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Boeing Delivers First CH-47F Chinook to Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boeing Delivers First CH-47F Chinook to Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently delivered the first CH-47F Chinook with an upgraded cockpit to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), continuing a track record of on-time deliveries to customers. The RNLAF will operate a fleet of 20 CH-47F Chinooks, the newest configuration in use by countries around the world. “The RNLAF made it clear to… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 08-Apr-20

RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Puma helicopters based at Kinloss Barracks in Moray have been supporting the Scottish Ambulance Service with the trials of the EpiShuttle medical isolation and transportation system as part of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus response. The Scottish Ambulance Service has trialled the use of the EpiShuttle to enable the safe and swift transportation of patients… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 06-Apr-20

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US Navy grant to fund AnalySwift research to improve helicopter service life

US Navy grant to fund AnalySwift research to improve helicopter service life

An innovation that helps speed the design of fishing rods, satellites and cellphone electronics soon will help the U.S. Navy save millions in costs and downtime, while extending the service life of helicopters. AnalySwift LLC, a Purdue University-affiliated commercial software provider, has received a $240,000 Small Business Innovation Research program grant from the Navy. The… Read more »

Source: AnalySwift, 03-Apr-20

Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected to continue its work on the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. As part of the selection, Bell is designing, manufacturing, and testing the Bell 360 Invictus, a prototype rotorcraft designed to provide improved lethality, survivability, and extended reach for Army… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Apr-20

HSM-70 Change-of-Command

HSM-70 Change-of-Command

Commander Michael A. Perez will assume responsibility as Commanding Officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ZERO (HSM-70) from Commander Kenneth R. Colman during a change-of-command ceremony onboard NAS Jacksonville on March 26. Commander Kenneth R. Colman graduated from Washington State University earning a commission through Officer Candidate School in July 2000 and was designated… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Force Atlantic, 01-Apr-20

Lockheed Martin’s FARA Enters Prototype Phase

Lockheed Martin’s FARA Enters Prototype Phase

The Army calls the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) a “knife fighter” for the future battlefield. This out-front platform will fly into the most demanding and contested environments and requires maximum performance in a small package. Sikorsky’s RAIDER X is ready to fill this requirement. RAIDER X is specifically designed for vertical lift dominance against evolving peer… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 31-Mar-20

COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

Three British Army AW159 Wildcat helicopters have been deployed to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s efforts in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The Army Air Corps’ helicopters will be operating out of RNAS Yeovilton and will look to cover the South of England as required by the UK Government’s response to Covid-19 alongside Royal Air… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 31-Mar-20

General Electric awarded $11M extra for Presidential V-92 contract

General Electric awarded $11M extra for Presidential V-92 contract

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded an $11,093,940 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00019-18-F-2476) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (SPE4A1-17-G-0008) in support of the Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Program.  This modification procures five CT7-8A6 engines with metal shipping containers, interface harness and associated control hardware.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Mar-20

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Bell awarded $815M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z repairs and upgrades

Bell awarded $815M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z repairs and upgrades

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $815,000,040 for an indefinite-delivery, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement of 35 items used on the UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter, along with inventory management, warehousing and establishing supply response time metrics.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80%); and Cherry Point,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

“The Italian Air Force’s Leonardo HH-101A Caesar helicopter, assembled in Yeovil, Somerset, is being pressed into civil action for pandemic-response transportation operations in Italy as the country manages the impact of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Italian Minister of Defence, Lorenzo Guerini, has made the AW101 variant available to Italian civil authorities during this… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Mar-20

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US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected as a project agreement holder for the competitive demonstration and risk reduction (CD&RR) effort as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. Under the agreement Bell will deliver a refined V-280 Valor design, with supporting technical documentation, that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – HeliHub.com continues without interruption – and opens new opportunities

COVID-19 – HeliHub.com continues without interruption – and opens new opportunities

Good news! HeliHub.com is NOT affected by COVID-19 restrictions because it was built from the ground up as a remote working operation. Owner Jeremy Parkin has a strong background in the IT world, and when he founded the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, the IT aspect of the business was paramount. HeliHub is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-20

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North Carolina NG builds relationships with civilian employers

