Aviation International News » March 2010

February 22, 2010 - 8:26am

In a decision that could have wide-ranging implications, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that helicopter pilots for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are not “professional employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act and are therefore entitled to mandatory overtime pay. The ruling re-affirmed a lower court’s decision that the pilots are “highly trained technicians” and not professional employees.

February 22, 2010 - 8:25am

Eurocopter has inked a contract with the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment in Thailand for one EC135 light twin. Delivery is planned for December this year. The helicopter will be used for exploration and surveillance flights. In Vietnam, Vinacopter has ordered four Eurocopters as the launch fleet for its newly created tourism and VIP transport subsidiary, HeliVietnam.

February 22, 2010 - 8:25am

Eurocopter has received an order from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior for 12 EC135P2i light twins. They will be operated by the National Police Force and

February 22, 2010 - 8:22am

Robinson Helicopter has set an initial price of $770,000 for its Rolls-Royce RR300-powered R66 turbine single. The company has begun accepting $75,000 individual deposits and dealer applications for the helicopter. “We want to create a market for this helicopter,” said company vice president Kurt Robinson, explaining the price decision.

February 22, 2010 - 8:21am

As part of its Green Rotorcraft initiative, the Clean Sky public-private partnership for aeronautical research in Europe has issued its second call for proposals seeking such improvements as diesel engines, electric tail- rotor drive and waste heat conversion to electricity, all of which are expected to contribute to targeted drastic cuts in noise, CO2 and NOx emissions.

February 22, 2010 - 8:19am

Nextant Aerospace has selected the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system for the interior of the Beechjet 400Next as part of a retrofit package that brings high-definition video screens, Blu-ray disc players, iPod docking stations and more to the passenger compartment of the original Beech 400A/XP.

February 22, 2010 - 8:17am

Think working at New York Tracon is a tough job? Try heading down to the Gulf of Mexico, where controllers handle between 5,000 and 9,000 helicopter flights a day, all without the aid of surveillance radar.

February 22, 2010 - 8:12am

While heavy snowfall early last month limited aircraft operations at airports up and down the U.S. eastern seaboard, the Washington, D.C.-area airports were the hardest hit. Reagan National Airport recorded 17.8 inches of snow on February 5 and 6, while outlying areas saw more than two feet. Manassas (Va.) Regional Airport reported more than 30 inches and Dulles International, about 26 miles from downtown D.C.

February 22, 2010 - 7:46am

One Sky Aviation, a maintenance and repair center based in Anchorage, Alaska, received an STC permitting installations of the Max-Viz EVS-1500 enhanced-vision system aboard the Eurocopter AS350 and EC130. The initial installation was performed by One Sky Aviation in an EC130 operated by Nelson AeroDynamiX of Traverse City, Mich., and owned by Dick DeVos, the son of billionaire Amway founder Richard DeVos. “Mr.

February 22, 2010 - 7:28am

The FAA has issued a technical standard order to Cobham for its HeliSAS stability-and-