Helicopter crashed on the beach, ending up on its side with boom separated.Â Sole occupant pilot was seriously injured, pulled from the wreckage by a passer-by and flown to Palmerston North Hospital.Â Pilot name reported as Jim Sherwin, aged 60
Composite rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently signed an offer to purchase on a 23,000+ sq. ft. facility in Tempe, Ariz., significantly expanding the companyâ€™s available manufacturing space compared to its current location. According to VHA president James R. Van Horn, the expansion is required to accommodate current and future rotor blade programs…. Read more »
The Yemen Air Force (YAF) took delivery of four utility helicopters from the United States under the 1206 program, on 16 January. Yemen received spares and associated tools for the Bell UH-1Hs, or Huey IIs, on 3 January. The delivery of this package comes exactly one hundred and ten days after the U.S. Government signed… Read more »
Visualization pioneer Barco is proud to announce that it has been selected by flight simulation leader CAE to supply projection technology for the helicopter simulators at the Army Aviation School based in BÃ¼ckeburg Germany. Under the terms of the contract, Barco will upgrade eleven helicopter simulators with a total of 88 Barco SIM 7 high-resolution… Read more »
TEMPE, Ariz., December 8, 2010 â€“ Composite tail rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently added two Canadian companies as authorized dealers for its composite tail rotor blades. AOG Heli Services (www.aogheliservices.com) based at Norman Rogers Airport in Kingston, Ontario, and Avialta Helicopter Maintenance Ltd. (www.avialta.com) based at Villeneuve Airport in Edmonton, Alberta, have… Read more »
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (December 6, 2010) â€“ Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, was awarded a $27M contract to provide the Yemen government with a comprehensive mission package to support military requirements. The package includes: four commercially designated Huey II aircraft, pilot and maintenance training, spares, special tooling and dedicated service representatives. â€œThis… Read more »
Projects Unlimited, Inc., announced today that it has been awarded a contract to build Flight Control Computers, Ice Protection Control Units and Wiring Integration Remote Terminal Assemblies in support of the H-1 and V-22 helicopters for Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The contracts, which have an aggregate… Read more »
Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. — The Navy and Marine Corps newest .50 caliber weapon system, the GAU-21, began its initial deployment with UH-1Y helicopters in September. The Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA-169), based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., is the first squadron to deploy with GAU-21 mounted on the UH-1Y Hueys. â€œWe… Read more »
Northrop Grumman has partnered with the U.S. Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement (NACRA) to provide its Digital Avionics Suite technology for retrofitting NACRA’s UH-1N helicopter as an avionics test bed for future rotary wing hardware and software developments. Northrop Grumman is supplying NACRA with a stand-alone Digital Avionics Suite and integration support for installing… Read more »
Projects Unlimited, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract to build Wiring Integrated Assemblies in support of the UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter for Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The contract, which exceeds $9.8 million dollars, continues Projects Unlimited, Inc.â€™s manufacturing role to include wiring integrated… Read more »
The entire fleet of Philippine Air Force UH-1Hs has been grounded by following the incident last Friday wherein one of their choppers was engulfed in flames after making an emergency landing in Ilocos Norte (details here)
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $12,246,216 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide technical and logistics services and products in support of H-1 helicopters upgrade program.Â Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (96 percent), and Afghanistan (4 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2010.Â Contract funds… Read more »
DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their subsidiary partner Apical Industries has received Transport Canada approval of their Cable Cutters Kits for the Bell model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 212, 214B, 214B-1, 412Â and 412EP helicopters.Â FAA and EASA approvals have been previously received. Apicalâ€™s Cable Cutters Kits provide a means of protecting… Read more »
Drug smugglers and illegal aliens face a more difficult future, as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine has just expanded and increased the capabilities of its helicopter fleet. ARINC Engineering Services, LLC, recently completed the delivery of three upgraded Huey II helicopters to the Office of Air and Marine… Read more »
Austin, TX based Castleberry Instruments & Avionics is proud to introduce the new 900-23 EH series front mounted Gyro. In cooperation with CCE Inc. Castleberry Instruments & Avionics has completed agreement to update fleet of 56 Colombian National Police (Anti Narcotics unit) UH-1H Helicopters. This latest addition gyro further compliments Castleberryâ€™s group of Fixed Wing… Read more »
The Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the basing and operation of MV-22 tiltrotor Osprey aircraft and H-1 Cobra and Huey attack helicopters in support of III Marine Expeditionary Force elements stationed in Hawai’i. Because the squadrons would train on land owned or controlled by the… Read more »
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has joined the growing list of customers supported by DART Helicopter Services.Â DART is a leader in production and global distribution of more than 3,000 certified helicopter accessories and components.Â Montana DNRC recently ordered five AKV cycle counter systems for its five Bell UH-1 fire-fighting and… Read more »
Dart Helicopter Servicesâ€™ affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received FAA approval to add certain UH-1 model aircraft to their existing STCâ€™s covering landing gear components. The UH-1 models included are those that have been FAA certified per FAR21.25(a)(2) for civil use. The STC currently lists the following models as approved: UH-1A UH-1B UH-1E UH-1F… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, continues to ramp up its production of H-1 helicopters after receiving a $546 million contract in June for the manufacture and delivery of Lot 7 of the U.S. Marine Corps H-1 Upgrade program. The contract includes 18 UH-1Y utility helicopters and 11 AH-1Z attack helicopters. Final assembly… Read more »
Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science announced today in Townsville that a squadron of Army helicopters will soon be dispatched to towns across the nation. Mr Combet said a squadron of 11 Iroquois helicopters, which graced our skies for more than four decades, would be made local tourist attractions in Townsville and eight… Read more »
Lieutenant-General Oscar Rabena said the airforce would get 15 combat utility and night-capable helicopters, 10 refurbished UH-1H helicopters, a long-range maritime patrol plane, a refurbished C-130 transport, basic trainer jets and long-range radar systems.
Bell Helicopter will display its latest commercial helicopter, the 429, at the Farnborough International Airshow from July 19-23, 2010, at Farnborough Airport, United Kingdom. Media activities during the show regarding Bell Helicopter products will include: H-1 HelicopterPress Conference Monday, July 19 10.00hrs local time Cody Room, Farnborough Media Centre V-22 Tilt Rotor Press Conference Monday,… Read more »
The first two helicopters of the Marine Light Attack Squadron 773 â€” an AH-1W Super Cobra and a UH-1N Huey â€” arrived at Robins recently. Seven additional helicopters will be following in the coming days and weeks.
Everett, Wash., May 27, 2010 â€” The Federal Aviation Administration has certified increased hover performance for UH-1H helicopters equipped with the FastFinâ„¢ Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System and Lycoming T53-13B engines. FAA certified data shows that operators who install FastFin on their UH-1 helicopters (with Lycoming T53-13B engines) may increase their useful load by… Read more »
Aviatrix, Inc. of Sherwood, Oregon recently acquired Erickson Air-Crane’s Bell inventory to add to the 250,000 items that they represent. Aviatrix is a world-class aerospace parts supplier with a foundation built on customer service and quality. Aviatrix offers years of experience in the aerospace industry and is nationally recognized for supplying critical parts in a… Read more »
In addition to three Navy ships, the MEU will deploy with CH-53E Super Stallion and UH-1 Huey helicopters, as well as 7-ton trucks, forklifts and other earth-moving equipment, supplies and water purification instruments.
The United States Air Force has restarted its search for Common Vertical Lift Support Platform (CVLSP).Â The programme will replace USAF’s fleet of aging Bell UH-1Ns which ard currently used to guard the country’s ICBM silos, fly VIPs and carry out a range of utility and support missions.
Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Avionics System and the company’s integration support were key elements in preparing the UH-1Y Venom helicopters for deployment to Afghanistan recently with the U.S. Marine Corps Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has received Bell Helicopter approval for both its UH-1 airframe maintenance fixture as well as for the repair and overhaul for UH-1 dynamic components at its Andalusia, Alabama helicopter maintenance operation.
Kaman Aerospace has been awarded a five-year contract with a potential value of $53 million to build composite helicopter blade skins and skin core assemblies for Bell Helicopters. Under the terms of the contract, Kaman will provide 18 different assemblies for H1, 406, 407, 412, 427, 429, 430 and BA609 aircraft.
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 will be the first squadron to utilize the Bell UH-1Y â€œYankee” while conducting combat operations in support of the ground combat element and other coalition forces in Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.
Only five Hueys remain in the Colorado Army National Guard fleet, but Tuesday the aircraft earned a final salute during a ceremonial fly-by at the High Altitude Army Training Site at the Eagle County Regional Airport.
Three new Bell UH-1Y â€œYankeeâ€ helicopters, attached to Marine Medium Helicopter (HMM) Squadron 163 (Reinforced) returned from a six-month deployment aboard USS Boxer (LHD-4) to Camp Pendleton, Aug. 1,