Rotorcraft

News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tiltrotors and unmanned air vehicles.

September 3, 2014 - 5:50am

Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison wants more “national investment” to develop advanced rotorcraft to keep U.S. OEMs globally competitive.

Speaking at the Aero Club of Washington on July 29, Garrison noted, “Industry investment, coupled with a regulatory environment that keeps pace with innovation, will go a long way to meeting the growing demands [for helicopters]. But the final component of innovation is national investment and a sustained investment in technology.”

September 3, 2014 - 4:35am

Is the honeymoon over for Airbus Helicopters and big innovation? Despite the news that the company will build a successor to the X3 compound demonstrator by 2019 (see AIN, August, page 57), Guillaume Faury (who was appointed CEO 16 months ago) seems to have a more cautious approach than his predecessor, Lutz Bertling, and some signs suggest the OEM will scale back its forays into brave new territory.

September 2, 2014 - 3:45am

The FAA is moving ahead with a plan to expand the services offered by Houston Center in the Gulf of Mexico by September 2016. As part of the plan, the FAA will install three more ADS-B radios in Mexico to enhance surveillance over the Gulf with a 60- to 80-nm coverage overlap between Houston Flight Information Region and Merida and Monterrey ACC airspace.

August 28, 2014 - 3:41pm

Bell Helicopter has started building the facility in Lafayette, La., where it will assemble the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light single. The $26.3 million, 82,300-sq-ft hangar, to be completed by June, is being built on a 14.5-acre site leased from Lafayette Regional Airport.

August 28, 2014 - 3:21pm

Ostend, Belgium-based helicopter operator NHV will take over Norwegian competitor Blueway, the two firms announced today. The merger will create a 650-employee group, operating 59 helicopters and generating $270 million in annual revenues.

August 14, 2014 - 3:20pm

The FAA announced it will formally re-examine the certification standards for helicopters under FAR Parts 27 and 29. Currently Part 27 helicopters must weigh 7,000 pounds or less and have no more than nine passenger seats. Helicopters that weigh more than 7,000 pounds and have 10 or more seats fall under the more stringent Part 29.

August 14, 2014 - 3:11pm

Avantto is one of Brazil’s most active aircraft management and fractional ownership companies. In addition to its more traditional services, it launched a new Combo program this year under which owners can purchase a share that includes flight time in both a fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter.

August 11, 2014 - 11:01pm

With a name such as Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI), one might be excused for believing the Chicago, Illinois-based company specializes in service for only business jets, but that is certainly not the case. The hourly cost maintenance provider, a longtime LABACE supporter, which has exhibited at every single show, is attending this year’s 11th edition with a focus on its “tip-to-tail” maintenance programs for rotorcraft.

August 11, 2014 - 11:01pm

With a name such as Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI), one might be excused for believing the Chicago, Illinois-based company specializes in service for only business jets, but that is certainly not the case. The hourly cost maintenance provider, a longtime LABACE supporter, which has exhibited at every single show, is attending this year’s 11th edition with a focus on its “tip-to-tail” maintenance programs for rotorcraft.

August 9, 2014 - 1:00am

The Latin American market in general, and Brazil in particular, continue to be red-hot markets for rotorcraft manufacturers, driven by government sales and the expansion of the regional offshore energy market, especially in Mexico and Brazil. Altogether, the market represents 9.8 percent of global demand–but that number is increasing fast.

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