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Cuban Government visit Russian Helicopters plant in Kazan

Cuban Government visit Russian Helicopters plant in Kazan

Kazan Helicopter Plant, a subsidiary of the holding “Russian Helicopters” Rostec, SC, was one of the venues for XXIII Russian-Cuban Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation. Members of the Commission, accompanied by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Ildar Khalikov and the Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Industry and… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-Apr-15

AAR to provide logistics support to Bell for T64 engines in V280 program

AAR to provide logistics support to Bell for T64 engines in V280 program

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (“Bell Helicopter”) awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics (DS&L) business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Valor technical demonstrator aircraft. The two-year agreement is the first between the global aerospace and defense contractor… Read more »

Source: AAR, 23-Apr-15

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Louisiana National Guard demonstrates readiness for disasters

Louisiana National Guard demonstrates readiness for disasters

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

Source: LANG, 23-Apr-15

La. Air Guard hosts joint aeromedical evacuation exercise

La. Air Guard hosts joint aeromedical evacuation exercise

The Louisiana Air National Guard is hosting a joint aeromedical evacuation exercise, Ultimate Caduceus 2015, at the Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, April 16-18. Ultimate Caduceus 2015 is a joint exercise with Air Mobility Command, U.S. Transportation Command, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Louisiana Emergency Operation Center and Louisiana Department of Health… Read more »

Source: LANG, 23-Apr-15

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron: New hangar opened and new Colour consecrated

443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron: New hangar opened and new Colour consecrated

A ceremony was held to mark the official opening and naming of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron’s new hangar facility at the Victoria International Airport in British Columbia on April 9, 2015. The ceremony, presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Judith Guichon, also included the consecration of a new Colour (standard) for the… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 23-Apr-15

Helibras working with AEL on weapons upgrades for Brazilian Fennec fleet

Helibras working with AEL on weapons upgrades for Brazilian Fennec fleet

[electronic translation] Helibras is working in partnership with AEL, a proposal for the request (RFP) issued by the Army to provide new weapons for the Fennec helicopter operated by the Force. The company, which is making the modernization of the fleet model at its plant in Itajubá (MG), also developed new skills from the transfer… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 21-Apr-15

20,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

20,000th image filed in HeliHub.com gallery

HeliHub.com is having continuing success with its “Gallery” feature, recording over 20,000 images in its main Gallery, and almost 350 photographers have joined as members of the Gallery.  Both of these numbers continue to grow, with two photographers now breaking the 1,000 milestone of contributed images. The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Apr-15

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $7.5M delivery order for V-22 constant frequency generator

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $7.5M delivery order for V-22 constant frequency generator

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $7,573,995 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7009 against previously awarded contract (N00383-12-D-001N) for the repair of the V-22 Osprey aircraft constant frequency generator. Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 working capital (Navy) funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-15

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Poland pre-selects Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Poland pre-selects Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli Invest Services welcome the decision of the Polish Ministry of Defence to pre-select the H225M Caracal from Airbus Helicopters. We are fully committed to providing Poland with the best product and support for this long-term strategic program. We believe our offer will deeply strengthen the defence capabilities of Poland… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 21-Apr-15

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Rockwell Collins Unveils TruNet Networked Communications Solution

Rockwell Collins Unveils TruNet Networked Communications Solution

For years, the U.S. armed forces and militaries around the world have sought an interoperable, scalable, ad hoc networked communications system that allows warfighters to talk with each other, no matter if they are located on the ground or in the air. Now Rockwell Collins has cracked that code with its TruNet networked communications solution… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 21-Apr-15

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AW139 Reliability Data Sharing Group holds first meeting

AW139 Reliability Data Sharing Group holds first meeting

The 15th April 2015 saw the Launch of the First AgustaWestland conference to be transmitted by webcast to our worldwide AW139 Customer locations (Canada, United States, UK, Italy, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan & Australia). The AW139 Reliability Data Sharing Group (RDSG) Launch event, organized by Product Support Engineering with the help of AgustaWestland… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Apr-15

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RAF Valley Sea King flies 10,000th mission

RAF Valley Sea King flies 10,000th mission

The rescue happened at night in the Ogwen Valley of Snowdonia, when a young London woman with an ankle injury was winched aboard and flown to hospital at Bangor.  See Full Story

Source: North Wales Chronicle, 21-Apr-15

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Korean Government seals $1.5M deal with KAI to replace MD500 and AH-1 fleets

