Rotorcraft

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

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."
May 3, 2016 - 12:03 PM
Present bird protection regulations apply only to transport category rotiorcraft and have not been updated since being adopted in 1966.
Russian Helicopters Ka-62
Apr 29, 2016 - 12:21 PM
Target applications include passenger transport such as in oil-and-gas operations, as well as search and rescue.
Apr 29, 2016 - 9:14 AM
HeliTrak is in the final stages of certifying its Collective Pull Down system and autopilot for the Robinson R22.
Bell 525 FTV3
Apr 27, 2016 - 12:28 PM
Two more test vehicles are scheduled to join the program this year—FTV4 in August and FTV5 in September.
Apr 26, 2016 - 9:23 AM
Received $10,000 fine and five year's probation on felony conflict-of-interest charges and for making false statements to federal investigators.
Super Puma on aircraft carrier
Apr 20, 2016 - 8:19 AM
The island nation is evaluating new medium lift helicopters, and also planning to replace some older CH-47 Chinooks.