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February 13, 2012
St. Louis, Mo.-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth 8451) president Mike Scimone held a workshop, “Engine Protection—Realizing Return on Investment (ROI) Quickly,” explaining the benefits of his company’s inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems from foreign object damage (FOD), which can range from the usual...
February 13, 2012
Lynn Tilton’s press conference at every Heli-Expo is always one keenly anticipated by the media, as Tilton herself freely admitted, “They come more to see what I am wearing than what I am saying.” But MD Helicopters is now less in need of her flamboyance than at any time since Patriarch Partners (her investment company) took over control in 2005. The clincher to this change has been that...
February 12, 2012
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling during a press conference in early January. Eurocopter photo by Lorette Sabre. During his now legendary confident performance at Eurocopter’s annual start of the year address to the European aviation press in Paris, President & CEO Lutz Bertling dropped the bombshell that the value of the global civil verses military helicopter markets will have attained parity...
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...
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