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

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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...


FAA Proposes Changes to Part 27, 29 Certification Standards

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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...


Sikorsky Aircraft Delivers Three VVIP S-92® Helicopters to ...

Sikorsky Aircraft Delivers Three VVIP S-92® Helicopters to Royal Thai Air Force First to include LifePort high-end medical kit in a VIP S-92 aircraft

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US Approves Bell Helicopter UH-1Y Sale to Czech Republic

Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Eugene Williams signals a Bell Helicopter UH-1Y H after it delivers supplies during a vertical replenishment. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

The Czech Republic is looking to update its fleet of military helicopters with a deal worth $575 million....


US Army Contracts MD For Possible 150 MD 530s in $1B Deal

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MD Helicopters Inc. has been awarded a five-year contract for MD 530s that could be worth nearly $1.4 billion, the manufacturer said. The U.S. Army contract is for the U.S. and Partner Nation Army Aviation Forces, in support of foreign...


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...


Columbia Chinook Gives Sierra Nevada Corps Spacecraft a Lift


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A Columbia Helicopters Chinook carried Sierra Nevada Corp.’s spacecraft on a flight Wednesday. This successful Captive Carry test took place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center as part of the Dream Chaser aircraft’s...


Increased Interest in Hawaiian Volcano Tours Leads to Increase in Noise Complaints, Report Says

A view of the summit lava lake at dusk at Kilauea Lava Lake. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey

Mayor of Hawaii County Harry Kim met with the state’s helicopter tour operators earlier this week to talk about noise, HawaiiNewsNow reported. According to the report,...


Russian Helicopters Gets Defense OK to Develop High-Speed Attack Helo

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The Russian Ministry of Defense is looking to operate a new, high-speed combat helicopter. It has signed a contract with state-owned Russian Helicopters for its development.

“Both the Ministry of Defense and [Russian Helicopters] believe the parameters received during...


VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Achieves First Flight

The aircraft achieved its first flight, and later that same day completed a second flight at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut.

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China, Hong Kong Forces Rescue Capsized Freighter’s Crew

Tropical Storm Roke. Image courtesy of NASA

Helicopter forces in Asia and the Indian sub-continent are busy as the regions deal with seasonal tropical storms and monsoons. As Tropical Storm Roke swept over Taiwan, Hong Kong and China’s Guangdong coast over the last several days,...


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.

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Boeing Streamlines Internal Structure, Introduces Individual Vertical Lift Entity

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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

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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...


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