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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 22, 2016
The FAA will host the 2016 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference Oct. 25 to 27 at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas.  This year, the conference will focus on...
July 15, 2016
How will the run-up to November's U.S. presidential election affect the helicopter community? For one thing, it might stall any new rulemaking actions and policy initiatives (except emergency ones) addressing safety problems.    It has become a tradition in Washington toward the middle of a presidential election year for the message to come down from above in the federal government's executive...
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 6, 2016
Look for industry leaders to square off with FAA officials in Texas tomorrow over a proposal to adopt more stringent procedures for certification of engine inlet barrier filters. The agency is convening a meeting near Fort Worth Alliance Airport the morning of July 7 to discuss its proposed policy statement on certification of helicopter engine inlet barrier filters.  “The purpose of the public...
June 20, 2016
The FAA's anticipated new rules on commercial drones reveal several changes to the originally proposed provisions, including ones concerning pilot age and max flight altitude, according to a drone lawyer who claims to have leaked the document. The official release of the new Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) is expected as soon as Tuesday. The agency initially proposed in February last...
June 9, 2016
Fourteen aviation trade associations are urging leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize funding for the FAA before current legislation expires in mid-July.     It seems doubtful, however, that congressional leaders can resolve differences between a Senate reauthorization bill passed overwhelmingly in April and one backed by Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House...
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 4, 2016
The FAA is setting up a standing committee to advise it on how to integrate drones in civil airspace and is tapping a top Silicon Valley executive to lead it.   The drone advisory committee will gather about 30 leaders from throughout the aviation and unmanned systems industries to work with FAA officials in prioritizing policy and research integration issues that must be tackled and in building broad...
April 21, 2016
Nevada's Clark County Fire Department has received FAA permission to operate a small UAS. This is the first Certificate of Authorization (COA) approved in Nevada under the FAA's new "Public Safety...
April 19, 2016
The U.S. Senate voted 89-5 to end the debate toward a final vote on its comprehensive FAA reauthorization bill Monday evening. It was scheduled to reconvene its weeks-long debate...
April 4, 2016
An FAA-appointed group has submitted recommendations for operating micro UAS in national airspace, according to an Associated Press report.   The Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee has reportedly called for “creating four categories of small drones that commercial operators can fly over people, including crowds in some cases.”   The committee was tasked with recommending by April...
March 25, 2016
Two retired Bell Helicopter employees have been honored with FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot awards, which recognize pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation...
February 19, 2016
Each month, the FAA receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). In addition to the FAA’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, an additional step...
February 11, 2016
Nearly 100 industry and government aviation leaders are gathering in Washington today and tomorrow in a bid to start developing a multi-year plan for improving weather, navigation and facilities aids for helicopter pilots.    The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team is convening the 2016 Infrastructure Summit to assess the current status of the aviation infrastructure at low altitudes and identify...
February 10, 2016
HAI President and CEO Matt Zuccaro is urging members "don't give the skies to the airlines." In a letter Tuesday, Zuccaro warned of potential U.S. legislation that could "significantly impact helicopter operations in our national airspace" and to...
February 4, 2016
Maverick Helicopters received the FAA's 2015 Award of Excellence Diamond Award. The prestigious honor, which the company has now received five years in a row, is a result of Maverick Helicopters' ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety.   The FAA's Award of Excellence was created to honor...
January 21, 2016
The public is still waiting to hear from investigators whether the first non-military midair collision between a drone and helicopter occurred this past November in California. On Nov. 23, a Robinson Helicopter R22 operated by Los Angeles Helicopters made an emergency landing during a cross-country training flight after its windscreen was partially shattered. A lack of residual bird matter, along with...
January 20, 2016
Accident investigators said that engine modifications made to an air ambulance helicopter may have left it more susceptible to icing and contributed to its fatal crash in 2013.    The Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2, operated by EagleMed, had taken off early on Feb. 22, 2013, from Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City to commence an inter-hospital patient transport flight. It appeared to suffer...
January 11, 2016
Advocates for less stringent U.S. regulation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) might be losing the struggle for public opinion, if newspaper editorials since registration went into effect are any indication.  Newspapers large and small have said the risks small drones pose to other aircraft, to the privacy of people on the ground and to national security justify the FAA’s registration...
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