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August 14, 2007
Sept. 1 is the deadline for nominations for the Rotor & Wing 2007 Helicopter Heroism Award. The competition is international in scope and open to both military and civilian operators. A...
August 7, 2007
Malaysia is preparing to issue an international tender to replace its air force’s fleet of Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 Sea Kings, according to the...
August 7, 2007
The Minnesota National Guard is preparing a helicopter maintenance base at the St. Cloud Regional Airport...
August 1, 2007
LATELY, WE’VE BEEN WATCHING "The Devil Wears Prada" on cable in the McKenna house. My son is keen on Anne Hathaway, the centerpiece of the fashion show that is that movie. I’m not going to lie to you. I enjoy Ms. Hathaway’s scenes, too. But it’s that scene-stealing chameleon of an actress, Meryl Streep, that has me bordering on a movie review here. She plays the...
August 1, 2007
Well known as an outspoken proponent of safe, innovative search-and-rescue and firefighting techniques, LEE BENSON recently retired as senior pilot of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. In addition to spending his retirement writing for Rotor & Wing, he plans to continue that advocacy by consulting with U.S. and international helicopter operators on their activities and fleet and equipment requirements...
August 1, 2007
DISASTER RELIEF Helicopters transported more than 452 tons of supplies last month as United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other nations came to Pakistan’s aid after Cyclone Yemyin and pre-monsoon-season rains triggered floods that devastated coastal and northern border regions late in June. While the official monsoon season in Pakistan does not begin until July 14, the arrival...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES Is Schweizer Aircraft on the brink of offering a new helicopter product? Executives at the Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y. have said for some time that they are working on an addition to their line of 300C, 300CBi, and turbine 333 helicopters, and it would be revealed when the...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY An "embedded culture" of shortcuts in maintenance practices in the Royal Australian Navy, combined with failures among commanders and other defense organizations, led to the April 2, 2005 crash of a Sikorsky Aircraft Sea King that killed nine people. Those were among the findings of the Australian Defence Force...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY The British defense research firm QinetiQ reports it has successfully completed flight trials of a technology designed to allow any pilot to control aircraft systems by voice command. QinetiQ’s Direct Voice Input system, flown in the recent tests on a U.K. Army Air Corps Eurocopter Gazelle, is...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY Helicopter pilots from the Royal Australian Navy have started training with the U.S. Coast Guard to help fill a shortage of pilots. Two Australians are training on Sikorsky Aircraft HH-60Js at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala. Two more are due to arrive in September to train on the Eurocopter HH-65C. The Coast Guard...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY Piasecki Aircraft expects additional funding from the U.S. Army for its XH-49A SpeedHawk program following the first successful flights of the compound helicopter. The Sikorsky Aircraft/U.S. Navy SH-60F, modified with wings and a tail-mounted vectored-thrust ducted propeller, took to the air...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia conducted their first joint military exercise, Danube Guard ’07, June 25-28. The trilateral border exercise was aimed at joint training of the professional corps of the three nations and strengthen regional security, enhance...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY A flight crew on the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS ANZAC prepare to launch the ship’s Sikorsky Aircraft S-70 Seahawk June 27. The ANZAC is providing an ongoing contribution to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq, according to...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW Eurocopter expects to log about 700 helicopter orders this year, according to President and CEO Lutz Bertling. The French-German consortium got a boost toward that goal at the Paris Air Show, booking 114 orders there. The orders, valued at more than €1.2 billion ($1.65 billion) ranged from single and fleet orders from civil operators to big orders for the NH90 military transport...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW Sikorsky Aircraft is marketing itself as a European operation, followings its acquisition this year of Poland’s PZL Mielec. "Sikorsky is a dynamic company that is transforming its business in a number of ways to adapt to an ever-changing, global business environment," said Sikorsky President Jeff Pino. "As we move forward to expand our business globally, we are looking...
August 1, 2007
Attack — Canada is arming some of its Bell Helicopter CH-146 Griffon utility helicopters with machine guns, rockets, and infrared and optical sensors as escorts for transport helicopters in combat until it can acquire new gunships. Attack — Eurocopter’s HAP Tiger performed 300 deck landings and 80 logistic operations during sea trials May 21-June 7 on the French navy amphibious landing...
August 1, 2007
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded Sikorsky Aircraft an $18.8 million modification to a previously awarded firm, fixed-price contract for production sustaining support for the MH-60R, including project management, engineering, and logistics. Work will be done in Stratford, Conn. and is expected to be complete by December. FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, Ore., has been awarded a $9.4 million...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi wants the BA609 civil tilt-rotor flying again at Le Bourget in four years time. But he wants a customer to be flying it. By the next Paris Air Show in 2009, a BA609 will fly without restrictions on its normal flight envelope, Orsi (shown bottom left, with AgustaWestland Chairman Amedeo Caporaletti) told reporters at Le Bourget in June. "In two air shows...
August 1, 2007
Downwash is the latest battlefield in the behind-the-scenes fight to build political pressure against the Chinook’s selection as the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopter. Lockheed Martin, pitching an EH101 variant — or AW101 variant, we should now say — with teammates AgustaWestland and Bell Helicopter, is protesting the USAF...
August 1, 2007
As much as they grumble about tours of duty in Washington, military leaders understand many key battles that steer the course of national security (and their own careers) are waged for the hearts and minds of power brokers there. Hence the skirmishing by leakers and press briefers recently on...
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