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Navy moves ahead to replace presidential helicopters

Navy moves ahead to replace presidential helicopters | D-FENS | Scoop.it
The U.S. Navy is moving forward with a long-delayed effort to replace the aging fleet of Marine One helicopters that transport the U.S. president, with the first of the new aircraft slated to enter service in 2020.

This time, Lockheed Martin is paired with Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, offering Sikorsky's S-92 helicopter.

Lockheed's partner on the previous program, Finmeccanica SpA unit AgustaWestland, has teamed up with Northrop Grumman Corp, to submit a possible bid based on AgustaWestland 101 helicopter.

Boeing Co said it is also studying a possible bid based on its H-47 Chinook helicopter or the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that it builds with Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit.

The current presidential helicopters are VH-60N "Night Hawks" and VH-3D "Sea Kings," both built by Sikorsky. The fleet is operated by the Marine Corps, but the acquisition program is overseen by the Navy.
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Hungary to host "Fire Blade 2017" at Pápa Air Base - European Defence Agency -  Helicopter Exercise Programme

Hungary to host "Fire Blade 2017" at Pápa Air Base - European Defence Agency -  Helicopter Exercise Programme | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The European Defence Agency's (EDA's) Exercise FIRE BLADE 2017 will take place at the Pápa Airbase in Hungary from 1st-12th May, the EDA announced on 1 March.

The exercise is part of the EDA's wider Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) series. It will give European helicopter crews the opportunity to train together, plan and execute missions within a joint combined framework, and adopt joint procedures while operating in challenging scenarios.

Personnel and assets from five member states will participate in the exercise: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia. Over 600 personnel are expected and 18 air assets. Observers from Italy and Czech Republic are also expected.

Tom Bennington, head of education, training and exercise unit at EDA, said: 'The exercise gives a good opportunity to train in a realistic operational setting. Specifically we will be working with special forces, and will be focusing on live weapons firing using the composite air operations concept, effectively operating the helicopters with fast jets and ground assets [such as surface-to-air missile systems]'.

During the exercise the units will fly a diverse set of day and night training missions, with a focus on live firing operations.

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2nd Aerospace StartUp Night: "Connecting startups and established companies provides benefits for both sides!"

2nd Aerospace StartUp Night: "Connecting startups and established companies provides benefits for both sides!" | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Today is the day of the 2nd Aerospace StartUp night. The event will be opened by Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy. The StartUp night is a networking event that brings together established aerospace companies and startups.

Speaking about the event, Minister Zypries said: "The aerospace industry is a key sector for Germany and technology in Germany. Today, companies working in this industry will be meeting with startup entrepreneurs who will be pitching their innovative ideas to them. This kind of networking between startups and established companies opens up new opportunities for both sides."

The Aerospace StartUp Night is an opportunity for young companies to showcase themselves by giving presentations to industrial companies, industry associations, and promotional banks, and by participating in an exhibition. By the same token, established aerospace companies have the chance to get to know innovative startups and seek out suitable partners for cooperation. The event is also open to firms working in other sectors that want to bring their solutions to the aerospace industry.

The Aerospace StartUp Night is hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in cooperation with the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), the Bitkom association  and with Dronemasters. The first Aerospace StartUp Night took place on 3 November 2015.

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StartUp Night! Luft- und Raumfahrt: „Die Vernetzung von StartUps und der etablierten Wirtschaft bietet Chancen für beide Seiten!“

StartUp Night! Luft- und Raumfahrt: „Die Vernetzung von StartUps und der etablierten Wirtschaft bietet Chancen für beide Seiten!“ | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Bundesministerin Brigitte Zypries mit Teilnehmern und Teilnehmerinnen der StartUp Night! Luft- und Raumfahrt

 

Die Bundesministerin für Wirtschaft und Energie und Koordinatorin der Bundesregierung für die Deutsche Luft- und Raumfahrt, Brigitte Zypries, eröffnet heute Abend die zweite StartUp Night! Luft- und Raumfahrt im Bundeswirtschaftsministerium. Diese Netzwerkveranstaltung bringt Unternehmen der Luft- und Raumfahrtbranche mit Start-ups zusammen.

