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May 19, 2008
The union representing government aviation inspectors says Canada’s plan to shift regulatory oversight duties to helicopter operators is dangerous, according to the Canwest News Service. "I...
May 14, 2008
The latest hazard to safe helicopter flight in the United States comes in the form of wind farms. These collections of modern-day windmills, seen as an environmentally friendly energy option to gas, coal, and nuclear powerplants, are proliferating. The U.S. Energy...
May 13, 2008
MD Helicopters has reached a deal with Mesa, Ariz. that will keep the manufacturer at the city-owned Falcon Field Airport, according to published reports. The Arizona Republic quoted MD's corporate counsel, Randy Walti, as saying the...
May 9, 2008
Silver State Helicopters’ fleet of more than 200 aircraft has been collected and assembled in Texas, where new owners are picking through the lot. Sky Helicopters in Garland, Texas...
May 8, 2008
BLR Aerospace has named Airborne Engines to sell its performance-enhancing system of dual tailboom strakes and the FastFin vertical stabilizer. Everett...
May 7, 2008
In what may be a sign that big airlines are losing their fight for user fees, talks have broken down over new funding for the U.S. FAA. The Wall Street Journal reports recent attempts at a bipartisan compromise in...
May 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL India’s Global Vectra plans to expand its charter operations, dedicating a portion of its fleet to corporate charters, air tours, flights catering to religious and adventure tourists and other non-scheduled services. India’s markets for helicopter services on shore is growing at 18-20 percent or more, according to company officials...
May 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL On the eve of its annual convention and trade show, the Helicopter Assn of Canada ousted its president and CEO. The group’s board of directors said on March 17 that it had "serious concerns as to Mr. Brian Jenner’s ability to adequately represent" the group. The group’s members held their 12th annual gathering in Calgary, Alberta April 6-8. The board...
April 16, 2008
Keystone Helicopter has won approval to certify modifications to specific rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft for the FAA. The Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary...
April 8, 2008
The state of the rotorcraft industry, the prospects for new business development, and the potential impact of a U.S. recession and global economic downturn are collectively the focus of an Aviation Today...
April 2, 2008
Chelton Flight Systems reports it has begun field installation of its synthetic-vision glass-cockpit software capable of integrating and displaying Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast...
April 1, 2008
AGUSTAWESTLAND ARRIVES AT Heli-Expo with key civil product lines logging strong sales but military ones beset by problems. The manufacturer’s AW139 medium twin is proving a popular and versatile aircraft in diverse markets. AgustaWestland is featuring the AW139 in its display, showcasing the aircraft it delivered to its program partern Honeywell. Honeywell provided the Primus Epic avionics suite for...
April 1, 2008
Where is Raymond Orteig when we need him? Aviation history buffs know that name as belonging to the hotelier who in 1919 offered $25,000 to the first to fly nonstop between New York and Paris. The more recognizable name associated with his is that of Charles Lindbergh, who claimed the prize after landing The Spirit of St. Louis at Le Bourget airfield on May 20, 1927 following a solo flight of 33 hr, 29 min...
April 1, 2008
Flight Training Mistakes In response to your recent Question of the Month about the most troubling or curious flight training mistakes I’ve seen, a curious and somewhat troubling mistake I have both witnessed and committed is what I’d call "going on autopilot" (Feedback, February 2008, page 7). In this scenario, something that could be major is missed because the task being trained...
April 1, 2008
LEE BENSON is the retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press. REBECCA CHRISTIE this month contributes the Program Insider page of Rotorcraft Report. Based in Washington, she specializes in...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES To kick off Heli-Expo in Houston, Eurocopter unveiled the latest addition to its family: the EC175. The new, 7-9-ton helicopter garnered not only the attention of attendees, but 13 signatures in its order book totaling 111 orders in the three days of the show. U.S.-based Bristow Group and Canada-based VIH Aviation Group were the launch customers for the aircraft, and were part of the...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Heli-Expo 2008’s first day on Feb. 24 proved a busy one for Bell Helicopters. Not only did it celebrate its 50th anniversary with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept., but it signed orders from Brazil’s TAM Airlines and Rotorcraft Leasing Co. for its new Model 429 and other aircraft. Combined with orders taken at the Singapore Air Show, which preceded the Helicopter Assn...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | SAFETY The FAA’s top helicopter official told Heli-Expo attendees that all night operations should be flown by pilots wearing night-vision goggles (NVGs). "NVGs should be the norm, not the exception," said David Downey, manager of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate. A problem with that, of course, is that NVG installations in civil aircraft in the United States are done almost...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | SAFETY The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will hold a three-day forum on the safety of unmanned aircraft systems. The forum will be convened April 29 to May 1 at NTSB Headquarters in Washington. It is intended to help the board and interested parties better understand the safety implications of the growing use of...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS Engine makers Honeywell and Rolls-Royce project a hearty helicopter market worldwide for the next several years. Honeywell is projecting that 4,450 new civil, turbine-powered helicopters will go into service worldwide in the next five years, with corporate, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement customers accounting for more...
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