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August 25, 2016
The Alabama National Guard has deployed an additional helicopter to the southern U.S. border. It is the latest Guard unit to support counter-drug and immigration control operations along the frontier with Mexico. The state dispatched a second Airbus Helicopters UH-72A and one pilot to Marana, Arizona, after Gov. Robert Bentley responded to a National Guard Bureau request for additional air support for U.S...
August 15, 2016
A South African conservation fund is dedicating $500,000 for helicopter support to fight poaching of rhinoceros, elephants, lions and other endangered animals in that nation.  The GES Africa Conservation Fund said the money will pay for “a critically needed quick-reaction” helicopter to support anti-poaching operations in the Greater Kruger National Park region of northeast South Africa...
August 12, 2016
Leads Broadcast Industry In Using Drones For Newsgathering Sinclair Broadcast Group has joined leaders in...
August 10, 2016
NASA Astronaut and International Space Station Commander Tim Kopra will launch Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit with a Sep. 19 keynote address at the day-and-a-half event in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.    Kopra returned to Earth June 18 after 186 days (109 as commander) on the orbiting research laboratory. Combined with his past NASA missions, the retired U.S. Army...
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 4, 2016
The Italian Coast Guard has ordered two Leonardo AW139s, increasing the service's fleet to 12 AW139s. The helicopters will be used in missions such as maritime patrol, search and rescue, and emergency medical services.  Since the guard's 2010 contract to...
August 1, 2016
  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is planning to...
June 28, 2016
Erickson's Bell Helicopter 212s will transport staff and equipment from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, to various areas in Nome, Alaska...
June 2, 2016
Erickson Inc. will provide helicopter transport supporting the Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources Forest Inventory Analysis project. The 5-yr contract calls for Erickson to deliver an exclusive-use light-lift helicopter for charter services to a field crew led by the dept...
May 26, 2016
NASA's proposal for a small helicopter to help explore the surface of Mars has won backing from an important congressional panel. The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal 2017 appropriations bill that covers the space agency's spending, including $408 million to launch a new rover in 2020 to explore the Red Planet. That interplanetary mission is intended...
February 29, 2016
Bristow has acknowledged that "a number of our clients have received a letter" from Nigeria's National Petroleum Investment Management Services asking them to terminate the company's helicopter services, telling R&WI it has "engaged the authority and other government officials on the matter."  The directive followed the Feb. 3 crash of a Bristow Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 C+...
February 19, 2016
Each month, the FAA receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS). In addition to the FAA’s ongoing outreach and education efforts, an additional step...
January 11, 2016
  Idaho officials want to use a helicopter in the investigation of a 43% drop in the elk population in the Frank Church of No Return Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Kaibob National Forest / CC BY-SA 2.0   Allowing a helicopter to fly in a protected Idaho wilderness area is a rare but necessary exception to congressional restrictions against such flights, according to a senior U.S. Forest Service...
December 29, 2015
    The U.K.’s first “official” astronaut has learned one difference between his current duties and his past jobs as a helicopter test pilot for the British Army and AgustaWestland: few people notice when a “rotorhead” dials a wrong number.    Tim Peake, an astronaut for the European Space Agency, is among three new crewmembers on the International Space...
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 15, 2015
Two former helicopter test pilots are among the team of astronauts that successfully docked today at the International Space Station. American astronaut Timothy Kopra, British astronaut Timothy Peake and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko blasted off on a Soyuz rocket out of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:03 p.m. local time. Despite trouble with the automatic rendezvous system, commander...
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of NASA / James Blair A British Army helicopter pilot and a fellow rotary-wing aviator from the U.S. are scheduled to fly to the International Space Station next week for a nearly six-month tour of duty in low-Earth orbit.    European Space Agency crewmember Tim Peake will make his first spaceflight. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra served on the space station for two months in 2009. ...
December 1, 2015
A small drone’s accidental threat to people on the ground was the only hazard considered by a U.S. task force that recommended registration procedures for such aircraft.  The Transportation Dept. task force on Nov. 21 said all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) weighing between about 0.55 lb and 55 lb should be registered with the FAA. That range covers maximum takeoff weight, including the drone...
November 27, 2015
India has eased financial restrictions on importing helicopters and other aircraft for scheduled and non-scheduled service, according to that nation’s central bank. Previously, a bank could not clear advance payments of $50...
November 23, 2015
Top FAA and U.S. Transportation Dept. officials already have already begun reviewing a draft rule requiring registration of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A department-created task force on the topic delivered recommendations Nov. 21 after its 25 participating organizations unanimously agreed on them, according to the director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, Earl Lawrence. But U.S...
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