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USAF airmen advise Afghans on rotary wing maintenance

USAF airmen advise Afghans on rotary wing maintenance

18-Nov-2011Source: US Air Force

Two Air Force maintainers currently deployed to Afghanistan are taking their more than 30 years of combined experience on rotary wing aircraft and passing off that knowledge to Afghan maintenance personnel in Herat, Afghanistan. Their mission is to train and advise their Afghan counterparts on the skill sets necessary to maintain and fix their MI-17... Read more

19-Oct-11 Bell VH-1N Washington, US-DC

19-Oct-11 Bell VH-1N Washington, US-DC

19-Oct-2011

Mechanical issues led to the landing near 11th and Gallatin streets. Both radios went out during a routine exercise... Read more

Kandahar graduates basic flight medics

Kandahar graduates basic flight medics

7-Oct-2011Source: US Air Force

Four medics recently graduated at the Kandahar Air Wing from the first Afghan air force Basic Flight Medic course, boosting the Afghan medical response capability. According to medical professionals, the goal of the 40-hour course was to combine ground and flight medical training to produce a better-rounded medical professional. “The course was meant to be... Read more

AgustaWestland poised to support US Air Force

AgustaWestland poised to support US Air Force

20-Sep-2011Source: AgustaWestland North America

AgustaWestland North America, Inc. proudly enters the Air Force Association’s 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition firmly committed to the U.S. Air Force with the right helicopters for the mission and the right talent for the job. AW139M: More helicopter for the dollar AgustaWestland customized its multi-role AW139 medium-twin helicopter, creating the advanced... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $8.7M for CV-22 helmet mounted display program

Bell-Boeing awarded $8.7M for CV-22 helmet mounted display program

18-Sep-2011Source: US DoD

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $8,713,282 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-08-C-0025) for non-recurring efforts associated with increment three of the CV-22 aircraft Block 20 upgrade program. Efforts to be provided include concept definition, non-recurring engineering, drawings, and installation/integration to design, develop, and test the enhanced helmet mounted... Read more

First two HH-60G Pave Hawks achieve 10,000 hours

First two HH-60G Pave Hawks achieve 10,000 hours

15-Sep-2011Source: Sikorsky

Nearly 30 years after entering service with the U.S. Air Force, two HH-60G PAVE HAWK helicopters have both achieved 10,000 flight hours during their simultaneous flights on Aug. 30 over Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. The Sikorsky Aircraft designed-and-built helicopters are the first-ever U.S. Air Force H-60 aircraft to have reached this high flight time... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $22M contract for two UH-60M for USAF

Sikorsky awarded $22M contract for two UH-60M for USAF

19-Aug-2011Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $22,711,777 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the procurement of two UH-60M aircraft for the Air Force.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2013.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting Command,... Read more

58th Special Ops Wing celebrates a UH-1H passing 15,000 airframe hours

58th Special Ops Wing celebrates a UH-1H passing 15,000 airframe hours

24-Jun-2011Source: US Air Force

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Forty years after it came into the Air Force inventory, the 58th Special Operations Wing celebrated a rare mark of longevity when UH-1H 69-6650 passed 15,000 hours in the air May 25. “As only the second UH-1 to surpass that number of flying hours, we wanted to mark the... Read more

Rescue community remembers fallen “Pedro 66” airmen

Rescue community remembers fallen “Pedro 66” airmen

14-Jun-2011Source: US Air Force

6/13/2011 – NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) — Airmen from the 66th Rescue Squadron here held a remembrance ceremony June 9 for the crewmembers of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, call sign Pedro 66, who lost their lives in a crash a year ago on this date. Lt. Col. Daniel Jefferies, the 563rd Rescue... Read more

Afghans graduate from first Mi-17 “Train the trainer” course

Afghans graduate from first Mi-17 “Train the trainer” course

9-May-2011Source: US Air Force

Seven Afghan Mi-17 instructors graduated from the first Mi-17 “Train the Trainer” upgrade course May 4 taught by AAF and U.S. Air Force instructors at the Afghanistan Premier Flight Training Center here. “Afghan aircrew instructors are pivotal to growing independent combat flying forces, ultimately leading to a self sustaining air force,” said Maj. Sam Kraemer, who... Read more

