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August 18, 2014
Redstone Defence Systems has selected Northrop Grumman to supply its integrated mission avionics for between 700 and 900 U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The conversion will mean the change from analogue cockpit gauges to digital instruments. The Black Hawks will be known as UH-60Vs, and the system has been acquired to replicate the same pilot vehicle interface (PVI) that pilots would experience in...
August 18, 2014
Tension stemming from the conflict in Ukraine is cited as a reason behind Poland’s announced intention to increase its defense spending up to two percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In line with this it is fast-tracking helicopter programs within the Polish Ministry of Defence’s Technical Modernization Program 2013-2022. According to the Polish Ministry of Defence, it is currently...
August 15, 2014
South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, announced in August that the World Wildlife Fund - South Africa (WWF-SA) was preparing for its 10th annual translocation of breeding population of black rhinos to more secure areas to help safeguard and hopefully increase numbers. Helicopters have been used in previous years by WWF-SA to assist in the capture and relocation of black...
August 13, 2014
A helicopter tour of Manhattan is a must-do activity for many visitors to New York City. But residents who live along the Hudson River, which runs between New Jersey and the most scenic parts of the city, are renewing their decades-long attempt to bring a halt to such tours. Citing noise from low-flying helicopters as reducing their quality of life, citizens who live and work near the Hudson are receiving...
August 12, 2014
On August 8, Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn., announced that the Federal Aviation Administration certified the V400 avionics software for the S-76D helicopter. The technology increases the capabilities of the twin-engine helicopter, allowing the aircraft to operate single-pilot under instrument flight rules.  According to the company, the V400 software, which can be installed by the...
August 12, 2014
HALO-Flight, a non-profit helicopter emergency medical service, recently received a Bell 429 configured for Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA)...
August 12, 2014
The Scorpion helmet mounted sight and display (HMSD) system from Thales provides color symbology and video for both day and night missions, improving situational awareness among crews aboard armed helicopters. Photo courtesy Thales The military began using night vision technology as early as the 1950s. When decreasing size and increasing performance finally put night vision technology in the hands –...
August 11, 2014
The FAA has certified the V400 avionics software for the Sikorsky S-76D airframe. The new software will allow the...
August 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters has announced that on August 8, Kazan Helicopters opened a new painting and finishing shop at its manufacturing base in Moscow. The RUB 467 million ($13 million) facility represents the company's continuing effort to increase its production output, as well as its competitiveness in the global rotorcraft market. The new shop houses a variety of...
August 11, 2014
Direction Finding SAR from Techtest Ltd. Mission-critical factors for life saving SAR operations include: maximum detection range of emergency beacon transmissions, flight time to locate the beacon(s), available time at the rescue site. These parameters are addressed by the Techest DF SAR. 121.5 MHz, 156.8 MHz, 243 MHz and 406 MHz are cyclically scanned providing 360 degrees DF bearing. The system is...
August 8, 2014
Looking at a panel full of instruments is like looking at the heartbeat of your aircraft. Thinking back to primary flight training brings up basic images of how they work, such as the altimeter with its expandable bellows that moves a dial; or the attitude indicator, with a gyro inside that looks like the one on the shelf in science class. Those simple pictures help bring understanding and may aid in...
August 7, 2014
The Armed Forces of Malta has received their first AgustaWestland AW139 to be used primarily in maritime border control...
August 7, 2014
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America, subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation, has...
August 6, 2014
Simplex Portland, Ore., United States With its advanced engineering capabilities and many years of experience, Simplex offers a one-stop solution for nearly every helicopter mission. Aerial firefighting is one of those strengths. Simplex has close relationships with fire departments and forest services across the globe. Because of this, their systems are getting bigger and better while reducing weight and...
August 5, 2014
Boeing demonstrated the AH-64E and AH-6 to the media ‘up close and personal’ in the early morning desert sun When Boeing calls asking if you would like to join its pre-Farnborough/Le Bourget media briefing week, it is unwise to say “no.” The schedule is always hectic, crisscrossing the United States on variously timed early and late flights, but the agenda always makes the effort...
August 5, 2014
The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force (RAF) is running a competition asking the public to vote on their favorite public relations image of the year. Naturally, Rotor & Wing's favorite image will be...
August 4, 2014
DRF Luftrettung, an air rescue organization based in Filderstadt, Germany, has received the first completed EC145 T2 from Airbus Helicopters. The new EC145 T2 will be based out of the...
July 30, 2014
Russia’s Moscow Health Department has awarded Airbus Helicopters with a contract to deliver two specially-designed EC145 helicopters to be used for air...
July 30, 2014
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has received a new Bell 429 from Bell Helicopter, the first of four airframes to be delivered by the end of 2015...
July 29, 2014
The Australian Government ordered the MRH90 – an Australian variant of the NH90 assembled locally in Brisbane by Australian Aerospace – over the competing Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk in 2004 and 2006 under Project AIR 9000 Phases 2, 4 and 6. Phase 2 called for a squadron of 12 to provide extra mobility for forces on operations, while Phase 4 and 6 required 28 helicopters to replace the...
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