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December 1, 2015
Japan is arranging to give subsidies to communities around a planned U.S. air base on Okinawa that is the subject of longstanding protests, Stars & Stripes reported. The U.S. military newspaper said subsidies are common for communities on the island of 1.4 million. The island is also home to the largest share of U.S. forces...
November 30, 2015
Photo by Master Sgt. Mark Olsen The new U.S. military spending law calls on the U.S. Army and the U.S. National Guard Bureau to give Congress plans for upgrading Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60s in their fleets. President Obama on Nov. 25 signed into law the bill, which reflected some compromise between the White House and Congress. The National Defense Authorization Act...
November 24, 2015
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into better engine filtration and improved power-status displays for its MV-22s in the wake of a fatal May 17 crash in Hawaii. That Osprey crashed, killing a crew chief and one rifleman aboard, after dust and debris ingestion led to a power loss in its left engine and sudden descent during a low...
November 17, 2015
Japan's central government asked a court today to force Okinawa's governor to clear work on the relocation of America’s Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the island. U.S., Japanese and Okinawan officials have agreed since 1996 that the base needs to be closed. Schools...
November 17, 2015
A new memorial at the U.S. Air Force Academy honors the valorous action of graduates during the Vietnam War. The academy’s classes of 1965 and 1970 presented the Plaza of Heroes addition to the Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion on the Colorado Springs, Colorado, campus as reunion gifts. The plaza honors the academy's only Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Lance P. Sijan, and its...
November 9, 2015
India's conglomerate Tata has added Boeing to its list of aerospace joint-venture partners. The subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Boeing today said their new joint venture initially will create a “manufacturing center of excellence” to...
November 5, 2015
The U.S. Army’s current search for a “degraded visual environment” solution is aimed not only at enabling aircrews to take off and land safely in blowing dust, sand, snow, fog and other obscuration. The service seeks to enable pilots “to exploit dwelling in those conditions indefinitely” to gain “a tactical advantage over an adversary” that lacks that ability, the...
November 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin anticipates closing its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft on Nov. 6, the company said after reporting receipt of “the final regulatory approval” of the...
November 4, 2015
A top member of the political party that won elections to oust Poland’s current government last month questioned whether that nation would do better to scrap a deal to buy...
November 3, 2015
The U.S. has agreed in principle to sell V-22s to Israel ahead of a Nov. 9 White House meeting between President Barack Obama...
October 20, 2015
The U.S. Army wants to go fast, but Sikorsky Aircraft and Bell Helicopter want it to go faster. The Army is pursuing the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator initiative to develop the foundation for a family of vertical-lift aircraft capable of 230-kt-plus cruise speeds. Sikorsky is paired with Boeing on one contender, the SB>1 Defiant, while Bell is developing the V-280 Valor tiltrotor (with...
October 16, 2015
An aerospace manufacturing expert will take the helm of Bell Helicopter when Mitch Snyder succeeds John Garrison as president and CEO.  An 11-year veteran of Bell, Snyder is currently executive vice president of military program. Previously, he served as vice president and program director for the Bell Boeing V-22.  For much of his time at the company, Snyder has overseen a range of manufacturing...
October 14, 2015
A key question since Lockheed Martin said it is buying Sikorsky Aircraft is whether the aerospace and defense giant has any interest in selling civil helicopters. The deal was announced July 20, with a key civil market (offshore oil and gas support) slumping and the general economy lagging, which hurt sales of...
October 12, 2015
Babcock International Group has won a five-year contract to provide engineering services to support Royal Navy helicopters at air stations...
October 6, 2015
A lack of consistency among international aviation regulators' application of certification standards slows rotorcraft manufacturers in bringing new products to market, AgustaWestland's senior VP of Strategy and Business Development told attendees at Helitech International in London Tuesday. Answering questions during a panel discussion at the show called "New...
October 2, 2015
The U.S. Navy has reestablished a minesweeping helicopter training squadron this week two decades after it was disbanded. Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 12 (HM-12) will be based at Norfolk Naval Station to train new pilots in the Navy's MH-53E Sea Dragon—a modified Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion used...
September 17, 2015
Rotorcraft advocates in Washington, D.C., are laying the foundation in Congress for future research funding, they say. Working under the umbrellas of AHS International and the Vertical Lift Consortium, lobbyists for major OEMs and other advocates have been making the rounds of appropriations...
September 14, 2015
The number of U.S. Marines killed in aviation accidents this year has reached 18, the highest in five years, according to NBC News. The previous record was set in 2012 at...
September 11, 2015
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking into adaptive landing gear that would enable helicopters to land and launch on angled, irregular and moving surfaces. The agency demonstrated a concept for such gear at its "What? Wait" future technology forum this week in St. Louis. DARPA noted that the flat, stable surfaces required for use of traditional skid and...
September 8, 2015
Australia has named a Lockheed Martin-led consortium as its preferred bidder to provide basic military flight training to fixed-wing and helicopter pilots for 25 years starting in 2019. The $2-billion contract has yet to be finalized. The Team 21 consortium includes Lockheed Martin, Switzerland's Pilatus Aircraft and Sydney-headquartered...
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