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December 18, 2015
Millions of dollars in additional funding and other supportive legislation may go toward rotary-wing technology in FY16, thanks to efforts led by American Helicopter Society International and other technology groups. The President is expected next week to sign a defense budget deal the U.S...
December 17, 2015
Image courtesy of Robinson Helicopter Robinson Helicopter’s development of a lighter R44 is not a sign that the smaller R22 (with which the company was launched) may be phased out. There had been some speculation the two-seat R44 Cadet, which pares 200 lb from...
December 17, 2015
The FAA is evaluating an industry proposal to ease the path for certification of single-engine helicopters for operations under instrument flight rules certification and expects to respond in the next few months, the agency told R&WI.   The agency maintains that single-engine IFR helicopter certification is allowed today. But several industry leaders say the FAA’s requirements for...
December 17, 2015
The Kashmir valley. Photo courtesy of Harsha Narasimhamurthy / CC BY 2.0 Helicopter tourism now will be offered for the first time in Kashmir to boost the local economy and to improve public perceptions of that Northwestern Indian region—long the object of a three-country dispute.  The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has been granted approval to offer helicopter tours over the city of...
December 16, 2015
AgustaWestland’s No. 2 AW609 broke up in midair during high-speed tests in late October, R&WI has learned, and international accident and crime investigators are combing through data from telemetry, flight recorders, systems designs and wreckage for clues as to why.    Among other areas, investigators are working to ensure they understand the design and function of the software laws for...
December 16, 2015
The Arrius 2R. Photo by Philippe Stroppa, courtesy of Turbomeca Certification of the Bell 505 appears on target for 2016 following type certification of Bell Helicopter’s first Turbomeca engine. The French company recently received EASA approval of its Arrius 2R, a 504-shp turbine that reduces...
December 16, 2015
State-owned aviation companies in Russia and China expect a contract by the middle of 2016 regarding their advanced heavy-lift helicopter (ALH) concept, rather than in 2015 as previously believed.   According to Sputnik...
December 15, 2015
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India’s state-owned aerospace company, plans to develop an indigenous turboshaft jet engine for 7,000-lb and 10,000- to 16,000-lb class helicopters, a move one official believes might help the country become a “global hub of aeronautical development.” Hindustan announced its plan...
December 15, 2015
Two former helicopter test pilots are among the team of astronauts that successfully docked today at the International Space Station. American astronaut Timothy Kopra, British astronaut Timothy Peake and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko blasted off on a Soyuz rocket out of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:03 p.m. local time. Despite trouble with the automatic rendezvous system, commander...
December 15, 2015
Waypoint Leasing has closed an agreement to provide multiple aircraft for offshore support services in Brazil by Omni Taxi Aereo, the Limerick, Ireland-headquartered lessor said. The deal is with...
December 14, 2015
The U.S. Air Force’s 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has been named this year’s winner of the Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence, which is presented annually to the military’s best field-level maintenance unit. The squadron’s mission is to...
December 14, 2015
Finmeccanica denied that it has received an offer from Boeing to buy AgustaWestland’s British unit and said that unit is not for sale, the...
December 14, 2015
The new FAA small-drone registration rule requires aircraft owners to pay $5 for the required paperwork.  That fee is required for registration of any aircraft (manned or unmanned), per FAA procedures and congressional guidance. “The fee is the same for registering a Cessna 172 or a Boeing 787,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday in announcing the registration rule...
December 11, 2015
The Turkish Light Utility Helicopter program will feature a turboshaft engine supplied by the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company, according to a formal agreement penned Dec. 10.   The Honeywell and Rolls-Royce joint venture will contribute its CTS800 turboshaft engines...
December 11, 2015
Russian Helicopters has delivered a batch of five military transport helicopters to the Bangladesh Ministry of Defence. The Mi-171Sh combat-transport helicopters were purchased via state credit under a...
December 11, 2015
The pilot of a Scottish police helicopter flew for 10 minutes after two low-fuel warnings before both engines on his Eurcopter EC135 flamed out and the aircraft plunged through the roof of a downtown Glasgow, killing the pilot, two others onboard and seven people in the bar. The aircraft’s main fuel tank contained about 160 lb of usable fuel at the time of the crash.   Those were among the...
December 10, 2015
One of Canada's largest air ambulance operators is scrapping plans to sell its 10 AgustaWestland AW139s, citing a weakened used-helicopter market resulting from the slump in oil prices, according...
December 10, 2015
One of India’s top trauma-care centers is moving ahead with plans for an elevated helipad following the government’s approval of the site for the private-use, VFR-only facility, according to The Economic Times of India. The Jai Prakash Narayan...
December 10, 2015
Amref Flying Doctors has extended its subscription coverage for medevac services to locations in Uganda following successful talks with Uganda’s chamber of commerce. The organization has long provided Maisha Air...
December 9, 2015
“We don’t have the luxury of not looking under every rock,” said CHC Group CFO Lee Eckhert Wednesday while explaining that the company is scrutinizing its entire operation amid an oil-market downturn that promises to be even more protracted than was envisioned just three months ago.    Eckhert and Karl...
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