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November 18, 2016
Vertiport Chicago was created to fill a void in the city left by the illegal bulldozing of Meigs Field in 2003. After then-Mayor Richard M. Daley sacrificed the runway in the effort to build a lakefront park in its place, downtown Chicago was left without close flight options (O’Hare is about 16 miles from the downtown lakefront area). Twelve years later, Vertiport opened for rotorcraft in the...
November 18, 2016
GE Capital Aviation Services' Milestone Aviation Group Ltd. continues its relationship with Omni Táxi Aéreo S.A. (OTA) with the lease of a Sikorsky S-92, the company said on Wednesday. The helicopter will support Petrobras’ offshore operations in Brazil. This marks the 12th aircraft Milestone has leased to OTA, who was the...
November 17, 2016
A group advocating for the ban of helicopter tourism flights over certain areas of New York City have filed a petition with the Manhattan Supreme Court. Helicopters are too noisy, are heavy polluters, endanger human health and pose terrorist threats. At least, those are some of the claims of New York City's "Stop the...
November 17, 2016
With a pilot onboard, a worker stands on the skids of the Hughes (Now McDonnell Douglas) 369D as the helicopter travels from power line to power line, landing the skids on the towers. Local news outlets caught footage of the routine work being done along the Pennsylvania Turnpike...
November 14, 2016
The next helicopter in line for an Aurora Flight Sciences autonomy upgrade is the Bell Helicopter UH-1H Huey, the company said. The new Huey upgrade will include integration between the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program and its Tactical...
November 10, 2016
Northern Ireland's first helicopter air ambulance is making its way around the region, local news outlets report. One of the two Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) Airbus Helicopters EC135s, supplied by Babcock Mission...
November 9, 2016
Erickson Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 in U.S. bankruptcy laws. Announced by the company Wednesday, the Chapter 11 process will allow Erickson to operate business as usual. The end result, it hopes, will be an exit from bankruptcy with a stronger balance sheet early next year. This follows a June investigation into options for its current operations, organization and financing in...
November 7, 2016
Boeing is now the proud owner of a tiltrotor aircraft patent and convertible compounded rotorcraft patent. In its Oct. 25 issue, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Official Gazette listed Boeing as a 17-time patent recipient. These newly issued patents include chromium-free conversion coating, new systems for paneling and a new fixed-wing steering method for taxiing, among others. Patent applications...
November 4, 2016
Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters, spent recent days testifying in a New York courtroom on federal charges that she and her Patriarch Partners holding company defrauded backers of three investment funds.   The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the proceeding, has asked Administrative Law Judge Carol Fox Foelak to order Patriarch Partners and the celebrity “distressed debt”...
November 4, 2016
One person was arrested after a blue laser was directed at a news helicopter on Thursday morning, the Denver Police...
November 2, 2016
Russian Helicopters and Wuhan Rand Aviation Technology Service Co. Ltd. signed contracts for Mi-171s, Ka-32s and Ansats at Airshow China this week, the company said. Ordering a total of 18 aircraft, the Chinese company is set to receive delivery of all of...
November 2, 2016
The idea of readily accessible aerial commuter options for large cities isn’t anything new. Airbus Group, for example, is designing a flying bus and hopes to test subsystems for a flying car by the end of 2017. Uber is gearing up to get into the on-demand aerial market as well, having spoken about future endeavors in the area at The Nantucket Project in September. Talks have turned into a white...
November 1, 2016
By way of an agreement between Bell Helicopter, Shaanxi Aviation Industry Development Co. Ltd. (SAIDC) and Xi’an Helicopter Company Ltd. (XHC), Bell 407GXPs can now be assembled in China. Announced at Airshow China this week, the company said the signed framework...
November 1, 2016
FlightSafety International is set to begin test flights mid-month on the first of three Level D simulators for Air Methods’ new training center, according to that operator’s chief pilot.  Chief Pilot Raj Helweg said FlightSafety has completed data collection from flights of three Air Methods aircraft – an Airbus Helicopters AS350 and H130 and Bell Helicopter 407GX – and has...
November 1, 2016
In January, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. completed a fourth round of job cuts in Mirabel, Canada. In 18 months, the company cut about 40% of its Mirabel workforce — roughly 700 positions. Due to, in part, the plunge in oil prices affecting the offshore market and other internal changes, Bell is not alone in the...
November 1, 2016
Sikorsky’s S-92 has seen a decade of operation in China, the company said. The Lockheed Martin subsidiary announced the milestone at Airshow China in Zhuhai this week. In 2006, China saw its first S-92 and S-76 delivered. More than 160 of those aircraft...
October 31, 2016
  Bristow Group has appointed William “Bill” Collins to SVP of global operations. Collins will focus on improving operational safety, reliability and efficiency for Bristow’s clients. With this appointment, acting SVP Chet Akiri will assume his chief commercial officer role. Collins joins Bristow from American Airlines where he was responsible for the aircraft overhaul division in...
October 31, 2016
Mike Hirschberg with the rest of the “A Look Ahead” panel (top). The “‘Data Mining’ and Your Bottom Line” panel address summit attendees during a Q&A session (bottom). Progress in Certification Streamlining Moderated by Woodrow Bellamy III, Editor, Avionics Magazine Speakers: - Lance Gant, Manager, FAA Rotorcraft Directorate - Jonathan Archer, Director of Engineering...
October 31, 2016
Nova Scotia, Canada, will need to push back its self-imposed deadline to acquire a new helicopter for LifeFlight, news outlets report. After Transport Canada banned rooftop landings for a LifeFlight-operated Sikorsky S-76A in April, the agency halted helipad landings for a Helijet International Inc...
October 31, 2016
CHC Group faces additional challenges to reorganizing its operations beyond gaining a judge’s approval of its plan with key creditors emerging from bankruptcy. The U.S. judge overseeing the operator’s federal Chapter 11 case, Barbara Houser, will hear arguments Nov. 2 in Dallas on the “plan support agreement” with creditors and lessor Milestone Aviation. Those parties can back out...
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