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January 12, 2016
The United Arab Emirates' helideck and helipad regulations have prompted at least one company to form in the hopes of capitalizing on that region’s growing need for aviation expertise.   The regulatory framework introduced by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority...
December 31, 2015
Photo courtesy of Gian Marco Anzellotti / CC BY 2.0   On Jan. 1, the legendary names Agusta and Westland begin to move from the rolls of active helicopter manufacturers to those of historic ones.    Parent company Finmeccanica is completing its 18-month process of centralizing and integrating the operations of its diverse aerospace, defense...
December 29, 2015
A Chinese operator plans to start helicopter commuter service Thursday for the Pearl River Delta cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, according to news outlet China Daily.    The privately owned, Shenzhen-based Astro Air said the service will be the first of its kind on the Chinese mainland, according to the new...
December 29, 2015
  The maritime Surion shown on its first flight last January. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries   Korea Aerospace Industries has completed development of the...
December 23, 2015
Leaders of New Zealand’s aviation and farmer communities are pressing their campaign to remove suspended wires that pose hazards to helicopters and other agricultural aircraft.    The New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Assn. launched the "Down to the Wire"...
December 22, 2015
Robertson Fuel Systems will be sold to the aerospace and electronics firm HEICO Corp. Private-equity investment firm American Securities LLC said it had reached a definitive agreement to sell the provider of fuel containment and ballistic tolerance systems for $255 million and expects to close the deal by Feb. 19, 2016. The sale is subject to U.S. anti-trust reviews...
December 17, 2015
Image courtesy of Robinson Helicopter Robinson Helicopter’s development of a lighter R44 is not a sign that the smaller R22 (with which the company was launched) may be phased out. There had been some speculation the two-seat R44 Cadet, which pares 200 lb from...
December 14, 2015
Finmeccanica denied that it has received an offer from Boeing to buy AgustaWestland’s British unit and said that unit is not for sale, the...
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd. / CC BY 2.0 South Korea's national forestry service has ordered a firefighting version of Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd.'s twin-engine utility Surion, the manufacturer said...
December 7, 2015
AgustaWestland owner Finmeccanica has rejected a Boeing bid to buy its U.K. helicopter unit, according to a Dec. 6 report by The Sunday Times. The London newspaper, citing industry sources, said the U.S. aerospace and defense...
December 3, 2015
Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters’ 11-ton H225 has become the first foreign “heavy-class” helicopter certified by Russia’s...
November 27, 2015
India has eased financial restrictions on importing helicopters and other aircraft for scheduled and non-scheduled service, according to that nation’s central bank. Previously, a bank could not clear advance payments of $50...
November 27, 2015
AgustaWestland has been testing the high- and low-altitude capabilities of its AW169 in California. A prototype of the 10,000-lb-class, 10-passenger helicopter performed hover, low-speed flight and rescue-hoist/cargo-hook...
November 24, 2015
Kaman Aerospace Group has received its first K-MAX orders from a Chinese customer, the company said. Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd., an aircraft and parts dealer and aviation services company based in Hong Kong, ordered two of the coaxial utility helicopters for a 2017 delivery, Kaman said, with the...
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...
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