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October 23, 2008
Belgium-based avionics specialist Barco has been awarded a contract from Eurocopter to provide high-performance mission displays...
October 21, 2008
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has selected Eurocopter’s EC-725 Cougar as the replacement for its fleet of...
October 21, 2008
The Canadian Air Force, Sikorsky’s launch customer for the maritime variant of the S-92, dubbed the H-92, is...
October 16, 2008
Without using any competitive bidding, the county purchased military and civil helicopters only from Agusta (part of the state-controlled Finmeccanica), which is an illegal measure...
October 8, 2008
The company delivered a UH-72A as the "first final assembly line aircraft from the production facility at Columbus, Mississippi." EADS is moving to transition the UH-72A's full production to the American Eurocopter facility in Columbus. The company is using a three-phased...
October 8, 2008
The H-92 Superhawk demonstrated its mission capabilities in nine countries throughout Europe during the past...
October 1, 2008
Correction, Please Your item on the first flight of the Block 3 variant of the Boeing/U.S. Army AH-64D Apache stated that "Boeing experimental test pilots performed the first flight" on June 27 at the Boeing’s Mesa, Ariz. facility ("Program Updates," August 2008, page 22). That is incorrect. That first flight of the first prototype Apache Block 3 was flown by a split crew...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency intends to award a sole-source contract to Boeing for continued development of a "disc rotor" aircraft. The DiscRotor concept is an aircraft with a relatively small, hub-mounted disc that can extend rotor blades to affect vertical flight. Boeing conducted a "Phase 0" research effort under a DARPA seedling/concept study...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY U.S. military services on Sept. 6 hosted a celebration in Washington of the celebration of the centennial of military aviation in the nation. Orville Wright left his home in Dayton, Ohio in mid-August 1908 for Washington, where he would conduct acceptance tests of the Wright Flyer for the U.S. Army. Two mechanics joined him for the trials: Charles Taylor and Charles Furnas. They spent Aug. 21 through...
October 1, 2008
Attack — State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd reports it has completed development of India’s first indigenously-developed light combat helicopter and plans to flight test it by year-end. The helo is aimed at giving a boost to the country’s fighting capabilities in the Himalayas. Heavy-Lift — Boeing, Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded a $722.7-million CH-47 multiyear contract for five...
October 1, 2008
The school that teaches U.S. Army aviators to operate safely on high-altitude missions, like those on the battlefields of Afghanistan, shares key principals of that training. Mid-October in the Rocky Mountains is no place for an outing by yourself, especially if you are unprepared. Typically during this time, pilots at the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) would spend their...
September 15, 2008
Air Force helicopters from the 23rd Wing were deployed to Galveston, Texas to assist in the massive search, rescue and recover effort that followed in the wake of Hurricane Ike, which struck the area on the morning of September 13. The...
September 1, 2008
As I write this, a panel of distinguished judges is reviewing nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Award and other honors. Their recommendations will help the staff of the magazine decide the winners of those awards. We will present the winners at the Search and Rescue Summit 2008 in Reston, Va. on the 18th of this month. (You can learn more about the Summit at...
September 1, 2008
MILITARY Allied forces have been urging worldwide governments to send more attack and transport helicopters for years. Soldiers are being injured or killed by roadside bombs and without medevac helicopters and their attack escorts, many of the soldiers, who could have been flown to safety, are dying. Canadian forces are not exempt from those deaths: According to Canada’s CBC News, 90 Canadian...
September 1, 2008
MILITARY U.S. Air Force officials expect the selection of a new winner for its $10-billion-plus combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopter contract will be posted as planned within the next couple of months. The service originally selected Boeing in November 2006 to replace 100 performance-limited Sikorsky Aircraft HH-60G Pave Hawks...
September 1, 2008
SERVICES Civilian, military and public service leaders will discuss and debate the challenges and benefits of helicopter use in emergency operations at Rotor & Wing’s Search and Rescue Summit 2008, Slated for Sept. 18 in Reston, Va., the event will feature panel discussions on the organization and integration of and training...
September 1, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $22-million contract for two MH-60S Sea Hawks. Work will be performed in Stratford and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2012. Bristow Academy Inc, Titusville, Fla., was awarded a $5.3-million contract for initial entry rotary-wing training from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life-Cycle Command. Work will be performed in Titusville and is...
September 1, 2008
Helicopters Needed, Now! PARIS — Canadian soldiers have a history of being let down by their governments and being left to operate outdated, costly and maintenance-hungry weapons so that their politicians can make whatever point they are hoping to score. Nowhere has this malign neglect been clearer than in the field of helicopters. Readers will remember the disgraceful “gold-plated...
September 1, 2008
October 2008: Corporate Helicopters — Have helicopters permanently proved their worth to corporate bean counters or do they risk the axe as companies wrestle with economic uncertainty? This report looks at the health of the corporate sector and the gear companies are using to support their helicopter operations. Air Medical Operations — As the U.S. air ambulance community gathers for the annual...
August 27, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft today completed the first flight of its X2 technology demonstrator. Lifting the aircraft off from the Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y., Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck maneuvered the...
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