Helicopter News December 10, 2014 by Helis.com
Helicopter News December 10, 2014 by Helis.com

Newsletter #102

V-22 Osprey Forward-Firing Capability The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey perform a demonstration of forward-firing capability at the United States Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona on November 2014

General Dynamics UK awarded Merlin HC.4 contract General Dynamics UK has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to provide mission system equipment for the UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters MLSP upgrade.

First Russian R44 Simulator Developed by Transas Robinson R44 Flight Training Device (FTD) manufactured by Transas successfully passed flight tests by both UTair and Russian Aviation Agency test pilots.

EC135T3 Enters Service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites The world first EC135T3 is now in service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites a northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service.

STARS to Perform Transfusions on Missions STARS is the first helicopter air ambulance service in Canada to begin stocking blood in advance for life-saving transfusions on air medical missions.

US Marines Two Months Fighting Ebola in West Africa Since October 2014 a detachment from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa is supporting Operation United Assistance, the US response to the Ebola crisis in Liberia

New York Army National Guard Training in Puerto Rico Three New York National Guard Black Hawks from 3rd Battalion 142nd Aviation Regiment flew on a C-17 cargo airplane to Puerto Rico to conduct a three-day training exercise

Omnibus Spending Bill for CRH-60 and Marine One Senate proposal includes $368M for the Presidential Helicopter and $100M for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) programs. Both set to be partly produced by Lockheed-Martin in Owego, New York

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