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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...
March 11, 2016
British Columbia-based TRK Group said it has acquired a Bell 205A1++ (BLR). This is the first medium helicopter to be added to TRK's fleet of seven intermediate and three light...
March 8, 2016
Montreal, Canada-based helicopter transportation provider HNZ Group Inc. has partnered with Acasta HeliFlight Inc., which will be based in Yellowknife, NWT, and will expand HNZ's services to northern Canada, according to a company press release. HNZ operates in Canada, New...
March 1, 2016
Brazilian company Helisul Táxi Aéreo has signed a letter of intent for ten Marenco SKYe SH09s. The company currently...
February 25, 2016
Chris Emerson on June 1 became president and chief executive of Airbus Helicopters Inc. [Booth 9651] and head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region, overseeing Airbus Helicopters' subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada. (He succeeded Marc Paganini, who led the Grand Prairie, Texas-based U.S. subsidiary for more than 12 years.) Emerson previously was SVP and head of marketing for Airbus' airliner unit. We...
February 23, 2016
Erickson Inc. has appointed new leadership and sales personnel across its enterprise.   The new appointments include: Rob Lewis, VP and general manager of the Commercial Business Unit; Andy Mills, VP of Global Business Development; Gary Starr, VP of Global Supply Chain; Erick Nodland as global director of operations; John Patriarch, sales manager to the Dept. of Defense; and Chris Maynard, business...
February 23, 2016
Taqnia Aeronautics and Sikorsky signed an agreement to explore helicopter business opportunities in Saudi Arabia. The agreement was signed on the opening day of the AFED Local Manufacturing Exhibition in Riyadh by retired Maj. Gen. Ali Al-Ghamdi, Taqnia Aeronautics CEO, and Anand Stanley, Sikorsky VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa.  ...
February 18, 2016
A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage after performing its first flight. The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are...
February 17, 2016
Sikorsky has appointed UI Helicopter Co., Ltd. to become a Sikorsky-authorized customer support center in South Korea, the first such center in the country. Based in Yesan, 100 km south of Seoul, the center will enable operators of Sikorsky S-76 and S-92...
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