Rotorcraft

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

May 13, 2016 - 7:31 AM
The Italian-based group’s transition from Finmeccanica is proceeding, but heritage names may persist in some form or other
May 12, 2016 - 2:52 PM
Low oil prices are taking their toll on operators.
May 12, 2016 - 11:07 AM
New two-bay paint shop and delivery center make the Prague facility Bell's regional customization, delivery and aftermarket service center in Europe.
May 12, 2016 - 9:45 AM
Manufacturer is developing the retrofit kit for AS350B2s, B3s and B3es and EC130B4s.
May 10, 2016 - 12:20 PM
The training helicopter has the same airframe, rotor system and Lycoming O-540-F1B5 as the R44 Raven I, but the Cadet’s rear seats are removed.
H145Ms in flight
May 9, 2016 - 8:52 AM
A total of 17 of the lightweight multi-role H145 series are heading for Thailand
May 5, 2016 - 11:56 AM
Company “expects day-to-day operations to continue without interruption” and has “sufficient liquidity” to “maintain its continuing business operations."
Third flight-test AW609
May 5, 2016 - 9:50 AM
The ground run of the third prototype follows the resumption of test activities with the first prototype, AC1, on April 15.
May 5, 2016 - 9:19 AM
Name change is a nod to the 15th and 16th Century Italian artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, credited with devising first concept for helicopter.
May 4, 2016 - 11:56 AM
Norwegian investigators rule out “human error on board."