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August 12, 2015
Whirly-Girls International is offering 17 scholarships for women in the helicopter industry this year. New scholarships this year include one for a helicopter instrument rating sponsored by Guidance Aviation in Prescott, Ariz.; another for a...
August 12, 2015
The 15th FAI World Helicopter Championships started today, with 98 pilots in 13 teams from 11 countries vying to be rated best in various skills competitions. The championships are being held at Przylep Airfield in Zielona Gora in western Poland, where teams had spent the past four...
August 12, 2015
"Disappointing" spares support for its North Sea helicopter operations cost Bristow Group $12 million in the quarter that ended June 30, the company says. Although operating revenue for the quarter—the first in Bristow’s fiscal year—improved over first-quarter 2014, the company reported a $3.3 million net loss (compared to a net income of $44.1 million in the same period last...
August 11, 2015
Global helicopter lessor Waypoint Leasing has closed its second transaction with Líder Taxi Aereo, provider of helicopter services to the Brazilian offshore energy industry. The transaction included the purchase and leaseback of a Sikorsky S-92...
August 11, 2015
Outerlink, a Metro Aviation company, has completed 30 percent of initial flight tests for IRIS, its ViaSat-enabled satellite communication system, the company told R&WI Aug. 11. Each component is being tested according to...
August 10, 2015
Rotor & Wing International is organizing the inaugural Rotorcraft Certification Summit to be held Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth International...
August 10, 2015
Bristow Group will cut more employees and costs to deal with an oil and gas downturn that won’t rebound until at least late 2017, the company’s head said in reporting the most recent quarterly earnings. President/CEO Jonathan Baliff said Bristow is about 70 percent through a plan to cut costs by $75 to 95 million, including a 10 percent workforce reduction. But that plan...
August 6, 2015
Era Group is working with AgustaWestland on "technical acceptance" issues for its first four AW189s, which are designated for work under a contract with a Gulf of Mexico offshore support customer. Era Group President, CEO and CFO...
August 4, 2015
CHC Helicopter reportedly plans to cut as many as 50 jobs in Aberdeen, Scotland following a downturn in oil prices. In reporting the cuts, the British Airline Pilots' Association called on the U.K. and Scottish...
August 3, 2015
Erickson Inc. is outfitting its heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes with certified Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems that allow them to transmit satellite-enabled positional data to ATC and...
July 30, 2015
The FAA expects to propose rule changes this year intended to clear obstacles to certification of helicopter autopilots, flight directors and synthesized power indicators. The Rotorcraft Directorate got FAA Headquarters’ approval in December to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to Federal...
July 30, 2015
Japan’s order for 150 military versions of Bell Helicopter’s 412EPI could boost commercial sales of that twin-engine helicopter, according to the manufacturer’s CEO. Bell and its Japanese...
July 30, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H135 configured for offshore hoisting duties to Germany-based operator HTM Travel Munich GmbH. The H135 fulfills all requirements for offshore missions, with equipment that...
July 29, 2015
Rotorcraft certification rules and procedures are antiquated and cannot keep pace with technological advances. That is the view of top executives at helicopter operators, rotorcraft manufacturers, avionics and equipment makers and modification shops.   To explain current efforts to fix those shortcomings and ensure its readers’ concerns are addressed in those efforts, Rotor & Wing...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 27, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of HATS01, the first of fifteen helicopters of the H135 family (EC135 T2+) for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Under the JP 9000 Phase 7 HATS project, a new joint helicopter training system for...
July 24, 2015
The Flight Safety Foundation is developing guidelines for oil and gas companies and the helicopter operators they hire to implement its Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) in offshore operations, Rotor & Wing International has learned. The foundation in May introduced an offshore-specific version of BARS, which for five years has been used with success by mining...
July 24, 2015
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) has ordered the first Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar produced on the company's new final assembly line in Columbus, Miss. The H125 is now built in the United States by American workers. Airbus Helicopters Inc. had partially assembled AS350 B2 and AS350...
July 23, 2015
The leasing firm LCI has completed what it claims is the first helicopter leasing transaction that complies with Islam’s anti-usury precepts. That religion generally prohibits the acceptance of interest or fees for loaning...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
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