33rd RQS wins third straight ‘Jolly Green Rescue Mission of the Year’

33rd RQS wins third straight ‘Jolly Green Rescue Mission of the Year’

2-May-2011Source: US Air Force

A split second after a two-man rescue team touched ground, the ear-shattering explosions of rocket-propelled grenades, or RPGs, rang out overhead. Capt. Koa Bailey and Master Sgt. Roger Sparks, a combat rescue officer and pararescueman from Alaska’s 212th Rescue Squadron, rushed to triage causalities strewn across a nearby ravine as bullets pierced through the air.... Read more

Boeing-built GPS Operational Control Segment enters service with US Air Force

Boeing-built GPS Operational Control Segment enters service with US Air Force

28-Apr-2011Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that its GPS Operational Control Segment (OCS) has gained full operational status with the U.S. Air Force 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. OCS keeps the GPS system operational within specified accuracy to provide secure and precise navigation around the world for military, humanitarian and commercial applications. “The... Read more

AgustaWestland competes for US Air Force programs

AgustaWestland competes for US Air Force programs

28-Apr-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland North America, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased that the U.S. Air Force has announced it is moving forward with a competition for the Common Vertical Lift Support Platform and HH-60 recapitalization programs. “AgustaWestland North America is prepared to participate and to vigorously compete for both the U.S. Air Force’s CVLSP and HH-60 recapitalization programs... Read more

US Air Force officials announce helicopter acquisition strategy

US Air Force officials announce helicopter acquisition strategy

27-Apr-2011Source: US Air Force

Air Force officials announced their strategy here April 25 to recapitalize the Air Force’s helicopter fleet, which is critical to nuclear weapon security response, continuity of government, and combat search and rescue. The Air Force secretary and chief of staff have directed that the service proceed with full and open competition for both the Common... Read more

27-Apr-11 Bell UH-1N Hidden Mountain, US-New Mexico

27-Apr-11 Bell UH-1N Hidden Mountain, US-New Mexico

27-Apr-2011

News footage shows the UH-1N crashed near a ridgeline on Hidden Mountain.  While the tail appeared to be intact, fire destroyed the rest of the craft.  4 POB all rescued OK... Read more

Kandahar Air Wing achieves medevac milestone

Kandahar Air Wing achieves medevac milestone

24-Apr-2011Source: US Air Force

A combined team of Afghan air force and coalition members conducted the first dedicated Mi-17 medical evacuation mission April 11 here. The team moved an Afghan National Army officer, who incurred a compound leg fracture, from Camp Bastion back to Kandahar. The planning for the inaugural mission began one month ago when Afghan air force... Read more

US-trained Afghan pilots advance in Mi-17 course, designated as co-pilots

US-trained Afghan pilots advance in Mi-17 course, designated as co-pilots

22-Apr-2011Source: US Air Force

The first two Afghan air force helicopter pilots to complete basic aviator training in the U.S. recently became qualified as co-pilots in the Mi-17 helicopter, the focal point of the Afghan air force’s rotary-wing force. The qualification marks the halfway point in their Mi-17 training. In order to receive the co-pilot designation, Afghan Air Force 1st... Read more

US Huey advisors step back, Iraqi instructors take lead

US Huey advisors step back, Iraqi instructors take lead

16-Apr-2011Source: US Air Force

CAMP TAJI, Iraq – After more than five years training side-by-side with their Iraqi counterparts in the skies, U.S. Air Force UH-1 Huey instructor pilots have taken a step back as Iraqi instructor pilots take over responsibility for training their own junior pilots. Last month, the 721st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron’s two Huey instructor pilots,... Read more

USAF approves Cobham’s Mobile Aircrew Restraint System for use in HH-60Gs

USAF approves Cobham’s Mobile Aircrew Restraint System for use in HH-60Gs

15-Apr-2011Source: Cobham

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Cobham has received a Release for Flight certificate from the US Air Force for the Mobile Aircrew Restraint System (MARS), meaning the restraint system is now flight-worthy and approved for use by the service’s HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters. “The MARS is a great system which I think will provide real value... Read more

