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March 4, 2016
Bell Helicopter Textron CEO Mitch Snyder wants to cut the price of the V-280 tilt-rotor aircraft in half, and he's identified a number of techniques to accomplish that.   Snyder said Bell is moving toward a fixed engine to reduce complexity. The V-280 will also use a straight wing, he said, to eliminate a mid-wing gear box. Snyder said Bell will also take advantage of new composites.   But Snyder...
March 4, 2016
MD Helicopters will develop a new military aircraft called the 6XX that company CEO Lynn Tilton wants delivered by 2018.   Tilton said Tuesday at Heli-Expo she wanted to spend the rest of 2016 getting out the specification so MD could work toward completing testing and certification in 2017. She said she's focusing on building and delivering the 6XX in 2018.   Tilton said MD might borrow ideas...
March 1, 2016
Summit Aviation [Booth 509], a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Army Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasure Program (ATIRCM). The program is contracted through Cargo PM to support the installation...
February 18, 2016
A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage after performing its first flight. The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are...
February 11, 2016
CAE USA has been authorized to proceed on the U.S. Navy MH-60R/S Tech Refresh program. Under terms of the contract, which was awarded as a base contract plus exercised options, CAE USA will perform a technology refresh on a range of U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk helicopter simulators and training systems. The initial base contract plus exercised options was included as part of CAE's second quarter fiscal year...
February 8, 2016
NHI has delivered the sixth NH90 helicopter to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. This event took place in the Tessera, Italy, Finmeccanica Helicopter Division facility. The Helicopter took off from Tessera afterward.   The delivery of this sonar-equipped NH90 marks the end of the first phase of the Norwegian production program, joining the NH90 fleet that will commence embarked operations for the...
January 29, 2016
The National Commission on the Future of the Army proposed an aviation restructure solution that keeps AH-64 Apaches in the U.S. Army National Guard, but it would cost an extra $165 million per year, in addition to a $420 million upfront cost.   The commission, in its report released Thursday, offered its own solution, a mix of the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) as proposed in its...
January 27, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp., in a Tuesday report of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings, shared more of its plans for its recently acquired rotorcraft subsidiary, Sikorsky. Executive presenters also responded to pointed questions about how Sikorsky might grow in its new home in ways that it might not have under its former parent company.   L-M on Tuesday equated Sikorsky to a roughly $5 billion...
January 26, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is telling other military services that its primary requirement for future rotorcraft is speed because it needs a gunship fast enough to escort its MV-22s.    The assistant deputy commandant for aviation, Brig. Gen. Karsten “Hazel” Heckl, told R&WI that he emphasized that point Dec. 8, 2015, when two Bell Boeing MV-22s from HMX-1, the Marines’...
January 25, 2016
Sikorsky’s financial data shows substantially increased profits throughout most of 2015 in spite of its changing hands from United Technologies Corp. (UTC) to Lockheed Martin.   L-M released a statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Wednesday showing Sikorsky’s...
January 25, 2016
In 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders (adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters) with a strong performance of the new-generation medium H175. Demand remained steady for the H135 and H145 family of light twin helicopters, with bookings...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 15, 2016
Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters crashed off Oahu, Hawaii's North Shore late Thursday, according to local reports. The Marines confirmed on Twitter the aircraft involved were 2 CH-53s from Marine...
January 15, 2016
The declining and unpredictable oil and gas market is not shrinking Lockheed Martin’s interest in the commercial helicopter market, according to the Reuters news agency.   Citing a top L-M business development executive, Reuters said oil’s decline is not just affecting...
January 13, 2016
Video courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Michael Davis / DVIDS   The asymmetric advantages that Army aviation offers to U.S. military operations around the world is the focus of a one-day event that the Assn. of the U.S. Army (AUSA) will convene in Washington, D.C.’s suburbs tomorrow.   The “Army Aviation Hot Topic”...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis The U.S. Navy wants proposals by mid-February from industry partners interested in investigating how fasteners might be turned into “smart” devices for detecting cracking in airframe structural joints.    Fatigue cracking in aircraft structures often originates in holes drilled for fasteners to hold...
January 11, 2016
Afghanistan’s defense ministry is working on a five-year development plan for the country’s air force, according to an Afghanistan news report.    The Khaama Press news agency quoted Afghanistan’s acting defense minister...
January 8, 2016
  Korea Aerospace Industry’s Surion does cold-weather testing in Alaska in 2012. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries   Press reports say a U.S. Army...
December 31, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.   Look for India’s prime minister to lay the cornerstone Jan. 2 for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s new plant to build Light...
December 30, 2015
Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters   Russian Helicopters has received type certification of its medium, multi-role Mil Mi-38 and plans to start serial production of the transport helicopter in 2016 for the Russian market, the company said. The Mi-38 was...
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