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March 1, 2010
Capt. Jeremy Duff, a battle commander for the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, uses an Apache Longbow Crew Trainer (LCT) to prepare for various missions in Iraq. U.S. Army/Terry Moore The U.S. Army has declared five recently delivered Boeing AH-64D Apache...
March 1, 2010
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk from Task Force 34, 1st Battalion-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion, flies above a mosque during an early 2009 mission in Iraq. Sikorsky is investing $1 billion in its new Innovations segment, which will research a number of next-generation technologies, including an unmanned version of the Black Hawk.U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Lynette Hoke More than 100 people attended...
March 1, 2010
EADS North America has chosen Plano, Texas-based Luminator’s LS16 searchlight for the UH-72A. In the security and support configuration, the UH-72A...
March 1, 2010
The Bangladesh Navy has placed an order for two AW109 Power helicopters from AgustaWestland. The AW109s will conduct search and rescue, surface surveillance, maritime...
March 1, 2010
Imagine for a moment that a single-piloted, passenger-carrying helicopter leaves on a VFR flight plan from its airport-based helipad, enroute to a remote island 20 miles offshore. The flight was intended to take off in the late afternoon, however the VIPs were delayed until after sunset. Weather is reported as overcast at 6K, 6 miles in haze, 28C, calm winds, and no significant weather is forecasted along...
March 1, 2010
Fellow aviators (not shown) saluted Gerry Ventrella as he disembarked from his last mission flight at Camp Speicher in Iraq on Dec. 30, 2007. U.S. Army/SFC Jeff Troth Gerry Ventrella has piloted 41 different aircraft—fixed and rotary wing—in as many years. He’s flown combat missions across the globe. He’s been nominated for multiple aviation halls of fame. When asked to consider his...
February 1, 2010
Sherwin-Williams AfterGlo Now Available for Commercial Aircraft A specialized paint from Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings and Defense Holdings Inc. allows commercial helicopter rotors and aircraft propellers to glow in the dark. AfterGlo photo-luminescent paint kit AD110 is applied to the tips of main and tail rotors on helicopters, and along the edge of propeller blades on fixed-wing aircraft, making...
February 1, 2010
Military | Unmanned Aircraft Military helicopter pilots beware—the day of the unmanned helicopter force could be fast approaching. In 1999 the U.S. Army fielded only three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), said LTG James Thurman, Deputy Chief of Staff, at the AUSA Aviation symposium (Jan. 5–7 in Washington D. C.). Ten years on, he said, there are more than 1,700 unmanned aerial systems (with each...
February 1, 2010
Military | Attack The U.S. Army, gearing up to support the surge of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, is reorganizing its active duty Combat Aviation Brigades to create a 12th CAB, and may request fiscal 2011 funding for a 13th. The expansion aims to reduce the strain on CABs of repeated deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, service leaders told the Association of the United States Army’s annual aviation...
February 1, 2010
Military | Government Agencies It’s nice to have friends in high places, and helicopters have one in the Pentagon, the chief of the Army Department’s aviation division assured the annual Association of the United States Army aviation symposium. Buying more helicopters and unmanned aerial...
February 1, 2010
Military | Airframes The NH90 military transport helicopter has completed a series of ship deck landing trials in cold weather aboard a Norwegian Coast...
February 1, 2010
Military | Observation & Patrol EADS North America has handed over four UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters to the Alabama Army National Guard...
February 1, 2010
Military | Overhaul & Repair Brazil’s Helibras has obtained a contract to upgrade 34 Eurocopter AS365Ks. Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Brazil, Helibras, has secured a contract to...
February 1, 2010
Military | Technology Netherlands’ National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) is being asked to come up with solutions to the issue of helicopter brownouts, when clouds of sand and dust rise up during a desert landing. The...
January 1, 2010
Military | Mission Equipment The Army’s OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopter—the most heavily used aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan—is losing its distinctive mast-mounted sight. Brig. Gen. Tim Crosby, commander of the Army’s Program Executive Office for Aviation, said the sensor turret atop the mast will be replaced as part of “band-aid” fixes to keep the aging...
January 1, 2010
Military | Utility The U.S. Army has placed an order for 45 additional EADS North America UH-72A Lakotas. The $247.2-million contract brings the total number of Army UH-72As on...
January 1, 2010
Military | Airframes AgustaWestland has delivered the first AW139 to the Qatar Armed Forces as part of an 18-unit order...
January 1, 2010
During the past 15 years, Aero Dynamix (ADI) has become a leader in the night vision modification industry. Currently the company employs more than 60 night vision professionals and is growing rapidly. As an FAA-certified Repair Station (C73R723N), Aero Dynamix offers a full line of services in the instrument/avionics repair field. They have 15 FAA-certified repair technicians on staff to meet customer...
January 1, 2010
Carl Zeiss Optronics designs, develops and produces state-of-the-art optronic instruments for military and civilian applications. They are used to monitor, identify and classify, as well as for precise measurement, evaluation and targeting. As a subsidiary of the globally recognized Carl Zeiss Group, the company has years of experience and know-how in optronics, highly accurate optics and precision...
January 1, 2010
Goodrich Corporation is one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense suppliers, with annual sales nearing $7 billion. Goodrich has been in operation for 140 years and employs 25,000 people in 80 worldwide manufacturing and service sites. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the aerospace industry, Goodrich provides aircraft operators and manufacturers around...
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