Korean Government seals $1.5M deal with KAI to replace MD500 and AH-1 fleets

South Korea’s defense acquisition agency has struck a deal with Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, to develop home-built military and civilian helicopters by 2022, officials said Wednesday. See Full Story

Source: The Korea Herald, 21-Apr-15

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Ex-US Army colonel tied to Lynn Tilton pleads guilty

Ex-US Army colonel tied to Lynn Tilton pleads guilty

A retired U.S. Army colonel pleaded guilty on Monday to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton’s private equity firm while taking steps to enable a helicopter company it controlled to get paid faster by the Defense Department. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 21-Apr-15

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Philippines halts contract for 21 Hueys

Philippines halts contract for 21 Hueys

The Philippines has terminated the contract to purchase 21 helicopters worth about P1.2 billion, a Palace official said Friday. See Full Story

Source: Manila Standard Today, 20-Apr-15

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Boeing awarded $321M contract for Apache development

Boeing awarded $321M contract for Apache development

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $321,800,000 cost-plus-incentive-fee undefinitized contract to complete development of the base line Apache attack helicopter, and for the integration of modifications. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018. Bids were solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 research, development, testing,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $62M contract for MV-22 hangar facility in Hawaii

Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $62M contract for MV-22 hangar facility in Hawaii

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $62,493,027 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a hangar, parking apron, and taxiway to support one MV-22 squadron at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The multi-story modified aircraft maintenance hangar will provide a weather protected shelter for inspection, service and maintenance. The high bay aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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International Enterprises awarded $20M repair contract for AH-64 pilot and crew helmets

International Enterprises awarded $20M repair contract for AH-64 pilot and crew helmets

International Enterprises Inc., Talladega, Alabama, was awarded a $20,565,202 firm-fixed- price contract for repair of various Integrated Helmet and Display Sight System components for AH-64 Apache pilots and crew. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of April 10, 2018. One bid was solicited with one received…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

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

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Northrop Grumman awarded $83M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers

Northrop Grumman awarded $83M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is being awarded an $83,738,954 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for research and development efforts associated with the system improvement of system configuration sets for the AH-1Z and UH-1Y mission computers in support of the U.S. Marine Corps. Efforts include designing, developing, and implementing upgrades to existing mission computer software and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $9,360,135 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Thailand) for UH-72A helicopter support, hardware, and services for the Royal Thai Army. Work will be performed in Thailand with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2017. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 other procurement… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 gearbox parts

Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 gearbox parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $7,098,324 firm fixed price contract for gearbox assembly spare parts in support of the H-1 helicopter. This contract was a sole-source. This is a 54-base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Texas with a Sept. 30, 2019, performance completion date…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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AW139 enters service with Carabineros de Chile

AW139 enters service with Carabineros de Chile

AgustaWestland announced today that the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter delivered to the Carabineros de Chile has now entered service. The aircraft will be used to support a wide range of missions including public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security across the nation, search and rescue and transport. The exceptional… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Apr-15

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New home at Victoria airport has helicopter unit flying high

New home at Victoria airport has helicopter unit flying high

Canada’s Pacific coast helicopter unit has moved into a $155-million facility at Victoria International Airport, bringing together operations that had been spread among aging structures. See Full Story

Source: Times Colonist, 17-Apr-15

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Conflict At Serbian Army Leadership Over Mi-17 Crash

Conflict At Serbian Army Leadership Over Mi-17 Crash

The conflict between Chief of Staff Ljubisa Dikovic and the top management of air defense has grounded all aircrafts, writes Serbian daily “Blic”. See Full Story

Source: in News, 17-Apr-15

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Boeing-Built CH-147F Maintenance Training Center Opens in Canada

Boeing-Built CH-147F Maintenance Training Center Opens in Canada

In 2013 and 2014, The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) took delivery of 15 new Boeing-built CH-147F Chinook helicopters, among the most capable and advanced variants of the legendary Chinook family. Now, the RCAF and Boeing have unveiled an equally advanced training facility for those helicopters. The Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopters (MHLH) Maintenance Training Center at… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 16-Apr-15

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Russian Helicopters details LAAD Defence & Security 2015 activities

Russian Helicopters details LAAD Defence & Security 2015 activities

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is taking part in the Latin American aerospace and defence technology exhibition and conference LAAD Defence & Security 2015 which will run from 14 to 17 April in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Russian Helicopters will showcase its series produced commercial and military helicopters, as well as its latest… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Apr-15

