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September 30, 2016
Despite a slow market, Bell Helicopter (Stand 12F30) sees opportunities in many sectors. On display will be the Bell 429, its “best-selling helicopter in the region,” according to Jakub Hoda, Bell’s managing director for Europe and Russia. The twin helicopter is seeing successes in the air medical and parapublic markets. Among the 260 429s in operation around the world, 70 are flying in...
September 27, 2016
Uber's chief product officer, Jeff Holden, brought VTOL to the stage at The Nantucket Project Sunday in Massachusetts. In a panel moderated by Kara Swisher from Vox Media's Recode, Holden said that Uber is currently researching vertical-flight possibilities. UberCHOPPER already exists, with an Uber/Corporate Helicopters endeavor in 2014 to fly people in Southern...
September 14, 2016
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. With nine award categories, HAI looks to celebrate those who go above and beyond in all aspects of the vertical aviation profession. Anyone, HAI member or...
September 7, 2016
The rotorcraft market in South America is still alive, despite the industry-wide decline in demand. Companies worldwide are not shying away from the market there, as was evident in the orders from the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. Exhibitors included Airbus and its...
August 23, 2016
Associated Aircraft Group is partnering with Patient AirLift Services to provide transports for needy medical patients, including military veterans, throughout the Northeast U.S. Patient AirLift Services is a nonprofit organization based in Farmingdale, New York that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up who cannot afford or are unable to fly...
August 19, 2016
Newer aircraft like the Marenco Swisshelicopter SH09 would have to prove commercial airliner-level reliability to achieve single-engine IFR certification. Photo courtesy of Marenco The FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate is prioritizing a review of certification policy for light helicopters to "facilitate a more rapid incorporation of advances in technology" in those aircraft, a top official has...
August 17, 2016
The aerial vehicle, dubbed CityAirbus, would resemble a small drone. Graphic courtesy of Airbus Airbus Group has performed preliminary design work on a flying car and an electric-powered flying bus and is building and testing subsystems for the car prototype, which it aims to fly by the end of next year. The parent of Airbus Helicopters, Airbus Defence and Space and the airliner maker Airbus posted a...
August 5, 2016
The early bird deadline for discounted registration to R&WI's Rotorcraft Technology Summit is today. Interested attendees can register by today to receive a discount of $200 from their registration fees for the event to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, Sep. 19 to 20. You can register on the summit's website at...
August 2, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, this September. The Summit...
July 20, 2016
South Beach Helicopters added an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 AStar to its tourism and charter flights fleet. The AStar marks the company's first Airbus helicopter. Its fleet...
July 8, 2016
The FAA says it is encouraging owners of helicopters and smaller airplanes to install new safety equipment voluntarily by making broader use of a policy that went into effect March 31.   The agency said the new policy on installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) would streamline the process and reduce costs for fielding gear not currently required by regulations. The FAA said...
June 14, 2016
Bell Helicopter's 505 Jet Ranger X has begun a four-month demonstration tour across Japan, debuting first at the...
June 13, 2016
A Chinese consortium has ordered 100 Airbus Helicopters H135s, following the signing of a letter of intent in October last year. The deal will launch a H135 final assembly line in the country. The group, which is made up of China Aviation Supplies Holding Co., Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development Co. and CITIC...
May 25, 2016
Fiery crashes in which helicopter occupants survive but die of burn injuries are sustaining public and political pressure on the FAA to review certification rules. Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee are the latest lawmakers to focus on the aviation agency’s responses to longstanding recommendations to adopt more stringent...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 11, 2016
Bell Helicopter has signed a letter of intent with PT Whitesky Aviation for 30 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters last week. The...
March 25, 2016
Heli-One has developed repair capability for the Sikorsky S-92 air inlet, said the MRO provider. According to a press release, the air inlet was identified as a top contributor to aircraft-on-ground events for the S-92. The component was found to have...
March 17, 2016
Bell Helicopter has secured commitments from two customers for a total of three Bell 407GXPs in corporate/VIP configuration while at HAI Heli-Expo...
February 18, 2016
Silverstone Helicopters, a joint venture between Sloane Helicopters and Fresh Air, has been awarded a contract by Silverstone Circuits to provide aviation services at the Northamptonshire race circuit. In addition to general aviation support at the circuit, Silverstone Helicopters will be...
February 12, 2016
Guidance Aviation has been experiencing great success by using the Robinson R66 turbine helicopter for a variety of commercial helicopter operations.   Guidance Aviation offers helicopter charter services utilizing the Robinson R66. Applications vary from construction deliveries, airport shuttles, executive transportation, scenic tours, pipeline/power line assessment and external loads.  ...
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