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September 11, 2015
Crews from more than 50 helicopters in Japan are among nearly 6,000 rescuers aiding victims of floods brought on by Typhoon Etau. The rescue helicopters included the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil agencies. Etau made landfall Sept. 10 near...
September 11, 2015
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking into adaptive landing gear that would enable helicopters to land and launch on angled, irregular and moving surfaces. The agency demonstrated a concept for such gear at its "What? Wait" future technology forum this week in St. Louis. DARPA noted that the flat, stable surfaces required for use of traditional skid and...
September 10, 2015
MD Helicopters has delivered a single-engine MD 500ER to Bushveld Game Capture for use in the protection and preservation of endangered animals in South Africa. Founded in 2006, Vryburg-based Bushveld specializes in wildlife capture...
September 10, 2015
AgustaWestland will deliver three AW119Kx helicopters to China this year as part of a contract with Sino-US Intercontinental, adding to a total of more than thirty rotorcraft the distributor has ordered since late 2013. The partnership between AgustaWestland and...
September 9, 2015
Photo courtesy of XTI Aircraft   Individual investors have offered XTI Aircraft nearly $4.5 million so far in its development of a five-passenger TriFan 600 vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing business aircraft, the Denver-based company said today. On Aug. 25, it added such "crowdfunding" sources to a financing campaign...
September 9, 2015
Long-time offshore oil and gas industry leader Bill Chiles will present the keynote speech at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas.    At the one-day summit, top industry and regulatory executives will discuss ongoing work toward consensus among the General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. and the AeroSpace and Defence...
September 9, 2015
Long-term trends will drive demand for helicopter support of offshore oil and gas operations, CHC Group President/CEO Karl Fessenden said today in discussing the company’s financial performance in its first quarter (which ended July 31). Those trends include forecasted demand increases for crude oil, the growing distance of exploration and production platforms from shore and the...
September 8, 2015
Waypoint Leasing has launched its capital-markets financing with the private placement of $200 million in senior secured notes, the company said. One of the largest independent global helicopter leasing companies, Waypoint said it would use the proceeds to expand its business and free up...
September 4, 2015
Today is your last chance to receive a $100 early-bird registration discount for Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit. The one-day summit, held Oct. 27 near...
September 2, 2015
Jack Piehl, a trail blazer in Aviation Safety, died June 2, 2015, at the age of 80 due to a brief illness. His lifelong career spanned both flight and maintenance. He began with Eastern Airlines, worked in several corporate flight departments and eventually joined Shell Oil Company as a pilot. At...
September 2, 2015
Nigerian and U.S. accident investigators are at NTSB Washington headquarters to review flight recorder data from a Bristow S-76C+ that crashed Aug. 12 on approach to Lagos. Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau asked the NTSB to assist it in reviewing data from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were...
September 2, 2015
The FAA has appointed two new executives to guide the agency's integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace. The announcement comes less than one month after prior speculation into the agency's reorganization of its UAS functions. Marke "Hoot" Gibson will be the senior...
September 1, 2015
An AgustaWestland AW101 (VVIP) outside London ExCeL on display in 2013. Photo courtesy of Reed Exhibitions Helitech International will return to its ExCeL London venue in October with exhibitors from 20-plus countries and a conference and seminar program that will explore the prospects for growth in new technology and ongoing efforts to improve the safety of global rotorcraft operations. Organized by Reed...
September 1, 2015
A camera mounted on a DJI Phantom (superimposed here) took this nighttime photo from a height of 150 ft. Such small UAS capabilities concern privacy advocates. Photos by Mark Colborn When a vacationing 39-year-old California man flew a Parrot Bebop Drone 100 ft above Washington’s Lafayette Park May 14, the U.S. capital took notice. The park, a popular spot for protesters, is directly across...
September 1, 2015
Airbus Helicopters’ EC145/H145 has proven itself a successful multi-mission competitor in both civil and military applications. Photo courtesy of Airbus Uncertain economic and political times like those that persist around the world today have many effects. When it comes to helicopters, such times sharpen the interest of operators—whether commercial firms, military services or public...
September 1, 2015
Washington firefighters used a camera-equipped drone last week to identify targets for helicopters to drop water. State officials deployed the fixed-wing ScanEagle UAV to about 9,500 ft above the Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park...
August 31, 2015
Robinson Helicopter is offering the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS and autopilot on R44s and R66s equipped with Aspen Avionics' primary flight display. The Torrance, Calif., manufacturer had made the Genesys stability augmentation system on R66s fitted with...
August 31, 2015
EagleEye Systems, Inc. sold its "smart" UAV operating system to its first U.S. customer. Public service workers in New Jersey's Bergen County Office of Emergency Management will deploy OS-equipped drones for SAR and emergency situations. According to the...
August 28, 2015
Sept. 4 is the deadline for a $100 discount on registration for Rotor & Wing International’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At the one-day summit, top industry and...
August 28, 2015
Defensive measures against small UAS were a major focus at this year's Black Dart exercise organized by the U.S. Defense Department. Many results from this year's 20 or so engagements were kept secret, but one allegedly involved a U.S. Marine Corps sniper...
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