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  • Mexico's president-elect will cancel planned U.S. helicopter order

    07/16/2018 4:05:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 48 replies
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would cancel the planned purchase of eight military helicopters from the United States as part of cost-cutting measures.Lopez Obrador, who handily won this month’s presidential election on pledges to fight corruption and cut government waste, said there had been plans to pay 26 billion pesos ($1.36 billion) for the helicopters to be used by Mexico’s navy. “This purchase is going to be canceled because we can not make this expenditure,” Lopez Obrador told reporters on Wednesday after meeting with incoming legislators from his MORENA party. Lopez Obrador is...
  • L.A. officers faulted in helicopter shooting said man was armed when he wasn't, commission report...

    05/12/2018 11:55:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    L A Times ^ | May 11, 2018 | 6:20 PM | By Nicole Santa Cruz
    The report released Friday provides insight into a decision by the Los Angeles Police Commission that 12 officers violated department policy on the use of lethal force in the death of Anthony Soderberg. The review provides a detailed summary of the May 8, 2017, incident in which a woman called police when she encountered a 29-year-old man in her home who was "speaking to himself and referencing Jesus," the report said. The fatal incident marked the first time that Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officers opened fire from a helicopter, which was brought in because the house was perched on...
  • Insight: Indian helicopter dreams produce nightmares

    04/25/2018 8:56:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 25th April 2018 | Gordon Arthur
    The Indian military’s seemingly endless pursuit of new helicopters is a sorry tale of woe for both the armed forces and for foreign OEMs wanting to cash in on this large market. Attempting to make sense of where current requirements are at, Shephard spoke to a number of helicopter companies at DefExpo 2018 earlier this month and was told of five major requirements. First is the Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) project, where 111 aircraft to be built under the ‘Make in India’ policy are needed for the Indian Navy (IN). The NUH is a 4.5-5t intermediate-class helicopter, and an RfI...
  • 4 KILLED IN MARINE HELICOPTER CRASH NEAR EL CENTRO, MILITARY SAYS

    04/03/2018 11:01:36 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 61 replies
    ABC 7 - Los Angeles ^ | April 4 | Staff
    EL CENTRO, Calif. (KABC) -- A Marine Corps helicopter based in El Centro crashed on a training mission and all four crew members are believed to have died, officials said.
  • Tour helicopter crashes into East River, pilot scrambles to safety [BREAKING STORY, 5 submerged]

    03/11/2018 5:23:01 PM PDT · by Enchante · 123 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 11, 2018 | By Larry Celona, Tina Moore, Joe Marino and Max Jaeger
    A tourist helicopter plunged into the East River on Sunday night, leaving at least five people trapped inside the sinking vessel while the pilot scrambled to safety, police sources said. The Eurocopter AS350 went down around 88th Street, near Gracie Mansion, at about 7:15 p.m., sources said. The pilot was able to get out and climb aboard a raft — but five others remained trapped inside the upside-down helicopter, according to sources.
  • Military impersonator landed helicopter at base to impress woman, agent says

    02/12/2018 4:43:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/12/18
    <p>RALEIGH, N.C. -- A man pretending to be a three-star U.S. Army general wanted to impress a woman when he unexpectedly landed a helicopter at the headquarters of a North Carolina technology company last year, a federal agent testified Monday. Details about the strange case of Christian Desgroux emerged at a hearing before a federal magistrate, who ordered that the defendant remain in jail pending his upcoming arraignment.</p>
  • 3 dead in tour helicopter crash at Grand Canyon

    02/10/2018 9:57:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    L A Times ^ | Feb 10, 2018
    [S]ix passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillon helicopter when it crashed about 5:20 p.m. The other four were injured and were still being treated at the scene. ... Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the Eurocopter EC130 crashed in unknown circumstances and sustained heavy damage.
  • Why its better to Hog Hunt from the Air

    02/08/2018 5:23:42 AM PST · by w1n1 · 31 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 2/8/2018 | J Hines
    Feral hogs can be a pain on your property where they run rampant. Some owners have hunted them down to mitigate the problem at the ground level. Now these guys from John Coffee FB took this mitigation to the air via helicopter. Hunting these hogs at the ground level can be a chore and sometimes they do get out of your sights or they run in every direction. With this airborne approach, man, you own the sky. Once the hogs have been spotted, you can get to work quickly, yes it is like shooting ducks at a gallery. But at...
  • Trump On His New ‘Presidential Helicopter Squadron’ Hat: ‘Now, no other President would do this.’

