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September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Grand Prairie, Texas-based American Eurocopter has officially launched its U.S. customer service and fleet operations center (CSFC). The facility, located at the company’s Grand Prairie site, will serve as a global service and logistics network, along with sister fleet operations facilities in Europe (in La Durane, France) and Asia (Hong Kong, China). The CFSC opening followed an event in...
September 1, 2009
SERVICES The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued CAR 35 approval for United Rotorcraft Solutions and Ahlers Aerospace night...
July 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP In the wake of the VH-71 presidential helicopter cancellation, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been floating ideas for a cost-saving substitute. One idea that Gates raised with the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee on May 19 was what could be called the "two helicopter solution." "One of the things we’re thinking about is that, in fact, all of the...
June 18, 2009
Lockheed Martin announced plans to cut up to 750 jobs in New York, due to the cancellation of the Marine One program. Now, N.Y. Senator...
June 17, 2009
The National Research Council Canada (NRC) provides specialized training for test pilot schools at its flight research lab in Ottawa. The two-week sessions train pilots on advanced handling qualities. The pilots go to the...
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...
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