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September 2, 2015
The FAA has appointed two new executives to guide the agency's integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace. The announcement comes less than one month after prior speculation into the agency's reorganization of its UAS functions. Marke "Hoot" Gibson will be the senior...
September 2, 2015
Jack Piehl, a trail blazer in Aviation Safety, died June 2, 2015, at the age of 80 due to a brief illness. His lifelong career spanned both flight and maintenance. He began with Eastern Airlines, worked in several corporate flight departments and eventually joined Shell Oil Company as a pilot. At...
September 2, 2015
Nigerian and U.S. accident investigators are at NTSB Washington headquarters to review flight recorder data from a Bristow S-76C+ that crashed Aug. 12 on approach to Lagos. Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau asked the NTSB to assist it in reviewing data from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were...
September 1, 2015
Washington firefighters used a camera-equipped drone last week to identify targets for helicopters to drop water. State officials deployed the fixed-wing ScanEagle UAV to about 9,500 ft above the Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park...
September 1, 2015
Carter Aviation Technologies is planning flight demonstrations of its Slowed Rotor/Compound four-place aircraft this month and next, with a tour throughout the U.S. to follow. The Personal Air Vehicle demonstrator is essentially fixed-wing aircraft, the company says, but uses a very simple rotor...
September 1, 2015
Brazil's helicopter market is sliding amid the nation's severe economic crisis, according to Bloomberg Business. The country's helicopter fleet size is on track for the...
August 31, 2015
EagleEye Systems, Inc. sold its "smart" UAV operating system to its first U.S. customer. Public service workers in New Jersey's Bergen County Office of Emergency Management will deploy OS-equipped drones for SAR and emergency situations. According to the...
August 31, 2015
Robinson Helicopter is offering the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS and autopilot on R44s and R66s equipped with Aspen Avionics' primary flight display. The Torrance, Calif., manufacturer had made the Genesys stability augmentation system on R66s fitted with...
August 31, 2015
Aviation officials are reviewing Montana's aerial firefighting procedures in an effort to clear the state's UH-1Hs to aid overloaded fleets battling regional wild land fires. More than 100 fires are burning in Montana and...
August 28, 2015
Defensive measures against small UAS were a major focus at this year's Black Dart exercise organized by the U.S. Defense Department. Many results from this year's 20 or so engagements were kept secret, but one allegedly involved a U.S. Marine Corps sniper...
August 28, 2015
Sept. 4 is the deadline for a $100 discount on registration for Rotor & Wing International’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At the one-day summit, top industry and...
August 28, 2015
Dr. James "Red" Duke, a world-renowned trauma surgeon, professor and media icon, died Tuesday in Houston at the age of 86. Along with his many other accomplishments, Duke was known publicly as a television personality who explained...
August 27, 2015
Turkish Aerospace Industries introduced its T129 ATAK advanced attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter in Poland this week. The aircraft made its public debut Aug. 22 to 23 with two 20-minute demonstration flights...
August 27, 2015
The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corp. recently set a flight endurance record for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter that the company's website says is "ready to deploy." In a planned 150-nm flight from Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., the MQ-8C achieved 11 hr, ending with more than an hour of...
August 27, 2015
The submission period closes today for an FAA-initiated Robinson R44 helicopter flight-training contract. The agency on Aug. 12 submitted a request for offer seeking businesses to conduct its "Helicopter Indoctrination Course" along with...
August 26, 2015
The U.S. Navy has awarded Bell Helicopter a $581 million contract modification to deliver H-1 helicopters to the U.S. Marine Corps and the government of Pakistan. A modification to a previously awarded acquisition contract, this award tasks Bell with manufacturing and delivering 16...
August 26, 2015
Intevac Photonics' night-vision technology may contribute to the U.S. Army's total degraded visual environments (DVE) solution for helicopter pilots. In a request for information made in July, the Army sought interest from contractors willing to develop a device giving helicopter pilots clear visibility in all degraded visual environments. Intevac told R&WI that a prime contractor responding...
August 25, 2015
Following what CEO Jeff Roberts described as a slow start to the U.S. and Greek fire seasons—resulting in an approximate $1.3-million drop in commercial aviation revenue—Erickson Inc. has bolstered its...
August 25, 2015
XTI Aircraft wants to develop a high-speed, five-passenger, vertical-takeoff-and-landing business transport called the TriFan 600. Using three horizontally mounted, tilt-able lift fans, the single-pilot, fly-by-wire aircraft would be designed to lift off and land at any helipad from which an AW189-class helicopter can operate and cruise above 30,000 ft at 330 to 350 kt. But the unique aspect of the...
August 25, 2015
  Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has completed delivery of an initial four...
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