North Carolina NG builds relationships with civilian employers

Over 30 employers met at the North Carolina National Guard’s (NCNG) Army Aviation Support Facility in Morrisville, N.C. March 10, 2020, to learn more about what the guardsmen they employ do during their time away from work. The event, known as Bosslift, is sponsored by the North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve… Read more »

Source: North Carolina National Guard, 17-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

Dear Participants, We have decided we must cancel our April 2020 AAAA Nashville based Mission Summit. We will be looking at options in the coming weeks for AAAA to support expanded networking opportunities later this year at our other longstanding annual events. In view of yesterday afternoon’s Memorandum from the Director of the Army Staff,… Read more »

Source: AAAA, 16-Mar-20

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Bell-Boeing awarded $68M Japanese MV-22 contract

Bell-Boeing awarded $68M Japanese MV-22 contract

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $68,189,550 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0315) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This order provides non-recurring and recurring engineering associated with the development, qualification test, integration, airworthiness substantiation, flight test demonstration and validation/verification of the government of Japan unique configuration into MV-22B Block C aircraft… Read more »

Source: US-DoD, 16-Mar-20

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Dyncorp awarded $56M contract for maintenance, modification and aircrew support

Dyncorp awarded $56M contract for maintenance, modification and aircrew support

Dyncorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $56,496,749 modification (P00033) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable contract (N68936-17-C-0052).  This modification exercises an option that provides aircraft maintenance, modification and aircrew support.  This modification includes organizational-level aircraft maintenance and logistics support on aircraft, systems/subsystems, aircrew systems, search-and-rescue equipment and support equipment for P-3… Read more »

Source: Dyncorp, 12-Mar-20

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Bell-Boeing awarded $146M contract to upgrade nine MV-22s

Bell-Boeing awarded $146M contract to upgrade nine MV-22s

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $146,039,547 modification (P00025) to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target and firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification exercises the option to upgrade nine MV-22 aircraft from the Block B to the Block C configuration, as well as planned maintenance intervals for eight MV-22 aircraft, in support of the… Read more »

Source: US-DoD, 12-Mar-20

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FlightSafety awarded $13M TH-57B/C training contract

FlightSafety awarded $13M TH-57B/C training contract

FlightSafety Services Corp., Centennial, Colorado, is awarded a $13,344,850 modification (P00013) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N61340-18-C-0019) for aircrew training services in support of the TH-57B/C community, including instruction, operation and curriculum support. Work will be performed at Naval Air Station, Whiting Field, Florida, and is expected to be completed in October 2020. No… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-20

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Rolls-Royce awarded $9M engine contract for Japanese V-22 program

Rolls-Royce awarded $9M engine contract for Japanese V-22 program

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $9,066,270 modification (P00013) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081). This modification exercises an option to procure three spare AE1107C engines in support of the V-22 Osprey program for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed in November… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Mar-20

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Whiting-Turner Contracting to build $30M US Navy training facility in California

Whiting-Turner Contracting to build $30M US Navy training facility in California

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Greenbelt, Maryland, is being awarded a $30,464,008 firm-fixed-price task order (N62473-20-F-4023) under a multiple award construction contract for an applied instruction facility, a training facility, and site utility infrastructure at Naval Base Coronado, California. The work to be performed provides for construction of two facilities and utilities infrastructure to support the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Mar-20

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Boeing awarded $62M support contract for AH-64D/E

Boeing awarded $62M support contract for AH-64D/E

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $62,294,566 modification (PZ0005) to contract W58RGZ-19-C-0024 for performance-based logistics support for the AH-64D/E Apache Attack helicopter.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2024.  Fiscal 2019 Army working capital funds in the amount of $62,294,566 were obligated at the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Mar-20

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US approves $800M sale for 12 MH-60R helicopters with support to Korea

US approves $800M sale for 12 MH-60R helicopters with support to Korea

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $800 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 7, 2019. The Republic of Korea has… Read more »

10-Mar-20

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US approves $400M sale for 8 AH-6i and related equipment to Thailand

US approves $400M sale for 8 AH-6i and related equipment to Thailand

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of eight (8) AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $400 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Thailand has requested… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Mar-20

