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The Tigers Have Landed - EC665 UH Tiger @ Mazar-e-Sharif - ISAF

The Tigers Have Landed - EC665 UH Tiger @ Mazar-e-Sharif - ISAF | D-FENS | Scoop.it
The first two German army Unterstützungshubschrauber (UH) Tiger combat helicopters have arrived in Afghanistan. The two helicopters had their rotors and other parts removed for the An-124-100 flight from Leipzig/Halle airport to Mazar-e-Sharif.

The two others will follow Dec. 2, weather permitting.

The four helicopters are in the Afghanistan Stabilization German Army Rapid Deployment (ASGARD) configuration, with sand filters protecting their engines and Kevlar ballistic protection of the crew against rounds up to 12.7 mm. Additional eight Tigers in ASGARD configuration remain in Germany for training purposes.

The four helicopters will reach their full operating capability in the first quarter of 2013.

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Sikorsky losses grow on CH-148 "Cyclone" contract - Royal Canadian Navy

Sikorsky losses grow on CH-148 "Cyclone" contract - Royal Canadian Navy | D-FENS | Scoop.it

United Technologies (UTC) has warned that the Canadian Maritime Helicopter (CMH) programme will face yet another in a long series of cost overruns and schedule delays.

A new agreement reached between UTC subsidiary Sikorsky and the Canadian government includes “additional requirements, retrofit costs and expansion of the programme schedule”, says Gregory Hayes, senior vice-president and chief financial officer, speaking to analysts while discussing first quarter earnings on 22 April.

The negotiations are still in progress, but UTC expects to take a charge on the programme after definitive agreements are signed, says Hayes.

Sikorsky signed a C$1.8 billion ($1.63 billion) fixed-price contract in 2004 to deliver 28 CH-148s – a militarised variant of the S-92 – beginning in 2008.

The aircraft, however, still do not meet the Canadian requirements, with just four aircraft configured to an interim standard so far delivered.


Last year, the government considered scrapping the deal and finding another supplier to replace its fleet of ageing CH-124 Sea King helicopters.

On 31 December, Sikorsky signed an initial “principles of agreement” with Canadian officials that preserves the CH-148 programme, although at a loss to Sikorsky, including an $88.6 million penalty for late deliveries.

Sikorsky has said that the restructured deal means the company will deliver each aircraft at a loss, and will not reach breakeven on the CMH programme even in the support phase.

More recently, Sikorsky signed a second principles of agreement with the Canadian government that specifies the configuration of the aircraft to be delivered starting in 2015.

Although Sikorsky expects to take another charge, the overall financial impact on UTC will be marginal, Hayes says. The company is standing behind its earlier guidance of net income between $665 million an $685 million, he says, as gains in other areas of the company will offset the loss on the Cyclone programme.

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Optionally piloted Sikorsky UH-60 - maiden flight - Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator

Optionally piloted Sikorsky UH-60 - maiden flight - Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Sikorsky Aircraft has demonstrated its optionally piloted Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the US Army.

The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) Programme, conducted the successful first flight demonstration on March 11 at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center. The demonstration was conducted through the use of Sikorsky’s Matrix Technologies and advanced Ground Control Station (GCS) Technologies.

The OPBH demonstrated autonomous hover and flight operations while under the control of a man-portable GCS, demonstrating the capability for expeditionary operations and critical cargo resupply.

“The autonomous Black Hawk helicopter provides the commander with the flexibility to determine crewed or un-crewed operations, increasing sorties while maintaining crew rest requirements. This allows the crew to focus on the more ‘sensitive’ operations, and leaves the critical resupply missions for autonomous operations without increasing fleet size or mix,” said Mark Miller, Sikorsky vice president of research & engineering.

The MURAL programme is a cooperative effort between the US Army Aviation Development Directorate (ADD), the US Army Utility Helicopters Project Office (UH PO) and Sikorsky. The UH PO is providing access to two UH-60MU Black Hawk helicopters and Sikorsky is applying the technology it has developed with internal research and development funding.

Sikorsky has been developing the technology since 2007, and signed a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army in 2013 to advance the programme to a formal effort to demonstrate the full flexibility and value of a full authority flight control system. The effort includes demonstration of expeditionary ground control systems and precision control.

