1. CV-22 Pilot Receives Distinguished Flying Cross Dfc-usa Maj. William Mendel, a CV-22 pilot assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, received a Distinguished Flying Cross on May 15 in a ceremony at Cannon AFB, N.M., for “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight,” according to a press...
  2. Pilot’s Overcorrection Caused Pave Hawk Crash

    Pilot’s Overcorrection Caused Pave Hawk Crash ​ hh-60g-pave-hawk_011 Two Pave Hawks flying too closely together, along with a pilot over correcting, caused an HH-60 to crash during night training Aug. 18, 2016, near Nellis AFB, Nev. Two helicopters were flying a night tactical formation mission at the Nevada Test and...
  3. AFSOC to Up Armor Ospreys ​

    AFSOC to Up Armor Ospreys ​ 150421-F-UL677-525 Air Force Special Operations Command will up-armor its CV-22 Osprey fleets through a sole source contract to Florida-based The Protective Group, according to a notice posted this week. The Advanced Ballistic Stopping System is a panel system to be applied to the Ospreys...
  4. British Communities Remember Jolly 22

    British Communities Remember Jolly 22 ​ 170106-F-EI771-0059 Two local British communities on Jan. 7 unveiled a plaque commemorating the crew of Jolly 22, a Pave Hawk that crashed on Jan. 7, 2014, in a marsh near RAF Lakenheath, England. The 56th Rescue Squadron HH-60, part of a two-ship flying during...
  5. Sikorsky Awarded Contract for Removable Aircraft Automation System

    ​DARPA has completed Phase II of its Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System and has awarded Sikorsky a $35.7 million contract for further testing in Phase III of the ALIAS program, according to a release. Under the agreement, the government will fund roughly $21.3 while Sikorsky provides $14.4 million. ALIAS, in...
  6. DOD Expects Huey Replacement by 2021

    DOD Expects Huey Replacement by 2021 —BRIAN EVERSTINE, AF ASS’N ​The Pentagon’s supplemental request calls for a $1.8 billion increase in Air Force aircraft procurement, a step that could help move forward the deployment of new aircraft to the Air Force’s missile fields. During a Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing...
  7. Osprey Deployment to Japan is Delayed

    Osprey Deployment to Japan is Delayed 150424-F-TJ158-036 —WILSON BRISSETT, AF ASS’N ​Three CV-22s that had been scheduled to deploy to Yokota AB, Japan, in 2017 will not be stationed there until fiscal year 2020, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday. The three Ospreys were to be the first of 10...
  8. Boeing To Compete for Huey Replacement

    Boeing To Compete for Huey Replacement —WILSON BRISSETT, af ass’n ​Boeing announced Thursday at AWS17 it will compete to replace the UH-1N Huey with its MH-139, a version of the AW139 already being produced by AgustaWestland. Program director Rick Lemaster said the MH-139 will have a top speed of 165...
  9. Helo: Anyone? Anyone?

    Helo: Anyone? Anyone? —JOHN TIRPAK, AF Ass’n ​The Air Force is giving helicopter companies more time to revise their offerings for the UH-1N utility helicopter replacement contest, service acquisition chief Lisa Disbrow said Thursday. Speaking with reporters at AWS17, Disbrow said after the release of the draft request for propos​als,...