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July 12, 2012
On June 6, 2012, a lone CV-22 from Canon Air Force base in New Mexico—home of the 27th Special Operations Wing—flew a 2,600-nm round trip lasting more than 11 hours to USS Wyoming (SSBN-742, an Ohio class submarine), to simulate a medical evacuation. The aircraft appeared over the submarine within 15 seconds of the allotted time and a litter was lowered from around 150 feet to simulate the...
July 10, 2012
Following the first Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of 24 Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60Rs to the Australian Navy in the summer 2011, as well as two MH-60 Sierras to the Royal Thai Navy in August—a deal stated at the time to be worth around $3.2 billion—Mike Sears, director of international programs, MH-60R/S Seahawk stated at the Farnborough Airshow Monday that further potential customers now...
July 3, 2012
Rockwell Collins demonstrated its synthetic vision technology in a Black Hawk simulator during Quad-A in April 2012. Photo by Andrew Parker The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has contracted Rockwell - for avionics development on the multifunction radio frequency (MFRF) program. The...
July 1, 2012
Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey flying over Westminster Abbey and the Thames river in London, UK. The aircraft is from USMC Squadron VMX-22 based in New River, N.C. Bell-Boeing This year’s Farnborough International Airshow could potentially be one of the quietest for military rotorcraft sales given the hugely uncertain economic situation in Europe. The civil market too is under pressure with corporate...
July 1, 2012
Left: Crosby during an exclusive Rotor & Wing interview. Right: At Quad-A in April, Crosby at a press conference with other Army leaders, including Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield (sitting next to Crosby). U.S. Army Aviation Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, the Program Executive Officer (PEO) since 2008, leads an organization with seven unique Project offices, more than 2,250 military...
July 1, 2012
I want to start this column by acknowledging the retirement of Jeff Pino as president of Sikorsky Helicopters. I met Jeff while he was with Bell Helicopter. He called from Bell one day and invited me to a customer feedback session. I attended along with several other chief pilots from Bell operators around the world. Nobody ever said that the chief pilots of PHI or CHC Helicopters et al, lack opinions or...
July 1, 2012
For the moment at least, while traditional high-spending military customers from Europe and North America are being put to the sword by their financial masters (motto: fear naught—apart from accountants), industry is having to radically rethink its global military business strategy. The markets for high-price ticketed items such as attack helicopters and those designed specifically for military...
July 1, 2012
Rendering of a AVX Aircraft Joint Multi-Role (now Future Vertical Lift) aircraft dropping troops into the battlefield. AVX During the AHS Forum in May, U.S. Army Aviation and other helicopter industry leadership from the science and technology (S&T) community noted that the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative is on track, but emphasized the need to secure funding sources in order for the program to...
June 7, 2012
French NH90 in the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) variant. As the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Boeing Chinook clatters toward its objective, navigation being assisted by a moving map and a pre-planned mission profile, the pilot is aware of a familiar voice filling the headphones. It is a voice they have heard several times before and they know, aside from the callsign, that the person speaking is watching their...
June 1, 2012
Boeing CH-46Es at Exercise Balikatan 2012, a joint training exercise involving the U.S. Marines and the Philippines. The U.S. Marine Corps Medium Helicopter...
May 1, 2012
Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield and his wife, Kim, highlighting military families at Quad-A. Photos by Andrew Parker The sacrifices that military families make took center stage during the opening ceremonies of the Army Aviation Association of America’s Professional Forum and Exhibition (Quad-A) in Nashville. Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield and his wife...
May 1, 2012
U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) spoke about the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC) and said that Americans “have to grapple with the situation that we face.” Photo by Andrew Parker During a speech at the Quad-A Forum & Exhibition in Nashville, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) laid out the goals of the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC), which he formed in December 2011 with co-chairman...
April 1, 2012
Ka-52 Alligator. While Russian Helicopters is expanding globally in civil markets, the manufacturer’s military variants continue to draw international attention. Photos by Russian Helicopters During a Feb. 13 interview at Heli-Expo, Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov sat down with Rotor & Wing to discuss a number of topics, ranging from global expansion, emerging markets and training, to...
April 1, 2012
The following stories appeared in the Around the World section of recent issues of the Military Insider e-letter. To read more, follow the links below and visit www.aviationtoday.com/rw Afghanistan K-MAX Operational in Afghanistan www.aviationtoday.com/rw/military/utility/75495.html Diamond in the Rough www.aviationtoday.com/rw/military/attack/75284.html Australia Thales, Boeing Pick EC135 for Australian...
March 28, 2012
The U.S. Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) has selected its National Award winners for 2011. The winning individuals and units will be recognized during the AAAA Annual Professional Forum & Exposition (Quad-A), held in Nashville next week. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of civilians, soldiers and units. This year...
March 8, 2012
Cobham Aviation Services and Bristow Helicopters joint venture, FB Heliservices, has agreed to provide helicopter flight training for the UK Ministry of Defence at RAF Shawbury, RAF Valley and Army Aviation Centre (AAC) Middle Wallop. The four-year, £193-million (approximately $303-million) contract carries two one-year extension options and will also service and support RAF Shawbury and AAC...
March 6, 2012
The German Army’s Forward Air Medical Evacuation unit has contracted Cassidian to provide medevac support in Afghanistan. The agreement is an...
March 1, 2012
During Heli-Expo, the U.S. Federal budget was announced with the confirmation that the Department of Defense will indeed spend $486.9 billion less than was planned in last year’s budget (savings to be gained through reductions in force structure and modernization). The headline was that base defense spending will reduce by 1 percent to $525.4 billion in 2013, while DoD Overseas Contingency Operations...
February 13, 2012
St. Louis, Mo.-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth 8451) president Mike Scimone held a workshop, “Engine Protection—Realizing Return on Investment (ROI) Quickly,” explaining the benefits of his company’s inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems from foreign object damage (FOD), which can range from the usual...
February 1, 2012
Spanish Air Force AS332B behind one of the international extraction forces. The fifth gathering of European international military aircrews that were seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in personnel recovery techniques met at the Albacete airbase in Spain from October 14-26, 2011 under the auspices of the European Air Group. This was the annual Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardization...
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