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March 10, 2016
Airbus Helicopters is pursuing additional military sales with a new program to give customers a range of cost-efficient options for meeting scout, ground attack, transport and air-to-air combat requirements without investing in purpose-built helicopters.    The initiative, dubbed the HForce Generic Weapon System, is intended to build on the proven acquisition and life-cycle costs and performance...
March 8, 2016
Helicopter makers and other industry representatives are to gather in Florida's Panhandle tomorrow to review the U.S. Navy's helicopter training program in preparation for proposals to replace it. The Naval Air Systems Command is hosting an industry day March 9 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field as part of its solicitation of sources interested in providing an "Advanced Helicopter Training...
March 7, 2016
Sikorsky has been, for the most part, smoothly integrating with new parent company Lockheed Martin, except for a few hiccups in information technology (IT) systems, according to Sikorsky CEO Dan Schultz.   Schultz told Rotor & Wing International March 2 Sikorsky has a dedicated team of roughly 25 to 30 people working solely on synergies and integration issues between Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin...
March 4, 2016
Bell Helicopter Textron CEO Mitch Snyder wants to cut the price of the V-280 tilt-rotor aircraft in half, and he's identified a number of techniques to accomplish that.   Snyder said Bell is moving toward a fixed engine to reduce complexity. The V-280 will also use a straight wing, he said, to eliminate a mid-wing gear box. Snyder said Bell will also take advantage of new composites.   But Snyder...
March 4, 2016
MD Helicopters will develop a new military aircraft called the 6XX that company CEO Lynn Tilton wants delivered by 2018.   Tilton said Tuesday at Heli-Expo she wanted to spend the rest of 2016 getting out the specification so MD could work toward completing testing and certification in 2017. She said she's focusing on building and delivering the 6XX in 2018.   Tilton said MD might borrow ideas...
March 1, 2016
Summit Aviation [Booth 509], a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Army Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasure Program (ATIRCM). The program is contracted through Cargo PM to support the installation...
February 29, 2016
Look for Honeywell Aerospace [Booth 4945] to start probing the impact of unmanned aircraft systems on turbine-powered helicopter sales next year in its annual market survey.    "That's an area of research that I plan to put into the 2017 survey," Honeywell Aerospace's director of market analysis, Charles Park, told R&WI. As the company’s researchers go through their process...
February 19, 2016
Each month, the FAA receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). In addition to the FAA’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, an additional step...
February 18, 2016
A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage after performing its first flight. The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are...
February 17, 2016
Sikorsky has appointed UI Helicopter Co., Ltd. to become a Sikorsky-authorized customer support center in South Korea, the first such center in the country. Based in Yesan, 100 km south of Seoul, the center will enable operators of Sikorsky S-76 and S-92...
February 11, 2016
CAE USA has been authorized to proceed on the U.S. Navy MH-60R/S Tech Refresh program. Under terms of the contract, which was awarded as a base contract plus exercised options, CAE USA will perform a technology refresh on a range of U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopter simulators and training systems. The initial base contract plus exercised options was included as part of CAE's second quarter fiscal year...
February 9, 2016
The U.S. Navy announced the Carrier Onboard Delivery, commonly referred to as COD, platform of the future would be a maritime variant of the V-22 Osprey. Until recently, that aircraft was referred to as the Navy variant. Now, that V-22 has an official...
February 9, 2016
Bristow Group Inc. has invested $4.2 million in Sky-Futures, the leading provider of drone inspection data services for the oil and gas industry. This investment gives Bristow immediate entry to the fast-growing UAV services business and bolsters Bristow's offerings to include drone inspection services.   The investment, which also includes an exclusive partnership agreement, gives Bristow access to...
February 8, 2016
NHI has delivered the sixth NH90 helicopter to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. This event took place in the Tessera, Italy, Finmeccanica Helicopter Division facility. The Helicopter took off from Tessera afterward.   The delivery of this sonar-equipped NH90 marks the end of the first phase of the Norwegian production program, joining the NH90 fleet that will commence embarked operations for the...
February 5, 2016
Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, in a statement Friday spoke out against media speculation that Poland's newly Eurosceptic government had canceled a $3 billion provisional deal to acquire 50 H225M Caracal military airframes.    Citing Poland's Rzeczpospolita newspaper, Sky News and other sources had announced the deal’s cancellation, which they said received inside information...
February 2, 2016
Transport Canada’s future drone regulations will vary based on the risks of operating in a given location and will not distinguish between recreational and commercial operators, according to the agency’s proposal set to go into effect this year.   The agency, in its May 2015 Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA), said that a rapid increase in applications for Special Flight Operation...
January 29, 2016
The National Commission on the Future of the Army proposed an aviation restructure solution that keeps AH-64 Apaches in the U.S. Army National Guard, but it would cost an extra $165 million per year, in addition to a $420 million upfront cost.   The commission, in its report released Thursday, offered its own solution, a mix of the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) as proposed in its...
January 27, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp., in a Tuesday report of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings, shared more of its plans for its recently acquired rotorcraft subsidiary, Sikorsky. Executive presenters also responded to pointed questions about how Sikorsky might grow in its new home in ways that it might not have under its former parent company.   L-M on Tuesday equated Sikorsky to a roughly $5 billion...
January 26, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is telling other military services that its primary requirement for future rotorcraft is speed because it needs a gunship fast enough to escort its MV-22s.    The assistant deputy commandant for aviation, Brig. Gen. Karsten “Hazel” Heckl, told R&WI that he emphasized that point Dec. 8, 2015, when two Bell Boeing MV-22s from HMX-1, the Marines’...
January 25, 2016
Sikorsky’s financial data shows substantially increased profits throughout most of 2015 in spite of its changing hands from United Technologies Corp. (UTC) to Lockheed Martin.   L-M released a statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Wednesday showing Sikorsky’s...
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