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July 21, 2016
Robinson Helicopter delivered its first two production R44 Cadets to distributor Heliflite Australia. The Cadet received FAA certification in May. The Cadet features a reduced maximum...
July 20, 2016
South Beach Helicopters added an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 AStar to its tourism and charter flights fleet. The AStar marks the company's first Airbus helicopter. Its fleet...
July 20, 2016
Bell Helicopter has signed an agreement with a Bolivian rancher for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.  Rodrigo Gutierrez will use the helicopter for personal...
July 19, 2016
Airbus Helicopters said it has delivered the first VIP version of the H175. It has been delivered to a private customer in Europe to complement a yacht. Pegasus Design, which designs mostly jets and yachts...
July 19, 2016
NTSB investigators are culling a wealth of data, including telemetry and eyewitness accounts from chase pilots, for clues as to why a Bell Helicopter 525 prototype disintegrated in flight July 6.   The distribution of wreckage on the ground indicates that the aircraft broke up in midair. In addition to the aft tailboom and empennage, which was found 1,500 ft from the main field of heavily burnt...
July 15, 2016
Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Bell Helicopter will work together to support India's aviation and defense modernization initiatives. The joint venture will develop both commercial and government light utility and reconnaissance helicopter...
July 14, 2016
EASA has completed a second phase of validations for new capabilities and expanded performance of the Sikorsky S-76DTM, Sikorsky said at the Farnborough Air Show this week. The new capabilities...
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 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 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 28, 2016
Erickson's Bell Helicopter 212s will transport staff and equipment from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, to various areas in Nome, Alaska...
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 20, 2016
Rosneft's RN Aircraft will purchase 20 Leonardo-Finmeccanica AugustaWestland AW189s for transport following an agreement between the manufacturer, Rosneft...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
June 14, 2016
Bell Helicopter's 505 Jet Ranger X has begun a four-month demonstration tour across Japan, debuting first at the...
June 9, 2016
EHang Inc. will begin flight testing, training and development of a passenger-carrying drone with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the Governor's Office of Economic...
May 31, 2016
Bell Helicopter's Singapore facility completed 5,000-hr inspections and customizations for two Bell 412 EPs for an Australian private customer. That facility supports aircraft delivery...
May 27, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica renewed its distributorship agreement with Sloane Helicopters for another three years in the U.K...
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