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July 31, 2015
At ALEA 2015, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association honored aviation units for making safe use of night vision goggles. Six units were recognized for successfully implementing NVGs within their programs for a number of years. Those awardees included EMS operator Boston MedFlight and...
July 30, 2015
The FAA expects to propose rule changes this year intended to clear obstacles to certification of helicopter autopilots, flight directors and synthesized power indicators. The Rotorcraft Directorate got FAA Headquarters’ approval in December to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to Federal...
July 30, 2015
Japan’s order for 150 military versions of Bell Helicopter’s 412EPI could boost commercial sales of that twin-engine helicopter, according to the manufacturer’s CEO. Bell and its Japanese...
July 30, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H135 configured for offshore hoisting duties to Germany-based operator HTM Travel Munich GmbH. The H135 fulfills all requirements for offshore missions, with equipment that...
July 29, 2015
The FAA is joining the campaign to keep drones from jeopardizing aerial firefighting operations. A July 29 statement from the aviation agency reiterates the "If you fly, we don't" message spread by the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire...
July 29, 2015
Rotorcraft certification rules and procedures are antiquated and cannot keep pace with technological advances. That is the view of top executives at helicopter operators, rotorcraft manufacturers, avionics and equipment makers and modification shops.   To explain current efforts to fix those shortcomings and ensure its readers’ concerns are addressed in those efforts, Rotor & Wing...
July 29, 2015
Robinson Helicopter has reconfigured its R66 Turbine Police Helicopter to include a streamlined instrument panel and options that include Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS autopilot. Other options include Garmin’s GTN 650/750 navigators, Technisonic’s TDFM 9000 radio (with single...
July 28, 2015
 The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) yesterday called on U.S. senators to reauthorize the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank by supporting an amendment to the highway bill that it will likely consider in a rare Sunday session. Since 2012, the Ex-Im Bank has provided loan guarantees of more than $1.9 billion to general aviation manufacturers, acting when commercial banks will not...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 28, 2015
The makers of Encyclopedia Britannica will now provide training management at PHI, Inc. The global helicopter transport provider purchased Fox—a Web-based, commercial-off-the-shelf software platform to manage training and scheduling—from Britannica...
July 27, 2015
Drug traffickers are now believed responsible for the June 5 emergency landing of a U.S. government helicopter along the U.S./Mexican border, according to the Free Beacon. The Airbus Helicopters...
July 27, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of HATS01, the first of fifteen helicopters of the H135 family (EC135 T2+) for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Under the JP 9000 Phase 7 HATS project, a new joint helicopter training system for...
July 24, 2015
The U.S. Navy is supporting greater levels of software reuse through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Rockwell Collins for Required Navigation Performance-Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) Flight Management System. The CRADA between Rockwell Collins and...
July 24, 2015
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) has ordered the first Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar produced on the company's new final assembly line in Columbus, Miss. The H125 is now built in the United States by American workers. Airbus Helicopters Inc. had partially assembled AS350 B2 and AS350...
July 24, 2015
The Flight Safety Foundation is developing guidelines for oil and gas companies and the helicopter operators they hire to implement its Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) in offshore operations, Rotor & Wing International has learned. The foundation in May introduced an offshore-specific version of BARS, which for five years has been used with success by mining...
July 23, 2015
Bell Helicopter has delivered the last of four Bell 429s to the New York Police Department (NYPD), commemorating the delivery July 16 at the Airborne Law Enforcement...
July 23, 2015
The leasing firm LCI has completed what it claims is the first helicopter leasing transaction that complies with Islam’s anti-usury precepts. That religion generally prohibits the acceptance of interest or fees for loaning...
July 23, 2015
Bills proposed in the California legislature would make flying UAVs over a fire illegal, while permitting authorities to destroy them by available means. Senate Bill 168, proposed on Monday, would legally protect emergency workers if they damaged unmanned aircraft interfering with a...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
July 20, 2015
Expect Lockheed Martin to spend the next six months or so sorting out what needs to be fixed at Sikorsky Aircraft versus what needs to be sustained there. The $46-billion aerospace and defense company said today it has struck a deal to buy Sikorsky from United Technologies for $9 billion (higher than pundits’ valuation of $8 billion). The companies said the deal should close late this year or in...
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