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November 30, 2015
Maxcraft Avionics has received FAA validation of its Transport Canada supplemental type certificate for installation of the...
November 30, 2015
The first woman to complete U.S. Air Force undergraduate flight training and the first African-American woman to earn naval aviator wings from the U.S. Navy are among this year’s inductees into the Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame. Also selected for induction March 12 during the group’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, is a retired Air Force four-star general...
November 30, 2015
Photo by Master Sgt. Mark Olsen The new U.S. military spending law calls on the U.S. Army and the U.S. National Guard Bureau to give Congress plans for upgrading Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60s in their fleets. President Obama on Nov. 25 signed into law the bill, which reflected some compromise between the White House and Congress. The National Defense Authorization Act...
November 27, 2015
India has eased financial restrictions on importing helicopters and other aircraft for scheduled and non-scheduled service, according to that nation’s central bank. Previously, a bank could not clear advance payments of $50...
November 27, 2015
AgustaWestland has been testing the high- and low-altitude capabilities of its AW169 in California. A prototype of the 10,000-lb-class, 10-passenger helicopter performed hover, low-speed flight and rescue-hoist/cargo-hook...
November 27, 2015
The Canadian province of British Columbia is contemplating renaming a mountain peak to honor a longtime search and rescue volunteer who died in 2014. Second Pump Peak in Mount Seymour Provincial Park north of Vancouver already is referred to as Tim Jones Peak after a founder of the North Shore Rescue mountain SAR team based in Vancouver. Now the province’s Geographical Names Office...
November 26, 2015
Expressing thanks on a Thursday in late fall is a practice linked to the American nation for well over two centuries. Today’s holiday in the U.S. dates to 1863. With the United States torn by civil war, President Abraham Lincoln carried on a tradition begun by George Washington. In an Oct. 3, 1863 proclamation, Lincoln invited his fellow citizens throughout America, “and also those who are at...
November 25, 2015
Era Group now has 40 days left to revive a soon-to-expire offshore transport contract with Petrobras. The struggling Brazilian oil giant contract with Era for offshore support with...
November 25, 2015
Small drones are not unmanned aircraft and should not be allowed to fly unrestricted in civil U.S. airspace without further testing, one aerospace and defense firm argues in a new report. The report was issued just as a U.S. Transportation Dept. task force was concluding that drones as small as 0.55 lb should be registered with the FAA, in part because of the threat that vehicles that small pose to...
November 25, 2015
Christmas tree transport is a serious business in Oregon, where Holiday Tree Farms lift enough timber to put Santa’s workshop to shame. Since the early 1980s, the farm has contracted with regional helicopter operators from California, Washington and Montana to...
November 24, 2015
The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into better engine filtration and improved power-status displays for its MV-22s in the wake of a fatal May 17 crash in Hawaii. That Osprey crashed, killing a crew chief and one rifleman aboard, after dust and debris ingestion led to a power loss in its left engine and sudden descent during a low...
November 24, 2015
The FAA’s new focus on improving helicopter occupant survivability got a boost this week with the declaration by the Air Medical Operators Assn. (AMOA) that its members are committed to installing crash-resistant fuel systems on both new and existing helicopters. Current FAA rules only require such systems on helicopters type certificated after October 1994, but the National Transportation Safety...
November 24, 2015
Kaman Aerospace Group has received its first K-MAX orders from a Chinese customer, the company said. Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd., an aircraft and parts dealer and aviation services company based in Hong Kong, ordered two of the coaxial utility helicopters for a 2017 delivery, Kaman said, with the...
November 23, 2015
Top FAA and U.S. Transportation Dept. officials already have already begun reviewing a draft rule requiring registration of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A department-created task force on the topic delivered recommendations Nov. 21 after its 25 participating organizations unanimously agreed on them, according to the director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, Earl Lawrence. But U.S...
November 23, 2015
Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters Maverick Helicopters used the Nov. 19 grand opening of its new Las Vegas passenger terminal to fortify its relationships with casino concierges, group tour operators, corporate meeting planners and others who direct air tour customers its way. The new $5 million...
November 23, 2015
Growing government and corporate use of helicopters in Southeast Asia is fueling demand for maintenance, repair and overhaul services in the region, Channel NewsAsia...
November 19, 2015
Bell Helicopter reports it has sold its first 407GXP in Germany. The customers, Dr. Ernst Langner and Nataly Langner, signed for the aircraft, which is to...
November 19, 2015
LORD Corp. has signed AOG Heliservices Inc. as a global distributor of its elastomeric helicopter components. This will enable AOG...
November 19, 2015
Aircraft Technical Publishers has new owners and leadership and is looking to broaden its focus from managing maintenance and compliance information for aircraft manufacturers, owners, operators and maintenance providers to one providing services that will...
November 18, 2015
Robinson Helicopter plans to produce a lighter, two-place R44 derivative with better high-altitude performance margins in early 2016. The company said it has developed the R44 Cadet “with the training market in mind,” though it is “suitable for a wide variety of utilitarian...
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