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QinetiQ add two AW109 Grands and an AW139 to testing and training fleet

QinetiQ add two AW109 Grands and an AW139 to testing and training fleet

20-Apr-2021Source: QinetiQ

Providing test pilots and flight test engineers with cutting edge resources and the very latest learning tools has helped to keep ETPS at the forefront of flight test training for both military and civil customers for over 75 years. QinetiQ’s latest £multi-million investment in three new helicopters will further extend the fleet of aircraft available... Read more

QinetiQ trials Emergency Services Network A2G technology

QinetiQ trials Emergency Services Network A2G technology

10-Nov-2020Source: QinetiQ

In partnership with prime contractor Cobham Aerospace Connectivity, QinetiQ has completed a series of significant trials to test, integrate and assure the technology for a new 4G LTE Aircraft Communications System (ACS), that will transform the connectivity and effectiveness of the UK’s Emergency Services Air to Ground (A2G) communications. The ACS is a key component... Read more

QinetiQ contract with Castle Air to operate new Airbus H145

QinetiQ contract with Castle Air to operate new Airbus H145

12-Aug-2020Source: HeliHub.com

QinetiQ has bought a new Airbus H145 for the LTPA (Long Term Partnering Agreement) Range Helicopter Service that covers the UK Ministry of Defence BUTEC (British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre) and Hebrides sites in North West Scotland.  The LTPA is a 25-year contract between the UK Ministry of Defence and QinetiQ to deliver Test &... Read more

Airbus hands over Empire Test Pilot School H125 to QinetiQ

Airbus hands over Empire Test Pilot School H125 to QinetiQ

19-Jul-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Colin James, Airbus Helicopters’ UK Managing Director, formally handed over the latest Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS) H125 helicopter to Nic Anderson, Managing Director Air and Space, QinetiQ.  Under the current modernisation programme, the world-renown test pilot flight school will receive four H125s, which will make up ETPS’ new generation, single-engine helicopter fleet.  Minister of... Read more

Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

10-Jan-2018Source: QinetiQ

QinetiQ has agreed its first ever multi-year training contract on behalf of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), in a five-year deal with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Under the £5.5m contract, signed in December 2017, ETPS will continue to train the Dutch force’s test pilots and flight test engineers until at least 2022. Until... Read more

QinetiQ awarded patent for rotor blade anti-icing and de-icing

QinetiQ awarded patent for rotor blade anti-icing and de-icing

26-Oct-2017Source: USPTO

An electrothermal heater mat for anti-icing or de-icing of a helicopter rotor blade or other aerodynamic surface comprises a substrate, such as a flexible polyimide sheet, bearing tracks of a material of selected electrical resistivity, these tracks being formed by printing onto the substrate with a thermosetting ink loaded with electrically conductive (e.g. carbon) particles. Electrical bus... Read more

ETPS awarded Approved Training Organisation status

ETPS awarded Approved Training Organisation status

3-Mar-2017Source: QinetiQ

The Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) has been recognised by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), certified to train test pilots to civil standards. The accreditation means ETPS is one of three schools in the world, and the first in the UK, able to provide test pilots with course... Read more

QinetiQ signs for four H125 for Empire Test Pilots’ School

QinetiQ signs for four H125 for Empire Test Pilots’ School

1-Mar-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

QinetiQ has signed a deal for four Airbus H125 helicopters as part of its modernisation of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), which it manages alongside the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Worth approximately £15 million, the deal will see Airbus Helicopters’ UK design team upgrade the Garmin G500-equipped aircraft with, among other capabilities, a... Read more

Cobham poaches CFO from rival QinetiQ

Cobham poaches CFO from rival QinetiQ

6-Jul-2016Source: Cobham

Cobham plc is pleased to announce the appointment of David Mellors as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). His starting date is to be confirmed but not expected to be later than 1 January 2017. David is currently CFO of QinetiQ Group plc, the FTSE 250 science and engineering company that operates primarily in the defence, security... Read more

Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

6-Jun-2016Source: Cobham

Cobham have announced the signing of a contract with QinetiQ for the provision of helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron (RWTES).  Both of these organisations are are jointly operated by QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Long-Term Partnering Agreement. Cobham will... Read more

QinetiQ wins £5.2m contract to support UK Chinook upgrade

QinetiQ wins £5.2m contract to support UK Chinook upgrade

29-Oct-2015Source: QinetiQ

QinetiQ has signed a £5.2m contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to independently evaluate Boeing’s Digital Automatic Flight Control System upgrades to the Chinook helicopter. As Boeing conducts a series of upgrades to the aircraft, QinetiQ will provide independent technical evaluation and advice to the MOD Chinook Project Team. QinetiQ will work with... Read more

02-Jun-14 XZ936 Eurocopter SA341 Boscombe Down, UK

02-Jun-14 XZ936 Eurocopter SA341 Boscombe Down, UK

2-Jun-2014

On touchdown the aircraft ‘porpoised’, initially nose down, due to contact with the heels of the skids followed almost immediately by the cyclic being displaced fully aft and a progressive left (lateral) cyclic displacement. The cyclic was then centralised longitudinally as the aircraft pitched up before it was again displaced fully aft, on this occasion... Read more

QinetiQ to provide test & evaluation for Merlin helicopters

QinetiQ to provide test & evaluation for Merlin helicopters

10-Feb-2014Source: QinetiQ

QinetiQ has been awarded a five year contract, worth £16 million, to provide test and evaluation services to the MOD in support of its Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). Merlin helicopter This contract will see the conversion of 25 Mk 3/3A Merlin helicopters, currently operated by the RAF, to be operated by the Royal Navy... Read more

QinetiQ and Northrop Grumman produce VTUAS solution for Royal Navy

QinetiQ and Northrop Grumman produce VTUAS solution for Royal Navy

14-Sep-2011Source: QinetiQ

Faced with lean budgets and an increasingly complex and dangerous defence and security environment, the UK urgently needs to be able to continue to produce clever, robust solutions for less money. One such area where an innovative, affordable solution may one day unseat more expensive technology programmes falls within the Royal Navy’s ability to provide... Read more

UK donates two Mi-17s to Afghanistan

UK donates two Mi-17s to Afghanistan

22-Mar-2010Source: HeliHub.com

After two years operating in the UK, the two British Mi-17s have now been shipped to Afghanistan, where they have been donated to the local forces.  Purchased from Bulgaria, and serialled ZB697 and ZB698, the two helicopters were shipped out Thursday last week aboard an An-124 freighter operated by Polet, and were still in their... Read more

QinetiQ fits satellite comms system to Merlin Mk3 fleet

QinetiQ fits satellite comms system to Merlin Mk3 fleet

18-Dec-2009Source: QinetiQ

QinetiQ has successfully completed the integration of a beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) satellite communications system into each of the RAF’s fleet of 22 Mk3 Merlin’s in preparation for their possible deployment to Afghanistan.... Read more

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