“The ADD’s mission is to focus on developing, demonstrating and applying critical technologies that enhance the capability, affordability, readiness and safety of Department of Defense aviation systems,” said Dr. William Lewis, Director, ADD. “The optionally piloted Black Hawk helicopter functionality stands to bring added value to DoD aviation systems, through the innovations being tested on the Black Hawk helicopter in the MURAL programme.”

According to COL Thomas Todd, the Utility Helicopters Project Manager, “MURAL technology will advance material solutions related to Degraded Visual Environment operations. These solutions will provide critical flight control and flight handling quality improvements.”

Sikorsky introduced its Matrix Technology, a major research programme, in July 2013 to develop, test and field systems and software that will improve significantly the capability, reliability and safety of flight for autonomous, optionally piloted, and piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) flew its first flight on July 26, 2013 and continues to explore new functionality in that portion of the programme.

The application of Matrix Technology to the OPBH is an initial step toward demonstrating the flexibility, adaptability and capability to a range of aircraft systems. “Applying Matrix Technology to an already robust, reliable, and safe platform leverages these capabilities while expanding the system’s effectiveness,” Miller added.

Matrix aims to give rotary and fixed wing VTOL aircraft a high level of system intelligence needed to complete complex missions with minimal human oversight and at low altitudes where obstacles abound.

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EASA certifies Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 gear shaft redesign | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. 


“Airbus Helicopters has put a very high priority on developing this new shaft for the EC225. EASA’s certification is a major milestone towards getting our customers flying with the final solution,” said Jean-Brice Dumont, Airbus Helicopters’ Executive Vice President – Engineering.

The new design eliminates all three factors that, in combination, had caused two unexpected vertical shaft ruptures. It provides corrosion resistance, compensates for residual stress and eliminates stress hot spots.

Following two EC225 controlled ditchings in the North Sea in 2012 and the suspension of part of the aircraft’s fleet, precautionary and preventive measures were immediately developed by Airbus Helicopters and successfully implemented by operators, leading to a full return to service.

As the latest evolution of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family, more than 200 EC225/725s have been delivered to 35 operators, accumulating more than 350,000 flight hours. Tailored for the most demanding operators, the workhorse EC225 is an 11-ton helicopter integrating all of the latest technological innovations.

Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities.

Manufacturing of the redesigned gear shaft is underway, allowing worldwide implementation on concerned aircraft in service and in production, starting in the second semester of 2014.

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Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 achieves EASA certification

Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 achieves EASA certification | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries to begin in the third quarter of 2014.


The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggle capability.

Approximately 20 EC145 T2 currently are in series production, with orders for more than 200 aircraft received to date; in addition to an order for 15 of the EC645 T2 military variant for the German Army.

Guillaume Faury, CEO, Airbus Helicopters, said: ‘The EC145 T2 is setting new standards in its class. This new model features a design to meet and exceed the latest challenging requirements of our customers for mission capability. Our operators will benefit from an unrivalled operational advantage thanks to the perfect combination of airframe, equipment and performance. This comes along with the highest level of flight safety by our new Helionix avionics suite.’

Enhancements incorporated in the T2 version of the 4-metric-ton category EC145 include new Arriel 2E engines, Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, upgraded main and new tail rotor gear boxes, and a cockpit that uses Airbus Helicopter’s Helionix digital avionics suite with 4-axis autopilot.

The EC145 T2 has been developed to meet a range of applications, including utility, corporate and emergency medical services missions. The company plans to release configurations for offshore and police duties shortly. 

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JAWTEX - Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise: Informationsveranstaltung Gefechtsübungszentrum Letzlingen

JAWTEX - Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise: Informationsveranstaltung Gefechtsübungszentrum Letzlingen | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Die Bundeswehr hat am Mittwoch im Gefechtsübungszentrum (GÜZ) in Letzlingen über die bevorstehende Schwerpunktübung JAWTEX (Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise) informiert. 


Wie berichtet, liegt die Altmark inmitten eines Gebietes, in dem die Luftwaffe ihre Manöver absolviert. Eine große Anzahl von Luftfahrzeugen sind Teil der größten und wichtigsten Bundeswehrübung in diesem Jahr, an der sich noch weitere zehn Nationen beteiligen. Auch Heer und Marine sind darin eingebunden. Das betroffene Gebiet ziehe sich insgesamt „von Holland bis zur polnischen Grenze“, erläuterte Oberstleutnant Christoph Thoben. Aber bei der Luftwaffe und „hier in der Region liegt der Schwerpunkt“, so Thoben weiter. Mehr als 100 Luftfahrzeuge kämen insgesamt zum Einsatz, zweimal pro Tag fliegen sie im Schnitt über die Köpfe der Altmärker hinweg. Das seien Dimensionen, wie es sie zuletzt in den 80er Jahren gegeben habe, so Thoben.