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Schiebel completes tests for Royal Australian Navy

Schiebel completes tests for Royal Australian Navy

Schiebel successfully completed the acceptance tests for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) of its new Schiebel-designed heavy fuel S2 engine for its CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). Building on 12 years of extensive experience developing engines for the CAMCOPTER® S-100 system and the lessons learnt from extensive operations worldwide, Schiebel has engineered a new… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 10-Mar-20

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RAF Chief of Air Staff names new helicopter training facility

RAF Chief of Air Staff names new helicopter training facility

A state-of-the-art training facility has been formally named today at RAF Shawbury by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Wigston. The building was named in honour of The Duke of Cambridge, who completed advanced flying training at the Defence Helicopter Flying School and was awarded his aircrew flying badge in January 2010…. Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 09-Mar-20

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Partnership revives H-53 rotor head program

Partnership revives H-53 rotor head program

Fleet Readiness Center East is boosting readiness for the H-53 heavy-lift helicopter by breathing new life into the depot’s H-53 rotor head program. A partnership agreement with Sikorsky is generating positive results. In early 2019, fleet demand for H-53 main rotor heads exceeded the number the contractor could produce; additional assets were urgently needed. While… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 09-Mar-20

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Helibras delivers the first Navy H135

Helibras delivers the first Navy H135

[ELECTRONIC TRANSLATION] Helibras, Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, delivered to the Brazilian Navy, this past Friday (28), the first H135 model, with multi-mission configuration. The helicopter had already been presented at the event of 103 years of Naval Aviation, in August this year. The aircraft will be integrated into the 1st General Employment Helicopter Squadron (HU-1) and… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 04-Mar-20

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Sikorsky receives second contract for six Presidential S92s

Sikorsky receives second contract for six Presidential S92s

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), will build six production VH-92A® Presidential Helicopters under a contract from the U.S Navy. These helicopters are part of the 23 aircraft program of record for the U.S. Marine Corps. Under the terms of the contract, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot II, Sikorsky will begin… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 24-Feb-20

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Rheinmetall modernizing German NH90 flight simulators

Rheinmetall modernizing German NH90 flight simulators

As part of the Helicopter Flight Training Systems (HFTS) GmbH team, Rheinmetall is modernizing flight simulators for the German Army Aviation Corps’ NH90 helicopters. A contract to this effect was signed at the end of December 2019. For Rheinmetall, the order is worth a figure in the lower double-digit euro million range. Awarded to HFTS,… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 21-Feb-20

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Longbow LLC secures $235.8 M contract for Fire Control Radar Sustainment Work

Longbow LLC secures $235.8 M contract for Fire Control Radar Sustainment Work

The U.S. Army recently awarded LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LBL), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), a five-year sustainment indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for up to $235.8 million to provide post production support services for the AH-64 Apache helicopter AN/APG-78 LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) to… Read more »

Source: Longbow, 19-Feb-20

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Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

Bell Boeing reveal the new CMV-22B Osprey

The Navy has received the first CMV-22B Osprey built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA]. The latest variant brings proven tiltrotor capabilities designed specifically for carrier fleet operations. “The CMV-22 Osprey brings expanded capabilities not only to the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) mission but to the high-end… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Feb-20

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Royal Thai Air Force orders six Airbus H135 military trainers

Royal Thai Air Force orders six Airbus H135 military trainers

Airbus Helicopters has signed an order for six H135 military training helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force, as part of its pilot training enhancement programme. The very first military training helicopters ever ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force, these new twin-engine H135s will be utilised for an array of training missions, including ab-initio flight training. They will complement… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Feb-20

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Astronautics to provide integrated flight display system for Bell 412EPX

Astronautics to provide integrated flight display system for Bell 412EPX

Astronautics Corporation of America will provide its Badger Pro+ integrated flight display system for SUBARU Corporation’s new SUBARU BELL 412EPX, the latest version of the 412 series.  SUBARU, in partnership with Bell, is developing the SUBARU BELL 412EPX which is utilized for UH-X as a replacement for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s UH-1J fleet. Astronautics’… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 11-Feb-20

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French Navy to receive four H160s in 2022 for SAR missions

