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April 3, 2013
FAA has issued a two-year renewal of Exemption 7897, which allows operators of small aircraft who are National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) members to take advantage of Part 91 cost reimbursements options usually reserved for operators of larger turbine-powered aircraft. The...
March 18, 2013
FAA has approved Honeywell’s Zing health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) 1134 for supplemental type certificate (STC) installation on the AgustaWestland AW139. The Zing HUMS solution is a sensor-based monitoring system that continuously tracks...
March 1, 2013
Bell claims granting the Bell 429 an exemption to raise MTOW to 7,500 lbs. would increase safety and capability. Shown is Switzerland-based Air Zermatt’s Bell 429, one of the first European examples of the light twin. Bell Helicopter has submitted a “petition for reconsideration” to the U.S. FAA, the Bell 429 light twin should be allowed to operate at 7,500 lbs., instead of the FAR...
February 28, 2013
Bell Helicopter delivered its first two 429s to Nigeria last week, after receiving certification for the helicopter’s gross weight increase for operation in the country from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).     The first two 429s were...
February 19, 2013
Garmin has released an all-digital altimeter, the GRA 5500, for helicopters and general aviation aircraft. The all-digital...
February 1, 2013
AgustaWestland conducted a flight demonstration of the U.S.-based AW189 prototype (P2) on December 6 in Arlington, Texas before heading to Alaska for cold weather trials through spring 2013, at which point it will fly back to Italy to rejoin the other four testbed helicopters in the fleet (P1 and P3-P5). Photos by Randy Jones AgustaWestland is in the midst U.S. flight tests of the AW189 that will continue...
January 30, 2013
Bell Helicopter has submitted a “petition for reconsideration” to the U.S. FAA, insisting the Bell 429 light twin should be allowed to operate at 7,500 lbs., instead of the FAR 27 limit of 7,000 lbs. According to the manufacturer, 14 countries have granted the requested exemption. The FAA and Europe’s EASA have not. After the denial of exemption Bell received from the FAA in August, the...
January 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
December 11, 2012
FAA has granted certification for the Model TH-100 rotary wing trainer from Elite Simulation Solutions of Oviedo, Fla. The device...
December 1, 2012
By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor With the U.S. Army now seemingly on a timeline for the acquisition of a new reconnaissance helicopter—the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS)—to replace its existing Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior fleet, the main question in these budget wracked times must be: How much “bang for the buck” can the U.S. Army afford? The challenge is one that has been delayed for...
November 16, 2012
Bell Helicopter has obtained approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 by 500 lbs. Regulatory...
November 13, 2012
Eurocopter has secured the first operator of its new variant of the AS332 C1e Super Puma. Based in Ireland and South Africa, Starlite Aviation Group becomes the launch customer for the C1e with the purchase of two Super...
November 5, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has appointed Ralph Hicks as the investigator-in-charge of the probe into the crash of an Atlanta Police Department Hughes OH-6 on Saturday, Nov. 3. According to witnesses on the...
October 17, 2012
Bond Aviation Group CEO Richard Mintern paid a visit to Sikorsky’s commercial manufacturing plant in Coatesville, Pa. earlier this month to examine the initial two baseline S-92s that are part of a 16-aircraft order placed during Heli-Expo in February. Bond’s group fleet and engineering director, Martin Whittaker, came along to get a look at the green S-92 pair that will go into service with...
October 15, 2012
Sikorsky has received the long-awaited type certificate for the S-76D from FAA. The manufacturer can now begin to address a backlog estimated at nearly $500 million related to the medium twin, which features Pratt & Whitney Canada...
October 5, 2012
You’re at work again. The mission of the day involves a longer flight than usual, so you decide to brush the rust off your autopilot skills and engage some upper modes. It is a bumpy day, but the system appears to be handling it well. Suddenly a severe gust of wind catches you, kicks the autopilot offline, and almost gives you some impromptu unusual attitude training. You grab the controls, reacting...
October 3, 2012
Going against the grain of other regulatory agencies around the globe and the requests of Bell 429 operators in the U.S., FAA has denied a request from Bell Helicopter to increase the max gross weight of the 429 from 7,000 to 7,500 lbs. Transport Canada approved the weight increase in January 2012, with several others nations giving the go-ahead through the course of 2012. In July, Argentina joined 10...
October 1, 2012
Lake Charles, La.-based Era Training Center has received FAR Part 142 approval for its training program for the AgustaWestland AW139. The approval gives Era Group subsidiary the ability to issue pilot certificates following ground instruction and training in the flight simulator training device...
September 27, 2012
Robinson Helicopter has secured approval from the FAA for the police variant of its R66 turbine. The police model is outfitted with FLIR...
September 6, 2012
The FAA has granted Canadian EMS operator Ornge permission to fly its helicopters in U.S. airspace as needed. Prior to this...
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