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November 18, 2016
Vertiport Chicago was created to fill a void in the city left by the illegal bulldozing of Meigs Field in 2003. After then-Mayor Richard M. Daley sacrificed the runway in the effort to build a lakefront park in its place, downtown Chicago was left without close flight options (O’Hare is about 16 miles from the downtown lakefront area). Twelve years later, Vertiport opened for rotorcraft in the...
November 10, 2016
The rotorcraft industry made its presence known at last week’s National Business Aviation Assn. (NBAA) show in Orlando, with helicopters guarding the edges of the exhibit hall at the business-jet focused event.     Latitude Technologies signed a three-year contract to provide flight data analytics services to Canadian emergency medical services operator Ornge for its fleet of Leonardo...
November 4, 2016
Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters, spent recent days testifying in a New York courtroom on federal charges that she and her Patriarch Partners holding company defrauded backers of three investment funds.   The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the proceeding, has asked Administrative Law Judge Carol Fox Foelak to order Patriarch Partners and the celebrity “distressed debt”...
November 1, 2016
Sikorsky’s S-92 has seen a decade of operation in China, the company said. The Lockheed Martin subsidiary announced the milestone at Airshow China in Zhuhai this week. In 2006, China saw its first S-92 and S-76 delivered. More than 160 of those aircraft...
November 1, 2016
By way of an agreement between Bell Helicopter, Shaanxi Aviation Industry Development Co. Ltd. (SAIDC) and Xi’an Helicopter Company Ltd. (XHC), Bell 407GXPs can now be assembled in China. Announced at Airshow China this week, the company said the signed framework...
October 31, 2016
  Bristow Group has appointed William “Bill” Collins to SVP of global operations. Collins will focus on improving operational safety, reliability and efficiency for Bristow’s clients. With this appointment, acting SVP Chet Akiri will assume his chief commercial officer role. Collins joins Bristow from American Airlines where he was responsible for the aircraft overhaul division in...
October 31, 2016
The National Business Aviation Assn.’s (NBAA) annual convention is like a holiday for the civil business aircraft industry. Typically there are gifts of new and enhanced fixed-wing and rotary aircraft on display on the convention floor and at a nearby airport. Attendees gather each year to see aircraft and technologies currently available and what could be unveiled in the near future. This year...
October 31, 2016
Mike Hirschberg with the rest of the “A Look Ahead” panel (top). The “‘Data Mining’ and Your Bottom Line” panel address summit attendees during a Q&A session (bottom). Progress in Certification Streamlining Moderated by Woodrow Bellamy III, Editor, Avionics Magazine Speakers: - Lance Gant, Manager, FAA Rotorcraft Directorate - Jonathan Archer, Director of Engineering...
October 17, 2016
Bell Helicopter and Airbus Helicopters Japan made the most of their time at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016. From Oct. 12 to Oct. 15, both companies said they were busy giving and receiving signatures in Tokyo. Bell now has plans to deliver a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Japan's Yuhi Airlines for corporate travel and tourism operations after both parties signed a letter of intent. Japan's first...
October 13, 2016
Leonardo's global reach is expanding with orders for Helikorea, Lease Corporation International (LCI) and Specialist Aviation Services (SAS). Five different Brazilian customers have also recently signed on for the helicopter from the civilian market. This makes for nearly 150 AW169 orders and options signed to date, according to...
October 13, 2016
Bell Helicopter is reassembling a Model 429 full-flight simulator in Spain and readying it for recertification and use by next January at its new training academy in the eastern coastal city of Valencia. The OEM said at Helitech International in Amsterdam this week that it is working with fellow Textron company TRU Simulation + Training to gain EASA certification of the simulator in time to offer 429...
October 12, 2016
Airbus Helicopters' H135 family turns 20 this year, celebrating more than 300 customers in 75 countries. H135 rotorcraft are flown in support of emergency medical services, law enforcement, corporate transport, offshore wind and military flight...
October 10, 2016
EASA’s end to a flight ban on some Super Pumas is contingent on those helicopters’ manufacturer and operators replacing transmission gears with tougher versions and closely monitoring the shortened service life of the new components.   The European agency’s Oct. 7 decision was not matched by the civil aviation authorities of the U.K. or Norway, which said they would leave flight bans...
October 6, 2016
Hélicoptères Guimbal is assembling its 175th Cabri G2 at its base in Aix-en-Provence aerodrome in France — marking an increase of 75 units in 18 months.  The General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. said Guimbal produced more G2s in 2015 than Robinson Helicopter Co. produced R22s, even as the R22 has held the lion’s share of the light training market almost since its production...
October 4, 2016
Forget Finmeccanica, Leonardo is here.  The company has been rebranded this year after Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci, reflecting  its “capacity to imagine and design solutions with ingenuity, creativity and passion,” it said.  Approved in April 2016 during a shareholder meeting, the new name will become official in January 2017. Until then, it will operate as...
September 30, 2016
Despite a slow market, Bell Helicopter (Stand 12F30) sees opportunities in many sectors. On display will be the Bell 429, its “best-selling helicopter in the region,” according to Jakub Hoda, Bell’s managing director for Europe and Russia. The twin helicopter is seeing successes in the air medical and parapublic markets. Among the 260 429s in operation around the world, 70 are flying 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 23, 2016
One day in September 2015, a young girl in Raleigh, North Carolina, said to the Air Line Pilots Assn., "This is the best day of my life!" That girl had just experienced Women in Aviation International's (WAI) first-ever Girls in Aviation Day (GAD). On Sept. 24, girls around the globe will, once again, have the chance to experience their own "best day" during this year's GAD. “I...
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...
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