Since the dramatic cancellation of the stealthy Comanche attack helicopter in 2004, U.S. Army aviation has used the released funds to embark on a major rejuvenation by modernizing and augmenting the existing AH-64, UH-60 and CH-47 fleets, as well as procuring two new types.
Bell OH-58A, St. Augustine, Fla., June 29, 2005–The compressor section of the Bell’s engine failed for undetermined reasons, the NTSB said, causing the loss of engine power during initial climb.
In response to recommendations of the joint industry/government International Helicopter Safety Team, MD Helicopters will include as standard equipment on all its aircraft wire-strike protection systems, cockpit voice and video recorders, health and usage monitoring systems and terrain awareness warning systems starting next year.
Aviation Maintenance Technical Award
Robert Jones of Air Logistics in Fairbanks, Alaska, has contributed to the helicopter industry for four decades by performing exemplary work behind the scenes, regardless of the environment. He has served on the North Slope of Alaska, on tuna boats in the Pacific, in the jungles of Indonesia and in the Australian desert.
New Engine for AStars
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