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October 29, 2015
Anyone who doubted the FAA’s appreciation of threats posed by small drones to safe helicopter flight may find fuel for added skepticism in the members of the agency’s new task force. Of the 25 groups with representatives named today to the task force on how to create a registry of small unmanned aircraft systems, only one—Helicopter Assn. International—is focused on rotary-wing...
October 28, 2015
A pilots’ union will no longer appeal a court order turning over a helicopter’s combined flight/voice recorder to police investigating four deaths in a 2013 Shetland Islands crash. International safety officials have been working for years to establish global legal standards to prevent the public disclosure through criminal probes and lawsuits of safety information used in crash...
October 28, 2015
A U.S. rulemaking advisory subcommittee will start work soon on options for increasing crash-resistant fuel systems use in newly built helicopters and existing ones, the FAA’s Jorge Castillo told R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit yesterday. Castillo, the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate manager of rotorcraft regulations and policy, was one of 16...
October 28, 2015
The offshore-support helicopter sector should aim in the next decade to eclipse the safety record of fixed-wing commercial aviation, Bill Chiles told R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit. CEO emeritus of Bristow Group and chairman of HeliOffshore, Chiles was the keynote...
October 27, 2015
U.S. Transportation Department officials said that registration is a critical step in the persecution of UAS operators who violate the law. Responding to media questions during an Oct. 19 press conference, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx explained that law...
October 27, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft's CH-53K 'King Stallion' completed its first test flight this morning, the company told R&WI. Previously scheduled flights of the super heavy lift helicopter, designed to replace the U.S. Marine Corps' aging CH-53E, had been rescheduled several times as the program struggled to meet stringent requirements...
October 23, 2015
Two U.S. congressmen are calling on the FAA to act immediately on requiring all new-build helicopters to have crash-resistant fuel systems. Those systems are the focus of next week’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit opening session; NTSB Director of Aviation Safety John DeLisi will brief summit attendees on the fatal 2014 Bell Helicopter 206L1+ air ambulance crash that led to the safety...
October 23, 2015
One of the sticking points in developing a UAS registration system may be defining what constitutes a registration-worthy drone in terms of weight, configuration and capabilities, according to the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Speaking at the DOT’s Oct. 19 press conference, Government and Regulatory Affairs Representative Rich Hanson emphasized...
October 23, 2015
South America currently lacks the trained maintenance infrastructure necessary to support the “preposterous growth” of its helicopter industry, according to international MRO provider Helisota. AgustaWestland and...
October 22, 2015
Brazil's largest energy production company is dropping helicopter transport services amid financial woes. U.S.-based Era Group Inc. announced recently that Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., also known as Petrobras, planned to cancel an ongoing tender process for 10 heavy and medium helicopters, citing macroeconomic troubles...
October 22, 2015
The FAA is seeking public input on how best to develop its planned registration system for UAS operating in the national airspace system. The agency today published a Clarification and Request for Information stating its official position that—regardless of whether UAS purposes are for public service, commercial or recreational...
October 22, 2015
The New Mexico State Police violated the U.S. Constitution when it overflew a suspected marijuana plantation, according to an Oct. 19 New Mexico Supreme Court document. On Aug. 23, 2006, as part of “Operation Yerba Buena 2006,” the police used a pair of Army National Guard helicopters to search for marijuana plants on the property...
October 21, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft has begun construction of the first lot of six new-generation U.S. presidential transport helicopters in India, according to a report by India Strategic. Construction of the VH 92 Superhawks' cabins began recently in collaboration with India's Tata Advanced Systems Ltd., which also will exclusively...
October 21, 2015
Air medical transport helicopter sales are up this October in part due to the Air Medical Transport Conference, Oct. 19 to 21 in Long Beach, California, with many sales having occurred on the event's opening day. Airbus Helicopters on Monday received orders from...
October 21, 2015
The National Telecommunications and Information Admin. is holding its third of four public stakeholder meetings today to discuss best practices for integrating UAS into the U.S. National...
October 20, 2015
The U.S. Army wants to go fast, but Sikorsky Aircraft and Bell Helicopter want it to go faster. The Army is pursuing the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator initiative to develop the foundation for a family of vertical-lift aircraft capable of 230-kt-plus cruise speeds. Sikorsky is paired with Boeing on one contender, the SB>1 Defiant, while Bell is developing the V-280 Valor tiltrotor (with...
October 20, 2015
Era Group has begun flying the Sikorsky Aircraft S-92 in offshore transport revenue service in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Era, a leading U.S. helicopter transport operator, took delivery of its first S-92 in March; it said the...
October 20, 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency has named the first members of its EASA Virtual Academy, which aims to sustain competency among national aviation regulatory staffs across Europe and promote harmonized regulatory and certification practices among European nations. The members are CAA International (an aviation consultancy wholly owned by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority), the Joint Aviation Authorities...
October 19, 2015
A U.S. plan to require registration of “hobby” drones offers the federal government better options for educating drone operators about their responsibilities in the air and enforcing their compliance with flight and airspace rules. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today said he had set up an industry/government task force to advise him by Nov. 20 on how to set up the registry...
October 19, 2015
Turbomeca partner Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd is working on developing its own capability to manufacture helicopter parts and tooling in Malaysia within a year, according to that country’s national news agency. Bernama said Oct. 18 that the...
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