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November 13, 2013
Boeing has now officially taken the AH-64D out of production as of September, being replaced by the AH-64E, initially delivered as the AH-64D Lot III. The majority of the D Model Apaches were rebuilt from the AH-64A, including 713 AH-64Ds delivered to the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army also received 68 new builds as replacement aircraft. First delivery of the more advanced AH-64E was made in October 2011, with...
November 12, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over the first of four EC145s to the National Police of Peru, as the country's Interior Ministry looks to modernize its public security aircraft fleet...
November 12, 2013
The Philippine Air Force has placed an order for eight AW109 Power light twin engine helicopters. Under the contract, AgustaWestland will also...
November 11, 2013
The Philadelphia office of the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) has issued an $8.8-million contract to Thales Communication to repair six items in...
November 11, 2013
Honeywell International’s facility in Tempe, Ariz. has received a $19.1-million contract for technical, logistics...
November 8, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has granted $86.8 million to Sikorsky Aircraft for two additional Lot II anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare S-70Bs for the Brazilian...
November 8, 2013
Northrop Grumman has conducted the first flight of the unmanned MQ-8C. A ground-based group from the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman flew the aircraft on Oct. 31 from Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. The initial flight took seven minutes to validate the...
November 7, 2013
U.K.-based Sloane Helicopters has acquired an AgustaWestland AW109 GrandNew as the result of a leasing agreement with Milestone Aviation...
November 7, 2013
U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)’s Directorate of Acquisition has granted three contract modifications – to AAR Airlift Group, Columbia Helicopters and Construction Helicopters – related to...
November 6, 2013
Russian Helicopters has secured an order for a Ka-32A11BC from the Belarus Emergencies Ministry. The Minsk department of the government agency will operate the helicopter in the firefighting...
November 6, 2013
The U.S. Army is expanding its capabilities to protect the Persian Gulf region through joint training exercises with the U.S. Navy and friendly Middle East countries. Particular emphasis is being placed on working with the Navy to develop tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) for littoral (close to shore) operations in the region, to include over-water survival training and shipboard landings. The Texas...
November 6, 2013
Simplex Aerospace is adding the Max-Viz enhanced vision system as standard equipment on its SkyCannon helicopter-mounted firefighting system. The Astronics-produced Max-Viz EVS gives firefighters the ability to see...
November 5, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has gone through the initial testing phase of the 35-foot main and 10-foot tail rotor blades for the CH-53K, the heavy lift helicopter being developed for the U.S. Marine Corps. The blades are designed to meet USMC requirements for the CH-53K’s maximum gross weight of 88,000 lbs. Mike Torok, CH-53K vice president at Sikorsky, notes that the blades are important in helping...
November 5, 2013
Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace has finished testing a system that combines multiple sensors and database information into a single 3-D view of the outside world – Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone (SVAB). The system merges various sensors with the manufacturer’s Synthetic Vision System (SVS) to improve visibility in degraded visual environments (DVE), such...
November 5, 2013
Offshore, EMS, firefighting and SAR operator Era Helicopters has reached a five-year agreement with Canada-based Vector Aerospace...
November 4, 2013
AgustaWestland has appointed Grand Prairie, Texas-based Uniflight as an authorized service center (ASC) at its facility in Belle Vernon, Pa. The designation allows the Uniflight location to conduct airframe maintenance inspections on the AW119...
November 4, 2013
Canadian regional operator Bailey Helicopters has completed its field trials of Latitude Technologies' IONode flight data recorder on three different airframes, and...
November 1, 2013
The Rotor & Wing Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rotorandwing) recently topped 10,000 fans. As a sign of appreciation to those who have made this milestone possible, I’d like to dedicate this column to sharing some of my favorite comments to two recent questions that garnered a high number of responses. Feel free to join us as well on Twitter (twitter.com/rotorandwing) and LinkedIn, with more...
November 1, 2013
Full-flight simulator at Heli-Union’s Training Center.  Heli-Union is growing utilization of its Angouleme, France-based pilot training center thanks to the adoption of the latest tools available – a Thales/Eurocopter Dauphin full flight simulator (FFS) and Guimbal Cabri G2 light piston singles. In addition to answering Heli-Union’s in-house needs, the Heli-Union Training Center...
November 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter has initiated an upgrade program for the 412EPI, with a focus on improving the helicopter’s Category A certification and increased...
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