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September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SAFETY The Phoenix Police Department has selected Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 digital intercom and audio selector panel for its...
September 1, 2009
The U.S. Marine Corps’ new UH-1Y Huey has now entered full rate production, with the Corps scheduled to have 21 aircraft by the end of the year, according to Marine Col. Harry Hewson, H-1 program manager. The AH-1Z being developed in conjunction with the UH-1Y as part of the Marine Corps’ H-1 upgrade program is still in low rate initial production (LRIP) and not expected to be declared IOC...
September 1, 2009
Headsets Designed for Helicopter Use Germany’s beyerdynamic has unveiled two new headsets developed for use in helicopters — the HS 600 digital adaptive noise reduction (DANR) Rotor and HS 200 Rotor, which features passive noise attenuation. The HS 600 DANR uses a microprocessor with a software algorithm to eliminate background noise, as well as the accompanying feeling of pressure on the ears...
September 1, 2009
If you ask pilots about Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), you will normally get one of two responses: I wouldn’t fly at night without them or I have no interest in flying with them, period! Perhaps you are undecided about whether NVGs fit into your program. Night vision goggles, NVGs or simply "goggles," certainly have their share of controversy, but not if you speak to the pilots that routinely...
September 1, 2009
Options abound for training in the use of night vision goggles. Similarities and stark differences exist between the civilian and military approaches. Rotor & Wing takes a comprehensive look at those options, similarities and differences. Night vision goggles (NVG) have been used by the military for decades and by civilians for about 10 years. As the number of users-turned-instructors has grown and the...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Hawaii County is getting a new MD500E to replace its aging Chopper One. The new helicopter, which the Hawaii County Fire Department will operate, will handle...
August 1, 2009
MILITARY Lockheed Martin has provided the U.S. Navy with its 200th Common Cockpit avionics suite. The equipment is designed to be used in the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters. Built using...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS The recession hasn’t hurt Aeronautical Systems Inc. In fact, the Sterling, Va.-based supplier of military replacement parts and...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Simplex Manufacturing, which makes aerial applications systems for helicopters, has acquired Helipod International. The purchase gives Simplex access to Helipod’s certified accessory products for Robinson helicopters, including cargo pods, spray systems and...
August 1, 2009
MILITARY When Pakistan’s government asked for helicopters, the U.S. came through by providing four Russian-built MI-17 cargo helicopters to the Pakistani Army. "The additional helicopters are meant to enhance Pakistan’s capabilities in current...
August 1, 2009
Australia’s latest defence capability plan (DCP), released July 1, reveals plans to upgrade or replace three types of helicopters in service with the country’s Defence Force (ADF). In particular, it looks at modernizing the mission equipment to its Eurocopter Tiger fleet, "to ensure the Australian Tigers retain currency with operational requirements." The new DCP predicts a "new...
August 1, 2009
Tyonek Fabrication Corp., Madison, Ala., was awarded a $5.7-million contract for the OH-58 Kiowa airframe for 340 each, control box, part number 635107M100. Work is to be performed in Madison, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. Tyonek was also awarded a $6.9-million contract for 344 each, de-ice control and indicator unit for the UH-60 A/L Blackhawk. Work will also be performed in Madison...
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
Unmanned aerial vehicles of the fixed-wing variety have proven their worth to the military beyond doubt during the past 15 years or so, especially since U.S. troops went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, with a lag time less dramatic but still reminiscent of the four-decade gap between the dawn of powered flight and the debut of the first useful helicopters, interest in rotorcraft UAVs is clearly taking...
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...
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