HAL Delivers Chetak Helicopter to Indian Navy Ahead of Schedule

July 24, 2019 – HAL delivered a Chetak helicopter ahead of schedule to Indian Navy. The documents were handed over by Mr S. Anbuvelan, General Manager of Helicopter Division-HAL to Commodore Vikram Menon, VSM, CSO(Air), HQNA in an event held at HAL facilities here, today. HAL entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August 2017 for supply of eight Chetak helicopters with the delivery schedule of first two in August 2019 and balance in August 2020. These helicopters are fitted with latest communication and navigation systems developed by…

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Navy’s AW-159 chopper crew to undergo intensive training

June 20, 2019 – Naval Air Group personnel tasked to man the two state-of-the-art AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 “Wildcat” helicopters, will undergo extensive training on the proper handling of the Philippine Navy’s (PN) first bonafide anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platforms. “The two AW-159s are purposely built for anti-submarine warfare. Being the latest and most advanced ASW capable platform of the PN, pilots, crew and even commanders will be undergoing extensive training to better prepare the command in properly operating and maintaining this weapon system,” Navy spokesperson, Capt. Jonathan Zata, said in…

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Kaman Awarded Contract to Reactivate USMC K-MAX® Helicopters

May 1, 2019– Kaman Aerospace, the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to return two United States Marine Corps (USMC) K-MAX® aircraft to flight operations. Kaman Aerospace will transport the two helicopters from Yuma, Arizona, where they are currently located, to Bloomfield, Connecticut, where they will be reactivated to flight-ready status. The two helicopters, designated as CQ-24A, served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011 to 2013, and exclusively flew unmanned missions. In the 33 months the unmanned K-MAX® was deployed…

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725 in the spotlight as Fleet Air Arm meets the Press

March 23, 2019 – The Fleet Air Arm’s 725 Squadron recently welcomed a group of specialist defence and aerospace media for a behind-the-scenes look at Navy’s newest and most potent naval combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’. Most of the journalists were making their way south to Avalon in Victoria to attend the 2019 Australian International Air Show, making the pit stop at HMAS Albatross along the way. While the MH-60R was a feature at the Air Show, the visit to 725 Squadron was designed to give the journalists a…

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The Long Blue Line: Lt. Cmdr. Frank Erickson – Coast Guard pioneer of helicopter flight

By Beth L. Crumley U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Historian Just over 75 years ago, Lt. Cmdr. Frank A. Erickson flew the first helicopter rescue mission in history, ushering in a new era in search and rescue techniques. Born in Portland, Oregon, Erickson served in the Navy before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. He received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy and was commissioned in 1931. While at the Academy, Erickson developed a passionate interest in the techniques of search and rescue and, on May 14, 1935, became Coast…

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Brazilian Navy orders three multi-role H135s from Airbus

February 21, 2019 – The Brazilian Navy has ordered three H135 light twin engine helicopters to be operated by the 1st General Purpose Helicopter Squadron (HU-1). The aircraft will be dedicated to a wide range of missions such as special operations, transport of troops and freight, naval inspection, search and rescue and medical evacuation. Two of these aircraft will be equipped with aeromedical kits. Other equipment will include a cargo hook, an emergency flotation system, a winch, as well as weather radar. The aircraft, which will replace the current light…

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Baltic Fleet Helicopters Practice Deck Landings

February 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – In the Baltic Sea, the crews of the Ka-27 naval aviation of the Baltic Fleet completed landing on the decks of the project 20380 corvettes and the Yaroslav the Wise patrol ship. During the exercise with the Baltic Fleet ships, pilots of ship-based helicopters made more than 60 landings on ships in drift and on the move, some of which were in the dark. Night flights occupy a special place in the helicopter crew training program. Each pilot must have the skills to control…

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Russian Black Sea Fleet Marks 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation

September 8, 2018 (Google Translation) – In the village of Mirny on the Crimean peninsula, a solemn opening of the park of naval aviators of the Black Sea Fleet (PF) took place, in which a Ka-27 helicopter monument was erected. The event was attended by servicemen of a separate mixed aviation regiment of the Black Sea Fleet, representatives of the administration of the Republic of Crimea and veterans of naval aviation. The Song and Dance Ensemble of the Black Sea Fleet addressed the guests with a festive concert.

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Joint helicopter school starts training at HMAS Albatross

The Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army have joined forces with industry to train rotary wing crews at a new joint helicopter school as part of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System. The first intake of 37 future pilots, aircrew and Aviation Warfare Officers commenced the 26-week training course this week at a new dedicated facility at HMAS Albatross. Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, said the establishment of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System within 723 Squadron represents a major step forward for next-generation military helicopter training. “The ongoing partnership…

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Baltic Fleet Shipborne Helicopters Make Over 200 landings in 2017

In 2017, the Ka-27 helicopters of the Baltic Fleet Naval Air Force have carried out more than 200 landings on the decks of different-type carriers. More than a third of them have been made in the dark conditions. In total, Ka-27 crews have spent more than 1,500 hours in the air, exceeding the year flight plan by 10 %. In the Baltic Sea waters, the Ka-27 helicopters have participated in tests of the newest ships built for the Russian Navy. In 2018, Ka-27 ship-based helicopters are to take part in…

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