reequip the maintenance center in Shenzhen, China to repair Russian rotorcraft.  At the first stage, authorized maintenance services and operation support will be provided for the Ka-32A11BC helicopters.  During the second stage, the capacities will allow for maintenance and repair of Russian-build helicopters of the Mi-8/17 series…. Read more »

Source: Rostec, 23-Feb-16

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Aviation Museum of Kentucky puts Vietnam Cobra on display

Aviation Museum of Kentucky puts Vietnam Cobra on display

An exhibit on the Bell Helicopter model AH-1, called “The Cobra” and developed for the Vietnam War, is now open at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport, in Lexington. See Full Story

Source: Kyforward, 23-Feb-16

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RAF passes 10,000 hours on upgraded Pumas

RAF passes 10,000 hours on upgraded Pumas

Wednesday 17th February marked a significant milestone for the Puma Force as they reached a staggering 10,000 flying hours for the Puma 2. The extensively upgraded helicopter declared Initial Operating Capability in February 2015 and just over three weeks later deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation TORAL; the ongoing NATO training and support mission…. Read more »

Source: RAF, 22-Feb-16

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Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

Today, ahead of Germany’s planned procurement of up to 70 heavy-lift helicopters, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen urging the country to replace their existing fleet with the new, Sikorsky-made CH-53K King Stallion aircraft. Murphy and Blumenthal emphasized that… Read more »

Source: Chris Murphy, 22-Feb-16

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Reiser ships NH90 maintenance training rig

Reiser ships NH90 maintenance training rig

A full-featured and highly realistic NH90 maintenance training rig (MTR) left Reiser Simulation and Training’s Berg headquarters today, destined for the Internationales Hubschrauberausbildungszentrum VI in Fassberg, a key educational facility for training aircraft technical personnel of the Germany Army Aviation Corps. It is the third such rig delivered to the German armed forces, and the… Read more »

Source: Reiser, 22-Feb-16

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Indonesian National Police order two Bell 429s

Indonesian National Police order two Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a purchase agreement for two Bell 429s for delivery to the Indonesian National Police. As the official police force for Indonesia, the aircraft will support the law enforcement activities and will contribute to the safety, accessibility, sustainability and security of the region. The aircraft were signed… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Feb-16

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Russian Helicopters flies unmanned tilt-rotor

Russian Helicopters flies unmanned tilt-rotor

A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage by performing its first flight.  The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau, part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are already showing interest in the unique project. “The development of the unique aircraft started… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Feb-16

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Bell partners with BAE Systems Australia to pursue projects together

Bell partners with   BAE Systems Australia to pursue projects together

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed an agreement with BAE Systems Australia to pursue military rotorcraft opportunities in Australia. “The signing today with BAE Systems establishes the groundwork for what will be the premier provider of service and support for future customers of Bell Helicopter military rotorcraft in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Feb-16

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RCAF participates in international SAR training in Iceland

RCAF participates in international SAR training in Iceland

Members of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron from 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland, are returning home after training with the Icelandic Coast Guard and local Search and Rescue teams from February 9-12, 2016. Nine Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel along with a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter took part in multiple exercise scenarios, including training with the… Read more »

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EDA launches new project to integrate UAVs into European airspace

EDA launches new project to integrate UAVs into European airspace

A contract for the Enhanced RPAS Automation (ERA) project was signed between the EDA and a multinational industrial consortium in mid-December 2015. The project will support the widespread use of both civil and military RPAS in non-segregated airspace in Europe in general and their integration in airport operations in particular, addressing several capability gaps identified… Read more »

Source: EDA, 17-Feb-16

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Honeywell to integrate synthetic vision system under DARPA contract

Honeywell to integrate synthetic vision system under DARPA contract

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to continue improving three-dimensional visibility and safety for U.S. military helicopter pilots experiencing inclement weather and harsh environments. Among the visual challenges faced by pilots are issues with rain, snow, dust, fog and other elements that reduce the ability to… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 17-Feb-16

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UTC Aerospace Systems wins $15.8M to develop HUMS for MH-60, UH-1Y and AH-1Z

UTC Aerospace Systems wins $15.8M to develop HUMS for MH-60, UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) received $15.8 million in funding for health usage monitoring systems (HUMS) for Department of the Navy helicopters built in Vermont. The HUMS are part of the U.S. military’s ongoing effort to provide more accurate diagnostics of aircraft component conditions, which improves overall readiness while… Read more »

Source: Patrick Leahy, 17-Feb-16

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UH-60V Critical Design Review has been completed

UH-60V Critical Design Review has been completed

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), in partnership with the U.S. Army, Prototype Integration Facility, and prime contractor Redstone Defense Systems, has successfully conducted the Critical Design Review of the UH-60V BLACK HAWK program. Under a contract awarded in the third quarter of 2014, Northrop Grumman is supplying a mission equipment package for a digital cockpit upgrade… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 17-Feb-16

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Russian Helicopters sells to four customers in China

Russian Helicopters sells to four customers in China

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, signed a number of contracts to supply seven Ka-32A11BC and two Mi-171 helicopters to China. The Fire Department of the Department of Public Safety, Qingdao, China, will receive two Ka-31A11BC helicopters in firefighting version in 2016. Four more multirole Ka-32A11BCs will be supplied to Chinese company Jiangsu Baoli… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Feb-16

