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January 11, 2016
  Idaho officials want to use a helicopter in the investigation of a 43% drop in the elk population in the Frank Church of No Return Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Kaibob National Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0   Allowing a helicopter to fly in a protected Idaho wilderness area is a rare but necessary exception to congressional restrictions against such flights, according to a senior U.S. Forest Service...
January 11, 2016
Afghanistan’s defense ministry is working on a five-year development plan for the country’s air force, according to an Afghanistan news report.    The Khaama Press news agency quoted Afghanistan’s acting defense minister...
January 8, 2016
  ENSCO DS6 Drillship taking on fuel bunkers in Walvis Bay, Namibia during the transit to Angola and start of contract with BP. Photo courtesy of CellsDeDells / CC BY-SA 3.0   Helicopter operators and other service providers will suffer as retirements of offshore oil and gas rigs speed up this year, said Evercore ISI. Brazil posed particular concerns.    The investment banking...
January 8, 2016
  Pratt & Whitney Canada's products include the PW200-series engine, which powers the AW169 and other aircraft. Photo courtesy of P&WC   Pratt & Whitney Canada this month will start paying off Canada and its province of Quebec to end royalty payments on future engine sales, its parent company told investors this week.    But the company is staying put in Longueuil, Quebec...
January 8, 2016
  Korea Aerospace Industry’s Surion does cold-weather testing in Alaska in 2012. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries   Press reports say a U.S. Army...
January 7, 2016
Bibi Ka Maqbara (or "Tomb of the Lady") in Aurangabad is among the sites on the tour route. Pawan Hans plans to start air tours of India’s most populous city today. The Mumbai Darshan service is run under an...
January 7, 2016
  The Tokyo Fire Department is equipping its Airbus Helicopters EC225s to fight high-rise fires. Photo courtesy of Mamo   The Tokyo Fire Department this week introduced a new helicopter unit to help fight high-rise building fires during annual fire-awareness ceremonies.    The Air Fire Rescue Task Forces’ development follows a near doubling of high-rise fires in...
January 7, 2016
Efforts to make small-drone operations more accountable and safe are growing as the ranks of drone fliers increase.    Since Dec. 21, when the FAA began requiring registration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with maximum takeoff weights of more than 0.55 lb to fewer than 55 lb, more than 180,000 aircraft have been registered, the agency’s head told the Consumer Electronics Show in Las...
January 5, 2016
  Photo courtesy of Urban Aeronautics, Ltd.   An Israeli company’s AirMule unmanned lift-fan demonstrator has made its first untethered, autonomous flight, the manufacturer reported.    The single-engine, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) prototype made the untethered flight Dec. 30 at Megiddo Airfield, about 50 nm east-northeast of Urban Aeronautics’ headquarters on the...
January 5, 2016
  A 2009 NASA cutaway photo illustrates the contact gears of a helicopter transmission. Photo courtesy of NASA Glenn Research Center   Small, high-tech U.S. businesses have until Feb. 17 to solicit U.S. Army funding to develop and demonstrate a helicopter transmission that does not require physical contact among its gears to convert engine power to rotor thrust for new installations and...
January 5, 2016
  Elifriulia has been supporting the Croatia air ambulance project with this EC135. Photo courtesy of Elifriulia   Italian operators Elifriulia and Airgreen are awaiting the outcome of a new government’s formation in Croatia for hints as to whether they will keep flying air ambulance missions in the country.    The operators have been working there since early September 2015 under...
January 4, 2016
  Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters   Egypt’s navy plans to acquire more than 40 attack Ka-52Ks for two helicopter carriers it will buy from France. The...
January 4, 2016
  Photo courtesy of DFR Luftrettung   German air rescue service DRF Luftrettung retired its last Bell Helicopter 412 at the New Year, completing a transition to an...
January 4, 2016
Nepal has named the leader of a national agency to rebuild earthquake-devastated areas after eight months of bureaucratic wrangling. The move might facilitate sustained helicopter support in areas damaged by last April's...
December 31, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.   Look for India’s prime minister to lay the cornerstone Jan. 2 for Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s new plant to build Light...
December 31, 2015
Photo courtesy of Gian Marco Anzellotti / CC BY 2.0   On Jan. 1, the legendary names Agusta and Westland begin to move from the rolls of active helicopter manufacturers to those of historic ones.    Parent company Finmeccanica is completing its 18-month process of centralizing and integrating the operations of its diverse aerospace, defense...
December 31, 2015
All of us at Rotor & Wing International offer our best wishes for a...
December 30, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Triumph Group   Triumph Group has appointed a veteran Raytheon and Lockheed Martin executive as its new president and CEO effective Jan. 4, following an eight-month search by its board of directors that the company called extensive.    Daniel Crowley, who also will serve as a director of the Berwyn, Pennsylvania-headquartered company, which designs...
December 30, 2015
Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters   Russian Helicopters has received type certification of its medium, multi-role Mil Mi-38 and plans to start serial production of the transport helicopter in 2016 for the Russian market, the company said. The Mi-38 was...
December 30, 2015
The U.K.’s National Police Air Service plans to close 10 of 25 helicopter bases across the country next year to help reduce budget shortfalls, according to a report in...
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