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October 5, 2015
The FAA has issued a special notice warning pilots transiting South Carolina airspace to steer clear of heavy low-level rescue efforts as a result of what Gov. Nikki Haley called "a...
October 2, 2015
New international agreements promise to remove obstacles for manufacturers offering helicopter improvements to operators in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Officials of the FAA, European Aviation Safety Agency and Transport Canada signed the agreements Sept. 15; the FAA announced them Sept. 28. Once they go into effect, the pacts enable aviation...
October 2, 2015
In a letter sent yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International along with a long list of industry groups lamented the FAA's failure to meet its Sept. 30, 2015, deadline for commercializing UAS in the country's...
October 1, 2015
The FAA has started work to apply crash-resistant fuel system standards to all helicopters, its chief has told the National Transportation Safety Board. In a Sept. 28 letter, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart that he has tasked the agency’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee with acting on the safety board’s...
September 30, 2015
A top NTSB official will open Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit with a briefing on the safety board's call for the FAA to require all newly built helicopters to have crash-resistant fuel systems regardless of when their type certificate was issued. The director of the NTSB's Office of Aviation Safety, John DeLisi, will give the morning keynote presentation from 8:10 to 9 a.m. to kick off the...
September 30, 2015
The Assn. of Air Medical Services has released a report describing its official stance on the operations of UAS. The organization argued that despite the U.S. public's focus on how UAS will affect passenger airlines, the "dangers posed to low-level aviation...
September 30, 2015
The FAA would be funded for another six months under legislation sent by Congress to the White House for President Obama's signature. The House of Representatives...
September 29, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft has delivered the last of eight S-76D helicopters to the China Ministry of Transport. The ministry accepted the final two aircraft during a...
September 28, 2015
Frasca International has delivered what it says is the first full-flight simulator for the Bell 407GX to Bell Helicopter's training academy. The simulator features Frasca's TruVision Global visual...
September 28, 2015
EASA has certified a limited ice protection system for the AW189 as AgustaWestland works toward making the super medium twin suitable for operations in the most adverse and harsh environmental conditions. Certification of the system, which does not require heated rotor blades and...
September 25, 2015
A bill to enhance U.S. pilots' legal protections has received majority support within the U.S. Senate, according to the National Business Aviation Association. The Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2)...
September 24, 2015
  Image courtesy of Bell Helicopter On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Bell Helicopter received the first completed fuselage for its V-280 tilt-rotor design from Spirit AeroSystems and emphasized the importance of speed in providing future vertical-lift technology for tomorrow's...
September 24, 2015
The FAA said it is escalating its enforcement of UAS regulations following the Sept. 12 crash of a drone that kicked up loose debris into a nearby infant in Pasadena, California. A 24-year-old drone operator lost signal reception with a DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter flying beyond...
September 24, 2015
The FAA would receive six months of funding as part of a proposed U.S. Senate continuing spending resolution meant to avert the looming government shutdown. Congress faces the shutdown Oct. 1 if it fails to agree on a federal budget for fiscal year 2016. The...
September 23, 2015
Operations, engineering and flight test experts will debate the real-world certification challenges facing the rotorcraft industry and its regulators at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit.  "The Most Daunting Certification Challenges Before Us" is among the panel discussions in the program for the one-day executive forum at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas.   Among...
September 23, 2015
The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested a man for interfering with an Aug. 27 aerial police search. Martin Sheldon, 57, is charged with two counts of obstructing a peace officer in the performance of his duties after his drone caused an LAPD helicopter to break off its...
September 22, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 operators have inspected their aircraft for control-system discrepancies implicated in an Aug. 12 Bristow Helicopters crash that killed six people near Lagos, Nigeria. The inspections came in response to a Sept. 14 FAA emergency airworthiness directive that ordered inspections with 5 hr time in service of main-rotor and tail-rotor servo input control pushrod assemblies on all S-76...
September 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters offered an all-new design for Japan’s new utility military helicopter—not one based on its H160—and hasn’t given up on taking over development of that 150-aircraft program, CEO Guillaume Faury told the media today. Japan picked Fuji Heavy Industries and Bell Helicopter July 17 to develop a UH-1 replacement for its Ground Self-Defense Force...
September 21, 2015
The Japanese Coast Guard has selected worldwide MRO provider Heli-One to overhaul a Eurocopter (Airbus Helicopters) AS332 L1. The major overhaul, or "G-Check," began last month and will be...
September 18, 2015
Airbus Helicopters will deliver an H145 to China's Guangzhou Police, according to an agreement signed today. The purchase will add to a list of more than 100 of the company's rotorcraft sold to Chinese customers in the past few weeks. This will be...
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