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July 5, 2016
India's civil aviation ministry is seeking stakeholder comments on a proposed fare schedule for regional air transport in the country, including helicopter flights. Businesses and the public have until July 22 to comment on the schedule, called the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme, which the ministry released July 1. In a statement then, it said the fare schedule has "the twin objectives of promoting...
July 1, 2016
Our mission at R&WI is to be the business resource for managers of rotorcraft operations around the world. This is not new; for nearly 50 years we have strived to serve this industry’s business intelligence needs. In that pursuit, we long have benefitted from the counsel of forward-thinking leaders. To better serve our readers, we are formalizing that counsel with an Editorial Advisory Board...
July 1, 2016
Pat Gray You may view the current state of offshore as chaotic, tumultuous, convulsive; maybe even troubled. But it’s not exactly so. The oil business is cyclic. It is always tied to the cost of producing a barrel of oil, which is where chaos lies. With fracking, deepwater drilling, old wells squeezing out more oil, foreign discoveries and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)...
July 1, 2016
Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopter A conversation among several industry veterans in early June turned toward the upcoming Farnborough Air Show and the history of impressive displays and chalets by major manufacturers at it and similar events. As an example, the talk recalled the presence of AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) at Farnboroughs in the not too distant past and its chalet’s dominant position...
July 1, 2016
The H215 uses the same basic airframe, rotor and engines as Airbus Helicopters’ AS332, but incorporates improved avionics. Photo courtesy of Airbus Recently, I had an opportunity to fly the latest addition to Airbus Helicopters’ venerable line of Puma variants, the H215. The aircraft was being shown to various public safety agencies in California, both in law enforcement and the fire service...
July 1, 2016
When I returned to this magazine just over a year ago, we were discussing changes. My return was one change. I had led these editorial efforts in the early 2000s and looked forward to working with the committed, top-notch team of executives, designers and sales folks here at Access Intelligence to rebuild this publication’s standing and its value for members of that industry. A key part of that...
June 30, 2016
Norwegian investigators seeking causes of the fatal April 29 CHC EC225 crash are focused on a main gearbox fatigue failure that certification processes may not have been foreseen and maintenance procedures may have been unable to detect.    The Accident Investigation Board of Norway said the most likely cause of the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma's main rotor separation in flight was fatigue...
June 28, 2016
Kathryn Purwin, widow of the late Alan Purwin, has taken over as CEO of Helinet Aviation Services, which provides travel, emergency medical, electronic newsgathering and TV/film production services. Purwin will build on her husband's vision to help law enforcement...
June 27, 2016
International investigators are assessing what role an unexpected feature of the AW609's high-speed flight-control software may have played in a prototype's fatal October in-flight breakup in Italy.   Italy's national agency for aviation safety, which leads the probe of the Oct. 30 crash that killed two test pilots, said the civil tiltrotor's "behavior at high speed was not completely predicted...
June 24, 2016
Bell Helicopter has named its former head of commercial business to lead its engineering organization and innovation initiatives. The manufacturer said Matt Hasik now serves as EVP for Technology and Innovation and is a member of Bell Helicopter's Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for leading the company's "core engineering team and providing strategic direction for designing, developing...
June 22, 2016
Bristow Helicopters' Nigeria business unit established a new helicopter rescue and recovery service for that nation's oil and gas industry. That service...
June 20, 2016
Rosneft's RN Aircraft will purchase 20 Leonardo-Finmeccanica AugustaWestland AW189s for transport following an agreement between the manufacturer, Rosneft...
June 20, 2016
The FAA's anticipated new rules on commercial drones reveal several changes to the originally proposed provisions, including ones concerning pilot age and max flight altitude, according to a drone lawyer who claims to have leaked the document. The official release of the new Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) is expected as soon as Tuesday. The agency initially proposed in February last...
June 17, 2016
Kagoshima International Aviation in Kirishima, Japan, has placed an order for a second AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin-engine helicopter for EMS missions in the Kagoshima Prefecture. That aircraft...
June 16, 2016
REACH Air Medical Services and California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) have merged, creating the largest network of air ambulance bases in California. Sean Russell, REACH president, and Lynn Malmstrom, CALSTAR CEO, said CALSTAR will become a limited...
June 16, 2016
Sikorsky's global fleet of S-92s have surpassed one million flight hours within 12 years in May. Sikorsky said the aircraft also have an accident rate of less than one-tenth of the U.S. Civil Multi-Turbine engine...
June 15, 2016
A Mississippi-based hospital is getting a new emergency medical service helicopter. The Ochsner Health and Singing River systems have...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
June 14, 2016
Bell Helicopter's 505 Jet Ranger X has begun a four-month demonstration tour across Japan, debuting first at the...
June 13, 2016
A Chinese consortium has ordered 100 Airbus Helicopters H135s, following the signing of a letter of intent in October last year. The deal will launch a H135 final assembly line in the country. The group, which is made up of China Aviation Supplies Holding Co., Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development Co. and CITIC...
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