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November 1, 2007
SINCE SAR IS A MISSION THAT HAS had many years to mature, it’s uncommon to see revolutionary changes that improve helicopter mission execution. But several technologies and one organization in particular show remarkable promise. Their improvements range from aircraft design to satellite-based mission dispatch and self-protection. In my opinion, the helicopter technology that shows the greatest...
October 29, 2007
Malaysia's defense ministry wants the first replacements for its aging Nuri helicopters delivered in two years. The air force deputy chief, Lt. Gen. Datuk Bashir Abu Bakar, told TheEdgeDaily...
October 25, 2007
Senior U.S. Air Force officials are briefing members of Congress and their staffs today on its latest effort to pick a new helicopter for combat search and rescue missions. The service sent out a draft request for...
October 19, 2007
The Royal Australian Navy is prepared to return its fleet of six Westland Sea Kings to service after its grounding September 28. The grounding had been the result of a...
October 16, 2007
Estonia has received the first of two AgustaWestland AW139s. The aircraft were ordered by the Estonian interior...
October 15, 2007
CHC Helicopter's new search and rescue S-92 in the United Kingdom has flown its first mission. The Sikorsky Aircraft bird, flying from the U.K...
October 3, 2007
The Royal Australian Navy has grounded its fleet of Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 Sea Kings after problems during a maintenance test flight. One of the rotorcraft was forced to...
October 1, 2007
MILITARY/SAR The U.S. Air Force must sort out how to proceed with fulfilling its helicopter requirements following a watchdog’s second rejection of its plans. In what is widely considered a highly unusual move, the U.S. General Accountability Office on Aug. 30 upheld a second round of protests by Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft and directed the service to draft new plans for the Combat Search...
October 1, 2007
SEARCH AND RESCUE Helicopters, civil and search and rescue, responded to a fire on an oil rig in the North Sea Aug. 14, evacuating 32 non-essential rig workers in a matter of a few hours. The Ocean Guardian oil platform, leased by Calgary, Canada-based oil and gas company Oilexco, reported a fire in the engine room. The...
October 1, 2007
TRAINING/SIMULATORS The U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) is training with a new Boeing MH-47G Chinook combat mission simulator. The simulator recently completed on-site testing and acceptance. Built by CAE, the simulator is in use at Fort...
October 1, 2007
UTILITY The U.S. Coast Guard plans to field its first unit of armed American Eurocopter HH-65C Dolphins in February and is making all its helicopters capable of carrying machine guns and rifles. As a part of its mission for the U.S. Homeland Security Dept. to intercept illegal drug runners, will make the 95 Dolphins it flies capable of being armed. The Coast Guard hopes to purchase seven more by the middle...
September 27, 2007
Cracks in the hub assemblies of AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorants tail rotors will take years to fix, according to Canadian defense department documents obtained by The Canadian Press. The Cormorant is Canada’s main search...
September 26, 2007
U.S. Air Force officials expect to issue another amendment to the CSAR-X competition by the end of next month, according to Michael Wynne, secretary of the Air Force. It might, according to Wynne, be awarded by the end of the year. The Air...
September 24, 2007
The United States Senate is trying to keep search and rescue helicopters at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash. The 36th Rescue Flight, a part of the 336 Training Group at Fairchild operates the U.S. Air Force Survival...
September 10, 2007
FMV, the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, has taken delivery of its second NHIndustries NH90. It took possession of its first at the Paris Air Show in June. The second NH90 accepted is the first built by...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
CLAUDIO AGOSTINI joined the Rotor & Wing team in June 1999, writing from Brazil about Latin America. He is based in the city of São Paulo, which has more than 300 helicopters and 160 heliports. Claudio has more than 20 years of business and marketing experience in aerospace and defense. He consults on strategy and marketing and lectures about the helicopter market. He also actively participates...
September 1, 2007
BUSINESS Oboronprom, the state-controlled company at the heart of the government-led consolidation of Russia’s helicopter industry, has taken majority ownership of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. The subsidiary of Rosoboronexport, the state arms-trading monopoly, acquired 25.07 percent of the Mil plant from Russian Abilis Holdings. Oboronprom already owned 36.35 percent of the Mil plant. No purchase...
September 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAME Sikorsky Aircraft reports that fly-by-wire technology for the H-92 version of its S-92 that it is building for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program has passed two days of initial ground tests. The fly-by-wire system, developed in association with BAE Systems, is intended to improve significantly the maneuverability, safety, and effectiveness of the 28 H-92s that Canadian forces are to...
September 1, 2007
AIR SHOWS Search-and-rescue operations, medium-lift helicopter requirements, and the market potential of vertical-lift unmanned systems will be focuses of discussions at Helitech 2007, the all-rotorcraft trade show and exhibition to be held in England next month. This year’s show is scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The biennial event gives...
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