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Entries for January 2015


Army plans to modernie helicopters in peril
Flightglobal
The US Army has a tight and relatively inflexible plan to modernise existing rotorcraft and eventually achieve a future vertical lift aircraft within the budget it has. The entire modernisation plan hinges on completion of the controversial aviation ...

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Commercial Aerospace Is Flying High And Boeing Loves It (BA)
Seeking Alpha (registration)
... the obvious, Boeing is the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing also makes rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication ...

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Wall Street Journal

Pentagon Picks Boeing 747-8 As New Presidential Aircraft
Wall Street Journal
The $1.24 billion contract covers six test helicopters, with an option to build another 17 rotorcraft expected in 2019. Sikorsky built the existing presidential fleet and was the only bidder with partner Lockheed for the new contract. ???Jon Ostrower ...

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Bell Helicopter Honors Papillon Helicopters Founder
Aviation Today (subscription)
Bell Helicopter recently honored Papillon Helicopters founder Elling Halvorson with the Bell Helicopter Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award at the 12th annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills on Jan. 16. The award recognizes ...


RNLAF Selects Terma MASE Pod Solution for NH-90s
Aviation Today (subscription)
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has contracted Terma, a global product development and manufacturing company, to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) Pod onto the Dutch Air Force's NH-90 helicopters.

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2014 Sales, Deliveries Flat at Airbus Helicopters
Aviation International News
Airbus Helicopters announced a slight decrease in year-over-year orders and deliveries in 2014 and anticipates a favorable book-to-bill ratio this year, the company announced on January 27. The France-based rotorcraft manufacturer handed over 471 ...


Motley Fool

US Army Recruits General Electric to Build $4.5 Billion Next-Gen Helicopter ...
Motley Fool
You can't just stick a more powerful engine in a rotorcraft and expect to go faster, since performance is a factor of engine power, gearbox rating and rotor blade design. Rotor blades for example have physical limits to their size and speed (in terms ...


The Association of Collegiate Training Institutions Announces New Advisory ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)
Mr. Hicks is a licensed fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot with thousands of hours of flight experience. He is also a deputy sheriff who flies helicopters for law enforcement agencies in California. Mr. Hicks is a practicing attorney. Mr. Douglas R ...

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Aviation Week

AAR Airlift Wins Falklands Helicopter Deal
Aviation Week
LONDON - U.S. helicopter operator, AAR Airlift and partner British International Helicopters (BIH) have grabbed a ??180 million ($275 million) helicopter deal to support U.K. defense ministry operations in the Falkland Islands. The 10-year contract ...
UK MoD awards Falkland Islands SAR support helicopter services contract to AARAirforce Technology
US firm AAR wins Falklands SAR helicopter contractFlightglobal

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Flightglobal

First flight for new Australian military training helicopter
Flightglobal
The Australian military's first of an eventual 15 EC135 T2+ rotorcraft has made a 57min debut flight, just two months after the award of a Helicopter Aircraft Training System (HATS) deal to prime contractor Boeing Defence Australia. Conducted from ...

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Business Recorder

Airbus' Oil and Gas Fleet Surpasses 10 Million Flight Hours
Aviation Today (subscription)
Of the estimated 2,300 rotorcraft used in oil and gas missions today, approximately 25 percent are produced by Airbus Helicopters. The leading geographic region is in the Americas, where the company's helicopters have accumulated more than 4.12 million ...
Oil price plunge could leave helicopters sputteringYahoo Finance UK

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In-gearbox Sensor Detects Failures Earlier
Aviation International News
Researchers may have found a way of revealing damage inside a helicopter's main gearbox sooner, thus possibly avoiding catastrophic failures such as the ones that crippled offshore rotorcraft between 2006 and 2013. A team from Cranfield University has ...


Flightglobal

Finnish NH90s creep towards 50% operational serviceability rate
Flightglobal
The army has recorded some 7,000 flight hours on the type, making it one of the more experienced operators of the NH90 out of the 13 nations that have ordered the rotorcraft. During the conference NHI president Vincent Dubrule said 53 aircraft were ...


Helicopter firm eyes future flights to Squaw Valley, Mammoth
Tahoe Daily Tribune
The ski slopes may be just a helicopter ride away next year if Whisperjet Helicopters gets a new service off the ground. The helicopter company is working to launch a passenger service from Reno to California resorts in Squaw Valley and Mammoth Lakes ...


Hexcel Reports Strong 2014 Fourth Quarter and Record Full Year Results
Business Wire (press release)
Fourth quarter Space & Defense sales of $99.6 million were 12.2% higher (14.2% in constant currency) than the fourth quarter of 2013, primarily from growth in the rotorcraft sector and a modest shift in customer orders from the third to the fourth quarter.

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