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October 15, 2015
The Unmanned K-MAX flew firefighting demonstration flights for U.S. officials on Oct. 14 outside Boise, Idaho, in Lockheed Martin's and Kaman's latest effort to prove the aircraft's potential for dousing wildland blazes around the clock. Operating...
October 14, 2015
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team wants to examine how heliports, weather reporting and low-level IFR infrastructure could be improved to reduce rotorcraft accidents. It is working with FAA officials to organize a 1.5-day meeting in...
October 14, 2015
Procedural and equipment options for meeting current safety equipment mandates for helicopters, and certification hurdles in complying with those deadlines, are the focus of an afternoon panel discussion at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit in Irving, Texas. You can find more information about the summit and can register for the event here. The "Meeting the...
October 14, 2015
A key question since Lockheed Martin said it is buying Sikorsky Aircraft is whether the aerospace and defense giant has any interest in selling civil helicopters. The deal was announced July 20, with a key civil market (offshore oil and gas support) slumping and the general economy lagging, which hurt sales of...
October 12, 2015
Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd. will use Airbus’ HCare Smart material management plan to support the new H130 flying charter and religious tourism flights. The Mumbai-headquartered company...
October 8, 2015
HeliService international GmbH plans to put an AW169 into offshore support service next year, a first for AgustaWestland's new light intermediate...
October 8, 2015
OMNI Táxi-Aéreo SA has tapped Heli-One to upgrade key components on two Sikorsky Aircraft S-61Ns supporting onshore oil and gas installations in Brazil. Among the world's largest providers...
October 7, 2015
Waypoint Leasing will become the first helicopter lessor to add the H135 to its fleet by acquiring up to 20 of the light-medium twins...
October 6, 2015
A lack of consistency among international aviation regulators' application of certification standards slows rotorcraft manufacturers in bringing new products to market, AgustaWestland's senior VP of Strategy and Business Development told attendees at Helitech International in London Tuesday. Answering questions during a panel discussion at the show called "New...
October 5, 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed three UAS-related bills as part of a larger effort to maintain simplicity of the state's criminal code. Senate Bills 168, 170 and 271, all proposed by Sen. Ted Gaines...
October 2, 2015
New international agreements promise to remove obstacles for manufacturers offering helicopter improvements to operators in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Officials of the FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency and Transport Canada signed the agreements Sept. 15; the FAA announced them Sept. 28. Once they go into effect, the pacts enable aviation...
October 2, 2015
In a letter sent yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International along with a long list of industry groups lamented the FAA's failure to meet its Sept. 30, 2015, deadline for commercializing UAS in the country's...
October 1, 2015
The FAA has started work to apply crash-resistant fuel system standards to all helicopters, its chief has told the National Transportation Safety Board. In a Sept. 28 letter, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart that he has tasked the agency’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee with acting on the safety board’s...
September 30, 2015
A top NTSB official will open Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit with a briefing on the safety board's call for the FAA to require all newly built helicopters to have crash-resistant fuel systems regardless of when their type certificate was issued. The director of the NTSB's Office of Aviation Safety, John DeLisi, will give the morning keynote presentation from 8:10 to 9 a.m. to kick off the...
September 29, 2015
Waypoint Leasing has leased its first Airbus Helicopters H145 to Papua New Guinea-based Pacific Helicopters, a member of the Asia Pacific Helicopters Network that...
September 28, 2015
Frasca International has delivered what it says is the first full-flight simulator for the Bell 407GX to Bell Helicopter's training academy. The simulator features Frasca's TruVision Global visual...
September 28, 2015
EASA has certified a limited ice protection system for the AW189 as AgustaWestland works toward making the super medium twin suitable for operations in the most adverse and harsh environmental conditions. Certification of the system, which does not require heated rotor blades and...
September 24, 2015
  Image courtesy of Bell Helicopter On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Bell Helicopter received the first completed fuselage for its V-280 tilt-rotor design from Spirit AeroSystems and emphasized the importance of speed in providing future vertical-lift technology for tomorrow's...
September 23, 2015
Operations, engineering and flight test experts will debate the real-world certification challenges facing the rotorcraft industry and its regulators at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit.  "The Most Daunting Certification Challenges Before Us" is among the panel discussions in the program for the one-day executive forum at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas.   Among...
September 22, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 operators have inspected their aircraft for control-system discrepancies implicated in an Aug. 12 Bristow Helicopters crash that killed six people near Lagos, Nigeria. The inspections came in response to a Sept. 14 FAA emergency airworthiness directive that ordered inspections with 5 hr time in service of main-rotor and tail-rotor servo input control pushrod assemblies on all S-76...
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