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Sept. 22, 2011, Ridley Township, Pa., – The Boeing Company and the U.S. Army celebrated the opening of the newly renovated H-47 Chinook manufacturing facility. The event coincided with the 50th anniversary of the H-47 Chinook's first flight.
Sept. 1, 2011, Hurst, Tx. - The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron, and The Boeing Company, has received a $34 million order from the U.S. Air Force for three new CV-22 training devices and upgrades to three existing devices.
Aug. 29, 2011, Nitinat Narrows, B.C. - A CH-149 Cormorant​ helicopter from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron was called to evacuate an injured patroller of the Ditidaht First Nation on the West Coast Trail last Wednesday afternoon.
Aug. 25, 2011 – ADS North America has achieved another milestone on the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program as the company has delivered more than half of the planned 345 Lakotas to the U.S. Army.
Aug. 18, 2011, Ottawa - The Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing officially ended its operations today at Kandahar Airfield in a ceremony attended by key leaders of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), as well as the Canadian Forces (CF) members currently deployed at Kandahar Airfield.
July 20, 2011, Ottawa - The final report of the Board of Inquiry (BOI) into the 6 July 2009 crash of Canadian Griffon helicopter (CH-146) in support of Operation ATHENA was released today.
July 5, 2011, Montreal - CAE today announced it has been awarded a series of military contracts valued at more than C$115 million, including a contract from the United States Navy to develop two MH-60R helicopter simulators, a contract from Boeing to design and manufacture training devices as part of the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) for the United States Air Force, a contract from Professional Way in Malaysia to build a CAE 3000 Series AW139 full-flight simulator and a contract from the United States Army to develop a suite of Abrams tank maintenance trainers.
June 27, 2011, Ottawa - The military is planning to spend $830 million on new buildings and infrastructure at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa over the next 10 years, according to documents obtained by the Citizen.
June 21, 2011, Marignane, Fra. - The multi-role NH90 helicopter’s ability to support large troop movements over long distances were demonstrated during the Finnish Defense Forces' main field exercise this month, in which 157 soldiers were transported 320 kilometers during two operational rotations.
June 2, 2011, Fort Frances, Ont. – A group of 20 northwestern Ontario First Nations are getting into the helicopter business.
May 31, 2011, Unionville, Ont. - Roberta (Robbie) Taylor has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award.
May 19, 2011, Fleetlands, U.K - Vector Aerospace International Limited has been recognised as Supplier of the Year in the Leaders Choice category by The Boeing Company.
May 17, 2011, Mount McKinley, Ala. - An Irish climber is recovering in hospital after a record making rescue at 19,500 feet from Mount McKinley in Alaska – matching the highest ever by a helicopter.
May 5, 2011, Stratford, Conn. - Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft, has completed wind tunnel testing of its active rotor system equipped with high authority flaps.
Helicopters correspondent Peter Pigott recently travelled to Afghanistan and was embedded with the Canadian Forces (CF) in Kandahar. He reports on the critical role of the Griffon helicopter and its CF air and ground crews in Afghan operations as part of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTFA) Air Wing.

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