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April 9, 2013
Eurocopter and Turbomeca have reached industrial cooperation agreements with Polish aviation maintenance company Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No. 1 (WZL-1) to open two full assembly lines in Poland. The assembly...
April 8, 2013
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday at age 87, may be remembered militarily for leading the United Kingdom in the campaign to retake the Falkland Islands in 1982, which had been invaded by Argentina’s forces in a surprise attack. She served three terms in office and her defining moment could be said to have been during the Falklands War. Her close relationship with...
April 4, 2013
The United Kingdom’s 24 upgraded Royal Air Force (RAF) Pumas are to receive new self-sealing fuel tanks, thanks to a contract between Eurocopter, the OEM delivering the upgraded helicopters, and GKN Aerospace. It has already delivered some of the new tanks...
April 3, 2013
At the end of March, Flight Lt. Christopher Gordon, a Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook pilot, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing British and Afghan troops during a major contact with the Taliban in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Flying one of two Chinooks, escorted by a Boeing Apache attack helicopter, his mission had required the insertion of the troops into a known insurgent...
April 1, 2013
MD Helicopters CEO Lynn Tilton through the cockpit of the MD540F.    At HAI Lynn Tilton, owner of MD Helicopters, said she was scarred, but stronger for it, in her efforts to turn MD Helicopters around since buying the company in 2005. “I can feel the Howard Hughes legacy on my shoulders.” The latest MD product, the MD540F, is on many military wish lists, she said. “We have...
April 1, 2013
Roberto Garavaglia and new AgustaWestland CEO Daniele Romiti during the company’s Heli-Expo press conference.    The expectation of a battle royale between the press and the management team from AgustaWestland at the company’s press conference on the eve of the opening of Heli-Expo in Las Vegas over the alleged Indian AW101 scandal in India did not materialize. Instead, newly...
April 1, 2013
During an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing on March 6, Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison detailed the manufacturer’s plans for the future of tiltrotor technology. Bell has submitted its own proposal for the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Joint Multi Role (JMR) technology demonstrator (TD). All proposals had to be received in early March. Bell...
April 1, 2013
With the threat of sequestration in the air, a question mark against the numbers of military that would attend, and a gloomy presence by an industry reluctant to take part in a gathering that has seemingly got progressively smaller both in exhibitors and visitors, the annual winter AUSA ILW Aviation went ahead in January 2013 at National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. But speakers there...
March 27, 2013
Sikorsky has handed over five S-70i Black Hawks to the Special Forces unit of the Columbian Army’s Air Assault Division. The airframes were built at PZL Mielec...
March 21, 2013
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program to challenge industry engineers to dream up “novel concepts” for the next generation of vertical lift. During a conference call with reporters, VTOL X-Plane Program Manager Ashish Bagai said that one of the main objectives is to “not just revisit existing methods...
March 13, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has elected to offer the L-3 Aviation Products GH-3001 electronic standby instrument system (ESIS), Stormscope WX-500 lightning...
March 7, 2013
During an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing on Wednesday, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison detailed the manufacturer’s plans for the future of tiltrotor technology. Bell has submitted its own proposal for the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (TD). All proposals had to be received by March 6. Boeing, partner on the V-22...
March 5, 2013
Becker Avionics has reached an agreement to partner with Helibras, Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Brazil, to provide its DVCS6100 digital audio system for the Brazilian Army Aviation fleet of AS550 A2 Fennec and...
March 5, 2013
The expectation of a battle royale between the press and the management team from AgustaWestland at the company’s press conference on the eve of the opening of Heli-Expo in Las Vegas over the alleged Indian AW101 scandal in India did not materialize. Instead, newly appointed CEO Daniele Romiti (since February 21) and longstanding employee Roberto Garavaglia, senior vice president of marketing...
March 1, 2013
Left to right, Vijraya Kumar, general manager of RWR&DC for HAL; Maj. Gen. PK Bharali, VSM ADG, Indian Army Aviation; RK Tyagi, chairman of HAL; and Lt. Gen. Narendra Singh, DCOAS (P&S). Helicopters were much in the news at the 9th Aero India show, the biennial event held at the Yelahanka Air Base on the outskirts of Bangalore from Feb. 6-10, 2013. While there are certainly enough helicopter...
March 1, 2013
“It’s a joy for me because I’m one of those people who loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think that I’m probably quite useful.” This observation by the UK’s Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, was made on his return to the UK after a four-month tour of duty as a WAH-64D Apache crewman. His summary included the admission that...
February 28, 2013
As the business/trade days of the Avalon Airshow (February 26-28) give way to the excitement that always accompanies the public days (March 1-3), there has not been reciprocal excitement among rotorcraft industry exhibitors over opportunities in the Australian market. The mood matched the gloomy weather of the first few days. While the rotorcraft market is set to grow over the next few years, as outlined...
February 26, 2013
Tuesday marked the opening of Australian’s premier international airshow, Avalon, which runs from Feb. 26 to March 3 near Melbourne, Victoria. While the airshow and the Air Chief’s symposium held the preceding day are the domain of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the event nevertheless covers both military and civilian aviation and attracts the usual global manufacturers associated with...
February 7, 2013
Indian Defense Minister AK Antony opened the 9th Aero India airshow on Wednesday at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore. The growth of the Indian aerospace sector has attracted more than 600 companies and 78 declared international delegations to the event. The start was marked by a flypast of three Russian Mi-8 helicopters trooping the Indian national flag, the Indian Air Force (IAF) ensign and...
February 7, 2013
As Sikorsky enters its 90th year, Mick Mauer, company president, said that in 2009 he helped begin the strategy for aircraft cabins and other aerostructure components to be built in India, a project that has come together in two years. India has not only assembled but also shipped cabins, with the first S-92 with these parts now flying in Brazil. “India is now the sole source of S-92 cabins and the...
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