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December 21, 2015
  Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Christopher R. Rye   Erickson Incorporated has made its fourth delivery of Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion tail pylons to the U.S. naval fleet.   The company was contracted by Sikorsky on June 24, 2013, to supply the five...
December 21, 2015
The FAA’s recently published drone registration rule provides a few hints about what commercial drone applicants might expect in 2016. The Dec. 16 Interim Final Rule most immediately applies to drone hobbyists operating under the “model aircraft” definition—aircraft used for non-commercial purposes and within visual line of sight. These applicants have been provided an online...
December 18, 2015
The Chance-Vought/LTV tilt-wing XC-142A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Five U.S. museums with military themes made a top-20 list compiled by the entertainment and business review website Yelp.   Yelp based its ratings on the number of reviews its users posted on the website and the star ratings they assigned to the museums.  ...
December 18, 2015
Millions of dollars in additional funding and other supportive legislation may go toward rotary-wing technology in FY16, thanks to efforts led by American Helicopter Society International and other technology groups. The President is expected next week to sign a defense budget deal the U.S...
December 18, 2015
A sought-after high-altitude pilot, a team that improved IFR procedures for Boston HEMS and members of the largest maritime rescue ever recorded are among the rotorcraft industry professionals recognized this year by Helicopter Assn. International.  HAI's Salute to Excellence Awards “recognize those who, through either a single act or a lifetime of service and dedication, exemplify the best of...
December 15, 2015
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s state-owned aerospace company, plans to develop an indigenous turboshaft jet engine for 7,000-lb and 10,000- to 16,000-lb class helicopters, a move one official believes might help the country become a “global hub of aeronautical development.” Hindustan announced its plan...
December 15, 2015
Two former helicopter test pilots are among the team of astronauts that successfully docked today at the International Space Station. American astronaut Timothy Kopra, British astronaut Timothy Peake and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko blasted off on a Soyuz rocket out of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:03 p.m. local time. Despite trouble with the automatic rendezvous system, commander...
December 14, 2015
The U.S. Air Force’s 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has been named this year’s winner of the Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence, which is presented annually to the military’s best field-level maintenance unit. The squadron’s mission is to...
December 14, 2015
The new FAA small-drone registration rule requires aircraft owners to pay $5 for the required paperwork.  That fee is required for registration of any aircraft (manned or unmanned), per FAA procedures and congressional guidance. “The fee is the same for registering a Cessna 172 or a Boeing 787,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday in announcing the registration rule...
December 11, 2015
Russian Helicopters has delivered a batch of five military transport helicopters to the Bangladesh Ministry of Defence. The Mi-171Sh combat-transport helicopters were purchased via state credit under a...
December 8, 2015
An MV-22B from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 lands at Ilha do Governador, Brazil, Nov. 17 during UNITAS Amphibious 2015. Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Ricardo Davila Crews from the U.S. Marine Corps Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 764 stretched the MV-22’s legs on a...
December 7, 2015
AgustaWestland owner Finmeccanica has rejected a Boeing bid to buy its U.K. helicopter unit, according to a Dec. 6 report by The Sunday Times. The London newspaper, citing industry sources, said the U.S. aerospace and defense...
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of NASA / James Blair A British Army helicopter pilot and a fellow rotary-wing aviator from the U.S. are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station next week for a nearly six-month tour of duty in low-Earth orbit.    European Space Agency crewmember Tim Peake will make his first spaceflight. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra served on the space station for two months in 2009. ...
December 4, 2015
Army aviators at 11 posts across the continental U.S. are in the midst of a safety stand-down following three helicopter training accidents that killed eight fliers in 10 days. The U.S. Army Forces Command ordered the stand-down effective Dec. 3 through through Dec...
December 4, 2015
The U.S. Army is assessing when to test technologies for countering threats from small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The threat that such aircraft pose within the U.S. and abroad “is an ongoing concern,” the service’s Rapid Equipping Force said in a Nov. 6 “sources sought” announcement. Continued technology improvements are making small drones “more available and at...
December 3, 2015
Photo courtesy of The Pennsylvania State University The FAA should “expedite its work” in developing data on the actual risks posed by midair collisions of manned aircraft with small unmanned ones, all 26 members of a U.S. task force urged the agency, according to their Nov. 21 report on small drone registration. As those members wrestled with the question of the lower weight limit that should...
December 2, 2015
U.S. Coast Guard MH-65s in Florida and Washington state were hit in flight by laser beams Nov. 30, according to various news sources. At about 8:30 p.m. local time, the crew of an Airbus Helicopters Dolphin reported being targeted by a laser from the ground while flying near...
December 1, 2015
Petty Officer 1st Class Daryk Brekke, an aviation maintenance technician at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, offloads toys from a MH-65 at Oahu’s Kalaeloa Airport Nov. 29 as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Photo by Petter Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle, U.S. Coast Guard The U.S. Coast Guard in Hawaii is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to...
December 1, 2015
Japan is arranging to give subsidies to communities around a planned U.S. air base on Okinawa that is the subject of longstanding protests, Stars & Stripes reported. The U.S. military newspaper said subsidies are common for communities on the island of 1.4 million. The island is also home to the largest share of U.S. forces...
December 1, 2015
A small drone’s accidental threat to people on the ground was the only hazard considered by a U.S. task force that recommended registration procedures for such aircraft.  The Transportation Dept. task force on Nov. 21 said all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing between about 0.55 lb and 55 lb should be registered with the FAA. That range covers maximum takeoff weight, including the drone...
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