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August 31, 2016
Four top aviation regulators have committed to implementing streamlined certification rules for aircraft and other products that move between major aviation markets in the world. Certification leaders of civil aviation authorities in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Brazil this week established a joint strategy for simplifying procedures for mutual acceptance of each others' safety certifications of...
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
Aircraft Can Be Modified For Any Number Of Diverse Missions The AC312E, a helicopter developed by the Aviation Industry...
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 11, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica's first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia. The manufacturer recently resumed flight testing of the aircraft...
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 5, 2016
Sikorsky plans to build its operation in Colombia into a hub for supporting Black Hawk operators throughout Latin America.  The manufacturer in 2012 established facilities in Colombia to support operations there. Colombia is the largest Black Hawk operator in the region, Sikorsky said. That nation’s army, air force and national police together have more than 100 Black Hawks and that country has...
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 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 25, 2016
XTI Aircraft Co. has reopened its crowdfunding project to build a piloted TriFan 600 prototype after the company failed to reach its minimum investments. Its current offering now does not have a lower limit. XTI received a Securities & Exchange Commission approval to sell 20 million shares of common stock to investors, the company said Monday...
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
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of excess SH-60F Seahawks of roughly $300 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency told Congress July 5.  Included in the transaction are spares and repair parts, support and test...
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
Russian Helicopters' Ansat light multirole helicopter has received an increased take-off weight from 3,300 kg to 3,600 kg.  The aircraft will...
June 28, 2016
The Swedish Defence Materiel Admin., citing "changed conditions," has revised procedures for purchasing six retired Airbus Helicopters AS332 M1 Super Pumas and extended the bidding deadline to Oct. 7.   Under the revised procedures, Sweden will accept bids for some of the aircraft, spares and ground support equipment (GSE) for sale, which are divided into 14 lots. One lot includes five...
June 1, 2016
Enstrom Helicopter has resumed flight tests of its TH-180 with a May 26 flight of the second prototype and the objective of pursuing an accelerated schedule for certification of the two-seat, piston-powered trainer.    The wholly owned subsidiary of Chongqing General Aviation Group said test pilot and Senior Technical Fellow William Taylor took the No. 2 TH-180, registration N181TH...
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 23, 2016
Leonardo is tapping Singapore's Nanyang Technological University to conduct research into innovation composite helicopters and related aerodynamics work.   The company and school signed an agreement today in Rome, Italy, to kick off the research collaboration aimed at enhancing Leonardo's "lead in advanced helicopter technologies and research capabilities," the...
May 10, 2016
Robinson Helicopter Co. has received FAA certification for its R44 Cadet. The trainer has the same airframe...
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