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May 24, 2016
Even MV-22s flying dignitaries to and from the Pentagon are not spared public and political criticism of the noise from their operations. Deep-green and highly polished aircraft from U.S. Marine Corps Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) are among the Bell Boeing Ospreys that now operate at the heliport just to the north of the Pentagon. (V-22s in combat colors also fly there.) Officially called the...
May 18, 2016
International aviation leaders are seeking nominations for one of the world's most prestigious safety awards, but the deadline is nigh. Nominations for the 2016 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award must be submitted by June 1.   The award honors a "significant individual or group effort contributing to improving aviation safety, with emphasis on original contributions" that was...
May 17, 2016
Germany is taking initial steps toward replacing its fleet of Sikorsky CH-53G heavy-lift aircraft, according to a company official.   Sikorsky VP for CH-53K Mike Torok told reporters Monday at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition the company is "certainly" engaged in discussions with Germany, which is looking to replace about 40 to 60 aircraft. Torok said Sikorsky is anticipating...
May 6, 2016
Bell Helicopter said it has donated $5,000 to support the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. Bell's EVP presented the donation to retired Lt. Gen. Daniel J. Petrosky, the...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 18, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is providing assistance to Japan after two earthquakes struck the country's island of Kyushu within two days. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck April 14, resulting in nine deaths and widespread damage. The other struck April 16 with a...
April 1, 2016
A Washington, D.C.-area museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Marine Corps reopens today with expanded facilities and new exhibits, including one honoring Marine helicopter combat operations during the Vietnam War.   The National Museum for the Marine Corps closed last March to begin adding 117,000 sq ft of space and new exhibits that include a tableau featuring a restored Vietnam-era Sikorsky...
March 21, 2016
The U.S. Army said it is moving ahead with research on potential new component-level technologies for future rotorcraft.   A team from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory completed the first-ever live-fire test of a rotor blade with individual...
March 21, 2016
As Japan faces the expansion of neighboring military powers and its own dwindling population, its defense ministry has in a historic decision cleared women to serve as combat helicopter pilots and to join the growing ranks of their peers worldwide, according to a media report.   The Japan Times said March 16 that the Ground Self-Defense Force will permit women to pilot anti-tank helicopters like the...
March 15, 2016
A second CH-53K King Stallion has entered the U.S. Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter program, and the first aircraft has achieved flight envelope expansion to 120 kt, Sikorsky said in a company press release. The CH-53K Engineering Development Models (EDM) achieved their first flights on Oct. 27, 2015, and Jan. 22, 2016. As the flight test...
March 8, 2016
Helicopter makers and other industry representatives are to gather in Florida's Panhandle tomorrow to review the U.S. Navy's helicopter training program in preparation for proposals to replace it. The Naval Air Systems Command is hosting an industry day March 9 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field as part of its solicitation of sources interested in providing an "Advanced Helicopter Training...
March 7, 2016
Sikorsky has been, for the most part, smoothly integrating with new parent company Lockheed Martin, except for a few hiccups in information technology (IT) systems, according to Sikorsky CEO Dan Schultz.   Schultz told Rotor & Wing International March 2 Sikorsky has a dedicated team of roughly 25 to 30 people working solely on synergies and integration issues between Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin...
March 1, 2016
Summit Aviation [Booth 509], a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Army Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasure Program (ATIRCM). The program is contracted through Cargo PM to support the installation...
February 9, 2016
The U.S. Navy announced the Carrier Onboard Delivery, commonly referred to as COD, platform of the future would be a maritime variant of the V-22 Osprey. Until recently, that aircraft was referred to as the Navy variant. Now, that V-22 has an official...
February 5, 2016
Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, in a statement Friday spoke out against media speculation that Poland's newly Eurosceptic government had canceled a $3 billion provisional deal to acquire 50 H225M Caracal military airframes.    Citing Poland's Rzeczpospolita newspaper, Sky News and other sources had announced the deal’s cancellation, which they said received inside information...
January 27, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp., in a Tuesday report of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings, shared more of its plans for its recently acquired rotorcraft subsidiary, Sikorsky. Executive presenters also responded to pointed questions about how Sikorsky might grow in its new home in ways that it might not have under its former parent company.   L-M on Tuesday equated Sikorsky to a roughly $5 billion...
January 26, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is telling other military services that its primary requirement for future rotorcraft is speed because it needs a gunship fast enough to escort its MV-22s.    The assistant deputy commandant for aviation, Brig. Gen. Karsten “Hazel” Heckl, told R&WI that he emphasized that point Dec. 8, 2015, when two Bell Boeing MV-22s from HMX-1, the Marines’...
January 25, 2016
In 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders (adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters) with a strong performance of the new-generation medium H175. Demand remained steady for the H135 and H145 family of light twin helicopters, with bookings...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 15, 2016
Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters crashed off Oahu, Hawaii's North Shore late Thursday, according to local reports. The Marines confirmed on Twitter the aircraft involved were 2 CH-53s from Marine...
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