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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...
May 5, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica said the third prototype of the AgustaWestland AW609 tilt rotor has completed its first ground run at the company's facilities in Cascina Costa, Italy. The aircraft began restrained ground run...
May 5, 2016
Bell Helicopter has joined the V-280 Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator wing and nacelles to the aircraft fuselage at its aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas, the company said in a press release Wednesday.  Bell's EVP of...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 8, 2016
Triumph Group, Inc. has received the 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from the American Helicopter Society International (AHS). The company was recognized for the quality, innovation and cost-effective...
April 7, 2016
United Aero Group has donated a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter to the Connecticut Air & Space Center, a restoration museum at the former Stratford Army Engine Plant complex. The company acquired the aircraft from a transport operator in Brazil. It is donating a...
March 30, 2016
Bell Helicopter delivered a Bell 429 to the Chihuahua State Government, the company said Tuesday. The Bell 429 is configured for corporate transport for the State of Chihuahua.   According to a...
March 25, 2016
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has made improvements to its Dhruv after a spate of crashes involving the units sold to Ecuador, The Financial Express reported today, citing the government.   The government acknowledged “the problems that have dogged the aircraft maker and strained...
March 23, 2016
Safran has decided to place all of its companies under a single banner and brand name, Safran, to bolster its position as a global industrial leader and accelerate its international growth. The Safran logo therefore becomes the sole emblem representing all group companies. Operating under a single...
March 22, 2016
Airbus Helicopters is showcasing demo flights of its H145 in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. The first tour was held in Southeast Africa in 2013, covering Malaysia and Thailand.  This Asian demo tour will be divided into two legs. From March 23...
March 3, 2016
The AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker light twin-engine helicopter has made its first flight, said parent company Finmeccanica...
March 2, 2016
Robinson Helicopter experienced increased annual sales figures in 2015, owing primarily to a spike in international customers and to strong utilization of the R44 and R66.   Kurt Robinson, president and CEO, said Tuesday at Heli-Expo that roughly 60 to 65% of airframe sales were to customers in Australia, China, South Africa and Europe, though there also was a slight increase in U.S. sales.   The...
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