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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...
January 13, 2016
Video courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Michael Davis / DVIDS   The asymmetric advantages that Army aviation offers to U.S. military operations around the world is the focus of a one-day event that the Assn. of the U.S. Army (AUSA) will convene in Washington, D.C.’s suburbs tomorrow.   The “Army Aviation Hot Topic”...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis The U.S. Navy wants proposals by mid-February from industry partners interested in investigating how fasteners might be turned into “smart” devices for detecting cracking in airframe structural joints.    Fatigue cracking in aircraft structures often originates in holes drilled for fasteners to hold...
January 8, 2016
  Korea Aerospace Industry’s Surion does cold-weather testing in Alaska in 2012. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries   Press reports say a U.S. Army...
January 5, 2016
  A 2009 NASA cutaway photo illustrates the contact gears of a helicopter transmission. Photo courtesy of NASA Glenn Research Center   Small, high-tech U.S. businesses have until Feb. 17 to solicit U.S. Army funding to develop and demonstrate a helicopter transmission that does not require physical contact among its gears to convert engine power to rotor thrust for new installations and...
December 30, 2015
Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters   Russian Helicopters has received type certification of its medium, multi-role Mil Mi-38 and plans to start serial production of the transport helicopter in 2016 for the Russian market, the company said. The Mi-38 was...
December 28, 2015
Northrop Grumman has won a multi-million-dollar contract to develop a vertical-lift, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) prototype to support U.S. Navy reconnaissance needs at sea.    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the $132.5 million contract Dec. 24 for phase 3 of its...
December 24, 2015
  A U.S. Army CH-47F conducts operations in California earlier this year. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army / Capt. Cody Gallo   The U.S. State Dept. has cleared a possible foreign military...
December 18, 2015
The Chance-Vought/LTV tilt-wing XC-142A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Five U.S. museums with military themes made a top-20 list compiled by the entertainment and business review website Yelp.   Yelp based its ratings on the number of reviews its users posted on the website and the star ratings they assigned to the museums.  ...
December 18, 2015
Millions of dollars in additional funding and other supportive legislation may go toward rotary-wing technology in FY16, thanks to efforts led by American Helicopter Society International and other technology groups. The President is expected next week to sign a defense budget deal the U.S...
December 7, 2015
AgustaWestland owner Finmeccanica has rejected a Boeing bid to buy its U.K. helicopter unit, according to a Dec. 6 report by The Sunday Times. The London newspaper, citing industry sources, said the U.S. aerospace and defense...
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of NASA / James Blair A British Army helicopter pilot and a fellow rotary-wing aviator from the U.S. are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station next week for a nearly six-month tour of duty in low-Earth orbit.    European Space Agency crewmember Tim Peake will make his first spaceflight. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra served on the space station for two months in 2009. ...
December 4, 2015
Army aviators at 11 posts across the continental U.S. are in the midst of a safety stand-down following three helicopter training accidents that killed eight fliers in 10 days. The U.S. Army Forces Command ordered the stand-down effective Dec. 3 through through Dec...
December 2, 2015
U.S. Coast Guard MH-65s in Florida and Washington state were hit in flight by laser beams Nov. 30, according to various news sources. At about 8:30 p.m. local time, the crew of an Airbus Helicopters Dolphin reported being targeted by a laser from the ground while flying near...
December 1, 2015
Petty Officer 1st Class Daryk Brekke, an aviation maintenance technician at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, offloads toys from a MH-65 at Oahu’s Kalaeloa Airport Nov. 29 as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Photo by Petter Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle, U.S. Coast Guard The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to...
December 1, 2015
Japan is arranging to give subsidies to communities around a planned U.S. air base on Okinawa that is the subject of longstanding protests, Stars & Stripes reported. The U.S. military newspaper said subsidies are common for communities on the island of 1.4 million. The island is also home to the largest share of U.S. forces...
November 30, 2015
The first woman to complete U.S. Air Force undergraduate flight training and the first African-American woman to earn naval aviator wings from the U.S. Navy are among this year’s inductees into the Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame. Also selected for induction March 12 during the group’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, is a retired Air Force four-star general...
November 30, 2015
Photo by Master Sgt. Mark Olsen The new U.S. military spending law calls on the U.S. Army and the U.S. National Guard Bureau to give Congress plans for upgrading Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60s in their fleets. President Obama on Nov. 25 signed into law the bill, which reflected some compromise between the White House and Congress. The National Defense Authorization Act...
November 24, 2015
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into better engine filtration and improved power-status displays for its MV-22s in the wake of a fatal May 17 crash in Hawaii. That Osprey crashed, killing a crew chief and one rifleman aboard, after dust and debris ingestion led to a power loss in its left engine and sudden descent during a low...
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