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August 13, 2014
PHI, Inc. has achieved the highest level, Level 4, of the Federal Aviation Administration’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. The SMS program is quickly becoming a standard in the industry, being recognized by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), International...
August 12, 2014
On August 8, Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn., announced that the Federal Aviation Administration certified the V400 avionics software for the S-76D helicopter. The technology increases the capabilities of the twin-engine helicopter, allowing the aircraft to operate single-pilot under instrument flight rules.  According to the company, the V400 software, which can be installed by the...
July 28, 2014
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July 8, 2014
Chief Phil Perlini of the Grayslake (Ill.) Police Department and his officers were monitoring the festivities at the town’s July 4th fireworks display when they saw something very unusual. It was a remote controlled helicopter flying near the multi-color pyrotechnic bursts, apparently in an effort to capture the event on the video camera it carried. “It came out of nowhere,” Perlini told local...
June 3, 2014
The Canadian Press, a news organization based in Toronto, is reporting that government documents recently obtained under the Canadian equivalent of the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S., show that the FAA and EASA made "strenuous objections" over Transport Canada's (TC) handling of a special weight exemption for the Bell 429. The exemption, which was granted in 2012, allows the aircraft to...
May 29, 2014
Metro Aviation has achieved Level 4 of FAA's safety management system (SMS) pilot project in the 14...
May 6, 2014
Sikorksy Matrix Technology at AUVSI Unmanned Systems in 2013. Photo by Woodrow Bellamy III It seems like autonomous helicopters or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are all the rage these days. From individual UAVs being turned into package deliverers to a swarm of small quad-copters playing the James Bond theme, it seems like there is no limit to what we’re going to ask these small rotorcraft to do...
May 2, 2014
As LA County Fire transitioned into its first two standard model 412s, we suffered from a series of issues with the Sperry automatic flight control system (AFCS). Sperry had been brought out, teeth had been ground, swear words had been used, but the answer to why the aircraft would occasionally get uncommanded tail rotor inputs was only partially understood. We were working through this problem...
May 2, 2014
The helicopter pilot was on his final instrument approach for completing the requirements in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards and weather conditions were perfect. At Decision Height, the examiner called out “runway in sight.” The aircraft was slightly right of course and less than a dot above glideslope. Not perfect, but well within the standards. He let out a sigh of relief...
April 30, 2014
Synthetic vision systems, such Rockwell Collins’ Helisure, can be an invaluable feature for pilots who must fly in mountainous terrain where visibility can be reduced by clouds and precipitation with little advanced warning. Photo courtesy of Rockwell Collins Helicopter avionics have changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Technology that was once reserved for military fighters, corporate jets and...
April 30, 2014
FAA has issued a Federal Register Notice seeking public comment on a proposed policy change to protect airspace for emergency operations when an aircraft engine fails during departure. The proposed policy change strikes a balance by providing the option to designate one path for all airlines to use when one engine inoperative (OEI) procedures are needed.  The FAA evaluates the takeoff path from...
April 23, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) with a supplemental...
April 21, 2014
In response to industry feedback, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule by one year. Earlier this year, the FAA issued a rule that requires helicopter operators to have stricter flight rules...
April 21, 2014
The first of six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now operational, two and a half months ahead of schedule. The FAA granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its...
April 21, 2014
Bell Helicopter received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA for its new Bell 407 polycarbonate windshield, to be distributed...
March 17, 2014
Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc. (ASU) added a new Transport Canada and revised FAA STC to its...
March 1, 2014
There was a song that used to play all the time on a children’s educational television show in the U.S. … “One of these things is not like the others – One of these things just doesn’t belong.” When you boil it all down, the success or failure of most NVG panel modifications comes down to just that – a painstakingly tedious process of identifying each little...
March 1, 2014
Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has established its own repair station...
February 27, 2014
Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG) company, RSG Products, Inc., is teaming with Heli-One to produce, support and co-market critical supplemental type certificates (STCs) within the Heli-One catalogue. The two companies also will collaborate on development of new-generation STCs.Initial available...
February 25, 2014
Texas-based FreeFlight Systems and the University of North Dakota (UND) have received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the first rule-compliant 978 MHz ADS-B In/Out Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) for rotorcraft. Certified in the Bell 206B Jet Ranger, the FreeFlight System RANGR FDL-978-XVR automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS‐B) integrates ADS-B In and Out capabilities with a...
February 25, 2014
Sky Connect Tracker III from Honeywell Aerospace (Booth 6502) is the first system that enables simultaneous worldwide automated tracking, text messaging and voice capabilities to improve crew and passenger safety and increase aircraft availability. The voice, text and tracking system from...
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