Author Archives: Dan Parsons

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Artist's conception of the Sikorsky S-92 that will become the new presidential helicopter. Photo: Navy.

New VH-92 Presidential Helo Performed Test Landings at White House In September

With surprisingly little notice or fanfare, a developmental VH-92 Presidential Helicopter flew from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland in September and landed on the White House South Lawn. The Sikorsky [LMT] VH-92A helicopter conducted landing and take-off testing at the White House South Lawn on Sep. 22, 2018, according to Navy Air Systems […]

A General Atomics MQ-9B SkyGuardian in flight. Photo courtesy of GA-ASI

Belgium Picks General Atomics MQ-9B For High-Altitude Surveillance

Belgium’s government has approved the start of negotiations for the purchase of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGaurdian. As it is a foreign military sale from California-based General Atomics, the Belgian and U.S. governments must negotiate terms under which the sale will take place. The MQ-9B is the newest version of GA-ASI’s MQ-9 […]

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Trump Makes Picks For Aviation Safety Panel Include Textron CEO

President Trump on Nov. 9 made his four appointments to the National Commission on Aviation Safety that will delve into and report on the recent spike in military aviation mishaps. The list of four names was issued early Friday without any explanation of the appointees qualifications or background. Topping the four bulleted names is industry […]

A row of TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopters waits on the runway at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, June 9, 2014.

Navy Drops Draft RFP For Helicopter Trainer Replacement

The U.S. Navy released a draft request for proposals (RFP) for its new training helicopter and gave industry hopefuls about two weeks to provide comments on how the final document, due in February, should be worded. Few changes were included in the draft request for proposals Oct. 31, but publication of the RFP is a […]

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HASC Leaders Make Appointments to Aviation Safety Commission

Both of the top two lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee have made their appointments to the eight-member blue-ribbon panel charged with studying an ongoing military aviation crisis. The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety was created by the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to provide civilians oversight of an aviation readiness review being […]

Sikorsky's Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) in flight. (Sikorsky photo)

Black Hawk to Trial DARPA/Sikorsky Robotic Co-Pilot

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has developed a drop-in kit to enable the automation or remote-control of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. Called Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS), the U.S. Army used it to fly a Sikorsky [LMT] S-76B helicopter in a demonstration earlier this month. Next up? A Black Hawk. “ALIAS’ ultimate […]

U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Johnothon Stutesman, a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft crew chief with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), directs a Polaris MRZR in support of Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 1-19 in Yuma, Arizona, Sept. 19, 2018.

Sikorsky To Provide $700 Million in H-53 Sustainment Over Four Years

Sikorsky [LMT] was recently awarded a $717 million performance-based logistics contract to provide supply and logistics support to the entire fleet of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps legacy CH-53E Super Stallions and MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters. Introduced in 1966, the H-53 is the primary heavy lift aircraft for U.S. naval forces and will continue to […]

First New Build Army SOAR MH-47G, produced by Boeing
Photo: Defense Daily

Boeing Gets Order for Four More Special Ops Chinooks

Boeing [BA] on Nov. 2 received a $43 million boost to a contract it already holds to build MH-47Gs for U.S. Special Operations Command. The $42.8 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification is for four new build MH-47G heavylift aircraft. “The contract modification satisfies an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces heavy assault, rotary wing […]

Sgt. 1st Class Clayton Perreira, a crew chief from Detachment 1, Charlie Co. 207th Aviation of the Hawaii Army National Guard, uses a UH-60 Black Hawk’s communication system May 11, 2018, at Lyman Airfield, Hilo, Hawaii. The aircraft surveyed the local area for possible landing zones, improving Task Force Hawaii’s situational awareness in response to a volcano outbreak. Task force Hawaii is comprised of more than 100 soldiers and airmen from Hawaii’s National Guard, who are supporting government agencies in an effort to provide humanitarian relief to victims of the volcanic eruptions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

Helicopter Helmet Lawsuit Heads to Appeals Court

The subject of the 2016 film, War Dogs, 32-year-old Efraim Diveroli once held a place in a shadow arms market for the Afghan government, as he ran the now defunct AEY, Inc. — a Miami Beach-based shell company that bought up Albanian arms stockpiles, weapons originally made in China — removed their “Made in China” […]

The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense.  DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

U.S. Air Force Exploring Changes to Contract Structures

Military contract structures are changing; They need to to keep up with the pace of technology. Both government and industry are trying to figure out what the future of those contracts needs to look like as everyone tries to match the “speed of relevance” goal set by Defense Secretary James Mattis. “We can’t do software […]