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July 2, 2015
Bell 525 Relentless makes first flight July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Supply chain challenges and FAA inspection requirements slowed the maiden flight of Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless, the manufacturer says. The super-medium twin 525 flew for the first time July 1 at Bell’s Amarillo, Texas facility. Senior Flight...
July 1, 2015
Though many police units have recently been buying new, an increase in available surplus helicopters may change that. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airborne law enforcement in the U.S. has made some gains in the last year or so. A number of police agencies have been cleared by their government overseers to purchase new helicopters instead of acquiring used or surplus ones. The Airborne Law...
July 1, 2015
An NTSB investigation is underway after six-year-old boy started a medical transport helicopter at an air show. Mayo One, an EC145 operated by the Mayo Clinic's air medical transport service, was on display at Mankato...
June 30, 2015
After security officers at Georgia’s state capitol building recently had to ask visitors twice in one day to stop flying drones around the iconic Gold Dome, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, they...
June 29, 2015
A near-doubling of high-rise fires in Tokyo, combined with a 50 percent increase in the number of buildings of 11 floors or more in that megalopolis, has prompted the city’s...
June 26, 2015
Two unmanned aircraft flying near California firefighting aircraft in closed airspace June 24 “could’ve killed everybody in the air,” a U.S. Forest Service official told a press conference called to highlight the incident. Forest Aviation Officer Mike Eaton, a tactical air supervisor, said a red or orange fixed-wing drone...
June 26, 2015
Longtime FAA executive Jay Pardee, who pioneered the agency’s shift from reactive to proactive and predictive safety initiatives over the last 20 years, died suddenly June 12. “Many of us at the FAA are policy people,” one Pardee colleague and friend said. “Jay lived and breathed safety his entire career.” That 44-year career included helping in the mid-1990s to...
June 26, 2015
A new program has been created to help FAA employees feel "comfortable coming forward with safety concerns,” according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The Safety Review Process (SRP), an 18-month pilot program initiated on June 25 by...
June 25, 2015
July 9 is the deadline for submitting comments on the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) draft standards on airborne search and rescue (SAR). Interested parties can download the draft standards at...
June 24, 2015
Atlantic Airways, the national airline of the Faroe Islands, has signed a contract with AgustaWestland for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters that will replace its existing...
June 23, 2015
As the 2015 U.S. wildfire season intensifies, especially in the drought-stricken states of Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska and California, Erickson Incorporated is prepared to aggressively deploy aircraft and crews wherever needed. The company has renewed national wildland fire suppression contracts with the U.S. Forest Service and other municipalities, and has contracted with the U.S. Forest Service...
June 19, 2015
Two former Carson Helicopters executives have been sentenced to U.S. prison after convictions for their role in the fatal 2008 crash of a firefighting S-61N. Steven Metheny, Carson’s VP in Grants Pass, Ore. at the time, was sentenced to 12.5 years. Levi Phillips, then...
June 19, 2015
Rotorcraft produced by Russian Helicopters are actively involved in fire-fighting operations in Spain, Portugal and other countries within Europe. The multirole Ka-32A11BC is capable of reaching the scene of the blaze in record time and delivering about 5 tonnes of water to extinguish a fire.   Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters The season of...
June 17, 2015
Germany's Bavarian State Police force is benefiting from a new retrofit package offered by Airbus Helicopters, in which the force's previously-built EC135 helicopters are upgraded to the newest performance, handling and safety standards of...
June 17, 2015
Interest in the Unmanned K-MAX as a firefighting tool may have played into Kaman Corp's decision to restart production of the base, counter-rotating-rotor helicopter. Kaman's Aerosystems division and Lockheed Martin have been talking with the U.S. Interior Department since early 2014, when the department first...
June 16, 2015
One target market for the new, heavy X6 is helicopter airlines, Airbus Helicopters President and CEO Guillaume Faury told reporters at the Paris Air Show today. “The X6 is the next future helicopter for the commercial market, targeting oil and gas, commercial air transportation and search and rescue,” Faury said in unveiling plans for a two-year effort...
June 16, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has fulfilled its contract to deliver seven S-92 helicopters to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. for U.K. Search and Rescue. There are now 11 S-92 helicopters available for use by the Maritime and Coastguard...
June 15, 2015
Look for Airbus Helicopters to announce plans for a new heavy helicopter, according to reports at the Paris Air Show. The Reuters news service says the manufacturer...
June 15, 2015
Turbomeca plans by year’s end to begin integrating advanced components for a technology demonstrator intended to support development of a new family of 3,000-shaft-horsepower-class...
June 15, 2015
If the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 is passed into law, U.S. certificate holders subject to FAA enforcement action could appeal their case directly to federal court. Proposed by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the bill would expand and clarify the rights of all...
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