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April 7, 2015
Aerospace Optics has introduced NEXSYS, a premium product line of flexible avionic system interface solutions offering system designers and engineers the ability to solve system-to-system communication challenges. The NEXSYS brand joins VIVISUN® in positioning Aerospace Optics as one of the industry’s leading innovation solutions manufacturers for illuminated and non-illuminated interface...
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
While growth in the Australian helicopter market may have slowed this financial year, the sector still has encouraging growth prospects and was well represented at the Australian International Air Show, which took place at Avalon Airport, Victoria, from Feb. 24 to March 1. The static park included AgustaWestland AW139s and the AW169, Airbus Helicopters was present with its EC120 and EC130 T2, Robinson...
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
AHS International has announced its 2015 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. A total of $68,000 through 22 scholarships were awarded this year to some of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. The following are this year’s awardees, who will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday May 6, 2015, during the 71st Annual AHS...
April 6, 2015
The Boeing Company has announced deliveries across its commercial and defense operations for the first quarter of 2015. Commercial...
April 6, 2015
In 2014, more than 1,000 Russian and international flight and engineering crew underwent training at Russian Helicopters’ training centers. Aircrews from the Emergencies Ministry, Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB), as well as Russian Helicopters' international partners, received additional professional training. Crews from the Republic of Korea, Peru, Kazakhstan and Mongolia were...
April 3, 2015
LORD Corporation, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control, has joined the Sikorsky-Boeing team to develop and build the SB>1 DEFIANT™ technology demonstrator for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator program. The...
April 3, 2015
Northrop Grumman Corporation's subsidiary Remotec Inc. and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot's line of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). AirRobot produces electrical powered multi-copter systems that can carry a payload weighing up to 7 pounds and fly for as long as 50 minutes. The systems can also carry a wide range of payloads – including multi-spectral cameras...
April 3, 2015
United Technologies Corp. has announced the appointment of Robert Leduc as President of Sikorsky Aircraft, succeeding Mick Maurer, who will move to the newly created position of UTC Senior Vice President, Strategic Projects. The appointments are effective immediately, and both Leduc and Maurer will report to UTC President and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes. "It is a great pleasure to welcome...
April 2, 2015
Using the MH-60K, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), or 160th SOAR (A), is capable of accomplishing any mission over any terrain at any time—plus or minus thirty seconds. Photo courtesy of CW4 Elvis Costello   The American military has depended upon the war horse since we first gained our independence. The horses have changed through the years—beginning as privately...
April 2, 2015
Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has appointed an analyst to assess whether or not to divest Sikorsky Aircraft from its family of holdings. The examination is said to be driven by the subsidiary’s positive, but shrinking profit figures in the defense sector. The assessment, which should be concluded by the end of 2015, is expected to give UTC president and CEO Gregory Hayes the...
April 2, 2015
Northwest MedStar owns a mixed fleet of four fixed-wing and seven rotory-wing aircraft, and recently replaced one of its helicopters with a new Airbus H135 (EC135) completed by Metro Aviation in Shreveport, La. Metro has also operated all 11 aircraft for Northwest MedStar since August of 1994.   Photo courtesy of...
April 2, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced a new member to the Bell Helicopter North American sales team. Effective immediately, Tom Moyer will assume the role of Regional Sales Manager in North America, responsible for marketing and sales activities in the Midwest region.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Tom began his career at Bell Helicopter in 2013 as an instructor specialist at the Bell Helicopter...
April 2, 2015
AgustaWestland has announced the availability of a new AW169 Flight Training Device (FTD) at its A. Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. The device has been certified by a joint European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) team to FTD Level 2 as per CS-FSTD(H), the certification specification for Helicopter Flight Simulation Training Devices.  ...
April 1, 2015
Papillon Helicopters of Boulder City, Nev., will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of its golden helicopter on April 16. The Airbus H130 T2 (formerly EC-130 T2) – christened “Copter 50” – will commemorate the company’s standing as the world’s largest and oldest-running helicopter tour operator. Copter 50 will be gold with stripes and the company’s...
April 1, 2015
Taiwan’s National Airborne Services Corps' (NASC) fleet of 10 AS365 Dauphins will be covered by Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Infinite Fleet Availability services under a five-year agreement valued at 54.5million Euros. HCare Infinite will provide NASC with a full fleet management service backed by an availability commitment across three bases in the country. Airbus Helicopters will perform all...
April 1, 2015
Aeryon Labs Inc., manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), is the first Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) sUAS provider to be granted statewide approvals by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for research and public safety applications. Kansas State University Salina (KSU) and the Michigan State Police (MSP) have been granted authority to use Aeryon sUAS throughout their respective...
April 1, 2015
The U.S. Army has upgraded its CH-47F fleet with the new Required Navigation Performance-Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) system from Rockwell Collins. The upgrade for CH-47F Chinooks equipped with Rockwell Collins’ Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) was most recently fielded with the Minnesota/Iowa National Guard, as well as the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii. The...
March 31, 2015
Breeze-Eastern Corporation, the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, has delivered more than 1,000 BL-29900 rescue hoist systems. The system's unique Reactive Overload Clutch (ROC) feature is a next-generation improvement over standard slip-clutch technology used by other manufacturers...
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