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July 25, 2016
The No. 1 525 prototype’s main rotor blades appear to have struck its tail and nose during a high-speed, engine-out test that ended with the July 6 crash that killed its two pilots, Rotor & Wing International has learned. “We saw signs consistent with a blade strike on the tailboom,” the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigator-in-charge for the probe, John Lovell...
July 15, 2016
Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Bell Helicopter will work together to support India's aviation and defense modernization initiatives. The joint venture will develop both commercial and government light utility and reconnaissance helicopter...
July 14, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica's first Level D full-flight simulator for the new AW169 has received ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA certification, the company announced at Farnborough this week. The simulator, jointly developed with CAE, is...
July 14, 2016
Airbus Helicopters "really believes" in the Super Puma and remains convinced "the product will have a future," despite an accident investigation that has highlighted concerns about its main gearbox, the Reuters news agency reported. A Reuters correspondent asked Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury about the Super Puma's future in the wake of a probe into the cause of the April 29 crash of a CHC...
July 13, 2016
Sikorsky has signed two 10-yr support deals with Babcock Mission Critical Services and Bristow Helicopters at Farnborough Air Show this week. The agreements call for Sikorsky to provide the...
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...
July 7, 2016
UPDATE 1800 EDT U.S., July 7 A flight recorder from the crashed Bell Helicopter 525 has been recovered from the burnt wreckage and sent for readout to the NTSB's Washington, D.C. recorder lab; the recorder is not a hardened CVR/FDR but appears to be in good shape, according to the safety board. The NTSB has dispatched a total of six investigators from its Washington headquarters to Texas to support the...
July 6, 2016
Bristow Group is expected to announce reorganization of its chief administrative officer role following the departure of its SVP, Hilary Ware. Ware left the company for "personal...
July 5, 2016
India's civil aviation ministry is seeking stakeholder comments on a proposed fare schedule for regional air transport in the country, including helicopter flights. Businesses and the public have until July 22 to comment on the schedule, called the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme, which the ministry released July 1. In a statement then, it said the fare schedule has "the twin objectives of promoting...
June 30, 2016
Norwegian investigators seeking causes of the fatal April 29 CHC EC225 crash are focused on a main gearbox fatigue failure that certification processes may not have been foreseen and maintenance procedures may have been unable to detect.    The Accident Investigation Board of Norway said the most likely cause of the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma's main rotor separation in flight was fatigue...
June 27, 2016
International investigators are assessing what role an unexpected feature of the AW609's high-speed flight-control software may have played in a prototype's fatal October in-flight breakup in Italy.   Italy's national agency for aviation safety, which leads the probe of the Oct. 30 crash that killed two test pilots, said the civil tiltrotor's "behavior at high speed was not completely predicted...
June 24, 2016
Bell Helicopter has named its former head of commercial business to lead its engineering organization and innovation initiatives. The manufacturer said Matt Hasik now serves as EVP for Technology and Innovation and is a member of Bell Helicopter's Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for leading the company's "core engineering team and providing strategic direction for designing, developing...
June 22, 2016
Bristow Helicopters' Nigeria business unit established a new helicopter rescue and recovery service for that nation's oil and gas industry. That service...
June 20, 2016
Rosneft's RN Aircraft will purchase 20 Leonardo-Finmeccanica AugustaWestland AW189s for transport following an agreement between the manufacturer, Rosneft...
June 16, 2016
Sikorsky's global fleet of S-92s have surpassed one million flight hours within 12 years in May. Sikorsky said the aircraft also have an accident rate of less than one-tenth of the U.S. Civil Multi-Turbine engine...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
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...
June 8, 2016
CHC will no longer fly Airbus Helicopters Super Pumas from its North Sea support base in Aberdeen, Scotland, unless customers specifically request that aircraft type, according to published reports.   The BBC and Energy Voice cited a statement from the beleaguered helicopter operator that, since 13 people died in the April 29 crash of one of its EC225s in Norway, it has "engaged closely with our...
June 7, 2016
Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Ltd. received two Sikorsky S-92s. The aircraft were delivered in an Antonov 124 transport aircraft from the manufacturer's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, plant to the...
June 3, 2016
After a Europe-wide grounding of civilian Airbus Helicopters aircraft, the German Defence Ministry has followed suit for its three Airbus AS532s that transport Chancellor Angela Merkel. In April, an Airbus H225 Super Puma crashed while...
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