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August 2, 2016
The first-ever workshop by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy about drones and the future of aviation provided a platform for industry insiders to discuss drone opportunities and challenges in the U.S. According to a White House blog post, that office announced commitments from both public and private entities to safely integrate and adopt drone use across the U.S. Such initiatives include...
August 1, 2016
By Anne Musquere Today less than 300 civilian helicopters are flying in India — that is less than 1% of the worldwide civil helicopter fleet, for a country of 1.2 billion people. But civil helicopter operations in India, suffering from lack of infrastructure, rigid policy and high costs, should benefit from the new National Civil Aviation Policy issued June 15 and the subsequent draft Regional...
August 1, 2016
Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is set to open an arena for drone pilots in South Korea this month. The idea behind the more than 15,000-sq-ft arena is to allow customers to learn how to pilot drones. It will be...
July 28, 2016
Airbus Helicopters' H160 has passed a few milestones during flight testing, the company said Thursday. Airbus said it has validated the aircraft's aeromechanical configuration, which provided low vibration levels and great stability. Unveiled at Heli-Expo in March 2015, the medium twin is the first new member of Airbus' H series. The manufacturer said the aircraft is...
July 28, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, this September. Among the top-flight speakers on the agenda are Airbus Helicopters, Inc. President Chris Emerson; Bell Helicopter 525 Program Chief Engineer...
July 27, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica delivered an AW GrandNew helicopter to the vice president of Panama, the company said. The aircraft will be used in Panama for emergency medical services. The VP was presented with the aircraft during...
July 25, 2016
The No. 1 525 prototype’s main rotor blades appear to have struck its tail and nose during a high-speed, engine-out test that ended with the July 6 crash that killed its two pilots, Rotor & Wing International has learned. “We saw signs consistent with a blade strike on the tailboom,” the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigator-in-charge for the probe, John Lovell...
July 20, 2016
South Beach Helicopters added an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 AStar to its tourism and charter flights fleet. The AStar marks the company's first Airbus helicopter. Its fleet...
July 19, 2016
Erickson Inc. said it has extended its current four-year contract for government sustainment by six months. The extensions is valued...
July 15, 2016
Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Bell Helicopter will work together to support India's aviation and defense modernization initiatives. The joint venture will develop both commercial and government light utility and reconnaissance helicopter...
July 14, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica's first Level D full-flight simulator for the new AW169 has received ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA certification, the company announced at Farnborough this week. The simulator, jointly developed with CAE, is...
July 14, 2016
Airbus Helicopters "really believes" in the Super Puma and remains convinced "the product will have a future," despite an accident investigation that has highlighted concerns about its main gearbox, the Reuters news agency reported. A Reuters correspondent asked Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury about the Super Puma's future in the wake of a probe into the cause of the April 29 crash of a CHC...
July 13, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has sold three GrandNew EMS helicopters to LifeFlight of Maine. The aircraft will transition into a mixed fleet of aircraft to deliver care and to transport patients. The helicopters are...
July 13, 2016
Sikorsky has signed two 10-yr support deals with Babcock Mission Critical Services and Bristow Helicopters at Farnborough Air Show this week. The agreements call for Sikorsky to provide the...
July 12, 2016
The National EMS Pilots Assn. is accepting nominations for the 2016 EMS Pilot of the Year award. It will be presented at the...
July 11, 2016
An update to this story can be found here. Leonardo Helicopters is looking to restart AW609 flight tests that it suspended voluntarily after the Oct. 30, 2015, crash of the No. 2 prototype, officials of the parent company said today at the Farnborough Air Show.  "We think that we can continue to move onto certification" toward the end of 2018, Leonardo CEO Mauro Moretti said. While that is a...
July 8, 2016
The FAA says it is encouraging owners of helicopters and smaller airplanes to install new safety equipment voluntarily by making broader use of a policy that went into effect March 31.   The agency said the new policy on installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) would streamline the process and reduce costs for fielding gear not currently required by regulations. The FAA said...
July 7, 2016
UPDATE 1800 EDT U.S., July 7 A flight recorder from the crashed Bell Helicopter 525 has been recovered from the burnt wreckage and sent for readout to the NTSB's Washington, D.C. recorder lab; the recorder is not a hardened CVR/FDR but appears to be in good shape, according to the safety board. The NTSB has dispatched a total of six investigators from its Washington headquarters to Texas to support the...
July 6, 2016
Bristow Group is expected to announce reorganization of its chief administrative officer role following the departure of its SVP, Hilary Ware. Ware left the company for "personal...
July 6, 2016
Maverick Helicopters is offering Maui, Hawaii's first air-and-landing experience at Hana Rainforest on its Airbus Helicopter EC130 ECO-Star. Maverick said it performs its 75-minute sightseeing tours...
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