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November 9, 2015
The second Mi-171A2 prototype has begun flight tests at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Russian Helicopters reported. The unit of the state corporation Rostec said certification testing also is underway. The latest...
November 5, 2015
The U.S. Army’s current search for a “degraded visual environment” solution is aimed not only at enabling aircrews to take off and land safely in blowing dust, sand, snow, fog and other obscuration. The service seeks to enable pilots “to exploit dwelling in those conditions indefinitely” to gain “a tactical advantage over an adversary” that lacks that ability, the...
November 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin anticipates closing its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft on Nov. 6, the company said after reporting receipt of “the final regulatory approval” of the...
November 4, 2015
A top member of the political party that won elections to oust Poland’s current government last month questioned whether that nation would do better to scrap a deal to buy...
November 3, 2015
The U.S. has agreed in principle to sell V-22s to Israel ahead of a Nov. 9 White House meeting between President Barack Obama...
October 20, 2015
The U.S. Army wants to go fast, but Sikorsky Aircraft and Bell Helicopter want it to go faster. The Army is pursuing the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator initiative to develop the foundation for a family of vertical-lift aircraft capable of 230-kt-plus cruise speeds. Sikorsky is paired with Boeing on one contender, the SB>1 Defiant, while Bell is developing the V-280 Valor tiltrotor (with...
October 19, 2015
Turbomeca partner Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd is working on developing its own capability to manufacture helicopter parts and tooling in Malaysia within a year, according to that country’s national news agency. Bernama said Oct. 18 that the...
October 19, 2015
Japan featured its new helicopter carrier in its first fleet review since that nation removed World War II prohibitions on the use of military force beyond its borders. The carrier Izumo, the largest warship Japan has...
October 16, 2015
An aerospace manufacturing expert will take the helm of Bell Helicopter when Mitch Snyder succeeds John Garrison as president and CEO.  An 11-year veteran of Bell, Snyder is currently executive vice president of military program. Previously, he served as vice president and program director for the Bell Boeing V-22.  For much of his time at the company, Snyder has overseen a range of manufacturing...
October 15, 2015
Ecuador is ending its contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. for Dhruv military helicopters, the Associated Press reports, citing comments by that South American nation's...
October 14, 2015
A key question since Lockheed Martin said it is buying Sikorsky Aircraft is whether the aerospace and defense giant has any interest in selling civil helicopters. The deal was announced July 20, with a key civil market (offshore oil and gas support) slumping and the general economy lagging, which hurt sales of...
October 13, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft is holding off on further S-97 Raider flights while it gathers data on systems performance with a ground-test rig. The No. 1 S-97 has logged 2.2 flight hours in two sorties, the first of which was on May 22. A second prototype is nearly complete; it is on display at the...
October 12, 2015
Babcock International Group has won a five-year contract to provide engineering services to support Royal Navy helicopters at air stations...
October 6, 2015
A lack of consistency among international aviation regulators' application of certification standards slows rotorcraft manufacturers in bringing new products to market, AgustaWestland's senior VP of Strategy and Business Development told attendees at Helitech International in London Tuesday. Answering questions during a panel discussion at the show called "New...
October 2, 2015
The U.S. Navy has reestablished a minesweeping helicopter training squadron this week two decades after it was disbanded. Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 12 (HM-12) will be based at Norfolk Naval Station to train new pilots in the Navy's MH-53E Sea Dragon—a modified Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion used...
September 30, 2015
A top NTSB official will open Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit with a briefing on the safety board's call for the FAA to require all newly built helicopters to have crash-resistant fuel systems regardless of when their type certificate was issued. The director of the NTSB's Office of Aviation Safety, John DeLisi, will give the morning keynote presentation from 8:10 to 9 a.m. to kick off the...
September 28, 2015
EASA has certified a limited ice protection system for the AW189 as AgustaWestland works toward making the super medium twin suitable for operations in the most adverse and harsh environmental conditions. Certification of the system, which does not require heated rotor blades and...
September 23, 2015
Operations, engineering and flight test experts will debate the real-world certification challenges facing the rotorcraft industry and its regulators at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit.  "The Most Daunting Certification Challenges Before Us" is among the panel discussions in the program for the one-day executive forum at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas.   Among...
September 22, 2015
India has approved a $2.5 billion deal to acquire Boeing AH-64 and CH-47 helicopters, according to various media reports. Boeing won...
September 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters offered an all-new design for Japan’s new utility military helicopter—not one based on its H160—and hasn’t given up on taking over development of that 150-aircraft program, CEO Guillaume Faury told the media today. Japan picked Fuji Heavy Industries and Bell Helicopter July 17 to develop a UH-1 replacement for its Ground Self-Defense Force...
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