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November 18, 2015
Vertiport Chicago, featured in R&WI’s November issue, is partnering with a reservation-system vendor to pair travelers with available seats on helicopter flights in Chicago and the U.S...
November 18, 2015
HeliOffshore is offering helicopter operators around the world guidelines for standardizing and improving their use of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS). The global safety assn. for the offshore helicopter industry said the guidelines and an associated implementation guide are the result of more than...
November 17, 2015
Japan's central government asked a court today to force Okinawa's governor to clear work on the relocation of America’s Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the island. U.S., Japanese and Okinawan officials have agreed since 1996 that the base needs to be closed. Schools...
November 17, 2015
A new memorial at the U.S. Air Force Academy honors the valorous action of graduates during the Vietnam War. The academy’s classes of 1965 and 1970 presented the Plaza of Heroes addition to the Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion on the Colorado Springs, Colorado, campus as reunion gifts. The plaza honors the academy's only Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Lance P. Sijan, and its...
November 17, 2015
There is more at stake in the current Washington debate over privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system than who controls the nation’s airspace, said Ed Bolen in opening the National Business Aviation Assn.’s annual convention in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. The NBAA president/CEO acknowledged that control clearly is a huge part of the debate. U.S. airlines have spent years and hundreds of...
November 16, 2015
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first major Vietnam War battle between regular U.S. and North Vietnam forces, which solidified the role of the helicopter in U.S. military operations. The Battle of Ia Drang began midday on Nov. 14, 1965. Shortly after Bell Helicopter UH-1s delivered elements...
November 16, 2015
HNZ Group will suspend monthly dividend payments following an $8 million net loss in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. The Montreal-based company said that payments would stop after the December dividend is paid on Jan. 15. The company’s third quarter is “normally a seasonally strong” one, said HNZ President/CEO Don Wall. (The company reported a net income of $9.58 million in 2014’s...
November 16, 2015
Airbus Helicopters plans to deliver the first H125 entirely assembled in the U.S. Tuesday to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The delivery will take place at Airbus’ facility in...
November 13, 2015
Image courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky Aircraft’s famed Winged-S emblem has survived the company’s takeover. The helicopter maker’s official logo has changed, however. Gone is the circle of radial lines (meant to represent a gear) that marked it as a unit of United Technologies Corp., which on...
November 13, 2015
Proposed bans on air tours from New York City heliports would strip the city from controlling and managing helicopter noise and could result in increased noise, a top official told the New York City Council Nov. 12. The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio believes “these bans would put operators out of business,” James Katz...
November 13, 2015
Next week’s business aviation trade show in Las Vegas will include two seminars on unmanned aircraft systems and a special exhibit section on drones. The show, held Nov. 17 to 19, is hosted by the National Business...
November 12, 2015
A proposal backed by industry trade groups for the FAA to ease the path for certification of single-engine IFR helicopters might finally move forward. But it lacks full consensus, as one helicopter maker has differences with specifics of the proposal that it feels have not been addressed in the drafting process. Four industry groups—the General Aircraft Manufacturers Assn., AHS International, the...
November 12, 2015
Bristow Group’s U.K. SAR contract was one bright spot in the latest quarter’s financial performance. Steady growth in SAR work, recently acquired fixed-wing operations through Eastern Airlines and Airnorth, along with its ongoing economic restructuring efforts, all together managed to keep year-over-year quarterly revenues flat (excluding foreign exchange effects) despite an 8%...
November 12, 2015
Photo courtesy of XTI Aircraft XTI Aircraft is seeking U.S. approval to convert $13.8 million in “expression of interest” in its TriFan 600 business aircraft proposal into real investments. The Denver-based company launched the “crowdfunding” initiative on Aug. 25 to reach out to individual investors. To...
November 11, 2015
Members of the Michigan congressional delegation have proposed awarding the Medal of Honor—the highest award given for U.S. military service—to a retired helicopter pilot decades after his heroic service during the Vietnam War. S.2250, a Nov. 5 bill introduced by Sen. Gary C. Peters with support from Rep. Debbie Dingell and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, proposes to...
November 11, 2015
American businesses “should commit our time, energy and resources to provide veterans with opportunities,” a bank vice president and former Navy aviator wrote in the Veteran’s Day edition of the New York Post daily newspaper. Anthony Amodeo flew Navy helicopters for 11 years, deploying to the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa during his service. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, he is now...
November 10, 2015
Offshore helicopter support operators face economic challenges that are unmatched in their history, said Bristow Group President/CEO Jonathan Baliff. “This industry at its current scale has not faced this level of commercial, foreign exchange and financial market headwinds before,” said Baliff. Bristow reported financial results for the second quarter of its 2016 fiscal year that included a 96%...
November 10, 2015
“Lower for longer” has been the in-vogue catchphrase for the oil industry since about August. Leaders like Goldman Sachs and BP CEO Bob Dudley have used it. Offshore operators have embraced it, with the latest Era Group and Bristow Group financial reports...
November 10, 2015
Air Methods remains on the prowl for companies to acquire in the air medical sectors, according to its CEO. The company said back in August that it "had meaningful pursuits ongoing within both” sectors and believes that "that is still applicable today,” said Air Methods Chief Aaron Todd Nov. 5 after revealing...
November 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter does not expect the commercial helicopter market to recover until early to mid-2017, according to a Reuters report from this week’s Dubai Air Show. The news service quoted Bell’s vice...
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