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    (from the above link):

    The Mi-38 is fitted with an integrated IBKO-38 system that displays data on five LCD screens. It is one of the most highly automated commercial helicopters in the world, with on-board systems that allow automatic navigation along a pre-set course, as well as automated landing, hovering and stabilisation in various flight modes. The IBKO-38 system gives the crew the information they need to fly the helicopter safely both on- and off-route.
    This is very good. Ru should segment more their share of the market with stuff like this (affordable hi-tech).

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    Poland To Cut Caracal Order, Reconsider Black Hawk, AW149

    "It is not of utmost importance to purchase several dozen helicopters on a single platform [(60 were on order)]. It is true there are some urgent needs which need to be addressed as soon as possible, but we are talking here about eight, maybe 10 helicopters. But this will not cost us 13 billion zloty," Macierewicz told pro-government news site Wpolityce.pl. "I’m deeply persuaded that we will reach an agreement with [Airbus Helicopters] and provide Poland-based plants with a chance to develop."
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    When Macierewicz says "provide Poland-based plants with a chance to develop", is he referring to local production of the EC-725 (which no longer makes sense) or is he talking about Sikorsky's and AgustaWestland's already existing manufacturing lines?

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    He is talking about splitting the order, ordering say ten Caracals and leave the remaining amount to either locally produced AW149 or S-70i.
    Actually, I have always thought about the EC725 as a rather surprising choice for Poland.

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    An Afghan Mi-17 military helicopter crashed on Sunday after a technical failure during a training exercise.

    Helicopter crash kills three Afghan air crew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango III View Post
    To date, around 270 NH90s have been delivered to 13 countries and have logged nearly 100,000 flight hours.
    100 000 /270=370 hr Service entry date 2007 - years in Service:8

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    The Indian Air Force plans to equip its Mi-17 helicopters with small arms fire detection systems (SAFDS).

    Indian Air Force Mi-17s Looking for Defensive Sensors

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    Lithuania newly received Airbus Helicopters AS365 N3+ Dauphin

    Lithuania begins round-the-clock SAR operation of AS365 helos


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    Bell Touts Future Army Helicopter Design: 'V-280 Is Not a V-22'


    A top official from Bell Helicopter said the company's design for the U.S. Army's future tiltrotor fleet will be far different than the 30-year-old design of the V-22 Osprey.

    The chopper, known as the V-280 Valor, is part of the Army's Joint Multi-Role Demonstrator program to develop the technology for the Pentagon's Future Vertical Lift program.

    The concept aircraft advances the design of the V-22, the first tiltrotor aircraft flown by Marine Corps and Air Force, according to Vince Tobin, vice president of Advanced Tiltrotor Systems for Bell Helicopter.

    "The V-22 has instructed on what tiltrotors can do, and that is great, but the V-280 is not a V-22," Tobin told an audience Thursday at an Army aviation symposium put on by the Association of the United States Army.

    "We are going to do it better than we did on the V-22. The V-22 was designed in the 1980s ... and we have taken it under our imperatives to fix what wasn't perfect on the V-22 and get as close to perfect as we can on the V-280."

    Bell, which is owned by Textron Inc., partnered with Lockheed to develop the V-280, which is scheduled to make its first demonstration flight next year.

    The Army's development effort could lead to a potentially $100 billion Future Vertical Lift program to replace the service's fleets of UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters made by Sikorsky and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters made by Boeing, though any aircraft probably wouldn't enter service until the 2030s.

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    "We actually have a wing put together for the demonstrator -- the upper and lower surfaces are on the wing, all the hydraulics lines, all the electrical and all the test equipment is inside," Tobin said. "We are putting this airplane together, and we expect to fly it in the fall of 2017."
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    There were a lot of costly lessons learned with the Osprey, it is nice to see them applied to future designs. If the V280 does what it is supposed to it won't really have any competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BME330 View Post
    Attachment 241903

    Czech Mi-17 recovered in Spain (Zaragoza) after a crash.
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    Please, more photos of this Mi-171ŠM, it looks like it´s totaled!!! Not long time ago highly modernized and there is the end here now, ehhh

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    Attachment 242239

    Only could get pics from behind.
    confirmed, the chopper is written-off...

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    So Berlin is again thinking at the 53K (the most logical choice)? And we speak about India.

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    This must be part of the glorious future ahead for European rotary aviation folks were telling me about a few pages back.
    Last edited by Rii; 21st January 2016 at 02:09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rii View Post
    This must be part of the glorious future ahead for European rotary aviation folks were telling me about a few pages back.
    Yep, they'll just have to settle for dominating every other class of helos, how depressing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomcatViP View Post
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    This is very good. Ru should segment more their share of the market with stuff like this (affordable hi-tech).

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    Apparently the Mi-28 has something similar (simpler I am guessing) in case the pilot is injured, the helicopter automatically flies back to base and hovers at a low enough height for the crew to get out.
    http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/9098/rsz11rsz3807.jpg

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