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September 3, 2015
Increased community demand drove a record level of operations for Australia's Snowy Hydro SouthCare during its 2015 fiscal year, according to ABC News in that country. The helicopter rescue operator's CEO, Chris Kimball, called the spike "just a reflection of that service area that...
September 2, 2015
The FAA has appointed two new executives to guide the agency's integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace. The announcement comes less than one month after prior speculation into the agency's reorganization of its UAS functions. Marke "Hoot" Gibson will be the senior...
September 2, 2015
Jack Piehl, a trail blazer in Aviation Safety, died June 2, 2015, at the age of 80 due to a brief illness. His lifelong career spanned both flight and maintenance. He began with Eastern Airlines, worked in several corporate flight departments and eventually joined Shell Oil Company as a pilot. At...
September 2, 2015
Nigerian and U.S. accident investigators are at NTSB Washington headquarters to review flight recorder data from a Bristow S-76C+ that crashed Aug. 12 on approach to Lagos. Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau asked the NTSB to assist it in reviewing data from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were...
September 1, 2015
Washington firefighters used a camera-equipped drone last week to identify targets for helicopters to drop water. State officials deployed the fixed-wing ScanEagle UAV to about 9,500 ft above the Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park...
August 31, 2015
Robinson Helicopter is offering the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS and autopilot on R44s and R66s equipped with Aspen Avionics' primary flight display. The Torrance, Calif., manufacturer had made the Genesys stability augmentation system on R66s fitted with...
August 31, 2015
Aviation officials are reviewing Montana's aerial firefighting procedures in an effort to clear the state's UH-1Hs to aid overloaded fleets battling regional wild land fires. More than 100 fires are burning in Montana and...
August 31, 2015
EagleEye Systems, Inc. sold its "smart" UAV operating system to its first U.S. customer. Public service workers in New Jersey's Bergen County Office of Emergency Management will deploy OS-equipped drones for SAR and emergency situations. According to the...
August 28, 2015
Defensive measures against small UAS were a major focus at this year's Black Dart exercise organized by the U.S. Defense Department. Many results from this year's 20 or so engagements were kept secret, but one allegedly involved a U.S. Marine Corps sniper...
August 28, 2015
Dr. James "Red" Duke, a world-renowned trauma surgeon, professor and media icon, died Tuesday in Houston at the age of 86. Along with his many other accomplishments, Duke was known publicly as a television personality who explained...
August 28, 2015
Sept. 4 is the deadline for a $100 discount on registration for Rotor & Wing International’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At the one-day summit, top industry and...
August 27, 2015
The submission period closes today for an FAA-initiated Robinson R44 helicopter flight-training contract. The agency on Aug. 12 submitted a request for offer seeking businesses to conduct its "Helicopter Indoctrination Course" along with...
August 25, 2015
Following what CEO Jeff Roberts described as a slow start to the U.S. and Greek fire seasons—resulting in an approximate $1.3-million drop in commercial aviation revenue—Erickson Inc. has bolstered its...
August 24, 2015
The FAA on Aug. 21 released a new list of pilot, air-traffic and citizen reports of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft spanning Nov. 13, 2014, through Aug. 20, 2015. Of the roughly 250 incidents listed since the beginning of July, about 10 involved helicopters, and four were...
August 20, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation   Following recent FAA authorization, Metro is introducing electronic flight bags to its fleet. Metro partnered with Complete Flight to implement the EFBs' enterprise software, which will provide pilots access to...
August 19, 2015
Technological advances and growing constraints on government spending are two key factors challenging aviation regulators' abilities to approve new rotorcraft types and the enhancements of old ones, according to industry leaders. Many helicopter operators want new safety features that improve situational awareness and reduced pilot workload, according to one senior executive of a major OEM, but adding them...
August 18, 2015
Despite predictions from the National Interagency Fire Center as well as its own extensive preparations in outfitting its Air-Cranes, Erickson Inc. said that the 2015 sluggish firefighting season contributed to lost revenues in Q2. The company reported Aug. 6 in a Q2 earnings call that its second-quarter revenue for commercial aviation...
August 17, 2015
The agenda for Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit is now available online here, as is a list of confirmed and invited speakers. The Oct. 27 summit at the Sheraton DFW Airport in...
August 17, 2015
The Assn. for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's president and CEO, Brian Wynne, responded on Aug. 13 to an FAA report that claimed drone sightings are increasing, calling for "stricter enforcement of careless and...
August 14, 2015
An air ambulance helicopter took evasive action Wednesday during a near mid-air collision with a drone operating outside published FAA guidelines. The SkyLife helicopter, a Bell 407 owned by American Ambulance and Rogers Helicopters, was carrying a patient to the...
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