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April 1, 2009
Military — The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command requested that the purchasing schedule to buy the CV-22 tiltrotor Ospreys be accelerated with eight of the Ospreys to...
April 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP The VH-71 presidential helicopter project is in serious jeopardy, now that President Obama and Senator Senator John McCain have publicly denounced the project’s massive cost overruns. "After I heard the president describe the VH-71 as ‘an example of the procurement process gone amok,’ my first instinct was that this is it; this program is going nowhere," said...
April 1, 2009
Life in the corporate VIP cabin. It wasn’t all that long ago when a copy of the Wall Street Journal, a pair of headsets and a bag of cashews left on the seat were the only things that made a regular helicopter fit for transporting an executive. Oh, how the times have changed! Top corporate and government officials don’t have to be aboard their $50 million jet planes in order to travel in...
March 26, 2009
According to a NAVAIR bulletin, potential loose bolts have temporarily grounded all CV-22s and MV-22 Osprey until inspections can be conducted. The issue was discovered this weekend when VMM-266 pilots in noticed...
March 26, 2009
The U.S. Army's Light Utility Helicopters have reached a milestone in U.S. Army service. EADS North America...
March 6, 2009
Amarillo College, in Texas, has collaborated with Bell Helicopter for almost 10 years. Now, with Bell's new 137,000-square-foot hanger expansion in the works in Amarillo, the aerospace manufacturing college students have a...
March 3, 2009
Martin Cullen, Ireland's Arts, Sports and Tourism minister was seated next to the left-side door when it fell off at...
March 2, 2009
NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh is reporting that sensitive information on the technical specifications of Marine One have been compromised. The report says that files pertaining...
March 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP The fact that the U.S. Navy’s VH-71 presidential helicopter program has exceeded its $6.1 billion budget by more than 50 percent does not mean that the program’s managers have been spending cash freely. In fact, "they have done a number of things to try and avoid getting to this point," said Lt Commander Victor Chen, the Navy’s public affairs officer for research...
March 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP Cost overruns in the VH-71 presidential helicopter project, the canceled Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) contract and the U.S. Marines’ UH-1Y/AH-1Z acquisition have run afoul of the Nunn-McCurdy Amendment. But what precisely is Nunn-McCurdy, and why did it force all three projects to be reported to Congress? Here’s the history: Fed up with defense contract overruns, Sen...
March 1, 2009
Military — Bell Helicopter delivered its ninth OH-58D Kiowa under the Warrior Safety Enhancement Program contract for the U.S. Army. Military — The Government of Estonia approved the purchase of a third AW139 to perform SAR, medevac and border patrol duties for the Border Guard. Military — The Army awarded EADS North America a contract for five additional UH-72A Lakota light utility...
March 1, 2009
CHC Group’s Heli-One, was awarded a new contract worth $8.9 million to complete avionics upgrades on two Eurocopter AS332M1 Super Pumas. The helicopters will receive, among other upgrades, installation of night vision goggles. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded a nearly $45-million contract to Cobham Aviation Services’ joint...
March 1, 2009
The Chattering Class Gets Nervous I recently ran into one of my counterparts at an aviation industry gathering, and his remarks to me were profoundly disturbing (well, what passes for profound among publishing’s "chattering class," anyway). Because I don’t particularly enjoy the company of lawyers, I won’t print this person’s name. Upon entering this crowded, noisy...
February 27, 2009
The company completed initial ground vibration testing for the the first production VH-71 presidential helicopter. The testing was conducted on pre-missionized aircraft to test the ...
February 24, 2009
President Obama agrees with Senator McCain that the project to build 28 VH-71s is off course...
February 18, 2009
Stephen Moss, CEO of the U.S. unit of AgustaWestland is reportedly breathing a little easier when it comes to the future of the company’s VH-71 Presidential Helicopter...
February 13, 2009
Connecticut’s representatives in the U.S. Congress have sent a letter to the Pentagon asking for a report that analyzes the “potential advantages” of reopening...
February 1, 2009
NEWS Anticipated reductions in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq in 2009 will not ease the demand for U.S. Army aviation there, the commanding general of the Army Aviation Warfighting Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. told the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) annual aviation symposium and exposition January 7-9. Maj. Gen. James O. Barclay III said in a speech to the gathering that a troop...
January 29, 2009
The Department of the Navy has officially informed Congress that the VH-71 presidential helicopter program is significantly over budget. In fact, the anticipated price for the three-engine...
January 22, 2009
BAE Systems has begun promoting a hostile fire detector designed for helicopters. Similar to the Boomerang System used by some military ground units on their...
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