A proposal to require California’s Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) to measure jet taxi and idle times during a one-year period is dead, according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). “Assembly Bill 2501,” NATA said, “failed to gather enough votes for passage out of the California Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing.
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. In addition to partnering on the Erica tiltwing research project, they have joined forces on another European-funded project, dubbed Friendcopter.
HAI’s Manufacturers Committee, assisted by the HAI Acoustics and Fly Neighborly Committee, is introducing a new noise-abatement training CD here at Heli Expo’06. The CD emphasizes the importance of “flying neighborly” and specific noise-abatement procedures by helicopter model. The CD is being offered free at the HAI booth (No. 1801) to all helicopter operators. A demonstration of the CD is also available at the booth.
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