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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...
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...
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