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January 12, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Helicopter Industry International (HAI) will host a forum to give members and other industry leaders an opportunity to interact directly with government regulators. The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) are co-sponsoring the event. High-level executives from the FAA Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification offices will...
January 8, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Able Aerospace with the parts manufacturer approval (PMA) of a new tail rotor fan shaft replacement part for the Bell 407...
January 7, 2015
Less than two weeks after receiving its Transport Canada certification, Eagle Copters Ltd. has received Federal Aviation Administration certification for its Eagle 407HP program. Eagle Copters specializes in sales, leasing, product development and engineering, and is a Bell Platinum Customer Service provider. Its Eagle 407HP is a conversion...
December 31, 2014
The FAA has released Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) SW-15-07, alerting owners and operators of specific Airbus Helicopters models to several reports of Shur-Lok nuts suffering loss of tightening torque. Airbus Helicopters uses the Shur-Lok nut as a retainer of the tail rotor...
December 23, 2014
Leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry and hobbyist groups, along with the federal government, have launched a new education campaign titled “Know Before You Fly,” which provides prospective operators with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. The effort is being spearheaded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems...
December 10, 2014
The FAA has announced that a final rule regarding safety regulations for helicopter air ambulances will go into effect on April 22, 2015. As part of the rule, pilots will be allowed to determine whether to take off from sites where weather reports are unavailable. If a pilot...
October 21, 2014
Several officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will participate in a panel session on safety and regulation this week during NBAA 2014. John Hickey, the FAA’s deputy associate administrator for aviation safety, will lead the agency delegation participating in the NBAA2014 session, “A Conversation with FAA's Top Safety Leaders,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 3:30 to 5:00...
October 15, 2014
Edward Bolton Jr., the assistant administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be a featured speaker during the Opening Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition on Oct. 22. During his address, Bolton, whose office is responsible for leading the modernization of the nation’s airspace through the implementation of the Next Generation Air...
October 9, 2014
Helicopter operator PHI has achieved Level 4 (the highest level) of the FAA’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. PHI has used an integrated SMS for over a decade which enabled it to enter the FAA’s voluntary program...
August 26, 2014
Helicopter operator PHI has achieved Level 4 (the highest level) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program.  PHI has used an integrated SMS for over a decade which enabled it to enter the...
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...
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