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February 11, 2012
Helicopter Foundation International (Booths 30-32) has announced its lineup for the Heritage of Helicopters Display during Heli-Expo 2012. Three historical helicopters are on loan...
February 11, 2012
As the biting sub-zero wind blew across Arlington Airport Municipal, the gathered members of the press waited for the AW609 to take off and begin its pre-Heli-Expo demonstration flight. The occasion centered around AgustaWestland’s invite to the press to visit its new facility at Arlington, the location of the AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Company. This is where AgustaWestland is going to continue with...
February 7, 2012
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, today announced that the U. S. Army's OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter fleet have accumulated 2 million flight hours. Over 750,000 of these flight hours have been flown in combat. "The Kiowa Warrior continues to be the workhorse of Army aviation and this recent...
February 1, 2012
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office has obtained a $7.2-million modification involving...
February 1, 2012
Sgt. Christopher Lemke under the “hell hole” of a Bell UH-1Y Huey. Photo by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Lemke has received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in Afghanistan thanks to his discovery of previously unknown maintenance issue on a Bell UH-1Y Huey. Lemke, a mechanic with Marine Light...
February 1, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif.-based AECOM Technology Corporation has received a $16.5-million task order contract by the U.S...
February 1, 2012
Russian Helicopters has reached an agreement to provide the Russian Air Force with up to 30 Kamov Ka-226s by 2020...
February 1, 2012
Dayton, Ohio-based DRS Defense Solutions’ intelligence, communications and avionics solutions (ICAS) division has won a $12-million U.S. Air Force contract to upgrade Sikorsky...
February 1, 2012
The first NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopters from AgustaWestland’s Venice Tessera assembly line have been delivered to the Italian Army and Navy. The Italian Armed Forces have...
February 1, 2012
Bell Helicopter has won a 10-year, C$640 million ($630.9 million) contract for support and service for the Canadian Forces’ fleet of CH146 Griffons. The CH146 optimized...
February 1, 2012
The unmanned K-MAX is now in the midst of a six-month aerial resupply testing period in Afghanistan. Photos by Lockheed Martin/Kaman Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace’s unmanned K-MAX has entered combat service with the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan. USMC’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 received the first K-MAX unmanned aerial system in early December, with the initial cargo re-supply...
February 1, 2012
SIMMAD has contracted Safran Group subsidiary, Sagem, to provide life-cycle support for Strix sighting systems on the...
February 1, 2012
AgustaWestland has delivered the final British Army Lynx AH Mk9A. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has handed over the last Lynx AH Mk9A to...
February 1, 2012
The Brazilian Armed Forces has a total of 47 more Eurocopter EC725s on order. Eurocopter Eurocopter subsidiary, Helibras, has reached an agreement to provide parts...
February 1, 2012
The EADS board of directors has elected Sean O’Keefe as chair- man of the board. The EADS North America CEO will replace the retiring Ralph Crosby. O’Keefe served as vice president of the technology infrastructure sector of General Electric before being appointed CEO of EADS in 2009. Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed has hired Michael Gallagher as vice president and project manager. He will...
February 1, 2012
The U.S. Army has contracted Boeing to supply 14 CH-47F Chinooks as part of the government’s foreign military sales (FMS) program. The contract, valued at $370...
February 1, 2012
Boeing has contracted a group of Canadian companies to provide in-service support for 15 Canadian Forces’ CH-147F Chinooks. L-3 Communications, out...
February 1, 2012
The U.S. Navy has begun using its first virtual reality training device, a Sikorsky MH-60S aircrew virtual environmental trainer (AVET). MH-60S and HH-60H crew members will...
February 1, 2012
Lt. Col. Edward Vedder using an AH-64D Apache Block III simulator at Boeing’s facility in Mesa, Ariz. The U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, part of the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, has become the first unit to fly the Boeing Apache Block III. Pilots flying the Block III, which features 26 new technological upgrades, will receive three...
February 1, 2012
With Afghanistan already in the drawdown stages in the minds of politicians, the challenge ahead for U.S. Army Aviation commanders will be to maintain the quality, capability, volume and performance of the force it has built up since the windfall in spending following the cancellation of the Comanche program. As its commander Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield stated during his opening address at the recent...
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