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November 30, 2015
The first woman to complete U.S. Air Force undergraduate flight training and the first African-American woman to earn naval aviator wings from the U.S. Navy are among this year’s inductees into the Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame. Also selected for induction March 12 during the group’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, is a retired Air Force four-star general...
November 30, 2015
Photo by Master Sgt. Mark Olsen The new U.S. military spending law calls on the U.S. Army and the U.S. National Guard Bureau to give Congress plans for upgrading Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60s in their fleets. President Obama on Nov. 25 signed into law the bill, which reflected some compromise between the White House and Congress. The National Defense Authorization Act...
November 25, 2015
Small drones are not unmanned aircraft and should not be allowed to fly unrestricted in civil U.S. airspace without further testing, one aerospace and defense firm argues in a new report. The report was issued just as a U.S. Transportation Dept. task force was concluding that drones as small as 0.55 lb should be registered with the FAA, in part because of the threat that vehicles that small pose to...
November 24, 2015
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into better engine filtration and improved power-status displays for its MV-22s in the wake of a fatal May 17 crash in Hawaii. That Osprey crashed, killing a crew chief and one rifleman aboard, after dust and debris ingestion led to a power loss in its left engine and sudden descent during a low...
November 24, 2015
Kaman Aerospace Group has received its first K-MAX orders from a Chinese customer, the company said. Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd., an aircraft and parts dealer and aviation services company based in Hong Kong, ordered two of the coaxial utility helicopters for a 2017 delivery, Kaman said, with the...
November 23, 2015
Top FAA and U.S. Transportation Dept. officials already have already begun reviewing a draft rule requiring registration of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A department-created task force on the topic delivered recommendations Nov. 21 after its 25 participating organizations unanimously agreed on them, according to the director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, Earl Lawrence. But U.S...
November 17, 2015
Japan's central government asked a court today to force Okinawa's governor to clear work on the relocation of America’s Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the island. U.S., Japanese and Okinawan officials have agreed since 1996 that the base needs to be closed. Schools...
November 17, 2015
A new memorial at the U.S. Air Force Academy honors the valorous action of graduates during the Vietnam War. The academy’s classes of 1965 and 1970 presented the Plaza of Heroes addition to the Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion on the Colorado Springs, Colorado, campus as reunion gifts. The plaza honors the academy's only Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Lance P. Sijan, and its...
November 16, 2015
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first major Vietnam War battle between regular U.S. and North Vietnam forces, which solidified the role of the helicopter in U.S. military operations. The Battle of Ia Drang began midday on Nov. 14, 1965. Shortly after Bell Helicopter UH-1s delivered elements...
November 13, 2015
Image courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky Aircraft’s famed Winged-S emblem has survived the company’s takeover. The helicopter maker’s official logo has changed, however. Gone is the circle of radial lines (meant to represent a gear) that marked it as a unit of United Technologies Corp., which on...
November 13, 2015
Next week’s business aviation trade show in Las Vegas will include two seminars on unmanned aircraft systems and a special exhibit section on drones. The show, held Nov. 17 to 19, is hosted by the National Business...
November 11, 2015
American businesses “should commit our time, energy and resources to provide veterans with opportunities,” a bank vice president and former Navy aviator wrote in the Veteran’s Day edition of the New York Post daily newspaper. Anthony Amodeo flew Navy helicopters for 11 years, deploying to the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa during his service. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, he is now...
November 11, 2015
Members of the Michigan congressional delegation have proposed awarding the Medal of Honor—the highest award given for U.S. military service—to a retired helicopter pilot decades after his heroic service during the Vietnam War. S.2250, a Nov. 5 bill introduced by Sen. Gary C. Peters with support from Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, proposes to...
November 9, 2015
India's conglomerate Tata has added Boeing to its list of aerospace joint-venture partners. The subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Boeing today said their new joint venture initially will create a “manufacturing center of excellence” to...
November 9, 2015
The second Mi-171A2 prototype has begun flight tests at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Russian Helicopters reported. The unit of the state corporation Rostec said certification testing also is underway. The latest...
November 6, 2015
The U.S. isn't alone in its concern about how to regulate civil drones. France is concerned, too. As U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx prepared last month to launch a drone registry task force (which wrapped up three days of deliberations yesterday), a top-level French government agency noted that “current regulation [in France] is inadequate and must be reformed to better prevent and...
November 5, 2015
The U.S. Army’s current search for a “degraded visual environment” solution is aimed not only at enabling aircrews to take off and land safely in blowing dust, sand, snow, fog and other obscuration. The service seeks to enable pilots “to exploit dwelling in those conditions indefinitely” to gain “a tactical advantage over an adversary” that lacks that ability, the...
November 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin anticipates closing its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft on Nov. 6, the company said after reporting receipt of “the final regulatory approval” of the...
November 4, 2015
A top member of the political party that won elections to oust Poland’s current government last month questioned whether that nation would do better to scrap a deal to buy...
November 3, 2015
The U.S. has agreed in principle to sell V-22s to Israel ahead of a Nov. 9 White House meeting between President Barack Obama...
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