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July 30, 2015
The FAA expects to propose rule changes this year intended to clear obstacles to certification of helicopter autopilots, flight directors and synthesized power indicators. The Rotorcraft Directorate got FAA Headquarters’ approval in December to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on proposed changes to Federal...
July 29, 2015
Rotorcraft certification rules and procedures are antiquated and cannot keep pace with technological advances. That is the view of top executives at helicopter operators, rotorcraft manufacturers, avionics and equipment makers and modification shops.   To explain current efforts to fix those shortcomings and ensure its readers’ concerns are addressed in those efforts, Rotor & Wing...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
July 20, 2015
Expect Lockheed Martin to spend the next six months or so sorting out what needs to be fixed at Sikorsky Aircraft versus what needs to be sustained there. The $46-billion aerospace and defense company said today it has struck a deal to buy Sikorsky from United Technologies for $9 billion (higher than pundits’ valuation of $8 billion). The companies said the deal should close late this year or in...
July 13, 2015
  AgustaWestland marked the centennial of its U.K. unit’s formation July 12 in ceremonies at the Yeovil home of what was originally the Westland Aircraft Works.  Opened in 1915 as a branch of the Yeovil engineering business Petters Ltd., Westland built many famous fixed-wing aircraft before its board decided in 1946 to focus entirely on helicopter production. Initially, it...
July 9, 2015
Then there were two. In an exclusive report, the Reuters news agency reported July 8 that Lockheed Martin and Textron “have emerged as final contenders” to buy Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. confirmed June 15 at the Paris Air Show that it intends to exit the rotorcraft...
July 7, 2015
Aspen Avionics is expanding its reach into the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market and growing its product line through the acquisition of Accord Technology. “This is going to expand our footprint in NextGen and expand the GPS capabilities of our own product lines,” Aspen President/CEO John Uczekaj told Rotor & Wing International. “It also brings us much...
June 29, 2015
A U.S. judge has blocked a N.Y. beach community’s bid to limit helicopter flights to once per week, but upheld new local laws imposing nighttime flight curfews. Judge Joanna Seybert’s June 26 preliminary...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 27, 2015
The Eastern Region Helicopter Council says 99 percent of 1,059 flights in and out of East Hampton Airport on New York’s Eastern Long Island over the recent holiday weekend complied with noise-abatement procedures, according to published reports. That airport serves the highbrow beach communities collectively known as the Hamptons. Area residents...
July 8, 2014
Chief Phil Perlini of the Grayslake (Ill.) Police Department and his officers were monitoring the festivities at the town’s July 4th fireworks display when they saw something very unusual. It was a remote controlled helicopter flying near the multi-color pyrotechnic bursts, apparently in an effort to capture the event on the video camera it carried. “It came out of nowhere,” Perlini told local...
May 27, 2014
Airbus Helicopters will introduce its newly personalized Hermes EC135 T2e in new colors, and this year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. Airbus Helicopters will showcase opportunities for additional...
April 25, 2014
David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products in Bolingbrook, Ill., has purchased a customized Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e to be used in business travels for his...
April 9, 2014
G&G Aviation is now the Italian sales representative for MD Helicopters’ range of single and twin engine helicopters. The product...
March 17, 2014
An AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter belonging to Haughey-Air crashed on Thursday evening in Suffolk, UK. There were four fatalities including Edward Haughey (Lord...
February 27, 2014
Phoenix Heliparts has contracted with a California pilot for a total refurbishment and upgrade of an MD530F helicopter, including a complete digital avionics package and modern interior. It will then be populated, painted and made ready for delivery in September. The latest full-scale airframe...
November 27, 2013
Swiss Kopter Technology (SKT) displayed its new Skyrider 06 at this year’s Dubai Airshow. The light, two-person sport helicopter had its first flight last year, and the company has now sold three...
November 1, 2013
The Rotor & Wing Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rotorandwing) recently topped 10,000 fans. As a sign of appreciation to those who have made this milestone possible, I’d like to dedicate this column to sharing some of my favorite comments to two recent questions that garnered a high number of responses. Feel free to join us as well on Twitter (twitter.com/rotorandwing) and LinkedIn, with more...
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