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November 18, 2016
Garmin International has received Supplemental Type Certification from the FAA for the installation of the GTX 345 ADS-B In/Out and GTX 335 Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) transponders in an Approved Model List (AML) of Part 27 helicopters. Photo courtesy of Garmin Garmin International announced that the FAA has...
November 17, 2016
The Airbus Helicopters H135 joins the Airbus H175 and H145 T2 as a Helionix-capable aircraft, the company said. With the EASA Helionix type certificate, the H135 now has the option for increased mission flexibility and safety with the...
November 14, 2016
Genesys Aerosystems has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of its HeliSAS and two-axis autopilot on Airbus Helicopters EC120s, the company said. Coming more than eight...
November 11, 2016
BLR Aerospace will unveil its newest FastFin System at the 2016 Helicopter Assn. of Canada (HAC) Annual Convention and Trade Show in Edmonton, the company said. From Nov. 11 to 13, the system will be displayed on an Airbus Helicopters H125. FastFin is an anti-torque enhancer, using...
November 11, 2016
Currently celebrating its 50th year, ITT Enidine is headquartered near Buffalo, New York — which is also the birthplace of Bell Helicopter. This is about 400 miles northwest of where its parent company, ITT Inc., is located outside New York City in White Plains, New York. Enidine is a brand of ITT Control Technologies — and ITT Inc. business — that deals with industrial, aerospace...
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 10, 2016
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics brought its TB17 lithium-ion battery to NBAA in Orlando, Florida, at the beginning of the month. The TB17 had recently been issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) for lithium-ion battery use as a primary electrical power source a couple weeks prior — which the company trumpets as the first-ever of its type. Together...
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 4, 2016
Airbus Helicopters H125s and H130s are now set to have an Aviation Battery Systems solution included with each new delivery. The Arizona company said it has arranged with Airbus to have its StartStick included in the fly-away kits for new deliveries of light single...
November 3, 2016
Bell Helicopter's 505 Jet Ranger X is set to get a new wardrobe, courtesy of Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG). Announced by the company at NBAA Tuesday, the Jet Ranger X follows in the footsteps of the Bell 525 and...
November 1, 2016
Becker Avionics has debuted its new BXT6513 dual antenna remote transponder, the company said. Designed for both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, the new technology has ADS-B Out and meets the FAA technical standard order for the 2020...
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
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 31, 2016
Midflight, the main rotor strikes the fuselage. The main rotor and tail boom then separate from the airframe, and the rotorcraft falls from the sky. More than likely this occurrence — known as a “mast bump” — will end in fatality for all onboard. On March 9, 2013, a Robinson Helicopter Company R66 crashed in New Zealand’s Kaweka range after experiencing a mast bump, the...
October 26, 2016
An Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 with New Zealand's Skywork Helicopters is flying the first high-resolution Astronics Max-Viz 1400 Enhanced Vision System (EVS), according to a company news release. The 1400 EVS was recently certified to DO-160G standards by the RTCA earlier this week. The operator — with its parent based in New York...
October 21, 2016
Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Sikorsky is slated to donate its X2 high-speed demonstrator to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in ceremonies Oct. 27, R&WI has learned. The aircraft is to go on public display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, after the private ceremonies hosted by the Lockheed Martin unit.  Sikorsky began work on the compound, coaxial-rotor...
October 21, 2016
Image courtesy of Rockwell Collins From Oct. 24 to Oct. 27, RTCA will be holding its 32nd Enhanced Flight Visions Systems/Synthetic Visions Systems (EFVS/SVS) meeting. Monday's gathering will consist of working group meets, while the next three days will...
October 20, 2016
Airbus Helicopters made it official: Isreal-based Elbit Systems was "Industrial Best Performer Supplier" in 2015. Awarded the title on Wednesday, Elbit is being recognized in its role supporting the Airbus Helicopters Supply & Quality Improvement...
October 20, 2016
Commercial Bell Helicopter 204B, 205, 205A-1 and some UH-1s can now get metal main rotor blades from Helicopter Technology Company (HTC). The company, based in Los Angeles, said that the 204P2100-101 main rotor blade is a direct replacement for...
October 13, 2016
The German operator Helicopter Travel Munich signed for one Airbus Helicopters H145 for offshore wind farm support work at Helitech International in Amsterdam this week, the manufacturer said. HTM plans to operate the new twin –...
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