„Die Übung führt zu Fluglärm“, stellte Oberst Nolte klar. Aber: „Wir versuchen, so wenig wie möglich den Alltag zu stören.“ Deshalb würden zum Beispiel am Wochenende keine Jets fliegen. Tiefflüge machen mit insgesamt gerade einmal 200 Minuten ohnehin nur einen winzigen Bruchteil der zweiwöchigen Übung aus. Zudem beträfe das auch nur die Bereiche der involvierten Truppenübungsplätze. Das sind in der Region die Standorte Altengrabow, wo die Bodenabwehr geübt wird, Bergen/Munster, wo rund 700 Soldaten den luftgestützten Einsatz trainieren, und Klietz, wo eine großangelegte Luftlandeoperation mit etwa 900 Soldaten durchgeführt wird. Das GÜZ in Letzlingen gehört nicht dazu, wurde nur als zentraler Ort für die Info-Veranstaltung gewählt.

Letzlingens Ortsbürgermeisterin Regina Lessing erinnerte daran, dass manche Bürger die bevorstehenden Aktivitäten der Bundeswehr in einen Zusammenhang mit der Krim-Krise bringen könnten. Oberst Nolte war dankbar für diesen Hinweis und betonte, das ein solcher Zusammenhang nicht bestehe. Die Schwerpunktübung sei bereits vor zwei Jahren angeordnet und seitdem geplant worden.

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Hijacking of the German MV Taipan in the Indian Ocean - April 5, 2010

On April 5, 2010, Somali pirates hijacked the German MV Taipan in the Indian Ocean. A few hours later, Dutch marines boarded the container vessel, arresting ten pirates who in the end faced trial in a German court. Four years after the hijacking, the German Navy has released video footage taken from a German Maritime Reconnaissance and Patrol Aircraft (MRPA) Orion P-3C.

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Aurora awarded DARPA VTOL X-Plane contract - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Aurora awarded DARPA VTOL X-Plane contract  - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Aurora Flight Sciences has confirmed that it will build its Lightning Strike Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft for DARPA’s VTOL X-Plane programme. The company has been awarded a Phase 1 contract for the programme, which aims to radically improve the performance of VTOL aircraft.

Aurora has designed LightningStrike with efficient hover and high speed capabilities to meet DARPA’s ambitious goals for performance and useful load capacity. 

The aircraft leverages Aurora’s flight proven VTOL technology, to achieve improved efficiencies by tightly integrating propulsion into the air vehicle’s aerodynamic design. 

Sikorsky is also taking part in the programme, having announced its Phase 1 contract in December. Sikorsky Innovations has teamed with Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works for the contract to develop its unmanned Rotor Blown Wing (RBW) concept. This concept integrates fixed wing aerodynamics and advanced rotor control to provide a low complexity configuration capable of meeting the DARPA programme goals.

The VTOL X-Plane programme is scheduled for three phases over 52 months between October 2013 and February 2018, with the first demonstration flight slated for 42 months after the initial award. The total planned budget is $130 million; DARPA has allotted $47 million in Phase I for multiple individual awards for preliminary concept design and technology maturation. DARPA intends to choose one of the Phase I prime performers to conduct Phase II (design, development and integration) and Phase III (flight-test demonstrations).

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The world's most realistic exercise underway at Nellis Air Force Base - RED FLAG 14-1

The world's most realistic exercise underway at Nellis Air Force Base - RED FLAG 14-1 | D-FENS | Scoop.it
F-22 Raptors, F-15E Strike Eagles, F-16s Fighting Falcons as well as RAF Typhoons and Tornados are taking part in Red Flag 14-1

Red Flag, world’s largest and more realistic exercise, has come back after the remaining editions of 2013 were cancelled as a consequence of the budged cuts imposed by the infamous sequestration.

