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April 21, 2014
The Alexandria, Va.-based Flight Safety Foundation reports that its Basic Aviation Risk Standards (BARS) program has been meeting with great success in the helicopter community. Flight Safety Foundation's vision to see "an international civil helicopter community with zero accidents" is what drives BARS. BARS was developed three years ago to provide a uniform, objective method for evaluating an...
April 21, 2014
In response to industry feedback, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule by one year. Earlier this year, the FAA issued a rule that requires helicopter operators to have stricter flight rules...
April 21, 2014
The first of six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now operational, two and a half months ahead of schedule. The FAA granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its...
April 21, 2014
Bell Helicopter received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA for its new Bell 407 polycarbonate windshield, to be distributed...
April 18, 2014
The latest addition to the Airbus Helicopter rotorcraft lineup, the EC 145 T2, was recently issued certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certification...
April 18, 2014
DART Aerospace received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its EC145 skidtubes. The company also recently received FAA approval for its...
April 18, 2014
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase a range of commercial and military helicopters at the 14th Defence Services Asia exhibition...
April 18, 2014
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is pleased to announce it will cohost the Airbus Helicopters East...
April 17, 2014
Aerochine Aviation purchased five Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft, made official during a signing ceremony at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and...
April 17, 2014
MD Helicopters will mark its 15 years of rotary sales activity in the Asian region by exhibiting for the first time at this year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition...
April 17, 2014
The first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter has commenced production flight testing at...
April 16, 2014
Aero Precision has relocated to a new facility that provides increased warehouse and office space. The company’s new 43,844 square-foot distribution...
April 16, 2014
The Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to be operated in the Kagoshima Prefecture, according to AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. The AW139 will replace the current Bell142 model, and is expected to enter service in 2015. The helicopter...
April 16, 2014
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a validation type certificate for Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-76D, allowing Sikorsky to begin delivering the commercial helicopter to customers in China. The S-76D is the latest S-76 model to be validated by CAAC having been preceded by S-76A and S-76C. More than 30 Sikorsky S-76 aircraft currently operate in China. Yunnan...
April 16, 2014
New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority is reviewing safety awareness training involving Robinson helicopters in the country over the next 12 to 15 months after a recently-released final report into a fatal accident involving a R22 in April 2011 raised safety concerns. On April 27, 2011, an instructor and a student died when an R22 crashed during a cross-country training flight in the Southern Alps...
April 15, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has completed the initial series of tests required by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to verify the structural strength of the heavylift CH-53K. Conducted on a full-size non-flying airframe called the Static Test Article (STA), the tests are part of a three-year program to validate that the largest helicopter ever designed and built by Sikorsky has the structural...
April 15, 2014
AgustaWestland, manufacturer of the AW119 Koala, brought a new variant of the light, single-engine turbine to last week's Sea-Air-Space conference outside of Washington, DC. The aircraft, designated the AW119Kx, is intended to compete for the title of the Department of the Navy's new helicopter trainer. The AW119Kx will come standard with a...
April 15, 2014
Airbus Helicopters Japan has inaugurated Japan’s first full flight simulator (FFS) for helicopters, with this high-fidelity training system now ready for service at its facilities located in the Kobe Airport vicinity.   Toshizo Ido, Governor of Hydro Prefecture on the FFS. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Japan    ...
April 15, 2014
Boeing was awarded an $8.8 million modification to its existing contract for a CH-47F cargo helicopter to provide additional...
April 14, 2014
Kratos has received a multi-million dollar subcontract from USfalcon Inc. to upgrade Boeing CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainers (CAT). Kratos will perform concurrency upgrade services to four of the simulators currently located...
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