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August 1, 2009
To say that it is an ambitious product would be an understatement, but to say that it is impossible would be exaggeration. However, France and Germany have certainly set themselves a difficult task. Both countries want to procure a common heavy lift helicopter. Germany needs to replace its Sikorsky CH-53G aircraft by around 2020, while the French armed forces, which have not previously operated a heavy...
August 1, 2009
Ground Based Augmentation Systems What good is a technology if it only has one name? Ground based augmentation systems (GBAS) is one such technology that is part of the FAA’s NextGen roadmap. It resides within a category known as LAAS (local area augmentation system). Its purpose is to supply a differential correction or augmentation to the basic GPS or GNSS, while providing a significant improvement...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The U.S. Army awarded Bell Helicopter Textron a $51.5 million fixed-price contract on June 1 for five Bell 412EPs. The Army is providing the helicopters to Mexico’s air force under the Mérida Initiative security cooperation agreement. Mexico is to use the surveillance aircraft to help interdict drug traffickers and other criminals, and to assist civilians during natural...
July 1, 2009
PRODUCTS | MILITARY The evaluation is over and the results are good: Harris has successfully completed the flight and ground testing of its Ku-band Common Data Link (CDL) Hawklink system. Scheduled for installation in the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System helicopter, CDL Hawklink is a high-speed, digital data link...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The City of Atlanta Police Department is equipping its MD-500 police helicopter with night vision technology. The equipment and training will be supplied by Night Flight Concepts. NFC is providing the city with FAA-approved NIVISYS NVAG-6 night vision goggles (NVGs), plus equipping the MD-500 with...
July 1, 2009
Information is power, especially on the battlefield and Thomas A. DuBois said he and a team of other Boeing Company experts have come up with an information technology network that offers warfighters far more bang for the byte. Now Boeing is looking for military customers, foreign or domestic, willing to start producing the system. DuBois is chief systems architect for Boeing’s Network Enabling...
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...
July 1, 2009
Law enforcement officers are creatures of contradiction. They believe in routine, but got into the business of public safety because they don’t want a nine-to-five job doing the same old thing day after day. They like order, but you’d never know that if you were to see a group of them at a local bar once they are off duty. And even though they will pledge their undying loyalty to just one...
July 1, 2009
In the teeth of a worldwide recession, the word of the day for police forces — U.K. ones at least — is collaboration. In reality this has been the word for a year or more: traditional county constabularies have belatedly realized that buying in bulk, whether helicopters, searchlights, uniform sweaters or whistles, is only a matter of common sense. More rural police air support units (ASUs) have...
June 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Brownouts will hold considerably less terror for helicopter pilots, thanks to the successful trials of an augmented "visionics" system developed by CAE and Neptec Design Group. The CAE/Neptec system allows pilots to see obstacles in landing zones despite brownout conditions. The principle was recently proven during a series of fixed tests at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Yuma...
May 8, 2009
On June 29, 2008, two EMS Bell 407s collided midair during the approach to the Flagstaff Medical Center in Ariz. All seven people aboard the two helicopters died. The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the...
May 1, 2009
Stitching some leather together is out for cranial protection. Let’s see what goes into making today’s helmets! If the pilots are the most important component aboard a helicopter, and the pilot’s brain is the most important component aboard him or her, then their helmet — affectionately known by some as a "brain bucket" — is a vital safety feature. Helmets are...
May 1, 2009
Texas-based Longhorn Helicopters teamed with Texas-based Aero Dynamix to provide night vision goggle...
April 1, 2009
PRODUCTS | EMS Nivisys Industries LLC’s booth at the February 21-24 Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif. displayed the night vision goggle manufacturer’s hardware, but spotlighted something more unique: a Federal Aviation Administration stamp of approval. The five-year-old Tempe, Ariz., company is the first NVG maker to get a TSO-C164 certificate from the FAA, a...
March 31, 2009
Israeli defense firm Elbit Systems has won a contract to manufacture an undisclosed quantity of helmet-mounted data display systems...
March 1, 2009
CHC Group’s Heli-One, was awarded a new contract worth $8.9 million to complete avionics upgrades on two Eurocopter AS332M1 Super Pumas. The helicopters will receive, among other upgrades, installation of night vision goggles. The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded a nearly $45-million contract to Cobham Aviation Services’ joint...
February 20, 2009
AIR Africa 2009, South Africa’s first indigenous aviation industry and trade show, has been postponed from April 22-24, 2009, to sometime in...
February 20, 2009
Aero Dynamix reports that it has earned Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates for the Sikorsky S-76C and...
January 22, 2009
BAE Systems has begun promoting a hostile fire detector designed for helicopters. Similar to the Boomerang System used by some military ground units on their...
January 1, 2009
PRODUCTS After three court appearances and one jury trial, defendant Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif. prevailed in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Honeywell International. The $10.6 million suit, which was filed in 2002, alleged that Sandel’s ST3400 terrain avoidance warning...
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