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August 10, 2015
Our Aug. 6 item, "Look for FAA Moves on UAS Staffing," reported on a reorganization of the U.S. aviation agency's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. We said that that AFS-80 office, which is now within the agency's Flight Standards Service, would be made into a full...
August 7, 2015
The Suffolk County Police Department recently added a new Airbus Helicopters H145, formerly known as the EC145, to its fleet, replacing an older AS350B2. Metro Aviation completed the twin-engine aircraft at its completion center in...
August 7, 2015
The Aircraft Electronics Association is asking the Bureau of Labor & Statistics to reject a June 4 proposal by various aviation industry groups to remove "Avionics Technician" from the government's database of existing occupations. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system is used by federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational...
August 7, 2015
The FAA has granted more than 1,000 drone exemptions under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which...
August 6, 2015
The FAA should finalize its new organization overseeing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the next few weeks. The agency is making its UAS Integration Office, which...
August 5, 2015
To accommodate the increasing interest of tech companies in commercial drone operations, technology giant Amazon hopes to secure a designated section in airspace for its very own delivery capabilities. Last week at NASA's Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Convention, the company...
August 4, 2015
An MH-65 is one of two U.S. Coast Guard icons that adorn a U.S. stamp issued today to commemorate the 225th anniversary of that service's founding. The Airbus Dolphin joins the three-masted Coast Guard cutter Eagle, known as "America's tall ship," on the stamp, which the U.S. Postal Service said...
August 3, 2015
Erickson Inc. is outfitting its heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes with certified Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems that allow them to transmit satellite-enabled positional data to ATC and...
July 31, 2015
At ALEA 2015, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association honored aviation units for making safe use of night vision goggles. Six units were recognized for successfully implementing NVGs within their programs for a number of years. Those awardees included EMS operator Boston MedFlight and...
July 30, 2015
Japan’s order for 150 military versions of Bell Helicopter’s 412EPI could boost commercial sales of that twin-engine helicopter, according to the manufacturer’s CEO. Bell and its Japanese...
July 30, 2015
The FAA expects to propose rule changes this year intended to clear obstacles to certification of helicopter autopilots, flight directors and synthesized power indicators. The Rotorcraft Directorate got FAA Headquarters’ approval in December to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to Federal...
July 29, 2015
Robinson Helicopter has reconfigured its R66 Turbine Police Helicopter to include a streamlined instrument panel and options that include Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS autopilot. Other options include Garmin’s GTN 650/750 navigators, Technisonic’s TDFM 9000 radio (with single...
July 29, 2015
The FAA is joining the campaign to keep drones from jeopardizing aerial firefighting operations. A July 29 statement from the aviation agency reiterates the "If you fly, we don't" message spread by the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 27, 2015
Drug traffickers are now believed responsible for the June 5 emergency landing of a U.S. government helicopter along the U.S./Mexican border, according to the Free Beacon. The Airbus Helicopters...
July 24, 2015
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) has ordered the first Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar produced on the company's new final assembly line in Columbus, Miss. The H125 is now built in the United States by American workers. Airbus Helicopters Inc. had partially assembled AS350 B2 and AS350...
July 23, 2015
Bell Helicopter has delivered the last of four Bell 429s to the New York Police Department (NYPD), commemorating the delivery July 16 at the Airborne Law Enforcement...
July 23, 2015
Bills proposed in the California legislature would make flying UAVs over a fire illegal, while permitting authorities to destroy them by available means. Senate Bill 168, proposed on Monday, would legally protect emergency workers if they damaged unmanned aircraft interfering with a...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
July 20, 2015
Expect Lockheed Martin to spend the next six months or so sorting out what needs to be fixed at Sikorsky Aircraft versus what needs to be sustained there. The $46-billion aerospace and defense company said today it has struck a deal to buy Sikorsky from United Technologies for $9 billion (higher than pundits’ valuation of $8 billion). The companies said the deal should close late this year or in...
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