Posts Tagged ‘helicopter’

Airbus partners with Precision Aviation, Government Capital

COLUMBUS — Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) has partnered with Precision Aviation Services and Government Capital Corp. to provide tax-exempt financing for mission equipment technology upgrades and required major maintenance for law enforcement and government-owned AS350-series helicopters. Precision Aviation Services, of Peachtree City, Ga., AHI’s newest service center, will work with AHI and Government Capital to provide […] [...]

Highway Patrol gets Mississippi-made Airbus helicopter

COLUMBUS and JACKSON — Captain Ron Kelly of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Air Wing recently accepted delivery of a Mississippi-made Airbus Helicopters Inc. AS350 B3e AStar, produced for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). Kelly, commander of the Highway Patrol Air Wing, said the AS350 B3e, which was built in Columbus, was clearly the […] [...]

Cochran pushing for commission to study Army, National Guard

WASHINGTON — Faced with questions about the make-up of the U.S. Army in a budget-constrained, post-war era, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has signaled his support for a national commission to study the future of the Army and National Guard. Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, is an original cosponsor of the […] [...]

Airbus Helicopters to make AStars in Golden Triangle

COLUMBUS —Airbus Helicopters Inc. (formerly American Eurocopter) is bringing production of AStar helicopters to Columbus. WCBI reports company officials made the announcement yesterday. “The plant here in Columbus has been in charge of Lakota. Our next step, which has been decided, is the production of the AStar — the very successful helicopter AStar — here […] [...]

Army awards contract modification for more Lakota helicopters

COLUMBUS — The Army has awarded $22.8-million contract modification to EADS North America for the purchase additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters produced in Mississippi, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Work on the new aircraft will be performed at the EADS North America facility in Columbus with […] [...]

FAA looking into crash of medical helicopter; pilot injured

CANTON — Federal authorities are investigating the emergency landing of a medical helicopter. The MedStat EMS Inc. helicopter was damaged while landing east of Canton Thursday night, reports WJTV-T. The pilot injured his back in the crash and was transported by a University of Mississippi Medical Center helicopter. The CEO of Winona-based MedStat says another […] [...]

Senators backing sale of helicopters to Thailand

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are supporting the possible sale to Thailand of Lakota helicopters manufactured in Mississippi. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the government of Thailand’s request to purchase six Lakota helicopters, with associated training and equipment.  The estimated cost is $77 […] [...]

FAA grounds state agency’s toy helicopter

BILOXI — A toy helicopter the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources planned to use to fly over marshland to monitor invasive species has been grounded. The Federal Aviation Administration said its regulations for a toy helicopter under such circumstances are the same as those for a military predator drone. MDMR’s project manager Mike Pursley told […] [...]

Navy awards $71M contract for more unmanned helicopters

MOSS POINT — The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Navy plans to purchase a total of 30 aircraft under a rapid development effort. Northrop Grumman is currently under contract to produce 14 Fire Scouts that […] [...]

Military officials to show off new training facility

FORREST COUNTY — Camp Shelby is scheduled to unveil Thursday new high-tech trainings areas for urban combat maneuvers and operations. The $10.5-million Combined Arms Collective Training Facility features 35 buildings on 14 acres equipped with 193 cameras, 30 Human Urban Terrain targets, 15 Stationary Infantry Targets and On-Screen “After-Action Review” capabilities. The fully automated Live-Fire […] [...]

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