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September 28, 2016
St. Michael is often depicted standing over a slain dragon in victory, sword in hand. An archangel, he is portrayed in the Bible as a symbol of good conquering evil, of bravery.    "Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back," says Revelation 12:7. "They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their...
September 16, 2016
The New Zealand Defense Force's (NZDF) new Seasprite SH-2G(I) saw success in its inaugural operational mission to the Kermadec Islands, according to a Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) news release. Operating from the HMNZS Otago, an offshore patrol vessel, the helicopter was able to complete the mission in about half the time it would take with a ship alone.  The Seasprite's first stop was at Macauley...
September 6, 2016
The hiring process is under way at the Fleet Readiness Center Southeast in Jacksonville to find capable employees who will...
August 29, 2016
Richard Nixon's White House helicopter is prepared for transport from the Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda to the...
August 22, 2016
U.S. lawmakers from Connecticut are appealing to the Navy secretary to reverse a service decision to pull maintenance of U.S. Marine Corps VH-3D presidential transports and shift it to a military depot. Sikorsky confirmed last week that maintenance now done at the secure “Yankee White” facility at its Stratford, Connecticut headquarters was being pulled from the company and shifted to the...
August 5, 2016
Sikorsky plans to build its operation in Colombia into a hub for supporting Black Hawk operators throughout Latin America.  The manufacturer in 2012 established facilities in Colombia to support operations there. Colombia is the largest Black Hawk operator in the region, Sikorsky said. That nation’s army, air force and national police together have more than 100 Black Hawks and that country has...
August 2, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, this September. The Summit...
July 26, 2016
Sikorsky has demonstrated that its VH-92A meets U.S. Marine Corps requirements for transporting the U.S. president and provides exceptional, affordable and supportable mission performance by completing a critical design review earlier this month, company and military officials said. The review clears the Lockheed Martin unit to begin assembly, test and evaluation of the VH-92A under a $1.24 billion...
July 8, 2016
The USAF Helicopter Pilots Assn. will hold its 20th reunion next week in Great Falls, Montana. The group was established in 1985 "to...
May 13, 2016
Tel-Instrument Electronics Corp. said it has received a $1.3 million order from the U.S. Army for CRAFT 708 units and a U.S. Navy order for four CRAFT...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
March 25, 2016
Heli-One has developed repair capability for the Sikorsky S-92 air inlet, said the MRO provider. According to a press release, the air inlet was identified as a top contributor to aircraft-on-ground events for the S-92. The component was found to have...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
December 18, 2015
The Chance-Vought/LTV tilt-wing XC-142A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Five U.S. museums with military themes made a top-20 list compiled by the entertainment and business review website Yelp.   Yelp based its ratings on the number of reviews its users posted on the website and the star ratings they assigned to the museums.  ...
December 7, 2015
AgustaWestland owner Finmeccanica has rejected a Boeing bid to buy its U.K. helicopter unit, according to a Dec. 6 report by The Sunday Times. The London newspaper, citing industry sources, said the U.S. aerospace and defense...
December 2, 2015
U.S. Coast Guard MH-65s in Florida and Washington state were hit in flight by laser beams Nov. 30, according to various news sources. At about 8:30 p.m. local time, the crew of an Airbus Helicopters Dolphin reported being targeted by a laser from the ground while flying near...
December 1, 2015
Petty Officer 1st Class Daryk Brekke, an aviation maintenance technician at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, offloads toys from a MH-65 at Oahu’s Kalaeloa Airport Nov. 29 as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Photo by Petter Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle, U.S. Coast Guard The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to...
December 1, 2015
Japan is arranging to give subsidies to communities around a planned U.S. air base on Okinawa that is the subject of longstanding protests, Stars & Stripes reported. The U.S. military newspaper said subsidies are common for communities on the island of 1.4 million. The island is also home to the largest share of U.S. forces...
November 30, 2015
Photo by Master Sgt. Mark Olsen The new U.S. military spending law calls on the U.S. Army and the U.S. National Guard Bureau to give Congress plans for upgrading Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60s in their fleets. President Obama on Nov. 25 signed into law the bill, which reflected some compromise between the White House and Congress. The National Defense Authorization Act...
November 9, 2015
India's conglomerate Tata has added Boeing to its list of aerospace joint-venture partners. The subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Boeing today said their new joint venture initially will create a “manufacturing center of excellence” to...
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