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August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | TRAINING The European Space Agency has selected AgustaWestland Senior Test Pilot Tim Peake to be an astronaut. Peake will be the first-ever British astronaut to join the European Astronaut Corps (EAC). He is one of four successful candidates chosen for the EAC, which currently has eight astronauts. In his new position, Peake will be trained to...
August 1, 2009
MILITARY Lockheed Martin has provided the U.S. Navy with its 200th Common Cockpit avionics suite. The equipment is designed to be used in the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters. Built using...
August 1, 2009
August 13-15 — LABACE 2009, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Contact ABAG, phone +55 115-032-2727 (International) or 1-202-783-9000 (NBAA) in the U.S. Web: www.abag.org.br/labace2009/site_labace.Labace1.htm August 17-21 — 42nd Annual Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology, State College, Penn. Contact: Phone: 1-814-863-0602; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/rotary-wing August 27-30 —...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS The recession hasn’t hurt Aeronautical Systems Inc. In fact, the Sterling, Va.-based supplier of military replacement parts and...
August 1, 2009
MILITARY When Pakistan’s government asked for helicopters, the U.S. came through by providing four Russian-built MI-17 cargo helicopters to the Pakistani Army. "The additional helicopters are meant to enhance Pakistan’s capabilities in current...
August 1, 2009
MILITARY Attempts to revive the VH-71 by Congress will not change how many jobs are being lost at Lockheed Martin. "A week after the program was terminated, we announced that we would end up laying off up to 750...
August 1, 2009
Unmanned aerial vehicles of the fixed-wing variety have proven their worth to the military beyond doubt during the past 15 years or so, especially since U.S. troops went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, with a lag time less dramatic but still reminiscent of the four-decade gap between the dawn of powered flight and the debut of the first useful helicopters, interest in rotorcraft UAVs is clearly taking...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
August 1, 2009
Computing available fuel for contingency mission execution is an art lost to the technology of mission computers. Sometimes having a simple tool to pull from your mental toolkit or from a page in your kneeboard can be a godsend during time-critical mission tasking. When tasked for a mission that includes a search, it’s paramount to properly calculate all the segments of the search and rescue which...
June 26, 2009
In an effort to assist the Indian Defence Ministry build a more effective coastal security perimeter, the U.S. has offered to lease the IDM 12 helicopters. Reports...
June 17, 2009
The National Research Council Canada (NRC) provides specialized training for test pilot schools at its flight research lab in Ottawa. The two-week sessions train pilots on advanced handling qualities. The pilots go to the...
June 16, 2009
It's no secret that the European Union is in desperate need for more helos in order to help fight the War on Terrorism. However, the latest news...
June 12, 2009
The 200th common cockpit avionics suite was delivered for use by the U.S. Navy's MH-60Rs and MH-60S'. The system has flown more than...
June 5, 2009
The pilot of an Army National Guard OH-58 Kiowa and the two passengers he had taken aloft on a marijuana eradication mission on June 4, survived an autorotation into Arkansas’ Buffalo River when the aircraft suffered an...
June 5, 2009
Kaman Aerospace of Bloomfield, Conn. announced that it made its first appearance on the Forbes list of the 400 Best Big Companies. Kaman, while not being a leader in...
June 3, 2009
Last month Prince Harry began training as a helicopter pilot at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire, where he had hoped to earn his Apache wings, an elite role...
June 2, 2009
President Barack Obama's administration has notified Congress that Egypt would receive the AH-64D Apache Longbows...
June 1, 2009
The future of the ARH program hinges on a variety of vital decisions made by both the government and potential contract bidders. As we walked the floors of the annual Quad-A convention at the Opryland Convention Center last month, the most interesting topic of discussion on the floor by far was the current state of U.S. Department of Defense Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) competition. Since the...
June 1, 2009
Piracy has been around for hundreds of years, but during these tough economic times, those being pirated have chosen to strike back at the robbers. The incident in early April, when a U.S. captain was taken hostage for days, inflammed the anger against these lawless people. The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), serving as flagship of U.S.-led anti-piracy Combined Task Force 151, was patrolling...
June 1, 2009
David R. Oliver, the chief operating officer of EADS North America, parent company of America Eurocopter, announced that his organization will be teaming up with Lockheed Martin to build the Armed Scout Helicopter 645, a gun-slinging version of the UH-72A twin-engine, light utility helicopter currently being delivered to U.S. Army National Guard units. The announcement was made during the opening day of...
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