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September 14, 2016
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. With nine award categories, HAI looks to celebrate those who go above and beyond in all aspects of the vertical aviation profession. Anyone, HAI member or...
August 29, 2016
Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The Turkish National Police's and General Directorate of Forestry's fleets of Bell Helicopter 429s have reached a 95% operational availability rate, Bell said Monday. The helicopters support public...
August 23, 2016
At least two groups are accepting donations to help emergency responders afflicted by this month’s severe flooding in Louisiana. More than 20 parishes (or counties) surrounding Baton Rouge and Lafayette in the southeastern part of the state were flooded after an intense rainstorm stalled over the area Aug. 11. Rains fell at 2 to 3 in an hour throughout the region, and 10 rivers flooded, including...
August 19, 2016
Newer aircraft like the Marenco Swisshelicopter SH09 would have to prove commercial airliner-level reliability to achieve single-engine IFR certification. Photo courtesy of Marenco The FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate is prioritizing a review of certification policy for light helicopters to "facilitate a more rapid incorporation of advances in technology" in those aircraft, a top official has...
August 8, 2016
Erickson Inc. and Australian partner Kestrel Aviation Ltd. have been awarded a two-yr $24 million contract extension to provide wildland helicopter firefighting services in Australia. Both Erickson and Victoria-based Kestrel will...
August 5, 2016
The early bird deadline for discounted registration to R&WI's Rotorcraft Technology Summit is today. Interested attendees can register by today to receive a discount of $200 from their registration fees for the event to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, Sep. 19 to 20. You can register on the summit's website at...
August 2, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, this September. The Summit...
July 27, 2016
Next year's fire season may be drone-free thanks to a new system developed by the U.S. Interior Dept. That effort aims to prevent drone pilots from interfering with aircraft fighting wildfires. The prototype project, the department said, uses a smartphone app and initial wildfire location data to provide real-time alerts and geofencing alarms to help drone pilots avoid interfering with firefighting...
July 25, 2016
The No. 1 525 prototype’s main rotor blades appear to have struck its tail and nose during a high-speed, engine-out test that ended with the July 6 crash that killed its two pilots, Rotor & Wing International has learned. “We saw signs consistent with a blade strike on the tailboom,” the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigator-in-charge for the probe, John Lovell...
July 8, 2016
The FAA says it is encouraging owners of helicopters and smaller airplanes to install new safety equipment voluntarily by making broader use of a policy that went into effect March 31.   The agency said the new policy on installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) would streamline the process and reduce costs for fielding gear not currently required by regulations. The FAA said...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
June 10, 2016
Erickson Inc. is investigating options for its current operations, organization and financing in the face of a two-year slump in its business. The Portland, Oregon, provider of aviation services around the world has replaced its CFO with an airline industry veteran "specifically skilled in debt refinancing and restructuring" and turnarounds. Erickson also has hired an international investment...
June 7, 2016
The Simplex Fire Attack System, an internal high-capacity fire-suppression tank, was deployed on a Columbia Helicopters CH-47D Chinook for the first time. The...
May 25, 2016
Fiery crashes in which helicopter occupants survive but die of burn injuries are sustaining public and political pressure on the FAA to review certification rules. Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee are the latest lawmakers to focus on the aviation agency’s responses to longstanding recommendations to adopt more stringent...
May 11, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a revolving credit facility led by the Specialty Finance Lending unit of KeyBank, N.A. The facility provides...
May 9, 2016
Aerial and ground firefighters in northeastern Alberta, Canada, got some help from nature over the weekend in their struggle to steer burning from a massive, out-of-control wildfire that has forced the evacuation of 100,000. Cooler temperatures and some rain aided the battle against the Horse River wildfire, which since May 1 has burned more than 620 sq mi (1,610 sq km), destroyed more than 1,600 homes and...
May 9, 2016
A Canadian Armed Forces CH-147F Chinook delivered 8,200 lb of food, water and other supplies to Fort McKay First Nation as part of efforts...
May 2, 2016
Finmeccanica's shareholders have approved the company's name change to Leonardo in a meeting last week. The official full name, Leonardo...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 22, 2016
Columbia Helicopters has won contracts with the U.S. Forest Service to battle wildland fires in the U.S. The contract calls for the Oregon-based company to provide five aircraft, with more that could be made available if...
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