Maiden Flight For Korea Aerospace Industries Medical Transport Helicopter

Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) has successfully conducted the maiden flight of a new medical transport version of its Surion helicopter.

The 20-minute test flight took place at the KAI’s headquarters in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, on Friday under the observation of about 40 officials from the defense procurement agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Army and the Armed Forces Medical Command, the company said Monday.

The new chopper will be put to further tests to verify its operability under various conditions by 2016-end before being deployed as the military’s medical transport vehicle from 2018, Yonhap News reported.

“It is the first medical transport helicopter developed and adopted locally,” the aerospace firm said in a statement.

The new chopper will come with medical transport capabilities to take charge of patient evacuation and first aid both during wartime and peacetime, the company added.

European Regulators Order Safety Fixes for Airbus Helicopters

European aviation regulators have ordered enhanced inspections and, if necessary, replacement of certain crack-prone parts on thousands of widely used AS 350 and other choppers manufactured by Airbus Group SE.

The aim is to prevent potentially dangerous structural failures related to main gearbox covers or their attachments, and “consequent loss of the helicopter.”

Safety mandates issued Friday by the European Aviation Safety Agency cover main gearbox casings and related parts on certain versions of AS 350 helicopters, which are popular for law enforcement, air-ambulance services and commercial operations. Industry officials said the four directives are expected to ultimately affect more than 3,000 Airbus rotorcraft world-wide, including about 1,000 registered in the U.S., once regulators from other countries embrace the agency’s move.

Germany Picks CH-53K , CH-47F as Options for New Helo

GÖTTINGEN, Germany — The German armed forces has shortlisted the CH-53K from Sikorsky and the CH-47F Chinook from Boeing as potential successors to its aging fleet of CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters, a spokesman for the German Air Force confirmed.

A selection should be made by the end of this year, the spokesman said, but added there is currently no favorite.

Uber Plans Four-Day Helicopter Experiment at Sundance

With both Blade and Uber offering helicopter rides from Salt Lake City to Park City for festgoers jetting into Utah, taking to the air to come to town may become the status symbol of this year’s Sundance.

For now, it is a pilot project, explained the Airbus Chief Executive, Tom Enders. The aviation company has been making strong attempts to stay above water in the helicopter industry – with helicopter sales having dropped significantly from 2014 – 2015, reports Daily Mail. The service will be available to any Uber users who will be in the area during the festival andhelicopter lifts can be hailed using Uber’s mobile app, similar to the process of requesting an Uber vehicle ride. Uber will reportedly use its cars to get passengers to and from the landing site.

Two MI 17 Helicopter troop carriers have been taken in for complete overhaul, while a new helicop…

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced new measures that will help the police intensify the war on organised crime and terrorism.

The National Police Service will be equipped with Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to help them perform their duties better without depending on the military, the President announced Saturday.

The President said there were also plans to provide Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPs) to officers deployed in volatile areas.

MRAPs are armoured vehicles designed to withstand improvised explosive device (IED) attacks.

The plan to equip the police with such protective vehicles is a first in the history of the country and comes in the wake of increased terror threats.

Several police officers, especially in the North Eastern region, have been killed through ambushes by the Al-Shabaab who use landmines, improvised explosive devices and firearms.

Mahindra, Airbus Sign Joint Venture Pact For Military Helicopters

Taking forward the memorandum of understanding signed in July, Mahindra Defence and Airbus Helicopters inked a pact to form a joint venture to produce military helicopters in India.

The statement of intent was signed on Monday by representatives of both companies in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande.

“We have made significant progress in setting up the joint venture and together the companies are creating a world-class advanced helicopter production facility in India,” Mahindra and Mahindra Group President for Aerospace and Defence S P Shukla said in statement.

Mahindra Defence and Airbus Helicopters have already started working on steps to produce helicopter parts locally and are defining additional work packages to be industrialised in India.

Simultaneously, both sides are evaluating potential industrial sites and are screening the existing local supply chain while moving ahead with the setting up of the JV.

“Through this partnership, we target building several of our globally leading helicopter models in India. This will lead to the transfer of state-of-the-art technologies, development of manufacturing activities and creation of high-skilled jobs in India,” said Airbus Helicopters President and CEO Guillaume Faury.

The companies are proposing to set up a final assembly line in India, develop tier-1 and tier-2 suppliers and make extensive transfer of technology, with the intent to ultimately achieve 50 percent indigenous content.

