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USMC Uses Kaman K-Max Helicopters for Autonomous Cargo Deliveries

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In 2011, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) began their first experiments with the Kaman K-Max helicopter in Afghanistan. The shortage of helicopter pilots has ultimately lead the USMC to further research autonomous operations. The unmanned flight control systems were developed by Lockheed Martin and Kaman, jointly. After initial trial runs were proven to be successful, the helicopters continued operations …

The Largest Helicopters in the World

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Helicopters were designed to be some of the most versatile machinery utilized by civilians and military around the world. The following are the largest helicopters known to man.   Mi-26 (Halo) This Soviet/Russian aircraft is famously known for the containment efforts of Chernobyl’s nuclear accident in 1986. It is the largest and most powerful helicopter to have gone into series …

The Boeing MH-139 Set to Replace Air Force Helicopters

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The Boeing MH-139 helicopter is expected to be the latest in aviation technology for the United States Air Force (USAF). The helicopter will replace the existing one and offer the latest in military advancements to stay ahead of its time. Boeing and Leonardo are partnering together in the creation of the MH-139 designed specifically for USAF. The MH-139 is derived from …

The Airbus AS350: A Quietly Impressive Helicopter

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The Airbus AS350, a single-engine light utility helicopter designed and manufactured in France by Aérospatiale and Eurocopter, which is now Airbus Helicopters, conducted its maiden voyage on June 27, 1974, powered by a Lycoming LTS101 turboshaft engine in Marignane, France. The AS350 has been further developed over time, though the aircraft’s design is still the same. The rotor system, power …

Royal Thai Air Force Beefs Up Helicopter Fleet

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The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will expand their helicopter fleet with a recent order. The Air Force is ordering the helicopters through the company Airbus. A total of six helicopters have been placed. The order of four more H225 Airbus helicopters expands the order. The order is expected to be completed by 2021. After the RTAF acquires these four …

Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk

Mexico Helicopter Order Cancellation of Eight Helicopters at $1.36 Billion

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A Mexico helicopter order cancellation is under way. The order was a deal between the United States and Mexico. The upcoming president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said that he would cancel the order. The cost is no small fee: $1.36 billion (26 billion pesos). The Mexico helicopter order cancellation revolved around eight U.S. military helicopters. The helicopters were …

North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Sikorsky S-76C

North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Sikorsky S-76C Helicopter Finally Sells

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After four unsuccessful years of attempting to sell their 20 year old helicopter, North Carolina lawmakers finally broke down and hired an aircraft broker. In 1998, the state’s Department of Commerce bought the helicopter for $6.8 million. The goal was to use the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Sikorsky S-76C to bring in new businesses to the area. In 2010, …

Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion

Lockheed’s New King Stallion Helicopter In Preparation for Government Purchase

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It now seems likely that the U.S. government will review and purchase a new helicopter, designed to transport heavy cargo on behalf of the Marine Corps, in a program said to be worth as much as $29 million dollars, from Lockheed Martin Corp. According to the same source, the helicopters will cost $144 million each, an additional 4 percent more …

Helo High Rise Team

Local Agencies Consider Adding Helo High Rise Teams to their Firefighting Protocols

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It’s common knowledge that rescue helicopters, as well as aerial cranes, are employed in the treatment of wildfires. They not only execute the search, rescue and recovery efforts, they pull water from surrounding water sources and either utilize a bucket to dump onto the flames or spread retardant to extinguish or stop the spread of the blaze. In various emergency …

Water Dogs

Italian Coast Guard’s Water Dogs Drop from Helicopters and Play an Integral Role in Rescues

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Suffice it to say that the men and women of the Italian Coast Guard put their lives on the line to safely rescue close to 3000 people annually following water-related mishaps. They aren’t making these daring rescues unaccompanied, however. More than 300 water dogs serve in a special K9 unit that sees the canines, a breed known as Newfoundlands, carry …