The exercise, organized and conducted by the 414th Combat Training Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base and on the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), a military training area of more than 12,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land where about 2,000 possible targets and anti-aircraft systems are dispersed to simulate a realistic battlefield, aims to train pilots from the U.S. and allied air forces to operate, survive and win together in a modern war.

The drills feature also the bad guys, an adversary air force with F-15s and F-16s from the Air Force’s 64th and 65th AGRS (Aggressors Squadrons) whose taks is to threaten strike packages and prevent them to attack their targets.


Around 150 aircraft are scheduled to attend this year’s first Red Flag that, as usual, will feature two daily “waves” lasting up to five hours. Once again, along with the most important U.S. assets, including the F-22 Raptor stealth fighters and F-15E Strike Eagles, Nellis Air Force Base is hosting some allied contingents.


Among them, the Royal Australian Air Force, withi its F-18s and E-7, as well as the Royal Air Force with the Tornado GR4s from 9 Sqn at Marham, one E-3D Sentry from 8 Sqn at RAF Waddington and Eurofighter Typhoons FGR4s  from 6 Squadron based at RAF Leuchars that will operate in the swing role.

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AC-130H Spectre gunship's final mission - 16th Special Operations Squadron

AC-130H Spectre gunship's final mission - 16th Special Operations Squadron | D-FENS | Scoop.it

On Jan. 16, the 16th Special Operations Squadron conducted its final mission with the AC-130H gunship at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

To celebrate the retirement of the Spectre, whose development began in the early 1960s, the 16th SOS launched its whole fleet of 8 AC-130Hs; a tough and remarkable achievement, obtained thanks to the teamwork of pilots, maintainers, loadmasters and maintenance teams.

In 2013, the Squadron completed its last AC-130H Spectre gunship deployment in Afghanistan after 40 years of active service all around the world.

16 SOS will soon receive the AC-130J, a plane equipped with more modern avionics but more vulnerable to ground fire as a recent report pointed out. Indeed, the new aircraft lacks armor needed to protect some aircraft’s vital parts and, above all, its crew.



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National Test Pilot School (NTPS) - 2013 Overview

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is the premier total flight test education and training organization in the world.  A lofty claim perhaps, yet the diversity and breadth of the flight test education, training, and research conducted at NTPS is unsurpassed in the industry.  With over 30 flight test course offerings, ranging from the year-long Professional Courses to numerous short courses to our accredited Master’s degree, NTPS can meet all your flight test education and training needs. NTPS participates in significant flight test research both internally and as partners with notable research organizations across the globe.  Celebrating over 30 years of service to civil industry, government organizations, and military services in both the United States and 30 other countries, NTPS is truly the World’s Test Pilot School. 

 

National Test PIlot School - Aircraft:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzMZGbQxB9w#t=32

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US spending bill to fund USAF combat rescue helicopter - "CRH" project

US spending bill to fund USAF combat rescue helicopter - "CRH" project | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The US Air Force (USAF) is slated to receive funding for its Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) programme under a government-wide omnibus spending bill, unveiled by the White House on 13 January. 

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Bell UH-1D Personnel Recovery - Überleben "Land" - Altenstadt/Schongau

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USAF Cancels Quest for C-17 Engine Sustainment

USAF Cancels Quest for C-17 Engine Sustainment | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The US Air Force has canceled an open solicitation for sustainment work on the F117 engines that power the service’s C-17 transport fleet.

“The Air Force issued a competitive solicitation for F117 (C-17) engine sustainment in 2013, based on rigorous market research into industry capabilities to provide both engine overhaul and supply chain management,” Air Force spokesman Ed Gulick wrote in a press release announcing the decision. “The Air Force anticipated significant savings and preferred terms and conditions to be derived from the competition. Unfortunately, no viable offers were received.

“As a good steward of taxpayer dollars, the Air Force cannot justify continuing the acquisition and is canceling the existing F117 engine sustainment solicitations,” the statement continued. “We will be revisiting the strategy to develop an affordable approach to achieve both the near- and long-term goals of the Air Force, while ensuring continued war-fighter support for F117 engine sustainment on the existing C-17 Globemaster Integrated Sustainment Partnership until the revised strategy is implemented.”

In response to an inquiry, Gulick said the service has not yet set a timetable for an alternative approach.

The C-17 is powered by four F117-PW-100 jet engines, designed by Pratt & Whitney.

A request for proposals (RfP) was issued for the sustainment contract on April 1, soliciting bids on a contract for “sustaining engineering support and technical services, depot supply chain management support, engine program administration support, and data affiliated with the services for the F117-PW-100 engines to maintain serviceable worldwide spare engine levels.”

The work would have occurred over a 21-month period starting in October 2014 and would have included five one-year options that could be picked up by the US government.

It’s been a tough week for the C-17, a large military cargo jet. At the Dubai Air Show, Boeing Defense Space and Security President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg confirmed to reporters that C-17 production will end in 2015.

Muilenburg cited US defense spending cuts through sequestration and uncertainty as part of the reason for the decision.

“We can’t simply continue to keep lines open without clear, long-term production runs,” he said.

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VFA-27's "Shoot 'Em If You Got 'Em" Cruise Video Teaser

The Royal Maces present the teaser to our full-length 2013-2014 cruise video: "Shoot 'Em If You Got 'Em" - which is packed with more than 27 minutes of high-flying and fast-action. It will be made available at the NAF Atsugi Spring Festival, May 3rd,

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RCAF takes part in disaster relief exercise in Peru - CH-149 Cormorant - AgustaWestland AW101

RCAF takes part in disaster relief exercise in Peru - CH-149 Cormorant -  AgustaWestland AW101 | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Aircrews from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) have deployed to Peru to take part in Exercise Cooperación III, a key Latin American multinational exercise. The exercise, which has a focus on disaster relief, is taking place from April 19 to May 2, 2014.

This deployment highlights two milestones for the RCAF: it is the first time a CH-149 Cormorant has been transported by a CC-177 Globemaster III and it is the first time a Cormorant has been deployed outside of North America.

“This is the first time a Cormorant helicopter will be transported by a CC-177,” said Colonel Jim Benninger, commander of the RCAF Air Task Force. “Cormorant crews have demonstrated time and again that they can help those in need at home, and through this exercise, Canadians can be proud to know that we are demonstrating our ability to help those in need abroad.”

The exercise will test the air-transportability of the helicopter in an expeditionary setting to simulate response to an international crisis. In addition to testing the air-transportablity of the Cormorant via the Globemaster, the RCAF will conduct air expeditionary training, search and rescue, and humanitarian aid delivery training.

The Globemaster is from 429 Transport Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, and the Cormorant is from 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia. Also participating in the exercise is a CC-130J Hercules from 426 Transport Training Squadron at 8 Wing as well as crews from 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, and 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia.  

As part of the Government of Canada’s Global Engagement Strategy, the CAF is working toward a more prosperous, secure and democratic hemisphere through participation in exercises like Cooperación III. The RCAF plays a significant role in this commitment as a member of the System of Cooperation among the Air Forces of the Americas, known in Spanish as the Sistema de Cooperación entre las Fuerzas Aéreas Americanas (SICOFAA).

“This exercise highlights the importance of partnerships and interoperability within SICOFAA nations,” said Lieutenant-General Yvan Blondin, commander of the RCAF. “By conducting air expeditionary training, and practicing our humanitarian aid delivery and search and rescue capabilities in this region, the RCAF will be even better prepared should we ever be called upon to assist in the event of a natural disaster.”

Approximately 60 members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have deployed in the exercise. In 2010, the RCAF participated in Exercise Cooperación I, which was hosted by the Republic of Chile.

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Yankee Air Museum to honor Vietnam veterans - Bell UH-1-Iroquois- "Huey" - Memorial Day 2014

Yankee Air Museum to honor Vietnam veterans - Bell UH-1-Iroquois- "Huey" - Memorial Day 2014 | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The Yankee Air Museum at 47884 D Street in Belleville Mich., intends to honor America’s fallen service members with a tribute and ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Vietnam War exhibit. This event will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 at 9 a.m.

There are displays of small arms weaponry used throughout combat operations and enlarged photographs taken from Vietnam veterans’ private collections on display. The exhibit will also include multiple aircraft from the era such an F-4C Phantom II fighter and Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, known as a “Huey.”


“It was an unpopular war, but most wars after World War II, with the communication advances, became very unpopular,” he said.

Jerry Towler is a volunteer at the YAM and also flew Hueys into combat during the Vietnam War. He agrees the era in American history was fiery and complicated.

