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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 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 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...
July 14, 2015
Sikorsky Innovations is offering a $25,000 cash prize to spur innovation and disruptive technology in vertical flight. Sikorsky Innovations is the technology development division of Sikorsky Aircraft, which describes it as an agile, networked group of...
July 10, 2015
The FAA’s streamlined process for approving unmanned aerial system (UAS) exemptions is clearly working, if Bloomberg News’ analysis is to be believed. Using a database it compiled from federal data, the news service said, it found the...
July 8, 2015
The U.K. Ministry of Defence intends to award AgustaWestland Limited a single-source contract for the assessment and risk reduction activity of a Helicopter-integrated 3D Conformal Symbology (3-D CS) system to mitigate the risk to helicopter operations due to low visibility landings (LVL) in degraded visual environments (DVE), according to the company. AgustaWestland will...
July 7, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled a technology demonstrator to showcase its innovations in eco-friendly helicopter design. The "Bluecopter" demonstrator, publicly unveiled today in Donauwörth, Germany, is based on one of the company's light medium...
July 6, 2015
In a case of significance for flight data monitoring initiatives, look for the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) to decide this week if it will appeal a U.K. court’s decision ordering an accident flight recorder’s release to criminal prosecutors. Many in aviation believe flight recorder data is controlled by safety investigators and always kept confidential, but legal procedures may...
July 2, 2015
Swedish unmanned aerial system manufacturer CybAero has received approval to deliver its first APID One helicopter to China, the company says. The Linköping, Sweden-based company received an export license from the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls June 26, it said, and its...
July 1, 2015
Law enforcement (LE) helicopter operations require an assortment of mission equipment not found on most other aircraft. In addition, some factory-standard items installed aboard many helicopters require certain upgrades that will withstand the rigors of airborne police work. There is a wide variety of equipment and upgrade options for police helicopters on the market, including, but not limited to, video...
June 30, 2015
After security officers at Georgia’s state capitol building recently had to ask visitors twice in one day to stop flying drones around the iconic Gold Dome, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, they...
June 24, 2015
AHS International has announced the winner of its Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper presented at the AHS International 71st Annual Forum and Technology Display. The winning paper is "A Smart Position Sensor for Articulated Rotors," by Troy Schank and Kynn...
June 11, 2015
Metro Aviation has begun flight testing IRIS, a flight data monitoring, tracking and communications tool that the company says promises to improve the safety of helicopter missions. Using ViaSat's geosynchronous satellite...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
June 10, 2015
June 30 is the nomination deadline for the Night Vision Awards to be presented at July's Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo 2015 in Houston. Presented every other year, the awards are intended to...
June 9, 2015
Georgia-based Precision Aviation Services (PAS) has appointed Charles Carroll as its new director of operations. In his new position, Carroll will be responsible for the overall coordination of PAS's fixed-wing, rotory-wing, and avionics upgrade and MRO operations, as well as the growth and development of avionics product sales in the Southeast region. With more than 35 years of experience, Carroll brings...
June 4, 2015
SHREVEPORT, La. - The Great American Safety Drive (GASD) begins this month and consists of two separate routes crisscrossing the United States, bringing the message of safety “on the road” to more than 60 host program locations. Outerlink Global Solutions will once again support the fundraising initiative by installing tracking devices in a 2015 Chevy...
May 22, 2015
Russian Helicopters has launched a 3D modelling app allowing users to learn about  - and in some cases, go on virtual tours - of the company's helicopter models. The app is compatible with computers and laptops running the Windows or Mac OS. This is the first development of its kind in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The app is built like a 3D construction kit and makes it...
May 14, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has used an H175 helicopter to fly low-noise IFR approaches to the heliport of Toulouse-Blagnac airport in southwestern France, culminating a seven-year project devoted to environmentally-friendly helicopter approach procedures. The procedures were flown using accurate lateral and vertical guidance provided by EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), the European...
April 15, 2015
Helicopters could regain a key spaceflight role if the United Launch Alliance prevails. The Boeing-Lockheed Martin partnership that provides satellite launches proposes replacing its current Atlas heavy launcher with a new rocket—the Vulcan. The main reason? Cost. All of an Atlas is discarded (once its payload is set free). That’s pricey, and...
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