General Aviation

News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft). Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

Torrance, California-based Robinson Helicopter rolled out its 12,000th helicopter, a turbine-powered R66, in late December. The milestone helicopter will be delivered to South African dealer Hover Dynamics and eventually will fly charters and air tour flights at Fly Karoo Air Services in the Graff-Reinet area.
Mar 6, 2017 - 2:00 PM
The company reached the milestone delivered its first helicopter, the R22, in 1979.
Mar 6, 2017 - 1:30 PM
Pratt & Whitney Canada is introducing a range of predictive and prognostic technology to make its helicopter engines more cost effective to operate.
Mar 6, 2017 - 12:30 PM
Tests were conducted in Spain last July at a facility capability of simulating the certification requirements.
ysong Enterprises recently delivered two Bell Helicopter 407GXs to PHI Air Medical, the first of the kind to join PHI’s fleet. photo: Mariano Rosales
Mar 6, 2017 - 12:00 PM
One of the newly modified aircraft will be on display at Heli-Expo.
Part 142 night vision goggle training for the Airbus Helicopters H135 and Bell 212 and 412EP is now being offered by FlightSafety Interational. The training includes eight hours of ground instruction and another eight hours in a simulator.
Mar 6, 2017 - 11:30 AM
FlghtSafety is adding new NVG and operational control specialist courses.
Mar 6, 2017 - 11:09 AM
The panels provide an affordable path to NVIS upgrades.
Mar 6, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Enstrom is test flying its second TN180, while a third is undergoing static testing and will fly soon.
Bell Helicopter hopes to soon resume flight testing of its super medium Bell 525. Flight testing has been halted since the crash of FTV1 last July in Italy, Texas.
Mar 6, 2017 - 9:45 AM
Bell Helicopter XworX engineers are forging ahead on testing of Bell 525 systems in preparation for the resumption of flight testing.
The Honeywell Aspire 200 satcom system for helicopters includes either a motorized or fixed antenna, line replaceable units and MMU-II integrated dialer and text messaging terminal.
Mar 6, 2017 - 9:18 AM
Honeywell is awaiting its next STC for the Aspire 200 as it works on medevac and police applications.
Mecaer Aviation Group named Gary Brown as its new director of maintenance.
Mar 6, 2017 - 1:00 AM
Brown has 20 years of experience in aviation, approximately 10 years working in Part 145 organizations and more than seven years supporting the AW139.