Bundeswirtschaftsministerin Zypries: „Die Luft- und Raumfahrt ist eine Schlüsselbranche für den Technologiestandort Deutschland. Sie trifft heute auf innovative Start-ups, deren Gründerinnen und Gründer mit neuen Ideen überraschen und überzeugen. Diese Vernetzung von Start-ups und etablierter Wirtschaft bietet große Chancen für beide Seiten!“

Die StartUp Night! Luft- und Raumfahrt bietet jungen Unternehmen die Gelegenheit sich mit Präsentationen und in der begleitenden Ausstellung Industrieunternehmen, Branchenverbänden und Förderinstitutionen vorzustellen. Zugleich können die etablierten Firmen der Branche innovative Start-ups als potentielle Kooperationspartner kennenlernen. Die Veranstaltung richtet sich ausdrücklich auch an Unternehmen aus anderen Branchen, die ihre Lösungen in der Luft- und Raumfahrt einbringen wollen.

Die StartUp Night! Luft- und Raumfahrt wird vom Bundeswirtschaftsministerium in Kooperation mit den Branchenverbänden BDLI und Bitkom und den Dronemasters ausgerichtet.

Die erste BMWi-StartUp Night fand am 3. November 2015 statt.

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Airbus Helicopters H160 - Cold Weather Campaign

The H160 helicopter is in Yellowknife, Canada to perform cold weather campaign in extreme temperatures.
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Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH is developing new simulator technology - Helitech 2016 overview

Reiser Simulation and Training is in the development phase of a building a new H145 full flight simulator (FFS).
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U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets - High Altitude Jump - Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" - Exercise Emerald Warrior 2015

7th Special Forces Group Green Berets conduct high-altitude military parachuting while exiting a C-130H during Exercise Emerald Warrior 2015. Combat Camera Squadron 
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US Marines – Infantry Officer Course

U.S. Marines attending the Infantry Officers Course (IOC) ride in an MV-22B Osprey for a reinforcement during an exercise near Yuma, Arizona. Video shows IOC students coordinate with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One instructors to conduct the command operations center activities, test communications, and utilize innovative technologies.

Infantry Officers are central to the role of the Marine Corps as an expeditionary force. They are responsible for training their Marines for every variety of ground combat mission in any environment. They gather and evaluate intelligence on enemy forces, develop offensive and defensive battle plans and command their infantry unit's use of weapons and equipment.

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Fly Out Bo 105 – Bundeswehrpiloten verabschieden eine Hubschrauber-Legende 

Sie war jahrzehntelang das Aushängeschild der Heeresflieger: die Bo 105. Der Hubschrauber wurde in der Bundeswehr als Verbindungshubschrauber (VBH) und als Panzerabwehrhubschrauber (PAH 1, PAH 1 A1) eingesetzt. Von den Piloten geschätzt waren besonders seine Wendigkeit, Ausdauer und die Fähigkeit im Tiefflug zu fliegen. Am 13.12.2016 war die Bo 105 zum letzten Mal für die Bundeswehr in der Luft. 18 Piloten verabschiedeten sich mit einem letzten Formationsflug über Celle, Bückeburg und Hannover von ihren bewährten Fluggeräten.

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Sikorsky opens combat rescue helicopter testing facility

Sikorsky opens combat rescue helicopter testing facility | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky has formally opened its new testing facility for its developing Combat Rescue Helicopter.

The new facility, known as a Systems Integration Lab, measures 2,500 square feet and includes four separate laboratories for testing avionics, flight controls, electrical power and integrated vehicle diagnostics.

"This facility provides a simulated flight environment allowing us to test key subsystems individually and then fully integrated. This will identify any issues before advancing to test flight, and will help reduce the number of required flight test hours, resulting in time and cost savings for the customer," Sikorsky program director Tim Healy said in a press release.

Sikorsky's Combat Rescue Helicopter program is being developed for the U.S. Air Force. Under the program, the company has been contracted to build 112 helicopters to replace the branch's aging fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawks. The new rotary-wing aircraft will be designed to conduct search-and-rescue missions in combat settings.

