What squadron will the future attack recon helo call home?

WASHINGTON ? The U.S. Army aviation branch is considering whether the future attack reconnaissance aircraft ? expected to be fielded in 2030 ? would be housed in cavalry squadrons in lieu of attack reconnaissance squadrons, according to the Army Aviation Center of Excellence commander at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

?The Army is looking at whether or not we have a requirement to build reconnaissance and security capabilities into the corps and division level and, if we do, I believe those would include aviation and that could mean FARA is included in those formations, but it is way too early to determine that.? Maj. Gen. David Francis said in a statement.


US Army seeks to address pilot shortfall

The US Army is looking to rectify a pilot shortage that has emerged over the previous decade from a reduced training output coupled with increased attrition to the airlines.

Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, Major General William Gayler, Commanding General, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, said that while a shortfall of 731 pilots since 2008 had already been noted, this has been exacerbated by an increased loss of already trained pilots who are leaving the service.


Army’s Cold War-Era Apache Gunship Will Fly 30 More Years, General Says

The U.S. Army has no current plans to replace its Cold-War era AH-64 Apache, a still-lethal attack helicopter that the service plans to fly into combat for at least another three decades, according to the head of Army aviation.

“Right now, it’s an incredibly capable aircraft that we know we are going to be flying well into the 40s,” Maj. Gen. William Gayler, who commands the Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, Alabama, told an audience Wednesday at the Association of the United States Army’s Aviation Hot Topic event.