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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...
January 7, 2016
Efforts to make small-drone operations more accountable and safe are growing as the ranks of drone fliers increase.    Since Dec. 21, when the FAA began requiring registration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with maximum takeoff weights of more than 0.55 lb to fewer than 55 lb, more than 180,000 aircraft have been registered, the agency’s head told the Consumer Electronics Show in Las...
December 28, 2015
The FAA Rotorcraft Directorate is calling for a special industry/government group to review helicopter bird-strike protection standards, according to a news report citing recent testimony before the agency’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.    Reported collisions between...
December 22, 2015
A Southern California group has graduated from seeking voluntary helicopter noise abatement procedures to petitioning for regulations from the FAA.   Starting in October, the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition filed four petitions of rulemaking requesting that the FAA enact new Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFARs) for Los Angeles County. The petitions would set minimum altitudes for...
December 21, 2015
The FAA’s recently published drone registration rule provides a few hints about what commercial drone applicants might expect in 2016. The Dec. 16 Interim Final Rule most immediately applies to drone hobbyists operating under the “model aircraft” definition—aircraft used for non-commercial purposes and within visual line of sight. These applicants have been provided an online...
December 21, 2015
Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter On Dec. 18, Robinson Helicopter’s 700th R66 Turbine rolled off the production line roughly five years after its initial FAA certification. Serial Number 700, a pop-out float-equipped Turbine Marine, will be delivered to Robinson dealer Air Technology Belgium—making the aircraft...
December 17, 2015
The FAA is evaluating an industry proposal to ease the path for certification of single-engine helicopters for operations under instrument flight rules certification and expects to respond in the next few months, the agency told R&WI.   The agency maintains that single-engine IFR helicopter certification is allowed today. But several industry leaders say the FAA’s requirements for...
December 14, 2015
The new FAA small-drone registration rule requires aircraft owners to pay $5 for the required paperwork.  That fee is required for registration of any aircraft (manned or unmanned), per FAA procedures and congressional guidance. “The fee is the same for registering a Cessna 172 or a Boeing 787,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday in announcing the registration rule...
December 1, 2015
A small drone’s accidental threat to people on the ground was the only hazard considered by a U.S. task force that recommended registration procedures for such aircraft.  The Transportation Dept. task force on Nov. 21 said all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing between about 0.55 lb and 55 lb should be registered with the FAA. That range covers maximum takeoff weight, including the drone...
November 30, 2015
Maxcraft Avionics has received FAA validation of its Transport Canada supplemental type certificate for installation of the...
November 27, 2015
AgustaWestland has been testing the high- and low-altitude capabilities of its AW169 in California. A prototype of the 10,000-lb-class, 10-passenger helicopter performed hover, low-speed flight and rescue-hoist/cargo-hook...
November 25, 2015
Small drones are not unmanned aircraft and should not be allowed to fly unrestricted in civil U.S. airspace without further testing, one aerospace and defense firm argues in a new report. The report was issued just as a U.S. Transportation Dept. task force was concluding that drones as small as 0.55 lb should be registered with the FAA, in part because of the threat that vehicles that small pose to...
November 24, 2015
The FAA’s new focus on improving helicopter occupant survivability got a boost this week with the declaration by the Air Medical Operators Assn. (AMOA) that its members are committed to installing crash-resistant fuel systems on both new and existing helicopters. Current FAA rules only require such systems on helicopters type certificated after October 1994, but the National Transportation Safety...
November 23, 2015
Top FAA and U.S. Transportation Dept. officials already have already begun reviewing a draft rule requiring registration of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A department-created task force on the topic delivered recommendations Nov. 21 after its 25 participating organizations unanimously agreed on them, according to the director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, Earl Lawrence. But U.S...
November 17, 2015
There is more at stake in the current Washington debate over privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system than who controls the nation’s airspace, said Ed Bolen in opening the National Business Aviation Assn.’s annual convention in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. The NBAA president/CEO acknowledged that control clearly is a huge part of the debate. U.S. airlines have spent years and hundreds of...
November 6, 2015
A new U.S. working group has six months to compare for the FAA the costs and benefits of requiring better occupant-protection provisions in all newly built helicopters. The aviation agency on Nov. 5 launched the Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group as a subset of its Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee and charged it with producing a cost-benefits analysis report by May 5, 2016. The FAA in the...
November 6, 2015
The U.S. isn't alone in its concern about how to regulate civil drones. France is concerned, too. As U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx prepared last month to launch a drone registry task force (which wrapped up three days of deliberations yesterday), a top-level French government agency noted that “current regulation [in France] is inadequate and must be reformed to better prevent and...
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