Opening the facility, Sikorsky officials say, is a critical step forward in the program.

"Achieving this milestone ahead of schedule was a strong indication the program is well prepared for detailed design and subsequent production," Healy added. "I'm confident we have a solid plan to meet the USAF accelerated schedule to bring the CRH to the warfighter six months faster. That is our intent, and we are in a good position to do that."

The facility's construction is part of a $1.2 billion contract which includes the delivery of four HH-60W helicopters, 6 aircrew and maintenance training devices, and additional supporting equipment.

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Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk unloading from a C-17 Globemaster

A C-17 Globemaster III offloading two HH-60 Pave Hawks at Tyndall Air Force Base.

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AUSA 2016: The future is bright for FVL

The US Army's ambitious Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme is moving forward with the material solutions and analysis phase imminent.

Shephard Spoke with Rich Kretzchmar, programme manager for FVL, at AUSA 2016 in Washington DC about the current status and the future of the programme.

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CPI Aerostructures awarded $5 million contract from Sikorsky - CH-148 Cyclone

CPI Aerostructures awarded $5 million contract from Sikorsky - CH-148 Cyclone | D-FENS | Scoop.it

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (CPI Aero) has announced that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has awarded CPI Aero purchase orders valued at approximately $5 million to manufacture the weapon pylon for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone, a twin-engine, multi-role shipboard helicopter being manufactured by Sikorsky for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). CPI Aero will produce weapon pylons for 28 aircraft with deliveries through 2018.

 

A military variant of the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, the CH-148 is designed for shipboard operations. The Cyclone is to be operated by the RCAF and will conduct anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, and search-and-rescue missions from Royal Canadian Navy warships.

“This award recognizes our long-standing and excellent past performance with Sikorsky that spans over a decade across multiple aircraft, including the UH-60, S-92, and now the CH-148,” said Douglas McCrosson, president and chief executive officer of CPI Aero. “This is our first new contract with Sikorsky as a Lockheed Martin Company, and we are excited to continue to expand our business with Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor.”

 

 

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NAVAIR completes first flight with safety critical 3D printed parts

NAVAIR completes first flight with safety critical 3D printed parts | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has successfully completed the first flight demonstration of a flight critical aircraft component built using additive manufacturing.

The MV-22B Osprey completed a test flight fitted with a titanium, 3D printed link and fitting assembly for the engine nacelle.  According to NAVAIR, the assembly is one of four that secure a V-22’s engine nacelle to the primary wing structure and will remain on the aircraft for continued evaluation. 

 

“The flight went great. I never would have known that we had anything different on-board,” said MV-22 Project Officer Maj. Travis Stephenson, who piloted the flight.

The metal link and fitting assembly for the flight were printed at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, New Jersey.  Prior to the flight, multiple V-22 components built by Lakehurst and Penn State Applied Research Laboratory were tested at Patuxent River for validation.

“In the last 18 months, we’ve started to crack the code on using AM safely,” said Liz McMichael, AM Integrated Product Team lead. “We’ll be working with V-22 to go from this first flight demonstration to a formal configuration change to use these parts on any V-22 aircraft.”

US Naval Aviation has employed additive manufacturing as a prototyping tool since the early 1990s and has recently begun the process of printing non-flight critical parts and tools. The flight demonstration was the first US Navy aircraft to fly with an AM part considered essential to maintaining safe flight.

Navy officials are said to envision a future where all parts can be made on-demand globally by fleet maintainers and operators, plus industry partners. In practise, digital data will be stocked, removing the need to order, stock or ship parts.

Including the V-22 link and fitting assembly, McMichael and her team have identified six additional safety-critical parts they plan to build and test over the next year for three US Marine Corps rotorcraft aircraft — the V-22, H-1 and CH-53K. Three of the parts will be made out of titanium, while the other three will be stainless steel.

Despite the successful test flight, NAVAIR officials said that additional work needs to be done before deployed aircraft can fly in theatre with 3D printed, safety-critical parts.

