Friday April 18, 2014

LockMart delivers RAN MH-60R EWSS

LockMart delivers RAN MH-60R EWSS

Lockheed Martin has delivered an MH-60R electronic warfare support system (EWSS) to the Royal Australian Navy. Built in its Adelaide facility, the EWSS will provide the RAN with the ability to generate and test unique Australian mission data loads for... [Continue reading]

First Kiwi SH-2G(I) Seasprite flies

First Kiwi SH-2G(I) Seasprite flies

The first Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite for New Zealand has made its first production test flight at Kaman’s facility in Bloomfield Connecticut. The aircraft, one of 10 on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy, will be used for maintenance and aircrew... [Continue reading]

CareFlight Queensland logs five years in Dubai

CareFlight Queensland logs five years in Dubai

CareFlight Group Queensland is celebrating five years since it commenced its safety instruction program through the provision of training to Dubai’s Police Force Air Wing. In five years, three CareFlight instructors have spent more than 2,000 hours... [Continue reading]

Philippines orders Bell 412EPs

Philippines orders Bell 412EPs

The Philippines Department of National Defense has ordered eight Bell 412EP helicopters through a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation. A report in Flight International says Bell has confirmed five of the machines will be equipped... [Continue reading]

UAV operators submit to safety review

UAV operators submit to safety review

The Australian Certified UAV Operators Association (ACUO) is calling for the current Federal Government Aviation Safety Regulation Review to back a harder line to combat the growing problem of illegal unmanned aircraft operations. The call comes as the... [Continue reading]

Sea Kings leave Nowra for final time

Sea Kings leave Nowra for final time

Three former RAN Sea King helicopter airframes have left storage at HMAS Albatross near Nowra for the last time. The machines, covered in spraylat environmental wrapping were carried through Nowra on the back of flat-bed trucks on their way to port Kembla... [Continue reading]

New Chinook facilities close to approval

New Chinook facilities close to approval

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Darren Chester has announced the planned $54.8 million Replacement Chinook Facilities Project at Townsville has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for approval. The project will support... [Continue reading]

HNZ expands in the north-west

HNZ expands in the north-west

HNZ Australia has expanded its operations in the north-west of Western Australia by adding two new AS350B3 Squirrels to their fleet in the region. The company says it has placed the Squirrels at Karratha to supplement its marine pilot transfer operation... [Continue reading]

Airbus & Avicopter sign joint production deal

Airbus & Avicopter sign joint production deal

Airbus helicopters and China’s Avicopter (part of AVIC) have signed a joint production agreement for 1,000 EC175 and AC532 helicopters. The 20-year agreement formalises the production arrangement for the EC175/AC532 which was jointly developed by the... [Continue reading]

Work begins on RAN Romeo industry support facilities

Work begins on RAN Romeo industry support facilities

The Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo) commenced work on its support facilities for the RAN’s fleet of MH-60R Romeo combat helicopters on March 26. In a ceremonial ‘first sod’ event held at the Albatross Aviation Technology Park near Nowra,... [Continue reading]

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to star at Rotor Tech

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to star at Rotor Tech

A mockup of the newly-launched Bell 505 Jet Ranger X will be a star exhibit at the forthcoming Rotor Tech 2014 conference and trade show, organisers have announced. Bell launched the 505 at the Heli-Expo convention in Anaheim, California, in February,... [Continue reading]

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