    12/16/2017 4:17:26 AM PST · by smileyface · 24 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | Paula Mooney
    President Donald Trump arrived back at the White House on Friday, December 15, pointing to his new hat, which read “Presidential Helicopter Squadron.” According to the remarks released by the White House via the Office of the Press Secretary, Trump spoke in Quantico, Virginia, at the Marine Corps Air Facility to Marine Helicopter Squadron One. Although Trump didn’t speak to the press upon his return to the South Lawn, he let the words “Presidential Helicopter Squadron” on his white baseball cap speak for him. However, the words that the president spoke during his speech are what’s gaining buzz online, with...
  • Man Dies After Jumping From Helicopter Off Coast Of Malibu

    09/30/2017 8:36:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    CBS Local ^ | September 30, 2017
    Authorities say a man has died after jumping from a helicopter into the ocean off of Malibu, firefighters say.Authorities say a man has died after jumping from a helicopter into the ocean off the coast of Malibu. The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of a Robinson R22 chopper reports that a passenger jumped from the aircraft about a mile south of the Malibu pier shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday.
  • Sikorsky's S-97 Raider Could Be A Revolutionary Light Helicopter

    09/28/2017 5:33:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 27, 2017 | Loren Thompson
    The U.S. Army is the biggest operator of military helicopters in the world. However, all of its combat rotorcraft were developed during the Cold War, and despite upgrades are beginning to show their age. In fact, the Army's main reconnaissance ("scout") helicopter, the Kiowa Warrior, grew so decrepit after 16 years of fighting in Southwest Asia that they were retired despite the absence of a dedicated successor. Apache, the Army's preeminent tank-killer, will do double duty as an armed recon helicopter for the time being, but Army leaders admit lack of a next-generation recon helicopter is the gap in aviation...
  • Russian Helicopters May Have Fired on Bystanders at Zapad Military Drills [video of event at link]

    09/19/2017 11:12:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sep 19, 2017 — 11:47 — Update: 15:18
    Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries after a helicopter accidentally fired on bystanders at the Zapad 2017 military exercises, the online news portal 66.ru cited a source as saying on Tuesday. The week-long drills in Western Russia and neighboring Belarus kicked off last week, with around 13,000 troops, hundreds of tanks, aircraft, warships and other military hardware participating. The incident reportedly took place at the Luzhsky range near St. Petersburg either on Monday or Sunday. President Vladimir Putin visited the range on Monday. The unnamed source told 66.ru that there appeared to have been a technical glitch on board...
  • Russia rolls out the ‘Night Hunter’ chopper to slay ISIS

    08/17/2017 8:49:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | August 16, 2017 | NIKOLAI LITOVKIN
    A new version of the Mi-28UB “Night Hunter” - a modern attack helicopter - will be transported to Russia’s air base in Syria in the coming weeks. The war machine’s manufacturers are keen to test its modified armor and missiles on the front line. A military industrial source told RBTH this: “Russian Helicopters [corporation] strengthened the helicopter’s front armor and enhanced its ‘brains.’ ” So in the very near future, an advanced version of the “battle bird” will be carrying out search and destroy missions against ISIS in the Middle East. One of the chopper’s new features gives full control...
  • 5 missing after Army helicopter goes down off Hawaii

    08/16/2017 12:43:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 16, 2017 | by Audrey Mcavoy, AP
    HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean off Hawaii for five people aboard an Army helicopter that went down during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications around 10 p.m. Tuesday with the crew of a UH-60 Black Hawk, the Coast Guard said in a news release. Responding teams spotted a debris field about 2 miles (3 kilometers) west of Kaena Point, Oahu.
  • VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Achieves First Flight