US Air Force is smart to make CVLSP program competitive

US Air Force is smart to make CVLSP program competitive

17-Mar-2011Source: Lexington Institute

The Air Force is looking to buy a new fleet of utility helicopters to support its domestic operations. The Common Vertical Lift Support Platform (CVLSP) will replace the aging UH-1 Huey helicopters which are employed to inspect and protect ballistic missile fields and transport senior Air Force and government officials around the country. It had... Read more

17-Mar-11 Fukushima, Japan

17-Mar-11 Fukushima, Japan

17-Mar-2011

The aircraft landed safely at Fukushima Airport after encountering potentially dangerous ice build-up on its rotor blades.... Read more

Raytheon awarded $42M contract for USAF HH-60G FLIRs

Raytheon awarded $42M contract for USAF HH-60G FLIRs

9-Mar-2011Source: Raytheon

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $42 million U.S. Air Force contract for additional AN/AAQ-29A forward looking infrared imaging systems for installation on Pave Hawk HH-60G helicopters. Deliveries are expected to be completed by February 2013. The AN/AAQ-29A systems will replace the AN/AAQ-16 FLIR currently installed on U.S. Air Force HH-60G helicopters. “These new systems will give... Read more

TACC Airmen plan major helicopter rotation in Afghanistan

TACC Airmen plan major helicopter rotation in Afghanistan

5-Mar-2011Source: US Air Force

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Air Mobility Command Airmen and C-5 Galaxies are on the cusp of completing one of the largest rotations of helicopters into and out of Afghanistan in Air Force history, according to AMC officials. The massive effort called for the rotation of more than 170 helicopters — approximately 100 inbound... Read more

German Army, USAF and UK Royal Navy to speak at military conference in UK

German Army, USAF and UK Royal Navy to speak at military conference in UK

21-Feb-2011Source: Defence IQ

Defence IQ confirms representatives from the German Army, US Air Force and UK Royal Navy as speakers at the International Military Helicopter conference, taking place 11th-13th May 2011 at the Olympia Conference Centre, London. Dedicated to the military helicopter community, this conference is scheduled to address the current capabilities and future requirements of participating nations,... Read more

AgustaWestland debuts AW139M for Common Vertical Lift program

AgustaWestland debuts AW139M for Common Vertical Lift program

17-Feb-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland North America, Inc. today introduced its AW139M military helicopter for the U.S. military market. AgustaWestland customized the military version of the multi-role, off-the-shelf AW139 medium-twin helicopter, integrated with proven U.S. military technology for the U.S. Air Force’s Common Vertical Lift Support Program. The AW139M is being featured at the AFA Air Warfare Symposium, Feb.... Read more

15-Feb-11 Nasiryah, Iraq

15-Feb-11 Nasiryah, Iraq

15-Feb-2011

A US helicopter belonging to the US civil support team in Iraq made an emergency landing in the northeast of Nasiryah in southern Baghdad.   The helicopter had taken off from Imam Ali base west of Nasriyah. No one was hurt in the accident... Read more

Milestone for Afghan Air Force means better trained pilots

Milestone for Afghan Air Force means better trained pilots

21-Jan-2011Source: US Air Force

The Afghan air force reached a new milestone with the opening of the pilot training program recently here. The first Afghan pilots began their eight-week instruction course early in January with a four-day academic schedule before beginning flight instruction on the Mi-17 Hip H. “We are helping the Afghans develop a training program that’s going... Read more

F-16s intercept unknown helicopter near Charleston

F-16s intercept unknown helicopter near Charleston

7-Jan-2011Source: US Air Force

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets,under the control of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted an unknown civilian helicopter entering North American airspace in the vicinity of Charleston, S.C.today at approximately 9:00 a.m. MST. The helicopter was not in communication with air traffic control. The fighter jets, from the 20th Fighter Wing at... Read more

721st AEAS airmen continue Iraqi mentoring

721st AEAS airmen continue Iraqi mentoring

5-Jan-2011Source: US Forces - Iraq

TAJI — As part of American efforts in Iraq to continue strengthening a long-term partnership, Airmen assigned to the 721st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron train, advise and assist the Iraqi Army Aviation Command with all helicopter operations here. “The air advisors are applying their technical skill and knowledge in a whole new way, and it’s... Read more

