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November 18, 2015
Robinson Helicopter plans to produce a lighter, two-place R44 derivative with better high-altitude performance margins in early 2016. The company said it has developed the R44 Cadet “with the training market in mind,” though it is “suitable for a wide variety of utilitarian...
November 18, 2015
HeliOffshore is offering helicopter operators around the world guidelines for standardizing and improving their use of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS). The global safety assn. for the offshore helicopter industry said the guidelines and an associated implementation guide are the result of more than...
November 17, 2015
There is more at stake in the current Washington debate over privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system than who controls the nation’s airspace, said Ed Bolen in opening the National Business Aviation Assn.’s annual convention in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. The NBAA president/CEO acknowledged that control clearly is a huge part of the debate. U.S. airlines have spent years and hundreds of...
November 16, 2015
HNZ Group will suspend monthly dividend payments following an $8 million net loss in the quarter that ended Sept. 30. The Montreal-based company said that payments would stop after the December dividend is paid on Jan. 15. The company’s third quarter is “normally a seasonally strong” one, said HNZ President/CEO Don Wall. (The company reported a net income of $9.58 million in 2014’s...
November 13, 2015
Image courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky Aircraft’s famed Winged-S emblem has survived the company’s takeover. The helicopter maker’s official logo has changed, however. Gone is the circle of radial lines (meant to represent a gear) that marked it as a unit of United Technologies Corp., which on...
November 12, 2015
Photo courtesy of XTI Aircraft XTI Aircraft is seeking U.S. approval to convert $13.8 million in “expression of interest” in its TriFan 600 business aircraft proposal into real investments. The Denver-based company launched the “crowdfunding” initiative on Aug. 25 to reach out to individual investors. To...
November 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter does not expect the commercial helicopter market to recover until early to mid-2017, according to a Reuters report from this week’s Dubai Air Show. The news service quoted Bell’s vice...
November 9, 2015
India's conglomerate Tata has added Boeing to its list of aerospace joint-venture partners. The subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Boeing today said their new joint venture initially will create a “manufacturing center of excellence” to...
November 9, 2015
The second Mi-171A2 prototype has begun flight tests at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Russian Helicopters reported. The unit of the state corporation Rostec said certification testing also is underway. The latest...
November 6, 2015
The U.S. isn't alone in its concern about how to regulate civil drones. France is concerned, too. As U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx prepared last month to launch a drone registry task force (which wrapped up three days of deliberations yesterday), a top-level French government agency noted that “current regulation [in France] is inadequate and must be reformed to better prevent and...
November 6, 2015
Globally, the helicopter market “is more at the bottom than at the top,” Turbomeca CEO Bruno Even told R&WI. “In the last two years, all OEMs have been facing the same slowdown in the market.” That said, he added that Turbomeca is committed to investing in innovative new products and improved customer satisfaction. “We have a...
November 5, 2015
One minute before midnight EST Nov. 6 is the deadline for the public to submit comments to the FAA’s drone registry task force. The 26-member group will wrap up three days of deliberations in Washington, D.C., today...
November 4, 2015
Lockheed Martin anticipates closing its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft on Nov. 6, the company said after reporting receipt of “the final regulatory approval” of the...
November 3, 2015
The U.S. Transportation Department's drone registration task force gathered today in Washington, D.C., to start work on recommending requirements for marking and tracing ownership of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A key question for the 26 task force members was framed by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta: What products should we exclude...
November 2, 2015
Various photographs and at least one video of the AW609 crash site offer some key data points on the fatal Oct. 30 accident in northwestern Italy. The imagery appears to show, in a crop field, two collections of wreckage that are near each other but distinctly separate. One set of wreckage is shown near a small embankment on one edge of the field; the other set is shown farther into the field. The...
November 2, 2015
Airbus Helicopters sees in the next two decades the global helicopter market sustaining the slow and steady growth that has fueled its expansion since 1994. A new forecast by the manufacturer projects a 1.6% compound...
November 2, 2015
“There’s something very wrong with recreational drones,” a top columnist for The New York Times wrote, indicating criticism of unregulated use of the devices is moving beyond the aviation and technical communities. Gail Collins is a 20-year veteran of the Times and currently opines for the paper on American politics and culture. On Oct. 31, that included a column entitled...
October 29, 2015
Anyone who doubted the FAA’s appreciation of threats posed by small drones to safe helicopter flight may find fuel for added skepticism in the members of the agency’s new task force. Of the 25 groups with representatives named today to the task force on how to create a registry of small unmanned aircraft systems, only one—Helicopter Assn. International—is focused on rotary-wing...
October 28, 2015
A pilots’ union will no longer appeal a court order turning over a helicopter’s combined flight/voice recorder to police investigating four deaths in a 2013 Shetland Islands crash. International safety officials have been working for years to establish global legal standards to prevent the public disclosure through criminal probes and lawsuits of safety information used in crash...
October 28, 2015
A U.S. rulemaking advisory subcommittee will start work soon on options for increasing crash-resistant fuel systems use in newly built helicopters and existing ones, the FAA’s Jorge Castillo told R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit yesterday. Castillo, the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate manager of rotorcraft regulations and policy, was one of 16...
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