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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 U.S. judge has blocked a N.Y. beach community’s bid to limit helicopter flights to once per week, but upheld new local laws imposing nighttime flight curfews. Judge Joanna Seybert’s June 26 preliminary...
June 29, 2015
Helicopter flight schools in Arizona, Florida, Texas and Washington have been ordered to stop enrolling military veterans as new students, according to media reports. The Los Angeles Times described the move as “part of...
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...
June 26, 2015
A new program has been created to help FAA employees feel "comfortable coming forward with safety concerns,” according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The Safety Review Process (SRP), an 18-month pilot program initiated on June 25 by...
June 25, 2015
Era Group has opened a new 35-acre super base in Houma, La., composed of a passenger terminal and climate-controlled hangar, which will house more than 30 aircraft and facilitate approximately 15,000 passengers per month traveling to and from offshore oil and gas...
June 25, 2015
July 9 is the deadline for submitting comments on the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) draft standards on airborne search and rescue (SAR). Interested parties can download the draft standards at...
June 25, 2015
“The bottom line is the autorotation remains a necessary skill” and all helicopter pilots need to maintain mastery of it, the head of Flight Operations for AgustaWestland Philadelphia told a recent briefing for 50 pilots and operators organized by the FAA Safety Team. The executive, Patrick McKernan, was one of...
June 24, 2015
AHS International has announced the winner of its Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper presented at the AHS International 71st Annual Forum and Technology Display. The winning paper is "A Smart Position Sensor for Articulated Rotors," by Troy Schank and Kynn...
June 24, 2015
Atlantic Airways, the national airline of the Faroe Islands, has signed a contract with AgustaWestland for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters that will replace its existing...
June 24, 2015
The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell International Inc. and Rolls-Royce, has been selected by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to provide propulsion engines for the Turkish Light Utility Helicopter (TLUH) program. TAI and LHTEC officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Paris Air Show and will...
June 23, 2015
Italy’s air force introduced dignitaries and the media to its HH-101A “Caesar” special operations helicopter in ceremonies June 19 at Cervia air base, about 40 miles south of Venice.   An HH-101A Caesar. Image courtesy of AgustaWestland AgustaWestland customized the Caesar, which is based on its AW101, to air force specifications for a multi-mission, medium-lift platform...
June 23, 2015
As the 2015 U.S. wildfire season intensifies, especially in the drought-stricken states of Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska and California, Erickson Incorporated is prepared to aggressively deploy aircraft and crews wherever needed. The company has renewed national wildland fire suppression contracts with the U.S. Forest Service and other municipalities, and has contracted with the U.S. Forest Service...
June 23, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has opened a new training facility next to the company’s product development and production facility in Donauwörth, Germany. The Training Academy has two full-flight simulators for the product family of the H135 and the H145 rotorcraft, along with full scale Maintenance Training Devices that provide technicians with hands-on...
June 22, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.  delivered six CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to the Canadian government during an acceptance celebration joined by Canada’s Defense Minister Jason Kenney, Public Works and Government Services Minister Diane Finley, Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Regional Ministers.  Representing Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United...
June 19, 2015
Two former Carson Helicopters executives have been sentenced to U.S. prison after convictions for their role in the fatal 2008 crash of a firefighting S-61N. Steven Metheny, Carson’s VP in Grants Pass, Ore. at the time, was sentenced to 12.5 years. Levi Phillips, then...
June 19, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of its newly-configured H130s to Switzerland for use in aerial work. The multirole aircraft, now configured for a full range of aerial work assignments, has been delivered...
June 19, 2015
Rotorcraft produced by Russian Helicopters are actively involved in fire-fighting operations in Spain, Portugal and other countries within Europe. The multirole Ka-32A11BC is capable of reaching the scene of the blaze in record time and delivering about 5 tonnes of water to extinguish a fire.   Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters The season of...
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