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May 1, 2010
Marines prepare to board three MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, MEB-Afghanistan for insertion into Marjah on Feb. 19, 2010. U.S. Marines/Lance Cpl. Samuel A. Nasso A U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22B Osprey crashed at about 1:00 a.m. local time April 9 in Zabul province Afghanistan, killing a USAF pilot and an enlisted flight engineer, an Army Ranger and a civilian...
May 1, 2010
At the end of March as part of its Air Power series of conferences, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), located in Whitehall, London, ran a conference on The Future Use of Battlefield Helicopters in Support of Land Operations. It was organized alongside the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command. RUSI has long associations with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and regards itself as a think tank on...
April 1, 2010
SRVIVR Cockpit Recorder Available from L-3 L-3 Electrodynamics is introducing the SRVIVR family of Cockpit Voice Flight Data Recorders (CVFDR), a state-of-the-art crash survivable recorder designed to meet the new FAA mandate for flight recorders. Offering the smallest and lightest CVFDR on the market today, SRVIVR is available with a variety of air vehicle interfaces providing flexibility for its use on a...
April 1, 2010
April 7–10: Aircraft Electronics Association Convention, Orlando, Fla. Contact AEA, phone 1-816-347-8400 or visit www.aea.net April 14–17: Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) Annual Convention, Fort Worth, Texas. Contact Quad-A, phone 1-203-268-2450 or visit www.quad-a.org April 21–22: Search and Rescue 2010, Aberdeen, Scotland. Contact Shepherd Group, phone +44 0 1753 727015 or...
April 1, 2010
UK MoD As the Chilcot Inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War comes to its conclusions, arguments continue to rumble back and forth between the politicians involved and a selection of senior military commanders. While the politicians say that they gave all that the British military commanders requested to deploy and sustain operations in Iraq (then also Afghanistan), a good selection of...
April 1, 2010
The dream turned into a nightmare the evening of April 8, 2000, at a dusty desert airfield near the southeastern Arizona town of Marana. The Marine and Air Force pilots and maintainers of the Multiservice Operational Test Team, the MOTT, had begun the Osprey’s most important stage of testing yet, Operational Evaluation, five months earlier. The results of OPEVAL would determine whether the Osprey...
April 1, 2010
The Army Aviation Association of America, known as Quad-A, expects to attract at least 7,500 attendees and 300 exhibitors this year. The association is using the entire arena and an annex to the Fort Worth Convention Center, probably at least 225,000 square feet, said Bob Lachowski, director of advertising and industry relations. When Rotor & Wing caught up with him last month, there were only six...
April 1, 2010
A two-year commitment by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) to train Afghan helicopter pilots and aircrew concluded at the end of March 2010. Project Curium resulted in the training of 18 pilots and nine engineers/aircrew. A pin-prick in the world of global military training you might think, but one that can have an effect out of all proportion to its size. Project Curium was managed by...
March 1, 2010
Made up of CHC, Thales, Sikorsky and the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Soteria Consortium has chosen the S-92A to replace UK-operated Sea Kings. Sikorsky The Soteria Consortium (comprising CHC, Thales, Sikorsky and the Royal Bank of Scotland) has won a bid to replace the UK’s predominantly military-run Search and Rescue helicopter force in 2012. The current SAR force is mainly comprised of Royal Air...
March 1, 2010
A crowd of more than 150 people witnessed the initial flight of the Eurocopter CH-53GA—the medium lift transport for the German Armed Forces—on Feb. 10 in Donauwörth. Test...
March 1, 2010
Lockheed Martin has handed over the 50th MH-60R helicopter with an equipment package designed to help protect the U. S. Navy fleet from hostile submarines and surface ships. Sikorsky built the newest member of the Seahawk family, with advanced mission systems integration from Lockheed Martin. “I am extremely proud of the MH-60R team, which has enabled this important milestone in the Romeo’s...
March 1, 2010
Soldiers from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit survey the area around Corail, Haiti in late January before boarding a Bell-Boeing MV-22. The U.S. Department of Defense budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes a request for 30 MV-22B Ospreys for the Marines and five CV-22B troop transport versions for the Air Force.U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who often talks about how vital rotorcraft are in...
March 1, 2010
Public Service / Patrol T Finland’s Border Guard has purchased a fourth AW119Ke for police and special ops missions. The helicopters will come with a law enforcement package similar to this NYPD AW119Ke in the...
March 1, 2010
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk from Task Force 34, 1st Battalion-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion, flies above a mosque during an early 2009 mission in Iraq. Sikorsky is investing $1 billion in its new Innovations segment, which will research a number of next-generation technologies, including an unmanned version of the Black Hawk.U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Lynette Hoke More than 100 people attended...
March 1, 2010
EADS North America has chosen Plano, Texas-based Luminator’s LS16 searchlight for the UH-72A. In the security and support configuration, the UH-72A...
March 1, 2010
A crowd of more than 150 people witnessed the initial flight of the Eurocopter CH-53GA—the medium lift transport for the German Armed Forces—on Feb. 10 in Donauwörth. Test...
March 1, 2010
The Bangladesh Navy has placed an order for two AW109 Power helicopters from AgustaWestland. The AW109s will conduct search and rescue, surface surveillance, maritime...
March 1, 2010
Imagine for a moment that a single-piloted, passenger-carrying helicopter leaves on a VFR flight plan from its airport-based helipad, enroute to a remote island 20 miles offshore. The flight was intended to take off in the late afternoon, however the VIPs were delayed until after sunset. Weather is reported as overcast at 6K, 6 miles in haze, 28C, calm winds, and no significant weather is forecasted along...
March 1, 2010
Korean War helicopter pilot, World War II fighter pilot, author, artist, great-grandfather. Many people would relish in accomplishing just one of these goals. For Richard C. Kirkland, that’s just where his story begins. Among his honors are the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal. Rotor & Wing visited Kirkland recently at his home in Vienna, Va....
March 1, 2010
There were at least two factors behind last year’s decision to terminate the funding for the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) aircraft. The first was the obvious one that it saved money by an incoming president eager for quick wins. It meant not beginning another procurement chain and not re-starting a program that still had a lingering bitter aftertaste following the win by...
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