First US trained helicopter pilots return to Afghanistan

First US trained helicopter pilots return to Afghanistan

6-Dec-2010Source: US Air Force

First Lieutenants Abdul Saboor Amin and Ahmad Fawad Haidari became the first two Afghan Air Force helicopter pilots to successfully complete language and pilot training in the United States, recently returning to begin Mi-17 conversion training at the Afghan Air Force Base in Kabul, Afghanistan. The only two candidates out of 62 who were able... Read more

US Air Force finalises order for up to 93 UH-60M Black Hawks

US Air Force finalises order for up to 93 UH-60M Black Hawks

1-Nov-2010Source: Army Times

The U.S. Air Force is close to finalizing a sole-source deal to buy up to 93 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the U.S. Army, according to defense industry sources.... Read more

USAF train up helicopter crews from Hungary and Croatia in NVG ops for Afghanistan

USAF train up helicopter crews from Hungary and Croatia in NVG ops for Afghanistan

10-Oct-2010Source: US Air Force

Establishing and maintaining solid working relationships with partner nations is a key mission element in the special operations community. This sometimes takes the form of providing needed training opportunities in order to level the ‘playing field’ and ensure better interoperability and capability with partner forces. One such need recently came in the form of night... Read more

US-initiated Mi-17s for Afghanistan now approved by Russian Government

US-initiated Mi-17s for Afghanistan now approved by Russian Government

30-Sep-2010Source: Defense Technology

Defense Technology Inc. (DTI) announced that its procurement plan for twenty-one new Mi-17 aircraft has been approved by the Russian Government. Under RFQ N00019-10-R-0032, the United States Navy is competitively purchasing twenty-one Russian, civil variant Mi-17 aircraft for Afghanistan. These medium lift helicopters are the primary support aircraft of the Afghan National Army Air Force... Read more

M1 Support Services awarded $8M extra for USAF helicopter maintenance

M1 Support Services awarded $8M extra for USAF helicopter maintenance

16-Sep-2010Source: US Dept of Defense

M1 Support Services was awarded an $8,220,722 contract modification which will maintain mission-capable helicopters at 24/7 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and Yokota Air base, Japan; and perform helicopter aircrew flight equipment support at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Malmstrom Air Force... Read more

USAF frustrated by FAA slow response to UAV airspace request

USAF frustrated by FAA slow response to UAV airspace request

16-Sep-2010Source: Minnesota Public Radio

Military officials say they need restricted training airspace for a planned unmanned aircraft base in Grand Forks, but the FAA says it’s not ready to establish such an airspace in North Dakota.... Read more

AgustaWestland features best value AW139 for USAF’s CVLSP

AgustaWestland features best value AW139 for USAF’s CVLSP

15-Sep-2010Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland North America, Inc. is featuring its AW139 multi-role helicopter for the U.S. Air Force’s Common Vertical Lift Support Program (CVLSP) at the Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, Md. The militarized, multi-role AW139 is an off-the-shelf, FAA-certified, medium-twin helicopter in military and civil service worldwide since 2003. Used in multi-mission... Read more

AgustaWestland HH-71 contends for USAF CSAR program

AgustaWestland HH-71 contends for USAF CSAR program

14-Sep-2010Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland North America, Inc. announces that it has responded to the U.S. Air Force’s request for information, offering the operationally-proven HH-71 for critical combat search and rescue missions. “We believe the HH-71, based on the combat-proven AW101, offers a robust platform that addresses the U.S. Air Force’s combat search and rescue mission needs, without compromise,”... Read more

US military plans to test new helicopter alert threat system

US military plans to test new helicopter alert threat system

5-Sep-2010Source: GovExec.com

The Pentagon is about to deploy an experimental system intended to help helicopters evade deadly small-arms fire, said the military’s top science and technology official... Read more

Helicopter may have had mechanical trouble before hard landing

Helicopter may have had mechanical trouble before hard landing

13-Aug-2010Source: Missoulian

Accident on 8th August 2010 was recorded in HeliHub.com safety pages here... Read more

DoD sheds light on Joint Future Theater Lift program

DoD sheds light on Joint Future Theater Lift program

21-Jul-2010

While the JFTL study guidance has not yet been formally approved, we know that it is an Air Force-led effort, so for each Air Force lead, there is an Army deputy.  Tiltrotors like the Osprey would seem to fit the expected requirement... Read more

