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January 25, 2016
In 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders (adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters) with a strong performance of the new-generation medium H175. Demand remained steady for the H135 and H145 family of light twin helicopters, with bookings...
January 21, 2016
The public is still waiting to hear from investigators whether the first non-military midair collision between a drone and helicopter occurred this past November in California. On Nov. 23, a Robinson Helicopter R22 operated by Los Angeles Helicopters made an emergency landing during a cross-country training flight after its windscreen was partially shattered. A lack of residual bird matter, along with...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 15, 2016
Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters crashed off Oahu, Hawaii's North Shore late Thursday, according to local reports. The Marines confirmed on Twitter the aircraft involved were 2 CH-53s from Marine...
January 15, 2016
The declining and unpredictable oil and gas market is not shrinking Lockheed Martin’s interest in the commercial helicopter market, according to the Reuters news agency.   Citing a top L-M business development executive, Reuters said oil’s decline is not just affecting...
January 13, 2016
Video courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Michael Davis / DVIDS   The asymmetric advantages that Army aviation offers to U.S. military operations around the world is the focus of a one-day event that the Assn. of the U.S. Army (AUSA) will convene in Washington, D.C.’s suburbs tomorrow.   The “Army Aviation Hot Topic”...
January 13, 2016
January 22 is the deadline for high school and college students to submit aircraft design proposals for the American Helicopter Society International’s fourth annual micro air vehicle design challenge.   Up to $10,000 will be awarded to winners at the 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display May 17 to 19 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The competition is...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis The U.S. Navy wants proposals by mid-February from industry partners interested in investigating how fasteners might be turned into “smart” devices for detecting cracking in airframe structural joints.    Fatigue cracking in aircraft structures often originates in holes drilled for fasteners to hold...
January 11, 2016
Afghanistan’s defense ministry is working on a five-year development plan for the country’s air force, according to an Afghanistan news report.    The Khaama Press news agency quoted Afghanistan’s acting defense minister...
January 11, 2016
Advocates for less stringent U.S. regulation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) might be losing the struggle for public opinion, if newspaper editorials since registration went into effect are any indication.  Newspapers large and small have said the risks small drones pose to other aircraft, to the privacy of people on the ground and to national security justify the FAA’s registration...
January 8, 2016
  Korea Aerospace Industry’s Surion does cold-weather testing in Alaska in 2012. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries   Press reports say a U.S. Army...
January 7, 2016
Efforts to make small-drone operations more accountable and safe are growing as the ranks of drone fliers increase.    Since Dec. 21, when the FAA began requiring registration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with maximum takeoff weights of more than 0.55 lb to fewer than 55 lb, more than 180,000 aircraft have been registered, the agency’s head told the Consumer Electronics Show in Las...
January 5, 2016
  A 2009 NASA cutaway photo illustrates the contact gears of a helicopter transmission. Photo courtesy of NASA Glenn Research Center   Small, high-tech U.S. businesses have until Feb. 17 to solicit U.S. Army funding to develop and demonstrate a helicopter transmission that does not require physical contact among its gears to convert engine power to rotor thrust for new installations and...
January 5, 2016
  Photo courtesy of Urban Aeronautics, Ltd.   An Israeli company’s AirMule unmanned lift-fan demonstrator has made its first untethered, autonomous flight, the manufacturer reported.    The single-engine, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) prototype made the untethered flight Dec. 30 at Megiddo Airfield, about 50 nm east-northeast of Urban Aeronautics’ headquarters on the...
January 4, 2016
  Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters   Egypt’s navy plans to acquire more than 40 attack Ka-52Ks for two helicopter carriers it will buy from France. The...
December 31, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.   Look for India’s prime minister to lay the cornerstone Jan. 2 for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s new plant to build Light...
December 30, 2015
Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters   Russian Helicopters has received type certification of its medium, multi-role Mil Mi-38 and plans to start serial production of the transport helicopter in 2016 for the Russian market, the company said. The Mi-38 was...
December 28, 2015
Northrop Grumman has won a multi-million-dollar contract to develop a vertical-lift, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) prototype to support U.S. Navy reconnaissance needs at sea.    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the $132.5 million contract Dec. 24 for phase 3 of its...
December 24, 2015
  A U.S. Army CH-47F conducts operations in California earlier this year. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army / Capt. Cody Gallo   The U.S. State Dept. has cleared a possible foreign military...
December 22, 2015
  Photo courtesy of besopha / CC BY-SA 2.0   Following a reversal of French military budget cuts, the country’s defense procurement agency has re-committed to attack-helicopter orders it previously canceled.    France’s Délégation Générale pour...
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