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September 30, 2016
With growth in the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) market, the sector is experimenting with regulations.  The global civil UAS fleet was estimated at 1 million in 2015; 300,000 were sold that year. Analysts see the market reaching $14.9 billion by 2020, from $10.1 billion in 2015. After a series of incidents, concerns are arising within the manned aircraft community. At the European Aviation Safety...
September 30, 2016
Bristow Helicopters assisted in rescue efforts for flooded Louisiana residents.  Working with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Livingston Parish, Bristow teams based in the...
September 30, 2016
A Sikorsky helicopter is to make its way to the top of the Earth as North Slope Borough (NSB), Alaska, has accepted the state's first search and rescue (SAR) S-92. According to a company news release, the acceptance took place...
September 29, 2016
Nassau County police counted nearly 2,000 protesters outside the Hofstra University venue in Hempstead, New York, before the first 2016 Presidential Debate Monday night, according to CNN. Making 24 arrests before the event started, safety and crowd control remain high priorities. To aid in the law enforcement effort, Helinet Technologies successfully...
September 27, 2016
Torrential rain has been flooding the streets of eastern India for nearly a week, leaving forced evacuations and rescue operations in its path. On Sunday, the Indian Air Force using two Chetak helicopters rescued stranded...
September 16, 2016
A notable milestone marked today’s first meeting in Washington of the FAA’s new Drone Advisory Committee (DAC): a representative of helicopter line pilots was at the table.  Commercial airline pilots have long been a fixture at FAA-industry deliberations on safety and policy decisions, in the form of an Air Line Pilots Assn. representative or two. ALPA was the only group that had two...
September 15, 2016
Airbus Helicopters held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande and Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos for the opening of its new facility in Central Romania, according to news reports. Airbus Helicopters Romania is to invest...
September 14, 2016
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. With nine award categories, HAI looks to celebrate those who go above and beyond in all aspects of the vertical aviation profession. Anyone, HAI member or...
September 12, 2016
Del Mar College first responder students got an up-close look at what it's like to work for an air ambulance service, local news outlets reported. A HALO-Flight helicopter landed on the West Campus in Corpus Christi, Texas, where approximately 80 students waited eagerly...
September 9, 2016
Helicopter rescue teams rescued dozens of the 110 tourists stranded mid-air in cable cars over the French Alps, according to news reports. The rescue included a Eurocopter EC145 operated by the French...
September 8, 2016
As many bird species begin their annual migrations out of Elk Island National Park for the winter, Parks...
September 8, 2016
  Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is making Precise Flight's Pulselite Bird Strike Prevention System available as an option on its aircraft as the U.S. industry puzzles over a sharp recent increase in midair collisions between birds and rotorcraft. The FAA Rotorcraft Directorate late last year called for creation of a special industry/government group to review helicopter bird-strike protection standards, to...
September 7, 2016
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) has tapped Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore as its aviation supplier, providing air medical coverage across the country every day of the year. Babcock will supply two Eurocopter EC135s, according to...
September 2, 2016
A Minnesota man will face both federal and state charges for shooting at a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter during a drug reconnaissance mission earlier this month. On Aug. 8, a CBP pilot, an FBI agent and a Polk County deputy were onboard the helicopter as part of the...
September 1, 2016
CybAero has delivered three systems of unmanned helicopters meant for the Chinese Customers. In January 2014, the Chinese operator Jolly signed the...
September 1, 2016
Sep. 1 is the anniversary of the earthquake that struck Tokyo in 1923. Photo courtesy of The Osaka Mainichi Japan held a major drill today to test national, prefecture and local government agencies' responses to a massive earthquake off its central and eastern coasts.   Rotorcraft...
August 29, 2016
Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The Turkish National Police's and General Directorate of Forestry's fleets of Bell Helicopter 429s have reached a 95% operational availability rate, Bell said Monday. The helicopters support public...
August 28, 2016
A new world of opportunities for drone operators opens next week on August 29 when the new small drone rule for...
August 26, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has acquired a pre-owned Leonardo AW139 in the air medical configuration and has placed it...
August 25, 2016
The Alabama National Guard has deployed an additional helicopter to the southern U.S. border. It is the latest Guard unit to support counter-drug and immigration control operations along the frontier with Mexico. The state dispatched a second Airbus Helicopters UH-72A and one pilot to Marana, Arizona, after Gov. Robert Bentley responded to a National Guard Bureau request for additional air support for U.S...
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