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May 30, 2014
Thales will provide its integrated electronic stand-by instrument (IESI) to modernize the Esquilo/Fennec helicopter fleet of the Brazilian Army. A total of 36 helicopters will be retrofitted with the Thales system, with completion expected in 2018. The first batch are planned to be completed by 2014, when Thales’ IESI...
May 28, 2014
EADS North America, Inc. has secured a $33.8-million modification to an existing contract to increase funds and...
May 28, 2014
Riding on a bus with a group of journalists through the swamplands near Sikorsky Aircraft’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., we drove past an area packed with alligators, wild boars, fire ants and other creatures. While we didn’t see any wild boars, there were six or seven gators off the side of the road and mounds of fire ants that served to remind visitors to watch their...
May 28, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the software update of Sikorsky’s S-92. The newly certified update to the avionics management system (AMS), version 8.0, provides display enhancements to existing functionality to support several important S-92 mission capabilities...
May 23, 2014
Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171 helicopters for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions and personnel and cargo transport. The Border Service has already received its Mi-171Sh, which will be used in routine patrols of the Kazakh border and also to transport special...
May 23, 2014
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training has been awarded a $38.5-million contract for a delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering...
May 22, 2014
Lord Corporation and Sikorsky Aircraft have finished testing the hub mounted vibration sensor (HMVS) on a UH-70A Black Hawk. The flight test took place at Fort Eustis, Va., in partnership with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. During the American Helicopter Society International’s Forum 70 this week in Montreal, Lane Miller, vice president...
May 22, 2014
Two Airbus Helicopters EC145s from Kazakhstan will be displayed at this year’s KADEX defense exposition. The helicopters, one operated by the Ministry of Defense and another with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, are part of 45 twin-engine rotorcraft being acquired by the government. This fleet build-up is supported by Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, a joint venture of Airbus Helicopters and...
May 22, 2014
Bell Helicopter has delivered its first Bell 429 helicopter to Switzerland-based Heli-Alps which offers corporate transport, sightseeing tours and aerial photography. This is the first Bell 429 to be configured for VIP transport in Switzerland and was customized...
May 21, 2014
Bell Helicopter has been granted a $337-million modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract for the manufacture and...
May 21, 2014
The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America (ESA) two contracts worth a total of $14.1 million for equipment connected to the upgrade of its Bell AH-1W Cobras. The first contract, worth $11.6...
May 21, 2014
The Lockheed Martin Kestrel autopilot has received its commodity jurisdiction, allowing for quick, affordable deployments for international markets. The Kestrel autopilot and a version of the vertical takeoff and lift Indago system are no longer restricted by International Traffic in Arms...
May 21, 2014
EADS-NA has been granted a $55 million sole-source modification to contract an existing contract to procure...
May 15, 2014
Airbus Group has delivered the 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army. The Lakota is manufactured at the company's Airbus Helicopters facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas Todd, Army Project Manager for Utility Aircraft, accepted the delivery. ...
May 14, 2014
The U.S. Army has awarded PAS MRO a five-year contract for the repair and overhaul of the UH-60 helicopter rotor blade tip cap. The maximum potential value of...
May 14, 2014
Sikorsky and the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of Carnegie Mellon University will demonstrate an autonomous delivery of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) by an optionally piloted Black Hawk helicopter equipped with Matrix technology. The UGV will subsequently execute a mission to investigate a potentially contaminated area, while keeping human personnel out of harm’s way. The project is...
May 12, 2014
Columbia Helicopters has added a known quantity to its board of directors – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William T. "Tim" Crosby (Retired). Crosby retired after serving almost 35 years in the U.S. Army, most recently as program executive officer (PEO) for U.S. Army Aviation. His service included a...
May 12, 2014
Northrop Grumman and Yamaha have agreed to develop a small, unmanned autonomous helicopter system. The new system, called the Rotary-Bat (R-Bat), merges an airframe produced by Yamaha with autonomous control and...
May 9, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded a $7.9 million firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously...
May 9, 2014
Greenwich AeroGroup announced that Matrix Aviation completed the merger with its sister company Professional Aviation Associates. The merger positions the combined companies to provide customers one point of contact with...
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