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September 23, 2016
Look for a Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations hearing Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. The FAA in June issued a final rule permitting use of commercial drones weighing fewer than 55 lb. That rule became effective Aug. 29.  Titled "Opportunity Rising: the...
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 13, 2016
A team of University of Maryland (UMD) students makes history flying a piloted, solar-powered helicopter for the first time ever, according to a university-issued article. The aircraft, composed of a cabin frame, four rotors and eight blades, flew for nine sec and got more than 1 ft off the...
September 9, 2016
XTI Aircraft Co. initiated another strategy to raise the funds necessary to build a piloted subscale TriFan 600 prototype, supplementing its unique equity crowdfunding campaign. The company now has an engagement agreement with the New York investment bank Primary Capital, LLC for its...
September 7, 2016
Photo courtesy of The Public Promotion Department of Changzhou Xinbei District Commission of CCP A research arm of the Chinese army is teaming with a local company to develop a new unmanned helicopter, according to officials of a southern Chinese city where the company is based. Officials of the Changzhou Xinbei District Commission said the 60th Research Institute of the People's...
August 28, 2016
A new world of opportunities for drone operators opens next week on August 29 when the new small drone rule for...
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
Aircraft Can Be Modified For Any Number Of Diverse Missions The AC312E, a helicopter developed by the Aviation Industry...
August 12, 2016
Leads Broadcast Industry In Using Drones For Newsgathering Sinclair Broadcast Group has joined leaders in...
August 10, 2016
NASA Astronaut and International Space Station Commander Tim Kopra will launch Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit with a Sep. 19 keynote address at the day-and-a-half event in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.    Kopra returned to Earth June 18 after 186 days (109 as commander) on the orbiting research laboratory. Combined with his past NASA missions, the retired U.S. Army...
August 9, 2016
Era Group is partnering with a leading industrial-safety firm to offer unmanned aircraft for construction, engineering, inspection and survey work as well as emergency response and disaster recovery.  The Houston, Texas-based major helicopter operator has formed an Unmanned Aerial Solutions service and struck a deal to be the exclusive provider of drone services to Total Safety, the industrial...
August 8, 2016
XTI Aircraft has picked Honeywell International's Aerospace division to supply its HTS900 engine for use in XTI's first prototype of the TriFran 600 vertical takeoff and landing airplane. Honeywell will also provide an additional...
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 4, 2016
Attendees at R&WI's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, Sep. 19 to 20 will hear from a panel addressing low-level infrastructure. If you haven't registered yet, you still have one day to do so under the early bird discount at...
August 3, 2016
Leonardo's first AW609 prototype has resumed flight testing.  The manufacturer voluntarily suspended the prototype's flight tests after the Oct. 30, 2015, crash of the No. 2 prototype.  The No. 2 prototype crashed in October after breaking up in midair during...
August 2, 2016
The first-ever workshop by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy about drones and the future of aviation provided a platform for industry insiders to discuss drone opportunities and challenges in the U.S. According to a White House blog post, that office announced commitments from both public and private entities to safely integrate and adopt drone use across the U.S. Such initiatives include...
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...
August 1, 2016
Chinese drone manufacturer DJI is set to open an arena for drone pilots in South Korea this month. The idea behind the more than 15,000-sq-ft arena is to allow customers to learn how to pilot drones. It will be...
July 28, 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. Among the top-flight speakers on the agenda are Airbus Helicopters, Inc. President Chris Emerson; Bell Helicopter 525 Program Chief Engineer...
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...
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