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September 1, 2015
A donated Agusta A109 GdiF variant, previously operated by Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. Photos courtesy of The Helicopter Museum The rotorcraft industry is, like all of aviation, forward-looking. Unless you count the early days of Chinese bamboo-copters and Leonardo da Vinci’s “aerial screw,” it’s also fairly young. But a lot has happened since Igor Sikorsky first coaxed the...
September 1, 2015
  I consult for a variety of companies that collectively have an array of products. These products range from A (avionics) to W (wash systems). Sorry, I haven’t come up with X, Y or Z yet, but I’m working on it. This diversity allows me to interact with many different facets of the helicopter community. Recently, I had the opportunity to be involved with ground support equipment that PHI...
September 1, 2015
  We have all heard the adage that ‘you can’t fight city hall,’ much less county or state government. But for owners of aircraft based at a government-owned airport, the good news is that you may not have to. Aircraft and business owners do not have to simply accept an airport manager’s orders that deny certain rights or opportunities. Often, frustrations or economic losses...
September 1, 2015
  Passing through Germany on yet another trip to my favorite desert “vacation” spot, I met a fellow aviator who was as bored as I was. We struck up a conversation to shave a few moments off our long hours and soon realized our paths had crossed many times throughout the years. Within minutes, we had named some of the same people we’d crewed with, and within a few more we had traded...
September 1, 2015
Washington firefighters used a camera-equipped drone last week to identify targets for helicopters to drop water. State officials deployed the fixed-wing ScanEagle UAV to about 9,500 ft above the Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park...
September 1, 2015
Carter Aviation Technologies is planning flight demonstrations of its Slowed Rotor/Compound four-place aircraft this month and next, with a tour throughout the U.S. to follow. The Personal Air Vehicle demonstrator is essentially fixed-wing aircraft, the company says, but uses a very simple rotor...
September 1, 2015
Brazil's helicopter market is sliding amid the nation's severe economic crisis, according to Bloomberg Business. The country's helicopter fleet size is on track for the...
August 31, 2015
EagleEye Systems, Inc. sold its "smart" UAV operating system to its first U.S. customer. Public service workers in New Jersey's Bergen County Office of Emergency Management will deploy OS-equipped drones for SAR and emergency situations. According to the...
August 31, 2015
Robinson Helicopter is offering the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS and autopilot on R44s and R66s equipped with Aspen Avionics' primary flight display. The Torrance, Calif., manufacturer had made the Genesys stability augmentation system on R66s fitted with...
August 31, 2015
Aviation officials are reviewing Montana's aerial firefighting procedures in an effort to clear the state's UH-1Hs to aid overloaded fleets battling regional wild land fires. More than 100 fires are burning in Montana and...
August 28, 2015
Defensive measures against small UAS were a major focus at this year's Black Dart exercise organized by the U.S. Defense Department. Many results from this year's 20 or so engagements were kept secret, but one allegedly involved a U.S. Marine Corps sniper...
August 28, 2015
Sept. 4 is the deadline for a $100 discount on registration for Rotor & Wing International’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At the one-day summit, top industry and...
August 28, 2015
Dr. James "Red" Duke, a world-renowned trauma surgeon, professor and media icon, died Tuesday in Houston at the age of 86. Along with his many other accomplishments, Duke was known publicly as a television personality who explained...
August 27, 2015
Turkish Aerospace Industries introduced its T129 ATAK advanced attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter in Poland this week. The aircraft made its public debut Aug. 22 to 23 with two 20-minute demonstration flights...
August 27, 2015
The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corp. recently set a flight endurance record for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter that the company's website says is "ready to deploy." In a planned 150-nm flight from Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif., the MQ-8C achieved 11 hr, ending with more than an hour of...
August 27, 2015
The submission period closes today for an FAA-initiated Robinson R44 helicopter flight-training contract. The agency on Aug. 12 submitted a request for offer seeking businesses to conduct its "Helicopter Indoctrination Course" along with...
August 26, 2015
The U.S. Navy has awarded Bell Helicopter a $581 million contract modification to deliver H-1 helicopters to the U.S. Marine Corps and the government of Pakistan. A modification to a previously awarded acquisition contract, this award tasks Bell with manufacturing and delivering 16...
August 26, 2015
Intevac Photonics' night-vision technology may contribute to the U.S. Army's total degraded visual environments (DVE) solution for helicopter pilots. In a request for information made in July, the Army sought interest from contractors willing to develop a device giving helicopter pilots clear visibility in all degraded visual environments. Intevac told R&WI that a prime contractor responding...
August 25, 2015
Following what CEO Jeff Roberts described as a slow start to the U.S. and Greek fire seasons—resulting in an approximate $1.3-million drop in commercial aviation revenue—Erickson Inc. has bolstered its...
August 25, 2015
XTI Aircraft wants to develop a high-speed, five-passenger, vertical-takeoff-and-landing business transport called the TriFan 600. Using three horizontally mounted, tilt-able lift fans, the single-pilot, fly-by-wire aircraft would be designed to lift off and land at any helipad from which an AW189-class helicopter can operate and cruise above 30,000 ft at 330 to 350 kt. But the unique aspect of the...
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