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December 6, 2010
AgustaWestland recently hosted more than 40 delegates from Europe, Africa and the Far East for the AW109 light...
December 3, 2010
If the industrial base in the United States can learn anything from the fall-out from the post-Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) recently carried out in the United Kingdom (UK), it would be that the recent cuts in the defence budget of around eight percent is going to hit small and medium enterprises (SMEs) the hardest. At a recent industry gathering in London, (‘Chatham house’ rules...
December 3, 2010
Systecon Receives DALO Order The employee owned consultancy and software company Systecon AB has received an order from DALO (Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization) worth 3.5MSEK (approximately $500,000). The order is for consultancy services and Systecon´s ILS analysis tools OPUS10 and SIMLOX. Systecon’s services and tools will be used in DALO’s current acquisition of a...
December 1, 2010
It is customary at every AUSA, the U.S. Army’s annual convention staged in Washington, DC during October, for the leaders of Army Aviation (dubbed ‘The Four Horsemen’) to openly discuss ‘on the record’ a wide range of subjects of current interest. Those present this year were: BG Anthony G. Crutchfield, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding...
December 1, 2010
Sikorsky President Jeff Pino unveils the S-97 Raider in late October. Joy Finnegan Photo Sikorsky Aircraft has uncovered plans to build two prototype light tactical helicopters (LTHs) based on the X2 Technology demonstrator that unofficially claimed the helicopter world speed record in September, reaching 250 knots (288 mph) at the company’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla...
December 1, 2010
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has incorporated an Erickson S-64 helitanker into its operations. The helicopter will be...
December 1, 2010
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has received an order from the U.S. State Department for another pair of modified...
December 1, 2010
Sikorsky and Rheinmetall have officially presented the S-92 Cyclone as a replacement helicopter for the German...
November 30, 2010
    It is customary at every AUSA, the US Army’s annual convention staged in Washington DC during October, for the leaders of Army Aviation (dubbed ‘The Four Horsemen’) to openly discuss ‘on the record’ a wide range of subjects of current interest. Those present this year were: BG Anthony G. Crutchfield, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker...
November 30, 2010
Afghan National Army Air Corps Update NATO Training Mission Afghanistan News update at: ...
November 19, 2010
Twelve people were killed Friday when an Indian Air Force Mi-17 crashed shortly after...
November 16, 2010
Sikorsky’s S-70i has taken to Polish skies for the first time. PZL Mielec, a Sikorsky subsidiary in...
November 4, 2010
Bell Helicopter has received a U.S. Army contract to move forward with the...
November 1, 2010
Northrop Grumman Engineers from Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter powered up the Fire-X unmanned aerial system (UAS) for the first time on September 17 at Bell’s XworX facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The companies anticipate initial flight of Fire-X, which is based on the Bell 407, in late 2010. The power-on comes after four months of design modifications at XworX to...
November 1, 2010
The U.S. Navy has begun rotorcraft project testing using its new Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation (T-REX), a Bell UH-1N adapted for use in developing and testing new technology equipment. T-REX is a part of NAVAIR’s Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement (NACRA), and headed by Brad Schieferdecker, associate director for technology development, and based at NAS...
November 1, 2010
   The simple but sophisticated TH-1H glass cockpit. Three MFDs define the clean panel layout with the center MFD serving as an aircraft systems instrumentation and fuel display. Amid a sea of green there is this small Air Force blue unit charged with responsibility of providing helicopter flight training for all undergraduate pilots proceeding to flying careers in the Air Force’s UH-1N Huey...
November 1, 2010
As I write this column before the outcome of the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) is known (expected towards the end of October), it is already clear that the process has been rushed through. Where the previous SDR in 1998 took a year-plus to complete, this time and despite the desperate need for a strategic re-evaluation which is long overdue, the process hasn’t taken more...
October 28, 2010
The U.S. Army and Air National Guard fleet of EADS North America UH-72A Lakotas has topped the...
October 28, 2010
While military rotorcraft news will always be the main theme running through this newsletter, our military and defense industry readers are also hungry for information, comment and news of events that help to shape the structure and influence the deployment of rotorcraft forces worldwide, now and in the future. To this end, I make no apologies about occasionally broadening this column out to cover wider...
October 28, 2010
Interview with Mark Tattershall, Director, Marketing & Business Development, Kaman Helicopters Trials of an unmanned K-MAX now reach back over a decade to mid-2000 when Kaman was contracted by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) to convert one of its K-MAX medium-lift helicopters to an unmanned aircraft as part of the Broad-area Unmanned Responsive Resupply Operations, or BURRO, program. This is a two part...
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