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July 14, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica's first Level D full-flight simulator for the new AW169 has received ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA certification, the company announced at Farnborough this week. The simulator, jointly developed with CAE, is...
July 14, 2016
Airbus Helicopters "really believes" in the Super Puma and remains convinced "the product will have a future," despite an accident investigation that has highlighted concerns about its main gearbox, the Reuters news agency reported. A Reuters correspondent asked Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury about the Super Puma's future in the wake of a probe into the cause of the April 29 crash of a CHC...
July 13, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has sold three GrandNew EMS helicopters to LifeFlight of Maine. The aircraft will transition into a mixed fleet of aircraft to deliver care and to transport patients. The helicopters are...
July 13, 2016
Sikorsky has signed two 10-yr support deals with Babcock Mission Critical Services and Bristow Helicopters at Farnborough Air Show this week. The agreements call for Sikorsky to provide the...
July 12, 2016
The National EMS Pilots Assn. is accepting nominations for the 2016 EMS Pilot of the Year award. It will be presented at the...
July 11, 2016
An update to this story can be found here. Leonardo Helicopters is looking to restart AW609 flight tests that it suspended voluntarily after the Oct. 30, 2015, crash of the No. 2 prototype, officials of the parent company said today at the Farnborough Air Show.  "We think that we can continue to move onto certification" toward the end of 2018, Leonardo CEO Mauro Moretti said. While that is a...
July 8, 2016
The FAA says it is encouraging owners of helicopters and smaller airplanes to install new safety equipment voluntarily by making broader use of a policy that went into effect March 31.   The agency said the new policy on installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) would streamline the process and reduce costs for fielding gear not currently required by regulations. The FAA said...
July 7, 2016
UPDATE 1800 EDT U.S., July 7 A flight recorder from the crashed Bell Helicopter 525 has been recovered from the burnt wreckage and sent for readout to the NTSB's Washington, D.C. recorder lab; the recorder is not a hardened CVR/FDR but appears to be in good shape, according to the safety board. The NTSB has dispatched a total of six investigators from its Washington headquarters to Texas to support the...
July 6, 2016
Bristow Group is expected to announce reorganization of its chief administrative officer role following the departure of its SVP, Hilary Ware. Ware left the company for "personal...
July 6, 2016
Maverick Helicopters is offering Maui, Hawaii's first air-and-landing experience at Hana Rainforest on its Airbus Helicopter EC130 ECO-Star. Maverick said it performs its 75-minute sightseeing tours...
July 5, 2016
India's civil aviation ministry is seeking stakeholder comments on a proposed fare schedule for regional air transport in the country, including helicopter flights. Businesses and the public have until July 22 to comment on the schedule, called the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme, which the ministry released July 1. In a statement then, it said the fare schedule has "the twin objectives of promoting...
June 30, 2016
Norwegian investigators seeking causes of the fatal April 29 CHC EC225 crash are focused on a main gearbox fatigue failure that certification processes may not have been foreseen and maintenance procedures may have been unable to detect.    The Accident Investigation Board of Norway said the most likely cause of the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma's main rotor separation in flight was fatigue...
June 28, 2016
Kathryn Purwin, widow of the late Alan Purwin, has taken over as CEO of Helinet Aviation Services, which provides travel, emergency medical, electronic newsgathering and TV/film production services. Purwin will build on her husband's vision to help law enforcement...
June 27, 2016
International investigators are assessing what role an unexpected feature of the AW609's high-speed flight-control software may have played in a prototype's fatal October in-flight breakup in Italy.   Italy's national agency for aviation safety, which leads the probe of the Oct. 30 crash that killed two test pilots, said the civil tiltrotor's "behavior at high speed was not completely predicted...
June 24, 2016
Bell Helicopter has named its former head of commercial business to lead its engineering organization and innovation initiatives. The manufacturer said Matt Hasik now serves as EVP for Technology and Innovation and is a member of Bell Helicopter's Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for leading the company's "core engineering team and providing strategic direction for designing, developing...
June 22, 2016
Bristow Helicopters' Nigeria business unit established a new helicopter rescue and recovery service for that nation's oil and gas industry. That service...
June 20, 2016
Rosneft's RN Aircraft will purchase 20 Leonardo-Finmeccanica AugustaWestland AW189s for transport following an agreement between the manufacturer, Rosneft...
June 20, 2016
The FAA's anticipated new rules on commercial drones reveal several changes to the originally proposed provisions, including ones concerning pilot age and max flight altitude, according to a drone lawyer who claims to have leaked the document. The official release of the new Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) is expected as soon as Tuesday. The agency initially proposed in February last...
June 17, 2016
Kagoshima International Aviation in Kirishima, Japan, has placed an order for a second AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin-engine helicopter for EMS missions in the Kagoshima Prefecture. That aircraft...
June 16, 2016
REACH Air Medical Services and California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) have merged, creating the largest network of air ambulance bases in California. Sean Russell, REACH president, and Lynn Malmstrom, CALSTAR CEO, said CALSTAR will become a limited...
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