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December 1, 2009
Military | Airframes AgustaWestland’s AW149 took to the skies for the first time on Nov. 13 in Vergiate, Italy. Credit: AgustaWestland AgustaWestland conducted the initial flight for two helicopters—the AW149 medium twin and the AW159 military...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/GOVERNMENT AGENCIES More details have become available regarding recent purchase of two Mi-171 and two Mi-17V-5 helicopters by the Republic of Macedonia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. Despite Ministry officials describing them as brand-new aircraft, the helicopters have not been procured directly from the OEMs—Russian helicopter production plants Ulan-Ude Aviation...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAME Sikorsky’s X2 Technology demonstrator broke the 100-knot threshold in a recent flight test...
November 1, 2009
By Richard Whittle Two months before Marine Col. Gregory L. Masiello took over the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command’s V-22 Osprey program on Aug. 20, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on the Marine Corps’ prized tiltrotor transport. After a painful quarter-century of development, the Marines got the Osprey into service in 2007, flying a dozen in Iraq for 18...
November 1, 2009
SERVICES/MAINTENANCE A visitor to Eurocopter Deutsch- land’s Helicopter Technology Park, with about 5,200 workers and engineers the chief employer in this picturesque Bavarian town, hardly senses there’s a world economic crisis underway. A German Army Tiger attack helicopter, one of Eurocopter Donauwörth’s major products, in flight. On the east side of the neatly organized factory...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/MISSION EQUIPMENT In recent years, faced with the realization that enemies on the ground were actually disposed to shoot any helicopter that came within range, Western militaries have discovered anew the advisability of fitting automatic weapons as a way of defending their transport helicopters. While operational procedures might have preferred giving this role to dedicated escort...
November 1, 2009
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Huntsville, Ala. has awarded a $15.4-million delivery order for FLIR Systems’ Star SAFIRE stabilized multi-sensor systems. FLIR Systems will install the sensors on U.S. Army Black Hawks over the next 12 months at its facility in...
October 1, 2009
MILITARY Governments and manufacturers worldwide generally go to great lengths to hide the real cost of the military equipment they buy and sell, and the financial flows that are set up to pay for them. That is why the Brazilian defense ministry’s decision to publish the costs and payment schedules for its helicopter purchases from France are to be welcomed, and all the more so that the deals involve...
October 1, 2009
MILITARY Sikorsky Aircraft company PZL has begun final assembly on the first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter at its facility in Mielec, Poland. The...
October 1, 2009
MILITARY Thales’ helmet-mounted sight display, TopOwl, has completed a series of tests to demonstrate its abilities as advanced mission and piloting equipment in attack and...
October 1, 2009
With the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Romeo and Sierra programs well into production and being deployed to the fleet, the service is busily upgrading its legacy SH-60B, SH-60F and HH-60H fleets to carry it through until the Romeos and Sierra are fully deployed, according to Commander Larry Patrick, H-60 Program In Service Integrated Program team lead. Through August, 40 MH-60Rs had been delivered to the Navy...
October 1, 2009
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) operates a fleet of 586 helicopters, comprising eight different models broken down into 19 marks or variants. Quite a number of these helicopters have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, but since the end of July, all have been withdrawn from Iraq and returned to the UK. MoD has launched a series of initiatives to modify several helicopter types for operations in...
October 1, 2009
The Kaman Seasprite has a retro-50s flare and the empennage looks a bit too short for the height of the fuselage. I never thought it was very pretty. But when a company invites me to test drive a helicopter, looks aren’t very important. It’s all about performance and operational capability. And trust me, what the SH-2G(I) lacks in looks, it makes up for in performance and a suite of...
September 1, 2009
MILITARY The U.S. Marine Corps, eager to reduce the number of troops exposed to roadside bombs laid to ambush convoys in Afghanistan, took a step Aug. 5 toward producing unmanned helicopters to deliver supplies to forward operating bases (FOBs) in that rugged country. Kaman Helicopters and Lockheed Martin Corp’s Systems Integration division received $860,000 to demonstrate their unmanned K-MAX. The...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Portland, Ore.-based FLIR Systems has received an order for 20 enhanced vision system (EVS3) cameras from the Alaska Civil...
September 1, 2009
SERVICES The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued CAR 35 approval for United Rotorcraft Solutions and Ahlers Aerospace night...
September 1, 2009
MILITARY A new division Boeing Co. has created to capitalize on the boom in unmanned vehicles announced Aug. 11 it is teaming with Schiebel Industries AG to offer the tiny Austrian firm’s Camcopter S-100. Vic Sweberg...
September 1, 2009
Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) to collaborate on helicopters for Indonesian government agencies. Bell will manufacture model 412EPs in North America and PTDI will assemble them at its facilities in Bandung, Indonesia. Lockheed...
September 1, 2009
If you ask pilots about Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), you will normally get one of two responses: I wouldn’t fly at night without them or I have no interest in flying with them, period! Perhaps you are undecided about whether NVGs fit into your program. Night vision goggles, NVGs or simply "goggles," certainly have their share of controversy, but not if you speak to the pilots that routinely...
September 1, 2009
Options abound for training in the use of night vision goggles. Similarities and stark differences exist between the civilian and military approaches. Rotor & Wing takes a comprehensive look at those options, similarities and differences. Night vision goggles (NVG) have been used by the military for decades and by civilians for about 10 years. As the number of users-turned-instructors has grown and the...
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