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August 10, 2016
Airbus Helicopters has sold 30 H225M Caracals to the Kuwait Ministry of Defence. The agreement includes an associated support and services package. Airbus helicopters have...
August 5, 2016
Sikorsky plans to build its operation in Colombia into a hub for supporting Black Hawk operators throughout Latin America.  The manufacturer in 2012 established facilities in Colombia to support operations there. Colombia is the largest Black Hawk operator in the region, Sikorsky said. That nation’s army, air force and national police together have more than 100 Black Hawks and that country has...
August 2, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, this September. The Summit...
August 1, 2016
The U.K. Ministry of Defence has received its 30th and final upgraded Leonardo AW101 Merlin Mk2 helicopter.  Leonardo and Lockheed Martin have been involved in the design, development and manufacture of the...
July 12, 2016
Kaman is starting work to remanufacture and upgrade four SH-2Gs for Peru's navy following receipt of a $39.8 million contract, the company said today at the Farnborough Air Show.   Kaman Aerosystems Air Vehicles and MRO division secured the contract from General Dynamics Mission Systems—Canada, the lead contractor on the project. Kaman said it already had realized sales of $10.6 million through...
July 8, 2016
The USAF Helicopter Pilots Assn. will hold its 20th reunion next week in Great Falls, Montana. The group was established in 1985 "to...
July 8, 2016
Piedmont Propulsion Systems (PPS) is advancing into the military helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul market with approval from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command to maintain and overhaul Sikorsky UH-60 main rotor hubs.  PPS provides aircraft...
July 1, 2016
The U.S. Air Force introduced the first of 21 HH-60G Pave Hawks as part of the Operational Loss Replacement (OLR) program. The HH-60G is used to conduct combat search and...
May 20, 2016
Air National Guard officials in Alaska, Pennsylvania and Texas are discussing the possibility of acquiring V-22s for search and rescue missions, according to a published report.   The U.S. Navy's V-22 deputy program manager told AHS International's annual Technical Forum yesterday that "there has been some dialogue with the Air Force Air Guard" and officials in those states have "shown...
May 19, 2016
An EgyptAir Airbus A320 carrying 66 passengers from Paris to Cairo, Egypt, crashed while traveling from Paris to Cairo, Egypt. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the plane had crashed, but it's too early to determine a cause. He said terrorism is not being...
May 18, 2016
International aviation leaders are seeking nominations for one of the world's most prestigious safety awards, but the deadline is nigh. Nominations for the 2016 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award must be submitted by June 1.   The award honors a "significant individual or group effort contributing to improving aviation safety, with emphasis on original contributions" that was...
May 16, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica introduced an AgustaWestland AW119 single-engine helicopter, called the TH-119. It was unveiled at the Navy League Sea-Air Space Exhibition today in Washington, D.C. The aircraft...
May 6, 2016
Bell Helicopter said it has donated $5,000 to support the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. Bell's EVP presented the donation to retired Lt. Gen. Daniel J. Petrosky, the...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 1, 2016
AAR's airlift division has begun search and rescue (SAR) and support helicopter services for the U.K. Ministry of Defence in the Falkland Islands. The company together with British...
March 31, 2016
Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. The 100-million-euro deal calls for the delivery of...
March 24, 2016
The first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101s for the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MoJ) performed its maiden flight at Finmeccanica's Yeovil, U.K., plant March 21. This marks the start of the flight test program leading to aircraft deliveries for the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2017 to continue to...
March 8, 2016
Helicopter makers and other industry representatives are to gather in Florida's Panhandle tomorrow to review the U.S. Navy's helicopter training program in preparation for proposals to replace it. The Naval Air Systems Command is hosting an industry day March 9 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field as part of its solicitation of sources interested in providing an "Advanced Helicopter Training...
March 7, 2016
Sikorsky has been, for the most part, smoothly integrating with new parent company Lockheed Martin, except for a few hiccups in information technology (IT) systems, according to Sikorsky CEO Dan Schultz.   Schultz told Rotor & Wing International March 2 Sikorsky has a dedicated team of roughly 25 to 30 people working solely on synergies and integration issues between Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin...
January 26, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is telling other military services that its primary requirement for future rotorcraft is speed because it needs a gunship fast enough to escort its MV-22s.    The assistant deputy commandant for aviation, Brig. Gen. Karsten “Hazel” Heckl, told R&WI that he emphasized that point Dec. 8, 2015, when two Bell Boeing MV-22s from HMX-1, the Marines’...
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