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January 30, 2015
The FAA has published a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and a YouTube video warning aviators that the airspace over Super Bowl XLIX will be off limits to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The NOTAM summarizes a Temporary...
January 30, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Helicopter Association International (HAI) hosted a gathering of vertical lift industry representatives and government aviation officials to discuss a number of issues critical to the industry. More than 75 people gathered from across the country while more than 165 participated via a live streaming internet feed. The FAA's Lance Gant (left) and John Duncan (right) fielded questions...
January 27, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical helicopter equipped with a next generation state-of-the-art medical interior and avionics suite. The first completed aircraft was delivered from United Rotorcraft’s facility in Englewood, Colo. The STC was completed in partnership...
January 26, 2015
Botswana's Police Service has signed a contract for three new AS350 B3e "Ecureuil" rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters, equipped with Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engines. The...
January 23, 2015
Metro Aviation subsidiary PAC International completed the installation of a Garmin GTX-330ES extended squitter transponder system in an Airbus EC135 helicopter, and also received certification for the...
January 22, 2015
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the only Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system available for the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 helicopter. This new IBF helps prevent engine damage in all environments and is approved for year-round operations. EC130T2 operators can now benefit from reduced operating costs via...
January 14, 2015
Metro Aviation recently obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Airbus' AS350 B3 helicopter with Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) capability, meeting the FAA's 2020 deadline. “Metro had the opportunity to obtain the ADS-B STC in conjunction with a fleet order of AS350 B3s. Not only will future aircraft installations benefit from the STC, but we will be able to...
January 12, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Helicopter Industry International (HAI) will host a forum to give members and other industry leaders an opportunity to interact directly with government regulators. The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) are co-sponsoring the event. High-level executives from the FAA Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification offices will...
January 8, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Able Aerospace with the parts manufacturer approval (PMA) of a new tail rotor fan shaft replacement part for the Bell 407...
January 8, 2015
Following an agreement signed on Dec. 29, AgustaWestland will provide 160 AW189 civil helicopters to the oil company Rosneft by 2025. The supply will be provided mainly through HeliVert, a joint venture between Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of the corporation Rostec).   Photo courtesy AgustaWestland HeliVert will be responsible for the final assembly of the...
January 7, 2015
Less than two weeks after receiving its Transport Canada certification, Eagle Copters Ltd. has received Federal Aviation Administration certification for its Eagle 407HP program. Eagle Copters specializes in sales, leasing, product development and engineering, and is a Bell Platinum Customer Service provider. Its Eagle 407HP is a conversion...
January 7, 2015
Thales-owned company LiveTV Satellite Communications and distributor Greenwich AeroGroup have achieved another joint milestone in in-flight integration by demonstrating their LiveAero connectivity solution on a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter in flight. Sikorsky chose the two companies to install and deliver LiveAero to Sikorsky S-92 custom-equipped helicopters for use primarily in search and rescue missions...
December 31, 2014
The FAA has released Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) SW-15-07, alerting owners and operators of specific Airbus Helicopters models to several reports of Shur-Lok nuts suffering loss of tightening torque. Airbus Helicopters uses the Shur-Lok nut as a retainer of the tail rotor...
December 30, 2014
On Dec. 23, the Texas Game Wardens unveiled their new Airbus AS350 B3e helicopter. The aircraft will enhance the department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts.   Photo by Chase Fountain, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 2014 The new AS350 B3e is outfitted with the latest law enforcement technology and emergency response...
December 24, 2014
AgustaWestland has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its AW189 search and rescue (SAR) variant, paving the way for delivery of aircraft for the UK's SAR program. The range of kits for SAR missions now EASA certified for the AW189 include the following: a dual rescue hoist with camera system; search radar; high definition FLIR system; searchlight; increased capacity fuel...
December 23, 2014
Leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry and hobbyist groups, along with the federal government, have launched a new education campaign titled “Know Before You Fly,” which provides prospective operators with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. The effort is being spearheaded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems...
December 22, 2014
Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has revealed plans to carry blood starting Jan. 2015, making roadside blood transfusions available for the first time ever in its service area. GNAAS will become one of only a few air ambulances in the world to perform the life-saving procedure after forging links with another charity and one of the North East’s leading hospitals. The air...
December 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first AS355 NP Ecureuil to the Spanish Road Transport Authority (DGT) and the first EC135 to the country’s National Police Force under the contract signed in February of this year with the DGT. The...
December 12, 2014
Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia Police Force has ordered six Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 airframes, with deliveries planned in 2016-2017. A variant of the EC145 medium twin-engine helicopter, the T2 incorporates new Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and upgrades to its main and tail rotor gearboxes, along with Airbus...
December 10, 2014
The FAA has announced that a final rule regarding safety regulations for helicopter air ambulances will go into effect on April 22, 2015. As part of the rule, pilots will be allowed to determine whether to take off from sites where weather reports are unavailable. If a pilot...
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