Category: Helicopters & UAV/UAS

Boeing Receives Contract for Four Special Operations Chinooks

Boeing has received a $139.8 million contract to provide four MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. “The Army uses the MH-47G for some of its most difficult and challenging missions,” said Pat Donnelly, director, H-47 Domestic and Foreign Military Sale Programs. “By incorporating key Block II features we […]

Why Drone Use is Different in Africa

The African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is interesting in comparison to other regions of the world, with less dominance on the military use of such technologies and more emphasis on the humanitarian benefits. Beth Stevenson reports. A UAV can be used to deliver aid or samples for testing, watch for wildlife poachers, and provide […]

2019 EASA Helicopter Scholarship Programme Announced

Helicentre Aviation Academy has opened its 2019 UK EASA Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship Programme and is now accepting applications for the Commercial Pilot’s Licence and Flight Instructor Certificate. The announcement comes less than two weeks after the company’s US operation launched its inaugural FAA Commercial Pilot Scholarship Programme. The Programme, which has been highly successful, […]

UAV Experts to Launch Aerial Infrared Training Program

While already offering one of the most extensive and sought after UAV Flight Training Programs in the U.S., UAV Experts is once again breaking ground with the launch of a new Certified Aerial Thermographer Program. Produced and taught through an exclusive partnership with world infrared leader Monroe Infrared, this new program is designed to complement […]

London Heliport Sees 5% Increase in Activity in 2017

In a news update from London Heliport, 2017 saw the facility handle 11,900 total movements, an increase of 5% on 2016 figures. With Halo and Starspeed now making the Leonardo AW169 available for charter, the heliport has seen a shift towards large twin-engine executive helicopter movements. The heliport is currently undergoing a major communications network […]

Airbus Helicopters Strengthens Position as UK Market Leader

Airbus Helicopters UK has defied market conditions with a new high of 14 civil aircraft booked in 2017, demonstrating a year-on-year average growth in the civil market of 36% since 2013. As a result, the company has reinforced its position as UK market leader with 46% of the civil and parapublic market. This follows the […]

Russian Helicopters Plan to Produce More than 200 Copters in 2018

Holding “Russian Helicopters” plans to produce more than 200 rotorcraft in 2018 for domestic and foreign customers. This was announced on Friday by the general director of the holding Andrey Boginsky, TASS reports. “In total, more than 200. In general, for military products for foreign and Russian customers – more than 80. There are serious […]

Data-Driven Solutions Save 20-50% Maintenance Costs of Power Assets

The United States is facing increasing power outages, surges, and spikes problem, which costs around $150 billion annually. There is an effort to make the power grid more reliable, but the numbers reveal that the problem keeps rising. Over 3,800 outages were reported in 2016 alone, which marked a 9% upsurge in comparison to the […]

Boeing Unveils New Unmanned Cargo Air Vehicle Prototype

Boeing unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype that will be used to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. It is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications. “This flying cargo air vehicle represents another major step […]

Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence signed an agreement that will upgrade six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring commonality of systems for their entire fleet of 20 F-model Chinooks. Deliveries of the six modernized Chinooks are planned to begin in 2021. “The Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation […]