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May 7, 2015
USAAC 2nd Lt. Carter Harman (left side, standing) flew the first combat rescue mission in an YR-4B in Burma in 1944. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. On May 8, the National Mall in Washington will be the site of several vintage World War II aircraft fly-bys commemorating Victory in Europe (V-E) Day – the day in 1945 when victory was declared in the European theater of the war...
May 7, 2015
On April 2, United Technologies Corp. appointed Robert Leduc as president of Sikorsky Aircraft effective immediately. He succeeds Mick Maurer, who moved to the newly created position of UTC senior vice president, Strategic Projects. Both Leduc and Maurer will report to UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes. “Across the aerospace industry, Bob is recognized as a proven leader,” Hayes said...
May 7, 2015
Columbia Helicopters has hired Santiago Crespo as its new Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Crespo previously served as Vice President & General Manager of Oil and Gas Aviation at Erickson Incorporated, and will assume his new duties on May 11th. “I am pleased that Santiago has decided to join the Columbia Helicopters family,” said Jim Rankin, company president...
May 7, 2015
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has announced a new contract to manufacture and deliver a custom-configured MD 530F helicopter for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Aviation Unit. Acquisition of the MD 530F was approved by Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee on April 27.   Photo courtesy of MD Helicopters “The relationship between Las Vegas Metro Police and MD...
May 7, 2015
The FAA has demonstrated a new smartphone application called “B4UFLY,” designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location. “We want to make sure hobbyists and modelers know where it is and isn’t okay to fly,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “While there are other apps that...
May 6, 2015
By Mike Hangge Fifty feet up, open desert below, 110 knots. Heat forgotten, sweat pouring. Crew meshed, flight locked tight. Target in sight. One minute out… To me, there just isn’t anything quite as perfect as those moments when life is forgotten and there’s nothing but the mission. Everything depends on me doing my job. Everything depends on each of us doing our jobs. We are fused...
May 6, 2015
Australia has commissioned into service the first two of seven Boeing CH-47F Chinook “Foxtrot” cargo helicopters for the Australian Army. The two helicopters are part of an A$631 million project that includes seven CH-47Fs and two flight simulators. The simulators were delivered in April 2014 and February 2015, and have since then been training Army Chinook crews. The first helicopters were...
May 6, 2015
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will be at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., Friday, May 8 to participate in a ceremony recognizing Langley’s decades of contributions to improving helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft.   NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has done research on helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft almost...
May 6, 2015
CHC Helicopter has announced that Lee Eckert will be succeeding Joan Hooper as Chief Financial Officer effective July 16, 2015. Mr. Eckert was most recently CFO of the $13 billion in sales U.S. division of National Grid Plc., an international energy company listed on the London Stock Exchange and with ADRs trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The appointment of Mr. Eckert...
May 5, 2015
Textron Systems Support Solutions has introduced its new unmanned systems training course catalog. The company has developed curricula including both classroom and hands-on training elements, utilizing customized materials and training aids to provide a holistic experience. The company’s training experts then tailor the program to the customer’s language of choice, skill level (beginner to...
May 5, 2015
Eveline Bisson has been appointed as Director of Transport Business Services for Metro Aviation, a new position that will allow HEMS customers to consult with a Metro resource to improve their internal business practices, both clinically and financially.   Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation “The Metro family is a diverse community consisting...
May 5, 2015
Following the devastation of Cyclone Pam, the Vanuatu Government and the World Bank contacted Australian operator Heliwest, who deployed Lockheed Martin’s Indago small unmanned aerial system (UAS) to conduct a rapid damage assessment. The Indago collected imagery of the damage over a two-week mission and provided the data to operators, without risking a life.   Photo courtesy of Heliwest...
May 4, 2015
Erickson Incorporated will release its earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 on Monday, May 11, 2015 after the market closes. Jeff Roberts, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Eric Struik, the...
May 4, 2015
CHC Group Ltd. has announced today that as of midnight New York City time on May 1, 2015, the expiration date, $20,755,150 aggregate principal amount of outstanding 9.375% Senior Notes due 2021 of CHC Helicopter S.A., its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, had been tendered and not withdrawn in the previously...
May 4, 2015
Aerospace and professional services provider Nova Systems is expanding its European business (Nova Systems UK) with the purchase of an Airbus Helicopter H135. The fully-instrumented aircraft will be used to test the latest sensors...
May 1, 2015
At AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015, Rockwell Collins (Booth 701) will showcase a range of avionics solutions - including certified flight controls, data links and navigation technologies - all aimed at addressing the integration challenges facing the UAS community.   Photo courtesy...
May 1, 2015
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) a new set of proposals aimed at improving the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 normally unattended offshore installations in the North Sea. The proposals build upon an independent report compiled by Cranfield University, commissioned by the CAA, aimed at providing a new strategy for...
May 1, 2015
The global aerospace and defense company AAR has earned Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Awards at two of its operating units — Aircraft Component Repair (ACS) in Amsterdam and Defense Systems Logistics (DSL) in Havelock, N.C. — for the fifth straight year. Boeing issues the awards annually to recognize suppliers that have achieved superior performance for each...
April 30, 2015
On March 26, Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace and Neya Systems demonstrated the first ever collaborative unmanned air and ground casualty evacuation, using the UAS Control Segment (UCS) Architecture and K-MAX® cargo helicopter.   Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin During the demonstration, ground operators responded to a distress call by sending an unmanned ground vehicle to assess the area and...
April 30, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a significant NextGen milestone with the completion of En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), a highly advanced computer system used by air traffic controllers to safely manage high-altitude traffic. The first ERAM system went online at Salt Lake City Center in March 2012. The final installation was completed last month at New York Center. ERAM...
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