BLR Aerospace announced at LABACE 2012 that it has won certification from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) of Brazil for its FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for installation and flight on Bell Helicopter Models 204, 205 and 212.
A test aircraft assigned to Bell Helicopter’s XworX research-and-development division crashed Tuesday morning 10 miles from Avalon, Texas. The two-pilot crew was uninjured.
Wreckage video taken by a Dallas television station shows that the twin-engine Bell 214ST was flying a main-rotor system that had five blades when pilots made an emergency landing in a field and then gently rolled onto its right side. The video does not show any remains of the tail rotor.
The Helicopter Association International is accepting nominations for the 2013 Salute to Excellence Awards program, which honors “outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations in the international helicopter community.” The awards are open to any individual or organization, according to HAI. Categories include pilots, mechanics, instructors, safety, law enforcement, medevac and more. The awards will be presented on March 6 during Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.
Russian Helicopters is developing a “comprehensive avionics system” for situational awareness, autopilot landing and collision avoidance. It will be installed on all new Russian-made helicopters starting in 2015. The new “intelligent” system will inform pilots about hazards in the landing area. It will even enable the aircraft to hover above a given point and land automatically.
A global team of research organizations is quietly working on an active rotor blade in which distributed piezo-electric actuators can change blade twist almost continuously over the course of one blade revolution. Partners can be found in the U.S., Europe and Asia. A full test campaign is scheduled for next year.
Russian Helicopters is developing a “comprehensive avionics system” for situational awareness, autopilot landing and collision avoidance, the company announced. It will be installed on all new Russian-made helicopters starting in 2015.
With the system, crewmembers will be provided with images of the surrounding terrain, “including during maneuvers at low altitude in difficult weather.” In addition to improving situational awareness, the system will enable the aircraft to automatically hover above a given point and land.
BAE Systems is migrating “active inceptor” control technology from military aircraft to civil applications–enabling direct pilot inputs into the flight controls of commercial fly-by-wire (FBW) aircraft. The UK-based company is developing its civil active control stick (ACS) for an unnamed commercial launch customer.
Eurocopter released a statement on June 15, absolving the UK’s Bond Offshore Helicopters of responsibility for the May 10, 2012 ditching of an EC225 Super Puma into the North Sea.
The EASA and FAA have issued new emergency Airworthiness Directives (ADs) for the Eurocopter EC135 after detection of cracks on the lower hub-shaft flange of two more of the light twins. The ADs require repetitive preflight inspections.
Greenwich AeroGroup has named Ralph Kunz as general manager of Summit Aviation. Kunz has more than 20 years experience in aerospace operations. He will be responsible for operations at Summit’s Middletown, Del., and Somerset, Ky. facilities. Kunz most recently served as vice president of operations for Airborne Tactical Advantage. Previously he held senior leadership positions with Keystone/Sikorsky Helicopters, Vector Aerospace and Parker Hannifin.