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September 9, 2015
Long-term trends will drive demand for helicopter support of offshore oil and gas operations, CHC Group President/CEO Karl Fessenden said today in discussing the company’s financial performance in its first quarter (which ended July 31). Those trends include forecasted demand increases for crude oil, the growing distance of exploration and production platforms from shore and the...
September 9, 2015
Long-time offshore oil and gas industry leader Bill Chiles will present the keynote speech at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas.    At the one-day summit, top industry and regulatory executives will discuss ongoing work toward consensus among the General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. and the AeroSpace and Defence...
September 8, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has sold its first seven H175s configured for public service to Hong Kong's Government Flying Services. Deliveries of the super-medium helicopters are slated for late 2017 through 2018. In the public service configuration, the H175 is equipped to...
September 8, 2015
Waypoint Leasing has launched its capital-markets financing with the private placement of $200 million in senior secured notes, the company said. One of the largest independent global helicopter leasing companies, Waypoint said it would use the proceeds to expand its business and free up...
September 8, 2015
Australia has named a Lockheed Martin-led consortium as its preferred bidder to provide basic military flight training to fixed-wing and helicopter pilots for 25 years starting in 2019. The $2-billion contract has yet to be finalized. The Team 21 consortium includes Lockheed Martin, Switzerland's Pilatus Aircraft and Sydney-headquartered...
September 4, 2015
Brian Fennessy is in line to be the 17th chief of the city's Fire-Rescue Department. As the department's assistant chief for emergency operations, Fennessy was the driving force in developing and implementing the city's helicopter program. San Diego's night-flying-capable...
September 4, 2015
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis, a 31-year-old resident of Warrenton, Virginia, died Wednesday in a fatal helicopter accident during an exercise at a satellite training area of U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Lewis, who worked...
September 4, 2015
Today is your last chance to receive a $100 early-bird registration discount for Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit. The one-day summit, held Oct. 27 near...
September 3, 2015
The U.S. Air Force is looking for a government or commercial off-the-shelf replacement for its aged 62 UH-1Ns, based on its "industry day" briefings last month attended by five prime contractors. The $2 billion UH-1N Replacement Program (as outlined in President Obama's fiscal 2016 defense budget submission) includes only procurement funding for 72 helicopters...
September 3, 2015
Increased community demand drove a record level of operations for Australia's Snowy Hydro SouthCare during its 2015 fiscal year, according to ABC News in that country. The helicopter rescue operator's CEO, Chris Kimball, called the spike "just a reflection of that service area that...
September 3, 2015
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) has completed hot temperature/high-altitude testing at Leh in northernmost India, the manufacturer said. The tests of Technology Demonstrator No. 3 at that city (elevation 11,562 ft) “established hover performance and low-speed handling characteristics” of the indigenously designed...
September 2, 2015
The FAA has appointed two new executives to guide the agency's integration of unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace. The announcement comes less than one month after prior speculation into the agency's reorganization of its UAS functions. Marke "Hoot" Gibson will be the senior...
September 2, 2015
Jack Piehl, a trail blazer in Aviation Safety, died June 2, 2015, at the age of 80 due to a brief illness. His lifelong career spanned both flight and maintenance. He began with Eastern Airlines, worked in several corporate flight departments and eventually joined Shell Oil Company as a pilot. At...
September 2, 2015
Nigerian and U.S. accident investigators are at NTSB Washington headquarters to review flight recorder data from a Bristow S-76C+ that crashed Aug. 12 on approach to Lagos. Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau asked the NTSB to assist it in reviewing data from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were...
September 1, 2015
  My closest friends are aircraft mechanics. We all attended Aviation High School in New York City. That institution offered (and still offers) a full set of academic courses and FAA-approved airframe and powerplant training. The school turned a common love of aviation into an epoxy bond that made brothers of six boys from diverse backgrounds and far-flung neighborhoods. It has held us together...
September 1, 2015
The worst of Katrina’s effects hit on the hurricane’s east side, along the Mississippi and Alabama coasts. Much of the damage in New Orleans came from surging waters pushed by Katrina and floods from failed levees. Photo courtesy of U.S. Defense Dept. You can’t say no one saw it one coming. Even as the tropical depression passed over the southern Bahamas Islands on Aug. 23, 2005, more...
September 1, 2015
The number of rotor blades, rotor rpm and rotor diameter have little effect on formation of the vortex ring state, but aircraft with higher disk loading and increased blade twist are more susceptible to it. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps, Airbus Helicopters (below, top) and Robinson Helicopter (below, bottom). On Aug. 23, 2013, a Eurocopter AS332 with 18 persons on board was on the final stage of...
September 1, 2015
Modern avionics like the Garmin G1000H flight deck in Bell Helicopter’s 407GXP are designed to provide a pilot with critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and safety. Photo courtesy of Bell The desire for safety enhancements and consumer electronics-like capabilities in aircraft is what will drive helicopter owners and operators to buy new avionics in the near...
September 1, 2015
A camera mounted on a DJI Phantom (superimposed here) took this nighttime photo from a height of 150 ft. Such small UAS capabilities concern privacy advocates. Photos by Mark Colborn When a vacationing 39-year-old California man flew a Parrot Bebop Drone 100 ft above Washington’s Lafayette Park May 14, the U.S. capital took notice. The park, a popular spot for protesters, is directly across...
September 1, 2015
An AgustaWestland AW101 (VVIP) outside London ExCeL on display in 2013. Photo courtesy of Reed Exhibitions Helitech International will return to its ExCeL London venue in October with exhibitors from 20-plus countries and a conference and seminar program that will explore the prospects for growth in new technology and ongoing efforts to improve the safety of global rotorcraft operations. Organized by Reed...
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