“Our AM team has done some incredible work in a relatively short period of time – both internally through its production of aircraft components to be used in flight testing and externally through its liaison with industry and other government organizations,” said Vice Admiral Paul A Grosklags, NAVAIR commander.  “Although the flight…is a great step forward, we are not trying to ‘lead’ industry in our AM efforts, but it is absolutely critical that we understand what it takes to successfully manufacture and qualify AM parts for flight in naval aircraft, which we expect will largely be manufactured by our industry partners.  Where I believe we can ‘lead’ industry is in the development of the AM “digital thread,” from initial design tools all the way to the flight line — securely maintained and managed through the life of an aircraft program.”

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Elon Musk : How to Build the Future

Access podcast and transcript versions of this interview here: https://www.ycombinator.com/future/elon/
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U.S. Marines Bell UH-1Y Venom – Urban Close Air Suppport Exercise

Marines aboard a UH-1Y Venom helicopter assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) conduct an urban close air support exercise during Weapons and Tactics Instructor course (WTI) 1-17 in Yodaville, Arizona.

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32 powerpoints from the October 6th, 2016 virtual MEPAG have just been posted here

32 powerpoints from the October 6th, 2016 virtual MEPAG have just been posted here | D-FENS | Scoop.it
Thank you to all who participated in the 32nd Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) meeting yesterday – we hope you found it useful and informative. 

The presentations are now available, and we aim to post the meeting summary late next week. http://mepag.nasa.gov/meetings.cfm?expand=m32...

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Sixteen More Organizations Currently Developing Small-Sat Launchers

Sixteen More Organizations Currently Developing Small-Sat Launchers | D-FENS | Scoop.it
As discussed in the October 3rd, 2016 post, "Sixteen Organizations Currently Developing Small-Sat Launchers," a multitude of start-ups, legacy space companies and national space agencies are currently developing small-sat launchers and/or components using a variety of cutting edge and/or proven technologies.

That last article highlighted sixteen of those organizations and their launchers. Here are sixteen more...

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Bell UH-1Y Huey Helicopter Attack Training

U.S. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron - 367, conduct an attack during an training exercise at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia.

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Boeing V-22 Osprey Aerial Refueling

Aircrew from 15th Special Operations Squadron fly the MC-130H Combat Talon II and conduct tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the 8th Special Operations Squadron's CV-22B Osprey aircraft at Hurlburt Field.

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Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactic Squadron One (MAWTS-1) - Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (MEUEX)

Marine Corps pilots with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactic Squadron One (MAWTS-1) and Marines with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment fly MV-22B Osprey aircraft during the marine expeditionary unit exercise (MEUEX) at Yuma, Arizona. MEUEX is part of Weapons and Tactics Instructors course (WTI), a seven week training event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre. MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine Aviation Training and Readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics.

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Jubiläums-Transall aus Hohn verabschiedet

Jubiläums-Transall aus Hohn verabschiedet | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Die in den Landesfarben Schleswig-Holsteins lackierte Jubiläums-Transall des Lufttransportgeschwaders 63 ist auf dem Nato-Flugplatz Hohn bei Rendsburg zu ihrem letzten Flug gestartet. Der Kommodore und sein Stellvertreter haben das Flugzeug persönlich zum European Air Transport Command (EATC) nach Eindhoven in die Niederlande geflogen. Dort wird die Maschine künftig als Museumsstück auf einem Sockel stehen.

 

Der letzte Tag auf dem Nato-Flugplatz Hohn. Die 45 Jahre alte Jubiläumsmaschine hatte Abschied vom Standort Hohn, vom Bundesland Schleswig-Holstein und vom Lufttransportgeschwader 63 genommen. Fünf Monate nach ihrer Präsentation, zahlreichen Flügen und Teilnahmen an Ausstellungen flog der „Superstar“ des diesjährigen Tages der Bundeswehr am Standort Hohn auf seinem Abschiedsflug zum EATC nach Eindhoven in die Niederlande. Dort kann die sonderlackierte Jubiläums-Transall künftig als Sockelmaschine weiter bewundert werden.

