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November 19, 2015
Bell Helicopter reports it has sold its first 407GXP in Germany. The customers, Dr. Ernst Langner and Nataly Langner, signed for the aircraft, which is to...
November 18, 2015
HeliOffshore is offering helicopter operators around the world guidelines for standardizing and improving their use of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS). The global safety assn. for the offshore helicopter industry said the guidelines and an associated implementation guide are the result of more than...
November 18, 2015
Robinson Helicopter plans to produce a lighter, two-place R44 derivative with better high-altitude performance margins in early 2016. The company said it has developed the R44 Cadet “with the training market in mind,” though it is “suitable for a wide variety of utilitarian...
November 18, 2015
Vertiport Chicago, featured in R&WI’s November issue, is partnering with a reservation-system vendor to pair travelers with available seats on helicopter flights in Chicago and the U.S...
November 17, 2015
There is more at stake in the current Washington debate over privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system than who controls the nation’s airspace, said Ed Bolen in opening the National Business Aviation Assn.’s annual convention in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. The NBAA president/CEO acknowledged that control clearly is a huge part of the debate. U.S. airlines have spent years and hundreds of...
November 16, 2015
HNZ Group will suspend monthly dividend payments following an $8 million net loss in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. The Montreal-based company said that payments would stop after the December dividend is paid on Jan. 15. The company’s third quarter is “normally a seasonally strong” one, said HNZ President/CEO Don Wall. (The company reported a net income of $9.58 million in 2014’s...
November 13, 2015
Proposed bans on air tours from New York City heliports would strip the city from controlling and managing helicopter noise and could result in increased noise, a top official told the New York City Council Nov. 12. The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio believes “these bans would put operators out of business,” James Katz...
November 13, 2015
Image courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky Aircraft’s famed Winged-S emblem has survived the company’s takeover. The helicopter maker’s official logo has changed, however. Gone is the circle of radial lines (meant to represent a gear) that marked it as a unit of United Technologies Corp., which on...
November 12, 2015
Photo courtesy of XTI Aircraft XTI Aircraft is seeking U.S. approval to convert $13.8 million in “expression of interest” in its TriFan 600 business aircraft proposal into real investments. The Denver-based company launched the “crowdfunding” initiative on Aug. 25 to reach out to individual investors. To...
November 12, 2015
Bristow Group’s U.K. SAR contract was one bright spot in the latest quarter’s financial performance. Steady growth in SAR work, recently acquired fixed-wing operations through Eastern Airlines and Airnorth, along with its ongoing economic restructuring efforts, all together managed to keep year-over-year quarterly revenues flat (excluding foreign exchange effects) despite an 8%...
November 10, 2015
Air Methods remains on the prowl for companies to acquire in the air medical sectors, according to its CEO. The company said back in August that it "had meaningful pursuits ongoing within both” sectors and believes that "that is still applicable today,” said Air Methods Chief Aaron Todd Nov. 5 after revealing...
November 10, 2015
Offshore helicopter support operators face economic challenges that are unmatched in their history, said Bristow Group President/CEO Jonathan Baliff. “This industry at its current scale has not faced this level of commercial, foreign exchange and financial market headwinds before,” said Baliff. Bristow reported financial results for the second quarter of its 2016 fiscal year that included a 96%...
November 10, 2015
“Lower for longer” has been the in-vogue catchphrase for the oil industry since about August. Leaders like Goldman Sachs and BP CEO Bob Dudley have used it. Offshore operators have embraced it, with the latest Era Group and Bristow Group financial reports...
November 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter does not expect the commercial helicopter market to recover until early to mid-2017, according to a Reuters report from this week’s Dubai Air Show. The news service quoted Bell’s vice...
November 9, 2015
India's conglomerate Tata has added Boeing to its list of aerospace joint-venture partners. The subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Boeing today said their new joint venture initially will create a “manufacturing center of excellence” to...
November 9, 2015
The second Mi-171A2 prototype has begun flight tests at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Russian Helicopters reported. The unit of the state corporation Rostec said certification testing also is underway. The latest...
November 6, 2015
Globally, the helicopter market “is more at the bottom than at the top,” Turbomeca CEO Bruno Even told R&WI. “In the last two years, all OEMs have been facing the same slowdown in the market.” That said, he added that Turbomeca is committed to investing in innovative new products and improved customer satisfaction. “We have a...
November 6, 2015
The U.S. isn't alone in its concern about how to regulate civil drones. France is concerned, too. As U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx prepared last month to launch a drone registry task force (which wrapped up three days of deliberations yesterday), a top-level French government agency noted that “current regulation [in France] is inadequate and must be reformed to better prevent and...
November 5, 2015
One minute before midnight EST Nov. 6 is the deadline for the public to submit comments to the FAA’s drone registry task force. The 26-member group will wrap up three days of deliberations in Washington, D.C., today...
November 5, 2015
Era Group has more helicopters than it can use to support offshore oil and gas production and exploration and is looking to trim new aircraft orders as it pares its existing fleet. The Houston-based operator said its third-quarter net income plunged 79% to $900,000 this year from $4.3 million in the same period for 2014. Year over year, operating revenues for the quarter dropped 23% to $69.7...
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