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June 3, 2015
CybAero, developer and manufacturer of remotely piloted helicopter systems, has completed its acceptance testing of the first of three systems ordered by China Customs in January 2014. The systems will operate from on board three new ships, and will be...
June 3, 2015
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is investing £51 million in a new synthetic training system developed by Lockheed Martin for the Royal Air Force’s Chinook Mk6 helicopter. Lockheed Martin will design and build a purpose-built training facility at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, the home of the Chinook fleet, that will prepare pilots and crew for deployment on...
June 3, 2015
Columbia Helicopters has promoted Steve Bandy to senior vice president of operations. In addition to his current responsibilities with the flight and operations departments, Bandy will assume leadership over the...
June 2, 2015
A CHC Helikopter Service Sikorsky S-92 equipped with dual Universal Avionics SBAS-Flight Management Systems (FMS) carried out the first Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approach to Runway 07 in Florø, Norway. The flight, HKS 56T, under the command of John Olav Ofstad and instructor Morten Kufaas, was on a transit flight from Bergen to Florø in aircraft LN-OQM. Florø...
June 2, 2015
Greenwich AeroGroup has named James Walker as Vice President and General Manager of Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company based in Atlanta, Ga., adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “James is an entrepreneurial-minded operations leader that knows the demands and intricacies of serving the aviation...
June 2, 2015
During CANSEC, Canada's premiere defence trade show, CAE announced that a comprehensive suite of CH-147F Chinook simulators and training devices has completed on-site acceptance testing at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Petawawa and is now ready for use by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).   Photo courtesy of CAE The RCAF has begun interim pilot training using the CH-147F weapon systems trainer (WST)...
June 1, 2015
The U.S. Air Force, seeking options for replacing its aging UH-1N fleet, says it expects by July to complete examining how the previous Common Vertical Lift Support Platform’s analysis of alternatives (AoA) might be applied...
June 1, 2015
CAE will develop a new simulator training center for Cougar Helicopters with backing from offshore oil and gas companies and a Canadian R&D incubator, according to the government of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador. The province said the center’s simulator “will provide unprecedented realism for offshore facilities...
June 1, 2015
For the second time in two months, the FAA has proposed a civil penalty against Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods Corp. The current proposed fine of $91,500 comes after the FAA alleged that Air Methods operated a Bell...
May 29, 2015
An MH-53E lands on the USS Boxer May 7. Photo by U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Veronica Mammina The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have struggled for more than a decade to keep their heavy-lift MH/CH-53Es flying amid high-operational tempos...
May 29, 2015
Monday, June 1 is the deadline for this year’s nominations to the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, according to the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad A). Since 1977, the Quad A-run Hall has honored persons who have made an outstanding contribution over an extended period...
May 29, 2015
Thirteen pilots and flight instructors at the flight school Upper Limits Aviation have been deputized to work with Utah’s Iron County Sheriff’s Office, providing helicopter air support for local search and rescue missions. The school and the...
May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 28, 2015
The number of laser attacks against helicopters is growing, the executive director and CEO of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association told Rotor & Wing. While that is troubling, Dan Schwarzbach said, the good news is that more of these lasing culprits are being tracked down, charged and prosecuted. The problem is not limited to police...
May 28, 2015
Metro Aviation and Air Methods will launch the cross-country Great American Safety Drive next month, raising money for MedEvac Foundation International efforts to promote safety within medical transport programs and their partner organizations and underwrite safety-related...
May 27, 2015
Poland’s main political opposition party is calling for the military to halt plans for a $3 billion acquisition of 25 H225M Caracals from Airbus Helicopters. A senior Ministry of Defense advisor told a press conference May 27 that the...
May 27, 2015
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council says 99 percent of 1,059 flights in and out of East Hampton Airport on New York’s Eastern Long Island over the recent holiday weekend complied with noise-abatement procedures, according to published reports. That airport serves the highbrow beach communities collectively known as the Hamptons. Area residents...
May 26, 2015
The Mi-26T2 heavy-lift helicopter is now in serial production, according to Russian Helicopters. The Rostvertol unit, which has been producing the predecessor Mi-26 military helicopter and commercial Mi-26T since 1980, is manufacturing the -26T2. Rostvertol worked with...
May 26, 2015
The MAGnificent luxury cabin interior for Bell Helicopter's 429 will soon be flying in Russia, the manufacturer says, reporting its first sale there of the light twin with that completion option. Created by...
May 22, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft’s “big bet” on future vertical lift, the S-97 Raider, flew for the first time this morning on “quite the aggressive" flight test card.   Sikorsky Aircraft's S-97 RAIDER(TM) helicopter achieved successful first flight at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., May 22, 2015. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation The...
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