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July 30, 2012
Aspen Avionics has received FAA approval for its H-series primary flight displays (PFDs) and multifunction...
July 9, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is holding a public forum on July 17 and 18 to examine the “regulations, policies and procedures” for general aviation search and rescue (SAR)...
July 1, 2012
Greenwich AeroGroup company, Summit Aviation, has earned AS9100C aerospace quality standard system certification...
June 21, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration has published a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Enstrom Helicopter Corp., requiring operators to...
June 19, 2012
FAA has published an airworthiness directive (AD) for the AgustaWestland AW139 that requires operators to verify that the connection between the collective control rod C2 and the torque tube C3 is properly installed. The inspection is required within five hours time-in-service or seven days, whichever...
June 14, 2012
Greenwich AeroGroup company, Summit Aviation, has earned AS9100C aerospace quality standard system certification. Summit...
June 1, 2012
Left: From left to right, John Garrison, Phil Dunford, Lutz Bertling, AHS Director Mike Hirschberg, James Wang and Jeff Pino. Bell Photo The May 1 panel was part of the annual event from AHS International, with AgustaWestland’s James Wang, vice president of R&D, Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison, Boeing Military’s Phil Dunford, vice president/general manager, Eurocopter...
June 1, 2012
According to the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), the rotorcraft accident rate has fallen 30 percent in the past five years (from 2006 to 2011/early 2012) when compared to 2001-2005. Describing the decrease as a “strong step in the right direction,” IHST notes that despite making progress, “if our current statistical trend continues, the industry will not meet its goal of an...
May 23, 2012
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and U.S. FAA have published emergency airworthiness directives (ADs) requiring operators of the Eurocopter EC135 to inspect the main rotor hub (MRH) after a crack was discovered during a...
May 9, 2012
Heads of the world’s major helicopter manufacturers said that technological innovation, R&D spending, collaboration and affordable designs are paramount to the future success of the rotorcraft industry during last week’s AHS Forum 68 in Fort Worth, Texas. The May 1 roundtable discussion was part of a three-day event from AHS International that featured AgustaWestland’s Dr. James Wang...
May 7, 2012
Peoria, Ill.-based OSF Aviation, a division of OSF HealthCare, has received the first of four Eurocopter EC145s outfitted with...
May 1, 2012
One of the first things I noticed approaching the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center was the helicopters circling overhead. I was running a few minutes behind, and hoping that I wouldn’t miss the first fly-by of the space shuttle Discovery mounted on the back of a modified NASA Boeing 747. After sitting in traffic for a few minutes, the car inched toward the highway exit for the Air & Space...
May 1, 2012
Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 completed its first flight mounted with a Cineflex film camera in April near the company’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The camera system was developed in partnership with Brain Farm Digital Cinema and Snaproll Media. Schiebel With all the press they’ve been receiving for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, you’d think that unmanned aerial systems...
May 1, 2012
I know that some of you must think that I’m an anarchist. I have BMW-ed—that’s “bitched, moaned and whined” in California speak—about most of the regulators of aviation at one point or another. Whether it’s the FAA or the NTSB, I have my concerns. After 40-plus years in the helicopter business I have seen instances of abuse of power that reinforces Lord...
April 30, 2012
FAA has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Arlington, Texas-based North Flight Data Systems’ light aircraft recording system...
April 25, 2012
According to the International Helicopter Safety Team, the rotorcraft accident rate has fallen 30 percent in the past five years (from 2006 to 2011/early 2012) when compared to 2001-2005. Describing the decrease as a “strong step in the right direction,” IHST notes that despite making progress, “if our current statistical trend continues, the industry will not meet its goal of an 80...
April 1, 2012
With all due respect to the real folks who fly for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the fictitious cops who appear in the TV series “Reno 911,” I’m just not real crazy about Nevada. Even so, I’ve already booked my flight to Reno, because that’s where the 42nd annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association conference and exposition from July 11 to 14, 2012. ALEA...
March 15, 2012
Bristow Group employees have collected various industry awards in recent weeks. FAA has given Tom Monroe, chief inspector for Bristow's Repair Station, its Charles Taylor award for Monroe's lifetime achievements as an...
March 1, 2012
Viktor Ruklinski announces the CIS’ intent to partner with IHST. Photo by Chris Sheppard During Heli-Expo, the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) held a town hall meeting open to all pilots, safety managers and anyone interested in helicopter safety issues. Attendees raised a number of concerns, including the lighting on wind towers and heliports that is currently invisible to night vision...
March 1, 2012
In my last Public Service column (“Orphan Treatment,” January 2012, page 64), I wrote about the NTSB Public Aircraft Safety meeting on December 1 in Washington, D.C. To recap, this meeting was held to discuss the proposed efforts by some that may lead to the elimination of public aircraft operations. Some may think that statement a little beyond politically correct. After all, it’s all...
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