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Russian Helicopters announces results for year to 31 December 2014

Russian Helicopters announces results for year to 31 December 2014

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters and manufacturer of some of the world’s most innovative and widely operated models, announces its consolidated operating and audited financial results for the year ended 31 December 2014 under IFRS. Main results: · Revenue grew by 22.8% to RUB 169.8… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Apr-15

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Forestry Commission and National Guard partner for firefighting training in South Carolina

Forestry Commission and National Guard partner for firefighting training in South Carolina

As a man-made fire burns through the forest, threatening property and lives, the South Carolina National Guard is called in to assist civilian firefighters in extinguishing the blaze. This is the scenario the Soldiers and aviators of the 2-151st Security and Support Aviation Battalion faced at Manchester State Forest here during a training exercise April… Read more »

Source: US National Guard, 15-Apr-15

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Larger Fire Scout a ‘Great Fit’ for the Navy

Larger Fire Scout a ‘Great Fit’ for the Navy

The larger version of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has completed 297 test sorties and is slated to begin initial operational testing and evaluation in 2016, the Navy program manager said April 13. See Full Story

Source: Sea Power, 15-Apr-15

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AgustaWestland, Bristow, Doss Aviation And Rockwell Collins propose AW119Kx for US military training

AgustaWestland, Bristow, Doss Aviation And Rockwell Collins propose AW119Kx for US military training

AgustaWestland North America, along with Bristow Group, Doss Aviation and Rockwell Collins, announced today that they are in discussions to develop a turn-key solution to address the rotary-wing pilot training needs of U.S. military and government customers. The solution would provide for total life-cycle support and management, centered around the U.S.-built AW119 helicopter, the best-in-class… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Apr-15

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VMM-163 CO goes out with large scale training op

VMM-163 CO goes out with large scale training op

Nearly two years ago, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 conducted a large-scale division flight to test their efficiency, readiness, and capabilities. Today, the squadron flawlessly executed the same flight, symbolizing continuity in light of the changing winds. Lt. Col. Jason Holden, commanding officer of VMM-163, and a Woodbridge, Virginia, native, will relinquish command of… Read more »

Source: USMC, 14-Apr-15

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Bell take four military rotorcraft to LAAD 2015 in Brazil

Bell take four military rotorcraft to LAAD 2015 in Brazil

Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, announced today their joint participation in the tenth bi-annual LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition, held April 14 to April 17 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Subject matter experts from both Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available at Booth #J.20… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Apr-15

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India – Border Security Force inducts pair of Mi-17s

India – Border Security Force inducts pair of Mi-17s

The Border Security Force (BSF) has inducted two Russian-built Mi-17 V5 medium lift choppers to carry out air support missions along the border and for anti-Naxalite operations in the hinterland. See Full Story

Source: The Hindu, 10-Apr-15

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Ex-U.S. Army colonel tied to Tilton equity firm reaches plea deal

Ex-U.S. Army colonel tied to Tilton equity firm reaches plea deal

 A retired U.S. Army colonel has agreed to plead guilty to negotiating a job with financier Lynn Tilton’s private equity firm while also taking steps to ensure a helicopter company it controlled got paid faster by the Department of Defense. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 09-Apr-15

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The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 – Major Programs

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 – Major Programs

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2j6bv2/the_global) has announced the addition of the “The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 – Major Programs: Market Profile” report to their offering. This report provides information on major programs planned in the global Military Rotorcraft market. It provides details on top programs in each segment expected to be executed during the forecast… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 09-Apr-15

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US: Ex-Army colonel negotiated job with defense contractor that had business with his office

US: Ex-Army colonel negotiated job with defense contractor that had business with his office

A retired Army colonel pleaded guilty to negotiating his post-military employment with a helicopter company that did business with the Defense Department office he ran while still in uniform, according to court records filed Tuesday by U.S. government attorneys. See Full Story

Source: U S News, 08-Apr-15

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Uganda budgets for new presidential helicopter

Uganda budgets for new presidential helicopter

A figure of 11.3 billion Ugandan Shillings ($3.77M) has been budgeted in 2015/6 for a new helicopter for President Yoweri Museveni, pictured here in a Government-issued image.  Some sources quote it slightly differently, saying that the figure is “at least 11.3 billion” and that it is for “a new helicopter and another specialized vehicle”.  HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-15

