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November 25, 2008
The North Carolina Army National Guard received a UH-72A Lakota helicopter Monday afternoon at...
November 24, 2008
The North Carolina Army National Guard received a UH-72A Lakota helicopter Monday afternoon at...
November 19, 2008
The manufacturer backed out of contest for 197 light utility helicopters after it withdrew its bid from the Indian Air Force`s attack helicopter. This decision comes within...
November 19, 2008
An Army battalion of nearly 500 soldiers will move from its base in Korea to Fort Carson, Colo. in the spring, replacing the 1st...
November 14, 2008
Lockheed Martin completed the first flight of its fully integrated Pathfinder advanced pilotage system on an Army HH-60L Black Hawk medevac helicopter at Felker Army Airfield, Fort Eustis, Va. This flight marks the beginning of the developmental test phase for this cargo and utility aircraft...
November 13, 2008
The Russian Air Force will order 12 Kamov Ka-52 Alligator scout-attack helicopters in 2009 after all mandatory testing has been completed...
November 11, 2008
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have equipped an unmanned rotorcraft with the ability to fly at low altitudes, navigate tight spaces and avoid...
November 10, 2008
Pursuant to the loss of three Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopters to a fire aboard an Argentine icebreaker in 2007, the U.S. Navy has delivered a pair of its own SH-3Hs to the South...
November 7, 2008
AgustaWestland and Oboronprom announced they have signed an agreement for the establishment of a 50-50 joint venture in Russia to set up and run a civil AW139...
November 6, 2008
The company recently conducted a series of test flights demonstrating a new, low-light-level sensor system for U.S. Army Arrowhead-equipped AH-64D Apaches. The Visible/Near Infrared...
November 4, 2008
Forecast International projects that 2,176 light rotorcraft will be produced for military use during the 10-year period from 2008 through 2107. The Connecticut-based firm estimates the value of this...
November 1, 2008
MILITARY On Oct. 16, 2008, the Department of Defense officially notified Congress and aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter, that it will not certify the Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) program for continuation. John Young, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, in consultation with top DoD officials, determined that the contract to build the military...
November 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Turbomeca Manufacturing, a subsidiary of SAFRAN USA in Grand Prairie, Texas, opened its Monroe, N.C. facility on September 25, making it the company’s only manufacturing plant outside of France. The 100,000-sq-ft facility is located on 42 sprawling acres of land just outside of Charlotte, N.C. The plant will use state-of-the-art equipment to build...
November 1, 2008
Even when the announcement was made that Bell Helicopter had won the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) contract in 2005, company insiders were skeptical of the rotorcraft giant’s ability to deliver a militarized, single-engine 407 on time and under budget. Apparently, the skeptics were right. Bell’s ARH contract was effectively dropped pursuant to a section in the Nunn-McCurdy amendment to...
November 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | MILITARY RotorFest, the annual helicopter open house and air show hosted by the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, Penn. drew a crowd of 3,500 rotorcraft enthusiasts each day of the weekend-long event, which was held on October 11 and 12. Visitors of all ages could stroll through the museum where history-making helicopters, such as an AH-1 Cobra, a Bell 206B...
November 1, 2008
There are pros and cons to buying surplus military aircraft: the helicopters may be less expensive, but the purchase is a lot like buying a used car — you don’t know where it’s been or who has been driving. After years of use in U.S. military operations, many well-seasoned military helicopters will be classified as excess inventory and will be released from the military’s inventory...
November 1, 2008
With the obvious exception of Boeing’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, many military rotorcraft designs find their way into civilian service. The most common are the OH-58 Kiowa and the OH-6 Cayuse, which often make their way into the hangars of police departments operating start-up aviation units or existing helicopter operations working with tight budgets. In the 1996, the Anne Arundel County...
November 1, 2008
The current economic turmoil is hitting worldwide helicopter markets. The Middle East is no exception; military sales are sparse and civil sales are not materializing. The region is on stand-by. Markets have a way of defying predictions, and during the past year the Middle Eastern helicopter market proved this true once again, as it has borne out none of the short-term predictions industry was making just...
November 1, 2008
Helicopter Industry Faces Perfect Storm PARIS — The world’s helicopter industry, boosted to unprecedented levels of prosperity by a steady growth in orders during the past decade, would do well to prepare for the perfect storm that is now looming just over the horizon. And its effects are likely to be felt all the more keenly that all manufacturers have expanded their production facilities in...
October 31, 2008
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters plus options for several additional aircraft. The MMEA will use...
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