French Navy to receive four H160s in 2022 for SAR missions

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) is to supply four H160s to the French Navy for search and rescue missions through a partnership between Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran Helicopter Engines. The French Navy will start operating these helicopters in 2022 for a period of ten years. This interim fleet of H160s will enable the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Feb-20

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HAL gets Initial Operational Clearance for LUH

HAL gets Initial Operational Clearance for LUH

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has received the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) paving the way for its productionisation. Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL received the IOC document from Mr G Sateesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R & D and Chairman, DRDO at the ‘Bandhan’ programme held at ongoing… Read more »

Source: HAL, 11-Feb-20

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Leonardo pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

Leonardo pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

A simple statement from Leonardo “It is with regret that Leonardo has determined that it will not be in attendance at Singapore Airshow 2020. The decision was reached after Singapore’s Ministry of Health elevated its response to the coronavirus outbreak to code orange. As a precautionary measure for our employees’ health the Company will not be participating at… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 10-Feb-20

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Airbus provide update on H160 military program

Airbus provide update on H160 military program

Airbus Helicopters and the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) are pursuing a new set of studies to further the militarisation of the H160 and to define its associated support ecosystem in the frame of the Joint Light Helicopter program (Hélicoptère  Interarmées Léger: HIL).  This contract launches pre-development activities for the military version of the H160, also called the Guépard by the French armed forces,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Feb-20

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Polish Border Guard adds Airbus H135

Polish Border Guard adds Airbus H135

In January, Deputy Chief Commander Brigadier General Wioleta Gorzkowska presided over an event to launch the Airbus H135 as a new helicopter type for the Polish Border Guard. The 135 as a platform is well known in Poland, where a fleet of 27 are operated by the air ambulane operator LPR (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe). This… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-20

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New head at US Army Program Executive Office for Aviation

New head at US Army Program Executive Office for Aviation

The Program Executive Office for Aviation held a change of charter Jan. 14 at the Redstone Test Center hangar to commemorate Maj. Gen. Thomas Todd transferring his responsibilities as the program executive officer to Patrick Mason. “I can’t begin to say what an absolute honor and privilege it is for me to serve with the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 04-Feb-20

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£183 million boost for UK military helicopter training

£183 million boost for UK military helicopter training

The MOD’s UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) has signed a £183 million contract to boost training services for new Rotary Wing pilots. The contract amendment includes: An uplift of four new Airbus H145 helicopters A state-of-the-art simulator and infrastructure improvements Support in attracting and training personnel to meet the increased helicopter demand from the… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 04-Feb-20

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Kaman K-Max advances civil and military autonomous flight programs

Kaman K-Max advances civil and military autonomous flight programs

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), announced the advancement of its military and commercial K-MAX Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) programs. Kaman continues the development of the next generation of K-MAX UAS to support US Marine Corps future operating concepts. These logistics systems add flexibility and speed of distribution to all sizes… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 03-Feb-20

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S.A.F.E. Structure Designs wins $1M CH-47F fall protection platform contract

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs wins $1M CH-47F fall protection platform contract

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs announced they have been awarded the U.S. Army contract to supply customized Fall Protection Platforms for the Boeing Chinook CH-46 and CH-47 aircraft. The custom stands will support the maintenance of these aircraft at facilities in Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Riley and Fort Bragg. The U.S. Army recognized the risk mitigation… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 29-Jan-20

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Sierra Nevada DVE Technology Mitigates Risk of Operating Helicopters

Sierra Nevada DVE Technology Mitigates Risk of Operating Helicopters

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, said DVE technology already selected for U.S. military helicopters, can also reduce the risk of civil and commercial flight crashes, in cases where visibility is impeded due to weather and other conditions such as fog. “Whether military or… Read more »

Source: Sierra Nevada, 29-Jan-20

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StandardAero wins Rolls-Royce M250 award for 11th Consecutive Year

StandardAero wins Rolls-Royce M250 award for 11th Consecutive Year

StandardAero received the prestigious “FIRST Class Service” award on Monday at the annual Rolls-Royce FIRST NetworkTM Recognition Reception event, held as part of Rolls-Royce’s attendance at the 2020 HAI/Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif.  The awards program recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for M250 helicopter engines operated… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 28-Jan-20

