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The U.S. Army awarded the $185 million performance-based logistics contract to Boeing. The PBL contract is for supporting the U.S. Army’s fleet of CH-47 Chinook helicopters.
Boeing have previously worked with the Army’s Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command on improving the tooling used to produce and repair Chinook rotor blades. The production, overhaul, and distribution are covered on the PBL program.
According to Peri Widener, “PBLs are outcome-focused sustainment contracts that guarantee enhanced performance and improved costs. We work with our customer to reduce costs through longer-term agreements, purchasing only the parts needed and investing in techniques that extend the life of key components.” Peri Widener is the Rotorcraft Support vice-president for Boeing.
The PBL agreement will reduce the customer costs while allowing Boeing to improve the products and process of manufacturing helicopter parts.
The Chinook PBL contract with Boeing will run for five years. Boeing has existing similar contracts with the military for other aircraft such as V-22 Osprey and AH-64 Apache helicopter.
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EADS North America has started a voluntary flight demonstration of its AAS-72+ helicopters for the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout Combat. Two aircraft will be used in the demonstration at a high-altitude test site.
The AAS-72+ is an armed version of the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter. The helicopter units are planned to be built in American Eurocopter facility in Columbia, Missisippi. Lockheed Martin will supply the mission computer and will integrate the mission equipment.
“We welcome this opportunity to prove the superior capabilities of our offering for the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout, and we’re ready to move forward into a competition,” said Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO. “A competition will ensure the Army gets the combat capability it badly needs at an affordable cost, with the program performance that is a must in today’s acquisition environment.”
The EADS North America is fielding the AAS-72+ as a cost-effective alternative to the planned upgrades of OH-58 Kiowa Warrior from the Vietnam-era. The AAS-72+ can also be used by 2016, so it is also time-efficient as well. The aircraft will be made in the same facility as the UH-72A Lakota, which has been delivered on time and within budget.
The flight demonstrations will run for two weeks and will feature two aircraft, the AAS-72X and the EC145 T2. The two helicopter both manifest the strengths of the AAS-72+ configurations. The AAS-72+ is expected to give the Army greater power, range, endurance, and paylaod capacity even as it operates from the most demanding environment as in 6,000 foot altitude and 95 degree temperature or more commonly known as “6K/95 high/hot” conditions.
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Eurocopter continues to the U.S. tour of the X3 high-speed helicopter, their latest and most advanced helicopter to date. The X3 is visiting military bases to show off its capabilities to military officials and personnel.
The X3 demonstrates it unique flight characteristics including 200 knots cruise speed, high rates of climb and the ability to perform complex maneuvers at high-speed. The X3 had shown that it can reach a maximum speed of 223 knots using 80 percent of its power and achieve a climb rate of 5,500 feet per minute.
The tour begun at the headquarters of the American Eurocopter in Texas. It held its first stop at the Huntsville’s Redstone Army Arsenal Airfield and recently visited the Fayetteville, North Carolina. Its next destination is the Fort Bragg’s Simmons Army Airfield, where guest pilots can fly the X3 Helicopter firsthand. The Eurocopter tour will then proceed to Virginia’s Manassas Regional Airport and Davison Army Airfield at Fort Belvoir, Va., and then it will conclude at the Pentagon.
“I’m confident that military leaders and aviators will find that the cutting-edge technology we’ve developed with the X3 is truly a revolutionary development in rotary-wing aviation,” said Eurocopter President and CEO Lutz Bertling. “The innovative design and unmatched technology of our X3demonstrator will have numerous civil and military applications.”
The tour also featured other helicopter models from Eurocopter such as the Alouette, UH-72A Lakota, and AS 350.
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The Boeing Helicopter Modification Center in Millville, New Jersey reached a milestone as the 100th CH-47 helicopter, also known as Chinooks, to enter the work line is now all set to enter military service with the U.S. Army.
Boeing held a public event at its municipal airport to celebrate the milestone. The facility only opened in February 2010 and employs fifty people.
The CH-47 helicopter, a twin-rotor cargo and troop transport is in demand all over the world. But the helicopter models from Millville are only exclucively used for the U.S. Army. The event highlighted the partnership of Boeing and the U.S. Army.
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo spoke at the event and emphasized the role of the facility in the war effort.
“But what this is all about is protecting our nation. What this is all about is fulfilling our promise to those heroes who put on the United States military uniform and put their lives in harm’s way to defend this country, and our promise to give them the very best equipment that we can, so that they can keep out nation safe,” said LoBiondo
The center is finishes one unit of CH-47 every 16 days, less than the 20 days projection of the U.S. Army.
The star of the event, helicopter numbered 09-08797 was displayed outside the hangar for the public to see.
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A police helicopter plunged into a forest located in the western part of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Passengers of the doomed Eurocopter include a top official of the government of Kenya, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti.
George Saitoti, 66, grew up as a cow herd. He persevered from his Masai village and became a Math professor. He entered politics in the early 1980s and had held several key positions such as foreign minister, education minister and even vice-president. Sairoti has expressed his intention to run for president next year and many considered him as the leading contender.
Kenyan officials are still unsure of the reason for the helicopter crash, but they pointed out that there are no evidence of foul play or terrorist attack. Witness accounts said that the helicopter was engulfed in smoke and swayed violently before it dived from the sky. Mr. Saitoti’s aide, Joshua Orwa Ojode, their bodyguards and two pilots also died in the crash.
The Kenyan government declared three days of mourning for the death of the victims.
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The US Military is investigating the pilot involved in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan last month. The Apache attack helicopter had flown dangerously low at an Afghan outpost before crashing into the ground. No one on the ground was hurt, the helicopter crew survived with minor injuries.
The crash was caught in an amateur video and went viral in the Internet. The military is looking at the possibility that the pilot was showing-off.