“There was a lot of upheaval about the Vietnam War. I flew home into New York and there were demonstrators. People with signs and yelling and spitting, calling us baby killers,” Towler said. “I changed out of my uniform in the men’s room so I wouldn’t be harassed anymore.”

Towler said the social climate did not allow the majority of veterans to express feelings or share their experiences.

“That’s why I really didn’t speak about Vietnam after I returned,” he said. “It was not a popular war.”

Towler piloted more than 700 combat operations in “Hueys.” The enemy had to fire upon the aircraft in order for the missions to be deemed combat operations. Towler said the Hueys could take a beating and keep flying.

“I usually stopped counting bullet holes after 30,” he said. “But, I was shot down three times. Fortunately someone was there to pick me up and haul away my aircraft.”

Towler will also be in attendance for the Vietnam War exhibits grand opening. The ceremony will include guest speakers and tributes focusing on honoring the memory of those who gave their lives while serving their country. A singing of the National Anthem, buglers playing Taps and a WWII bomber flyover are scheduled.

The YAM’s “Huey” on display at the exhibit is adorned with the markings of Towler’s old Army unit, Bravo Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion. While reminiscing on Memorial Day at the museum, Towler said there will be different thoughts running through his mind.

“I think back a lot to the good and bad times, and to the few friends I lost. To have the museum dedicate an aircraft to the unit I flew with was very emotional,” he said.

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JAWTEX - Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise: Luftraumbeschränkungen

JAWTEX - Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise: Luftraumbeschränkungen | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Vom 12. bis 23. Mai 2014 ist in Norddeutschland die militärische Übung JAWTEX (Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise) geplant. Dafür werden große Gebiete mit Flugbeschränkungen eingerichtet (siehe Anlage). Diese Beschränkungen gelten von Montag bis Donnerstag von 7 UTC (9 lcl) bis 10 UTC (12 lcl) und von 12 UTC (14 lcl) bis 15 UTC (17 lcl) sowie am Freitag von 7 UTC (9 lcl) bis 10 UTC (12 lcl). In dieser Zeit sind sowohl VFR- als auch IFR-Flüge in den ausgewiesenen Gebieten untersagt.

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JAWTEX - Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise - Hubschrauberoperationen am Standort Holzdorf - LTGrp HSG 64

JAWTEX - Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise - Hubschrauberoperationen am Standort Holzdorf - LTGrp HSG 64 | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Drei CH-53-Transporthubschrauber aus Baden-Württemberg sowie weitere Hubschrauber aus der Schweiz, Slowenien und Österreich werden bei einem Bundeswehr-Manövers Mitte Mai vom Fliegerhorst Holzdorf aus starten. Der Flugplatz wird dann auch Alternativlandeplatz für Flugzeuge aus Norddeutschland sein.


In die größte und wichtigste Übung aller Teilstreitkräfte der Bundeswehr in diesem Jahr wird auch der Fliegerhorst Holzdorf eingebunden sein. Die militärische Großübung Jawtex (Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise) findet im Zeitraum vom 12. bis 23. Mai im gesamten norddeutschen Raum statt. Der Fliegerhorst Holzdorf ist dabei der festgelegte Ausgangspunkt für alle Hubschrauberoperationen im Rahmen dieser Übung.

Vor Ort sein werden nach derzeitigem Planungsstand drei CH-53 aus Laupheim (Baden-Württemberg), drei AS532 Cougar aus der Schweiz, ein AS532 Cougar aus Slowenien, zwei S70 Blackhawk aus Österreich sowie zwei CH-53GA vom hiesigen Verband (Lufttransportgruppe des Hubschraubergeschwaders 64).

Darüber hinaus wird Holzdorf in dem genannten Zeitraum der Alternativlandeplatz für alle an der Übung beteiligten 110 Flächenflugzeuge sein, die von zehn Flugplätzen im nördlichen Deutschland aus starten. Parallel dazu gewährleistet der Fliegerhorst Holzdorf im gleichen Zeitraum den militärischen Flugbetrieb während der Internationalen Luftfahrtausstellung in Berlin.

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JAWTEX - Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise - zentrale Kommandostelle Flugplatz Holzdorf

JAWTEX - Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise - zentrale Kommandostelle Flugplatz Holzdorf | D-FENS | Scoop.it

JAWTEX (Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise) – die größte und wichtigste Übung aller Teilstreitkräfte der Bundeswehr vom 12. bis 23. Mai diesen Jahres.


