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January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 15, 2016
The declining and unpredictable oil and gas market is not shrinking Lockheed Martin’s interest in the commercial helicopter market, according to the Reuters news agency.   Citing a top L-M business development executive, Reuters said oil’s decline is not just affecting...
January 11, 2016
  Idaho officials want to use a helicopter in the investigation of a 43% drop in the elk population in the Frank Church of No Return Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Kaibob National Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0   Allowing a helicopter to fly in a protected Idaho wilderness area is a rare but necessary exception to congressional restrictions against such flights, according to a senior U.S. Forest Service...
December 31, 2015
Photo courtesy of Gian Marco Anzellotti / CC BY 2.0   On Jan. 1, the legendary names Agusta and Westland begin to move from the rolls of active helicopter manufacturers to those of historic ones.    Parent company Finmeccanica is completing its 18-month process of centralizing and integrating the operations of its diverse aerospace, defense...
December 21, 2015
Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter On Dec. 18, Robinson Helicopter’s 700th R66 Turbine rolled off the production line roughly five years after its initial FAA certification. Serial Number 700, a pop-out float-equipped Turbine Marine, will be delivered to Robinson dealer Air Technology Belgium—making the aircraft...
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 7, 2015
AgustaWestland owner Finmeccanica has rejected a Boeing bid to buy its U.K. helicopter unit, according to a Dec. 6 report by The Sunday Times. The London newspaper, citing industry sources, said the U.S. aerospace and defense...
December 3, 2015
Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters’ 11-ton H225 has become the first foreign “heavy-class” helicopter certified by Russia’s...
November 27, 2015
India has eased financial restrictions on importing helicopters and other aircraft for scheduled and non-scheduled service, according to that nation’s central bank. Previously, a bank could not clear advance payments of $50...
November 27, 2015
AgustaWestland has been testing the high- and low-altitude capabilities of its AW169 in California. A prototype of the 10,000-lb-class, 10-passenger helicopter performed hover, low-speed flight and rescue-hoist/cargo-hook...
November 18, 2015
HeliOffshore is offering helicopter operators around the world guidelines for standardizing and improving their use of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS). The global safety assn. for the offshore helicopter industry said the guidelines and an associated implementation guide are the result of more than...
November 17, 2015
There is more at stake in the current Washington debate over privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system than who controls the nation’s airspace, said Ed Bolen in opening the National Business Aviation Assn.’s annual convention in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. The NBAA president/CEO acknowledged that control clearly is a huge part of the debate. U.S. airlines have spent years and hundreds of...
November 12, 2015
Photo courtesy of XTI Aircraft XTI Aircraft is seeking U.S. approval to convert $13.8 million in “expression of interest” in its TriFan 600 business aircraft proposal into real investments. The Denver-based company launched the “crowdfunding” initiative on Aug. 25 to reach out to individual investors. To...
November 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter does not expect the commercial helicopter market to recover until early to mid-2017, according to a Reuters report from this week’s Dubai Air Show. The news service quoted Bell’s vice...
November 9, 2015
India's conglomerate Tata has added Boeing to its list of aerospace joint-venture partners. The subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Boeing today said their new joint venture initially will create a “manufacturing center of excellence” to...
November 6, 2015
The U.S. isn't alone in its concern about how to regulate civil drones. France is concerned, too. As U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx prepared last month to launch a drone registry task force (which wrapped up three days of deliberations yesterday), a top-level French government agency noted that “current regulation [in France] is inadequate and must be reformed to better prevent and...
November 6, 2015
Globally, the helicopter market “is more at the bottom than at the top,” Turbomeca CEO Bruno Even told R&WI. “In the last two years, all OEMs have been facing the same slowdown in the market.” That said, he added that Turbomeca is committed to investing in innovative new products and improved customer satisfaction. “We have a...
November 5, 2015
One minute before midnight EST Nov. 6 is the deadline for the public to submit comments to the FAA’s drone registry task force. The 26-member group will wrap up three days of deliberations in Washington, D.C., today...
November 4, 2015
A strong U.S. dollar and British pound boosted AgustaWestland’s financial performance through nine months of this year, contributing to a 5.8% increase in revenue compared to the same period in 2014...
November 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin anticipates closing its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft on Nov. 6, the company said after reporting receipt of “the final regulatory approval” of the...
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