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US Coast Guard looks for new base to serve LA region

US Coast Guard looks for new base to serve LA region

The Coast Guard is searching for a new base of operations for helicopter crews serving the greater Los Angeles area. The current facility, which has been located in leased hangars and support buildings at Los Angeles International Airport since 1962, will no longer be available as of September 2016 due to airport expansion. Planning for… Read more »

Source: USCG, 07-Apr-15

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Eagle Technologies named as a V-280 supplier

Eagle Technologies named as a V-280 supplier

Eagle Technologies, a veteran owned company, is proud to announce they will be part of a growing list of suppliers participating in the manufacture of the first Bell V-280 Valor technology demonstrator. Eagle Technologies will manufacture the proprotor blades for the first V-280 tiltrotor, an aircraft that has been selected to advance as part of… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 07-Apr-15

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US Coast Guard team stops over 5200kg of cocaine in single interdiction

US Coast Guard team stops over 5200kg of cocaine in single interdiction

USS Gary (FFG 51), her embarked Helicopter Squadron and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment successfully intercepted a suspected narcotic-trafficking vessel in international waters off the coast of Central America in early March. This interdiction conducted in coordination with U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell (WHEC-719) and the Canadian Navy vessel HMCS Whitehorse (MM-705) is estimated… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 06-Apr-15

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Stock Check – A total of 237 NH90s have so far been delivered

Stock Check – A total of 237 NH90s have so far been delivered

The NH90 new generation helicopter entered service in 2006. Though it was designed primarily for military missions, the helicopter started its operational carreer as a disaster relief aircraft. The first operation occurred in Italy in 2009, after the earthquake in l’Aquila region. The Italian Army engaged its NH90 TTHs to provide disaster relief assistance to… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 01-Apr-15

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Lynn Tilton sues SEC after regulator accuses her of fraud

Lynn Tilton sues SEC after regulator accuses her of fraud

MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton and her firm Patriarch Partners LLC on Wednesday sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to stop the regulator from pursuing a case accusing them of defrauding their investors.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 01-Apr-15

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Ospreys Land On Korean Amphibious Assault Ship

Ospreys Land On Korean Amphibious Assault Ship

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft made its first ever landing on the flight deck of a Republic of Korea Navy amphibious assault ship off the coast of the Korean peninsula, March 26, 2015. The Osprey departed from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) nearby and landed on the ROK ship Dokdo (LPH-6111)…. Read more »

Source: Marines, 01-Apr-15

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NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the difficulties in using the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s helicopters in cyclone-hit Vanuatu shows the Government needs to be very careful in making its next military purchases. See Full Story

Source: The New Zealand Herald, 01-Apr-15

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2nd MAW Marines earn Marine, NCO of the Year honors

2nd MAW Marines earn Marine, NCO of the Year honors

Two 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing non commissioned officers were recognized for their outstanding performance during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, March 20, 2015. Major Gen. William Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, recognized Cpl. Anthony Novelly as the 2014 II MEF Marine of the Year and… Read more »

Source: USMC, 01-Apr-15

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Heavy Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302 receives new home

Heavy Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302 receives new home

Base and station leaders gathered to observe the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 Hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River Friday. The hangar was designed to allow the air station to better support training and operational squadrons. “With a plan in place to relocate multiple squadrons from Marine… Read more »

Source: USMC, 01-Apr-15

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HAL renews Saab contract for Dhruv Self-protection Systems

HAL renews Saab contract for Dhruv Self-protection Systems

Defence and security company Saab (STO:SAABB) has received follow-on orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air Force’s Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. The orders have a total value of approximately USD78 million (SEK740 million). Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids… Read more »

Source: SAAB, 01-Apr-15

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SEC Announces Fraud Charges Against Lynn Tilton

SEC Announces Fraud Charges Against Lynn Tilton

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against an investment adviser and her New York-based firms accused of hiding the poor performance of loan assets in three collateralized loan obligation (CLO) funds they manage. The SEC’s Enforcement Division alleges that Lynn Tilton and her Patriarch Partners firms have breached their fiduciary duties and… Read more »

Source: SEC, 31-Mar-15

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Breeze-Eastern Achieves 1,000-Hoist Delivery Milestone

Breeze-Eastern Achieves 1,000-Hoist Delivery Milestone

Breeze-Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, today announced the milestone delivery of more than 1,000 BL-29900 rescue hoist systems. “Building and delivering these 1,000 hoists is a point of pride for our team,” said President and CEO Brad Pedersen. “This milestone is a powerful reminder that our… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 30-Mar-15

