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May 7, 2015
USAAC 2nd Lt. Carter Harman (left side, standing) flew the first combat rescue mission in an YR-4B in Burma in 1944. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. On May 8, the National Mall in Washington will be the site of several vintage World War II aircraft fly-bys commemorating Victory in Europe (V-E) Day – the day in 1945 when victory was declared in the European theater of the war...
May 7, 2015
The FAA has demonstrated a new smartphone application called “B4UFLY,” designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location. “We want to make sure hobbyists and modelers know where it is and isn’t okay to fly,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “While there are other apps that...
May 6, 2015
By Mike Hangge Fifty feet up, open desert below, 110 knots. Heat forgotten, sweat pouring. Crew meshed, flight locked tight. Target in sight. One minute out… To me, there just isn’t anything quite as perfect as those moments when life is forgotten and there’s nothing but the mission. Everything depends on me doing my job. Everything depends on each of us doing our jobs. We are fused...
May 6, 2015
Australia has commissioned into service the first two of seven Boeing CH-47F Chinook “Foxtrot” cargo helicopters for the Australian Army. The two helicopters are part of an A$631 million project that includes seven CH-47Fs and two flight simulators. The simulators were delivered in April 2014 and February 2015, and have since then been training Army Chinook crews. The first helicopters were...
May 5, 2015
Textron Systems Support Solutions has introduced its new unmanned systems training course catalog. The company has developed curricula including both classroom and hands-on training elements, utilizing customized materials and training aids to provide a holistic experience. The company’s training experts then tailor the program to the customer’s language of choice, skill level (beginner to...
May 5, 2015
Following the devastation of Cyclone Pam, the Vanuatu Government and the World Bank contacted Australian operator Heliwest, who deployed Lockheed Martin’s Indago small unmanned aerial system (UAS) to conduct a rapid damage assessment. The Indago collected imagery of the damage over a two-week mission and provided the data to operators, without risking a life.   Photo courtesy of Heliwest...
May 1, 2015
At AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015, Rockwell Collins (Booth 701) will showcase a range of avionics solutions - including certified flight controls, data links and navigation technologies - all aimed at addressing the integration challenges facing the UAS community.   Photo courtesy...
April 30, 2015
On March 26, Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace and Neya Systems demonstrated the first ever collaborative unmanned air and ground casualty evacuation, using the UAS Control Segment (UCS) Architecture and K-MAX® cargo helicopter.   Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin During the demonstration, ground operators responded to a distress call by sending an unmanned ground vehicle to assess the area and...
April 29, 2015
The top priority this year for the U.S. Army’s aviation programs is to spend money allocated to them before funds get snatched back in mid-year budget shuffling, according to the service’s head of those programs. “When we have committed dollars, we have to be able to obligate and disburse them,” the service’s program executive officer (PEO) for aviation programs, Brig. Gen...
April 28, 2015
International insurance provider Global Aerospace has published a white paper discussing the necessity of managing safety and insuring against risk to promote the success of the fast-growing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. The paper, entitled Unmanned Aviation Risk Management, offers a comprehensive view of crucial risk management topics related to unmanned aviation, including: The integration of...
April 24, 2015
In March 2015, the aerospace and defense firm Aero Kinetics applied for Type Certification of its latest generation multi-rotor vertical takeoff and land (VTOL) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with the FAA. Despite the exemptions and blanket Certificates of Authorization (COA), UAS still have restrictive operating limits for commercial users within the National Airspace System (NAS) due to the uncertainty...
April 24, 2015
Airware has unveiled its Aerial Information Platform (AIP), an operating system for commercial drones that combines hardware, software and cloud services to enable enterprises to safely operate drones at scale, comply with regulatory and insurance requirements, and rapidly develop industry-specific drone solutions. The Airware AIP will offer aircraft fleet management, user authentication, data management...
April 23, 2015
U.S. Army aviation officials will brief their analysis of alternatives (AOA) for managing degraded visual environment (DVE) hazards next week to the service's top acquisition officer. The AOA was done last year under the Brownout Rotorcraft Enhancement System (BORES)...
April 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli Invest Services have welcomed the decision of the Polish Ministry of Defence to pre-select the H225M...
April 14, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has contracted with Group Desarrollo Infaestructura, SA de CV (GDI) who is contracted with Transcanada Corporation’s Mexican Subsidiary, Transportadora de Gas del Noreste for a new rural infrastructure pipeline project that will bring clean-burning natural gas to businesses and citizens in Mexico. The agreement will guarantee the use of an S-64 E Aircrane to assist in the...
April 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc. have announced their joint participation in the tenth bi-annual LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition, held April 14 to April 17 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Subject matter experts from both companies will be available at Booth #J.20 to discuss a broad range of aerospace, special mission and defense capabilities. The exhibition...
April 7, 2015
The Army views its common aviation cockpit concept as an architecture and backbone that allows a cockpit to evolve over time as opposed to simply components, according to a key official.  "We want to make sure the backbone not only allows the evolution of those vehicles over time but the evolution of the subcomponent," Dan Bailey, Army program director for Joint Multi-Role Technology...
April 6, 2015
 The UH-72 Lakota, which is based on the Airbus H145/EC145, boasts a top speed of 145 knots and a range of 370 nautical miles. It entered service with the Army National Guard in late 2005. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The Army’s first aviation restructuring in a generation shouldn’t affect the civil helicopter market, according to a prominent aerospace analyst. Richard Aboulafia...
April 6, 2015
In an official statement released on March 18, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it will not prosecute a Washington, DC man for allowing the rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) - commonly called a “drone” - he was operating to fly onto the grounds of the White House on Jan. 26, 2015. The decision was made following an investigation by the Secret Service, which discovered that the...
April 6, 2015
The Boeing Company has announced deliveries across its commercial and defense operations for the first quarter of 2015. Commercial...
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