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July 9, 2015
Then there were two. In an exclusive report, the Reuters news agency reported July 8 that Lockheed Martin and Textron “have emerged as final contenders” to buy Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. confirmed June 15 at the Paris Air Show that it intends to exit the rotorcraft...
July 9, 2015
A key milestone for CHC Helicopter last year was its safety performance, according to President/CEO Karl Fessenden. The offshore support operator’s five-year, rolling-average accident rate as of May 1 was 0.38 for...
July 9, 2015
Only about 15 percent of helicopter noise complaints registered with New York City concerned sightseeing flights, The Daily News in that metropolis reported July 7. A member of the Big Apple’s legislature, the City Council, is drafting a bill to ban helicopter tourism flights in...
July 8, 2015
A Scottish judge’s order releasing an accident recorder to criminal investigators threatens “the open safety culture it has taken decades to create” in aviation, the British Airline Pilots' Association said, declaring it will appeal the June 19 ruling. BALPA said the threat lies in the prospect that safety data might be “used...
July 8, 2015
A recent bill proposed by the New York City Council would ban helicopter tourism over the city's five boroughs. The bill is being drafted by Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn), and if passed...
July 8, 2015
The U.K. Ministry of Defence intends to award AgustaWestland Limited a single-source contract for the assessment and risk reduction activity of a Helicopter-integrated 3D Conformal Symbology (3-D CS) system to mitigate the risk to helicopter operations due to low visibility landings (LVL) in degraded visual environments (DVE), according to the company. AgustaWestland will...
July 7, 2015
Aspen Avionics is expanding its reach into the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market and growing its product line through the acquisition of Accord Technology. “This is going to expand our footprint in NextGen and expand the GPS capabilities of our own product lines,” Aspen President/CEO John Uczekaj told Rotor & Wing International. “It also brings us much...
July 7, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled a technology demonstrator to showcase its innovations in eco-friendly helicopter design. The "Bluecopter" demonstrator, publicly unveiled today in Donauwörth, Germany, is based on one of the company's light medium...
July 6, 2015
The NTSB has completed recovering wreckage of a Flight for Life Colorado Airbus AS350 that crashed July 3 in Frisco, Colo., killing the pilot and injuring a flight paramedic and nurse. The aeromedical helicopter appeared to begin...
July 6, 2015
In a case of significance for flight data monitoring initiatives, look for the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) to decide this week if it will appeal a U.K. court’s decision ordering an accident flight recorder’s release to criminal prosecutors. Many in aviation believe flight recorder data is controlled by safety investigators and always kept confidential, but legal procedures may...
July 3, 2015
New data on average body size and shape could become a key factor in the design of new safety equipment for offshore oil and gas workers, if we are reading Oil & Gas UK’s 2015 Health and Safety Report right. The July 1 report by that offshore trade association notes that the size and shape of offshore workers came into focus with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority’s February 2014 on offshore...
July 2, 2015
Bell 525 Relentless makes first flight July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Supply chain challenges and FAA inspection requirements slowed the maiden flight of Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless, the manufacturer says. The super-medium twin 525 flew for the first time July 1 at Bell’s Amarillo, Texas facility. Senior Flight...
July 2, 2015
Sundance Helicopters, an aerial tour operator and Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) member, has become the first of its kind in the nation to implement a pair of safety action...
July 2, 2015
Swedish unmanned aerial system manufacturer CybAero has received approval to deliver its first APID One helicopter to China, the company says. The Linköping, Sweden-based company received an export license from the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls June 26, it said, and its...
July 1, 2015
CHC Helicopter is “certainly not expecting an immediate rebound” in the market for offshore oil and gas helicopter support, CFO Joan Hooper told financial analysts in a June 30 briefing on the company’s fourth-quarter and full-fiscal-year performance. “We are planning as if the...
July 1, 2015
Law enforcement (LE) helicopter operations require an assortment of mission equipment not found on most other aircraft. In addition, some factory-standard items installed aboard many helicopters require certain upgrades that will withstand the rigors of airborne police work. There is a wide variety of equipment and upgrade options for police helicopters on the market, including, but not limited to, video...
June 30, 2015
Brisbane and North Queensland regional centers are getting their first glimpse of the latest example of the Airbus Helicopters H145, which arrived in Brisbane over the weekend after completing the Sydney component of its month-long Australia visit as part of a global...
June 30, 2015
After security officers at Georgia’s state capitol building recently had to ask visitors twice in one day to stop flying drones around the iconic Gold Dome, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, they...
June 29, 2015
A U.S. judge has blocked a N.Y. beach community’s bid to limit helicopter flights to once per week, but upheld new local laws imposing nighttime flight curfews. Judge Joanna Seybert’s June 26 preliminary...
June 25, 2015
Era Group has opened a new 35-acre super base in Houma, La., composed of a passenger terminal and climate-controlled hangar, which will house more than 30 aircraft and facilitate approximately 15,000 passengers per month traveling to and from offshore oil and gas...
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