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May 22, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft’s “big bet” on future vertical lift, the S-97 Raider, flew for the first time this morning on “quite the aggressive" flight test card.   Sikorsky Aircraft's S-97 RAIDER(TM) helicopter achieved successful first flight at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., May 22, 2015. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation The...
May 4, 2015
Aerospace and professional services provider Nova Systems is expanding its European business (Nova Systems UK) with the purchase of an Airbus Helicopter H135. The fully-instrumented aircraft will be used to test the latest sensors...
November 12, 2014
Russian Helicopters has launched the final stage of certification testing for its Mi-38 multirole helicopter. The Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant received the fourth Mi-38...
November 11, 2014
The Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X completed its first flight with the Arrius 2R engine. Turbomeca, the manufacturer of the Arrius 2R engine, indicates FAA, EASA and Transport Canada engine type...
July 17, 2014
The U.S. Army will test Kaman’s K-Max unmanned coaxial helicopter in two trials over the coming months, said Terry Fogarty, general manager of Kaman Aerospace’s UAS product group, speaking at Farnborough Airshow. The first autonomous technologies trial will take place next week (end of July) at Fort Benning, Ga., with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD)...
June 17, 2014
Airbus Defence and Space has employed an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e Ecureuil operated by its sister company as part of the latest tests of its SpacePlane demonstrator. The SpacePlane is a suborbital vehicle which is designed to take off and land from a runway. The SpacePlane is being designed to carry four passengers to an...
June 16, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s 429 is currently completing key helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) missions for new Russian customers. Heli-Drive, one...
June 2, 2014
Kaman’s SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite will replace New Zealand’s current fleet of Seasprites. Photo courtesy of Kaman Aerospace Kaman Aerospace has started production flight testing for the first of 10 SH-2G(l) Super...
May 22, 2014
Lord Corporation and Sikorsky Aircraft have finished testing the hub mounted vibration sensor (HMVS) on a UH-70A Black Hawk. The flight test took place at Fort Eustis, Va., in partnership with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. During the American Helicopter Society International’s Forum 70 this week in Montreal, Lane Miller, vice president...
May 14, 2014
Sikorsky and the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) of Carnegie Mellon University will demonstrate an autonomous delivery of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) by an optionally piloted Black Hawk helicopter equipped with Matrix technology. The UGV will subsequently execute a mission to investigate a potentially contaminated area, while keeping human personnel out of harm’s way. The project is...
April 28, 2014
AW609 rotors tilting. Photo by Ernie Stephens The idea of a flying machine that will take off and land vertically, then achieve airplane speeds, has been around since the development of engine-driven aircraft. Several designs have been toyed with, but arguably the most successful have fallen into one of two categories: a hybrid using a main rotor and propellers, or vectored thrust (i.e., a tilting rotor)...
April 17, 2014
The first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter has commenced production flight testing at...
March 7, 2014
CAE is designing and manufacturing a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk full-mission simulator intended for the Mexican Federal Police. ACADEMI, a security services...
February 1, 2014
If one could agree that you look to the displays in the cockpit to see the heartbeat of your aircraft, then the flight control system is surely where you’d look to find its temperament. The flight control system is only one element of the aircraft control loop, but without a doubt it’s the element most important to the pilot. It is through the flight controls that the pilot will work to...
January 17, 2014
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, has received a $26.6-million cost-plus-fixed-fee for on-site flight test management, engineering...
January 1, 2014
Mi-38 during flight testing. Russian Helicopters has finished individual testing for the Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 at the National...
January 1, 2014
The Brunei Ministry of Defense has received the first batch of four S-70i helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft, including two during the Bridex Exhibition and Conference in Jerudong. The...
December 19, 2013
The third prototype of the Mi-38 transport helicopter equipped with TV7-117V engines has completed its first flight. Alexander Mikheev, CEO of Russian...
December 2, 2013
E-volo has completed the first flight of its prototype Volocopter VC200. The flight took place on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the dm-arena in Kalsruhe, Germany. Volocopter receives power from 18...
December 1, 2013
Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace has conducted the initial trials of a system that combines multiple sensors and database information into a single 3-D view of the outside world – Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone (SVAB). The system merges various sensors with the manufacturer’s Synthetic Vision System (SVS) to improve visibility in degraded visual...
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