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June 15, 2009
The manufacturer is interested in supplying the presidential helicopters to Lockheed Martin, an option that may save costs and get the much-beleaguered contract back on...
June 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP Call it a helicopter without a mission, the ninth and final Increment 1 VH-71 has arrived at Lockheed Martin for completion, even though the wildly over budget VH-71 presidential helicopter program is dead. Worse yet, because the Increment 1s were meant as test beds for the more advanced...
June 1, 2009
In a letter from Ignazio La Russa, Italy’s minister of defense, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been asked to keep the VH-71 presidential helicopter program alive. The VH-71 was...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 18, 2009
This past weekend, Andrews AFB hosted the annual Joint Service Open House where members of every service participate in aerial shows, static displays and more. This year's show included aerial...
May 12, 2009
New ideas have always been a cornerstone of aviation. With the advances in technology, aircraft designers have more tools and options than ever before to build...
May 11, 2009
The Royal Air Force has announced that Prince William has completed basic singe-engine helicopter flight training, and is now scheduled to advance to multi-engine...
May 4, 2009
The annual Quad A convention begins today and runs through May 6. The event is held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in...
May 1, 2009
Four long years after the Pentagon selected the Lockheed Martin US101 as the president’s new helicopter, Rotor & Wing looks back at the selection and turbulent development of the next Marine One. On January 28, 2005 the Pentagon announced the selection of the Lockheed Martin EH101 as the winner of the VXX competition to replace the Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King as the president’s next helicopter...
May 1, 2009
These men and women are doing everything in that helicopter except flying it. From the military perspective backseaters, GIB’s, spoons, whatever you may call them, these people bring a myriad of talent to helicopter missions. In CSAR, medevac, and maritime missions they bring aircraft technical skills, medical skills and gunnery expertise. All the services including the U.S. Coast Guard employ and...
April 7, 2009
Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended that the Marine One program be canceled for the time being and a stop work order was issued. There...
April 7, 2009
The Globe and Mail, Canada’s second largest daily newspaper, claims to have obtained official documents showing that during its initial design certification process, the Sikorsky S-92’s main rotor gearbox failed to pass the FAA’s standard “run-dry” tests. During the test, the manufacturer must prove that the...
April 3, 2009
The Ecuadorian air force has purchased seven Dhruv helicopters from India. Six will be used for rescue operations and personnel...
April 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP NEWS Don’t worry about foreign spies; worry about domestic incompetents. That’s what the White House must be thinking after classified documents about President Obama’s Marine One VH-3D helicopter fleet turned up on an Iranian Web site. This mind-boggling, apparently accidental breach of confidentiality was detected by Tiversa, an Internet security firm that regularly...
April 1, 2009
MILITARY | EMS EADS delivered the first three of eight EMS-equipped UH-72A Lakotas to the D.C. National Guard in a ceremony at the D.C. Armory, March 12. The helicopters will replace their UH-1 Hueys. Spc. Lauren Bloch, a medic selected for assignment to the Lakotas, explained all of the state-of-the-art EMS equipment and other benefits of the...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL With its rotorcraft dominating a large piece of show floor in Anaheim, Sikorsky was out in full force at Heli-Expo 2009. At the same time, the company used the show as a backdrop for a number of announcements. Key among these was the rebranding of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. as Sikorsky Global Helicopters (SGH). The new company also includes...
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...
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