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MD Helicopters Capitalizes on Joint Operational Capability to Improve Production Processes

MD Helicopters Capitalizes on Joint Operational Capability to Improve Production Processes

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has expanded and enhanced helicopter production capabilities at its Mesa, Arizona, world headquarters. Certified as a joint military and commercial manufacturing and completion center, with both Government (“GFRC”) and FAA oversight, MDHI has improved the production processes for its full range of single-engine and light twin-engine aircraft. “Over the past year… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Universal Avionics SkyVis™ Selected for new German H215s

Universal Avionics SkyVis™ Selected for new German H215s

Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems Company, was selected by Heli-One (Norway) AS to equip the new H215 helicopters of the Bundespolizei – German Federal Police (BPOL) with its SkyVis Helmet Mounted Display (HMD). Universal Avionics will partner with Heli-One to develop a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the SkyVis on H215… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 28-Jan-20

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28-Jan-20 AF-302 Bell 206 Bulo, Uganda (2F)

The UPDAF (Uganda People’s Defence Air Force) aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in Bulo, Uganda. The helicopter had two crew on board, named as Maj Naome Karungi and PCdt Wakalo Benard, neither survived.

28-Jan-20

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Telephonics flight tests MOSAIC AESA Radar System on MH-60S

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), announced today that it has successfully demonstrated its MOSAIC® Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system aboard a U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter, accumulating over 10 hours of operational time during a two-week period in November. The flight demonstrations, which took place over the Mid-Atlantic… Read more »

27-Jan-20

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Kenyan Air Force receives first six MD530Fs

Kenyan Air Force receives first six MD530Fs

The United States delivered six MD-530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Kenya Army’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) at Embakasi Barracks during a symbolic handover ceremony, Jan. 23, 2020. Over 100 guests were in attendance at the ceremony, which featured remarks by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Turello, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 27-Jan-20

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Far East air force looking to lease eight utility helicopters

Far East air force looking to lease eight utility helicopters

After flying a helicopter type for 51 years, and having operated a total of 43 aircraft, it would appear surprising that an air force has made the decision to ground a helicopter type on safety grounds rather than retire it from service. The New Straits Times reported last week that the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF)… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-20

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Boeing delivered more new Apaches than 737s in 2019 Q4

Boeing delivered more new Apaches than 737s in 2019 Q4

This week Boeing has released its production numbers for the fourth quarter of 2019, and the full year totals. In the fourth quarter, the company delivered 10 new helicopters – all Apaches and no Chinooks. That takes the annual total to 37 Apaches and 13 Chinooks. Included in the annual numbers are the first eight… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-20

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US Navy selects Leonardo AW119 for trainer – first order for 32 placed

US Navy selects Leonardo AW119 for trainer – first order for 32 placed

The U.S. Navy announced on Jan. 13, 2020 that AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (Leonardo) was awarded a contract for $176.5M for the production of 32 TH-73A helicopters in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. “Today marks a great team effort to procure and deliver a helicopter trainer for the next generation of helicopter… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Jan-20

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US Navy awards $2.68 Billion contract for APKWS rockets

US Navy awards $2.68 Billion contract for APKWS rockets

Following a U.S. Department of Defense announcement in September 2019, BAE Systems announced that the U.S. Navy has signed a $2.68 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for the purchase of thousands of additional APKWS® Laser-Guided Rockets, the company’s combat-proven, low-cost precision munition. The contract demonstrates continuing demand for precision strike capabilities that empower and protect… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Jan-20

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HH-60W enters chamber for defense systems testing

HH-60W enters chamber for defense systems testing

The Air Force’s newest combat rescue helicopter hung suspended in a soundproof chamber for defense system testing here last month. The 413th Flight Test Squadron’s HH-60W went into the Joint Preflight Integration of Munitions and Electronic Systems facility in mid-November for approximately seven weeks of defensive systems testing. Those systems are a significant upgrade from… Read more »

Source: Eglin Air Force Base, 10-Jan-20

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New commander for HT-18 Helicopter Training Squadron

