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June 1, 2008
San Francisco-based URS Corp will train helicopter pilots for the U.S. Army and the Air Force under a five-year contract that could be worth up to $240 million. URS won the contract through its EG&G division, which has been training helicopter pilots for the military since 1989. Training takes place at Fort Rucker, Ala. Raytheon, Portsmouth, R.I., is being awarded a $60-million contract for the...
June 1, 2008
That was a question on the minds of U.S. attendees at last month’s American Helicopter Society International annual gathering in Montreal. What provoked the question? The U.S. Navy’s launch of a rotorcraft center of excellence, based at NAS Patuxent River, Md. It is headed by the Naval Air Systems’ Douglas Isleib (see the VH-71 item), who is one of just two full-time employees assigned to...
June 1, 2008
The 60th anniversary show brings some things old, many things new. In its 60th anniversary year, the Farnborough Air Show will have visitors reminiscing of the old and embracing the new. This year’s biennial show coincides with two other significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the first officially recorded powered, heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom and the start of the Berlin...
June 1, 2008
The recent letter from CW4 Steven Kersting reminded me that the term "settling with power" is somewhat misleading ("VRS vs. Settling With Power, February 2008, page 7). Power has little to do with the phenomenon. As I discussed in the July 2007 issue, in a vertical descent, tip vortices are being generated that self-activate themselves to go down at a speed that is determined by the rotor...
May 27, 2008
European Union countries have agreed to pool their helicopter capabilities to support international operations. EU defense ministers meeting May 26 charged the European Defence Agency with coordinating the initiative...
May 21, 2008
U.S. FAA officials responsible for regulation of obstacle marking and lighting are weighing whether to approve a Norwegian-developed system as an alternate means of marking powerlines. Oslo-based OCAS developed the...
May 16, 2008
Work on the two Chinook CH-47Fs at the Boeing plant in Ridley Township, Penn., stopped as suspicions of sabotage dominated an unfolding investigation into how the two military helicopters were damaged as they were nearing completion for an Army contract that runs through 2018. The reports indicate that someone might have...
May 15, 2008
A Honeywell/Pratt & Whitney joint venture was awarded a $108 million contract by the U.S. Army for work on the Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) technology demonstrator program. GE in September 2007 won the first contract under that program. According to the Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, a few months after that a...
May 14, 2008
The latest hazard to safe helicopter flight in the United States comes in the form of wind farms. These collections of modern-day windmills, seen as an environmentally friendly energy option to gas, coal, and nuclear powerplants, are proliferating. The U.S. Energy...
May 13, 2008
Will the OH-5D Kiowa Warrior ever leave the battlefield? The U.S. Army has been attempting to retire that combat-proven but war-weary Bell Helicopter fighter for years, most recently through the planned procurement of Bell's...
May 6, 2008
The U.S. Army's ARH-70A program apparently has survived the latest hit--a recent review that called for cutting all production funding in the Fiscal 2009 federal budget. Senators late last week signed off tentatively on a defense authorization bill that includes funding to procure 20 of the Bell Helicopter armed...
May 1, 2008
Northrop Grumman is searching for a new radar for its MQ-8B Fire Scout program, in hopes that new customers will follow. The company plans to build its own unmanned test aircraft to try out new sensor packages on the unmanned aerial vehicle, a modified version of Schweizer’s Model 333 turbine helicopter. Later this year, The company-owned "white tail" will test the Telephonics RDR-1700B...
May 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Looking back at 2007, one can’t help being impressed by the scale of events aimed at shaping the future of the Russian helicopter industry. After consolidating all design and manufacturing assets under Helicopters of Russia holding, the Industry and Energy Ministry came up with a program outlining production development for the next seven years. According to it, Russia should...
May 1, 2008
Military Outsourcing Regarding Giovanni de Briganti’s comments on military outsourcing, the situation could go a step further: arm all civil aircraft ("Military Outsourcing: How Far to Go?" January 2008, page 23). They could divert at a moment’s notice from their scheduled flight plan, attack an enemy threat, and continue on their scheduled flight. The only cost to the military would...
May 1, 2008
MILITARY The third VH-71 built for the U.S. presidential helicopter program is undergoing final assembly and mission-systems integration to enable it to be used as a command-and-control platform by the White House, according to Lockheed Martin. The Lockheed...
April 10, 2008
U.S. Army leaders are weighing how to best form a 12th combat aviation brigade (CAB). A new brigade is needed to maintain the 12-month rotation schedule of units serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt, the director of Army...
April 9, 2008
Boeing and Piasecki Aircraft are developing a $3 million plan to assess mating a version of Piasecki Aircraft's vectored-thrust, ducted propeller to its AH-64 Apache and possibly its A160T vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air vehicle. Boeing has...
April 9, 2008
Say farewell to Joint Heavy Lift, the U.S. Army's aspiration to a multi-service, next-generation heavy-lifter. The program, spearheaded by the Army Aviation Technology Directorate, seems to have been overcome by requirements creep and inter-service rivalry. It was...
April 3, 2008
Though they complained about a $10 million price tag for the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, Army leaders might have done well to take that price. The latest U.S. review of the Bell Helicopter ARH-70A program puts the...
April 1, 2008
AGUSTAWESTLAND ARRIVES AT Heli-Expo with key civil product lines logging strong sales but military ones beset by problems. The manufacturer’s AW139 medium twin is proving a popular and versatile aircraft in diverse markets. AgustaWestland is featuring the AW139 in its display, showcasing the aircraft it delivered to its program partern Honeywell. Honeywell provided the Primus Epic avionics suite for...
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