Viking Air launches Avionics Upgrade Program for Canadair CL-215T and CL-415

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has launched an Avionics Upgrade Program (AUP) for the Canadair CL-215T and CL-415 fleet of aerial firefighting aircraft. The program will incorporate modernized technologies in communications, navigation, surveillance, and air-traffic management functionality in an integrated platform featuring the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics suite. To face challenges […]

Coulson and Unical form joint venture to build and operate CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters

Coulson Aviation USA, a member of the Coulson Group, and Unical Air, a new unit of the Unical Group of Companies, have joined forces to create a heavy lift helicopter joint venture company that will build and operate Boeing CH-47 and Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk aircraft for aerial firefighting and other markets.  Examples of each model are being displayed […]

SEI Industries to display Remote Site product line at Heli-Expo 2019

SEI Industries is expanding its offering at this week’s Heli-Expo to include, for the first time at the event, products from the Remote Site division. Although, SEI is widely recognized for its Aerial Firefighting division due to the success of the BAMBI Bucket, SEI engineers have also designed and manufacture a complete line of collapsible […]

SEI enhances Bambi Bucket valve

SEI Industries is best know for its invention of the world-famous BAMBI Bucket that now services 95% of the world’s aerial firefighting water bucket market. As the aerial firefighting product line evolves, SEI engineers continue to make improvements to the existing products based on feedback from customers in the field. The BAMBI MAX enhanced valve […]

US Navy awards Lockheed Martin $184M EW contract

The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $184 million firm-fixed-price modification to exercise options for full rate production of Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 systems.  These will be implemented on the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers and warships. “We are honored to continue to provide this critical fleet defense capability that […]

Columbia Helicopters acquisition by Bristow Group called off

Bristow Group has announced they have mutually agreed with Columbia Helicopters to terminate Bristow’s agreement to acquire Columbia.  In connection with the termination, Bristow has paid $20 million to Columbia.  Bristow, Columbia and Columbia’s shareholders have agreed to release each other from all claims in connection with the purchase agreement and the related transactions. Since the announcement […]

US Navy creates cyber warfare development group unit

Navy Reserve leaders formally inaugurated a new Navy Cyber Warfare Development Group (NCWDG) Reserve unit during a ceremony at Fort George G Meade in Maryland.  “We at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command are determine to increase our competitive advantages over our nation’s adversaries by focusing on our capabilities, processes, and mostly importantly, our people” said Butler. “This […]

European Maritime Safety Agency adds unmanned capability with various suppliers

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has signed a contract with CEIIA-Centro de Engenharia e Desenvolvimento for long range-long endurance maritime surveillance. CEIIA will provide services based on the Hermes 900 RPAS subcontracted from Elbit. This RPAS has advanced capabilities in terms of operational flight duration (more than 12 hours) and payload configuration. It carries […]

CalFire releases image of their Sikorsky S70i

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has released images of their first Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk, including the one seen here.  The helicopter has been built at the manufacturer’s plant at Mielec in Poland, and has been transferred to the United Rotorcraft facility for conversion to Firehawk standard.  This primarily requires the […]

Joint Simulation Environment inches closer to reality

The 412th Electronic Warfare Group is one step closer to bringing the Joint Simulation Environment to life at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The 412th EWG recently began work to pave the way for a new facility to house the JSE. JSE is a scalable, expandable, high fidelity government-owned, non-proprietary modeling and simulation environment to […]

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