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May 18, 2009
This past weekend, Andrews AFB hosted the annual Joint Service Open House where members of every service participate in aerial shows, static displays and more. This year's show included aerial...
May 11, 2009
The Royal Air Force has announced that Prince William has completed basic singe-engine helicopter flight training, and is now scheduled to advance to multi-engine...
May 4, 2009
The annual Quad A convention begins today and runs through May 6. The event is held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in...
May 1, 2009
These men and women are doing everything in that helicopter except flying it. From the military perspective backseaters, GIB’s, spoons, whatever you may call them, these people bring a myriad of talent to helicopter missions. In CSAR, medevac, and maritime missions they bring aircraft technical skills, medical skills and gunnery expertise. All the services including the U.S. Coast Guard employ and...
May 1, 2009
PRODUCTS | MILITARY The Digital Advanced Flight Control Systems (DAFCS) installed on U.S. CH-47F Chinook helicopters is helping pilots make safer desert landings. The Common Avionics Architecture Systems (CAAS) glass cockpit, DAFCS "provides the pilot with heightened situational awareness and safety," said Mark Ballew, Boeing’s senior business development manager for...
May 1, 2009
The three-year saga of the U.S. Air Force’s attempt to acquire a new combat search and rescue helicopter apparently came to an end April 6 when Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced plans to kill the service’s CSAR-X (Combat Search and Rescue-X) program. Gates suggested he might have the Defense Department begin a new program to build a search and rescue aircraft all the services could use...
April 29, 2009
CAE and its partners used the UH-1 Huey to demonstrate a system that fuses real-time landscape, using a light detection and ranging sensor, with a terrain...
April 22, 2009
Curtiss-Wright of Parsippany, N.J. has won a contract issued by Claverham Limited to manufacture transducers for...
April 14, 2009
April 1, 2009
MILITARY | HEAVY LIFT When Rotor & Wing asked Mark Ballew, a senior manager from Boeing’s Tandem Rotor Aircraft division, "What’s the current situation at your company," he graciously took the time to answer. R&W: How is business these days? Ballew: The Chinook continues to serve as the workhorse of Army Aviation, and our newest program, the CH-47F, is progressing...
April 1, 2009
Military — The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command requested that the purchasing schedule to buy the CV-22 tiltrotor Ospreys be accelerated with eight of the Ospreys to...
March 18, 2009
The Minnesota National Guard has a new helicopter base. The $37.2 million, 140,000 square foot aviation support facility is...
March 16, 2009
Reuters is reporting that the U.S. may join France and Germany in a project to build a new heavy-lift transport helicopter for military applications. The...
March 1, 2009
NEWS U.S. medium/heavy military helicopter manufacturers are losing ground to foreign competitors, precisely because U.S. manufacturers have concentrated on giving the Pentagon what it asked for. That’s the conclusion of a new Forecast International study entitled, "The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft - 2009-2018." Here’s how pleasing the Pentagon is working against U.S...
March 1, 2009
MILITARY | TECHNOLOGY Future Sikorsky medium- and heavy-lift helicopters may be fitted with dual-frequency Hub-Mounted Vibration Suppression (HMVS) made by LORD Corporation, under a teaming deal struck between the two companies. HMVS technology cancels out rotor-induced vibrations at the hub by providing equal and opposite centrifugal forces; the direction and speed of which are dynamically...
March 1, 2009
CHC Group’s Heli-One, was awarded a new contract worth $8.9 million to complete avionics upgrades on two Eurocopter AS332M1 Super Pumas. The helicopters will receive, among other upgrades, installation of night vision goggles. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded a nearly $45-million contract to Cobham Aviation Services’ joint...
March 1, 2009
Countries continue to scramble in order to supply troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with necessary search and rescue, attack and utility helicopters. The availability of medium- and heavy-lift helicopters for U.K. military operations has been a pressing issue since Great Britain began military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the past eight years, British newspapers have published articles bemoaning...
March 1, 2009
The Chattering Class Gets Nervous I recently ran into one of my counterparts at an aviation industry gathering, and his remarks to me were profoundly disturbing (well, what passes for profound among publishing’s "chattering class," anyway). Because I don’t particularly enjoy the company of lawyers, I won’t print this person’s name. Upon entering this crowded, noisy...
February 19, 2009
Carson Helicopters has signed a contract to  assist the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan. The Oregon-based...
February 1, 2009
Although the sale of new helicopters by Kaman Aerospace of Bloomfield, Conn. has dwindled off to virtually nothing in recent years, the company has continued to be one of the most profitable aerospace manufacturing companies by building components and structures for other aircraft companies. But in a relatively new venture, Kaman and its partner, Lockheed, are developing the Burro, an...
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