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September 14, 2015
Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company named as Russia's best exporter, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. The company originated Sept. 4, 1940, with the founding of Leningrad Aircraft Plant No. 387. That plant was evacuated during World War II's Eastern Front...
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
Crews from more than 50 helicopters in Japan are among nearly 6,000 rescuers aiding victims of floods brought on by Typhoon Etau. The rescue helicopters included the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil agencies. Etau made landfall Sept. 10 near...
September 11, 2015
Canada picked Vector Aerospace as the sole provider of maintenance services for General Electric T-58 engines on its aged military CH-124 Sea Kings, the company said. The Sea Kings are overdue for retirement. Canada awarded Sikorsky Aircraft a contract in 2004 for S-92-based Sea King replacements that were to enter service in 2011. But the...
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 9, 2015
Long-time offshore oil and gas industry leader Bill Chiles will present the keynote speech at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas.    At the one-day summit, top industry and regulatory executives will discuss ongoing work toward consensus among the General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. and the AeroSpace and Defence...
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...
September 3, 2015
The U.S. Air Force is looking for a government or commercial off-the-shelf replacement for its aged 62 UH-1Ns, based on its "industry day" briefings last month attended by five prime contractors. The $2 billion UH-1N Replacement Program (as outlined in President Obama's fiscal 2016 defense budget submission) includes only procurement funding for 72 helicopters...
August 18, 2015
The U.S. Air Force invites aircraft manufacturers for a discussion about replacing its more than 40-year-old fleet of UH-1N Iroquois "Hueys." At an industry day scheduled for Aug. 26 and 27, the service will educate potential vendors about the capabilities it wants in a successor to the light-lift utility UH-1N, a military variant of the...
August 17, 2015
  A Bell 412 EP demo, courtesy of Bell Helicopter. Bell Helicopter's delivery of the last of eight 412EPs to the Philippine Department of National Defense was acknowledged today during a flag-raising ceremony at...
August 17, 2015
The agenda for Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit is now available online here, as is a list of confirmed and invited speakers. The Oct. 27 summit at the Sheraton DFW Airport in...
July 31, 2015
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will honor the 50-year-plus legacy of the CH-46 Sea Knight tomorrow when it receives one of the last U.S. Marine Corps "Phrogs" at facilities outside Washington.       Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron   A crew from...
July 30, 2015
Japan’s order for 150 military versions of Bell Helicopter’s 412EPI could boost commercial sales of that twin-engine helicopter, according to the manufacturer’s CEO. Bell and its Japanese...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
July 20, 2015
Expect Lockheed Martin to spend the next six months or so sorting out what needs to be fixed at Sikorsky Aircraft versus what needs to be sustained there. The $46-billion aerospace and defense company said today it has struck a deal to buy Sikorsky from United Technologies for $9 billion (higher than pundits’ valuation of $8 billion). The companies said the deal should close late this year or in...
July 15, 2015
The U.S. Navy has ordered the first V-22s for Japan, finalizing the first international sale of the Osprey. Bell Boeing, the strategic...
July 14, 2015
Sikorsky Innovations is offering a $25,000 cash prize to spur innovation and disruptive technology in vertical flight. Sikorsky Innovations is the technology development division of Sikorsky Aircraft, which describes it as an agile, networked group of...
July 13, 2015
  AgustaWestland marked the centennial of its U.K. unit’s formation July 12 in ceremonies at the Yeovil home of what was originally the Westland Aircraft Works.  Opened in 1915 as a branch of the Yeovil engineering business Petters Ltd., Westland built many famous fixed-wing aircraft before its board decided in 1946 to focus entirely on helicopter production. Initially, it...
July 13, 2015
The U.S. Army is searching for contractors interested in working on a four-year project (starting during the current fiscal year) to develop and demonstrate a multi-spectral sensor to help its helicopter pilots fly safely in degraded visual environments. In a July 8 request for information with an Aug. 10 deadline, the...
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