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January 29, 2016
Volo Mission will host a firefighting seminar Feb. 24 to 25 at its new location in Greenville, Texas. Last month, its co-owner and director of operations, Andre Hutchings, completed the final training course that initially was to take place in California. Volo Mission's entire operation had...
January 7, 2016
  The Tokyo Fire Department is equipping its Airbus Helicopters EC225s to fight high-rise fires. Photo courtesy of Mamo   The Tokyo Fire Department this week introduced a new helicopter unit to help fight high-rise building fires during annual fire-awareness ceremonies.    The Air Fire Rescue Task Forces’ development follows a near doubling of high-rise fires in...
December 23, 2015
The aerial firefighting industry in the U.S. already is bracing for another bad season in 2016, and the concerns have a Cabinet secretary picking a fight with Congress.    The industry is winding down from one of the most destructive wildland fire seasons ever experienced in the American west, according to the American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Assn. “The industry is...
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd. / CC BY 2.0 South Korea's national forestry service has ordered a firefighting version of Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd.'s twin-engine utility Surion, the manufacturer 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 24, 2015
Kaman Aerospace Group has received its first K-MAX orders from a Chinese customer, the company said. Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd., an aircraft and parts dealer and aviation services company based in Hong Kong, ordered two of the coaxial utility helicopters for a 2017 delivery, Kaman said, with the...
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 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 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
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 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 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...
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 20, 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency has named the first members of its EASA Virtual Academy, which aims to sustain competency among national aviation regulatory staffs across Europe and promote harmonized regulatory and certification practices among European nations. The members are CAA International (an aviation consultancy wholly owned by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority), the Joint Aviation Authorities...
October 19, 2015
Turbomeca partner Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd is working on developing its own capability to manufacture helicopter parts and tooling in Malaysia within a year, according to that country’s national news agency. Bernama said Oct. 18 that the...
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