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September 24, 2015
  Image courtesy of Bell Helicopter On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Bell Helicopter received the first completed fuselage for its V-280 tilt-rotor design from Spirit AeroSystems and emphasized the importance of speed in providing future vertical-lift technology for tomorrow's...
September 23, 2015
Operations, engineering and flight test experts will debate the real-world certification challenges facing the rotorcraft industry and its regulators at Oct. 27's Rotorcraft Certification Summit.  "The Most Daunting Certification Challenges Before Us" is among the panel discussions in the program for the one-day executive forum at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas.   Among...
September 22, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 operators have inspected their aircraft for control-system discrepancies implicated in an Aug. 12 Bristow Helicopters crash that killed six people near Lagos, Nigeria. The inspections came in response to a Sept. 14 FAA emergency airworthiness directive that ordered inspections with 5 hr time in service of main-rotor and tail-rotor servo input control pushrod assemblies on all S-76...
September 18, 2015
Transport Canada has certified two simulators housed at Metro Aviation's Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. The EC135 Level-D full-motion simulator and the AS350 Level-7 flight-training device will now both count toward full...
September 18, 2015
NASA has successfully flight tested UAS detect-and-avoid technology using Ikhana, its MQ-9 Predator B fixed-wing drone. "Depending on the specific scenario, either Ikhana detected one or more approaching aircraft and sent an alert to its remote pilot to take action, or Ikhana itself took action on its own by flying a programmed maneuver to avoid a...
September 11, 2015
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking into adaptive landing gear that would enable helicopters to land and launch on angled, irregular and moving surfaces. The agency demonstrated a concept for such gear at its "What? Wait" future technology forum this week in St. Louis. DARPA noted that the flat, stable surfaces required for use of traditional skid and...
September 9, 2015
Long-time offshore oil and gas industry leader Bill Chiles will present the keynote speech at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Certification Summit Oct. 27 at the Sheraton DFW Airport in Irving, Texas.    At the one-day summit, top industry and regulatory executives will discuss ongoing work toward consensus among the General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. and the AeroSpace and Defence...
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...
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 19, 2015
Technological advances and growing constraints on government spending are two key factors challenging aviation regulators' abilities to approve new rotorcraft types and the enhancements of old ones, according to industry leaders. Many helicopter operators want new safety features that improve situational awareness and reduced pilot workload, according to one senior executive of a major OEM, but adding them...
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 7, 2015
The Aircraft Electronics Association is asking the Bureau of Labor & Statistics to reject a June 4 proposal by various aviation industry groups to remove "Avionics Technician" from the government's database of existing occupations. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system is used by federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational...
August 4, 2015
An MH-65 is one of two U.S. Coast Guard icons that adorn a U.S. stamp issued today to commemorate the 225th anniversary of that service's founding. The Airbus Dolphin joins the three-masted Coast Guard cutter Eagle, known as "America's tall ship," on the stamp, which the U.S. Postal Service said...
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 27, 2015
Drug traffickers are now believed responsible for the June 5 emergency landing of a U.S. government helicopter along the U.S./Mexican border, according to the Free Beacon. The Airbus Helicopters...
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 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
A senior U.S. Army aviator is among NASA’s eight newest astronauts. Maj. Anne McClain and her 2013 astronaut class colleagues recently completed training begun in August 2013 in space system training, robotics and specialized hardware and science. (The class also includes another Army officer, Maj. Andrew Morgan, described as...
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 6, 2015
In a case of significance for flight data monitoring initiatives, look for the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) to decide this week if it will appeal a U.K. court’s decision ordering an accident flight recorder’s release to criminal prosecutors. Many in aviation believe flight recorder data is controlled by safety investigators and always kept confidential, but legal procedures may...
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