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May 1, 2014
Another Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook pilot, Flight Lt. Charlie Lockyear, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for operations in Afghanistan with Master Aircrew (MACR) Bob Sunderland receiving a Mention in Dispatches during the same action. While on a mission in May 2013 to...
May 1, 2014
Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance has obtained a $7.9-million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an...
April 30, 2014
Kaman Aerospace has started production flight testing for the first of 10 SH-2G(l) Super Seasprite helicopters from its Bloomfield, Conn. facility. The fleet of helicopters, destined for New Zealand, is due for delivery in mid-2015. New Zealand ordered 10 Super Seasprites, plus spares, a full mission simulator and logistics support in a $120 million deal in May 2013. The helicopters, upgraded former U.S...
April 29, 2014
Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens flew the AW609 tiltrotor in Arlington, Texas...
April 29, 2014
Loading the Seahawk in preparation for MH370 search The Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky S-70B2 Seahawk joined the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. On March 28, a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster transported the Seahawk from HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia, from where the...
April 28, 2014
Five British servicemen were killed on April 26 when their AgustaWestland Lynx Mk9A helicopter crashed in Afghanistan near Kandahar air base. Twenty-four hours later, it was still unclear what caused the twin-engine utility helicopter based at RAF Odiharn in Hampshire to come down. It is the third largest loss of...
April 28, 2014
With an increase in the number of vessels entering the polar circle in the Arctic, most search and rescue (SAR) specialists agree it is a matter of when, not if, an accident happens that will put many lives in grave danger. The point was made by several speakers at the start of IQPC’s Search and Rescue Europe conference (April 8-9) held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maj. Gen. Stig Nielsen, commander...
April 28, 2014
Genesys Aerosystems Group has acquired Chelton Flight Systems and S-TEC Corporation in a management buyout. Key customers include AgustaWestland, Airbus Military, Air Medical Group Holdings, Bell Helicopter, Carson Helicopters, Embraer, Grob Aircraft, Sikorsky, Textron AirLand, and commercial, military, and government fleets around the world. Chelton Flight Systems, founded in 1997, developed the...
April 25, 2014
Boeing received a $103-million firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command for advance...
April 24, 2014
Overhaul Support Services has received a $7.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for the Drag Brace Landing for the Black...
April 24, 2014
S-70B Seahawk launches as a refueling probe is transferred while both ships are deployed in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Photo courtesy of RAN Two recent tragic incidents have revealed the challenges of searching for, and rescuing people from, aircraft or vessels that get into difficulties in the maritime environment. In the case of Malaysian Airlines MH370, the challenge was actually tracking...
April 24, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has demonstrated the optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army.  The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) Program...
April 23, 2014
Rolls-Royce has received $39 million to support AE 1107C engines for V-22 aircraft operated by the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force. The Rolls-Royce...
April 23, 2014
Bell Helicopter was awarded a maximum $38.4-million firm-fixed-price contract for yoke assemblies for the U.S...
April 21, 2014
The first of six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now operational, two and a half months ahead of schedule. The FAA granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its...
April 15, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has completed the initial series of tests required by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to verify the structural strength of the heavylift CH-53K. Conducted on a full-size non-flying airframe called the Static Test Article (STA), the tests are part of a three-year program to validate that the largest helicopter ever designed and built by Sikorsky has the structural...
April 15, 2014
AgustaWestland, manufacturer of the AW119 Koala, brought a new variant of the light, single-engine turbine to last week's Sea-Air-Space conference outside of Washington, DC. The aircraft, designated the AW119Kx, is intended to compete for the title of the Department of the Navy's new helicopter trainer. The AW119Kx will come standard with a...
April 15, 2014
Boeing was awarded an $8.8 million modification to its existing contract for a CH-47F cargo helicopter to provide additional...
April 10, 2014
AgustaWestland will provide the Armed Forces of Malta with a second AW139, with delivery expected in June 2015. The helicopter is equipped with a...
April 10, 2014
Under an expanded contract, Northrop Grumman Corporation will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond...
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