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June 7, 2013
FAA has granted parts manufacturer approval (PMA) to Cool City Electronics (dba Cool City Avionics) for its SAS-100 stability augmentation system. The PMA...
June 6, 2013
Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Ind., part of the Beacon Health System, is upgrading its air medical transportation service from a Eurocopter EC135 to an EC145...
June 5, 2013
U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a contract to Sikorsky valued at $435.3 million to build four new CH-53K test article aircraft, as the Navy’s aviation branch prepares to launch the upgraded variant of the manufacturer’s C-53 series transport helicopters.   The CH-53K is designed to carry up to 27,000 lbs (around 12,250 kg) over a range of 110 nautical miles under...
June 4, 2013
Boeing has selected the dual ship set Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (AHR150A ADAHRS) from Archangel Systems for the upgraded CH-47 Chinooks involved with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Project Julius program. This provides the Thales digital glass cockpit with attitude...
June 1, 2013
  Think back to the first time you saw a multi-function display (MFD) screen in a cockpit. For me, it was around 1987, when I saw a McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle on static display at an air show. The high-tech fighter had a head-up display and thermal imaging system, too. That was all exceptionally impressive to me, a lowly student pilot with just a few hours in a Robinson R22. It might have...
June 1, 2013
L-3 Wescam has conducted flight demonstrations for several new weapon systems at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, using MD500 helicopters. The flight tests demonstrated L-3 Wescam’s MX series designator systems...
June 1, 2013
The first OH-58F Kiowa Warrior has conducted its maiden flight at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. There are currently three aircraft with the U.S. Army—two OH-58Fs and one OH-58D with F model. Col. John Lynch, TRADOC capability manager, emphasized that the aircraft were the first to feature the CASUP (Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade Program) improvements. The overall weight of the Kiowa Warrior has been reduced by...
May 30, 2013
The Korean National Police helicopter fleet is receiving avionics upgrades from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), as the Korean Utility Helicopter...
May 14, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas-based EFW Inc. has obtained an $11.8-million U.S. Navy contract to supply helmet display tracker systems (HDTS) for the Bell...
May 13, 2013
 A DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control system from Becker Avionics has entered service with a...
May 7, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained FAA approval of its automated S-92 “Rig Approach” system for offshore operators developed with PHI Inc. The approach lowers cockpit workload by 60 percent and increases performance in bad weather and other operating conditions, according to Sikorsky. The creation of...
May 1, 2013
The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) covering installation of the Aspen Avionics Evolution H-series primary...
May 1, 2013
Sabers have been drawn and the battle is on for the deepwater offshore helicopter market that has already emerged. The large energy companies are now drilling exploratory wells in ocean depths of 10,000 feet or more at distances that exceed 200 miles from shorelines all over the world. The history of ocean drilling has always been in a leap-frog fashion with outward movement from shore generally being in...
May 1, 2013
One of the advantages of operating rotary wing aircraft is that we are not confined to established airports or operate under FAA fixed-wing standards of “one shoe fits everyone” ideology. In years past, we have all suffered from visibility limitations, controllers not understanding our unique capabilities, ramp positioning problems, prohibitive costs and so on. I will say that in some cases, it...
April 26, 2013
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has issued a contract to Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins covering eight different types...
April 24, 2013
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based air medical transport provider REACH Air Medical Services has obtained FAA approval to begin using its own GPS approaches and routes in Western Oregon.      REACH AgustaWestland AW109. Photo courtesy of REACH.   The authorization allows REACH to begin flying directly to hospitals and landing sites along the Oregon coast and...
April 24, 2013
Astronics Corp.'s Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system (EVS) has been approved as an option for the Bell 429 single-pilot cockpit. The...
April 15, 2013
With the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) currently focused on how it is going to manage the capability sustainment program of its Apache Longbow attack helicopters, Lockheed Martin is keen to add its VUIT video networking technology to the potential package of improvements. U.S. Army Apache D models have operated in Iraq and Afghanistan with VUIT, which allows Apaches to receive video feeds from...
April 10, 2013
The U.S. Navy has issued a $27.9-million modification to a Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training contract covering long lead materials and support for nine mission avionics systems and common...
April 3, 2013
I sit here pondering how to relate my recent experience with flying Eurocopter’s newest product, the EC175 medium twin. Let’s face it, for a steam gauge guy transitioning to glass within a span of 40 minutes, it’s easy to get lost in the Technicolor world of huge navigation and systems screens in concert with “many buttons.” The EC175 is currently on a world tour to showcase...
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