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October 12, 2016
Arizona-based Able Aerospace Services has more than 10,000 approved, out-of-scope and proprietary repairs for both fixed-wing and rotorcraft fleets. This includes Airbus Helicopters, Sikorsky, Bell Helicopters and Leonardo, and now, Agusta Bell. Able has added Agusta...
October 10, 2016
EASA’s end to a flight ban on some Super Pumas is contingent on those helicopters’ manufacturer and operators replacing transmission gears with tougher versions and closely monitoring the shortened service life of the new components.   The European agency’s Oct. 7 decision was not matched by the civil aviation authorities of the U.K. or Norway, which said they would leave flight bans...
October 7, 2016
EASA has lifted the temporary flight suspension of the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma EC225 LP and AS332 L2, according to an EASA announcement published Friday. This suspension was put in place on June 2 following the crash of CHC Helikopter-operated EC225 that killed 11 passengers and both pilots in April. An investigation, led by the Accident Investigation Bureau...
October 6, 2016
Helicopter companies in their various forms are a growth market across the world. Growth has been slightly dented by oil’s price drop and resulting cutbacks in offshore ops. But overall it remains strong and dynamic as the economic value of helicopters is recognized. With growth comes change and new challenges, and it is important for both operators and regulators to ascertain that these are met with...
October 6, 2016
In the spring of this year, CHC and Bristow Group admitted they were surprised by the speed and severity of the downturn in the oil and gas market. Airbus Helicopters has said it is not expecting the market to return to its peak until 2020. Over the last few years, there have been major changes in the use of helicopters in the oil and gas industry. This is partly the result of helicopter accidents (leading...
October 6, 2016
There has been development in the gyrocraft industry since the original Cierva C30 in 1933. For years, development stalled as helicopters took over their roles. However, in the 1980s and 90s, a resurgence led by the Groen Brothers and Carter Copter in the U.S. led to their development with composites, new technology and digital engineering. Gyrocopters are cheaper than helicopters and can do most of...
October 5, 2016
Rotorcraft executives debate critical business issues facing the industry in a round-table discussion at Helitech's...
October 4, 2016
Marenco Swisshelicopter (Stand 12B10), manufacturer of the single turbine SKYe SH09, is making its debut at Helitech this year.  Although it won’t bring any of its aircraft, the Swiss company is eager to talk with potential customers while its composite helicopter is moving toward certification and production next year. Photo courtesy of Marenco Swisshelicopter Earlier this year, the second...
October 4, 2016
Forget Finmeccanica, Leonardo is here.  The company has been rebranded this year after Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci, reflecting  its “capacity to imagine and design solutions with ingenuity, creativity and passion,” it said.  Approved in April 2016 during a shareholder meeting, the new name will become official in January 2017. Until then, it will operate as...
October 4, 2016
Heli Service International has received the first Leonardo AW169 for offshore wind farm work.  The twin-engine helicopter of the...
October 4, 2016
Photo courtesy of Tier 1 Engineering September was a successful month for Tier 1 Engineering as its battery-powered manned helicopter reached three milestones, according to a company news release. On Sept. 13, the modified Robinson Helicopter R44 performed its first hover; the next day saw its first hover taxi; and a record 5-min cruise flight to 400 ft with a peak speed of 80 kts occurred on Sept. 21...
October 3, 2016
Last week, Sri Lankan airline Simplify added an R66 to its fleet, due to growing demand in the tourism market. According to news reports, the opening of high-end hotels and...
October 3, 2016
Michael Yon, a war photographer and writer who embedded with U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan...
October 1, 2016
In reviewing my some of my past articles, I noticed it is going on six years since I updated you on the application and progress of the FAA’s low-level “beta” program for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). This program’s major thrust is to support helicopter operations in concert with the oil and gas industry’s focus on increased...
October 1, 2016
This year’s Helitech International, organized by Reed Exhibitions and run in association with the European Helicopter Assn. (EHA), will open at the RAI Amsterdam from Oct. 11 to 13. The major civil rotorcraft industry event in Europe is attracting thousands of participants with promises of new content in a context of uncertainty for the sector. According to Honeywell’s 2016 global rotorcraft...
October 1, 2016
About 20 yr ago, I worked in Cocoa Beach, Florida, writing mainly about U.S. space missions. That was a tough time for U.S. spaceflight. America had set aside the Apollo Moon missions’ glory, shifting to a utilitarian plan of low-Earth-orbit space shuttle flights. To justify the new, reusable “flying truck” costs, the government deemed all satellites would fly from the shuttle and ended...
October 1, 2016
After decades of Pentagon neglect punctuated by false starts on several helicopter projects run by the Army and one each by the U.S. Navy and Air Force, U.S. military vertical-lift aviation is poised to achieve historic advances. Over the next two years, at least five manned and unmanned advanced vertical-lift technology demonstrator aircraft for the military are scheduled to fly, each offering far more...
September 30, 2016
Helitech International’s organizers and hosts aim to demonstrate the value of trade shows for operators and vendors in trying times with this week’s event in Amsterdam. The annual event convenes at RAI Amsterdam Oct. 11 to 13 as the world's rotorcraft industry is in a major downturn.  The slump was spurred by the significant downturn in oil prices, which cut demand for the services of...
September 30, 2016
Emergency medical equipment installed on aircraft operated by European air medical operators are governed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and must conform to certain regulations, including Part 21 (design) and CS-25/CS-23 (certifications specifications for aircraft). The regulations ensure that certain standards are met in medically equipped aircraft.  Equipment needs to be secured to...
September 30, 2016
Despite a slow market, Bell Helicopter (Stand 12F30) sees opportunities in many sectors. On display will be the Bell 429, its “best-selling helicopter in the region,” according to Jakub Hoda, Bell’s managing director for Europe and Russia. The twin helicopter is seeing successes in the air medical and parapublic markets. Among the 260 429s in operation around the world, 70 are flying in...
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