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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...
June 28, 2016
Erickson's Bell Helicopter 212s will transport staff and equipment from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, to various areas in Nome, Alaska...
June 27, 2016
International investigators are assessing what role an unexpected feature of the AW609's high-speed flight-control software may have played in a prototype's fatal October in-flight breakup in Italy.   Italy's national agency for aviation safety, which leads the probe of the Oct. 30 crash that killed two test pilots, said the civil tiltrotor's "behavior at high speed was not completely predicted...
June 24, 2016
Bell Helicopter has named its former head of commercial business to lead its engineering organization and innovation initiatives. The manufacturer said Matt Hasik now serves as EVP for Technology and Innovation and is a member of Bell Helicopter's Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for leading the company's "core engineering team and providing strategic direction for designing, developing...
June 20, 2016
Rosneft's RN Aircraft will purchase 20 Leonardo-Finmeccanica AugustaWestland AW189s for transport following an agreement between the manufacturer, Rosneft...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
June 14, 2016
Bell Helicopter's 505 Jet Ranger X has begun a four-month demonstration tour across Japan, debuting first at the...
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...
May 27, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica renewed its distributorship agreement with Sloane Helicopters for another three years in the U.K...
May 26, 2016
Bell Helicopter has sold a Bell 407GXP to Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation Co., Ltd. in China. It will be outfitted for VIP...
May 25, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica's distributor agreement with Kaan Air of Turkey — covering the AW119, the GrandNew and the AW139 — has been...
May 25, 2016
Fiery crashes in which helicopter occupants survive but die of burn injuries are sustaining public and political pressure on the FAA to review certification rules. Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee are the latest lawmakers to focus on the aviation agency’s responses to longstanding recommendations to adopt more stringent...
May 18, 2016
International aviation leaders are seeking nominations for one of the world's most prestigious safety awards, but the deadline is nigh. Nominations for the 2016 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award must be submitted by June 1.   The award honors a "significant individual or group effort contributing to improving aviation safety, with emphasis on original contributions" that was...
May 11, 2016
Bell Helicopter said it plans to demonstrate the Bell 412EPI on a five-month tour in the Asia Pacific region. Bell last...
May 2, 2016
Finmeccanica's shareholders have approved the company's name change to Leonardo in a meeting last week. The official full name, Leonardo...
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