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September 28, 2015
Armed MD Helicopters MD-530Fs delivered this year to the Afghan Air Force lack the performance to be effective combat weapons in that mountainous nation, The New York Times reported Sept. 27, quoting a top air force officer. That officer is Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari, who the news outlet said recently took command of the air force's squadron of 16 MD-530Fs. Calling...
September 28, 2015
EASA has certified a limited ice protection system for the AW189 as AgustaWestland works toward making the super medium twin suitable for operations in the most adverse and harsh environmental conditions. Certification of the system, which does not require heated rotor blades and...
September 25, 2015
Lockheed Martin's $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft has been green lit in the U.S., Japan and South Korea, and now awaits additional approval from abroad, according to Reuters. LM along with Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. on Sept. 23 filed...
September 25, 2015
Following its first international sale of V-22 Ospreys to Japan, the Bell-Boeing venture behind the U.S. military's tilt rotor aims to attract buyers in the Middle East. According to John McGraw, a Boeing executive via Gulf News, the company perceives "great...
September 25, 2015
A bill to enhance U.S. pilots' legal protections has received majority support within the U.S. Senate, according to the National Business Aviation Association. The Pilot's Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2)...
September 24, 2015
  Image courtesy of Bell Helicopter On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Bell Helicopter received the first completed fuselage for its V-280 tilt-rotor design from Spirit AeroSystems and emphasized the importance of speed in providing future vertical-lift technology for tomorrow's...
September 24, 2015
The FAA said it is escalating its enforcement of UAS regulations following the Sept. 12 crash of a drone that kicked up loose debris into a nearby infant in Pasadena, California. A 24-year-old drone operator lost signal reception with a DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter flying beyond...
September 24, 2015
The FAA would receive six months of funding as part of a proposed U.S. Senate continuing spending resolution meant to avert the looming government shutdown. Congress faces the shutdown Oct. 1 if it fails to agree on a federal budget for fiscal year 2016. The...
September 23, 2015
Operations, engineering and flight test experts will debate the real-world certification challenges facing the rotorcraft industry and its regulators at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit.  "The Most Daunting Certification Challenges Before Us" is among the panel discussions in the program for the one-day executive forum at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas.   Among...
September 23, 2015
The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested a man for interfering with an Aug. 27 aerial police search. Martin Sheldon, 57, is charged with two counts of obstructing a peace officer in the performance of his duties after his drone caused an LAPD helicopter to break off its...
September 23, 2015
The Russian Civil Aviation Authority has certified Bell Helicopter to offer maintenance to Russian registered helicopters in its Prague facility. Bell Helicopter Prague is the company's customization, delivery and aftermarket service...
September 23, 2015
France has agreed to sell its two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Egypt following a Wednesday deal made by the countries' delegates in Paris, according to various...
September 22, 2015
Lack of exposure—rather than lack of interest—may be one reason some young women haven't sought aviation careers, according to Women in Aviation International President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "We realized that girls weren't rejecting aviation...
September 22, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 operators have inspected their aircraft for control-system discrepancies implicated in an Aug. 12 Bristow Helicopters crash that killed six people near Lagos, Nigeria. The inspections came in response to a Sept. 14 FAA emergency airworthiness directive that ordered inspections with 5 hr time in service of main-rotor and tail-rotor servo input control pushrod assemblies on all S-76...
September 22, 2015
India has approved a $2.5 billion deal to acquire Boeing AH-64 and CH-47 helicopters, according to various media reports. Boeing won...
September 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters offered an all-new design for Japan’s new utility military helicopter—not one based on its H160—and hasn’t given up on taking over development of that 150-aircraft program, CEO Guillaume Faury told the media today. Japan picked Fuji Heavy Industries and Bell Helicopter July 17 to develop a UH-1 replacement for its Ground Self-Defense Force...
September 21, 2015
Two French-built helicopter carriers are attracting interest from multiple nations following that country's cancellation of a sale to Russia. The Canadian Press reported today that the Canadian government had been discussing with France a purchase of the two Mistral-class helicopter...
September 21, 2015
The Japanese Coast Guard has selected worldwide MRO provider Heli-One to overhaul a Eurocopter (Airbus Helicopters) AS332 L1. The major overhaul, or "G-Check," began last month and will be...
September 18, 2015
Airbus Helicopters will deliver an H145 to China's Guangzhou Police, according to an agreement signed today. The purchase will add to a list of more than 100 of the company's rotorcraft sold to Chinese customers in the past few weeks. This will be...
September 18, 2015
Transport Canada has certified two simulators housed at Metro Aviation's Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. The EC135 Level-D full-motion simulator and the AS350 Level-7 flight-training device will now both count toward full...
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