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Entries for August 2011

From Project on Government Over
A Defense Daily article about the new proposal said ???the MV-22 has had the lowest Class A mishap rate of any tactical rotorcraft in the Marine Corps during the past decade. Fiscal year 2010 Navy flight-hour cost data also show that the Osprey has the ...
Laser Weapons Might Protect US Copters From Next Attack
Wired News (blog)
From Wired News (blog)
Helicopter pilots haven't had that sort of system at their disposal ??? until now. Four prototype HALTT (???Helicopter Alert and Threat Termination???) sensors are now on board Black Hawk helicopters and deployed to Afghanistan, as Danger Room alum Nathan ...
In Afghanistan, war business as usual
New York Daily News
From Tucson Citizen
Jones said commanders may reconsider loading so many troops on to a single helicopter, however. Helicopters are vulnerable to small-arms fire, particularly when they take off, hover or land, said Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at the Center for ...
Second chopper may be needed
Otago Daily Times
From Otago Daily Times
Figures from the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust show steady growth in the use of hired back-up helicopters as the number of emergency missions increases. The trust could be looking at leasing a second helicopter within the next two or three years, ...
Significant loss
New Yorker (blog)
From BBC News
The SAS reluctance results in part from an incident during the 1982 Falklands war when a Sea King helicopter ditched, with the loss of 18 SAS men. In Iraq they switched to medium-sized Puma helicopters, two of which were lost on operations. ...
Investigators Find Bullet Fired Into MedFlight Helicopter
From 10TV
COLUMBUS, Ohio ??? MedFlight officials said on Monday that they believe someone fired a bullet into one of their helicopters as it was delivering a patient to a hospital in Akron. Investigators found the spent .22 round wedged between the skin of the ...
... of Miami, FL., was on his way back from Oshkosh, WI and brought his 2008 Heli-cycle experimental amateur built helicopter aircraft to the annual Fly-In event at the Mentone Airport. The event included about 5 or 6 helicopters, 35 to 40 gyro-planes, ...
From Canada NewsWire
He will report directly to Don Wall, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Helicopters. Mr. Mullett brings a wealth of expertise in the helicopter transportation services industry. He has held senior positions with CHC Helicopter over a ...
Military Aims to Reduce Helicopter Vulnerability
From Wall Street Journal
The downing of a US military helicopter by Afghan insurgents underscores an urgent problem for the US military: Finding ways to make low-flying helicopters less vulnerable to attack. The US military hasn't confirmed the exact cause of ...
Afghan crash inflicts double blow on US psyche
USA Today
From Boston Globe
Helicopter crashes constitute 10 percent of US fatalities in Afghanistan. As Mark Thompson describes in Time magazine, the only way to fight in Afghanistan is often flying ???low and slow'' in the dark of night, making the helicopters ideal targets for ...
Thirty Americans killed as helicopter shot down
ABC News
From Kansas City Star
There is a river between our house and the place where the helicopter was downed. Smoke was rising from the helicopter till morning.??? The area has seen fighting for days, he said. ???Every night the helicopters are flying over our house,??? he said by ...
From MSN India
Washington, Aug 7 (PTI) The CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter that crashed yesterday in Afghanistan, causing the single deadliest loss for US troops since the Afghan war began in 2001, is the workhorse of the military, used to haul large numbers of ...
From Jerusalem Post
The Trophy system, which weighs 800 kg., would not be applicable for helicopters since it fires off a cloud of countermeasures that could potentially damage the helicopter's rotor. The Trophy consists of a radar which detects threats and activates one ...
From The Independent
There may be an argument for ferrying smaller numbers of troops around in more helicopters, but obviously there is a practical argument against that in that they don't grow on trees. "If the helicopter had come down with just the air crew on board, ...
From Cherry Hill Courier Post
A few days after CopterGate, state government sources informed me of Christie's and his staff's usage of state helicopters to travel to the governor's oceanfront shore house and bayfront shore house at Island Beach State Park. ...
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