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  • Rii
    started a topic Helicopter News & Discussion

    Helicopter News & Discussion

    I thought we could do with a dedicated thread for helicopter news and discussion, and the recent first flight of Sikorsky's S-97 Raider demonstrator seems as good a starting point as any. Copypasta from the main news thread:


    Originally posted by Tango III View Post

    An exciting achievement. But where did the shrouding around and between the rotor hubs go?


    Last edited by Rii; 25th June 2015, 01:24.

  • J-20
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    wow that is a black hawk? I thought it totally looked like the Harbin Z-20

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  • Lt Anderson
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    Originally posted by haavarla View Post
    Russian Army Mi-24M in action. Location Idlib, Syria.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FHiXlgD3_s
    Mi-24P.

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  • haavarla
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    Russian Army Mi-24M in action. Location Idlib, Syria.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FHiXlgD3_s

    Dang! you gotto love that Mi-24 sound!
    Last edited by haavarla; 17th June 2019, 19:22.

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  • TomcatViP
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    Sikorsky test flies Black Hawk helicopter without a pilot




    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., June 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A technology kit developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), was used for the first time to operate a Black Hawk helicopter with full-authority, fly-by-wire flight controls. The May 29 flight marked the official start to the flight test program for the soon-to-be optionally piloted aircraft. Follow-on flight testing aims to include envelope expansion throughout the summer leading to fully autonomous flight (zero pilots) in 2020.

    View the Video

    • OPVBlackHawkFirstFlight2019-Sikorsky

    "This technology brings a whole new dimension of safety, reliability and capability to existing and future helicopters and to those who depend on them to complete their missions," said Chris Van Buiten, Vice President, Sikorsky Innovations. "We're excited to be transforming a once mechanically controlled aircraft into one with fly-by-wire controls. This flight demonstrates the next step in making optionally piloted and optimally piloted aircraft, a reality."

    This is the first full authority fly-by-wire retrofit kit developed by Sikorsky that has completely removed mechanical flight controls from the aircraft.*
    Source:
    UPI.com
    https://news.lockheedmartin.com/2019...ogy#assets_all

    *emphasizes are mine

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  • TomcatViP
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    See the US Air Forces new combat rescue helo fly for the first time

    A Lockheed Martin subsidiarys combat rescue helicopter took to the skies for the first time Friday.

    The HH-60W helicopter one of two that Sikorsky fully assembled flew from the companys West Palm Beach, Florida, test facility, the company said.

    The U.S. Air Force plans to buy 112 HH-60W helicopters to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk.


    Source:
    https://www.defensenews.com/"]Defense News.com[/url]
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 18th May 2019, 04:11.

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  • BlackArcher
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    Cameroonian Z-9 helicopter crashes

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  • TomcatViP
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    S-97 also use a clutch in part to prevent the rear prop from spinning during ground operation (also in the (read) article ).
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 17th May 2019, 18:23.

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  • SpudmanWP
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    The article was talking about exposed props around the cabin that soldiers can easily run into, especially in night ops or where vision could be obscured, like smoke.

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  • swerve
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    What's the basic design flaw? Have you read the article?

    "Yes, the ducted fans can vary the pitch of their blades in useful ways, making the aircraft more agile, Gaffey told me in an interview, and agility is crucial for the low-speed, low-altitude operations the Army envisions, ducking behind buildings and sneaking down streets to avoid Russian and Chinese anti-aircraft missiles. But thats not this design features most important virtue."

    Where's the flaw?

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  • TomcatViP
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    Airbus's "Chorizo Picante" doomed for... basic design failure*:

    We have not used the ducts not so much for propulsive efficiency or anything like that. We use the ducts primarily to protect personnel, said Gaffney, a veteran of decades of military helicopter programs. Running around at night in the dark Army operations, probably half of them at least are in time of darkness if you have an open propeller, someone could walk into it.
    Source:
    BreakingDefense New.com


    Read:
    https://www.verticalmag.com/news/air...-fara-program/
    Last edited by TomcatViP; 15th May 2019, 20:40.

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  • BlackArcher
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    First Apache AH-64E Guardian helicopter handed over to the IAF
    Last edited by BlackArcher; 15th May 2019, 20:42.

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  • Deino
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    Z-20 entered PLA Army Aviation service

    https://twitter.com/RupprechtDeino/s...48076342870016

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  • BlackArcher
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    Pentagon review pits Boeing vs Lockheed for marine helicopters

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  • BlackArcher
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    F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at Williamtown RAAF base susceptible to 'intergranular corrosion', KPMG report finds

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  • BlackArcher
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    New Brazilian navy aviation squadron receives first H-225M helicopter

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  • BlackArcher
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    Indian MoD approves procurement of 10 more Kamov Ka-31 AEW&C for $518 million

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  • TomcatViP
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    Exiting times that we live:
    Its premature to talk dollars, [Army Secretary, Marc] Esper replied. Whether we help fund that at some point, I dont know, Im not going to talk about that right now, he said. My comment was only we need aircraft in the future that can do that heavy vertical lift movement, but can survive in a very contested airspace and keep up with the FARAs and FLRAAs.
    Source:
    Breaking Defense.com

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  • SpudmanWP
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    ClusterTruck all around

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  • djcross
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    Aircraft movement regulations require a certified Brake Rider in the cockpit to immediately apply brakes to prevent such a calamity. There should also be Wing Walkers with wheel chocks in hand. And having two small tugs daisy-chained together is sketchy. Proper supervision would have a single big tug perform the operation. I cannot tell if the tow bar broke.

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