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December 8, 2006, 9:02 AM

While many medium to large turbine helicopters offer autopilots to enhance mission safety and comfort, Sikorsky is in the final stages of developing an automatic flight control system (AFCS) that the company says will be the first of its kind to fly automated approaches to a set position.

December 8, 2006, 8:57 AM

Flight-testing is well under way for a new helicopter autopilot that, compared with other currently available systems, cuts both weight and cost in half, sources familiar with the project told AIN.

December 8, 2006, 8:53 AM

A laser obstacle-avoidance system now entering service on military helicopters might prove useful for civil applications.

December 8, 2006, 8:34 AM

Over the last six years, the North American aeromedical transport industry, particularly its helicopter EMS community, has become increasingly concerned about an accident rate it (and others) sees as excessive.

December 8, 2006, 7:41 AM

The labor union representing helicopter pilots employed by PHI voted November 10 to end a two-month-long strike against the company. The work stoppage, which at its peak involved nearly half of PHI’s pilot workforce, was the first helicopter pilots’ strike in U.S. history.

December 8, 2006, 7:33 AM

AgustaWestland and Eurocopter might be competitors in the helicopter market, but they seem to be decidedly good friends when it comes to defining rotorcraft for the future.

December 8, 2006, 7:09 AM

HAI affiliate the Eastern Region Helicopter Council worked with the FAA to update the New York City VFR helicopter route chart. The main body of the chart was expanded to include three additional airports, and a new Long Island inset was added.

December 8, 2006, 7:00 AM

Sikorsky Aircraft plans to open a new engineering center in Fort Worth, Texas, next year to support the company’s growing U.S. government, commercial and aftermarket business.

December 8, 2006, 6:53 AM

Helicopter pilots Jennifer Murray, 66, and Colin Bodill, 55, intend to take off on December 5 for a second attempt to fly round the world via the South and North Poles. They will fly their Bell 407 from Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Dallas. They expect

December 8, 2006, 6:47 AM

Several major hospitals in India have sought permission to launch helicopter emergency medical services (EMS), Indian news Web site The Hindu reported last month. They have applied to the DGCA, the country’s civil aviation authority, which has not yet made a decision.