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September 26, 2006, 4:40 AM

Sikorsky has been awarded FAA certification for its S-76C++ variant. Two airframes have already been delivered, the first to PHI (formerly Petroleum Helicopters) and a second to an unidentified private owner. More than 60 S-76C++ helicopters are currently on order.

September 26, 2006, 4:38 AM

A UK CAA study says the risk of a helicopter capsizing during a controlled ditching is “considerably higher” than it should be.

September 26, 2006, 4:37 AM
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As the helicopter industry once again prepares to hold its annual roundup in Dallas later this month, it is riding the crest of a wave that includes the highest U.S. rotary-wing production figures in more than a decade.

September 26, 2006, 4:27 AM

The experiment in discount-fare, 50-seat RJ flying known as Independence Air (formerly Atlantic Coast Airlines) ended once and for all when the company transported its last passenger on January 5, a year and a half after it severed ties with former mainline partner United Airlines.

September 26, 2006, 4:26 AM

Chalk’s Ocean Airways remained grounded at press time as maintenance crews peeled apart the wing skins and inspected the wing structures of its four remaining turboprop Mallard seaplanes in search of cracking or corrosion as ordered by an emergency AD.

September 26, 2006, 4:23 AM

Anchorage, Alaska-based regional airline Era Aviation in late December filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after its main source of capital decided to restrict its funding in a dispute over cash-flow targets.

September 26, 2006, 4:21 AM

The pilots of Northwest Airlines have threatened to strike if management proceeds with plans to launch a new regional airline as proposed in a newsletter distributed to the company’s 34,000 employees last month.

September 26, 2006, 4:19 AM

The province of Western Australia has granted two airlines monopoly rights over air service to some 10 small communities surrounding Perth.

September 26, 2006, 4:17 AM

Investigators last month had yet to determine the cause of a December 26 fire that destroyed Frontier Flying Service’s hangar at Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow, Alaska.

September 26, 2006, 4:15 AM

India’s Paramount Airways plans to sign a contract for eight Embraer 175s and seven Embraer 195s worth some $450 million. Scheduled for delivery over the next 20 months, the airplanes will arrive in a two-class configuration with fully reclining flat beds in first class.

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