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September 4, 2015
Brian Fennessy is in line to be the 17th chief of the city's Fire-Rescue Department. As the department's assistant chief for emergency operations, Fennessy was the driving force in developing and implementing the city's helicopter program. San Diego's night-flying-capable...
September 3, 2015
Increased community demand drove a record level of operations for Australia's Snowy Hydro SouthCare during its 2015 fiscal year, according to ABC News in that country. The helicopter rescue operator's CEO, Chris Kimball, called the spike "just a reflection of that service area that...
September 1, 2015
Washington firefighters used a camera-equipped drone last week to identify targets for helicopters to drop water. State officials deployed the fixed-wing ScanEagle UAV to about 9,500 ft above the Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park...
August 31, 2015
Robinson Helicopter is offering the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS and autopilot on R44s and R66s equipped with Aspen Avionics' primary flight display. The Torrance, Calif., manufacturer had made the Genesys stability augmentation system on R66s fitted with...
August 31, 2015
Aviation officials are reviewing Montana's aerial firefighting procedures in an effort to clear the state's UH-1Hs to aid overloaded fleets battling regional wild land fires. More than 100 fires are burning in Montana and...
August 25, 2015
Following what CEO Jeff Roberts described as a slow start to the U.S. and Greek fire seasons—resulting in an approximate $1.3-million drop in commercial aviation revenue—Erickson Inc. has bolstered its...
August 18, 2015
Despite predictions from the National Interagency Fire Center as well as its own extensive preparations in outfitting its Air-Cranes, Erickson Inc. said that the 2015 sluggish firefighting season contributed to lost revenues in Q2. The company reported Aug. 6 in a Q2 earnings call that its second-quarter revenue for commercial aviation...
August 17, 2015
The agenda for Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit is now available online here, as is a list of confirmed and invited speakers. The Oct. 27 summit at the Sheraton DFW Airport in...
August 12, 2015
The 15th FAI World Helicopter Championships started today, with 98 pilots in 13 teams from 11 countries vying to be rated best in various skills competitions. The championships are being held at Przylep Airfield in Zielona Gora in western Poland, where teams had spent the past four...
August 10, 2015
Rotor & Wing International is organizing the inaugural Rotorcraft Certification Summit to be held Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth International...
July 30, 2015
Japan’s order for 150 military versions of Bell Helicopter’s 412EPI could boost commercial sales of that twin-engine helicopter, according to the manufacturer’s CEO. Bell and its Japanese...
July 29, 2015
The FAA is joining the campaign to keep drones from jeopardizing aerial firefighting operations. A July 29 statement from the aviation agency reiterates the "If you fly, we don't" message spread by the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Forestry and Fire...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 23, 2015
Bills proposed in the California legislature would make flying UAVs over a fire illegal, while permitting authorities to destroy them by available means. Senate Bill 168, proposed on Monday, would legally protect emergency workers if they damaged unmanned aircraft interfering with a...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
July 20, 2015
Expect Lockheed Martin to spend the next six months or so sorting out what needs to be fixed at Sikorsky Aircraft versus what needs to be sustained there. The $46-billion aerospace and defense company said today it has struck a deal to buy Sikorsky from United Technologies for $9 billion (higher than pundits’ valuation of $8 billion). The companies said the deal should close late this year or in...
July 16, 2015
With a new EASA type certificate in hand, AgustaWestland is preparing to deliver the first of more than 150 AW169s ordered to date. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued the type certificate July 15, less than five years...
July 15, 2015
FlightSafety International is targeting new, advanced, full-flight simulators for single-engine helicopters for a center it is building adjacent to Denver International Airport. While the LaGuardia Airport-based training company said this week that the sims could serve law...
July 13, 2015
  AgustaWestland marked the centennial of its U.K. unit’s formation July 12 in ceremonies at the Yeovil home of what was originally the Westland Aircraft Works.  Opened in 1915 as a branch of the Yeovil engineering business Petters Ltd., Westland built many famous fixed-wing aircraft before its board decided in 1946 to focus entirely on helicopter production. Initially, it...
July 9, 2015
Then there were two. In an exclusive report, the Reuters news agency reported July 8 that Lockheed Martin and Textron “have emerged as final contenders” to buy Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. confirmed June 15 at the Paris Air Show that it intends to exit the rotorcraft...
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