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September 25, 2014
MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton has been awarded the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Achievement Award. It was presented in recognition of her entrepreneurial dedication to American industry through her company, Patriarch Partners. Only those who have participated in...
September 25, 2014
At a ‘sundown ceremony’ on August 28, the U.S. Marine Corps officially retired its UH-1N fleet after over 40 years of service. The ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The honor of presenting the aircraft during the ceremony was given to Marine Light Attack Squadron 773, Detachment A, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 49. Manufactured by...
September 24, 2014
Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) has been conducting flight trials of two unmanned helicopters in local rainforests to detect noxious weeds which are a threat to native plants and animals. The small, unmanned helicopters – which can fit into the back of a van – were developed by robotics researchers at CSIRO as part of Project ResQu, which...
September 17, 2014
Bell Helicopter will be showcasing the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X this month at the Africa Aerospace and Defense (ADD) show in Tshwane, South Africa. Currently, there are more than 170 Bell 206 Jet Rangers operating in Africa, most of them over 20 years...
September 9, 2014
The Maltese armed forces (AFM) have taken delivery of their first AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter destined for maritime border control missions. At the acceptance ceremony, Maltese Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia praised the aircraft and said that it was...
September 5, 2014
Helicopters are a serious business; lives are often at stake in one way or another. Usually the lives at risk are those of the flight crew or a critically injured individual that the aircrew has been dispatched to save. Today however, the focus is on ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. As the viral firestorm has raged...
September 4, 2014
Nibbio aircraft by Politecnico di Milano The winners of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International 31st Student Design Competition were St. Louis University (SLU) in the undergraduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology in the graduate category. The challenge set by AHS for the 2014 Student Design Competition was to design an experimental Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft...
September 4, 2014
Reuters is reporting that India is nearing a deal to acquire AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Boeing. The deal, believed to be worth $2.5 billion, will give Prime Minister Narendra Modi more military resources to "...meet the challenges posed by China and Pakistan." The 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift tandem rotorcraft listed in the...
September 4, 2014
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters (MD) is one step closer to its planned production of the MD530G scout attack helicopter. The light, single-engine aircraft built on the same general airframe as the OH-6 and AH/MH-6 Little Bird completed live fire testing of its missile, rocket and gun systems at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground last month...
August 27, 2014
The Russian operator of a United Nations chartered Mi-8 helicopter that crashed on August 26 in South Sudan has been claimed to have been brought down by rebel ground fire, possibly a rocket-propelled-grenade (RPG). There were three fatalities among the Russian...
August 27, 2014
The Pegasus series is a new line of helicopter landing platforms from All Metal MS. The company states that the ‘dollie’ can be maneuvered by one person. There are four dollies in the series, ranging in capacity from 3,800 lbs to 15,000 lbs Deck dimensions begin at 12ft wide x 14ft...
August 25, 2014
After more than two weeks on the ground, the Omaha Police Department's Air Support Unit is flying again. Flights had been suspended on Aug. 10 when a routine inspection discovered a serious problem with one of its Bell 206B Jet Rangers.  "We examined one of the fuel filters in the helicopter and saw some...
August 21, 2014
The MD 530G scout attack helicopter has just completed its ‘live fire’ qualification exercises at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., according to MD Helicopters. This included the .50 caliber and 7.62mm weapons, as well as laser-guided and unguided rockets. According to the company, the MD 530G live fire tests included the firing of four Raytheon TALON laser guided rockets at distances ranging...
August 20, 2014
Bell Helicopter distributor for Australia and New Zealand, Hawker Pacific, is undertaking a demonstration tour in the two countries of a Bell 429 helicopter in emergency medical service (EMS) configuration. The tour is the first time the region has seen the type in EMS configuration and comes as operators in Australia and New Zealand expand and upgrade their fleets in the face...
August 18, 2014
Redstone Defence Systems has selected Northrop Grumman to supply its integrated mission avionics for between 700 and 900 U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters. The conversion will mean the change from analog cockpit gauges to digital instruments. The Black Hawks will be known as UH-60Vs, and the system has been acquired to replicate the same pilot vehicle interface (PVI) that pilots would experience in...
August 18, 2014
Tension stemming from the conflict in Ukraine is cited as a reason behind Poland’s announced intention to increase its defense spending up to two percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In line with this it is fast-tracking helicopter programs within the Polish Ministry of Defence’s Technical Modernization Program 2013-2022. According to the Polish Ministry of Defence, it is currently...
August 15, 2014
South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, announced in August that the World Wildlife Fund - South Africa (WWF-SA) was preparing for its 10th annual translocation of breeding population of black rhinos to more secure areas to help safeguard and hopefully increase numbers. Helicopters have been used in previous years by WWF-SA to assist in the capture and relocation of black...
August 13, 2014
A helicopter tour of Manhattan is a must-do activity for many visitors to New York City. But residents who live along the Hudson River, which runs between New Jersey and the most scenic parts of the city, are renewing their decades-long attempt to bring a halt to such tours. Citing noise from low-flying helicopters as reducing their quality of life, citizens who live and work near the Hudson are receiving...
August 12, 2014
On August 8, Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn., announced that the Federal Aviation Administration certified the V400 avionics software for the S-76D helicopter. The technology increases the capabilities of the twin-engine helicopter, allowing the aircraft to operate single-pilot under instrument flight rules.  According to the company, the V400 software, which can be installed by the...
August 12, 2014
HALO-Flight, a non-profit helicopter emergency medical service, recently received a Bell 429 configured for Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA)...
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