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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 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 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
Bell Helicopter has signed an agreement with a Bolivian rancher for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.  Rodrigo Gutierrez will use the helicopter for personal...
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
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 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...
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