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Axnes introduces PNG Wireless Intercom System to Quad-A Summit

Axnes introduces PNG Wireless Intercom System to Quad-A Summit

Axnes Aviation is proud to announce the next leap in wireless communication technology, with the introduction of its Polycon New Generation (PNG) Wireless intercom solution at the Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit 2015 in Nashville, TN. The new PNG system will be unveiled at the Becker Avionics booth today on booth #200 at 1:00pm. After 3 years… Read more »

Source: Axnes Aviation, 30-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters creates new Head of Digital Strategy role

Airbus Helicopters creates new Head of Digital Strategy role

Stéphane Chery has been appointed as Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Digital Strategy, reporting to Clive Schley, Head of Strategy and Marketing. He will be responsible for implementing the company’s vision and top objectives in this domain, enabling new culture and behaviors governing digital technologies across the company. Airbus Helicopters’ creation of the Digital Strategy position… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Mar-15

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Bell Exhibits V-280 Mockup at Army Aviation Summit

Bell Exhibits V-280 Mockup at Army Aviation Summit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced its show plans for the 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tenn., March 29 – April 1. The company will display its full-size mockup of the Bell V-280 Valor next generation tiltrotor aircraft. Follow this link to reach the media gallery for the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Mar-15

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Russian Defense Ministry Wants 100 ‘Arctic Terminator’ Helicopters

Russian Defense Ministry Wants 100 ‘Arctic Terminator’ Helicopters

The Defense Ministry wants up to 100 Mi-8 “Terminator” helicopters specially modified for service under the recently formed Arctic Command, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov was quoted by news agency TASS as saying Tuesday. See Full Story

Source: The Moscow Times, 30-Mar-15

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Donaldson Marks Centennial With Exhibit Of Advanced Filtration

Donaldson Marks Centennial With Exhibit Of Advanced Filtration

Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) marks its 100th anniversary this year with an exhibit at Quad A. Donaldson provides advanced technology filtration solutions that help protect military aircraft – and the crews and troops using them – from the adverse effects of dirt, dust and other environmental contaminants. The 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit is… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 30-Mar-15

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Bell extends UH-1Y and AH-1Z blade deal with Kaman

Bell extends UH-1Y and AH-1Z blade deal with Kaman

Kaman Corporation announced today that its Aerosystems division (Kaman) has been awarded an extension to its current contract with Bell Helicopter to manufacture skin and skin to core components for the Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters. This five-year follow on contract has an expected value in excess of $25 million. The components will continue to… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 27-Mar-15

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Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus Group yesterday delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota’s latest mission, as the service’s initial-entry training helicopter. The aircraft will join seven Lakotas previously in the Army inventory that have already been modified to the training configuration and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Mar-15

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UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the third five year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The contract provides a comprehensive availability based support package for the UK MoD’s fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters for the period 1st… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Mar-15

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HMH-366 Marine earns the Danny L. Radish award for 2014

HMH-366 Marine earns the Danny L. Radish award for 2014

A Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., was awarded the Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year Award for 2014. The Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year Award was established in honor of Master Gunnery Sgt. Danny L. Radish, who served in Marine aviation with… Read more »

Source: USMC, 26-Mar-15

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First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

First unit fields Apache-Shadow combo

Manned-unmanned operations using helicopters linked with unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, have been used by the Army for a number of years. However, no single unit has ever actually been assigned to both assets until now, said Lt. Col. Tory Burgess, product manager for Shadow Tactical UAS. Burgess and others spoke during a media roundtable… Read more »

Source: US Army, 25-Mar-15

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US Navy hoping to buy V-22 Osprey fleet of 44

US Navy hoping to buy V-22 Osprey fleet of 44

The Navy says it plans to obtain its own fleet of 44 V-22 Ospreys, taking possession of eight a year starting in 2020. See Full Story

Source: Stars And Stripes, 25-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters rejects bribery allegations in Greek NH-90 deal

Airbus Helicopters rejects bribery allegations in Greek NH-90 deal

Airbus Helicopters on Monday rejected a German media report that the defence company had bribed Greek officials to buy several of its NH-90 helicopters. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 25-Mar-15

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Go from Military to Civilian with HAI at Quad-A 2015

