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November 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | MILITARY RotorFest, the annual helicopter open house and air show hosted by the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, Penn. drew a crowd of 3,500 rotorcraft enthusiasts each day of the weekend-long event, which was held on October 11 and 12. Visitors of all ages could stroll through the museum where history-making helicopters, such as an AH-1 Cobra, a Bell 206B...
November 1, 2008
There are pros and cons to buying surplus military aircraft: the helicopters may be less expensive, but the purchase is a lot like buying a used car — you don’t know where it’s been or who has been driving. After years of use in U.S. military operations, many well-seasoned military helicopters will be classified as excess inventory and will be released from the military’s inventory...
November 1, 2008
With the obvious exception of Boeing’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, many military rotorcraft designs find their way into civilian service. The most common are the OH-58 Kiowa and the OH-6 Cayuse, which often make their way into the hangars of police departments operating start-up aviation units or existing helicopter operations working with tight budgets. In the 1996, the Anne Arundel County...
November 1, 2008
The current economic turmoil is hitting worldwide helicopter markets. The Middle East is no exception; military sales are sparse and civil sales are not materializing. The region is on stand-by. Markets have a way of defying predictions, and during the past year the Middle Eastern helicopter market proved this true once again, as it has borne out none of the short-term predictions industry was making just...
November 1, 2008
Helicopter Industry Faces Perfect Storm PARIS — The world’s helicopter industry, boosted to unprecedented levels of prosperity by a steady growth in orders during the past decade, would do well to prepare for the perfect storm that is now looming just over the horizon. And its effects are likely to be felt all the more keenly that all manufacturers have expanded their production facilities in...
October 31, 2008
On Oct. 30, 2008, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty the Queen of England bestowed the Distinguished Flying Cross to RAF helicopter pilot Lt. Nichol James Emslie Benzie for his...
October 30, 2008
Due to the DoD’s termination of the ARH-70A contract, Bell Helicopter fired approximately 500 workers yesterday. This is a 4 percent reduction in staff company wide with management taking the biggest hit, losing 40 people all in the eight Fort Worth facilities...
October 28, 2008
Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles of Wales and the late Princess Diana, has requested to become a helicopter pilot in the British army. The Prince, who...
October 27, 2008
The relationship between the German government and EADS has turned sour as Luftwaffe officials level accusations against the European aircraft contractor of failing to meet delivery...
October 23, 2008
Effective this month, the U.S. Air Force will retire the last of its Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low helicopters. The heavy-lift Pave Low, the Air Force’s version of the Super...
October 23, 2008
Belgium-based avionics specialist Barco has been awarded a contract from Eurocopter to provide high-performance mission displays...
October 16, 2008
The company won three awards resulting in Army Technology Investment Agreements with a combined value of more than $19 million...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY In February 2006, India’s navy set a March 2007 deadline to receive bids for 16-24 more anti-submarine warfare helicopters, but the manufacturers that were handed the request (AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Kamov and Sikorsky Aircraft) asked for an extension. The...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY U.S. military services on Sept. 6 hosted a celebration in Washington of the celebration of the centennial of military aviation in the nation. Orville Wright left his home in Dayton, Ohio in mid-August 1908 for Washington, where he would conduct acceptance tests of the Wright Flyer for the U.S. Army. Two mechanics joined him for the trials: Charles Taylor and Charles Furnas. They spent Aug. 21 through...
October 1, 2008
The Marine Corps’ HMH-366 helicopter squadron, which was based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and deactivated in 2000, was reactivated on Sept. 30 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. The base, located in Havelock...
September 22, 2008
The Indian Navy is putting out feelers for 16 heavy-duty helicopters with the probability of buying another 44. The...
September 1, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $22-million contract for two MH-60S Sea Hawks. Work will be performed in Stratford and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2012. Bristow Academy Inc, Titusville, Fla., was awarded a $5.3-million contract for initial entry rotary-wing training from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life-Cycle Command. Work will be performed in Titusville and is...
August 28, 2008
The helicopters, built by Bell, began operating this month. They can fly farther, faster and have a greater load capacity, 125 percent higher, than the UH-1N (the UH-1N is being rebuilt and redesigned...
August 15, 2008
On Saturday, September 6, the Army Aviation Assn will be hosting an open house in Fort Myer...
August 13, 2008
The Rotor Embedded Actuator Control Technology, or React, project is a three-year effort to develop active surfaces in helicopter rotor blades and active...
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