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June 27, 2012
The question concerning the development of a new generation of Future Vertical Lift (FVL) rotorcraft for 2030 and beyond is a simple one. How radical and how rapid can the development of a new class of aircraft be given the poor state of research and development funding and the unlikely change in those circumstances over the next few years—exactly the time when the ground-breaking R&D needs to...
June 26, 2012
The Tanan 300 vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial system (VTOL Tactical UAS) from Cassidian was shown at recently at Eurosatory in Paris. The Tanan rotary UAS has been in development for around four years, which includes work conducted on the original program. Perhaps unusually, despite Cassidian being an EADS...
June 26, 2012
With the traditional festival of flight that is usually encapsulated by Farnborough Airshow (alternating in the odd years with Le Bourget in Paris), the outlook for military rotorcraft orders from Europe is not good. For those who still do not wish to believe that the good times of defense spending in the west are over—at least in the short to mid-term—Dr. John Chipman, director-general and...
June 4, 2012
The U.S. Marine Corps has successfully completed a procedure known as a "hot hook-up" using an unmanned Kaman K-Max at Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan. The...
June 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com A week before heading to Fort Worth, Texas for AHS Forum 68 (from May 1-3), I figured I would receive a number of updates about the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative and rotorcraft science and technology (S&T) efforts for both the military and commercial industries. What I couldn’t predict was an unfolding story (see “Sikorsky President Jeff Pino to...
June 1, 2012
One of two unmanned K-Max helicopters with the U.S. Marine Corps   for transporting cargo to combat zones in Afghanistan. Kaman Kaman Aerospace and Lockheed Martin’s joint helicopter, the...
May 16, 2012
Kaman Aerospace and Lockheed Martin’s joint helicopter, the unmanned K-Max, has delivered more than 1 million pounds of cargo...
May 16, 2012
During the AHS International Forum, Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, U.S. Army Aviation program executive officer, told a crowd of engineers on May 1 that expanded collaboration between science and technology (S&T) and military program management needs to occur, “a marriage if you will, because we can ill-afford to be pursuing things that don’t either support the Future Vertical...
May 8, 2012
Although the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) program could be officially declared as “off and running” with the announcement of a Request for Information (RfI) on April 25 by U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal (ACC-RSA), there should be no expectation that this will result in a major new technology-based program. The AAS requirement is intended to replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior which...
May 4, 2012
The U.S. Patent Office has issued a primary utility patent to Fort Worth, Texas-based AVX Aircraft covering technical functions of the company's designs, including...
May 4, 2012
American Helicopter Society International (AHS), which held its Forum 68 this week in Fort Worth, has elected new directors and officers for the period covering July 1 through...
May 1, 2012
Textron subsidiaries Bell Helicopter and AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems have started construction on a Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) capability development laboratory in Huntsville, Ala. The R&D facility will allow testing...
May 1, 2012
AVX Aircraft Company is currently studying a Joint Multi Role concept under a U.S. Army contract. Shown in the inset are three Army conceptual designs for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program showing (top to bottom) tiltrotor, single rotor and coaxial configurations. Here’s a grim fact: the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has not fielded an all-new combat rotorcraft since the Bell-Boeing V-22...
May 1, 2012
Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 completed its first flight mounted with a Cineflex film camera in April near the company’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The camera system was developed in partnership with Brain Farm Digital Cinema and Snaproll Media. Schiebel With all the press they’ve been receiving for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, you’d think that unmanned aerial systems...
April 27, 2012
The U.S. Navy has designated Northrop Grumman as the prime contractor to upgrade its MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The $262-million contact covers an expansion in payload and...
April 19, 2012
Schiebel has partnered with Brain Farm Digital Cinema and Snaproll Media to outfit a Camcopter S100 with a broadcast-quality...
April 11, 2012
Textron subsidiaries Bell Helicopter and AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems have started construction on a Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) capability development laboratory in Huntsville, Ala. The R&D facility will allow testing of...
April 1, 2012
Boeing and the U.S. Army have wrapped up a series of tests on the company’s Adaptive Vehicle Management System (AVMS), a rotorcraft flight control system. AVMS...
March 14, 2012
Bloomfield, Conn.-based Kaman Aerospace Group has named two new vice presidents. The company has appointed Pat Wheeler, former president and CEO of Vermont Composites...
March 9, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public input on the selection process for six...
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