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March 1, 2008
Attack — The Philippines National Defense Dept. scrapped a 12 billion peso ($29.3 million) contract for six night-capable attack MD-530Fs, accusing the contractors of altering the bid for the work. Asian Aerospace Corp., representative of Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Helicopters, had submitted the proposal, which will be re-bid. Poland’s PZL Swidnik and AgustaWestland had vied for the...
February 19, 2008
AgustaWestland today is cutting the ribbon on the second major expansion of its factory at Philadelphia's Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The added, 250,000-sq-ft...
February 11, 2008
Problems with development of the EH101-based VH-71 presidential transport helicopter leave its contractor team vulnerable to criticism and political pressure. The U.S. Navy confirmed that it told the lead contractor, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, on Dec. 21, 2007 to stop work on the...
January 14, 2008
Lockheed Martin and its partners remain under the gun on their contract to build a new U.S. presidential transport helicopter. The Wall Street Journal reported that the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology...
January 11, 2008
The U.S. Navy reports that the first two VH-71 presidential transports have started flight tests with it and the U.S. Marine Corps at NAS...
January 9, 2008
Goodrich expects 2008 to bring a shift toward greater use of health and usage monitoring systems in commercial helicopters. Various forms of such systems are finding greater use on military aircraft, driven in part by U.S. Army efforts to reduce helicopter...
January 7, 2008
International efforts to dramatically improve helicopter safety face a fundamental challenge: no one can state definitively the safety level of operations today. The benchmark of aviation safety discussions is the safety rate, i.e. accidents (or incidents) per some standard...
January 7, 2008
To support that international safety effort, engine maker Turbomeca is undertaking an initiative to develop accurate, real-time means of tracking each helicopter...
January 1, 2008
MILITARY | VIP/HEAD OF STATE The U.S. Marine Corps is looking to boost the reliability of its presidential helicopter fleet. The Corps, whose Marine Helicopter Sqdn. One (HMX-1) provides rotary-wing support for the White House, is concerned that delays in fielding the next-generation presidential transport will force the existing fleet to fly longer. White House officials pressed for acquisition of a...
January 1, 2008
Homeland Security — AgustaWestland has delivered the first batch of light twin AW109Ns to the Italian Carabinieri. Other Italian government agencies are to take delivery of AW109Ns for homeland security and law enforcement duties in the coming months. Homeland Security — France’s Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) has ordered three new Eurocopter...
January 1, 2008
One of the best parts of running Rotor & Wing is the chance to step back every now and then and take in the "Big Picture" of the helicopter industry. This latest edition of our Annual Reports special section offers such a chance. Read through this collection of views from the industry’s top executives of prospects and challenges for the coming months and you’ll find confirmation...
December 18, 2007
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked an advanced-technology solutions firm to develop an acoustic small-arms detection system for helicopters. The agency awarded a $3.6...
December 5, 2007
An international coalition is urging helicopter operators to adopt safety management systems as a means of improving rotorcraft safety. The International Helicopter Safety Team, launched in 2005 to cut helicopter...
November 14, 2007
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration has brought the systems integration lab, or SIL, for the VH-71 U.S. presidential helicopter on line. The SIL is a key element of the contractor...
November 5, 2007
A top-level Pentagon review of efforts to restructure the VH-71 presidential helicopter program to correct delays and budget overruns has been put off until later this year. The U.S. Defense Dept. Defense Acquisition Board was to review the restructuring proposal Nov. 2, according to Amarillo.com...
November 1, 2007
Respect for the Pilot I have the utmost respect for the Vietnam War-era pilot. His ability to get the job done in the face of the worst conditions imaginable is legendary. But is this "mission at any cost" attitude compatible with the needs of emergency medical services (EMS)? Looking at reports from the accidents in the past few decades would seem to indicate that it is not. In my few years of...
November 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.K. Defence Ministry has commissioned a study of how the workload on helicopter pilots may be reduced. CORDA, a consulting firm wholly owned by BAE Systems, is working in partnership with AgustaWestland and Qinetiq. The study is one of eight covered by a three-year Maritime Surface Effects...
November 1, 2007
Bell Sees 429 Deliveries Starting Next October Bell Helicopter now expects to field its newest civil aircraft, the 429 light twin, by next October. Sikorsky Delivers S-92s To South Korean Air Force Sikorsky Aircraft...
November 1, 2007
You may not have seen much in the news about manpads and Iraq, but U.S. military officials and defense analysts are increasingly concerned about that threat to helicopters operating there. The concern is that Iraqi insurgents...
November 1, 2007
ALL NEW U.S. ARMY AVIATORS NOW GRADUATE from the Flight School XXI (FSXXI) curriculum at Fort Rucker, Ala. The modernized schoolhouse has nearly all its required simulators, TH-67 primary training helicopters, and go-to-war aircraft. Compared to past training schemes, FSXXI gives each student pilot 50-80 additional hours in operational utility, cargo, attack, and scout helicopters. Hard comparisons with...
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