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August 1, 2009
To say that it is an ambitious product would be an understatement, but to say that it is impossible would be exaggeration. However, France and Germany have certainly set themselves a difficult task. Both countries want to procure a common heavy lift helicopter. Germany needs to replace its Sikorsky CH-53G aircraft by around 2020, while the French armed forces, which have not previously operated a heavy...
August 1, 2009
The V-22 Osprey has had a long, expensive and very chequered history, and in addition to highly publicized — and very deadly — crashes it has suffered more than its share of criticism. So, initial reports from the Marine Corps about its glowing performance in Iraq were received as a sign that one of modern aviation’s most intriguing concepts had finally matured. Of course, we should have...
July 1, 2009
MILITARY | HEAVY LIFT The European Union has decided to build its own heavy-lift helicopters to replace its aging CH-53 Sikorsky Sea Stallions. The project is led by the European Defense Agency. It is a response to a shortage in heavy lifts for European military missions in Afghanistan and Chad. So serious is the shortage that European countries have had to charter Russian Mil-26s to move their troops and...
July 1, 2009
MILITARY | HEAVY LIFT Boeing and AgustaWestland will be jointly supplying and supporting 16 new Chinook helicopters for the Italian military. The contract is worth $1.23 billion and will run until 2017. The amount includes five years of support. "At an...
July 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | MEDIUM LIFT Russia’s second Mi-38 medium lift helicopter has been assembled by the Kazan Helicopter Works — without Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127TS engines. Instead, Kazan has installed two Russian-built Klimov TV7-117V engines in their place. According to Georgy Sinelshchikov, general director of the Moscow Helicopter Plant, U.S. laws...
June 18, 2009
Members of the 304th Integrated Theater Signal Battalion in Camp Mobile, South Korea, practiced attaching a vehicle to the underbelly of a Chinook this week. Two helicopters...
June 17, 2009
The National Research Council Canada (NRC) provides specialized training for test pilot schools at its flight research lab in Ottawa. The two-week sessions train pilots on advanced handling qualities. The pilots go to the...
June 1, 2009
Europe’s Helicopter Shortage and Other Stories PARIS — European nations field several hundred military helicopters, for heavy transport, battlefield utility, and various attack missions. Yet, six years after the beginning of military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, European military contingents deployed in both countries remain woefully under-equipped in terms of helicopter support. The...
May 21, 2009
The European Union is developing a new heavy-lift helo to replace its CH-53 Sea Stallions and may work on the project with the U.S. The EU has been short on...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
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...
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