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September 29, 2014
Six unmanned aerial system (UAS) motion picture companies recently convinced the FAA that they could safely film TV and movie scenes with drones. The FAA granted numerous exemptions to Part 21 and 91 regulations. Airworthiness certification processes were waived and an “on-demand” maintenance schedule was accepted. Each company was required to submit both a detailed Motion Picture and...
September 29, 2014
Coptersafety's AW139 full flight simulator (FFS) has received EASA Level D certification from the Finnish CAA (Trafi) and is...
September 25, 2014
MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton has been awarded the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Achievement Award. It was presented in recognition of her entrepreneurial dedication to American industry through her company, Patriarch Partners. Only those who have participated in...
September 25, 2014
At a ‘sundown ceremony’ on August 28, the U.S. Marine Corps officially retired its UH-1N fleet after over 40 years of service. The ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The honor of presenting the aircraft during the ceremony was given to Marine Light Attack Squadron 773, Detachment A, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 49. Manufactured by...
September 24, 2014
The Australian Army now has the best available visual simulation for its AS665 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger training, according to Thales. The company has announced that it delivered ahead of schedule an...
September 24, 2014
Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) has been conducting flight trials of two unmanned helicopters in local rainforests to detect noxious weeds which are a threat to native plants and animals. The small, unmanned helicopters – which can fit into the back of a van – were developed by robotics researchers at CSIRO as part of Project ResQu, which...
September 23, 2014
Russian Helicopters, along with Concern Radio-Electric Technologies (KRET), has started testing the Mi-171A2 helicopter with the KBO-17 on-board avionics suite.  The suite, developed at KRET’s Ulyanovsk Instrument Manufacturing Design Bureau, allows the Mi-171A2 to operate safely at any time, day or...
September 18, 2014
Rotor & Wing spoke with Bristow Group CEO Jonathan Baliff about the state of the industry and of Bristow Group. Here is a small taste of what to expect. See the full interview in Rotor & Wing's Helitech International Show Daily, or watch for it via email at the end of the show. Rotor & Wing: What are the main changes you've seen in the past four years in the helicopter industry? Jonathan...
September 17, 2014
Bond Helicopters has received a multi-million dollar contract from the UK National Police Air Service (NPAS) to upgrade the mission systems of each of their seven EC135T2...
September 17, 2014
Bell Helicopter will be showcasing the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X this month at the Africa Aerospace and Defense (ADD) show in Tshwane, South Africa. Currently, there are more than 170 Bell 206 Jet Rangers operating in Africa, most of them over 20 years...
September 16, 2014
Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) has presented One Atmosphere with its 2014 Eureka award in support of outstanding science for safeguarding Australia for its Pegasus helicopter emergency buoyancy system. The system is a lightweight, bolt-on/bolt-off buoyancy system – like an air bag – that inflates automatically when the helicopter impacts water. It is...
September 15, 2014
Thales Australia has completed the upgrade of Australia’s Tiger helicopter full-flight mission simulator (FFMS) to deliver the highest levels of “out of the window” realism of any Tiger FFMS in the world, according to the manufacturer. Working with prime contractor Airbus Group Australia Pacific and customer Australian Army...
September 12, 2014
The Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) used a Bell 429 to debut its VVIP MAGnificent luxury cabin interior design at the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On show for the first time in Latin America, Armando Sassoli, co-general manager...
September 10, 2014
Some years ago, I believe it was 2009, I had written an article about safety in our offshore environment and how some of our flying activities were a bit out of the norm for everyday helicopter operations. I’m not going to rehash all of the daily problems we face operating in our hostile environment such as bird strikes, communications, blowouts, poison gas and crowded airspace, to name a few. One...
September 10, 2014
Australian aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, has responded to the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s (AHIA) criticisms of the proposed Part 61 (flight crew licensing) regulations, accusing the AHIA of being “wide of the mark” in a number of its claims. The new regulations are designed to bring Australia’s rules in line with International Civil...
September 9, 2014
The Maltese armed forces (AFM) have taken delivery of their first AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter destined for maritime border control missions. At the acceptance ceremony, Maltese Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia praised the aircraft and said that it was...
September 8, 2014
The Cargo on/off Loading System (COOL) from Boeing CH-47 allows the rapid configuration of the helicopter floor between cargo and other missions. Photo courtesy Boeing On July 22, Bell-Boeing was awarded a $69.6 million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order in support of the V-22 for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. The order relates to the...
September 8, 2014
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has added the AS223L1 model to its FAA certified cockpit voice and flight-data recording (CVFDR) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). It joins the...
September 5, 2014
Last time in this column, a description of an oddball surprise which could conceivably befall any unsuspecting helicopter pilot was presented, and it implied that experiences which crop up in the environment inhabited by Coast Guard operators represent only a single category in an almost infinite variety of obstacles to safety unavoidable across the composite spectrum of rotary wing aviation. Being...
September 5, 2014
We have all seen the statistics concerning laser strikes versus aircraft over the last few years. Reported laser strikes on aircraft in the U.S. have increased from 300 in 2005 to 3,900 in 2013. These strikes can range in severity from a significant distraction, to a safety hazard which could cause an accident or temporary to permanent damage to the flight crews’ eyes. I recently attended...
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