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December 29, 2015
A Chinese operator plans to start helicopter commuter service Thursday for the Pearl River Delta cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, according to news outlet China Daily.    The privately owned, Shenzhen-based Astro Air said the service will be the first of its kind on the Chinese mainland, according to the new...
December 29, 2015
  The maritime Surion shown on its first flight last January. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries   Korea Aerospace Industries has completed development of the...
December 29, 2015
    The U.K.’s first “official” astronaut has learned one difference between his current duties and his past jobs as a helicopter test pilot for the British Army and AgustaWestland: few people notice when a “rotorhead” dials a wrong number.    Tim Peake, an astronaut for the European Space Agency, is among three new crewmembers on the International Space...
December 28, 2015
The FAA Rotorcraft Directorate is calling for a special industry/government group to review helicopter bird-strike protection standards, according to a news report citing recent testimony before the agency’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.    Reported collisions between...
December 28, 2015
Northrop Grumman has won a multi-million-dollar contract to develop a vertical-lift, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system (UAS) prototype to support U.S. Navy reconnaissance needs at sea.    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the $132.5 million contract Dec. 24 for phase 3 of its...
December 28, 2015
  An Irish Coast Guard S-92 on a 2014 mission. Photo courtesy of Miguel Mendez / CC BY 2.0   The Irish Coast Guard completed its 1,000th helicopter mission this year on...
December 24, 2015
  A little more than a year after issuing its first heliport license, the United Arab Emirates’ civil aviation authority hosted what it said was the first international heliport seminar in the Middle East. Nearly 100 heliport and helicopter operators and industry representatives from 10...
December 24, 2015
  A U.S. Army CH-47F conducts operations in California earlier this year. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army / Capt. Cody Gallo   The U.S. State Dept. has cleared a possible foreign military...
December 24, 2015
    Era Group says it has taken delivery of its first two AgustaWestland AW189s following work on “technical acceptance” issues for the aircraft. The Houston, Texas-based offshore and...
December 23, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Bristow Group   Offshore oil and gas support leader Bill Chiles is to be honored next month during the Living Legends of Aviation awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. The CEO emeritus of Bristow Group and current chairman of the international flight safety group HeliOffshore, Chiles will...
December 23, 2015
Leaders of New Zealand’s aviation and farmer communities are pressing their campaign to remove suspended wires that pose hazards to helicopters and other agricultural aircraft.    The New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Assn. launched the "Down to the Wire"...
December 23, 2015
The aerial firefighting industry in the U.S. already is bracing for another bad season in 2016, and the concerns have a Cabinet secretary picking a fight with Congress.    The industry is winding down from one of the most destructive wildland fire seasons ever experienced in the American west, according to the American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Assn. “The industry is...
December 22, 2015
A Southern California group has graduated from seeking voluntary helicopter noise abatement procedures to petitioning for regulations from the FAA.   Starting in October, the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition filed four petitions of rulemaking requesting that the FAA enact new Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFARs) for Los Angeles County. The petitions would set minimum altitudes for...
December 22, 2015
Robertson Fuel Systems will be sold to the aerospace and electronics firm HEICO Corp. Private-equity investment firm American Securities LLC said it had reached a definitive agreement to sell the provider of fuel containment and ballistic tolerance systems for $255 million and expects to close the deal by Feb. 19, 2016. The sale is subject to U.S. anti-trust reviews...
December 22, 2015
  Photo courtesy of besopha / CC BY-SA 2.0   Following a reversal of French military budget cuts, the country’s defense procurement agency has re-committed to attack-helicopter orders it previously canceled.    France’s Délégation Générale pour...
December 21, 2015
The FAA’s recently published drone registration rule provides a few hints about what commercial drone applicants might expect in 2016. The Dec. 16 Interim Final Rule most immediately applies to drone hobbyists operating under the “model aircraft” definition—aircraft used for non-commercial purposes and within visual line of sight. These applicants have been provided an online...
December 21, 2015
Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter On Dec. 18, Robinson Helicopter’s 700th R66 Turbine rolled off the production line roughly five years after its initial FAA certification. Serial Number 700, a pop-out float-equipped Turbine Marine, will be delivered to Robinson dealer Air Technology Belgium—making the aircraft...
December 21, 2015
  Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Christopher R. Rye   Erickson Incorporated has made its fourth delivery of Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion tail pylons to the U.S. naval fleet.   The company was contracted by Sikorsky on June 24, 2013, to supply the five...
December 18, 2015
A sought-after high-altitude pilot, a team that improved IFR procedures for Boston HEMS and members of the largest maritime rescue ever recorded are among the rotorcraft industry professionals recognized this year by Helicopter Assn. International.  HAI's Salute to Excellence Awards “recognize those who, through either a single act or a lifetime of service and dedication, exemplify the best of...
December 18, 2015
The Chance-Vought/LTV tilt-wing XC-142A at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Five U.S. museums with military themes made a top-20 list compiled by the entertainment and business review website Yelp.   Yelp based its ratings on the number of reviews its users posted on the website and the star ratings they assigned to the museums.  ...
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