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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...
February 1, 2009
MILITARY A former Boeing employee has been sentenced to five months in prison, a $110,000 fine and five months of home detention after pleading guilty to sabotaging a CH-47 Chinook at the company’s...
February 1, 2009
MILITARY Although the city of Mumbai has had an airbase since 1964, India opened its first dedicated helicopter base...
February 1, 2009
MILITARY Years after the project began, the manager of the Army-led Joint Heavy Lift program is still trying to persuade Pentagon leaders and the aviation community that the idea of a transport approaching 200,000-lb gross weight that can take off and land vertically, be based on ships, and get troops and supplies to austere battlefield locations isn’t a pipe dream. Bruce Tenney, associate...
February 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Hiller Aircraft Manufacturing Company and the Shanxi Xinhaisheng Trade Company signed an agreement to begin producing civilian helicopters by the close of 2009 with the goal of...
February 1, 2009
NEWS Anticipated reductions in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq in 2009 will not ease the demand for U.S. Army aviation there, the commanding general of the Army Aviation Warfighting Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. told the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) annual aviation symposium and exposition January 7-9. Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III said in a speech to the gathering that a troop...
January 19, 2009
On Jan. 15, Tianjin Free Trade Zone and China Aviation Industry Corporation jointly invested in a program to create China Aviation Industry Helicopter Co., Ltd. (CAIHC) The...
January 9, 2009
On Jan. 8, the French government announced that it will exercise its option to purchase 22 NH90 helicopters for 600 million euros ($818.3 million). When added to the...
January 1, 2009
The Three Little Angels of Spending This month, we bring you our R&W Annual Report. And as you probably saw during your initial flip-through, it contains two sections. The first is called "Executive Outlook," which contains comments and predictions about the helicopter industry as seen by the people in the corner offices. There’s also a part called "Company Profiles," a...
January 1, 2009
MILITARY On November 21, Boeing halted production on the V-22 Osprey and CH-47 Chinook lines at its Ridley Township plant outside of Philadelphia. This action came after a worker discovered a plastic cap in the fuel line of an Osprey. Boeing could...
January 1, 2009
The outlook for U.S. military rotorcraft programs as the Obama administration comes to power might look bleak at first glance. Incoming President Obama’s defense team inherits two costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a plan Obama supports to expand the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps by 92,000 troops, and a procurement system widely agreed to be a mess. The wars have been funded largely through...
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