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May 18, 2016
International aviation leaders are seeking nominations for one of the world's most prestigious safety awards, but the deadline is nigh. Nominations for the 2016 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award must be submitted by June 1.   The award honors a "significant individual or group effort contributing to improving aviation safety, with emphasis on original contributions" that was...
May 16, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica introduced an AgustaWestland AW119 single-engine helicopter, called the TH-119. It was unveiled at the Navy League Sea-Air Space Exhibition today in Washington, D.C. The aircraft...
May 6, 2016
Bell Helicopter said it has donated $5,000 to support the U.S. Army Aviation Museum. Bell's EVP presented the donation to retired Lt. Gen. Daniel J. Petrosky, the...
April 14, 2016
The New Zealand Defence Force today marked the retirement of its five Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Seasprites and the operational transition to eight refurbished -2G(I) Super Seasprite versions of that helicopter.    The milestone came in a change-of-command ceremony for the No. 6 Squadron at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland in Whenuapai, just northwest of Auckland.    "Upgrading the...
April 7, 2016
The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), procured originally to replace engines in the U.S. Army's Boeing AH-64E and Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters, also might power the Army's future vertical lift light assault rotorcraft, according to media reports.   Army officials told reporters recently that the capabilities requested in the ITEP make it "certainly a candidate" for FVL category set one...
March 31, 2016
Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. The 100-million-euro deal calls for the delivery of...
March 25, 2016
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has made improvements to its Dhruv after a spate of crashes involving the units sold to Ecuador, The Financial Express reported today, citing the government.   The government acknowledged “the problems that have dogged the aircraft maker and strained...
March 24, 2016
The U.S. Army and NATO are planning tests this coming fall and winter of systems to counter threats to rotorcraft from degraded visual environments, R&WI has learned.   Allied nation researchers are scheduled to test four DVE solutions in flight starting in October, when they are to be taken to Yuma...
March 22, 2016
Indian defense leaders have approved a procurement policy that emphasizes the acquisition of equipment with substantial content made in that country, according to press reports from that nation. Those reports quote Defense Minister Manohar...
March 21, 2016
The U.S. Army said it is moving ahead with research on potential new component-level technologies for future rotorcraft.   A team from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory completed the first-ever live-fire test of a rotor blade with individual...
March 8, 2016
Helicopter makers and other industry representatives are to gather in Florida's Panhandle tomorrow to review the U.S. Navy's helicopter training program in preparation for proposals to replace it. The Naval Air Systems Command is hosting an industry day March 9 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field as part of its solicitation of sources interested in providing an "Advanced Helicopter Training...
March 7, 2016
Sikorsky has been, for the most part, smoothly integrating with new parent company Lockheed Martin, except for a few hiccups in information technology (IT) systems, according to Sikorsky CEO Dan Schultz.   Schultz told Rotor & Wing International March 2 Sikorsky has a dedicated team of roughly 25 to 30 people working solely on synergies and integration issues between Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin...
February 8, 2016
NHI has delivered the sixth NH90 helicopter to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. This event took place in the Tessera, Italy, Finmeccanica Helicopter Division facility. The Helicopter took off from Tessera afterward.   The delivery of this sonar-equipped NH90 marks the end of the first phase of the Norwegian production program, joining the NH90 fleet that will commence embarked operations for the...
January 27, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp., in a Tuesday report of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings, shared more of its plans for its recently acquired rotorcraft subsidiary, Sikorsky. Executive presenters also responded to pointed questions about how Sikorsky might grow in its new home in ways that it might not have under its former parent company.   L-M on Tuesday equated Sikorsky to a roughly $5 billion...
January 26, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is telling other military services that its primary requirement for future rotorcraft is speed because it needs a gunship fast enough to escort its MV-22s.    The assistant deputy commandant for aviation, Brig. Gen. Karsten “Hazel” Heckl, told R&WI that he emphasized that point Dec. 8, 2015, when two Bell Boeing MV-22s from HMX-1, the Marines’...
January 25, 2016
Sikorsky’s financial data shows substantially increased profits throughout most of 2015 in spite of its changing hands from United Technologies Corp. (UTC) to Lockheed Martin.   L-M released a statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Wednesday showing Sikorsky’s...
January 25, 2016
In 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders (adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters) with a strong performance of the new-generation medium H175. Demand remained steady for the H135 and H145 family of light twin helicopters, with bookings...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 15, 2016
Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters crashed off Oahu, Hawaii's North Shore late Thursday, according to local reports. The Marines confirmed on Twitter the aircraft involved were 2 CH-53s from Marine...
January 15, 2016
The declining and unpredictable oil and gas market is not shrinking Lockheed Martin’s interest in the commercial helicopter market, according to the Reuters news agency.   Citing a top L-M business development executive, Reuters said oil’s decline is not just affecting...
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