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May 1, 2012
The EADS AAS-72X+ on display during Quad-A. EADS North America introduced a boosted version of its Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) offering for the U.S. Army during Quad-A in Nashville. Dubbed the AAS-72X+, the helicopter is a derivative of the AAS-72X Lakota light utility helicopter (LUH), and is based on the commercial EC145T2. Plans call for 72X+ production to take place at American Eurocopter’s facility...
May 1, 2012
An AH-1Z Cobra with the Aviation Combat Element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit hovers above the USS Makin Island in the first shipboard deployment of the attack helicopter. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps Editor’s Note: The following excerpt from “Snake Pit Superior” by Frank Colucci originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of Rotor & Wing sister publication, Avionics...
May 1, 2012
U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) spoke about the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC) and said that Americans “have to grapple with the situation that we face.” Photo by Andrew Parker During a speech at the Quad-A Forum & Exhibition in Nashville, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) laid out the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC), which he formed in December 2011 with co-chairman...
May 1, 2012
Task Force Falcon received the 2011 Boeing Outstanding Aviation Unit of the Year award during Quad-A in Nashville. Photo by Andrew Parker The U.S. Army Aviation Association of America honored its National Award recipients for 2011 during the opening ceremonies of the annual Professional Forum & Exposition (Quad-A) in Nashville. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of aviation units, individual...
May 1, 2012
AVX Aircraft Company is currently studying a Joint Multi Role concept under a U.S. Army contract. Shown in the inset are three Army conceptual designs for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program showing (top to bottom) tiltrotor, single rotor and coaxial configurations. Here’s a grim fact: the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has not fielded an all-new combat rotorcraft since the Bell-Boeing V-22...
May 1, 2012
The single biggest threat to national security is the national debt. When Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) began his address to delegates on the second day of the main forum at the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) in Nashville, Tenn., with the above warning, you could almost sense the assembled military personnel reaching for their helmets and looking for a foxhole. Yet the quote is not new, but...
April 27, 2012
The U.S. Navy has designated Northrop Grumman as the prime contractor to upgrade its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The $262-million contact covers an expansion in payload and...
April 23, 2012
The Pentagon has stated that weather was the “principal cause” in the Sikorsky Black Hawk crash that claimed the lives of four Americans in...
April 16, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has received an order from Indonesian Aerospace subsidiary IPTN North America for a pair of S-300Cs. The training...
April 11, 2012
During a speech at last week’s Quad-A Forum & Exhibition, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) laid out the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC), which he formed in December 2011 with co-chairman Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.). Brooks also provided an update on the current financial situation facing the U.S. government, addressing the “800-pound gorilla” in a room of hundreds of soldiers...
April 4, 2012
The main aim of U.S. Army Aviation is now to preserve the force for the future, said Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, commanding general of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence, during his opening remarks at the 2012 AAAA Forum in Nashville. The annual gathering of the U.S. Army Aviation command was held against a backdrop of pending defense cuts that are currently set at $470 billion over the next 10...
April 4, 2012
After 15 years without unveiling a new rotorcraft, it only took around three months for MD Helicopters to pull together its latest offering—the 540F. An upgrade to the 530F, the new model will feature a Rolls-Royce engine, avionics from Elbit Systems and a six-bladed rotor system. The company plans to enter the 540F into the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition, in addition to...
March 28, 2012
The U.S. Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) has selected its National Award winners for 2011. The winning individuals and units will be recognized during the AAAA Annual Professional Forum & Exposition (Quad-A), held in Nashville next week. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of civilians, soldiers and units. This year...
March 21, 2012
A Turkish Armed Forces Sikorsky helicopter crashed into a residential area in Afghanistan on March 16, killing all 12 people on board, plus four Afghan civilians on the ground. According to the Turkish military, the helicopter and its crew were tasked to...
February 23, 2012
Igor Sikorsky “thought the helicopter was only here to save lives,” said Jeff Pino, president of Sikorsky, at the start of his Heli-Expo briefing. “We’ve kind of counted how many lives have been saved by Sikorsky—and come up with two million!” Was he joking? According to Sikorsky’s own archives, the first civilian helicopter rescue took place on Nov. 29, 1945, when...
February 13, 2012
Lynn Tilton’s press conference at every Heli-Expo is always one keenly anticipated by the media, as Tilton herself freely admitted, “They come more to see what I am wearing than what I am saying.” But MD Helicopters is now less in need of her flamboyance than at any time since Patriarch Partners (her investment company) took over control in 2005. The clincher to this change has been that...
February 7, 2012
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, today announced that the U. S. Army's OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet have accumulated 2 million flight hours. Over 750,000 of these flight hours have been flown in combat. "The Kiowa Warrior continues to be the workhorse of Army aviation and this recent...
February 2, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a U.S. Army contract to supply its DVCS6100 digital audio system, as part of the EADS North America UH-72A Lakota Mission...
February 1, 2012
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman’s joint venture, Longbow LLC, has won an U.S. Army contract worth $181 million for Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III Longbow systems. The contract also...
February 1, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif.-based AECOM Technology Corporation has received a $16.5-million task order contract by the U.S...
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