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January 28, 2016
Textron reported Wednesday in a fourth-quarter earnings call that overall quarterly revenues were down from last year, stemming from its Bell Helicopter, Systems and (fixed-wing) Aviation subsidiaries.   Despite a slight increase in sales of military platforms, such as the H1, Textron said Bell’s fourth-quarter commercial revenues were down to roughly $36 million as a result of a lower...
January 28, 2016
At a ceremony held today at Stavanger, Norway, Thales officially opened its Norway Training Centre, unveiling the first of several planned helicopter training programs.   Having received both the EASA FSTD (Flight Simulation Training Devices Operator) Operator, and Level D...
January 4, 2016
  Photo courtesy of DFR Luftrettung   German air rescue service DRF Luftrettung retired its last Bell Helicopter 412 at the New Year, completing a transition to an...
December 28, 2015
  An Irish Coast Guard S-92 on a 2014 mission. Photo courtesy of Miguel Mendez / CC BY 2.0   The Irish Coast Guard completed its 1,000th helicopter mission this year on...
December 9, 2015
Safety investigators in Ireland are looking into a Dec. 6 incident in which a 15-year-old girl slipped from a strap and fell back into stormy Irish Sea waters during a Coast Guard hoist rescue. The country’s Air Accident Investigation Unit said...
November 27, 2015
AgustaWestland has been testing the high- and low-altitude capabilities of its AW169 in California. A prototype of the 10,000-lb-class, 10-passenger helicopter performed hover, low-speed flight and rescue-hoist/cargo-hook...
November 27, 2015
The Canadian province of British Columbia is contemplating renaming a mountain peak to honor a longtime search and rescue volunteer who died in 2014. Second Pump Peak in Mount Seymour Provincial Park north of Vancouver already is referred to as Tim Jones Peak after a founder of the North Shore Rescue mountain SAR team based in Vancouver. Now the province’s Geographical Names Office...
November 23, 2015
Growing government and corporate use of helicopters in Southeast Asia is fueling demand for maintenance, repair and overhaul services in the region, Channel NewsAsia...
November 18, 2015
HeliOffshore is offering helicopter operators around the world guidelines for standardizing and improving their use of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS). The global safety assn. for the offshore helicopter industry said the guidelines and an associated implementation guide are the result of more than...
November 17, 2015
There is more at stake in the current Washington debate over privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system than who controls the nation’s airspace, said Ed Bolen in opening the National Business Aviation Assn.’s annual convention in Las Vegas Tuesday morning. The NBAA president/CEO acknowledged that control clearly is a huge part of the debate. U.S. airlines have spent years and hundreds of...
November 12, 2015
Bristow Group’s U.K. SAR contract was one bright spot in the latest quarter’s financial performance. Steady growth in SAR work, recently acquired fixed-wing operations through Eastern Airlines and Airnorth, along with its ongoing economic restructuring efforts, all together managed to keep year-over-year quarterly revenues flat (excluding foreign exchange effects) despite an 8%...
November 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter does not expect the commercial helicopter market to recover until early to mid-2017, according to a Reuters report from this week’s Dubai Air Show. The news service quoted Bell’s vice...
November 9, 2015
India's conglomerate Tata has added Boeing to its list of aerospace joint-venture partners. The subsidiary Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Boeing today said their new joint venture initially will create a “manufacturing center of excellence” to...
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...
November 2, 2015
Various photographs and at least one video of the AW609 crash site offer some key data points on the fatal Oct. 30 accident in northwestern Italy. The imagery appears to show, in a crop field, two collections of wreckage that are near each other but distinctly separate. One set of wreckage is shown near a small embankment on one edge of the field; the other set is shown farther into the field. The...
November 2, 2015
Airbus Helicopters sees in the next two decades the global helicopter market sustaining the slow and steady growth that has fueled its expansion since 1994. A new forecast by the manufacturer projects a 1.6% compound...
November 2, 2015
“There’s something very wrong with recreational drones,” a top columnist for The New York Times wrote, indicating criticism of unregulated use of the devices is moving beyond the aviation and technical communities. Gail Collins is a 20-year veteran of the Times and currently opines for the paper on American politics and culture. On Oct. 31, that included a column entitled...
October 28, 2015
A pilots’ union will no longer appeal a court order turning over a helicopter’s combined flight/voice recorder to police investigating four deaths in a 2013 Shetland Islands crash. International safety officials have been working for years to establish global legal standards to prevent the public disclosure through criminal probes and lawsuits of safety information used in crash...
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...
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