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January 22, 2016
XTI Aircraft has earned a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) qualification under Regulation A+. Investors interested in supporting development of the new TriFan 600 aircraft will now be able to purchase...
January 21, 2016
Air Methods Corp. has acquired Tri-State Care Flight for $222.5 million, expanding the air medical transport provider's...
January 21, 2016
Airbus Helicopters has increased the H145's maximum take-off weight to 3.7 metric tons, after EASA awarded the manufacturer the...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 19, 2016
The business benefits of Airbus’ tie-up with transportation facilitator Uber Technologies are unclear beyond the public-relations attention it has generated for the companies.    Airbus Group, the parent of the eponymous helicopter, airliner and military aircraft manufacturers, said on Jan. 17 that its new venture capital effort is collaborating with Uber on a pilot project to provide...
January 15, 2016
The declining and unpredictable oil and gas market is not shrinking Lockheed Martin’s interest in the commercial helicopter market, according to the Reuters news agency.   Citing a top L-M business development executive, Reuters said oil’s decline is not just affecting...
January 14, 2016
The National Operations Control Academy (NOCA) will kick-off their highly anticipated OCS training courses this February in Wichita, Kansas. The industry-specific training curriculum will satisfy the new requirements of FAR 135.619 for large Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) operators with ten or more helicopters, and will also provide the same world-class aviation training to those operators with fewer than...
January 13, 2016
Indonesia’s government plans to develop six helicopter landing sites among the 110 islands that make up the nation’s Seribu Islands regency and to acquire a helicopter to serve it in emergencies, according to media reports there...
January 12, 2016
The United Arab Emirates' helideck and helipad regulations have prompted at least one company to form in the hopes of capitalizing on that region’s growing need for aviation expertise.   The regulatory framework introduced by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of All Metal MS Robinson helicopter owners and operators now have the option of purchasing a maintenance stand by Las Vegas-based All Metal MS. The company Monday announced...
January 11, 2016
  Idaho officials want to use a helicopter in the investigation of a 43% drop in the elk population in the Frank Church of No Return Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Kaibob National Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0   Allowing a helicopter to fly in a protected Idaho wilderness area is a rare but necessary exception to congressional restrictions against such flights, according to a senior U.S. Forest Service...
January 8, 2016
  ENSCO DS6 Drillship taking on fuel bunkers in Walvis Bay, Namibia during the transit to Angola and start of contract with BP. Photo courtesy of CellsDeDells / CC BY-SA 3.0   Helicopter operators and other service providers will suffer as retirements of offshore oil and gas rigs speed up this year, said Evercore ISI. Brazil posed particular concerns.    The investment banking...
January 7, 2016
Bibi Ka Maqbara (or "Tomb of the Lady") in Aurangabad is among the sites on the tour route. Pawan Hans plans to start air tours of India’s most populous city today. The Mumbai Darshan service is run under an...
January 5, 2016
  Elifriulia has been supporting the Croatia air ambulance project with this EC135. Photo courtesy of Elifriulia   Italian operators Elifriulia and Airgreen are awaiting the outcome of a new government’s formation in Croatia for hints as to whether they will keep flying air ambulance missions in the country.    The operators have been working there since early September 2015 under...
December 31, 2015
Photo courtesy of Gian Marco Anzellotti / CC BY 2.0   On Jan. 1, the legendary names Agusta and Westland begin to move from the rolls of active helicopter manufacturers to those of historic ones.    Parent company Finmeccanica is completing its 18-month process of centralizing and integrating the operations of its diverse aerospace, defense...
December 29, 2015
A Chinese operator plans to start helicopter commuter service Thursday for the Pearl River Delta cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, according to news outlet China Daily.    The privately owned, Shenzhen-based Astro Air said the service will be the first of its kind on the Chinese mainland, according to the new...
December 29, 2015
  The maritime Surion shown on its first flight last January. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries   Korea Aerospace Industries has completed development of the...
December 24, 2015
    Era Group says it has taken delivery of its first two AgustaWestland AW189s following work on “technical acceptance” issues for the aircraft. The Houston, Texas-based offshore and...
December 23, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Bristow Group   Offshore oil and gas support leader Bill Chiles is to be honored next month during the Living Legends of Aviation awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. The CEO emeritus of Bristow Group and current chairman of the international flight safety group HeliOffshore, Chiles will...
December 23, 2015
Leaders of New Zealand’s aviation and farmer communities are pressing their campaign to remove suspended wires that pose hazards to helicopters and other agricultural aircraft.    The New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Assn. launched the "Down to the Wire"...
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