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September 18, 2015
NASA has successfully flight tested UAS detect-and-avoid technology using Ikhana, its MQ-9 Predator B fixed-wing drone. "Depending on the specific scenario, either Ikhana detected one or more approaching aircraft and sent an alert to its remote pilot to take action, or Ikhana itself took action on its own by flying a programmed maneuver to avoid a...
September 17, 2015
Four U.S. aviation associations plan to call formally on the FAA by Oct. 1 to ease the process for certifying single-engine helicopters for instrument flight rule (IFR) operations. That's when they plan...
September 17, 2015
Rotorcraft advocates in Washington, D.C., are laying the foundation in Congress for future research funding, they say. Working under the umbrellas of AHS International and the Vertical Lift Consortium, lobbyists for major OEMs and other advocates have been making the rounds of appropriations...
September 17, 2015
CHC Helicopter is seeking proposals for presentations at its annual Safety & Quality Summit next April in British Columbia. The summit is a premier event in the world of...
September 16, 2015
AgustaWestland recently set a new speed record for its AW609 TiltRotor, which flew 1,161 km between company facilities in England and Italy in 2 hr 18 min. The point-to-point journey began with a vertical...
September 16, 2015
Five associations warned that legislation proposed to amend the Post-9/11 GI Bill "would have enormous detrimental impact on the aviation industry—and especially the helicopter sector," according to a joint statement submitted yesterday to the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The Senate Committee is holding a hearing on the draft legislation today. The...
September 16, 2015
MD Helicopters has delivered two converted helicopters to the Columbus, Ohio, Police Department for its return to service. In June, the Columbus Division of Police committed to a revitalization of their Aviation Unit through the MDHI-exclusive, FAA-certified E-to-F Conversion program. The first two of four aircraft to be converted arrived at...
September 15, 2015
Photos courtesy of AgustaWestland The U.K. Royal Navy said the capabilities of unmanned and optionally piloted helicopters would "inform future options" following AgustaWestland's successful Capability Concept Demonstration to the Ministry of Defence. The company's technology demonstrator completed 27 hours of unmanned flight...
September 15, 2015
Moves to revamp how the U.S. government reimburses air ambulance operators for transporting and treating patients hinge on finalization of congressional cost estimates for the changes. Such "scoring" of estimates by the Congressional Budget Office are required to assess how proposed legislation would affect federal, state...
September 15, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has bowed out of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's tender for a ship-based utility helicopter, explaining as its reasoning a...
September 14, 2015
Metro Aviation has contracted the purchase of six EC145e variants and will showcase the aircraft during a North American demo tour with Airbus Helicopters. The tour is intended to...
September 14, 2015
Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company named as Russia's best exporter, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. The company originated Sept. 4, 1940, with the founding of Leningrad Aircraft Plant No. 387. That plant was evacuated during World War II's Eastern Front...
September 14, 2015
The number of U.S. Marines killed in aviation accidents this year has reached 18, the highest in five years, according to NBC News. The previous record was set in 2012 at...
September 11, 2015
Crews from more than 50 helicopters in Japan are among nearly 6,000 rescuers aiding victims of floods brought on by Typhoon Etau. The rescue helicopters included the Japan Self-Defense Forces and civil agencies. Etau made landfall Sept. 10 near...
September 11, 2015
Canada picked Vector Aerospace as the sole provider of maintenance services for General Electric T-58 engines on its aged military CH-124 Sea Kings, the company said. The Sea Kings are overdue for retirement. Canada awarded Sikorsky Aircraft a contract in 2004 for S-92-based Sea King replacements that were to enter service in 2011. But the...
September 11, 2015
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking into adaptive landing gear that would enable helicopters to land and launch on angled, irregular and moving surfaces. The agency demonstrated a concept for such gear at its "What? Wait" future technology forum this week in St. Louis. DARPA noted that the flat, stable surfaces required for use of traditional skid and...
September 10, 2015
Bell Helicopter has delivered the first 407GXP to Brazil for use in Latin America's robust corporate transport segment. The aircraft was purchased by Medalhão Persa, a company based in Curitiba, Brazil. "The luxurious interior, combined with the smooth, quiet...
September 10, 2015
MD Helicopters has delivered a single-engine MD 500ER to Bushveld Game Capture for use in the protection and preservation of endangered animals in South Africa. Founded in 2006, Vryburg-based Bushveld specializes in wildlife capture...
September 10, 2015
AgustaWestland will deliver three AW119Kx helicopters to China this year as part of a contract with Sino-US Intercontinental, adding to a total of more than thirty rotorcraft the distributor has ordered since late 2013. The partnership between AgustaWestland and...
September 9, 2015
Photo courtesy of XTI Aircraft   Individual investors have offered XTI Aircraft nearly $4.5 million so far in its development of a five-passenger TriFan 600 vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing business aircraft, the Denver-based company said today. On Aug. 25, it added such "crowdfunding" sources to a financing campaign...
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