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December 18, 2007
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked an advanced-technology solutions firm to develop an acoustic small-arms detection system for helicopters. The agency awarded a $3.6...
December 5, 2007
An international coalition is urging helicopter operators to adopt safety management systems as a means of improving rotorcraft safety. The International Helicopter Safety Team, launched in 2005 to cut helicopter...
December 4, 2007
The U.S. Air Force has retired the MH-53M Pave Low 4 number 68-10928, a special forces helicopter involved in the last U.S. combat action in Southeast Asia. Aircraft 928 on May 15, 1975 carried U.S. Marines...
November 12, 2007
The Israel Air Force plans to start flight testing its newly upgraded transport helicopter this week, according to The Jerusalem Post. The...
November 1, 2007
Respect for the Pilot I have the utmost respect for the Vietnam War-era pilot. His ability to get the job done in the face of the worst conditions imaginable is legendary. But is this "mission at any cost" attitude compatible with the needs of emergency medical services (EMS)? Looking at reports from the accidents in the past few decades would seem to indicate that it is not. In my few years of...
November 1, 2007
The majority of LEE BENSON’S SAR search and rescue operations occurred during his 26 -year career with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Additionally, in 1981 he flew for the Life Flight program in Indianapolis. But Lee observes that all helicopter pilots, regardless of their main mission, have done and continue to do lifesaving work as it is encountered in their day-to-day operations. STEVE...
November 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.K. Defence Ministry has commissioned a study of how the workload on helicopter pilots may be reduced. CORDA, a consulting firm wholly owned by BAE Systems, is working in partnership with AgustaWestland and Qinetiq. The study is one of eight covered by a three-year Maritime Surface Effects...
November 1, 2007
You may not have seen much in the news about manpads and Iraq, but U.S. military officials and defense analysts are increasingly concerned about that threat to helicopters operating there. The concern is that Iraqi insurgents...
November 1, 2007
ALL NEW U.S. ARMY AVIATORS NOW GRADUATE from the Flight School XXI (FSXXI) curriculum at Fort Rucker, Ala. The modernized schoolhouse has nearly all its required simulators, TH-67 primary training helicopters, and go-to-war aircraft. Compared to past training schemes, FSXXI gives each student pilot 50-80 additional hours in operational utility, cargo, attack, and scout helicopters. Hard comparisons with...
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...
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