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USAF Releases Final Request for Proposal for Huey Replacement

Boeing and Leonardo are teaming to bid for the U.S. Air Force’s Huey replacement. Their offering is the MH-139. Photo courtesy of Boeing.

The U.S. Air Force has released the final request for proposal to replace its fleet of Bell Helicopter UH-1Ns. Top Air...


Kaman Surmounts Many Challenges to Deliver New-Build K-MAX

 

Kaman K-MAX. Photo courtesy of Kaman

Kaman Aerosystems cleared many hurdles over the course of seven years to re-develop the market for the K-MAX and deliver the first of two new-build version of that unique aerial truck to a first-time customer in a nascent market,...


UK, Norway Ready to Lift Super Puma Ban, if These Measures are Met

AS332L3. Photo from file.

The civil aviation authorities of the U.K. and Norway said they are ready to give the Airbus Helicopters H225LPs and AS332L2s a cautious “go ahead.” The regulators said Friday they have plans to lift operation restrictions, so long as some measures are...


Israel acts after Apache tail rotor blade scare


The Israeli air force is to slash the interval for replacing tail rotor blades on its Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, after a 7.8in (20cm)-long crack was found during a routine inspection last month.

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Wires Are a Survivability Threat for Apaches, Too

Wires strung between poles and heights below 500 feet agl have been a longstanding threat to both civil and military helicopters, which can spend 30% or more of their time in the air at low levels.

But some combat missions can remind military aviators that low wires are deadly threat in...


US Army and FMS AH-64Es to Receive ViaSat Small Tactical Terminals

U.S. Army AH-64E Apache pilots land for fuel. Photo by Capt. Brian Harris

Boeing has awarded ViaSat a multi-year contract for two-channel small tactical terminals (STT) for the AH-64E Apache Guardian, ViaSat said. Production of the KOR-24A Link 16 terminal would be designated for the...


Spirit AeroSystems Starts Assembling USMC King Stallion SDTA 5

The Sikorsky CH-53 King Stallion lifts a 27,000 pound external load. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

Spirit AeroSystems has started to assemble the fifth system demonstration test article (SDTA) Sikorsky CH-53K, Spirit said. Major assembly on the test article is scheduled to begin in September.

The company...


Boeing Streamlines Internal Structure, Introduces Individual Vertical Lift Entity

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps

Boeing Defense Chief Leanne Caret said she is eliminating Boeing Military Aircraft, and Network and Space Systems in favor of smaller entities. With the smaller entities reporting directly Caret, Boeing aims to simplify and flattening the organization to...


US Air Force Adds Requirement For Huey Replacement

A Bell Helicopter UH-1N  flies over Minot Air Force Base’s missile complex. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has told bidders for the Bell Helicopter UH-1N Huey replacement program to include ADS-B Out technology in their proposals to enhance safety...


Tata Delivers First Structure for India’s CH-47Fs

A Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopter maneuvers. Photo: U.S. Army by Sgt. Steven Galimore

Tata Advanced Systems Ltd has delivered the first major structural assembly to Boeing for the Indian Air Force’s new fleet of CH-47F Chinooks, both companies have said.

India, in September 2015, finalized an...


Citing ‘Horrific Downturn,’ Bristow Reorganizes

Photo courtesy of Bristow

Bristow Group is reorganizing its structure and business operations, dropping a global approach to air services and narrowing its pursuit into new business areas to focus on meeting offshore energy firms’ demands for greater efficiency in specific world regions amid a...


Sikorsky Aircraft Completes Active Rotor Wind Tunnel ...

Stratford, Connecticut – Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft, has completed wind tunnel testing of its active rotor …

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Sikorsky Aircraft Announces Sale of S-300C™ Helicopters to ...

STRATFORD, Connecticut – Sikorsky Aircraft has announced the sale of two S-300C™ helicopters with an option for four more, to IPTN North America, a subsidiary of PT …

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Bell 505 Receives FAA Certification

Bell Helicopter has received FAA certification for its 505 Jet Ranger X, the manufacturer said. This comes just over five months after the aircraft received type certification from Transport Canada.

“This is another significant milestone in our journey to market entry for the Bell 505,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell’s president...


Ex-VH-71s May Get Second Life in Canada SAR Mission

Photo courtesy of Leonardo

Nine VH-71s built for a U.S. presidential helicopter program canceled nearly a decade ago may get a second life if Canada elects to use them to expand its fleet of search-and-rescue CH-149 Cormorants.

Both the Cormorants and the Kestrels – the name...


Report: UAE Enters Nigerian Offshore Market Through New Partnership

Photo courtesy of Leonardo

The United Arab Emirates’ Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Nigeria’s Odengene Air-Shuttle Services Ltd. (OAS) helicopters have partnered for offshore rotorcraft, local news outlets reported.

An ADA Leonardo AW139, fully equipped for offshore operations, arrived at OAS Helicopters’ new facility at Port...


Leonardo's AW139M targets Czech opportunity


As the Czech Republic draws closer to releasing a request for proposals (RFP) for a new fleet of multirole rotorcraft, Leonardo says its AW139M is fully compliant with the nation’s technical, performance and cost requirements.

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Boeing Taps German Manufacturer to Supply Parts for CH-47s

A U.S. Army Boeing CH-47F  lands on the amphibious dock transport ship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) during exercise Cobra Gold off the coast of Thailand. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

Boeing has German-based manufacturing company COTESA to supply components for its fleet of CH-47 Chinooks....


Sikorsky Unveils CH-53K Helicopter; U.S. Marine Corps ...

Sikorsky Unveils CH-53K Helicopter; U.S. Marine Corps Reveals Aircraft Name. West Palm Beach, Florida – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., … Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., …

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Photo Essay: US Army Apaches, Black Hawks in Afghanistan

In his photo essay, “Task Force Griffin Operation in Kunduz,” Capt. Brain Harris documented May 31, 2017, in the lives of U.S. Army Soldiers and their Sikorsky Black Hawks and Boeing Apaches in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Assigned to Task Force Griffin, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, the soldiers support...


Sikorsky Support in Asia with Plans for New Customer ...

… Center and putting our extensive experience operating Sikorsky aircraft to use for the benefit of supporting all Sikorsky aircraft operating in the Asia …

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LA City Council Wants Answers To Why LAFD Battle 2 Brush Fires With Only Half Its Helicopter Fleet

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles city firefighters were forced to battle two brush fires in Brentwood and Sylmar last Sunday with only half their helicopter fleet. Now, the city council wants to know how and why this happened and makes sure...


Russian Helicopters to Build Offshore Version of Mi-171A2

Russian Helicopters and Russian gas company Gazprom have signed an agreement of intent to build an offshore version of the Mi-171A2, the manufacturer said.

Design documentation is to be developed by Russian Helicopters, as is the production of related assembly, testing and maintenance equipment. Gazprom, in return, plans to purchase aircraft,...


Bell Training Flight Changes Provoke Neighbors

Intensifying noise complaints from Texas neighbors may accelerate Bell Helicopter plans to develop a new flight training area on the grounds of its main Fort Worth plant.

Bell moved its flight training base to the plant about 10 nm southeast from Fort Worth Alliance Airport in 2015. A cargo/maintenance...


Heli UK Expo Set for Largest Event Location to Date

Photo courtesy of Heli UK Expo

Heli UK is slated for June 1 to 3 at Wycombe Air Park, Marlow. The event trumpets itself as “the U.K’s only fly-in helicopter event.” The more than 80 exhibitors currently on the list can set up displays in...


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