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August 1, 2009
August 13-15 — LABACE 2009, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Contact ABAG, phone +55 115-032-2727 (International) or 1-202-783-9000 (NBAA) in the U.S. Web: www.abag.org.br/labace2009/site_labace.Labace1.htm August 17-21 — 42nd Annual Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology, State College, Penn. Contact: Phone: 1-814-863-0602; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/rotary-wing August 27-30 —...
August 1, 2009
Unmanned aerial vehicles of the fixed-wing variety have proven their worth to the military beyond doubt during the past 15 years or so, especially since U.S. troops went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, with a lag time less dramatic but still reminiscent of the four-decade gap between the dawn of powered flight and the debut of the first useful helicopters, interest in rotorcraft UAVs is clearly taking...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
July 1, 2009
News A search and rescue effort is underway in the Pentagon in the wake of Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ decision to cancel the U.S. Air Force’s $15 billion CSAR-X program, which aimed to buy 141 new combat search and rescue helicopters for that service. Pentagon officials are searching for an answer to the question Gates posed when he announced his CSAR-X decision in April: "Whether...
June 17, 2009
The National Research Council Canada (NRC) provides specialized training for test pilot schools at its flight research lab in Ottawa. The two-week sessions train pilots on advanced handling qualities. The pilots go to the...
June 16, 2009
It's no secret that the European Union is in desperate need for more helos in order to help fight the War on Terrorism. However, the latest news...
June 5, 2009
Kaman Aerospace of Bloomfield, Conn. announced that it made its first appearance on the Forbes list of the 400 Best Big Companies. Kaman, while not being a leader in...
June 2, 2009
The 152,000-square-foot maintenance and repair building will be used to support helicopter...
June 1, 2009
CSAR, OSD, Roles and Missions A highly-capable, and professional USAF combat rescue force is the current target of beltway banter, fiscal posturing and political brinksmanship. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ recent budget recommendations and anecdotal CSAR assessments were generated by his OSD staff. Specifically, Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) and Acquisition, Technology and Logistics...
June 1, 2009
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Curtiss-Wright Corporation will be supplying fly-by-wire transducers for Sikorsky UH-60Ms and CH-53Ks. The contract is worth $20 million during 15 years. "The multi-channel linear variable displacement transducers (LVDTs) Curtiss-Wright Controls will deliver for Sikorsky UH-60M Upgrade and CH-53K airframes...
June 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | SAR The hidden heroism of Air America, the CIA-funded civilian airline that rescued downed U.S. pilots during the Vietnam War, was finally spotlighted on April 18 when the CIA and the University of Texas at Dallas held a one-day symposium called "Air America: Upholding the Airmen’s Bond." The bond is the refusal of airmen to leave their downed compatriots behind enemy lines to...
June 1, 2009
MILITARY | SAR The V-22 Osprey’s image within the Pentagon clearly is changing after its use in Iraq by the U.S. Marine Corps and entry into service with the Air Force Special Operations Command. At a May 7 briefing on the new defense budget, Vice Adm. Steve Stanley...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 18, 2009
This past weekend, Andrews AFB hosted the annual Joint Service Open House where members of every service participate in aerial shows, static displays and more. This year's show included aerial...
May 12, 2009
The University of North Dakota's Department of Aviation has won a $17 million contract to immediately train 27 Saudi pilots to fly helicopters, plus train 48 more within the next few years. The...
May 11, 2009
The Royal Air Force has announced that Prince William has completed basic singe-engine helicopter flight training, and is now scheduled to advance to multi-engine...
May 8, 2009
Northwest Helicopters, based in Washington, is an FAA certified repair station that has developed an important niche in the refurbishment of former military helicopters. The company specializes in Bell's UH-1 series, but it has also restored two Cobras and...
May 5, 2009
After nearly 30 years of California National Guard service, the last UH-1 Huey flew from Sacramento on its final...
May 4, 2009
The annual Quad A convention begins today and runs through May 6. The event is held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in...
May 1, 2009
These men and women are doing everything in that helicopter except flying it. From the military perspective backseaters, GIB’s, spoons, whatever you may call them, these people bring a myriad of talent to helicopter missions. In CSAR, medevac, and maritime missions they bring aircraft technical skills, medical skills and gunnery expertise. All the services including the U.S. Coast Guard employ and...
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