The video shows the helicopter swooping low above a coalition outpost before narrowly missing a building then pulling back. The Apache helicopter came back around, then seemed to lose control after a steep ascent causing it to drop low and slammed its belly into the ground. It appeared to skid toward a group of people, but momentarily came off the ground and then crashed again.
A former Blackhawk helicopter thought the Apache pilot looked like performing a “return to target” maneuver – it involves a 180 degree turn after a low swoop and then followed by another swoop. Apache pilots are extensively trained for this standard maneuver.
No enemy activity was reported in the area at that time and several military officials are concluding that it is possible that the pilot was entertaining the spectators on the ground.
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Fort Carson is gearing up to build a $773 million construction project to house the new combat aviation brigade. This move is planned, despite the Pentagon’s effort to limit the military budget. However, this project will surely boost the local economy by providing jobs and revenue to Colorado.
“By the skin of our teeth, the combat aviation brigade is coming to Fort Carson,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the post’s commanding general.
A heavy combat aviation brigade is coming to Fort Carson and units will start to arrive in January 2013. The first batch of helicopters will include a dozen of CH-47 Chinooks. The whole brigade will be an assortment of AH-64 Apache helicopters, UH-60 Blackhawk transports and HH-60 Blackhawks. The brigade is expected to be fully operational by 2015.
Bids for the brigade’s headquarters will be opened next week, while the bid for the airport hangar had started earlier this year.
This early, Fort Carson had contributed $2 billion dollars into the region’s economy and the arrival of the aviation brigade will beef it up even more. Construction of facilities is estimated to add $1.3 billion to the local economy. It will also create more than 13,000 jobs.
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On Mar. 15, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced that the U.S. Marine Corps’ newest attack helicopter, the AH-1Z Cobra, achieved Initial Operating Capability ahead of schedule in February.
President of Bell Helicopter John L Garrison said, ”The AH-1Z is a magnificent machine and I am thrilled that the Zulu has now been designated ready for combat.” He also said, “The partnership between Bell Helicopter and the Navy-Marine Corp team demonstrates that we are both fully committed to providing world class equipment for our warfighters.”
The U.S. Marine Corps is replacing the two-bladed AH-1W with the AH-1Z, which features a new, four-bladed composite rotor system, performance-matched transmission, four-bladed tail rotor, two additional wing stores stations on larger stub wings, upgraded landing gear and a fully integrated glass cockpit. The AH-1Z will see a 120% increase mission radius with attack payload over the AH-1W.
As part of the H-1 Upgrade Program, the AH-1Z replaces the currently fielded AH-1W. The AH-1Z will serve a primary role in assault support, offensive air support and air reconnaissance. The Zulu will play a supporting role in anti-air warfare, electronic warfare, and control of aircraft and missiles.
“Getting the AH-1Z to IOC has been a huge achievement for the entire team,” said Col. Harry Hewson, program manager for U.S. Marine Corps Light and Attack Helicopters. “Now we get to put the Zulu in the hands of the Marines and prove that it is indeed the most capable marinized attack helicopter in the world.”
The H-1 Upgrade Program offers 84 percent commonality of major component parts between the AH-1Z and UH-1Y utility helicopters. This commonality reduces lifecycle and training costs and decreases the expeditionary logistics footprint for both aircraft.
The new Zulus feature 10,000 flight-hour airframes, a new four-bladed rotor system with semi-automatic blade fold of the new composite rotor blades, new performance matched transmissions, a new four-bladed tail rotor and drive system, upgraded landing gear, and pylon structural modifications. This will help the new Zulu to achieve a 39% increase in HOGE useful load over its predecessor. The Zulu also incorporates modernized, fully integrated cockpits/avionics that will reduce operator work load while improving situational awareness while being able to carry 32% more fuel.
The AH-1Z is equipped with two General Electric T700-GE-401 series engines and greatly increased lift capability and stores capacity, giving it a significantly greater ordnance payload for future growth potential. The primary weapon system is the Hellfire missile. It is fully shipboard compatible, and capable of operating from prepared or unprepared landing sites, day or night.
“The expeditionary agility that the Yankee/Zulu package brings to the Marine Air/Ground Task Force is exactly what the Marine Corps needs as we continue to fight two wars and conduct numerous other engagements in every clime and place,” Hewson said. “I am proud to be a part of the team that is making that happen.”
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Many times have helicopters, fighter planes and other aircraft were used to film movies. Many times have they also appeared or “starred” in these. Here are a few recently shown movies wherein planes were used to add more zing to the moving pictures.
The A-Team movie poster
Directed by Joe Carnahan, The A-Team action film adapted from the popular TV series wouldn’t be a total testosterone-packed movie without the explosions, armament, and cool modes of transportation. An F-22 Raptor destroyed a medical chopper. Unmanned aircraft were CGI-produced. Ground vehicles like a GMC Vandura van and military tanks (unfortunately used in the air, too, thanks to parachutes) were used.
There are talks about the well-received 2010 movie Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan with Leonardo DiCaprio as the main character, using a Boeing 747 passenger jet. Others think it was a Qantas A380 aircraft. Some claim it could have been an NZ aircraft. At the near-end of the film, Leo and his crew board the business-class to do their bidding. The nose seemed like a B747 but issues about the futuristic seats led to being vaguely similar to the seats of an NZ aircraft. It’s still a mystery at this moment but some planes need to be modified when shooting movies.
Inception movie poster
The Losers movie poster
Another adaptation this time from a comic book is the action film directed by Sylvain White called The Losers. A chopper was used but I’m not sure what kind of helicopter it is yet since I have not yet seen this movie and it was hard to judge based on the trailer. I tried researching it online but to no avail. Can anyone tell me? Just leave a comment.
Movie still from The Losers film