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August 1, 2008
The U.S. Defense Dept is on the brink of a renaissance of interest and investment in vertical takeoff and landing systems across the services due to their invaluable operational impact. I aim in this article to set the record straight on Joint Heavy Lift’s status and future and its relationship to January’s agreement by the chiefs of staff of the U.S. Army and Air Force to create a consolidated...
August 1, 2008
Composites and Combat This article focuses on composite materials and their contribution to survivability in combat aircraft applications. Composite materials, specifically fiber-reinforced polymers, provide manufacturers with amazing improvements producing structural strength and flexibility. These composite panels vary from cowlings and integral structural members to all-composite rotor blades replacing...
July 21, 2008
Aircraft of the U.S. Air Force’s 302nd Air Expeditionary Group began their third week of coordinated efforts to control wildfires in California. The 302nd AEG aerial assets have conducted nearly 1,000 drops, delivering more than...
July 9, 2008
FIL Offers Free Shuttle Bus Service Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced that it will provide a free shuttle bus service for exhibitors and trade visitors travelling in to next week’s air show from the three principal local railway stations. The majority of exhibitors and business visitors who attend the air show on the trade days (July 14 to July 18) travel to the event via train. FIL...
July 9, 2008
In July 2005, Textron won the U.S. Army contract for the next generation armed reconnaissance helicopter, ARH. The ARH, designated the ARH-70A Arapaho, were to replace the Army's current Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warriors that are the Army’s most heavily used fleet in Iraq and are...
July 8, 2008
After a daring but unsuccessful raid to free U.S. POWs in North Vietnam in 1970 and subsequent tours in Bosnia and Iraq, a Sikorsky Aircraft MH-53 has retired to...
July 3, 2008
Some of us who headed to Montreal in early May for the American Helicopter Society International's annual gathering were intrigued by hints that Boeing would break some news there. Specifically, a well-informed insider or two at the Army Aviation Assn of America yearly convention a month earlier had said...
July 3, 2008
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July 1, 2008
NEWS A set of new U.S. Army contracts to helicopter makers, spurred by damage incurred by aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan, is intended to reinvigorate U.S. research and development of rotor technology. Awarded to Boeing and Sikorsky under the Army Applied Aviation Directorate’s Rotor Durability program, the contracts initially aim to develop rotor blades — retrofittable to current aircraft...
July 1, 2008
MILITARY European Union countries have agreed to pool their helicopter capabilities to better support international operations. EU defense ministers meeting May 26 charged the European Defence Agency with coordinating the initiative in league with NATO. The effort is to cover joint training, logistics and upgrading of helicopters to operate in austere environments. That could benefit...
July 1, 2008
MILITARY | HEAVY LIFT Widespread reports that the Joint Heavy Lift program led by the U.S. Army is dead may be premature. Senior Army leaders have, for months, referred to "the program formerly known as JHL," saying it has been succeeded by the Joint Future...
July 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Honeywell has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intelligent Automation Corp (IAC), a leading supplier of helicopter on-board diagnostic systems for both military and commercial customers. Pending regulatory review, Honeywell will take over Poway, Calif.-based...
July 1, 2008
MILITARY The historic humanitarian efforts of the Berlin Airlift 60 years ago were honored by the annual Joint Service Open House at Andrews AFB, Md., home of the U.S. Air Force’s presidential transport wing and Air Force One. "It displayed a U.S. dedication to a stable and...
June 19, 2008
A few weeks ago, Taliban fighters in the tribal areas of Pakistan seized parts of American Chinooks, Black Hawks and Cobras. The Taliban filmed all the stolen parts to show...
June 17, 2008
A recent briefing by the aerospace company for investors and financial analysts has some observers wondering if that will happen. Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, was pressed at that event on whether Boeing would sell its...
June 11, 2008
The U.K. Defence Ministry and CAE are building the capability for multiple crews and helicopters to train jointly. They plan to link the Royal Air Force's Medium Support Helicopter...
June 11, 2008
Woman in Aviation International is offering thousands of scholarship dollars to applicants who get their applications in starting July 1, 2008. The...
June 4, 2008
According to the U.K.’s National Audit Office, the Ministry of Defence mishandled the purchase of eight Chinook helicopters from Boeing and took delivery even though the avionics software was...
June 1, 2008
Attack — Boeing plans to fly its Block 3 AH-64D Apache Longbow on July 9, under an accelerated schedule sought by the U.S. Army. The new Apache, developed with money rolled over from the cancelled RAH-66 Comanche program, includes new software upgrades and modernized weapon systems, such as a new fire-control radar and extended-range missiles. Also, Boeing engineers are showing off Apache’s new...
June 1, 2008
A four-engine cargo plane that can land on a ship? Might happen, if Bell Helicopter and Boeing keep progressing on their development of the Quad Tilt-Rotor (shown at right). Project Manager Alan Ewing said the industrial team is moving toward a prototype that can carry roughly 100,000 lb of fuel and cargo, in hopes of winning the Pentagon’s competition for a new joint heavy-lift aircraft. Like its...
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