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July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
July 20, 2015
Expect Lockheed Martin to spend the next six months or so sorting out what needs to be fixed at Sikorsky Aircraft versus what needs to be sustained there. The $46-billion aerospace and defense company said today it has struck a deal to buy Sikorsky from United Technologies for $9 billion (higher than pundits’ valuation of $8 billion). The companies said the deal should close late this year or in...
July 16, 2015
A senior U.S. Army aviator is among NASA’s eight newest astronauts. Maj. Anne McClain and her 2013 astronaut class colleagues recently completed training begun in August 2013 in space system training, robotics and specialized hardware and science. (The class also includes another Army officer, Maj. Andrew Morgan, described as...
July 13, 2015
  AgustaWestland marked the centennial of its U.K. unit’s formation July 12 in ceremonies at the Yeovil home of what was originally the Westland Aircraft Works.  Opened in 1915 as a branch of the Yeovil engineering business Petters Ltd., Westland built many famous fixed-wing aircraft before its board decided in 1946 to focus entirely on helicopter production. Initially, it...
July 13, 2015
The U.S. Army is searching for contractors interested in working on a four-year project (starting during the current fiscal year) to develop and demonstrate a multi-spectral sensor to help its helicopter pilots fly safely in degraded visual environments. In a July 8 request for information with an Aug. 10 deadline, the...
July 10, 2015
U.S. Navy veteran and helicopter pilot Sunita Williams soon should resume pushing the boundaries of vertical flight, if NASA's plans hold. The space agency has selected her as one of four astronauts to work with Boeing and SpaceX to develop and flight test commercial launch vehicles for carrying crews to low Earth orbit (between...
July 6, 2015
A Mexican navy Black Hawk came under fire July 5 near the U.S. border, according to media reports, with its crew returning fire and killing six on the ground. The skirmish took place in a rural area about 20 miles south of Laredo, Texas...
June 16, 2015
Bell Helicopter and Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. have started assembling the fuselage for the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor. The delivery of the first completed fuselage to the Bell Helicopter facility in Amarillo, Texas is expected later this year, and the Technology Demonstrator's first flight is...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
May 29, 2015
Monday, June 1 is the deadline for this year’s nominations to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, according to the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad A). Since 1977, the Quad A-run Hall has honored persons who have made an outstanding contribution over an extended period...
May 18, 2015
The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating a May 17 MV-22 accident in Hawaii that killed one Marine and injured 21 others on the tiltrotor. The Marine Corps said the MV22 from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) had a "hard landing" at about 1140 local time during routine training at Bellows Air Force Station near...
May 12, 2015
On Saturday, Russian Helicopters' Mi-26, Mi-28N Night Hunter, Mi-35M, Ka-52 Alligator and Mi-8/17 military helicopters took part in parade ceremonies on Moscow's Red Square and in towns and cities across Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of allied forces' victory on the...
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...
April 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc. have announced their joint participation in the tenth bi-annual LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition, held April 14 to April 17 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Subject matter experts from both companies will be available at Booth #J.20 to discuss a broad range of aerospace, special mission and defense capabilities. The exhibition...
April 7, 2015
The Army views its common aviation cockpit concept as an architecture and backbone that allows a cockpit to evolve over time as opposed to simply components, according to a key official.  "We want to make sure the backbone not only allows the evolution of those vehicles over time but the evolution of the subcomponent," Dan Bailey, Army program director for Joint Multi-Role Technology...
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 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 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
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...
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