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August 14, 2015
An air ambulance helicopter took evasive action Wednesday during a near mid-air collision with a drone operating outside published FAA guidelines. The SkyLife helicopter, a Bell 407 owned by American Ambulance and Rogers Helicopters, was carrying a patient to the...
August 13, 2015
Researchers in South Korea have demonstrated how to disrupt the flight of certain drones using sound-based attacks. In a 17-page paper entitled "Rocking Drones with Intentional Sound Noise on Gyroscopic Sensors," researchers at...
August 13, 2015
The FAA said in an Aug. 12 press release that pilot reports of drones have increased dramatically over the past year, prompting the agency to again stress that "operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal." There are already restrictions on UAS in place that...
August 13, 2015
The Helicopter Foundation International is seeking participants willing to exhibit their aircraft. The Heritage of Helicopters display...
August 12, 2015
Whirly-Girls International is offering 17 scholarships for women in the helicopter industry this year. New scholarships this year include one for a helicopter instrument rating sponsored by Guidance Aviation in Prescott, Ariz.; another for a...
August 12, 2015
The 15th FAI World Helicopter Championships started today, with 98 pilots in 13 teams from 11 countries vying to be rated best in various skills competitions. The championships are being held at Przylep Airfield in Zielona Gora in western Poland, where teams had spent the past four...
August 12, 2015
"Disappointing" spares support for its North Sea helicopter operations cost Bristow Group $12 million in the quarter that ended June 30, the company says. Although operating revenue for the quarter—the first in Bristow’s fiscal year—improved over first-quarter 2014, the company reported a $3.3 million net loss (compared to a net income of $44.1 million in the same period last...
August 11, 2015
Outerlink, a Metro Aviation company, has completed 30 percent of initial flight tests for IRIS, its ViaSat-enabled satellite communication system, the company told R&WI Aug. 11. Each component is being tested according to...
August 11, 2015
Global helicopter lessor Waypoint Leasing has closed its second transaction with Líder Taxi Aereo, provider of helicopter services to the Brazilian offshore energy industry. The transaction included the purchase and leaseback of a Sikorsky S-92...
August 11, 2015
The FAA believes that "there is greater alertness" among staff members using updated scheduling practices following a previously hidden NASA study assessing chronic fatigue among air traffic...
August 10, 2015
Our Aug. 6 item, "Look for FAA Moves on UAS Staffing," reported on a reorganization of the U.S. aviation agency's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. We said that that AFS-80 office, which is now within the agency's Flight Standards Service, would be made into a full...
August 10, 2015
Bristow Group will cut more employees and costs to deal with an oil and gas downturn that won’t rebound until at least late 2017, the company’s head said in reporting the most recent quarterly earnings. President/CEO Jonathan Baliff said Bristow is about 70 percent through a plan to cut costs by $75 to 95 million, including a 10 percent workforce reduction. But that plan...
August 10, 2015
Rotor & Wing International is organizing the inaugural Rotorcraft Certification Summit to be held Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth International...
August 7, 2015
The Suffolk County Police Department recently added a new Airbus Helicopters H145, formerly known as the EC145, to its fleet, replacing an older AS350B2. Metro Aviation completed the twin-engine aircraft at its completion center in...
August 7, 2015
The FAA has granted more than 1,000 drone exemptions under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which...
August 7, 2015
The Aircraft Electronics Association is asking the Bureau of Labor & Statistics to reject a June 4 proposal by various aviation industry groups to remove "Avionics Technician" from the government's database of existing occupations. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system is used by federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational...
August 6, 2015
The FAA should finalize its new organization overseeing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the next few weeks. The agency is making its UAS Integration Office, which...
August 6, 2015
Era Group is working with AgustaWestland on "technical acceptance" issues for its first four AW189s, which are designated for work under a contract with a Gulf of Mexico offshore support customer. Era Group President, CEO and CFO...
August 6, 2015
The San Diego Air & Space Museum will soon have an SH-60B Seahawk on display. The retired airframe, based off the U.S. Army's UH-60 Black Hawk, is one of three original prototypes Sikorsky built...
August 5, 2015
To accommodate the increasing interest of tech companies in commercial drone operations, technology giant Amazon hopes to secure a designated section in airspace for its very own delivery capabilities. Last week at NASA's Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Convention, the company...
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