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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a number of these helicopters have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, but since the end of July, all have been withdrawn from Iraq and returned to the UK.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...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Rolls-Royce has secured an agreement to provide its RR300B1 engine for RotorWay International’s new Eagle 300T helicopter. The development of the RR300-B1, the...
September 1, 2009
More than 45 companies will make their debut at Helitech 2009 as it returns to England this month. The majority are newcomers to the event, while others took part for the first time in 2008 at Helitech in Cascais, Portugal. At press time 180 exhibitors had committed to this year’s show. While the numbers remain "broadly similar" to those at the 2007 event, Exhibition Director Sue Bradshaw...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Hold your horses — NASA does not have approval to spend $26.1 million on rotary wing research — at least not yet. Recent media reports quoted NASA aerospace engineer Odilyn Maria as saying the agency would spend...
August 1, 2009
MTrax Maintenance Tracking Version 2.0 Keeping close tabs on your aircraft’s maintenance is a top priority. Tdata computerized the solution to this problem by developing MTrax, a maintenance tracking program. Now the company has released version 2.0 of MTrax. With just one license, owners and operators can track an unlimited number of aircraft. Functionally, MTrax keeps an eye on ADs, service...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
August 1, 2009
The next time you’re doing your preflight and marvel at the complexity of your craft, think about all of the parts that go unseen, which must work harmoniously for hours on end without fail. Lucky for you, your maintenance staff is intimately acquainted with all those parts. They have to be, if we are to provide airborne law enforcement day-in and day-out, and return safely to earth without an...
July 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | MEDIUM LIFT Russia’s second Mi-38 medium lift helicopter has been assembled by the Kazan Helicopter Works — without Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127TS engines. Instead, Kazan has installed two Russian-built Klimov TV7-117V engines in their place. According to Georgy Sinelshchikov, general director of the Moscow Helicopter Plant, U.S. laws...
July 1, 2009
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office received a $7.3 million delivery order for one-time engineering services to retrofit seven CV-22s. The order will bring the seven aircraft to a Block B/10 configuration. The firm will also provide the associated retrofit kits for three CV-22s. General Dynamics was awarded a $18.6-million contract for the procurement of 70 full rate production Internally Transportable...
June 26, 2009
In an effort to assist the Indian Defence Ministry build a more effective coastal security perimeter, the U.S. has offered to lease the IDM 12 helicopters. Reports...
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