 

Für die letzte Reise der alten Dame hatte Petrus optimale Bedingungen geschaffen. Klarer blauer Himmel mit bis zu 30 Grad im Schatten und freie Sicht bis zum Horizont. Die Jubiläumsmaschine erwachte an diesem schönen Sommertag bei Sonnenaufgang neben dem Gebäude der 1. Fliegenden Staffel. Die technischen Checks waren gelaufen, die eingeladene Presse machte letzte Fotos und führte Interviews mit den Besatzungsmitgliedern. Der Kommodore und sein Stellvertreter hatten es sich nicht nehmen lassen, die Jubiläumsmaschine höchstpersönlich nach Eindhoven zu steuern. Bevor sie einstiegen, strichen Oberst Hartmut Zitzewitz und Oberstleutnant Thies Voigt der sonderlackierten Maschine noch einmal über die schwarze Nase. Das tun sie immer, egal wohin der Flug führt. Dann ging es ins Cockpit der Jubiläums-Transall, wo schon Hauptmann Bernd Loibl als Bordtechniker auf die beiden Flugzeugführer wartete. Im Laderaum überprüfte Stabsfeldwebel Peter Peters als Ladungsmeister ein letztes Mal die mitzuführende Fracht und begrüßte die mitfliegenden Mechaniker, die sich in Eindhoven um die technische Vorbereitung der Maschine auf ihren letzten Lebensabschnitt kümmern werden.

 

Auf dem Flugfeld wurden die Besatzung und die Passagiere von einer Delegation des EATC mit Generalmajor Christian Badia an der Spitze herzlich begrüßt. Der Kommandeur des europäischen Lufttransportkommandos hatte sich schon auf die Jubiläumsmaschine gefreut.„Ich habe die Maschine bisher nur auf Bildern gesehen. Sie sieht hervorragend aus. Und dann ist sie auch noch in den Farben der niederländischen Flagge lackiert, wenn auch falsch herum. Trotzdem: Besser geht es nicht“, so General Badias anerkennende Worte.

 

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25 Jahre Ausbildungswerkstatt der Bundeswehr in Doberlug-Kirchhain - Heeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbH

25 Jahre Ausbildungswerkstatt der Bundeswehr in Doberlug-Kirchhain - Heeresinstandsetzungslogistik GmbH | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Seit September 1991 werden in der Ausbildungswerkstatt der Bundeswehr in Doberlug-Kirchhain Automobilmechaniker ausgebildet – seit 2003 heißt der Lehrberuf Kfz-Mechatroniker. 282 junge Handwerker haben in diesen 25 Jahren dort ihren Facharbeiterabschluss gemacht.

 

Olaf Kleinpaul, der Leiter der Ausbildungswerkstatt, militärisch dem Munitionsversorgungszentrum Ost Schneeberg unterstellt, begrüßt auch Ehrengäste, wie den Bürgermeister der Stadt Doberlug-Kirchhain, Bodo Broszinski (FDP), die Landtagsabgeordnete Iris Schülzke (BVB/Freie Wähler), den Werkleiter der HIL Peter Beuckmann als Kooperationspartner für die Praxis und Peter Schenck, den scheidenden Chef des Bundeswehrdienstleistungszentrums.

 

14 Jahrgangssieger im Kammerbezirk Cottbus der IHK kann die Ausbildungswerkstatt Doberlug-Kirchhain in ihren 25 Jahren vorweisen. Doch die Zahl der Bewerber, vor allem der guten, ist rückläufig. Bis Ende Oktober kann man sich noch für einen Ausbildungsplatz für 2017 beim Bundeswehrdienstleistungszentrum in Doberlug-Kirchhain bewerben.

 

 

 

 

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Lockheed Martin C-130J "Hercules": One Aircraft, Many Missions

There is no aircraft in aviation history — either developed or under development — that can match the flexibility, versatility and relevance of the C-130J Super Hercules. In continuous production longer than any other military aircraft, the C-130 has earned a reputation as a workhorse ready for any mission, anywhere, anytime.
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AC-130U Spooky Gunship Live-Fire & Air Refueling Mission

AC-130U Spooky aircrew from 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, conduct a live-fire and air refueling mission during Exercise Emeral
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