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December 1, 2009
The U.S. Marine Corps is putting its CH-53Ds under a heavy upgrade program following a decision to retain the heavy lift helicopters until they can be replaced by the future CH-53K. This overrides the initial decision to replace the 30 D models left in the fleet with the VM-22 Ospreys now being deployed. The 53Ds, based in Hawaii, have been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan “because they are...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/AIRFRAMES The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Bell Helicopter Textron a $35.8-million contract to design new cabins and cockpits for its AH-1Z Super Cobra. The contract, issued on Sept. 15, marks a significant new phase in a program that began before the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as an upgrade of aging AH-1W versions of the attack helicopter. With the Navy paying for new cabin design...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/ATTACK The ATAK team of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), AgustaWestland and aircraft electronics provider Aselsan have conducted the first flight of the prototype T129 AgustaWestland and Turkey’s TAI flew the T129 for the first time...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/ENGINES Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Customer Service Center Europe has reached separate agreements to support the Netherlands Police Agency (KLPD) and add Motorflug to its recognized maintenance facility (RMF) network. Under...
November 1, 2009
Officer/pilot David Weirick (left) accepts the helicopter from MD director Don Bridgers with officer/pilot David Eubanks at right. PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE MD...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/AIRFRAMES The last of some 10,000 UH-1 Hueys built for the U.S. Army has now left operational service, ending a four-decade run as the “workhorse” of U.S. Army Aviation and solidifying forever the role of the helicopter in military operations. The last Huey—a UH-1H, tail number 0-21776 in operation with the 121st Medevac Company of the DC National Guard—was flown out of...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAME Sikorsky’s X2 Technology demonstrator broke the 100-knot threshold in a recent flight test...
November 1, 2009
Sikorsky Aircraft has promoted Carey Bond to president of its Global Helicopters subsidiary. He was formerly vice president and chief marketing officer. Bond will keep the CMO title and report to Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino. Philippe Beny is the new vice president of supply chain-purchases and information systems for Safran Group company Turbomeca...
November 1, 2009
November 15–19: Dubai Airshow, Dubai, UAE. Contact Fairs & Exhibitions, phone +9714-286-7755 or visit http://www.dubaiairshow.aero November 30–December 1: Human Factors in Aviation Safety, Los Angeles, Calif. Contact USC Viterbi School of Engineering, phone 1-310-342-1345 or visit http://www.viterbi.usc.edu November 30–December 3: The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and...
November 1, 2009
Priority 1 considers cross training, crew interoperability and teamwork as fundamental to its Class D basic hoist rescue course. TRAINING/SEARCH & RESCUE Search and rescue (SAR) is a crowded arena with many players—from the U.S. military and Coast Guard (USCG) to local police and fire departments. These organizations vary widely, and their training reflects that, though there is a...
November 1, 2009
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Huntsville, Ala. has awarded a $15.4-million delivery order for FLIR Systems’ Star SAFIRE stabilized multi-sensor systems. FLIR Systems will install the sensors on U.S. Army Black Hawks over the next 12 months at its facility in...
October 1, 2009
PERSONAL/CORPORATE American Eurocopter has handed over two EC120s in recent weeks — to JRW Aviation and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit in Indiana. Dallas, Texas-based JRW will perform corporate and VIP...
October 1, 2009
MILITARY Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is seeking to establish itself in the world military helicopter market with the introduction of its Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), which is a partnership with Eurocopter. The Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) has 245 helicopters on order, with deliveries projected to start in 2012 and...
October 1, 2009
SERVICES Textron subsidiary Bell Helicopter has taken first place in the Aviation International News (AIN) yearly product support survey...
October 1, 2009
SERVICES Vector Aerospace Corp. is merging its Helicopter Services facility in Lewisville, Texas with its Engine Services-Atlantic engine repair station...
October 1, 2009
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) operates a fleet of 586 helicopters, comprising eight different models broken down into 19 marks or variants. Quite a number of these helicopters have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, but since the end of July, all have been withdrawn from Iraq and returned to the UK. MoD has launched a series of initiatives to modify several helicopter types for operations in...
October 1, 2009
The Kaman Seasprite has a retro-50s flare and the empennage looks a bit too short for the height of the fuselage. I never thought it was very pretty. But when a company invites me to test drive a helicopter, looks aren’t very important. It’s all about performance and operational capability. And trust me, what the SH-2G(I) lacks in looks, it makes up for in performance and a suite of...
October 1, 2009
How cool would it be to walk up to the Sikorsky factory and hand them a multi-million dollar check for 10 S-76s? I have wondered if buying a helicopter is as big a chore as buying a car. Then I wondered about the prospects of purchasing a bunch of helicopters for a fleet operator. How do you buy 10 big expensive helicopters at one time? Is it difficult? Are there discounts for bulk purchases? Paul...
September 1, 2009
NEWS The U.S. Army has issued a Request for Information as the next phase in development of its Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The ITEP is a 3,000-shp engine program "based upon Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) technology development," the Army stated in its RFI, issued on July 22. The ITEP is planned as a replacement for the T700-GE-701C/D engines that currently power the UH-60...
September 1, 2009
MILITARY Boeing has obtained a $1.15-billion contract for 15 new CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters from the Canadian government. As part of the agreement, Boeing will partner with Canadian companies and issue supplier contracts. Initial support tied to the contract is estimated at more than $500 million, with future investments reaching a potential of $2 billion to the Canadian industry in support of...
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