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July 10, 2015
U.S. Navy veteran and helicopter pilot Sunita Williams soon should resume pushing the boundaries of vertical flight, if NASA's plans hold. The space agency has selected her as one of four astronauts to work with Boeing and SpaceX to develop and flight test commercial launch vehicles for carrying crews to low Earth orbit (between...
July 10, 2015
The FAA’s streamlined process for approving unmanned aerial system (UAS) exemptions is clearly working, if Bloomberg News’ analysis is to be believed. Using a database it compiled from federal data, the news service said, it found the...
July 10, 2015
A Canadian VIP and corporate operator has ordered an AgustaWestland AW169 for its charter service between Toronto and New York City, the...
July 9, 2015
A key milestone for CHC Helicopter last year was its safety performance, according to President/CEO Karl Fessenden. The offshore support operator’s five-year, rolling-average accident rate as of May 1 was 0.38 for...
July 9, 2015
Only about 15 percent of helicopter noise complaints registered with New York City concerned sightseeing flights, The Daily News in that metropolis reported July 7. A member of the Big Apple’s legislature, the City Council, is drafting a bill to ban helicopter tourism flights in...
July 9, 2015
Then there were two. In an exclusive report, the Reuters news agency reported July 8 that Lockheed Martin and Textron “have emerged as final contenders” to buy Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. confirmed June 15 at the Paris Air Show that it intends to exit the rotorcraft...
July 8, 2015
A recent bill proposed by the New York City Council would ban helicopter tourism over the city's five boroughs. The bill is being drafted by Councilman Carlos Menchaca (D-Brooklyn), and if passed...
July 8, 2015
The U.K. Ministry of Defence intends to award AgustaWestland Limited a single-source contract for the assessment and risk reduction activity of a Helicopter-integrated 3D Conformal Symbology (3-D CS) system to mitigate the risk to helicopter operations due to low visibility landings (LVL) in degraded visual environments (DVE), according to the company. AgustaWestland will...
July 8, 2015
A Scottish judge’s order releasing an accident recorder to criminal investigators threatens “the open safety culture it has taken decades to create” in aviation, the British Airline Pilots' Association said, declaring it will appeal the June 19 ruling. BALPA said the threat lies in the prospect that safety data might be “used...
July 7, 2015
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is holding at least $8.7 million in excessive inventory for V-22 spare parts, the Pentagon’s inspector general has found. IG auditors selected 53 Osprey spare parts for...
July 7, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled a technology demonstrator to showcase its innovations in eco-friendly helicopter design. The "Bluecopter" demonstrator, publicly unveiled today in Donauwörth, Germany, is based on one of the company's light medium...
July 7, 2015
Aspen Avionics is expanding its reach into the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market and growing its product line through the acquisition of Accord Technology. “This is going to expand our footprint in NextGen and expand the GPS capabilities of our own product lines,” Aspen President/CEO John Uczekaj told Rotor & Wing International. “It also brings us much...
July 6, 2015
The NTSB has completed recovering wreckage of a Flight for Life Colorado Airbus AS350 that crashed July 3 in Frisco, Colo., killing the pilot and injuring a flight paramedic and nurse. The aeromedical helicopter appeared to begin...
July 6, 2015
In a case of significance for flight data monitoring initiatives, look for the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) to decide this week if it will appeal a U.K. court’s decision ordering an accident flight recorder’s release to criminal prosecutors. Many in aviation believe flight recorder data is controlled by safety investigators and always kept confidential, but legal procedures may...
July 6, 2015
A Mexican navy Black Hawk came under fire July 5 near the U.S. border, according to media reports, with its crew returning fire and killing six on the ground. The skirmish took place in a rural area about 20 miles south of Laredo, Texas...
July 3, 2015
New data on average body size and shape could become a key factor in the design of new safety equipment for offshore oil and gas workers, if we are reading Oil & Gas UK’s 2015 Health and Safety Report right. The July 1 report by that offshore trade association notes that the size and shape of offshore workers came into focus with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority’s February 2014 on offshore...
July 3, 2015
Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Defence are finalizing plans for a joint venture to compete for military helicopter contracts in India with aircraft produced there. Airbus sees a requirement for hundreds of helicopters under India’s...
July 2, 2015
Bell 525 Relentless makes first flight July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Supply chain challenges and FAA inspection requirements slowed the maiden flight of Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless, the manufacturer says. The super-medium twin 525 flew for the first time July 1 at Bell’s Amarillo, Texas facility. Senior Flight...
July 2, 2015
Swedish unmanned aerial system manufacturer CybAero has received approval to deliver its first APID One helicopter to China, the company says. The Linköping, Sweden-based company received an export license from the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls June 26, it said, and its...
July 2, 2015
Sundance Helicopters, an aerial tour operator and Tour Operators Program of Safety (TOPS) member, has become the first of its kind in the nation to implement a pair of safety action...
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