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June 21, 2016
Singapore is reportedly putting off its decision to purchase Airbus Helicopter Super Pumas to replace its military fleet after the fatal crash involving a civilian aircraft of that model off the Norwegian coast in April.   Singapore announced back in 2015 its decision to replace some of its military’s 32 aging Super Pumas. Airbus had been the leading...
June 20, 2016
The FAA's anticipated new rules on commercial drones reveal several changes to the originally proposed provisions, including ones concerning pilot age and max flight altitude, according to a drone lawyer who claims to have leaked the document. The official release of the new Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) is expected as soon as Tuesday. The agency initially proposed in February last...
June 16, 2016
The U.S. Navy delivered the first three Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks to the Danish Defense earlier this month. The aircraft will replace the force's fleet of British Lynx through the U.S. Foreign Military...
June 15, 2016
South Korea has reportedly received its first four AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters, according to local media reports in that country. The reports said the South...
June 14, 2016
U.S. and Polish forces participated in an air assault exercise called Anakonda 2016 in Poland last week. About 35 NATO helicopters from the Polish 1st Army Aviation Brigade, 25th Air Cavalry Bridge and the U.S...
June 13, 2016
The Australian Army, national leaders and citizens of that nation this past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the midair collision of two Black Hawks that killed 18 troops conducting counterterrorism training.    The June 12, 1996, crash was "the most significant peacetime disaster to strike the Australian Army," said that service's chief, Lt. Gen. Angus Campbell, during ceremonies...
June 10, 2016
Despite military budget cuts, Qatar is moving forward with more helicopter purchases. The U.S. Defense Dept. said this week that Boeing has...
June 10, 2016
This week, aviators from around the world trained together in Kosovo for Operation Icarus, an exercise that builds cooperation between the U.S. and NATO partners when responding to complex situations.  Military crews of the Kosovo...
June 9, 2016
EHang Inc. will begin flight testing, training and development of a passenger-carrying drone with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the Governor's Office of Economic...
June 8, 2016
Erickson Inc. has been awarded two 5-yr agreements to provide helicopter services to Military Sealift Command for the U.S. Navy's 5th and 7th fleets...
June 7, 2016
Turkey's defense ministry has started the clock on the development of more than 100 new utility helicopters over the next decade by signing final agreements with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Sikorsky and three other aerospace contractors in that country.  TAI, which is the prime contractor on the program, said today that, with the agreements signed, the Turkish Utility Helicopter program...
June 6, 2016
Russian Helicopters has signed memoranda of understand with the government of Kazakhstan. The parties are still discussing details of...
June 6, 2016
The U.S. defense secretary would be required to brief members of Congress one year from today on the Pentagon's progress in studying adverse health effects of rotorcraft operation on pilots, according to pending military funding legislation.   The House of Representatives Fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4909) includes Section 744, which directs the defense secretary to "carry...
June 2, 2016
Sikorsky successfully completed phase one of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation...
May 31, 2016
The U.K. Defense Ministry is prepared to award a $3 billion contract for additional Apaches to Boeing rather than the Leonardo (Finmeccanica) Westland unit, according to a London press report.   The Telegraph newspaper said Boeing prevailed in bidding to provide 50 more attack helicopters for the British Army by "offering the new helicopters at a far lower price by tacking them on the end of a...
May 27, 2016
This coming weekend in the U.S. marks the traditional start of the summer season, and typically is filled with beach visits, barbeques and baseball. It can be easy, amid anticipation of the coming months' fresh air and freedom, to overlook the occasion for this holiday: Memorial Day. Since a congressional edict took effect in 1971, Memorial Day has given Americans a three-day weekend at the tail end of...
May 26, 2016
Heli-One will provide the Royal Malaysian Air Force with glass cockpit upgrades for its fleet of Sikorsky S-61s, enabling the aircraft to fly during the...
May 24, 2016
Even MV-22s flying dignitaries to and from the Pentagon are not spared public and political criticism of the noise from their operations. Deep-green and highly polished aircraft from U.S. Marine Corps Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) are among the Bell Boeing Ospreys that now operate at the heliport just to the north of the Pentagon. (V-22s in combat colors also fly there.) Officially called the...
May 20, 2016
Air National Guard officials in Alaska, Pennsylvania and Texas are discussing the possibility of acquiring V-22s for search and rescue missions, according to a published report.   The U.S. Navy's V-22 deputy program manager told AHS International's annual Technical Forum yesterday that "there has been some dialogue with the Air Force Air Guard" and officials in those states have "shown...
May 19, 2016
Rosoboronexport, a Rostec State Corp. subsidiary, said it will expand its export deliveries for its range of helicopters. It has delivered more than 100 helicopters...
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