New commander for HT-18 Helicopter Training Squadron

Cmdr. Kenneth M. Kerr, a North Wales, Penn., native, turned over command of Helicopter Training Squadron Eighteen (HT-18) to Lt. Col. John R. Beal, from Ripley, Miss., during a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field on Dec. 6. HT-18 is an advanced helicopter training squadron. It is responsible for flying more than 20,000… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Station, 08-Jan-20

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Ukraine Border Guards receive first two Airbus H125s

Ukraine Border Guards receive first two Airbus H125s

On Friday 3rd January, the Border Guard of Ukraine received their first two Airbus H125 helicopters, arriving in a yellow and blue scheme for a launch event at Kiev. The pair will initially be used for crew training. Available images, including the ones in this report, show that an uncomplicated avionics fit has been specified…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-20

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US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

US Air Forces share helicopter expertise

The 55th Rescue Squadron hosted an H-60 Subject Matter Expert Exchange between members of the U.S. Air Force and the Chilean Air Force Aug 5-9, 2019.This is the second H-60 SMEE between the two Air Forces this year. Earlier this year, four U.S. Airmen traveled to Santiago, Chile to share information on the Chilean MH-60M… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 02-Jan-20

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Joint Team Solves Engine Integration Issues for CH-53K King Stallion

Joint Team Solves Engine Integration Issues for CH-53K King Stallion

Industry and government engineers have mitigated an ongoing engine integration issue for the CH-53K King Stallion – the new heavy-lift helicopter from Sikorsky for the United States Marine Corps. This “tiger team” of experts from a variety of engineering backgrounds came together to find and optimize aircraft modifications using state-of-the-art computational modeling methodologies, risk management, flight… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 31-Dec-19

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Global Strike Command stands up helicopter detachment

Global Strike Command stands up helicopter detachment

Air Force Global Strike Command stood up Detachment 7 Dec. 18, 2019, at Duke Field, Fla., to support testing and evaluation of the command’s new MH-139A helicopter. Lt. Col. Mary Clark assumed command of the detachment with Brig. Gen. Andrew Gebara, AFGSC A5/8 director, presiding over the ceremony. The helicopters were contracted through Boeing during a full… Read more »

Source: Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs, 30-Dec-19

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CAE to provide German Navy with NH90 training solution

CAE to provide German Navy with NH90 training solution

CAE announced that CAE Elektronik GmbH has signed a contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to provide the German Navy with a comprehensive training solution for the NH90 Sea Lion helicopter. The German Navy is procuring a fleet of 18 NH90 Sea Lion helicopters to support search and rescue (SAR) operations and… Read more »

Source: CAE, 30-Dec-19

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HeliHub.com celebrates Christmas

HeliHub.com celebrates Christmas

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2020. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-19

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US Air Force gives Leonardo MH-139 a name – the Grey Wolf

US Air Force gives Leonardo MH-139 a name – the Grey Wolf

Air Force Global Strike Command named the MH-139A helicopter “Grey Wolf” during a naming ceremony at Duke Field, Dec. 19. Gen. Timothy Ray, AFGSC commander, made the announcement, comparing it to the wild animal that bears the same name. The Grey Wolf is the first major acquisition for the command in its 10-year history. The… Read more »

Source: USAF, 20-Dec-19

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UK Military Flying Training System to add four Airbus H145s

UK Military Flying Training System to add four Airbus H145s

The UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) was established in 2006 as a turnkey operation under which British military pilots and aircrew are trained in elementary, basic and advanced phases in preparation for joining operational military units. UKMFTS is run by Ascent Flight Training, a consortium of Babcock International and Lockheed Martin, under a Private… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-19

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Czech Republic Signs Letter of Offer and Acceptance for Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y

Czech Republic Signs Letter of Offer and Acceptance for Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y

The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, and Czech Republic Minister of Defence, Lubomir Metnar, signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance finalizing the foreign military sale by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, of H-1 helicopters to the Czech Air Force. CzechSigning.jpg “We are privileged to support the Czech people and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Dec-19

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Permali to supply ballistic protection for Royal Navy Commando Merlin fleet

Permali to supply ballistic protection for Royal Navy Commando Merlin fleet

Permali Gloucester Limited has been contracted by Leonardo Helicopters to supply a comprehensive ballistic protection solution for the Royal Navy’s new Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopters.  The requirement, valued at over £2 million, will create and sustain skilled composite manufacturing jobs at Permali’s factory in Gloucester, U.K.   The Commando Merlin is an advanced battlefield helicopter… Read more »

