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September 28, 2016
St. Michael is often depicted standing over a slain dragon in victory, sword in hand. An archangel, he is portrayed in the Bible as a symbol of good conquering evil, of bravery.    "Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back," says Revelation 12:7. "They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their...
September 26, 2016
Korean Air's aerospace division and Boeing have renewed a project to convert some South Korean military helicopters into unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The companies signed a memorandum of agreement at Korean Air's Seoul headquarters last week, according to a company press release. The...
September 23, 2016
After decades of Pentagon neglect punctuated by false starts on several helicopter projects run by the U.S. Army and one by the Navy, U.S. military vertical-lift aviation is poised to achieve historic advances, contributor Richard Whittle writes in the October issue of Rotor & Wing International.   Over the next two years, Whittle reports, at least five manned and unmanned advanced vertical-lift...
September 22, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps' 2016 Aviation Plan outlines a need for an aircraft, which Bell Helicopter thinks it can satisfy with its new V-247 Vigilant. Presented to the public for the first time Thursday via miniature model, the V-247 is a single-engine, tiltrotor, Group 5 unmanned aircraft system. No rotorcraft currently exists that can provide sufficient escort capabilities for the speedy Bell Boeing V-22...
September 16, 2016
A notable milestone marked today’s first meeting in Washington of the FAA’s new Drone Advisory Committee (DAC): a representative of helicopter line pilots was at the table.  Commercial airline pilots have long been a fixture at FAA-industry deliberations on safety and policy decisions, in the form of an Air Line Pilots Assn. representative or two. ALPA was the only group that had two...
September 8, 2016
As many bird species begin their annual migrations out of Elk Island National Park for the winter, Parks...
September 7, 2016
Photo courtesy of The Public Promotion Department of Changzhou Xinbei District Commission of CCP A research arm of the Chinese army is teaming with a local company to develop a new unmanned helicopter, according to officials of a southern Chinese city where the company is based. Officials of the Changzhou Xinbei District Commission said the 60th Research Institute of the People's...
September 1, 2016
CybAero has delivered three systems of unmanned helicopters meant for the Chinese Customers. In January 2014, the Chinese operator Jolly signed the...
August 28, 2016
A new world of opportunities for drone operators opens next week on August 29 when the new small drone rule for...
August 22, 2016
The Nigerian federal government is making a comprehensive arrangement to respond to the attacks on oil installations in...
August 10, 2016
  The U.S. Marine Corps is testing a pocket-sized drone that can deliver live video feeds from three cameras...
August 2, 2016
The first-ever workshop by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy about drones and the future of aviation provided a platform for industry insiders to discuss drone opportunities and challenges in the U.S. According to a White House blog post, that office announced commitments from both public and private entities to safely integrate and adopt drone use across the U.S. Such initiatives include...
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...
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 9, 2016
EHang Inc. will begin flight testing, training and development of a passenger-carrying drone with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the Governor's Office of Economic...
June 2, 2016
Sikorsky successfully completed phase one of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation...
May 9, 2016
The first two Kaman K-MAX helicopters arrived at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, over the weekend. The K-MAX's primary mission is to provide cargo load operations with a max payload of 6,000 lb. It can also fly...
May 6, 2016
The FAA aims to set up a joint team with the industry this year to track and analyze the safety of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and recommend measures for mitigating specific weaknesses, R&WI learned this week at the Assn. of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International annual gathering this week in New Orleans. The team would be modeled on the agency/industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team, whose...
May 4, 2016
The FAA is setting up a standing committee to advise it on how to integrate drones in civil airspace and is tapping a top Silicon Valley executive to lead it.   The drone advisory committee will gather about 30 leaders from throughout the aviation and unmanned systems industries to work with FAA officials in prioritizing policy and research integration issues that must be tackled and in building broad...
April 22, 2016
German engine manufacturer 3W International will introduce its complete propulsion systems for UAVs at the Xpontential 2016 trade show in New Orleans May 2 to 5. The company will also...
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