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July 17, 2015
The Maricopa County. Ariz. Sheriff’s Office has added a second helicopter to its fleet, this one honoring a deputy killed in the line of duty. The newly delivered Bell Helicopter 407GX bears the tail number N977MS, which includes the badge number of Deputy William Coleman. On Jan. 8, 2012, Coleman was shot below his...
July 16, 2015
With a new EASA type certificate in hand, AgustaWestland is preparing to deliver the first of more than 150 AW169s ordered to date. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued the type certificate July 15, less than five years...
July 16, 2015
A senior U.S. Army aviator is among NASA’s eight newest astronauts. Maj. Anne McClain and her 2013 astronaut class colleagues recently completed training begun in August 2013 in space system training, robotics and specialized hardware and science. (The class also includes another Army officer, Maj. Andrew Morgan, described as...
July 15, 2015
FlightSafety International is targeting new, advanced, full-flight simulators for single-engine helicopters for a center it is building adjacent to Denver International Airport. While the LaGuardia Airport-based training company said this week that the sims could serve law...
July 13, 2015
  AgustaWestland marked the centennial of its U.K. unit’s formation July 12 in ceremonies at the Yeovil home of what was originally the Westland Aircraft Works.  Opened in 1915 as a branch of the Yeovil engineering business Petters Ltd., Westland built many famous fixed-wing aircraft before its board decided in 1946 to focus entirely on helicopter production. Initially, it...
July 10, 2015
The FAA’s streamlined process for approving unmanned aerial system (UAS) exemptions is clearly working, if Bloomberg News’ analysis is to be believed. Using a database it compiled from federal data, the news service said, it found the...
July 9, 2015
Then there were two. In an exclusive report, the Reuters news agency reported July 8 that Lockheed Martin and Textron “have emerged as final contenders” to buy Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. confirmed June 15 at the Paris Air Show that it intends to exit the rotorcraft...
July 9, 2015
A key milestone for CHC Helicopter last year was its safety performance, according to President/CEO Karl Fessenden. The offshore support operator’s five-year, rolling-average accident rate as of May 1 was 0.38 for...
July 8, 2015
A Scottish judge’s order releasing an accident recorder to criminal investigators threatens “the open safety culture it has taken decades to create” in aviation, the British Airline Pilots' Association said, declaring it will appeal the June 19 ruling. BALPA said the threat lies in the prospect that safety data might be “used...
July 7, 2015
Aspen Avionics is expanding its reach into the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market and growing its product line through the acquisition of Accord Technology. “This is going to expand our footprint in NextGen and expand the GPS capabilities of our own product lines,” Aspen President/CEO John Uczekaj told Rotor & Wing International. “It also brings us much...
July 6, 2015
The NTSB has completed recovering wreckage of a Flight for Life Colorado Airbus AS350 that crashed July 3 in Frisco, Colo., killing the pilot and injuring a flight paramedic and nurse. The aeromedical helicopter appeared to begin...
July 6, 2015
In a case of significance for flight data monitoring initiatives, look for the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) to decide this week if it will appeal a U.K. court’s decision ordering an accident flight recorder’s release to criminal prosecutors. Many in aviation believe flight recorder data is controlled by safety investigators and always kept confidential, but legal procedures may...
July 6, 2015
A Mexican navy Black Hawk came under fire July 5 near the U.S. border, according to media reports, with its crew returning fire and killing six on the ground. The skirmish took place in a rural area about 20 miles south of Laredo, Texas...
July 2, 2015
Bell 525 Relentless makes first flight July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Supply chain challenges and FAA inspection requirements slowed the maiden flight of Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless, the manufacturer says. The super-medium twin 525 flew for the first time July 1 at Bell’s Amarillo, Texas facility. Senior Flight...
July 1, 2015
Though many police units have recently been buying new, an increase in available surplus helicopters may change that. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airborne law enforcement in the U.S. has made some gains in the last year or so. A number of police agencies have been cleared by their government overseers to purchase new helicopters instead of acquiring used or surplus ones. The Airborne Law...
July 1, 2015
An NTSB investigation is underway after six-year-old boy started a medical transport helicopter at an air show. Mayo One, an EC145 operated by the Mayo Clinic's air medical transport service, was on display at Mankato...
June 30, 2015
After security officers at Georgia’s state capitol building recently had to ask visitors twice in one day to stop flying drones around the iconic Gold Dome, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, they...
June 29, 2015
A near-doubling of high-rise fires in Tokyo, combined with a 50 percent increase in the number of buildings of 11 floors or more in that megalopolis, has prompted the city’s...
June 26, 2015
Two unmanned aircraft flying near California firefighting aircraft in closed airspace June 24 “could’ve killed everybody in the air,” a U.S. Forest Service official told a press conference called to highlight the incident. Forest Aviation Officer Mike Eaton, a tactical air supervisor, said a red or orange fixed-wing drone...
June 26, 2015
Longtime FAA executive Jay Pardee, who pioneered the agency’s shift from reactive to proactive and predictive safety initiatives over the last 20 years, died suddenly June 12. “Many of us at the FAA are policy people,” one Pardee colleague and friend said. “Jay lived and breathed safety his entire career.” That 44-year career included helping in the mid-1990s to...
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