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November 8, 2006, 8:01 AM

Industry lobbying group the Union Française de l’Hélicoptère (UFH) is stepping up its efforts to improve public acceptance of helicopter operations in France.

November 8, 2006, 7:54 AM

The FAA is about to change helicopter certification rules to align them with the current  performance levels of the aircraft they regulate. The rules, in effect, are catching up with the improved capabilities of modern rotorcraft.

November 8, 2006, 7:45 AM

Bell Helicopter recently issued new information letters expressing concern about BLR Aerospace tailboom strakes. Bell issued a similar letter in 1995 when BLR obtained certification for use of tailboom strakes on Bell’s line of medium helicopters.

November 8, 2006, 7:31 AM

The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. impact) has ordered a single-turbine Enstrom 480B Guardian. The helicopter, which will be based in Pasadena, is expected to be delivered next month.

November 8, 2006, 7:29 AM

Mark Fairchild, v-p of sales and marketing for Sino Swearingen Aircraft, announced two firsts at the company’s press conference on Monday, both involving the long-awaited SJ30-2.

November 8, 2006, 7:28 AM

Bristow Group last month announced that it had received an extension of an existing contract with Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) in the North Sea for helicopter transportation services to offshore facilities east and west of the Shetland Islands.

November 8, 2006, 7:26 AM

AgustaWestland recently announced several orders from African countries and Switzerland. The Nigerian government has signed a contract for four AW139s configured for search-and-rescue missions.

November 8, 2006, 7:23 AM

Sky Connect has obtained STCs for its equipment on the Bell 206 (B and L-1/3/4) and Sikorsky S-76 (A through C). The STCs include Sky Connect’s newest control head, called the mission-management unit. It provides flight crews with two-way text messaging and unlimited phone calls.

November 8, 2006, 7:15 AM

China is expected to require 2,763 civil helicopters of all types in the next 20 years, Zhang Hongbiao, general manager of AVIC II, said recently. Zhang also said that his company would take about 15 years to grapple with the core technologies in helicopter design and production.

November 8, 2006, 7:12 AM

Pratt & Whitney Canada on October 18 successfully completed the first run of its 1,000-shp-class PW210 turboshaft. According to the manufacturer, the engine met all of the engineers’ performance expectations.