“Mahindra Defence and Airbus Helicopters have agreed on a blueprint that can put India on the world map for military helicopter manufacturing,” President of Airbus Group India Pierre de Bausset said.

The JV formation will be subject to customary regulatory approvals.

“The helicopters we are proposing are of proven designs. We are laying the groundwork with the objective to ramp up quickly,” Mahindra Defence Naval Systems CEO Devendra Bhatnagar said.

Yamaha aims to unlock US and EU markets with agricultural drone

Until Amazon secures regulatory approval to deliver parcels to our homes using drones, one of the hottest battlegrounds in the fast-evolving market for unmanned aerial vehicles is where you might least expect a technology revolution — agriculture. And that is where Japanese drone technology, dating back to the late 1980s, comes in.

Iraq Wants to Purchase Helicopters From UK

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Federal Government is asking the UK to continue its support in the fight against terrorism. Baghdad is looking to purchase helicopters and military equipment from the UK. The Media and Communication office of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior has released a statement revealing that Iraqi Minister of Interior Mohammed al-Ghabban met with the British Ambassador to Iraq Frank Baker to discuss the current security situation in the country and the latest developments regarding Islamic State (IS).

Iran-made helicopters to line in armed fleet

TEHRAN, Jul. 05 (MNA) – Iranian commander recounted the timeline for implementing Iranian helicopters in Islamic Republic of Iran Army Aviation (IRIAA).Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces, told reporters about the Iranian helicopters under manufacturing in PANHA Company sponsored by the IRIAA.The commander speculated that the new choppers would get lined in IRIAA fleet before March 2016 in a ceremony to mark the event.Earlier in February the Managing Director of PANHA Company General Mohammad Ahmadabadi had told media that the domestically designed helicopter of Iran dubbed as Homa had passed the flight tests.General Ahmadabadi had also said that Homa is a two-cylinder-engine helicopter with 14 seats, fit for all weather conditions of Iran.

Philippine military plans upgrades of Central Command’s air, naval assets

More hangars will be put up for fighter aircraft, transport aircraft, and helicopters, Philippine Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey F. Delgado said. “We will hopefully increase the number of aircraft here when the new aircraft arrives. Because of its (CENTCOM) strategic location, it can support both northern Luzon and the southern part of the Philippines,” said in an interview. Upgrades for CENTCOM will increase the country’s additional capacity to conduct increased maritime patrol and surveillance over its western and southern territories, a region that is also claimed by China.

Long Island National Guard aviation support company gets new commander on Saturday

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (06/26/2015)(readMedia)– New York Army National Guard Major Eric Fritz, a Webster, N.Y. resident, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, and a CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot, takes command of Company B of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion Saturday morning, June 27, at the Army Aviation Support Facility here at Islip MacArthur Airport.The unit provides logistics and maintenance support to the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and last returned from deployment to Kuwait in August 2014.Fritz takes command from Major Shawn Hatch, from Highland, N.Y., who has led the company since March 2012. Hatch is a veteranof the Iraq War.

Rochester National Guard Chinook helicopter company gets new commander…

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (06/26/2015)(readMedia)– New York Army National Guard Capt. Kenneth Hilkert, a Seneca Falls resident, takes command of Detachment 1, Company B of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment Sunday morning, June 28 at the Army Aviation Support Facility here. The unit operates CH-47 Chinook helicopters, providing heavy lift support to Army and joint forces. Hilkert takes command from Capt. Brendan Flansburg from Clay, New York, who led the unit since August 2013.Both the incoming and outgoing commanders of the unit flew as pilots with the detachment during deployments to Afghanistan.

The Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopter cockpit program involves the manufacture of cockpits…

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) stated gains of 113,537 shares or 6% in the short interest. The short interest registered from 1,888,777 on May 29,2015 to 2,002,314 on June 15,2015. In terms of floated shares, the shorted positions stood at 7.5%. The stock has been averaging 66,482 shares daily in trading and would need 30 days to cover the shorts. The information was released by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc (FINRA) on June 24th.

Airbus’ H160 is promised to be its quietest, most energy-efficient…

These projects are part of the company´s mid- and long-term research and development strategy to provide innovative solutions to reduce operating and maintenance costs while improving environmental protection, safety, quality and performance.The H160 is displayed on Airbus Group’s Eco Way as the rotorcraft that will be 15% to 20% more energy efficient thanks to Turbomeca’s new generation Arrano engines. It will also have reduced fuel consumption combined with a use of innovative and lighter materials including composites. The CO2 emissions will be 20% less per passenger compared to the current range. Sound levels will be reduced by up to 50% compared to the current range and 70% below the regulation. This is mainly thanks to sound reduction technologies such as the Blue Edge® rotor blades and Fenestron®.