Source: Permali, 12-Dec-19

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HSC-26 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-26 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Cmdr. Kelly Harrison was relieved by Cmdr. Benjamin Foster during a Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 “Chargers” change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 5. Retired Captain Gabriel E. Soltero (USN), a former H-60 Seahawk pilot who flew over 4,000 hours that include 40 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Dec-19

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Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 Conducts Change of Command

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 Conducts Change of Command

The “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 conducted a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Dec. 2, 2019. Cmdr. Brian Jamison, from Honolulu, relieved Cmdr. Justin “Average” Issler, from Prospect, Ohio, as the 56th commanding officer of the “Eightballers.” Capt. Steve “JarJar” Jaureguizar, commander, Carrier Air… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 05-Dec-19

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MD Helicopters receive fourth Afghan MD530F order

MD Helicopters receive fourth Afghan MD530F order

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce receipt of the fourth Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The Firm Fixed-Price award is for up to 12 armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for the Afghan Air Force (AAF), currently the largest MD 530F Cayuse Warrior operator globally…. Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 02-Dec-19

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723 Squadron helicopters achieve 10,000 flying hours

723 Squadron helicopters achieve 10,000 flying hours

The Royal Australian Navy EC-135 helicopters of 723 Squadron recently logged 10,000 flying hours during normal operations in support of the New South Wales bushfires. This significant milestone proved the aircraft’s rotary wing aircrew’s training capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations. The first EC-135 helicopters joined 723 Squadron in 2016 and have since completed… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 02-Dec-19

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Afghan AF receives last 5 of 30 MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan AF receives last 5 of 30 MD530F Cayuse Warriors

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the delivery of the final five (5) new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters ordered for the Afghan Air Force via the company’s $1.4 billion, 5-year IDIQ contract. Part of a 30-aircraft order issued in September 2017, the final five aircraft shipped out of Mesa-Gateway Airport, Mesa, Arizona, via 747 and… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Nov-19

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25-Nov-19 Airbus AS532 Liptako, Mali (11F)

Around 19:40, during the maneuver to prepare for the engagement of the enemy, the Cougar helicopter and a Tiger collided, crashing close to each other. None of the embarked soldiers survived. A rescue and safety operation of the accident zone is underway. Many ways of the Barkhane force are still engaged. Thirteen soldiers died in combat are… Read more »

25-Nov-19

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25-Nov-19 Airbus EC505 Liptako, Mali (2F)

Around 19:40, during the maneuver to prepare for the engagement of the enemy, the Cougar helicopter and a Tiger collided, crashing close to each other. None of the embarked soldiers survived. A rescue and safety operation of the accident zone is underway. Many ways of the Barkhane force are still engaged. Thirteen soldiers died in combat are… Read more »

25-Nov-19

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DCS Awarded $93.4M Task Order to Support AFLCMC/WIH Helicopter Program Office

DCS Awarded $93.4M Task Order to Support AFLCMC/WIH Helicopter Program Office

DCS Corporation has been awarded a 5-year, $93.4 million prime task order to support the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance & Special Operations Forces Directorate’s Helicopter Program Office (HPO) under the Air Force’s EPASS program. DCS will provide a broad range of acquisition, engineering, scientific, research, and administrative support for… Read more »

Source: DCS Corporation, 22-Nov-19

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HSC-22 Teams with Kanas City College

HSC-22 Teams with Kanas City College

A tablet, an intermittent cellphone hotspot and an active military aircraft hangar – just another day for Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 and the U.S. Navy’s dedicated outreach program. During a Nov. 20 video conference call with Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Mo., four members from the “Sea Knights” of HSC-22 sat around… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Force, 22-Nov-19

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Bell joins army partnership for youth success program

Bell joins army partnership for youth success program

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, signed an agreement with the Army Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS) during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Bell Forth Worth headquarters. PaYS helps prepare active-duty soldiers for careers outside the Army by connecting them with potential employers. Bell currently employees more than 1,300 veterans,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Nov-19

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