EMS Aviation’s Fleet aircraft tracking system is being used by Pensacola, Fla.-based Heliworks to help rescue birds endangered by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Heliworks, which flies a fleet of seven Bell 206s equipped with the EMS tracking system, has been contracted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to search for affected birds and lead rescuers to their locations.
AINalerts » July 8, 2010
Piper Aircraft yesterday announced that it selected DeCrane Aerospace and Propel Designs as interior specialists for the PiperJet. Both outfitting companies will integrate passenger cabin interior improvements that have been verified by Piper’s single-engine proof-of-concept jet, as well as through dialog with current and prospective PiperJet customers.
Piasecki Aircraft and Carnegie Mellon University have successfully flight tested a new navigation and sensor package on an unmanned Boeing AH-6 Little Bird helicopter that allows it to avoid low-altitude obstacles, select suitable unmapped landing sites and land using self-generated approach paths. The Army-funded system was developed to allow unmanned helicopters to evacuate or resupply soldiers from combat zones.
Citing an increase in aircraft accidents involving loss of control (LOC), the FAA yesterday issued Information for Operators 10010, which calls for operators to incorporate upset recovery training. “Although the overall accident rate has decreased, the category of LOC continues to outpace other factors as the leading cause of fatal accidents in the last 20 years,” the FAA said.
São Paulo, Brazil-based Embraer today said it delivered 69 regional and executive jets in the second quarter, up 15 aircraft from the same period last year. Shipments of Embraer’s executive jets more than doubled from 19 in the second period last year to 40 this year, while regional jet deliveries fell from 35 to 29.