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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...
September 17, 2015
Rotorcraft advocates in Washington, D.C., are laying the foundation in Congress for future research funding, they say. Working under the umbrellas of AHS International and the Vertical Lift Consortium, lobbyists for major OEMs and other advocates have been making the rounds of appropriations...
September 17, 2015
CHC Helicopter is seeking proposals for presentations at its annual Safety & Quality Summit next April in British Columbia. The summit is a premier event in the world of...
September 14, 2015
Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company named as Russia's best exporter, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. The company originated Sept. 4, 1940, with the founding of Leningrad Aircraft Plant No. 387. That plant was evacuated during World War II's Eastern Front...
September 14, 2015
The number of U.S. Marines killed in aviation accidents this year has reached 18, the highest in five years, according to NBC News. The previous record was set in 2012 at...
September 11, 2015
Crews from more than 50 helicopters in Japan are among nearly 6,000 rescuers aiding victims of floods brought on by Typhoon Etau. The rescue helicopters included the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil agencies. Etau made landfall Sept. 10 near...
September 11, 2015
Canada picked Vector Aerospace as the sole provider of maintenance services for General Electric T-58 engines on its aged military CH-124 Sea Kings, the company said. The Sea Kings are overdue for retirement. Canada awarded Sikorsky Aircraft a contract in 2004 for S-92-based Sea King replacements that were to enter service in 2011. But the...
September 11, 2015
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking into adaptive landing gear that would enable helicopters to land and launch on angled, irregular and moving surfaces. The agency demonstrated a concept for such gear at its "What? Wait" future technology forum this week in St. Louis. DARPA noted that the flat, stable surfaces required for use of traditional skid and...
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