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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...
April 3, 2015
LORD Corporation, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control, has joined the Sikorsky-Boeing team to develop and build the SB>1 DEFIANT™ technology demonstrator for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator program. The...
February 5, 2015
CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the FAA to advance efforts to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. The arrangement will integrate efforts from...
January 23, 2015
SAE International is searching for a team of rotorcraft manufacturers, operators and hoist manufacturers to serve on the newly formed...
January 7, 2015
Less than two weeks after receiving its Transport Canada certification, Eagle Copters Ltd. has received Federal Aviation Administration certification for its Eagle 407HP program. Eagle Copters specializes in sales, leasing, product development and engineering, and is a Bell Platinum Customer Service provider. Its Eagle 407HP is a conversion...
January 7, 2015
Thales-owned company LiveTV Satellite Communications and distributor Greenwich AeroGroup have achieved another joint milestone in in-flight integration by demonstrating their LiveAero connectivity solution on a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter in flight. Sikorsky chose the two companies to install and deliver LiveAero to Sikorsky S-92 custom-equipped helicopters for use primarily in search and rescue missions...
November 26, 2014
The Swedish Defense Material Administration (FMV) has selected CybAero to conduct Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAs) test and demonstration flights. According to Cybero...
November 25, 2014
Russian Helicopters has begun flight testing the first prototype of its multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. The first Mi-171A2 prototype will be tested for its in-flight operability and safety...
November 25, 2014
The Government of Santa Fe Province, Argentina has selected the Trakka A800 helicopter searchlight to assist with helicopter patrol...
November 24, 2014
Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems announced a supplier agreement with Bangalore, India-based Dynamatic Technologies. Under the seven-year agreement, Dynamatic will become the single source supplier of major...
November 21, 2014
Bell Helicopter has awarded a contract extension to Kaman Aerospace Group to continue...
November 20, 2014
Tranberg AS has announced the worldwide product launch of its new CHLite Helideck Lighting Solution. The solution is ATEX certified and suitable for Zone 1 and 2 Marking: Ex II 2G Ex mb...
November 19, 2014
The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has appointed Brian Wynne as its new president and CEO, to replace the retiring Michael Toscano. Wynne is...
November 18, 2014
CybAero is building an advanced testing center to continue its focus on developing and marketing unmanned helicopters. According to a statement, the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAs) manufacturer commenced...
November 17, 2014
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to provide the next generation mission computer for the Marine Corps' H-1 helicopter upgrade program. Under the contract...
November 10, 2014
La Jolla, Calif.-based global voice and data service provider Blue Sky Network is bringing the fleet tracking and communications capabilities of its web-based portal, SkyRouter, to mobile phones and tablets. The company has introduced the new SkyRouter Mobile App for iOS devices...
November 7, 2014
Transport Canada has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to VIH Aerospace (VIHA) for its aftermarket replacement Master Caution Panel (MCP01) for the Bell 212 series helicopter. According to VIHA, FAA and EASA approvals are pending.   Arne...
November 7, 2014
Russian Helicopters has reported savings of $1.5 million resulting from its implementation of lean technology across its rotorcraft production operations in 2013. The manufacturer describes lean technology as a "strategy that minimizes the volume of energy and material losses in the production process."     Photo: Russian...
November 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter has completed its first delivery of two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Services (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) to the Delaware State Police aviation unit. The Delaware State Police...
October 15, 2014
The next generation flight deck development program for the MD Explorer light-twin engine helicopter has achieved several significant milestones. Universal Avionics and MD Helicopters have completed final vendor selections for all peripheral avionics systems. Additionally, the engineering prototype helicopter that will be the conforming article for FAA ground and flight testing is currently undergoing...
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