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August 9, 2011
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey program has presented a second multiyear procurement (MYP II) proposal to the U.S...
August 3, 2011
Enstrom Helicopter has delivered the first three training/utility-configured 480Bs to the Royal...
August 3, 2011
The health and mission effects of helicopter pilots and crewmembers who suffer from back and neck pain due to flying took center stage during the Rotary-Wing Aircraft Seating Forum, held July 26–27 in Washington, D.C. A panel of speakers from military and scientific industries presented findings—as well as personal experiences—in regards to back and neck pain. The forum included...
August 1, 2011
Saab has teamed with Sikorsky on a maintenance agreement for the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) fleet of UH-60M Black Hawks. FMV purchased the 15 helicopters last month through the U.S...
August 1, 2011
Boeing’s AH-6i flies overhead in the Arizona desert during the final day of a media tour with the helicopter manufacturer. Photo by Andrew Drwiega Within Boeing’s recently restructured Defense, Space and Security (DS&S) division, rotorcraft are no longer grouped together, although they are all part of Chadwick’s military aircraft business. The AH-64 Apache is now within Global Strike...
August 1, 2011
Following the French government’s premature announcement in late May that its Gazelle and Tiger helicopters, together with British Apaches, would begin operations against Col. Gaddafi’s military regime in Libya in support of Operation Unified Protector, the British government had no recourse but to confirm the fact soon after. The Apaches’ first mission occurred on June 5/6, with the...
July 28, 2011
Cleveland, Ohio-based Eaton Corp. has assisted Bell Helicopter in supporting the Australian Army’s fleet of 206B1 Kiowas, which topped 60,000 operational hours in April 2011. Eaton, which supplies components...
July 28, 2011
Early this year the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) renewed its support-by-the-hour contract, which provides a fixed cost per engine per flight hour, with European engine maker Turbomeca. The OEM will provide modular maintenance and service support for all 244 Arriel 2C2CG engines in the USCG’s fleet of HH-65C helicopters spread over 18 Coast Guard stations. During the Paris Air Show Russ Spray, President...
July 15, 2011
The Colombian fleet of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks has gone over the 300,000-flight-hour mark. The Army, Air Force and National...
July 14, 2011
Andrew Drwiega talked exclusively to three of Sikorsky’s presidents on the eve of the Paris Air Show 2011, including Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino. Rotor & Wing: There is a widespread international concern today over the direction and pace of rotorcraft development in order to meet future needs. A main focus of concern seems to be the lack of government funding...
July 6, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has delivered the initial OH-58 “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to the U.S. Army. During a conference call on June 30 with reporters, Army and Bell officials provided an update on the progress of the program, which converts existing OH-58A models with a 3,500-lb max gross weight to a D model, with a max gross weight of 5,500 lbs. U.S. Army Lt. Col...
July 1, 2011
The world’s leading helicopter designers and manufacturers need to radically change their products to incorporate more speed, greater range, bigger payloads, better reliability and reduced operating costs. This is a message that Philip Dunford, VP and COO for Boeing Mobility Systems, says he has been preaching “for the last seven years” and he is still doing so today although now it...
June 30, 2011
This year’s Paris Air Show was a washout in my more ways than just the weather, the partial rail-strike which made the daily commute from central Paris more of a misery than it already is, and the extortionate price of hotel rooms. In the summer of 2011 we experienced real signs of the migration of power to the east, especially in military helicopter terms. We are in strange times. The slashing of...
June 30, 2011
NH Industries has delivered the first NH90 to the Italian Navy. The helicopter is part of a...
June 29, 2011
AgustaWestland has bought out Bell’s share in the BA609 tiltrotor program and is now expecting certification in 2015—12 years after the first flight—with deliveries beginning “immediately afterwards.” After years of discussions, the two helicopter manufacturers have found an agreement that was signed in June, just before the Paris Air Show. The European company is saying it is...
June 29, 2011
AgustaWestland has bought out Bell’s share in the BA609 tiltrotor program and is now expecting certification in 2015—12 years after the first flight—with deliveries beginning “immediately...
June 21, 2011
The European aviation market is a “top priority” for Russian Helicopters, CEO Dmitry Petrov said during the...
June 16, 2011
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) has handed over a second batch of Mi-8AMTShs to the Russian Ministry of...
June 13, 2011
Peter Cutler is the new vice president of military and federal government programs for American Eurocopter. Among his responsibilities...
June 10, 2011
Russian Helicopters and VEB-leasing recently signed an agreement that covers the Latin American aviation market...
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