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September 30, 2016
Despite a slow market, Bell Helicopter (Stand 12F30) sees opportunities in many sectors. On display will be the Bell 429, its “best-selling helicopter in the region,” according to Jakub Hoda, Bell’s managing director for Europe and Russia. The twin helicopter is seeing successes in the air medical and parapublic markets. Among the 260 429s in operation around the world, 70 are flying in...
September 29, 2016
Succeeding the CEO and founder of a company is a daunting task for anyone — there are high expectations, to say the least. But when Charles Kaman, founder of Kaman Aircraft Co., retired at the turn of the century, Paul Kuhn stepped up to the challenge. Kuhn died on Sept. 17 at age 74, but the impact he had on Kaman remains.   "He had the unenviable task of succeeding Mr. Kaman after his 55 years...
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 7, 2016
The rotorcraft market in South America is still alive, despite the industry-wide decline in demand. Companies worldwide are not shying away from the market there, as was evident in the orders from the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. Exhibitors included Airbus and its...
August 30, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a lease agreement with Calquin Helicopters S.A. for an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3. The aircraft will transition from...
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
The aerial vehicle, dubbed CityAirbus, would resemble a small drone. Graphic courtesy of Airbus Airbus Group has performed preliminary design work on a flying car and an electric-powered flying bus and is building and testing subsystems for the car prototype, which it aims to fly by the end of next year. The parent of Airbus Helicopters, Airbus Defence and Space and the airliner maker Airbus posted a...
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 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
The National Transportation Safety Board officially released its preliminary...
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
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...
July 25, 2016
The No. 1 525 prototype’s main rotor blades appear to have struck its tail and nose during a high-speed, engine-out test that ended with the July 6 crash that killed its two pilots, Rotor & Wing International has learned. “We saw signs consistent with a blade strike on the tailboom,” the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigator-in-charge for the probe, John Lovell...
July 20, 2016
South Beach Helicopters added an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 AStar to its tourism and charter flights fleet. The AStar marks the company's first Airbus helicopter. Its fleet...
July 19, 2016
Erickson Inc. said it has extended its current four-year contract for government sustainment by six months. The extensions is valued...
July 11, 2016
An update to this story can be found here. Leonardo Helicopters is looking to restart AW609 flight tests that it suspended voluntarily after the Oct. 30, 2015, crash of the No. 2 prototype, officials of the parent company said today at the Farnborough Air Show.  "We think that we can continue to move onto certification" toward the end of 2018, Leonardo CEO Mauro Moretti said. While that is a...
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...
July 7, 2016
UPDATE 1800 EDT U.S., July 7 A flight recorder from the crashed Bell Helicopter 525 has been recovered from the burnt wreckage and sent for readout to the NTSB's Washington, D.C. recorder lab; the recorder is not a hardened CVR/FDR but appears to be in good shape, according to the safety board. The NTSB has dispatched a total of six investigators from its Washington headquarters to Texas to support the...
July 5, 2016
India's civil aviation ministry is seeking stakeholder comments on a proposed fare schedule for regional air transport in the country, including helicopter flights. Businesses and the public have until July 22 to comment on the schedule, called the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme, which the ministry released July 1. In a statement then, it said the fare schedule has "the twin objectives of promoting...
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...
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