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.

Transport Canada Starts Regulating Recreational Drones

The Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft applies to recreational drones weighing from a half a pound to 77 pounds.

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Airbus Helicopters H135
Simpler and safer single-engine helicopter IFR has long been a goal of the rotorcraft industry.
Robinson unveiled the two-place R44 Cadet at last year’s Heli-Expo and is expected to release more details at this year’s event.
The Torrance, Calif., helicopter manufacturer has delivered more than 700 R66 turbine helicopters.
Rulemaking committee is tackling the difficult subject of changes to FAA and EASA rotorcraft certification regulations.
HFTC’s Frasca Bell 407 FTD was recently certified to Level D.
The simulator is approved for NVG training.
Sequoia is staying ahead of the deadline for data monitoring on helicopter air ambulance flights.
Helicopter noise in the Los Angeles Basin has been an ongoing issue for years. Operators have been  working with neighbors and the FAA to address the issue, but it remains a contentious one.
Helicopter noise in the Los Angeles metropolitan area remains a critical issue.
HAI awards longtime IA for a lifetime of innovation and excellence in maintenance.
Erickson’s massive Aircrane shows its worth in firefighting, but the company offers plenty of other services: energy, construction, timber harvesting and oil-and-gas. It is self-sufficient at remote locales.
Erickson’s new leader, Jeff Roberts, has consolidated the fleet and business elements to make the company leaner and more efficient.
Bell 505 flight-test vehicle 1 made its first flight in November 2014.
Bell Helicopter sees production of 200 of the new helicopters per year by 2018.
Airbus CEO Guillame Faury is focusing on the positives as the company reports fewer deliveries than expected for 2015.
Order book to open this year for in-flight-test H160 medium twin.