Leonardo Inks Deals for 8 AW139s

Photo courtesy of Leonardo Leonardo is set to deal eight AW139s on two Italian contracts. The manufacturer said that for $132 million, it is to deliver two aircraft to Italy’s Coast Guard and six to its Customs and Border Protection Service. The Coast Guard plans to use the two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions. Deliveries are scheduled to […]

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Israeli Air Force Takes CH-53K Ride After US Congress Urges Sale

Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion flew a 90-minute orientation test flight — a “first of its kind,” according to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Navair). The flight was hosted at Navair’s Patuxent River, Maryland, facility for Brig. Gen. Nir Nin-Nun, commander of air support and helicopter division for the Israeli Air Force. It occurred during […]

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V-22 Fleet Passes Flight Hour Milestone, Still Plagued With Readiness Issues

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron McCulloch The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey global fleet has surpassed 400,000 flight hours, the manufacturers said yesterday. But the fleet’s readiness rate is still a major concern for the U.S. Marine Corps. In February, Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Jon Davis said the service was dealing with 77 different […]

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US Marine Corps Fields Northrop Grumman Modernized Bell Helicopter H-1s

File photo The U.S. Marine Corps has started fielding modernized Bell Helicopter H-1s. Aircraft under the H-1 upgrade program have been outfitted with the technology as the Marine Corps recently fielded the equipment for the first time. Northrop Grumman said the mission computers were installed on the UH-1Y and AH-1Z under the upgrade program. It aims to replace UH-1Ns and […]

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FAA Proposes Changes to Part 27, 29 Certification Standards

The FAA wants to change the certification standards of Part 27 and Part 29 rotorcraft. In a notice of proposed rulemaking, the agency said it aimed to reduce or eliminate some certification requirements for modern rotorcraft, and incorporate new safety requirements. “The FAA is proposing to update parts 27 and 29 because the regulations were originally published in 1964,” the […]

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US Might Sell Australia MH-60R Upgrade Program

A Sikorsky MH-60R “Romeo” Maritime Combat Helicopter, NUSQN 725, loaded with a Mk 54 torpedo during a firing serial in Florida. Photo courtesy of the Australian Navy The U.S. State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of a Sikorsky MH-60R upgrade program to Australia, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Congress was notified Aug. 30. According to […]

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