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August 5, 2015
Reports that helicopter support for offshore oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico is dead “are greatly exaggerated,” said Era Group President, CEO and CFO Chris Bradshaw paraphrasing Mark Twain in discussing the company’s second-quarter...
August 5, 2015
New reports on helicopter sales and shipments point to softness in used aircraft sales and in the impact of the offshore sector's decline on new deliveries. JETNET LLC said used turbine helicopter sales declined 12.2 percent in the first half of the year compared to 2014’s first six months. While used piston sales rose 14.4 percent over that period, the Utica, N.Y.-based analysis firm said asking...
August 4, 2015
An MH-65 is one of two U.S. Coast Guard icons that adorn a U.S. stamp issued today to commemorate the 225th anniversary of that service's founding. The Airbus Dolphin joins the three-masted Coast Guard cutter Eagle, known as "America's tall ship," on the stamp, which the U.S. Postal Service said...
August 4, 2015
CHC Helicopter reportedly plans to cut as many as 50 jobs in Aberdeen, Scotland following a downturn in oil prices. In reporting the cuts, the British Airline Pilots' Association called on the U.K. and Scottish...
August 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin on Aug. 3 deployed the first components of a UAS traffic management (UTM) system that the company hopes will increase situational awareness between manned and unmanned aircraft. UAS operators can now access the company's online Flight Service Pilot...
August 3, 2015
The F-35B Lightning II has achieved initial operating capability with the U.S. Marine Corps, which has authorized its worldwide deployment and use in combat. The short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of...
August 3, 2015
Maintenance, repair and overhaul provider Heli-One has revamped its website to a “responsive” format that provides more functionality to users primarily visiting via mobile...
August 3, 2015
Erickson Inc. is outfitting its heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes with certified Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems that allow them to transmit satellite-enabled positional data to ATC and...
July 31, 2015
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will honor the 50-year-plus legacy of the CH-46 Sea Knight tomorrow when it receives one of the last U.S. Marine Corps "Phrogs" at facilities outside Washington.       Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron   A crew from...
July 31, 2015
The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) plans to expand its facilities by the end of 2015, according to its board of trustees. The museum plans to add additional exhibit space, a theater and two...
July 31, 2015
At ALEA 2015, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association honored aviation units for making safe use of night vision goggles. Six units were recognized for successfully implementing NVGs within their programs for a number of years. Those awardees included EMS operator Boston MedFlight and...
July 30, 2015
The FAA expects to propose rule changes this year intended to clear obstacles to certification of helicopter autopilots, flight directors and synthesized power indicators. The Rotorcraft Directorate got FAA Headquarters’ approval in December to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to Federal...
July 30, 2015
Japan’s order for 150 military versions of Bell Helicopter’s 412EPI could boost commercial sales of that twin-engine helicopter, according to the manufacturer’s CEO. Bell and its Japanese...
July 30, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H135 configured for offshore hoisting duties to Germany-based operator HTM Travel Munich GmbH. The H135 fulfills all requirements for offshore missions, with equipment that...
July 29, 2015
The FAA is joining the campaign to keep drones from jeopardizing aerial firefighting operations. A July 29 statement from the aviation agency reiterates the "If you fly, we don't" message spread by the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire...
July 29, 2015
Rotorcraft certification rules and procedures are antiquated and cannot keep pace with technological advances. That is the view of top executives at helicopter operators, rotorcraft manufacturers, avionics and equipment makers and modification shops.   To explain current efforts to fix those shortcomings and ensure its readers’ concerns are addressed in those efforts, Rotor & Wing...
July 29, 2015
Robinson Helicopter has reconfigured its R66 Turbine Police Helicopter to include a streamlined instrument panel and options that include Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS autopilot. Other options include Garmin’s GTN 650/750 navigators, Technisonic’s TDFM 9000 radio (with single...
July 28, 2015
 The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) yesterday called on U.S. senators to reauthorize the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank by supporting an amendment to the highway bill that it will likely consider in a rare Sunday session. Since 2012, the Ex-Im Bank has provided loan guarantees of more than $1.9 billion to general aviation manufacturers, acting when commercial banks will not...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 28, 2015
The makers of Encyclopedia Britannica will now provide training management at PHI, Inc. The global helicopter transport provider purchased Fox—a Web-based, commercial-off-the-shelf software platform to manage training and scheduling—from Britannica...
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