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May 13, 2015
The FAA’s pursuit of joint research efforts on unmanned aerial systems use in populated areas and beyond line of sight highlights both the weaknesses and potency of UAS threats to helicopter markets. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) May 6 at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta, Ga. The agency’s CRADA with cable news...
May 12, 2015
One of the newest AStars (above) is headed for India and Heritage Aviation, which will get a second early this month. The New Delhi-based operator’s H125s will fly charter and utility missions and pilgrimage heli-tours. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters/Eric Raz From the loosely translated ideas of Darwin, it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that will survive, but those who can best...
May 12, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Japan to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency. The 412EPI is expected to join the agency's fleet in early 2016. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at...
May 12, 2015
Shall we count Finmeccanica out as a bidder for Sikorsky Aircraft? The CEO of AgustaWestland’s parent company, Mauro Moretti, told shareholders meeting yesterday in Rome that Finmeccanica had received “several propositions but was not interested in Sikorsky,” according to the Reuters news agency. Sikorsky...
May 12, 2015
On Saturday, Russian Helicopters' Mi-26, Mi-28N Night Hunter, Mi-35M, Ka-52 Alligator and Mi-8/17 military helicopters took part in parade ceremonies on Moscow's Red Square and in towns and cities across Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of allied forces' victory on the...
May 11, 2015
The FAA proposes to fine Air Methods $1.54 million for allegedly operating Airbus EC130 helicopters on dozens of aeromedical flights beyond power-off gliding distance from shore without required aircraft or personal flotation gear. Air Methods has 30 days to respond to the alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), which the FAA detailed April 13. The Englewood, Colo. company said it is...
May 11, 2015
Today, May 11, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif., Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific is scheduled to host a Sundown Ceremony for the SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter. The Sundown Ceremony will commemorate 30 years of active service for the SH-60B.   Sailors aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) hook a cargo cable to...
May 11, 2015
After a rigorous competition, the FAA has selected a Mississippi State University team as a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS). The COE will focus on research, education and training in areas critical to safe and successful integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace. The team brings together 15 of the nation’s leading UAS and aviation universities that have a proven...
May 11, 2015
Gretchen Haskins, CEO of the global offshore helicopter association HeliOffshore commended “inclusion, engagement and delivery” to more than 150 leaders attending the association's Annual Conference and General Meeting yesterday. Speaking at the inaugural HeliOffshore conference, Haskins told industry leaders that, with their commitment and collective might, the offshore helicopter...
May 8, 2015
Avionic display systems technology provider Thomas Global Systems has achieved new EASA Part 145 approval at its facility in Irvine, Calif. This follows the Company’s FAA Part-145 approval granted after...
May 8, 2015
The FAA will soon begin work on the next step in a multi-year effort to update the scientific evidence on the relationship between aircraft noise exposure and its effects on communities around airports. “The FAA is sensitive to public concerns about aircraft noise,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. "We understand the interest in expediting this research, and we will complete this...
May 8, 2015
Russian Helicopters and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have signed a framework agreement to work together on creating an advanced heavy helicopter. Under the agreement, the parties will work on all areas of development and preparation to launch serial production of the new aircraft, named the Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL). The agreement was signed today at the Moscow Kremlin by Alexander MIkheev, CEO of...
May 7, 2015
Bristow Helicopters uses the AgustaWestland AW189 for offshore transport missions, as well as for search and rescue in the U.K. Photo courtesy of Bristow Helicopters With their fates tied to the ever-swinging price of crude oil, helicopter offshore transport operators had a tough year in 2014. Around this time last year, oil sold for more than $100 per barrel. By January, that price had been halved. Though...
May 7, 2015
USAAC 2nd Lt. Carter Harman (left side, standing) flew the first combat rescue mission in an YR-4B in Burma in 1944. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. On May 8, the National Mall in Washington will be the site of several vintage World War II aircraft fly-bys commemorating Victory in Europe (V-E) Day – the day in 1945 when victory was declared in the European theater of the war...
May 7, 2015
On April 2, United Technologies Corp. appointed Robert Leduc as president of Sikorsky Aircraft effective immediately. He succeeds Mick Maurer, who moved to the newly created position of UTC senior vice president, Strategic Projects. Both Leduc and Maurer will report to UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes. “Across the aerospace industry, Bob is recognized as a proven leader,” Hayes said...
May 7, 2015
Columbia Helicopters has hired Santiago Crespo as its new Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Crespo previously served as Vice President & General Manager of Oil and Gas Aviation at Erickson Incorporated, and will assume his new duties on May 11th. “I am pleased that Santiago has decided to join the Columbia Helicopters family,” said Jim Rankin, company president...
May 7, 2015
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has announced a new contract to manufacture and deliver a custom-configured MD 530F helicopter for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Aviation Unit. Acquisition of the MD 530F was approved by Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee on April 27.   Photo courtesy of MD Helicopters “The relationship between Las Vegas Metro Police and MD...
May 7, 2015
The FAA has demonstrated a new smartphone application called “B4UFLY,” designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft (UAS) users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their current or planned location. “We want to make sure hobbyists and modelers know where it is and isn’t okay to fly,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “While there are other apps that...
May 6, 2015
By Mike Hangge Fifty feet up, open desert below, 110 knots. Heat forgotten, sweat pouring. Crew meshed, flight locked tight. Target in sight. One minute out… To me, there just isn’t anything quite as perfect as those moments when life is forgotten and there’s nothing but the mission. Everything depends on me doing my job. Everything depends on each of us doing our jobs. We are fused...
May 6, 2015
Australia has commissioned into service the first two of seven Boeing CH-47F Chinook “Foxtrot” cargo helicopters for the Australian Army. The two helicopters are part of an A$631 million project that includes seven CH-47Fs and two flight simulators. The simulators were delivered in April 2014 and February 2015, and have since then been training Army Chinook crews. The first helicopters were...
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