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May 6, 2014
Graphic showing a Wildcat firing a FASGW missile. Rendering courtesy of UK MoD Both the British and French governments have finally confirmed an $830 million (£500-million) investment into MBDA’s helicopter launched anti-ship missile, the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW(H)), which is alternatively known as the Anti-Navire Leger (Light Anti-Ship) or ANL in France. The project...
May 6, 2014
On April 8, Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, seemed to have conceded to the Senate Armed Services Committee what was always going to be an unwinnable fight against the sequestration-caused reshaping of U.S. Army Aviation; that the Guard could not keep its Boeing Apaches. The Guard will hand over its 192 AH-64 Apaches to the regular force while gaining 111 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks in...
May 6, 2014
A British Army Air Corps (AAC) AgustaWestland Lynx AH9A crashed on Saturday, April 26 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of five military personnel onboard. The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is calling it a “tragic accident” during a routine flight and has not linked the crash to hostile...
May 6, 2014
The optionally piloted “me too” club grew by one on March 11 when Sikorsky Aircraft demonstrated its own optionally piloted U.S. Army UH-60MU Black Hawk (OPBH) for the first time. The flight took place at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sikorsky revealed in an announcement on April 21. Known within Sikorsky as the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter...
May 6, 2014
With a building expectation that the U.S. Navy is on the brink of announcing, possibly in May, that Sikorsky will provide the next presidential helicopter (it is, after all, the only bidder left in a race), it seems that the first six aircraft have been slated for delivery as early as 2019. In a financial highlights summary issued by the U.S. Navy, within section IV on Investment & Development, and...
May 5, 2014
The U.S. Navy has unveiled a $100-million program to fund the development of newer, more autonomous helicopter drones. The program aims to further reduce the need to have a trained aviator in the loop. Unlike current unmanned systems, the new technology will be expected to solve operational problems at landing zones, such as blowing debris and unforeseen obstacles, without on-site or remote...
May 5, 2014
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has released a follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis from 2011. The report, conducted by the U.S. Joint Helicopter Implementation Measurement Data Analysis Team (JHIMDAT), analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents from 2009 to 2011, and...
May 5, 2014
The Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippines has begun the acquisition process for two brand new anti-submarine helicopters. It will be the first time the small republic has sought to procure helicopters for such a mission. The two anti-submarine helicopters will primarily be “ship-based with mission-essential equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, a spokesperson for the...
May 5, 2014
CAE and Brazil-based Lider Aviacao launched a new helicopter pilot training program in Sao Paulo for operators of the S-92 Sikorsky aircraft. The S-92 training program is an extension of the joint venture between CAE and Lider, and will support flight training for all...
May 5, 2014
The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of Air Ambulance operations in the UK, announced that Magpas has joined the association as a full member after meeting the necessary membership criteria and...
May 5, 2014
Haven’t you heard? Welcome to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Pilots are no longer required, at least not on board the aircraft. No pilots? Is nothing sacred any more? I remember my first flights as pilot in command in both a helicopter and an airplane. It was me and the aircraft against the laws of nature. I was not overseeing flight management systems — I strapped on the...
May 5, 2014
The Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) demonstrated its capability across several different maritime scenarios to Dutch Authorities in Den Helder, The Netherlands, on April 29, 2014. Consolidating its maritime position, the S-100 demonstrated its ability to support maritime commanders and decision makers in the North Sea, west of Den...
May 5, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft participated in a transfer ceremony of an S-76A helicopter maintenance trainer to Canadore College earlier today for use as a hands-on training aid for students in the School of Aviation...
May 2, 2014
As LA County Fire transitioned into its first two standard model 412s, we suffered from a series of issues with the Sperry automatic flight control system (AFCS). Sperry had been brought out, teeth had been ground, swear words had been used, but the answer to why the aircraft would occasionally get uncommanded tail rotor inputs was only partially understood. We were working through this problem...
May 2, 2014
The helicopter pilot was on his final instrument approach for completing the requirements in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards and weather conditions were perfect. At Decision Height, the examiner called out “runway in sight.” The aircraft was slightly right of course and less than a dot above glideslope. Not perfect, but well within the standards. He let out a sigh of relief...
May 2, 2014
Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH) is planning a fun summer at the McMinnville, Ore. airport with two upcoming events: the JTH fourth annual touchdown autorotation contest and a Poker Run. The fourth Annual Touchdown Auto Rotation competition is slated to be held on June 22, 2014. New this year is a flour bag bombing contest. Spectators can sit in the bomber’s seat of the R-22 to test their skill at...
May 2, 2014
Kaman's K-Max unmanned aircraft system, well-known in Afghanistan, has completed more than 1,800 unmanned resupply missions and delivered more than four million pounds of supplies to troops throughout the region since being deployed in...
May 2, 2014
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a series of template risk models, highlighting a number of specific safety scenarios, which airline and airport operators, air navigation service providers, maintenance organizations, ground service providers and regulators can use as part of their own safety management systems (SMS). The models will allow organizations to assess their...
May 2, 2014
Sikorsky is currently engaged in full system testing of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter with all seven main rotor blades and four tail rotor blades attached for the first time to a non-flying prototype called the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV). Powered “Light-Off” with rotor blades spinning follows a “Bare Head” (without blades) test phase of the GTV...
May 1, 2014
Some of you may have heard of this concept that is commonly being referred to as the Digital Revolution. I believe it has something to do with that whole Inter-Web thing everybody’s also been talking about. And I imagine that as you read these words, many of you are expecting a sales pitch about how much better digital magazines are than print, how much more quickly you can receive your monthly...
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