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October 18, 2007
Eight Boeing CH-47 Chinook HC3s grounded by the U.K. in 2001 and placed in storage could be flying by 2009, according to the Defence ministry’s defence news. The aircraft had been purchased to support soldiers in Afghanistan...
October 4, 2007
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense has said the eight Boeing Co. CH-47 Mark 3 Chinooks purchased in 1995 will not be ready to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq...
October 2, 2007
Sikorsky Aircraft has selected a filtration system manufactured by the Donaldson Company, Minneapolis, Minn. for the Sikorsky CH-53K heavy lift program. The new platform will permit the U.S. Marine Corps to fly in remote...
September 27, 2007
Sikorsky Aircraft is hoping to sell more of its UH-60 Black Hawks overseas. The company hopes to produce 24-30 of the less expensive aircraft beginning in 2011. The helicopters would be assembled at a factory...
September 21, 2007
Indian defense authorities are expected to invite global bids for medium to heavy-lift helicopters by the middle of 2008, according to CNNMoney.com. The Boeing...
September 4, 2007
Sikorsky Aircraft has selected Goodrich Corp. to supply the input and tail drive shaft system for the CH-53K being developed for the U.S. Marine Corps. The system consists of diaphragm...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
BUSINESS Oboronprom, the state-controlled company at the heart of the government-led consolidation of Russia’s helicopter industry, has taken majority ownership of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. The subsidiary of Rosoboronexport, the state arms-trading monopoly, acquired 25.07 percent of the Mil plant from Russian Abilis Holdings. Oboronprom already owned 36.35 percent of the Mil plant. No purchase...
September 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.S. Army and the South Carolina National Guard are partnering with the University of South Carolina to research more efficient ways of maintaining helicopter drive trains. The Army’s Aviation and Missile Command and the state Guard have set up a Condition-Based Maintenance Research Center in the university’s College of...
September 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.S. Army has named Maj. Gen. James Myles the sixth commander of the Aviation and Missile Command. Myles assumed command July 19 in a ceremony at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Previously he was the commanding general of the Army’s Test and Evaluation Command in Falls Church, Va. He was trained in the Army’s...
September 1, 2007
Attack — Boeing has delivered 23 Apache Longbow Crew Trainers to the U.S. Army and Dutch air force and is under contract for five more for U.S. and international customers. Observation — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ordered eight more Eurocopter AS350B3s. Reconnaissance — EFW Inc. will...
September 1, 2007
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command has awarded the Longbow Limited Liability Co. a $43.4 million contract for life-cycle contractor support for the Longbow Fire Control Radar system. Longbow will provide field technical support, logistics support and repairs for fielded army fire control radar systems on the AH-64D Apache. The company will provide field support to Army systems on the Boeing AH-64D...
September 1, 2007
Sept. 17-19 — Air Medical Transport Conference, Assn. of Air Medical Services, Tampa, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-836- 8732; Fax: 703-836-8920; Web: www.aams.org. Sept. 19-21 — Second International Helicopter Safety Symposium, Omni Hotel, Montreal. American Helicopter Society International and the AHS Montreal/Ottawa Chapter. Contact: Phone: 703-684-6777; Fax: 703-739-9279; E-mail: ihst@ihst.org...
September 1, 2007
THE END OF THIS MONTH MARKS THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY of what has proven to be a remarkable event. On Sept. 26-29, 2005, more than 260 representatives of manufacturers, operators, regulators, safety investigators, and military services gathered in Montreal for the International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Spurred in part by a chronic accident rate among U.S. emergency medical service operators and a renewed...
August 21, 2007
The U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) is training with a new Boeing MH-47G Chinook combat mission...
August 15, 2007
Goodrich will build advanced health and usage management systems for new-production U.S. Navy Sikorsky Aircraft MH-60R and -60Ss. It...
August 14, 2007
The U.S Army formally declared its first unit equipped with new-build Boeing CH-47F Chinooks. In a ceremony today at Fort Campbell, Ky. , the aircraft were unveiled by the 7th...
August 14, 2007
Sept. 1 is the deadline for nominations for the Rotor & Wing 2007 Helicopter Heroism Award. The competition is international in scope and open to both military and civilian operators. A...
August 13, 2007
Prosecutors in Okinawa have dropped charges against four U.S. Marine Corps mechanics in connection a 2004 Sikorsky Aircraft CH-53 crash there, according to Stars and Stripes. They said it was within U.S...
August 1, 2007
LATELY, WE’VE BEEN WATCHING "The Devil Wears Prada" on cable in the McKenna house. My son is keen on Anne Hathaway, the centerpiece of the fashion show that is that movie. I’m not going to lie to you. I enjoy Ms. Hathaway’s scenes, too. But it’s that scene-stealing chameleon of an actress, Meryl Streep, that has me bordering on a movie review here. She plays the...
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