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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...
November 5, 2015
One minute before midnight EST Nov. 6 is the deadline for the public to submit comments to the FAA’s drone registry task force. The 26-member group will wrap up three days of deliberations in Washington, D.C., today...
November 3, 2015
The U.S. Transportation Department's drone registration task force gathered today in Washington, D.C., to start work on recommending requirements for marking and tracing ownership of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A key question for the 26 task force members was framed by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta: What products should we exclude...
October 30, 2015
Scores of police aviation crewmembers will get firsthand experience with simulated flight training for light helicopters when they visit Metro Aviation next week. Metro's Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, will host the Airborne Law Enforcement...
October 30, 2015
Air Methods plans to upgrade its Airbus Helicopters H125s and H130s with crash-resistant fuel systems as soon as next year, according to a Denver TV station. KUSA said the Englewood, Colorado-headquartered company sent a statement that it "is committed to retrofitting 100% of our Airbus AS350/EC130...
October 29, 2015
Anyone who doubted the FAA’s appreciation of threats posed by small drones to safe helicopter flight may find fuel for added skepticism in the members of the agency’s new task force. Of the 25 groups with representatives named today to the task force on how to create a registry of small unmanned aircraft systems, only one—Helicopter Assn. International—is focused on rotary-wing...
October 28, 2015
A U.S. rulemaking advisory subcommittee will start work soon on options for increasing crash-resistant fuel systems use in newly built helicopters and existing ones, the FAA’s Jorge Castillo told R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit yesterday. Castillo, the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate manager of rotorcraft regulations and policy, was one of 16...
October 27, 2015
U.S. Transportation Department officials said that registration is a critical step in the persecution of UAS operators who violate the law. Responding to media questions during an Oct. 19 press conference, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx explained that law...
October 23, 2015
Two U.S. congressmen are calling on the FAA to act immediately on requiring all new-build helicopters to have crash-resistant fuel systems. Those systems are the focus of next week’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit opening session; NTSB Director of Aviation Safety John DeLisi will brief summit attendees on the fatal 2014 Bell Helicopter 206L1+ air ambulance crash that led to the safety...
October 23, 2015
One of the sticking points in developing a UAS registration system may be defining what constitutes a registration-worthy drone in terms of weight, configuration and capabilities, according to the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Speaking at the DOT’s Oct. 19 press conference, Government and Regulatory Affairs Representative Rich Hanson emphasized...
October 22, 2015
The FAA is seeking public input on how best to develop its planned registration system for UAS operating in the national airspace system. The agency today published a Clarification and Request for Information stating its official position that—regardless of whether UAS purposes are for public service, commercial or recreational...
October 19, 2015
A U.S. plan to require registration of “hobby” drones offers the federal government better options for educating drone operators about their responsibilities in the air and enforcing their compliance with flight and airspace rules. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today said he had set up an industry/government task force to advise him by Nov. 20 on how to set up the registry...
October 14, 2015
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team wants to examine how heliports, weather reporting and low-level IFR infrastructure could be improved to reduce rotorcraft accidents. It is working with FAA officials to organize a 1.5-day meeting in...
October 14, 2015
Procedural and equipment options for meeting current safety equipment mandates for helicopters, and certification hurdles in complying with those deadlines, are the focus of an afternoon panel discussion at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit in Irving, Texas. You can find more information about the summit and can register for the event here. The "Meeting the...
October 14, 2015
A key question since Lockheed Martin said it is buying Sikorsky Aircraft is whether the aerospace and defense giant has any interest in selling civil helicopters. The deal was announced July 20, with a key civil market (offshore oil and gas support) slumping and the general economy lagging, which hurt sales of...
October 13, 2015
Law enforcement and aviation officials in Miami, Florida, have formed a task force to deal with unmanned aircraft, according a local TV news report. WTVJ said the task force is being led by the state attorney for the Miami-Dade County...
October 7, 2015
Simplex Aerospace expects to receive FAA supplemental type certification of its SkyCannon firefighting system for the Eurocopter EC225 shortly, with reciprocal approval from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau soon thereafter. Simplex...
October 6, 2015
A lack of consistency among international aviation regulators' application of certification standards slows rotorcraft manufacturers in bringing new products to market, AgustaWestland's senior VP of Strategy and Business Development told attendees at Helitech International in London Tuesday. Answering questions during a panel discussion at the show called "New...
October 6, 2015
Sources tell R&WI that Sky Helicopters has won an FAA contract to provide flight training for the agency's aviation safety inspectors in the Robinson Helicopter R44. The company will provide the "Helicopter Indoctrination...
October 5, 2015
Well-placed sources tell R&WI that the FAA has named Lance T. Gant the full-time head of its Rotorcraft...
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