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August 15, 2008
On Saturday, September 6, the Army Aviation Assn will be hosting an open house in Fort Myer...
August 13, 2008
The Rotor Embedded Actuator Control Technology, or React, project is a three-year effort to develop active surfaces in helicopter rotor blades and active...
August 1, 2008
The Brazilian navy signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the U.S. government covering the planned purchase of four Sikorsky Aircraft S-70B Seahawks valued at almost $195 million (311 million reais). The letter also covers options for a further two Seahawks. Bell Boeing Tiltrotor Team, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $28.5 million contract for spare components for the U.S. Air Force CV-22. Work...
August 1, 2008
Composites and Combat This article focuses on composite materials and their contribution to survivability in combat aircraft applications. Composite materials, specifically fiber-reinforced polymers, provide manufacturers with amazing improvements producing structural strength and flexibility. These composite panels vary from cowlings and integral structural members to all-composite rotor blades replacing...
July 28, 2008
The estimated $750 million request is for a contract that would produce nearly 200 light helicopters to be used by the Army (133) and Air Force (64). India is...
July 24, 2008
Helicopter Support Inc. has sold 12 extended-range helicopter fuel tanks to...
July 18, 2008
FARNBOROUGH, England – The Marines Corps top aviator confirmed the service still isn’t sure what caused an MV-22 Osprey engine problem in Iraq last month that precautionary landing well away from the base.     In response to questions at the Farnborough Air Show, Lt. Gen. George Trautman III, Marine deputy commandant for aviation, said the pilot “did a fantastic job”...
July 17, 2008
Teams of key White House and national-security players have been rotating through Lockheed Martin Systems Integration facilities, running through crisis scenarios to ensure the new VH-71 can support presidential communications requirements during a real crisis. The...
July 9, 2008
FIL Offers Free Shuttle Bus Service Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced that it will provide a free shuttle bus service for exhibitors and trade visitors travelling in to next week’s air show from the three principal local railway stations. The majority of exhibitors and business visitors who attend the air show on the trade days (July 14 to July 18) travel to the event via train. FIL...
July 9, 2008
In July 2005, Textron won the U.S. Army contract for the next generation armed reconnaissance helicopter, ARH. The ARH, designated the ARH-70A Arapaho, were to replace the Army's current Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warriors that are the Army’s most heavily used fleet in Iraq and are...
July 9, 2008
August 1, 2008 is the deadline for nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Awards. If you know of displays of heroism and flying skills involving helicopter crews and individuals on missions conducted in calendar...
July 3, 2008
Welcome to R&W’s updated homepage. You’ll still find all the rotorcraft information you require here, with our daily news briefs, powerful search engine and current...
July 1, 2008
ASU Responds to R&W Too many times, information goes out without having the facts right. Your recent item in Rotorcraft Report on our company is a prime example ("FAA, Vendor, Operators Sort Through NVG Turmoil," June 2008, page 10). It is true that Aviation Specialties Unlimited has been sorting through and correcting problems regarding the installation of night-vision systems and the...
July 1, 2008
NEWS A set of new U.S. Army contracts to helicopter makers, spurred by damage incurred by aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan, is intended to reinvigorate U.S. research and development of rotor technology. Awarded to Boeing and Sikorsky under the Army Applied Aviation Directorate’s Rotor Durability program, the contracts initially aim to develop rotor blades — retrofittable to current aircraft...
July 1, 2008
MILITARY European Union countries have agreed to pool their helicopter capabilities to better support international operations. EU defense ministers meeting May 26 charged the European Defence Agency with coordinating the initiative in league with NATO. The effort is to cover joint training, logistics and upgrading of helicopters to operate in austere environments. That could benefit...
July 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | MISSION EQUIPMENT Look for the FAA to call for repetitive inspections of night-vision systems once turmoil from its applications on helicopters settles down. Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited on May 29 regained its Part 145...
July 1, 2008
MILITARY With test pilot Graham Tomlinson at the controls, the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning 2 rose into blue Texas skies June 11, marking the first flight of an aircraft designed to provide a...
July 1, 2008
Attack/Observation — GKN Aerospace in May began assembling the center module "bathtub" structure of the lower center fuselage section for the AgustaWestland Future Lynx at its Yeovil, United Kingdom plant. Two years ago, AW awarded GKN Aerospace a £50 million ($97 million-plus) contract to supply complete, assembled airframes for 70 Future Lynx for the U.K. Royal Navy and Army. GKN...
July 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Honeywell has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intelligent Automation Corp (IAC), a leading supplier of helicopter on-board diagnostic systems for both military and commercial customers. Pending regulatory review, Honeywell will take over Poway, Calif.-based...
July 1, 2008
MILITARY The historic humanitarian efforts of the Berlin Airlift 60 years ago were honored by the annual Joint Service Open House at Andrews AFB, Md., home of the U.S. Air Force’s presidential transport wing and Air Force One. "It displayed a U.S. dedication to a stable and...
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