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July 1, 2012
Left: Crosby during an exclusive Rotor & Wing interview. Right: At Quad-A in April, Crosby at a press conference with other Army leaders, including Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield (sitting next to Crosby). U.S. Army Aviation Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, the Program Executive Officer (PEO) since 2008, leads an organization with seven unique Project offices, more than 2,250 military...
July 1, 2012
I want to start this column by acknowledging the retirement of Jeff Pino as president of Sikorsky Helicopters. I met Jeff while he was with Bell Helicopter. He called from Bell one day and invited me to a customer feedback session. I attended along with several other chief pilots from Bell operators around the world. Nobody ever said that the chief pilots of PHI or CHC Helicopters et al, lack opinions or...
July 1, 2012
For the moment at least, while traditional high-spending military customers from Europe and North America are being put to the sword by their financial masters (motto: fear naught—apart from accountants), industry is having to radically rethink its global military business strategy. The markets for high-price ticketed items such as attack helicopters and those designed specifically for military...
July 1, 2012
Rendering of a AVX Aircraft Joint Multi-Role (now Future Vertical Lift) aircraft dropping troops into the battlefield. AVX During the AHS Forum in May, U.S. Army Aviation and other helicopter industry leadership from the science and technology (S&T) community noted that the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative is on track, but emphasized the need to secure funding sources in order for the program to...
July 1, 2012
Lewis currently serves as the director for aviation development at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center. He manages and directs the execution of the Army Aviation Science and Technology portfolio, including basic and applied research, and advanced technology development. A career Army Aviator and experimental test pilot, his duties now include serving as the...
June 29, 2012
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency’s Aviation branch in Philadelphia has issued an $8.7-million...
June 27, 2012
During a ceremony on Friday, Boeing delivered the 100th CH-47F Chinook to the U.S. Army from its modification center in Millville, N.J. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) noted that the milestone was reached...
June 27, 2012
The question concerning the development of a new generation of Future Vertical Lift (FVL) rotorcraft for 2030 and beyond is a simple one. How radical and how rapid can the development of a new class of aircraft be given the poor state of research and development funding and the unlikely change in those circumstances over the next few years—exactly the time when the ground-breaking R&D needs to...
June 26, 2012
The U.S. State Department has authorized Bloomfield, Conn.-based Kaman Corp. to begin negotiations with the government of New Zealand involving the SH-2G Super Seasprite. The proposed sale would cover 11 SH-2Gs, a...
June 18, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has received a $19.1-million extension from the U.S. Navy for non-recurring engineering efforts related to the...
June 13, 2012
Bell has handed over the first Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior under the “A2D” conversion program to the U.S. Army. The helicopter, which joined the 1-6 Air Cavalry Squadron in Fort Riley, Kan., represents the first to receive a conversion from the existing OH-58A model to the rebuilt “D” variant under the wartime replacement aircraft (WRA) program, which seeks to replenish the...
June 11, 2012
The U.S. Army's first Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior has entered service with the Air Cavalry Squadron in Fort Riley, Kan. The helicopter was the...
June 7, 2012
French NH90 in the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) variant. As the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing Chinook clatters toward its objective, navigation being assisted by a moving map and a pre-planned mission profile, the pilot is aware of a familiar voice filling the headphones. It is a voice they have heard several times before and they know, aside from the callsign, that the person speaking is watching their...
June 5, 2012
The U.S. Army has awarded a $9.9-million contract to Goodrich Corp. for its health and usage...
June 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com A week before heading to Fort Worth, Texas for AHS Forum 68 (from May 1-3), I figured I would receive a number of updates about the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative and rotorcraft science and technology (S&T) efforts for both the military and commercial industries. What I couldn’t predict was an unfolding story (see “Sikorsky President Jeff Pino to...
June 1, 2012
Although the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) program could be officially declared as “off and running” with the announcement of a Request for Information (RfI) on April 25 by U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal (ACC-RSA), there should be no expectation that this will result in a major new technology-based program. The AAS requirement is intended to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior which...
June 1, 2012
The Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense has ordered 20 EC725s. Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering will manufacture the helicopters in Astana. Eurocopter Eurocopter has received an...
June 1, 2012
Jeff Pino during his speech at Heli-Expo in February. Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino—who has led the company during a period that includes significant developmental and engineering achievements such as the X2 technology demonstrator, subsequent military S-97 Raider and heavy lift CH-53K—is planning to retire, effective July 1. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has named...
June 1, 2012
Left: From left to right, John Garrison, Phil Dunford, Lutz Bertling, AHS Director Mike Hirschberg, James Wang and Jeff Pino. Bell Photo The May 1 panel was part of the annual event from AHS International, with AgustaWestland’s James Wang, vice president of R&D, Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison, Boeing Military’s Phil Dunford, vice president/general manager, Eurocopter...
June 1, 2012
Existing military helicopter procurement for the United Kingdom’s armed forces appears to have been given short/medium term approval following the announcement by defense minister Philip Hammond of the delayed planning round (PR) 12 Committed Core Equipment Program to the UK’s Parliament on May 12, 2012. According to Hammond, the delay of PR12 had been due to the Ministry of Defence wrestling...
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