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April 1, 2009
Military — The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command requested that the purchasing schedule to buy the CV-22 tiltrotor Ospreys be accelerated with eight of the Ospreys to...
April 1, 2009
PUBLIC | SERVICE They were promised in 2007, but eight Bell 412 EPs and three UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopters meant to bolster Mexico’s war against drugs won’t be delivered until this September. That’s the news that hit Congress on March 10, 2009, during hearings into the escalating drug violence along the U.S-Mexican border. Waiting until September to deploy these aircraft is...
April 1, 2009
Engine Recuperators, Efficiency and Survivability In their endeavors to produce a V/STOL UAV called the V-STAR (VTOL Swift Tactical Aerial Resource), Frontline Aerospace Inc. wanted to improve the range potential of their prototype UAV. Its use of Rolls-Royce 250-C20 engines required some research into improving range efficiency with that motor. That research brought them to recuperators. To beat these...
March 18, 2009
On March 18, 2009, Japan’s navy commissioned its largest helicopter carrier vessel ever. The...
March 18, 2009
The Minnesota National Guard has a new helicopter base. The $37.2 million, 140,000 square foot aviation support facility is...
March 6, 2009
Amarillo College, in Texas, has collaborated with Bell Helicopter for almost 10 years. Now, with Bell's new 137,000-square-foot hanger expansion in the works in Amarillo, the aerospace manufacturing college students have a...
March 1, 2009
MILITARY The Canadian Forces’ PR machine is backpedaling furiously, after top air officer Col. Christopher Coates suggested there might not be enough CF helicopters to provide security at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver while maintaining adequate air support in Afghanistan. Speaking to the Canadian Press―Canada’s version of the AP―at the Canadian base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Coates...
March 1, 2009
The Chattering Class Gets Nervous I recently ran into one of my counterparts at an aviation industry gathering, and his remarks to me were profoundly disturbing (well, what passes for profound among publishing’s "chattering class," anyway). Because I don’t particularly enjoy the company of lawyers, I won’t print this person’s name. Upon entering this crowded, noisy...
February 12, 2009
Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland and Indian firm Tata Sons Ltd have agreed to build the...
February 1, 2009
MILITARY Although the city of Mumbai has had an airbase since 1964, India opened its first dedicated helicopter base...
February 1, 2009
MILITARY The $581-million contract was awarded to Bell Helicopter and Boeing to provide logistics support for the MV-22 and CV-22. The U.S. Marine Corps has used its MV-22 since October 2007. Official remarks claim...
February 1, 2009
NEWS Anticipated reductions in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq in 2009 will not ease the demand for U.S. Army aviation there, the commanding general of the Army Aviation Warfighting Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. told the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) annual aviation symposium and exposition January 7-9. Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III said in a speech to the gathering that a troop...
January 28, 2009
The aircraft carrier John C. Stennis set sail on Jan. 17 with two 12-aircraft helicopter squadrons, one more squadron than the usual compliment. The...
January 27, 2009
On Jan. 27, the government of Colombia announced it is days away from receiving 32 new helicopters for its military...
January 22, 2009
BAE Systems has begun promoting a hostile fire detector designed for helicopters. Similar to the Boomerang System used by some military ground units on their...
January 21, 2009
Although the city of Mumbai has had an airbase since 1964, India will open its first dedicated helicopter base...
January 20, 2009
Today, Eurocopter released its sales figures for 2008, which showed it fully met its objectives for the year. The...
January 19, 2009
On Jan. 15, Tianjin Free Trade Zone and China Aviation Industry Corporation jointly invested in a program to create China Aviation Industry Helicopter Co., Ltd. (CAIHC) The...
January 5, 2009
DRS Optronics of Palm Beach, Fla has received a “new firm-fixed-price” and cost plus fixed fee contract for maintaining the mast-mounted optics system used...
January 1, 2009
NEWS A little-noticed provision in the fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill has set in motion the most ambitious project in years to divine and define the future for military vertical lift aircraft. The goal of the Pentagon-led Future Vertical Lift Capabilities Based Assessment (CBA) is to determine what new and better rotary-wing and other vertical-lift aircraft the armed services will need beyond what...
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