    08/07/2017 2:17:56 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | Aug 3, 2017
    VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Achieves First Flight Aug 3, 2017 On July 28, the VH-92A configured test aircraft completed its first flight in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. STRATFORD, Conn., Aug. 3, 2017 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the first flight of a VH-92A configured test aircraft in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. The July 28 flight signals the start of the 250 hour flight test program, which will take place at Lockheed Martin facilities in Owego, New York. The aircraft achieved its first flight, and later...
  • Former Anheuser-Busch CEO arrested for trying to fly helicopter while allegedly intoxicated

    07/14/2017 10:32:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 58 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | July 11, 2017
    Former Anheuser-Busch CEO arrested for trying to fly helicopter while allegedly intoxicated Jul 11, 2017, 3:33pm CDT Updated Jul 11, 2017, 4:13pm CDT Former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Adolphus Busch IV was arrested in Swansea Monday night after police say he tried to fly a helicopter while allegedly intoxicated. According to a statement from the Swansea Police Department, officers at 12:48 p.m. were dispatched to a report of a helicopter landing, for an unknown reason, at 1 Bronze Point, Swansea. Upon their arrival the helicopter was already on the ground in a parking lot. Assessment of the area and safety of...
  • Police kill gunman who tried to hijack helicopter at Hillsboro Airport

    07/05/2017 3:14:11 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Oregon Live.com ^ | July 3, 2017 | Everton Bailey Jr. and Olivia Dimmer
    Police kill gunman who tried to hijack helicopter at Hillsboro Airport Updated on July 3, 2017 By Everton Bailey Jr. and Olivia Dimmer As Christopher Neal watched planes fly in and out of the Hillsboro Airport with his wife and young son, a stranger in a gray hoodie caught their eye. With his hood up and hands in his pockets, the man walked from across Northwest Cornell Road toward a barbed-wire fence leading to airport property, Neal said. The man briefly looked at the family, then back toward the fence. It was the beginning of a bizarre attempt to hijack...
  • Venezuela crisis: Helicopeter 'attacks' Supreme Court

    06/27/2017 8:41:48 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/28/2017 | BBC
    A helicopter has apparently tried to bomb Venezuela's Supreme Court in what President Nicolas Maduro called a "terrorist attack". The government says a police office flew the helicopter over the capital, Caracas, and dropped grenades. Footage on social media shows a helicopter circling over the city before a loud bang is heard. The officer believed to have seized the aircraft has issued a video statement condemning the government...... President Maduro said grenades had been dropped in the attack and he promised that security forces would capture those behind it. "I have activated the entire armed forces to defend the peace,"...
  • Watch: Laser on helicopter 'zaps' target

    06/27/2017 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/6/17
    On Monday, Raytheon, a high energy laser system developer for the US army, said that it had bolted a laser to a U.S. Army Apache AH-64 helicopter and zapped an unmanned target at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The weapons test marked the first time a “fully integrated laser system” had successfully located and shot a target from a rotary-wing aircraft “over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds,” the company said in a statement. Raytheon didn’t specify what the target was but said the helicopter’s laser “directed energy” on it from nearly a...
  • Thirteen Turkish soldiers killed in military helicopter crash

    06/01/2017 9:50:01 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    KOM News ^ | 6-1-17 | none stated
    All 13 Turkish soldiers, including high-ranking generals, on board a Cougar military helicopter were killed when it crashed after getting caught in a high-voltage power line in the Senoba district of Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak province, the army said on Wednesday.In a statement, the army said the AS 532 Cougar had crashed shortly after taking off around 1855 GMT on Wednesday. It said emergency search and rescue teams were dispatched to the area and evaluations were underway at the crash site.Broadcaster CNN Turk said Defence Minister Fikri Isik would travel to Sirnak, while presidential sources said President Tayyip Erdogan had...