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August 23, 2016
Associated Aircraft Group is partnering with Patient AirLift Services to provide transports for needy medical patients, including military veterans, throughout the Northeast U.S. Patient AirLift Services is a nonprofit organization based in Farmingdale, New York that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up who cannot afford or are unable to fly...
August 22, 2016
U.S. lawmakers from Connecticut are appealing to the Navy secretary to reverse a service decision to pull maintenance of U.S. Marine Corps VH-3D presidential transports and shift it to a military depot. Sikorsky confirmed last week that maintenance now done at the secure “Yankee White” facility at its Stratford, Connecticut headquarters was being pulled from the company and shifted to the...
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
Paraguayan operator Signature S.R.L. has signed a letter of intent with Bell Helicopter for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X for corporate transport. The aircraft has accumulated...
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 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 28, 2016
Airbus Helicopters' H160 has passed a few milestones during flight testing, the company said Thursday. Airbus said it has validated the aircraft's aeromechanical configuration, which provided low vibration levels and great stability. Unveiled at Heli-Expo in March 2015, the medium twin is the first new member of Airbus' H series. The manufacturer said the aircraft is...
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 21, 2016
Robinson Helicopter delivered its first two production R44 Cadets to distributor Heliflite Australia. The Cadet received FAA certification in May. The Cadet features a reduced maximum...
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
Airbus Helicopters said it has delivered the first VIP version of the H175. It has been delivered to a private customer in Europe to complement a yacht. Pegasus Design, which designs mostly jets and yachts...
July 19, 2016
NTSB investigators are culling a wealth of data, including telemetry and eyewitness accounts from chase pilots, for clues as to why a Bell Helicopter 525 prototype disintegrated in flight July 6.   The distribution of wreckage on the ground indicates that the aircraft broke up in midair. In addition to the aft tailboom and empennage, which was found 1,500 ft from the main field of heavily burnt...
July 15, 2016
Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Bell Helicopter will work together to support India's aviation and defense modernization initiatives. The joint venture will develop both commercial and government light utility and reconnaissance helicopter...
July 14, 2016
EASA has completed a second phase of validations for new capabilities and expanded performance of the Sikorsky S-76DTM, Sikorsky said at the Farnborough Air Show this week. The new capabilities...
July 14, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica's first Level D full-flight simulator for the new AW169 has received ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA certification, the company announced at Farnborough this week. The simulator, jointly developed with CAE, is...
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...
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