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October 13, 2015
Law enforcement and aviation officials in Miami, Florida, have formed a task force to deal with unmanned aircraft, according a local TV news report. WTVJ said the task force is being led by the state attorney for the Miami-Dade County...
October 13, 2015
Lockheed Martin says it has a "field-tested" system for detecting and countering threats from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). At the Assn. of the U.S. Army's annual convention in Washington, D.C., this week, the company said it...
October 12, 2015
Babcock International Group has won a five-year contract to provide engineering services to support Royal Navy helicopters at air stations...
October 12, 2015
Information collected by U.K. police forces shows a significant increase in public complaints about drones, according to The Guardian. According to data released in response to that news...
October 6, 2015
A lack of consistency among international aviation regulators' application of certification standards slows rotorcraft manufacturers in bringing new products to market, AgustaWestland's senior VP of Strategy and Business Development told attendees at Helitech International in London Tuesday. Answering questions during a panel discussion at the show called "New...
October 5, 2015
California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed three UAS-related bills as part of a larger effort to maintain simplicity of the state's criminal code. Senate Bills 168, 170 and 271, all proposed by Sen. Ted Gaines...
October 2, 2015
The U.S. Navy has reestablished a minesweeping helicopter training squadron this week two decades after it was disbanded. Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 12 (HM-12) will be based at Norfolk Naval Station to train new pilots in the Navy's MH-53E Sea Dragon—a modified Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion used...
October 2, 2015
In a letter sent yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International along with a long list of industry groups lamented the FAA's failure to meet its Sept. 30, 2015, deadline for commercializing UAS in the country's...
October 1, 2015
MD Helicopters has supported the viability of its MD-530F during combat operations in Kabul, Afghanistan, amid recent criticism from Afghan Air Force Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari that the aircraft's tail rotor, performance limitations and weapons...
October 1, 2015
Lockheed Martin's $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft has come under criticism by Pentagon officials who say the consolidation would reduce diversity and competition among U.S...
September 30, 2015
A top NTSB official will open Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit with a briefing on the safety board's call for the FAA to require all newly built helicopters to have crash-resistant fuel systems regardless of when their type certificate was issued. The director of the NTSB's Office of Aviation Safety, John DeLisi, will give the morning keynote presentation from 8:10 to 9 a.m. to kick off the...
September 30, 2015
The Assn. of Air Medical Services has released a report describing its official stance on the operations of UAS. The organization argued that despite the U.S. public's focus on how UAS will affect passenger airlines, the "dangers posed to low-level aviation...
September 29, 2015
A political shift expected during Poland's upcoming parliamentary elections may contribute to the undoing of the country's $3 billion dollar acquisition of Airbus' helicopters. Time reported that Law and Justice, Poland's...
September 28, 2015
Armed MD Helicopters MD-530Fs delivered this year to the Afghan Air Force lack the performance to be effective combat weapons in that mountainous nation, The New York Times reported Sept. 27, quoting a top air force officer. That officer is Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari, who the news outlet said recently took command of the air force's squadron of 16 MD-530Fs. Calling...
September 28, 2015
EASA has certified a limited ice protection system for the AW189 as AgustaWestland works toward making the super medium twin suitable for operations in the most adverse and harsh environmental conditions. Certification of the system, which does not require heated rotor blades and...
September 25, 2015
Lockheed Martin's $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft has been green lit in the U.S., Japan and South Korea, and now awaits additional approval from abroad, according to Reuters. LM along with Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. on Sept. 23 filed...
September 25, 2015
Following its first international sale of V-22 Ospreys to Japan, the Bell-Boeing venture behind the U.S. military's tilt rotor aims to attract buyers in the Middle East. According to John McGraw, a Boeing executive via Gulf News, the company perceives "great...
September 24, 2015
The FAA said it is escalating its enforcement of UAS regulations following the Sept. 12 crash of a drone that kicked up loose debris into a nearby infant in Pasadena, California. A 24-year-old drone operator lost signal reception with a DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter flying beyond...
September 24, 2015
  Image courtesy of Bell Helicopter On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Bell Helicopter received the first completed fuselage for its V-280 tilt-rotor design from Spirit AeroSystems and emphasized the importance of speed in providing future vertical-lift technology for tomorrow's...
September 23, 2015
Operations, engineering and flight test experts will debate the real-world certification challenges facing the rotorcraft industry and its regulators at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit.  "The Most Daunting Certification Challenges Before Us" is among the panel discussions in the program for the one-day executive forum at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas.   Among...
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