Eurocopter (EC) 135 twin-engine helicopter, is the same aircraft that is currently providing about 25 percent of the world’s total emergency…

North Platte, NE – Great Plains Health says the LifeNet of the Heartland base location received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems on June 2. CAMTS is designed to improve the quality of patient care and safety during transport for services providing rotor-wing, fixed-wing and ground transport systems. The commission, consisting of 21 nonprofit organizations, is a peer review organization dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services.

Will Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) Keep up with Analyst Expectations?

Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) reported an earnings surprise of -6.12% when the company last reported earnings for the period ending on 2015-03-31. The reported EPS of $0.46 was $-0.03 away from what Wall Street analysts had expected. A significant surprise factor often results in stock volatility and sharp price movements following the earnings announcement. In terms of sales expectations, the surprise factor in per share dollar terms was $-102.15 away from what analysts had projected for the quarter, or a difference of -3.217%.

California wildfire rages as firefighters scramble for water amid record drought

A week-old wildfire in southern California picked up steam late on Thursday and early Friday as firefighters in the drought-stricken state struggled to find enough water to contain the blaze. The fire has so far consumed about 40 square miles of the San Bernardino mountains, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. It is one of several fires spreading along the west coast this week, and one of 2,500 fires to break out this year alone in California. The wildfires have been exacerbated by the historic drought in western states. Almost 70% of California is considered to be in “extreme to exceptional drought”, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

HAL Selects Airborne Navigation System For Light Utility Helicopter Program

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has chosen L-3 Aviation’s L-3AP Tactical Airborne Navigation System (TACAN+) for its new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program. The TACAN+ transceiver is a small tactical airborne navigation system used for tracking up to four ground stations simultaneously within its range. The system can be installed on rotary- and fixed-wing platforms for use in air-to-air and air-to-ground applications. HAL developed the new LUH to accommodate the reconnaissance and utility rotorcraft needs of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Army.

Era Group Inc. opens Super Base, adopts Sikorsky S-92 helicopter

STRATFORD, Conn., 26 June 2015. Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), a helicopter transport operator, opened its Super Base, a 35-acre passenger terminal and climate-controlled hangar in Houma, La., and took delivery of a S-92 helicopter from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).The new Houma base is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and safety systems, increased security screening, and value-added conveniences and processes for passengers and employees. It also features enhanced storm protection, reduced flyaway limitations, and an infrastructure equipped to provide increased reliability of flight operations in all weather conditions.

Sci-fi personal jetpack available to consumers in 2016 for £95,000

A New Zealand firm has announced that a personal jetpack similar to those seen in a multitude of sci-fi movies will be available for the public to purchase in mid-2016 for the princely sum of $150,000 (£95,300). Martin Aircraft Company, based in Christchurch, has been developing the Martin Jetpack since 1980, and after being featured for years on tech journalists’ wish lists and top inventions of the 21st century, the finished product is finally almost ready for consumers. The Martin Jetpack is powered by a V4 200 horsepower petrol engine controlling two ducted fans. Using vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), it can fly at a speed of 74km/h, gaining altitudes of up to 1,000m, for just over 30 minutes at a time.

Atlantic Airways orders two AW139s

Atlantic Airways has signed a contract with AgustaWestland for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters, the company announced on 22 June.The helicopters will be used for passenger transport and search and rescue operations within the Faroe Islands. The first helicopter will be delivered in late 2015, followed by the second in spring 2016. They will replace Atlantic Airways’ two B412 helicopters currently in operation.The contract marks the first sale of the AW139 for AgustaWestland in Faroe Islands.Jørgen Holme, CEO, Atlantic Airways, said: ‘This is a significant improvement of our helicopter service as the old helicopters are downgraded as new and stricter regulations are introduced in the field. With AW139 helicopters, we are acquiring a modern fleet ready for the future, and which meets all relevant standards.’

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in process of landing, another damaged during strong winds at Fort Rucker

Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were damaged due to high winds at Lowe Army Airfield in Enterprise on Tuesday evening, Fort Rucker officials released.One of the helicopters was in the process of landing with three personnel on board at the time of the incident. No one was injured.The second helicopter was unoccupied and tied down.Fort Rucker officials are still assessing the extent of the damage.The airfield also experienced multiple downed trees, power outages and localized flooding, which has subsided.Power outages have also been repaired.