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October 30, 2008
Due to the DoD’s termination of the ARH-70A contract, Bell Helicopter fired approximately 500 workers yesterday. This is a 4 percent reduction in staff company wide with management taking the biggest hit, losing 40 people all in the eight Fort Worth facilities...
October 30, 2008
On Oct. 29, Iran Aviation Industries Organization announced that it plans to build more than 50 Kamov Ka-32 helicopters under a license agreement with Russia. This announcement concerns some...
October 28, 2008
Prince Harry, son of Prince Charles of Wales and the late Princess Diana, has requested to become a helicopter pilot in the British army. The Prince, who...
October 23, 2008
Belgium-based avionics specialist Barco has been awarded a contract from Eurocopter to provide high-performance mission displays...
October 22, 2008
Flight Safety International has partnered with flight simulator manufacturer Frasca to place light turbine simulators in many of FSI’s training centers...
October 20, 2008
Finmeccanica minimized the impact of EU legal proceedings against Italy on helicopters supplied by the Italian group. The company said that any revenues lost would...
October 17, 2008
The Department of Defense notified Congress and Bell Helicopter that it will not certify the U.S. Army Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter...
October 16, 2008
Without using any competitive bidding, the county purchased military and civil helicopters only from Agusta (part of the state-controlled Finmeccanica), which is an illegal measure...
October 16, 2008
The company won three awards resulting in Army Technology Investment Agreements with a combined value of more than $19 million...
October 1, 2008
NEWS The maiden flight Aug. 27 of Sikorsky Aircraft’s X2 technology demonstrator (shown right, with an S-76 chase aircraft) was the most notable of first flights the Stratford, Conn. manufacturer achieved in that busy last week of August. Aug. 29 saw the debut of the fly-by-wire version of the company’s UH-60M upgrade of its Black Hawk for the U.S. Army (shown below). In between those dates...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY U.S. Coast Guard officials are seeking to understand why an HH-65C crashed during a training flight off the Hawaiian island of Oahu on Sept. 4, killing all four crewmembers. The aircraft, upgraded in the last year or so to the "Charlie" configuration with new...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY Kaman Helicopters planned to display an SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite for the first time to the Black Sea Defense & Aerospace Exposition Sept. 24-26 in Bucharest, Romania. Company officials and suppliers will set to brief potential customers about the helicopter and its capabilities. The aircraft is one of 11 multi-mission maritime helicopters now available for immediate delivery. They were...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency intends to award a sole-source contract to Boeing for continued development of a "disc rotor" aircraft. The DiscRotor concept is an aircraft with a relatively small, hub-mounted disc that can extend rotor blades to affect vertical flight. Boeing conducted a "Phase 0" research effort under a DARPA seedling/concept study...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY In February 2006, India’s navy set a March 2007 deadline to receive bids for 16-24 more anti-submarine warfare helicopters, but the manufacturers that were handed the request (AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, Kamov and Sikorsky Aircraft) asked for an extension. The...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY U.S. military services on Sept. 6 hosted a celebration in Washington of the celebration of the centennial of military aviation in the nation. Orville Wright left his home in Dayton, Ohio in mid-August 1908 for Washington, where he would conduct acceptance tests of the Wright Flyer for the U.S. Army. Two mechanics joined him for the trials: Charles Taylor and Charles Furnas. They spent Aug. 21 through...
September 1, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $22-million contract for two MH-60S Sea Hawks. Work will be performed in Stratford and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2012. Bristow Academy Inc, Titusville, Fla., was awarded a $5.3-million contract for initial entry rotary-wing training from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life-Cycle Command. Work will be performed in Titusville and is...
September 1, 2008
Helicopters Needed, Now! PARIS — Canadian soldiers have a history of being let down by their governments and being left to operate outdated, costly and maintenance-hungry weapons so that their politicians can make whatever point they are hoping to score. Nowhere has this malign neglect been clearer than in the field of helicopters. Readers will remember the disgraceful “gold-plated...
August 28, 2008
The helicopters, built by Bell, began operating this month. They can fly farther, faster and have a greater load capacity, 125 percent higher, than the UH-1N (the UH-1N is being rebuilt and redesigned...
August 27, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft today completed the first flight of its X2 technology demonstrator. Lifting the aircraft off from the Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y., Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck maneuvered the...
August 15, 2008
On Saturday, September 6, the Army Aviation Assn will be hosting an open house in Fort Myer...
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