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June 4, 2007, 7:24 AM

An accident caused by the loss of a tail-rotor blade prompted the FAA to issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the MD 369 series.

June 4, 2007, 7:19 AM

The FAA is proposing to amend one engine inoperative (OEI) rating definitions. These relatively small changes would affect type certification standards for 30-second OEI, two-minute OEI and 30-minute OEI ratings. For example, the changes would address engine shutdown as well as engine failure.

June 4, 2007, 7:18 AM

Workers at the IAR Ghimbav helicopter manufacturing plant in Brasov, Romania, have suspended their strike after three days.

June 4, 2007, 7:16 AM

Eurocopter is still talking to the Romanian privatization agency, AVAS, about taking over 65 percent of helicopter and light aircraft manufacturer IAR Ghimbav. The state-owned company is based in Brasov. AVAS rejected the helicopter manufacturer’s December bid, a decision Eurocopter challenged.

June 4, 2007, 7:12 AM

French-based engine maker Turbomeca has chosen Monroe, N.C. for its new parts factory. Dubbed Turbomeca Manufacturing, it will initially produce parts for the Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engines that power the U.S. Army’s UH-72A, the military version of the Eurocopter EC 145 twin.

June 4, 2007, 6:54 AM

Turbomeca is endeavoring to improve product support after customers voiced dissatisfaction, notably about parts availability.

June 4, 2007, 6:51 AM

Eurocopter is to issue a Service Bulletin that should solve a fleet-wide problem with the EC 145’s tail-rotor controls. In April, the FAA had issued an airworthiness directive (AD) calling for inspections and possible part replacement.

June 4, 2007, 6:45 AM

MD Helicopters (MDH) last month dismissed as ill-founded “rumors” circulating that the company is for sale.

June 1, 2007, 12:37 PM

To ensure their continued survival in the face of reduced income per passenger, regional operators sometimes seek solace in the arms of major carriers, which then might have to re-learn the realities of the regional game.

June 1, 2007, 12:12 PM

Availability of in-flight entertainment (IFE) ranks among the top factors that influence the loyalty of passengers, who have become increasingly aware of their travel “experience.” Even on short- and medium-haul flights, customers have come to expect such conveniences as feature films, communicat

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