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November 10, 2015
Air Methods remains on the prowl for companies to acquire in the air medical sectors, according to its CEO. The company said back in August that it "had meaningful pursuits ongoing within both” sectors and believes that "that is still applicable today,” said Air Methods Chief Aaron Todd Nov. 5 after revealing...
November 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter does not expect the commercial helicopter market to recover until early to mid-2017, according to a Reuters report from this week’s Dubai Air Show. The news service quoted Bell’s vice...
November 9, 2015
India's conglomerate Tata has added Boeing to its list of aerospace joint-venture partners. The subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Boeing today said their new joint venture initially will create a “manufacturing center of excellence” to...
November 9, 2015
The second Mi-171A2 prototype has begun flight tests at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Russian Helicopters reported. The unit of the state corporation Rostec said certification testing also is underway. The latest...
November 6, 2015
The U.S. isn't alone in its concern about how to regulate civil drones. France is concerned, too. As U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx prepared last month to launch a drone registry task force (which wrapped up three days of deliberations yesterday), a top-level French government agency noted that “current regulation [in France] is inadequate and must be reformed to better prevent and...
November 6, 2015
A new U.S. working group has six months to compare for the FAA the costs and benefits of requiring better occupant-protection provisions in all newly built helicopters. The aviation agency on Nov. 5 launched the Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group as a subset of its Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee and charged it with producing a cost-benefits analysis report by May 5, 2016. The FAA in the...
November 5, 2015
One minute before midnight EST Nov. 6 is the deadline for the public to submit comments to the FAA’s drone registry task force. The 26-member group will wrap up three days of deliberations in Washington, D.C., today...
November 3, 2015
The U.S. Transportation Department's drone registration task force gathered today in Washington, D.C., to start work on recommending requirements for marking and tracing ownership of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A key question for the 26 task force members was framed by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta: What products should we exclude...
November 3, 2015
A proposed bill that would hamstring U.S. veterans’ option to use their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for helicopter flight training tackles the wrong problem, rotorcraft industry groups said. H.R. 476 (the "GI Bill Education Quality Enhancement Act of 2015") would reinterpret GI Bill permission to veterans to get flight training on...
November 2, 2015
Airbus Helicopters sees in the next two decades the global helicopter market sustaining the slow and steady growth that has fueled its expansion since 1994. A new forecast by the manufacturer projects a 1.6% compound...
November 2, 2015
“There’s something very wrong with recreational drones,” a top columnist for The New York Times wrote, indicating criticism of unregulated use of the devices is moving beyond the aviation and technical communities. Gail Collins is a 20-year veteran of the Times and currently opines for the paper on American politics and culture. On Oct. 31, that included a column entitled...
November 2, 2015
Various photographs and at least one video of the AW609 crash site offer some key data points on the fatal Oct. 30 accident in northwestern Italy. The imagery appears to show, in a crop field, two collections of wreckage that are near each other but distinctly separate. One set of wreckage is shown near a small embankment on one edge of the field; the other set is shown farther into the field. The...
October 30, 2015
Scores of police aviation crewmembers will get firsthand experience with simulated flight training for light helicopters when they visit Metro Aviation next week. Metro's Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, will host the Airborne Law Enforcement...
October 30, 2015
Air Methods plans to upgrade its Airbus Helicopters H125s and H130s with crash-resistant fuel systems as soon as next year, according to a Denver TV station. KUSA said the Englewood, Colorado-headquartered company sent a statement that it "is committed to retrofitting 100% of our Airbus AS350/EC130...
October 29, 2015
Anyone who doubted the FAA’s appreciation of threats posed by small drones to safe helicopter flight may find fuel for added skepticism in the members of the agency’s new task force. Of the 25 groups with representatives named today to the task force on how to create a registry of small unmanned aircraft systems, only one—Helicopter Assn. International—is focused on rotary-wing...
October 28, 2015
A pilots’ union will no longer appeal a court order turning over a helicopter’s combined flight/voice recorder to police investigating four deaths in a 2013 Shetland Islands crash. International safety officials have been working for years to establish global legal standards to prevent the public disclosure through criminal probes and lawsuits of safety information used in crash...
October 28, 2015
A U.S. rulemaking advisory subcommittee will start work soon on options for increasing crash-resistant fuel systems use in newly built helicopters and existing ones, the FAA’s Jorge Castillo told R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit yesterday. Castillo, the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate manager of rotorcraft regulations and policy, was one of 16...
October 27, 2015
U.S. Transportation Department officials said that registration is a critical step in the persecution of UAS operators who violate the law. Responding to media questions during an Oct. 19 press conference, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx explained that law...
October 23, 2015
Two U.S. congressmen are calling on the FAA to act immediately on requiring all new-build helicopters to have crash-resistant fuel systems. Those systems are the focus of next week’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit opening session; NTSB Director of Aviation Safety John DeLisi will brief summit attendees on the fatal 2014 Bell Helicopter 206L1+ air ambulance crash that led to the safety...
October 23, 2015
One of the sticking points in developing a UAS registration system may be defining what constitutes a registration-worthy drone in terms of weight, configuration and capabilities, according to the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Speaking at the DOT’s Oct. 19 press conference, Government and Regulatory Affairs Representative Rich Hanson emphasized...
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