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  • Boeing's AH-6i helicopter gunship revives and improves a 35 year old concept


    <P>In 1976, Hughes Aircraft rolled out a new product called the Defender - an export version of the US Army's OH-6 Cayuse. It quickly attracted orders from a variety of countries - including Iraq, Israel, South Korea and the Philippines - in the market for a gunship helicopter in a class below the <A href="http://www.bellhelicopter.com/en_US/Military/Military.html">Bell&nbsp;&shy;Helicopter AH-1 Cobra</A> and <A href="http://www.boeing.com/rotorcraft/military/ah64d/index.htm">AH-64&nbsp;Apache</A>.</P> <P>Some 35 years later the Defender concept has been reborn - and significantly enhanced - in the <A href="http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&amp;item=868">Boeing&nbsp;AH-6i.</A></P> <P>Hughes and later McDonnell Douglas sold 471 MD500 Defenders around the world. Those aircraft are now in need of replacement - and still the AH-6i stands alone in the class for a light, single-engine gunship. </P> <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 445px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=center border=0>


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  • Boeing's AH-6i helicopter gunship revives and improves a 35 year old concept


    <P>In 1976, Hughes Aircraft rolled out a new product called the Defender - an export version of the US Army's OH-6...


  • Ireland wants EASA to tighten business aviation safety rules


    <P>The European Aviation Safety Agency has been urged to examine corporate aviation on the continent. The Irish Air...


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  • Boeing's AH-6i helicopter gunship revives and improves a 35 year old concept

    News | 08 Nov 2011 00:00 | Stephen Trimble

    <P>In 1976, Hughes Aircraft rolled out a new product called the Defender - an export version of the US Army's OH-6 Cayuse. It quickly attracted orders from a variety of countries - including Iraq, Israel, South Korea and the Philippines - in the market for a gunship helicopter in a class below the <A href="http://www.bellhelicopter.com/en_US/Military/Military.html">Bell&nbsp;&shy;Helicopter AH-1 Cobra</A> and <A href="http://www.boeing.com/rotorcraft/military/ah64d/index.htm">AH-64&nbsp;Apache</A>.</P> <P>Some 35 years later the Defender concept has been reborn - and significantly enhanced - in the <A href="http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&amp;item=868">Boeing&nbsp;AH-6i.</A></P> <P>Hughes and later McDonnell Douglas sold 471 MD500 Defenders around the world. Those aircraft are now in need of replacement - and still the AH-6i stands alone in the class for a light, single-engine gunship. </P> <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 445px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=center border=0>http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Boeings-AH-6i-helicopter-gunship-revives-and-improves-a-35-year-old-concept-364427/
  • Ireland wants EASA to tighten business aviation safety rules

    News | 29 Jul 2008 12:00 | David Learmount

    <P>The European Aviation Safety Agency has been urged to examine corporate aviation on the continent. The Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) says EASA should "review the situation with regard to the regulation of corporate aviation activity in Europe as a matter of urgency".</P> <P>But the European Business Aircraft Association (EBAA) counters that parts of the charter sector of the general aviation industry, not the corporate sector, is at issue, and the situation cited by the AAIU reflects a need for enforcement of existing regulations rather than the creation of more rules.</P> <P>The AAIU made its recommendation as a result of <A href="http://www.aaiu.ie/AAIUviewitem.asp?id=10780&amp;lang=ENG&amp;loc=1652">an investigation into a non-fatal accident involving a Schweizer 300CBi light piston helicopter in September 2007</A>, but this is not the first time Ireland has raised the issue of extending Joint Aviation Regulations as they apply to business aviation.</P> <P>In thttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Ireland-wants-EASA-to-tighten-business-aviation-safety-rules-226173/
  • Uplifting ideas

    News | 20 Dec 2005 00:00

    The helicopter’s evolution has lagged behind that of fixed-wing aircraft. We look at concepts that fell by the wayside, but may yet come back GRAHAM WARWICK / WASHINGTON DChttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Uplifting-ideas-203706/
  • Seeing clearly

    News | 05 May 2003 23:00

    <p>GUY NORRIS / LOS ANGLES</p> <p>Two of pilots' worst enemies - darkness and poor visibility - could be defeated if rulemakers can agree on certification and development issues for EVS technology </p> <p>Enhanced vision systems (EVS) grabbed most of the headlines at last year's National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) show, and for at least two good reasons. Several positive developments for the technology provided bright spots at the event and a contrast with the gathering gloom settling on the industry. Secondly, it seemed that after several false dawns, EVS was finally taking off.</p> <p>EVS allows pilots to see the outside world in darkness and poor visibility. Commonly based on head-up or head-down displayed (HDD/HUD) images from infrared (IR) sensors, EVS was originally intended as a landing aid. Certification and development issues, however, have pushed it primarily towards a safety role in which its improved situation awareness capability - on the ground and in the airhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Seeing-clearly-165236/
  • People

    News | 13 May 2002 23:00

    <p>ARINC has appointed John Belcher as chief executive, succeeding chairman James Pierce. Belcher was formerly chief executive of Hughes Aircraft of Canada. </p> <p>The Italian treasury has persuaded executives at defence group Finmeccanica to resign. Finmeccanica president Alberto Lina will make way for Pierfrancesco Guarguaglini while chief executive Giuseppe Bono will move to state-controlled shipyard Fincantieri and will be replaced by Roberto Testore, formerly chief executive at Fiat.</p> <p>Luxair chief executive Christian Heinzmann, who was appointed director general of the Belgian state railway in late April, has resigned from the post and will stay at Luxair. Heinzmann objected to political interference with his restructuring plans for the railway. </p> <p>Thai Airways International chairman Virabongsa Ramangkura has announced plans to resign just seven months into the job. The announcement came as a new president Kanok Abhiradee took charge on 2 May. </p> <p>Components mahttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/People-147728/
  • Thales and GM dispose of satellite subsidiaries

    News | 21 May 2001 23:00

    <p>The pace of space industry restructuring has quickened on both sides of the Atlantic as two leading multinationals have sought to focus on core businesses. </p> <p>Two major proposals were floated last week as auto manufacturer General Motors opened talks to dispose of its Hughes Electronics satellite operation and French defence and aerospace electronics giant Thales offloaded its Alcatel Space holdings. Both deals remain subject to regulatory scrutiny. </p> <p>Paris-based Alcatel will acquire the 48.83% stake in Alcatel Space held by Thales, bringing its total participation to 100%. GM is in negotiation with media giant News Corp to sell its 33% interest in Hughes Electronics. </p> <p>The price of the Thales agreement is valued at €795 million ($696.5 million), to be paid half in cash and half in Thales shares. This reduces Alcatel's stake in Thales from 25.3% to 20%. </p> <p>GM purchased Hughes Aircraft in the 1980s for $5.9 billion but has gradually disposed of elements of ihttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Thales-and-GM-dispose-of-satellite-subsidiaries-130327/