Go from Military to Civilian with HAI at Quad-A 2015

You’ve served your country and are part of the helicopter community. Now take advantage of two career-enhancing opportunities just for you at the Army Aviation Solutions Summit March 30–31 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN: the HAI Aviation Industry Career Fair and the HAI Career Development Seminar.  HAI Aviation Industry Career Fair Mon., March 30 • 9:00… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-Mar-15

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Anger at RAF Sea King event cancellation in Moray

Anger at RAF Sea King event cancellation in Moray

The cancellation of a party marking the retirement of Sea King helicopters has been met with anger. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 24-Mar-15

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Netherlands requests 17 CH-47F Chinooks in $1.05 Billion deal

Netherlands requests 17 CH-47F Chinooks in $1.05 Billion deal

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands for CH-47F Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.05 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 19, 2015. The Government… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 23-Mar-15

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Sikorsky awarded $93M contract for eight UH-60M for Tunisia

Sikorsky awarded $93M contract for eight UH-60M for Tunisia

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $93,312,100 modification (P00233) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for eight “Green” configured UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopters for the Tunisian government. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $93,312,100 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2016. Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Boeing awarded $713M contract to remanufacture 26 and build 4 CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing awarded $713M contract to remanufacture 26 and build 4 CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $713,896,061 modification (P00019) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for 26 remanufactured CH-47F helicopters, four new CH-47s, and the option of building two more CH-47s, and provides for over and above appropriated funding and obligates long lead funding for Production Lot 14. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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MD Helicopters awarded $31M contract for five months of MD530F support

MD Helicopters awarded $31M contract for five months of MD530F support

MD Helicopter Inc.,* Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $31,605,244 firm-fixed-price contract for five months of logistical support for 12 MD530F aircraft. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $15,486,569 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Aug. 30, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $23,954,200 modification (P00890) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to exercise an option to procure Program Year 10 contractor logistics support for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $23,954,200 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8M contract for H-1 HUMS systems

Simmonds Precision Products awarded $8M contract for H-1 HUMS systems

Simmonds Precision Products Inc., Vergennes, Vermont, is being awarded an $8,092,320 firm-fixed-price order (0008) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-11-G-0010) for the procurement of 32 Integrated Mechanical Diagnostic and Health Usage Monitoring System (IMD HUMS) kits in support of the H-1 production upgrades, AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircrafts. Work will be performed in Vergennes,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Bell awarded $32M US Navy rotor blade contract

Bell awarded $32M US Navy rotor blade contract

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $32,493,960 firm-fixed-price contract for rotary wing blades. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a 39-month base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Texas with a May 30, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Upgraded RAF Puma – first NATO mission deployment

Upgraded RAF Puma – first NATO mission deployment

On a dark winter’s night, illuminated by runway lights, the first Puma HC Mark2 aircraft was loaded on to a single C17 transport aircraft at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire for the 3,608 mile journey to Kabul. Its departure came just days before the MOD announced that the new Puma, and the RAF’s latest version… Read more »

Source: RAF, 23-Mar-15

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Boeing Military Aircraft appoints VP of Business Development

Boeing Military Aircraft appoints VP of Business Development

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today named Jeff Johnson, vice president, Business Development, Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA). He succeeds Tim Norgart, who recently retired from Boeing. Johnson will be based in St. Louis, Missouri, and report to BMA President Shelley Lavender. Johnson has been president of Boeing Middle East since March 2011, based in the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Mar-15

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First Canadian F-model Chinook flight engineer earns his wings

First Canadian F-model Chinook flight engineer earns his wings

Corporal Reid Bellamy achieved a significant milestone for his squadron – 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron – late last month. On February 24, 2015, the squadron’s commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Chris McKenna, presented CH-147F Chinook helicopter flight engineer (FE) wings to Corporal Bellamy. To earn his wings, Corporal Bellamy successfully completed operational cadre training for the new… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 20-Mar-15

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Canada – 443 Maritime Helicopter Sqn invests new honorary colonel

Canada – 443 Maritime Helicopter Sqn invests new honorary colonel

Colonel Patrick MacNamara, commanding officer of 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, invested the squadron’s new honorary colonel in a December 8, 2014, ceremony in Patricia Bay, British Columbia. Honorary Colonel Michael Sudul stepped into the position vacated by outgoing Honorary Colonel Jeffrey Morris, who served since 2009. Colonel Lise Bourgon, 12 Wing’s commander, presided over the… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 20-Mar-15

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