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Russian-Vietnamese JV Helitecho looks at Mi-8 repair options

Russian-Vietnamese JV Helitecho looks at Mi-8 repair options

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, continues to develop cooperation with Vietnam in the field of helicopter maintenance and repairs. The company is reviewing options to conduct the Mi-8/17 military helicopters repairs at the joint Russo-Vietnamese venture HELITECHO. Plans to develop an after-sales system for Russian-made military helicopters in Vietnam were addressed during the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Feb-16

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Denel reports renewed interest in upgraded Rooivalk gunship

Denel reports renewed interest in upgraded Rooivalk gunship

Denel is in discussions with various government departments including the South African Air Force (SAAF) on upgrading the Rooivalk combat helicopter and developing a next generation Rooivalk Mk 2, which is being marketed to potential foreign clients. See Full Story

Source: Defence Web, 17-Feb-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $8.3M order for MV-22 TCAS

Bell-Boeing awarded $8.3M order for MV-22 TCAS

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $8,332,880 for cost-plus- fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order 0113 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the MV-22.  This order is for the non-recurring engineering efforts to retrofit the MV-22 with the Traffic Collision Avoidance System.  Work will be performed at Ridley Park,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Feb-16

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Rolls-Royce awarded $117M order for 50 AE1107C engines for V-22

Rolls-Royce awarded $117M order for 50 AE1107C engines for V-22

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $117,748,728 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0007) to exercise an option to procure 50 AE1107C engines and associated spares in support of the MV-22 aircraft for the Marine Corps (38) and the government of Japan (12).  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Feb-16

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Russian Helicopters and HAL working on new Ka226 external design

Russian Helicopters and HAL working on new Ka226 external design

The agreement on the joint work in helicopter engineering between the two countries’ governments was signed during the official visit of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Moscow last December. Around 200 Ka-226T helicopters and derivative models are to be built under the agreement. Sixty machines are to be manufactured in Russia and the remainder… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 16-Feb-16

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Rockwell Collins delivers weather radar for Korean Utility Helicopter

Rockwell Collins delivers weather radar for Korean Utility Helicopter

Rockwell Collins has delivered its first RTA-4100 MultiScanTM Weather Radar to KAI for the medevac variant of the Korean Utility Helicopter. This is the first selection of the new RTA-4100 Weather Radar with enhanced surface search modes in the Asia-Pacific region. “Our RTA-4100 MultiScan Weather Radar will provide enhanced safety and mission capability during the… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 16-Feb-16

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GKN Aerospace details Heli-Expo offering

GKN Aerospace details Heli-Expo offering

GKN Aerospace will display rotary wing developments from across its global business on stand 11743, at HELI-EXPO, from February 29th to the March 3rd, 2016. The company is an established supplier of major sections of fuselage, ice protection systems, transparencies and fuel and flotation equipment for many civil and military helicopter programmes globally. With the… Read more »

Source: GKN, 16-Feb-16

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FB Heliservices selling three ex-UK military Bell 212s

FB Heliservices selling three ex-UK military Bell 212s

FB Heliservices have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are progressing with a sale of three Bell 212 helicopters to an as-yet-unidentified customer.  The helicopters had previously been operated by FBH under contract to the British Army in Kenya, and arrived back to their base at Middle Wallop in the UK in November and December 2015. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-16

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MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 supported the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in a fire fighting exercise aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, California, Feb. 11.  The Marines with VMM-165 flew out to Diamond Valley Lake on Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base in an MV-22B Osprey to perform bucket dips… Read more »

Source: USMC, 15-Feb-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $15M order for V-22 survivability equipment

Bell-Boeing awarded $15M order for V-22 survivability equipment

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $15,194,706 modification to previously issued delivery order 0096 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006 to exercise an option for integrated aircraft survivability equipment 24 A-kits for MV-22 aircraft to meet the joint urgent operational need in support of the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Feb-16

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HMLA-169 pilots remembered with new memorial

HMLA-169 pilots remembered with new memorial

Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 unveiled a memorial honoring two Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 pilots at the Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field, Jan. 23, 2016. The support squadron built the memorial to commemorate Maj. Elizabeth Kealey, pilot, and Capt. Adam Satterfield, co-pilot, and unveiled the project on the anniversary of the pilots’ passing following… Read more »

Source: USMC, 12-Feb-16

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Army Air Corps praise new Wildcat facilities at RNAS Yeovilton

Army Air Corps praise new Wildcat facilities at RNAS Yeovilton

The new facilities to provide infrastructure to support the co-location of the army’s Wildcat Attack Helicopter Force at RNAS Yeovilton have been praised. Contract 2, which was completed at the end of last year, delivered technical facilities worth in the region of £14 million to facilitate the re-location of the Army Air Corps from Guttersloh… Read more »

Source: Army Air Corps, 12-Feb-16

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US Coast Guard MH-60 pilot awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

Capt. Mark Morin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, awards Lt. John Hess, an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, with the Distinguished Flying Cross medal on Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 5, 2016. The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military-wide honor to recognize heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating… Read more »

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Bell cuts 200 more jobs at Mirabel

Bell cuts 200 more jobs at Mirabel

Bell has announced today its decision to reduce the workforce further at its plant at Mirabel in Canada by 200 next month, following a reduction by 50 in December, 300 in spring 2015 and a further 150 back in summer 2014.  The latest 200 will be across both production and administrative functions. Looking to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-16

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