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June 10, 2015
AgustaWestland plans to begin work in August on the first AW609 TiltRotor to be produced at its Philadelphia facility. The aircraft set for production at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport site is the fourth AW609 prototype...
June 8, 2015
Big changes could be ahead for anyone who faces—or might ever face—an investigation by the U.S. FAA. The Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, proposed in the Senate last February by Oklahoma Republican Jim Inhofe, would greatly expand the rights of investigation...
June 8, 2015
The FAA is processing eight applications for full type certification of unmanned aerial systems (UASs), including some with helicopter designs. Larger certificated UASs flying today do so under type certificates issued in the Restricted category; the...
June 5, 2015
AURORA, Ore. — Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer has passed, leading the way into what forecasters are projecting as an exceptionally dangerous fire season. As in the past, Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters is prepared to assist with fighting fires across the western United States. Columbia owns and operates the largest, privately-held fleet of heavy-lift helicopters in the world, which...
June 1, 2015
For the second time in two months, the FAA has proposed a civil penalty against Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods Corp. The current proposed fine of $91,500 comes after the FAA alleged that Air Methods operated a Bell...
June 1, 2015
CAE will develop a new simulator training center for Cougar Helicopters with backing from offshore oil and gas companies and a Canadian R&D incubator, according to the government of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador. The province said the center’s simulator “will provide unprecedented realism for offshore facilities...
May 29, 2015
Thirteen pilots and flight instructors at the flight school Upper Limits Aviation have been deputized to work with Utah’s Iron County Sheriff’s Office, providing helicopter air support for local search and rescue missions. The school and the...
May 28, 2015
The number of laser attacks against helicopters is growing, the executive director and CEO of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association told Rotor & Wing. While that is troubling, Dan Schwarzbach said, the good news is that more of these lasing culprits are being tracked down, charged and prosecuted. The problem is not limited to police...
May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 26, 2015
The Mi-26T2 heavy-lift helicopter is now in serial production, according to Russian Helicopters. The Rostvertol unit, which has been producing the predecessor Mi-26 military helicopter and commercial Mi-26T since 1980, is manufacturing the -26T2. Rostvertol worked with...
May 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters’ H145M has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness authority, clearing the way for the military type approval and initial two deliveries of the multi-role twin-engine military rotorcraft before the end of the year. The first customer is the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), who has ordered 15 rotorcraft to be operated by the...
May 21, 2015
Agustín Rossi, Defense Minister of the Republic of Argentina, has announced the country's interest in buying more airframes from Russian Helicopters. Rossi recalled that, in 2011, Argentina purchased two Mi-171E helicopters to supply polar stations in Antarctica, and to perform search and rescue operations. “Currently, we are studying the possibility of purchasing more,” the minister...
May 19, 2015
Able Aerospace, Inc. has received FAA approval on five new rotory-wing PMAs, including the following: Boot: PN 4RP-340-102-101 (Bell 412) Disk: PN 9440791-1AA...
May 14, 2015
The FAA today announced a public outreach campaign for the National Capital Region around Washington, D.C. to reinforce the message that the District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 15-mile radius of Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) are a No Drone Zone. “Federal rules prohibit any aircraft from operating in the Flight Restricted Zone around our nation’s capital without...
May 13, 2015
Global MRO service provider Vector Aerospace has added EASA certification to its Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) FAA STC applicable to AS332 C, L and L1 helicopters.   Photo courtesy of Vector Aerospace The new CVFDR STC further enhances the mission capability profile of the venerable AS332L helicopter platform and is one of the only FAA and...
May 13, 2015
The FAA’s pursuit of joint research efforts on unmanned aerial systems use in populated areas and beyond line of sight highlights both the weaknesses and potency of UAS threats to helicopter markets. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) May 6 at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta, Ga. The agency’s CRADA with cable news...
May 13, 2015
Erickson Incorporated was recently contracted by the Government of Nunavut and Qulliq Energy Corporation to transport generators to Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada to restore power after a fire extensively damaged the community’s power plant. The community of Pangnirtung is located on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, in Canada’s far north, which is one of the most remote and sparsely...
May 12, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Japan to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency. The 412EPI is expected to join the agency's fleet in early 2016. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at...
May 11, 2015
The FAA proposes to fine Air Methods $1.54 million for allegedly operating Airbus EC130 helicopters on dozens of aeromedical flights beyond power-off gliding distance from shore without required aircraft or personal flotation gear. Air Methods has 30 days to respond to the alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), which the FAA detailed April 13. The Englewood, Colo. company said it is...
May 8, 2015
The FAA will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to update the scientific evidence on the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. “The FAA is sensitive to public concerns about aircraft noise,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "We understand the interest in expediting this research, and we will complete this...
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