Zwei Korridore für die über 110 teilnehmenden Flugzeuge sind bereits eingerichtet. Zurzeit läuft die Feinplanung, wie Oberstleutnant Alexander Feja vom Zentrum Luftoperation Kalkar mitteilte.

Der erste Korridor „ERA 1“ umfasst im benachbarten Sachsen-Anhalt das Gebiet von Magdeburg bis nördlich Wittenberge. Dabei ist die gesamte Altmark betroffen. „ERA 2“ betrifft den Abschnitt von Gerdau, westlich von Uelzen, bis Visselhövede und von Winsen/Aller bis nördlich von Bispingen. Geflogen wird während der Großübung fast täglich mit Ausnahme des Wochenendes am 17. und 18. Mai.

Am NATO-Manöver JAWTEX nehmen insgesamt elf Nationen mit mehr als 4500 Soldaten aus allen Waffengattungen teil. Die zentrale Kommandostelle ist in Holzdorf bei Jüterbog. Das Heer und Luftlandetruppen sind nur auf den Truppenübungsplätzen aktiv. Für die Region sind das Munster, Klietz, Altengrabow und Bergen.

Neben den 110 Maschinen, die von zehn Flugplätzen im nördlichen Deutschland aus starten, wird auch ein AWACS-Flugzeug ständig in der Luft sein

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Airbus Helicopters Sets New Priorities

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With its new name in place, Airbus Helicopters (née Eurocopter) is embarking on a transformation, according to CEO Guillaume Faury. He wants production processes to improve, has reshuffled priorities in research and development (R&D) and envisions a new market for the company’s product line.

The new name is expected to provide better integration with the rest of the Airbus group, Faury told a meeting organized by the French association of aerospace journalists (AJPAE) late in December. What’s more, the Airbus name has a stronger, more global impact, “especially in countries that are important to us,” such as Brazil, the U.S., China and Russia, Faury said.

He wants Eurocopter’s production processes to improve with the goal of increasing productivity. To that end, he intends to accelerate automation of production lines and improve the way parts, subassemblies and components flow in the factory. Every job should have its “get it right the first time” rate improve.

Faury attributed program delays–for the EC175, the EC145T2 and the AS365N3e Dauphin–to a workforce overtaxed by the high volume of activity. He also cited the numerous modifications and upgrades military customers want the company to develop. Faury said he has now set clear priorities in R&D and has included the X4, theEC175 and the EC145T2 among his prime concerns. As a consequence last year, Eurocopter chose not to pursue some “business opportunities” that would have raised the R&D workload.

Asked about a possible follow-on program to the X3 compound helicopter demonstrator, Faury said no launch should be expected in the coming years. “Before this architecture translates into a program, we have to work with the operators to see if their business model can evolve,” he said. He was referring to the distinction operators make between rotary-wing and fixed-wing operations, while a compound is designed to bridge the two.

One concept demonstrator now being developed into a product is the electric backup motor. It was tested on an AS350 Ecureuil single in 2011. Improvements in motors and electric energy storage have made a sound business case for such hybrid power, Faury said. While not powerful enough to serve as a second engine, the system would make autorotation safer by countering any rpm drop and providing some power in the flare. Faury declined to give a time frame for certification.

He also expressed his vision for Eurocopter products. “We are selling high-end helicopters,” he said, rather than the “best value for money” models former CEO Lutz Bertling favored. “We have solutions for highly demanding customers; our systems must operate in complex environments,” Faury said, acknowledging that such a business strategy involves a lot of R&D and high costs.

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AW101 Merlin - Royal Air Force - Exercise Desert Vortex

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A Royal Air Force Merlin helicopter soars over Jordan during Exercise Desert Vortex. Picture: SAC Neil Chapman pic.twitter.com/Rpj6IRTA0z

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Photographic "Door Gunner" @ work in a Huey - EINE LEGENDE VERSCHWINDET - Bell UH-1D

The mission was to make a photographic documentary for the German Air Force of a special designed Bell Huey which marks the celebration while giving the Bell fleet from the German Air Force to the German Army. The pictures were made at Penzing Air Base.

