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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...
September 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters offered an all-new design for Japan’s new utility military helicopter—not one based on its H160—and hasn’t given up on taking over development of that 150-aircraft program, CEO Guillaume Faury told the media today. Japan picked Fuji Heavy Industries and Bell Helicopter July 17 to develop a UH-1 replacement for its Ground Self-Defense Force...
September 18, 2015
NASA has successfully flight tested UAS detect-and-avoid technology using Ikhana, its MQ-9 Predator B fixed-wing drone. "Depending on the specific scenario, either Ikhana detected one or more approaching aircraft and sent an alert to its remote pilot to take action, or Ikhana itself took action on its own by flying a programmed maneuver to avoid a...
September 17, 2015
Four U.S. aviation associations plan to call formally on the FAA by Oct. 1 to ease the process for certifying single-engine helicopters for instrument flight rule (IFR) operations. That's when they plan...
September 17, 2015
CHC Helicopter is seeking proposals for presentations at its annual Safety & Quality Summit next April in British Columbia. The summit is a premier event in the world of...
September 16, 2015
AgustaWestland recently set a new speed record for its AW609 TiltRotor, which flew 1,161 km between company facilities in England and Italy in 2 hr 18 min. The point-to-point journey began with a vertical...
September 15, 2015
Moves to revamp how the U.S. government reimburses air ambulance operators for transporting and treating patients hinge on finalization of congressional cost estimates for the changes. Such "scoring" of estimates by the Congressional Budget Office are required to assess how proposed legislation would affect federal, state...
September 14, 2015
Metro Aviation has contracted the purchase of six EC145e variants and will showcase the aircraft during a North American demo tour with Airbus Helicopters. The tour is intended to...
September 14, 2015
Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company named as Russia's best exporter, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. The company originated Sept. 4, 1940, with the founding of Leningrad Aircraft Plant No. 387. That plant was evacuated during World War II's Eastern Front...
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...
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