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August 28, 2015
Defensive measures against small UAS were a major focus at this year's Black Dart exercise organized by the U.S. Defense Department. Many results from this year's 20 or so engagements were kept secret, but one allegedly involved a U.S. Marine Corps sniper...
August 28, 2015
Sept. 4 is the deadline for a $100 discount on registration for Rotor & Wing International’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. At the one-day summit, top industry and...
August 26, 2015
Intevac Photonics' night-vision technology may contribute to the U.S. Army's total degraded visual environments (DVE) solution for helicopter pilots. In a request for information made in July, the Army sought interest from contractors willing to develop a device giving helicopter pilots clear visibility in all degraded visual environments. Intevac told R&WI that a prime contractor responding...
August 24, 2015
The 2016 Heli UK Expo will take place July 1 to 3, 2016, at Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire, according to the event website. The expo claims to be...
August 21, 2015
A California man was arrested Sunday for downing a company-operated drone that hovered over him during a beach trip. Augustine Lehecka said he used a T-shirt to snare...
August 20, 2015
Aerospace and defense firm Aero Kinetics has partnered with a mobile technology provider to create what CEO W. Hulsey Smith described as “the Uber of unmanned systems.”  Through a...
August 19, 2015
The World Air Sports Federation (FAI) is paving the way for drones sports and recreational activities. A draft rule document published by the federation’s Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) "will lay the groundwork for exciting events for this booming...
August 19, 2015
Technological advances and growing constraints on government spending are two key factors challenging aviation regulators' abilities to approve new rotorcraft types and the enhancements of old ones, according to industry leaders. Many helicopter operators want new safety features that improve situational awareness and reduced pilot workload, according to one senior executive of a major OEM, but adding them...
August 17, 2015
The Assn. for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's president and CEO, Brian Wynne, responded on Aug. 13 to an FAA report that claimed drone sightings are increasing, calling for "stricter enforcement of careless and...
August 17, 2015
The agenda for Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit is now available online here, as is a list of confirmed and invited speakers. The Oct. 27 summit at the Sheraton DFW Airport in...
August 14, 2015
An air ambulance helicopter took evasive action Wednesday during a near mid-air collision with a drone operating outside published FAA guidelines. The SkyLife helicopter, a Bell 407 owned by American Ambulance and Rogers Helicopters, was carrying a patient to the...
August 13, 2015
Researchers in South Korea have demonstrated how to disrupt the flight of certain drones using sound-based attacks. In a 17-page paper entitled "Rocking Drones with Intentional Sound Noise on Gyroscopic Sensors," researchers at...
August 13, 2015
The FAA said in an Aug. 12 press release that pilot reports of drones have increased dramatically over the past year, prompting the agency to again stress that "operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal." There are already restrictions on UAS in place that...
August 13, 2015
The Helicopter Foundation International is seeking participants willing to exhibit their aircraft. The Heritage of Helicopters display...
August 11, 2015
Outerlink, a Metro Aviation company, has completed 30 percent of initial flight tests for IRIS, its ViaSat-enabled satellite communication system, the company told R&WI Aug. 11. Each component is being tested according to...
August 10, 2015
Rotor & Wing International is organizing the inaugural Rotorcraft Certification Summit to be held Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth International...
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 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...
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