Aviation International News » August 2011

July 28, 2011 - 9:30am

Heli-Union, an offshore oil and gas operator based in Toussus-le-Noble, near Paris, celebrated its 50th anniversary and simultaneously inked a firm order for four Eurocopter EC175s. Deliveries are to start in 2013. Meanwhile, it took delivery of two Sikorsky S-76C++s.

July 28, 2011 - 9:25am

Sikorsky has announced the end of the S-76C++ production run, thus firming up S-76D delivery plans for this year. The S-76D is undergoing flight testing, with a goal for FAA sea-level certification in the fourth quarter.

July 28, 2011 - 9:25am

The European Union market is a “top priority” for Russian Helicopters, and the manufacturer does not want to limit those Russian-made models that are in operation there to rescue and firefighting.

July 28, 2011 - 9:10am

The pilots of Republic Airways voted to accept the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as their collective bargaining representative by a 68-percent margin, according to a tally taken in late June.

July 28, 2011 - 8:40am

Commuting practices among airline pilots could potentially contribute to fatigue, and because fatigue can reduce performance, pilots, airlines and the FAA should take steps to reduce the likelihood that commuting will pose a safety risk, according to a new report produced by the National Research Council (NRC).

July 28, 2011 - 8:30am

Britain’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said that it will not continue to investigate a complaint made against NetJets Europe because it has insufficient resources to do so.

July 28, 2011 - 7:45am

Special conditions for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S turboshaft, which is powering the in-development Sikorsky S-76D, have been issued by the FAA and are now effective, on the grounds that the engine has “a novel or unusual design feature”–engine operation in APU mode. Despite the additional testing required, certification of the engine is still targeted for September.

July 28, 2011 - 7:35am

Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport is now closed to general aviation and non-scheduled commercial traffic between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. The airport, which recently obtained civil certification, formerly received infrastructure support from the U.S. military for 24/7 ATC operations and aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF).

July 28, 2011 - 7:30am

The Helitech show, to be held from September 27 to 29 in Duxford, UK, is planning a conference program. Topics covered include offshore wind farm servicing, environmental research and development, safety and police operations.

 
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