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July 8, 2015
A Scottish judge’s order releasing an accident recorder to criminal investigators threatens “the open safety culture it has taken decades to create” in aviation, the British Airline Pilots' Association said, declaring it will appeal the June 19 ruling. BALPA said the threat lies in the prospect that safety data might be “used...
July 7, 2015
Aspen Avionics is expanding its reach into the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market and growing its product line through the acquisition of Accord Technology. “This is going to expand our footprint in NextGen and expand the GPS capabilities of our own product lines,” Aspen President/CEO John Uczekaj told Rotor & Wing International. “It also brings us much...
July 2, 2015
Bell 525 Relentless makes first flight July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Supply chain challenges and FAA inspection requirements slowed the maiden flight of Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless, the manufacturer says. The super-medium twin 525 flew for the first time July 1 at Bell’s Amarillo, Texas facility. Senior Flight...
June 29, 2015
A near-doubling of high-rise fires in Tokyo, combined with a 50 percent increase in the number of buildings of 11 floors or more in that megalopolis, has prompted the city’s...
June 26, 2015
Two unmanned aircraft flying near California firefighting aircraft in closed airspace June 24 “could’ve killed everybody in the air,” a U.S. Forest Service official told a press conference called to highlight the incident. Forest Aviation Officer Mike Eaton, a tactical air supervisor, said a red or orange fixed-wing drone...
June 23, 2015
As the 2015 U.S. wildfire season intensifies, especially in the drought-stricken states of Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Alaska and California, Erickson Incorporated is prepared to aggressively deploy aircraft and crews wherever needed. The company has renewed national wildland fire suppression contracts with the U.S. Forest Service and other municipalities, and has contracted with the U.S. Forest Service...
June 19, 2015
Two former Carson Helicopters executives have been sentenced to U.S. prison after convictions for their role in the fatal 2008 crash of a firefighting S-61N. Steven Metheny, Carson’s VP in Grants Pass, Ore. at the time, was sentenced to 12.5 years. Levi Phillips, then...
June 19, 2015
Rotorcraft produced by Russian Helicopters are actively involved in fire-fighting operations in Spain, Portugal and other countries within Europe. The multirole Ka-32A11BC is capable of reaching the scene of the blaze in record time and delivering about 5 tonnes of water to extinguish a fire.   Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters The season of...
June 17, 2015
Interest in the Unmanned K-MAX as a firefighting tool may have played into Kaman Corp's decision to restart production of the base, counter-rotating-rotor helicopter. Kaman's Aerosystems division and Lockheed Martin have been talking with the U.S. Interior Department since early 2014, when the department first...
June 16, 2015
One target market for the new, heavy X6 is helicopter airlines, Airbus Helicopters President and CEO Guillaume Faury told reporters at the Paris Air Show today. “The X6 is the next future helicopter for the commercial market, targeting oil and gas, commercial air transportation and search and rescue,” Faury said in unveiling plans for a two-year effort...
June 15, 2015
Look for Airbus Helicopters to announce plans for a new heavy helicopter, according to reports at the Paris Air Show. The Reuters news service says the manufacturer...
June 15, 2015
Turbomeca plans by year’s end to begin integrating advanced components for a technology demonstrator intended to support development of a new family of 3,000-shaft-horsepower-class...
June 11, 2015
Metro Aviation has begun flight testing IRIS, a flight data monitoring, tracking and communications tool that the company says promises to improve the safety of helicopter missions. Using ViaSat's geosynchronous satellite...
June 11, 2015
AgustaWestland is briefing European Aviation Safety Agency officials on the results of its latest icing tests for the AW189. The manufacturer in late May completed three months of in-flight icing tests of the super-medium twin. It is seeking broader approval for the AW189 to operate...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
June 10, 2015
June 30 is the nomination deadline for the Night Vision Awards to be presented at July's Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo 2015 in Houston. Presented every other year, the awards are intended to...
June 5, 2015
AURORA, Ore. — Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer has passed, leading the way into what forecasters are projecting as an exceptionally dangerous fire season. As in the past, Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters is prepared to assist with fighting fires across the western United States. Columbia owns and operates the largest, privately-held fleet of heavy-lift helicopters in the world, which...
May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 12, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Japan to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency. The 412EPI is expected to join the agency's fleet in early 2016. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at...
April 27, 2015
Bell Helicopter has delivered a Bell 412EPI to Chongqing General Aviation (CQGA). The helicopter is the first certified Bell 412 type aircraft to operate in China and will be used for fire-fighting missions.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter A delivery ceremony was held at Bell Helicopter’s customization and delivery center in Piney...
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