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June 28, 2016
Kathryn Purwin, widow of the late Alan Purwin, has taken over as CEO of Helinet Aviation Services, which provides travel, emergency medical, electronic newsgathering and TV/film production services. Purwin will build on her husband's vision to help law enforcement...
June 24, 2016
Bell Helicopter has named its former head of commercial business to lead its engineering organization and innovation initiatives. The manufacturer said Matt Hasik now serves as EVP for Technology and Innovation and is a member of Bell Helicopter's Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for leading the company's "core engineering team and providing strategic direction for designing, developing...
June 20, 2016
The FAA's anticipated new rules on commercial drones reveal several changes to the originally proposed provisions, including ones concerning pilot age and max flight altitude, according to a drone lawyer who claims to have leaked the document. The official release of the new Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) is expected as soon as Tuesday. The agency initially proposed in February last...
June 16, 2016
Sikorsky's global fleet of S-92s have surpassed one million flight hours within 12 years in May. Sikorsky said the aircraft also have an accident rate of less than one-tenth of the U.S. Civil Multi-Turbine engine...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
June 10, 2016
Erickson Inc. is investigating options for its current operations, organization and financing in the face of a two-year slump in its business. The Portland, Oregon, provider of aviation services around the world has replaced its CFO with an airline industry veteran "specifically skilled in debt refinancing and restructuring" and turnarounds. Erickson also has hired an international investment...
June 3, 2016
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has determined the primary cause of a Eurocopter AS350 B2 crash in January 2015 to be increased cable tension during stringing operations, which led to the aircraft performing a "dynamic rollover." The aircraft was...
June 2, 2016
Erickson Inc. will provide helicopter transport supporting the Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources Forest Inventory Analysis project. The 5-yr contract calls for Erickson to deliver an exclusive-use light-lift helicopter for charter services to a field crew led by the dept...
May 25, 2016
Fiery crashes in which helicopter occupants survive but die of burn injuries are sustaining public and political pressure on the FAA to review certification rules. Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee are the latest lawmakers to focus on the aviation agency’s responses to longstanding recommendations to adopt more stringent...
May 24, 2016
Yamaha Motor Corp. has launched the first operation of its RMAX remotely piloted helicopter for agriculture spraying in Napa...
May 18, 2016
International aviation leaders are seeking nominations for one of the world's most prestigious safety awards, but the deadline is nigh. Nominations for the 2016 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award must be submitted by June 1.   The award honors a "significant individual or group effort contributing to improving aviation safety, with emphasis on original contributions" that was...
May 13, 2016
Used-helicopter asking prices plunged more than 25% for turbine-powered helicopters and sales of those and piston helicopters sank nearly 20% in this year's first quarter, compared to the same period in 2015, according to JETNET LLC.   Prices for used piston-powered helicopters in the period increased 14.4%, it noted.   Rotorcraft weren't alone in suffering such ill effects. Asking prices slipped...
May 11, 2016
Bell Helicopter said it plans to demonstrate the Bell 412EPI on a five-month tour in the Asia Pacific region. Bell last...
May 10, 2016
Robinson Helicopter Co. has received FAA certification for its R44 Cadet. The trainer has the same airframe...
May 5, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica said the third prototype of the AgustaWestland AW609 tilt rotor has completed its first ground run at the company's facilities in Cascina Costa, Italy. The aircraft began restrained ground run...
May 2, 2016
Finmeccanica's shareholders have approved the company's name change to Leonardo in a meeting last week. The official full name, Leonardo...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
March 23, 2016
Safran has decided to place all of its companies under a single banner and brand name, Safran, to bolster its position as a global industrial leader and accelerate its international growth. The Safran logo therefore becomes the sole emblem representing all group companies. Operating under a single...
March 22, 2016
Erickson Inc. has been awarded two exclusive-use contracts with Alaska’s Dept. of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Under the contracts...
March 15, 2016
The Canadian Coast Guard accepted the last of 15 Bell Helicopter 429 light-lift helicopters into its fleet. Mirabel-based Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. was awarded the contract in May 2014. The...
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