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September 30, 2016
On Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. local time in Amsterdam, the session on helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) will highlight developments in the industry and the impact of...
September 30, 2016
With growth in the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) market, the sector is experimenting with regulations.  The global civil UAS fleet was estimated at 1 million in 2015; 300,000 were sold that year. Analysts see the market reaching $14.9 billion by 2020, from $10.1 billion in 2015. After a series of incidents, concerns are arising within the manned aircraft community. At the European Aviation Safety...
September 30, 2016
The RTCA advisory board will be meeting in Toulouse, France, where it will be hosted by Airbus for an Airborne Weather Detection Systems meeting Oct. 4 to 6. Established in...
September 29, 2016
Succeeding the CEO and founder of a company is a daunting task for anyone — there are high expectations, to say the least. But when Charles Kaman, founder of Kaman Aircraft Co., retired at the turn of the century, Paul Kuhn stepped up to the challenge. Kuhn died on Sept. 17 at age 74, but the impact he had on Kaman remains.   "He had the unenviable task of succeeding Mr. Kaman after his 55 years...
September 27, 2016
Uber's chief product officer, Jeff Holden, brought VTOL to the stage at The Nantucket Project Sunday in Massachusetts. In a panel moderated by Kara Swisher from Vox Media's Recode, Holden said that Uber is currently researching vertical-flight possibilities. UberCHOPPER already exists, with an Uber/Corporate Helicopters endeavor in 2014 to fly people in Southern...
September 26, 2016
North Sea helicopter operators have been urged to do more to introduce safety measures for crashes at sea...
September 23, 2016
The Assn. of Air Medical Services (AAMS) postponed its upcoming Air Medical Transport Conference due to the instability surrounding riots at its host city of Charlotte, North Carolina, the association said Thursday night. The conference was to be held Sept. 26 to 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center, just blocks away from rioting activity...
September 23, 2016
Look for a Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations hearing Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. The FAA in June issued a final rule permitting use of commercial drones weighing fewer than 55 lb. That rule became effective Aug. 29.  Titled "Opportunity Rising: the...
September 22, 2016
Air medical and air ambulance designer and manufacturer Spectrum Aeromed is celebrating 25 yr of operation this month. And to thank the industry for its support, the North Dakota-based company will host a celebration during the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), according to a company news release. The celebration...
September 22, 2016
It has been more than four months since Sikorsky's S-92 fleet reached its 1 million flight hour milestone, but celebrations kept going last week in the North Sea Region, according to a company news release.   On Monday, the "Thanks A Million" campaign reached Aberdeen, Scotland, and then Stavanger, Norway, on Tuesday.  ...
September 16, 2016
Along with its public listing plan, government-owned Pawan Hans has finalized a new business plan, according to news reports. By 2027, the Indian national helicopter company hopes to increase revenue by nearly three times the amount it saw in 2015 to 2016. Pawan Hans is set to...
September 16, 2016
Nov. 4, 2014, was the day an Air Methods Corp. EC135 would make its first of 51 passenger-carrying flights in one week. On that same day, an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) had deemed that same aircraft “unairworthy." Now, almost two years later, the FAA has handed Air Methods an $892,500 fine for the "unairworthy" Europcopter...
September 14, 2016
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. With nine award categories, HAI looks to celebrate those who go above and beyond in all aspects of the vertical aviation profession. Anyone, HAI member or...
September 13, 2016
A team of University of Maryland (UMD) students makes history flying a piloted, solar-powered helicopter for the first time ever, according to a university-issued article. The aircraft, composed of a cabin frame, four rotors and eight blades, flew for nine sec and got more than 1 ft off the...
September 12, 2016
Del Mar College first responder students got an up-close look at what it's like to work for an air ambulance service, local news outlets reported. A HALO-Flight helicopter landed on the West Campus in Corpus Christi, Texas, where approximately 80 students waited eagerly...
September 9, 2016
Photo courtesy of CC BY-SA 3.0 An Erickson Inc. S-64 Aircrane is helping Xcel Energy set up a new electric-transmission line to support future oil and gas production and exploration in northwest Colorado. The work comes as Erickson is increasing its pursuit of infrastructure-related contracts to offset downturns in its offshore support and U.S. government business lines. This week the Aircrane began...
September 9, 2016
XTI Aircraft Co. initiated another strategy to raise the funds necessary to build a piloted subscale TriFan 600 prototype, supplementing its unique equity crowdfunding campaign. The company now has an engagement agreement with the New York investment bank Primary Capital, LLC for its...
September 8, 2016
A Bell Helicopter 429 crashed in central Slovakia Wednesday night while on a medical transport mission. All four onboard were killed.  Details about a possible cause for the crash have not yet been released, but Slovak news outlets have reported that witnesses heard the helicopter making strange...
September 7, 2016
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) has tapped Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore as its aviation supplier, providing air medical coverage across the country every day of the year. Babcock will supply two Eurocopter EC135s, according to...
September 7, 2016
The rotorcraft market in South America is still alive, despite the industry-wide decline in demand. Companies worldwide are not shying away from the market there, as was evident in the orders from the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. Exhibitors included Airbus and its...
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