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Sweden considers Black Hawk role post-Afghanistan - Sikorsky UH-60M - Hkp16

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The Swedish Armed Forces (SAF) has begun looking at how it is to utilise its Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk (HKP 16) utility helicopters once operations in Afghanistan conclude mid-next year, a senior service official told IHS Jane's on 2 December.

With four of the Swedish Air Force's (SwAF's) 15 recently acquired Black Hawks having been operational in Afghanistan since April, the SAF is looking at options for their continued use once they are withdrawn from theatre in the summer of 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Mikael Wikh, Wing Commander Flying UH-60M and A109LUH with the Swedish Helicopter Wing, explained.

"We have a development [programme] back home looking at what we want to do in the future with the [Black Hawk]. It is a typical ground support helicopter, and so have a plan to meet all of the needed capabilities within that context," he said.

According to Lt Col Wikh, the Black Hawk will most likely form part of the new rotary-winged element of the Nordic Battle Group that expected to stand-up in January 2015. "We are about to set up a unit for the Battle Group concept. We will contribute a similar strength [Black Hawk] unit for this battle group as we currently have in Afghanistan [four aircraft in theatre, with two flying operations at any time], with the priority to move men and material (including sling load operations)."

Sweden ordered its 15 UH-60Ms in July 2010, with the mission to take over the medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) role in Afghanistan from the SwAF's three Eurocopter AS332 Cougars (HKP 10B). With delivery of the first two Black Hawks taking place in January 2012, four aircraft were dispatched to Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan on 1 April.

While their primary mission is forward MEDEVAC (a responsibility they share for Regional Command North with German Army NH90 helicopters), the SwAF's Black Hawks are also tasked with troop transport and tactical MEDEVAC. The difference between forward and tactical MEDEVAC is that the former involves collecting the casualty from the point of injury, while the latter involves flying the casualty from one field hospital to another.

As the SwAF's Black Hawks are not marked with Red Crosses, they are armed with machine guns to provide suppressive fire.

Lt Col Wikh told IHS Jane's , the SwAF has been extremely impressed with the performance of the UH-60M, which has surpassed the service's early expectations. "The environment [in Afghanistan] is pretty tough, but the aircraft has proved to be much stronger than we thought it would be when we looked at the manuals [before deployment]. The helicopter is fantastically strong, and we are very happy with it."

Headquartered at Malmen Air Base near Linköping, the SwAF's UH-60M are identical to those operated by the US Army.

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Bell UH-1D Feuerlöschübung

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Canada continues CH-148 "Cyclone" deliveries with Sikorsky deal

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The Canadian government has decided to continue delayed deliveries of the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter.

The decision, announced on 3 January, ends months of internal debate over whether to cancel the C$5 billion ($4.7 billion) programme and perhaps acquire a new aircraft.

The government first decided to buy the military derivative of the S-92 helicopter in 2004 to replace Sikorsky CH-124 Sea Kings on Halifax-class ships. Sikorsky was originally due to deliver the first aircraft in 2008, but development delays and contractual disputes postponed the programme by several years.

A new agreement between Ottawa and Sikorsky on 31 December 2013 will allow the manufacturer to deliver enough aircraft by 2015 to allow the Canadian armed forces to retire the CH-124 fleet. Those aircraft will continue receiving upgrades until the CH-148 fleet is considered fully capable of meeting Canada's requirements, in 2018.

“Sikorsky has committed to deliver the needed helicopter capability at no additional cost to Canada,” says Diane Finley, minister of public works and government services. Moreover, Canada will only pay Sikorsky as aircraft deliveries are made, she says.

The airframer was due to deliver eight Cyclones to Ottawa in 2013, but has been so far unable to build a helicopter that the customer considers contractually compliant. The Canadian government is unable to say when the next tranche of aircraft will be handed over.

It says: "The parties will begin negotiations to amend the contract in early 2014 and hope to conclude in the first quarter. The principles of agreement will form the basis for formal contract negotiations to describe comprehensive definitions and detailed timelines for the project’s phases."

Sikorsky also has agreed to pay $88.6 million to the Canadian government as a penalty for delayed deliveries.

“We recognise that we and our sub-contractors must do better. We have completely restructured our approach, and added considerable new resources and technical expertise,” says Sikorsky chief executive Mick Maurer.

The agreement came after the Canadian government searched for alternatives to the CH-148. Hitachi Consulting was commissioned to determine the “viability” of the programme, and its report recommended a new structure and governance model.

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