Helicopter pilot takes command of the 308th RQS

Helicopter pilot takes command of the 308th RQS

10-Jun-2010Source: WayPoint

Lt Colonel Kurt A. Matthews assumed command of the US Air Force 308th Rescue Squadron on 5 June at Patrick AFB in Florida... Read more

School takes students to new heights

School takes students to new heights

21-Jan-2010Source: US Air Force

Airmen take off into a high-flying career upon graduating from a classroom that hovers 500 feet above the ground. Students training at the 23rd Flying Training Squadron in Fort Rucker, Ala., are the Air Force’s primary source of helicopter pilots for special operations, combat search and rescue, missile support and distinguished visitor airlift missions. Although the post... Read more

USAF restarts search for UH-1N replacement

USAF restarts search for UH-1N replacement

7-Jan-2010Source: Rotorhub

The United States Air Force has restarted its search for Common Vertical Lift Support Platform (CVLSP).  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.... Read more

Global Positioning Systems Improve USAF Helicopter Safety

Global Positioning Systems Improve USAF Helicopter Safety

1-Dec-2009Source: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=56865

Global positioning system technology is being applied to older rotary-wing aircraft to help save lives, a senior helicopter pilot based at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., said... Read more

Boeing to Upgrade CV-22 Trainer With Virtual Reality Enhancements

Boeing to Upgrade CV-22 Trainer With Virtual Reality Enhancements

2-Nov-2009Source: Boeing

Boeing and Bell have received a contract from the U.S. Navy to upgrade the CV-22 Cabin Part Task Trainer with modifications including an Aircrew Flight Simulation that deploys a fused reality system that fuses video images with virtual reality. The upgrade will be delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command, 58th Training Squadron at Kirtland... Read more

Canadian Helicopters loses contract with U.S. Air Force

Canadian Helicopters loses contract with U.S. Air Force

24-Sep-2009Source: Reuters

Canadian Helicopters provides flight operations and maintenance services, said in a statement that the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) had selected one of its competitors for providing the services and will not renew the contract beyond Sept. 30.  Canadian Helicopters said USTRANSCOM had said it would decide on two other such contracts shortly.... Read more

Study: US Air Force CSAR should grow, not shrink

Study: US Air Force CSAR should grow, not shrink

11-Sep-2009Source: Air Force Times

The Air Force needs 171 rescue helicopters to meet the requests of the service and joint combatant commanders, according to a report by the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency.... Read more

Okinawa residents’ complaints lead to helicopter noise survey

Okinawa residents’ complaints lead to helicopter noise survey

11-Sep-2009Source: Stars & Stripes

Japanese and U.S. officials — wary of complaints from residents living near USAF air bases — conducted noise surveys Thursday of flight paths proposed for the new air facility on Camp Schwab.... Read more

US Air Force website unveils new design

US Air Force website unveils new design

17-May-2009Source: US Air Force

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U.S. Air Force leaders worry about future of CSAR mission

U.S. Air Force leaders worry about future of CSAR mission

6-May-2009Source: Press & Sun Bulletin

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Pentagon Reverses Helo Program Trend

Pentagon Reverses Helo Program Trend

28-Apr-2009Source: Aviation Week

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US Air Force airmen, Marines work together to test-load helicopters

US Air Force airmen, Marines work together to test-load helicopters

23-Apr-2009Source: US Air Force

Playing a game of inches, a team of Airmen and Marines worked together April 20 to test-load two Marine helicopters into a C-5C Galaxy. The UH-1Y is used to carry Marines and supplies to forward operating locations. The AH-1Z is used to provide overwatch and show of force for coalition troops.... Read more

26-Mar-09  Sikorsky UH-60 Monarch Pass, US-Colorado

26-Mar-09 Sikorsky UH-60 Monarch Pass, US-Colorado

26-Mar-2009

26-Mar-09 Sikorsky UH-60 Monarch Pass, US-Colorado... Read more

16-Jan-09  Sikorsky UH-60 north of Kabul, Afghanistan

16-Jan-09 Sikorsky UH-60 north of Kabul, Afghanistan

16-Jan-2009

16-Jan-09 Sikorsky UH-60 north of Kabul, Afghanistan... Read more

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