General Aviation

News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft). Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

Rotorcraft

Bell Embraces Virtual Reality to Design Helicopters

Bell is using augmented and virtual reality, computer gaming technology, to develop new aircraft.
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Rotorcraft

One in Five S-92 Helicopters Parked

Some 39 Sikorsky S-92s, comprising 19 percent of the global market, remain parked during the downturn.
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Rotorcraft

Torqued: It Shouldn’t Take an Act of Congress To Mandate Safety Improvements

Changing regulations takes a long time, and there ought to be a simpler way to create mandates for safety improvements.
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

GECAS Slashes Milestone's Value by $729M

GECAS has written down the value of its Milestone Aviation helicopter leasing unit by $729 million.
Training and Workforce

SimVenture Flyers Get a Taste of Oshkosh Operations

While this year's EAA AirVenture show was canceled, there was a way for pilots to try their hand at flying into a simulated version of the iconic airfield.
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Aircraft

Covid Crisis Hits GippsAero

The Australian aircraft manufacturer has seen sales and deliveries of its GA8 Airvan dry up during the pandemic.
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Rotorcraft

NASA Chief: Uncrewed Aircraft 'Safer'

The agency's administrator touts advanced UAM technologies.
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Avionics

Garmin Restores Database and Flight-planning Functions

A cyberattack on Garmin resulted in widespread problems for aviation and sports product users.
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

HeliValue$: 'The Worst Helicopter Market in 40 Years'

Used helicopter values sink under the pressures of pandemic, cheap oil, and scarce credit.
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Avionics

Daher Certifies HomeSafe Autoland in TBM 940

Daher has received both FAA and EASA approval of its HomeSafe emergency autoland system on its TBM 940.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Ruag Opens New Paint Shop in Oberpfaffenhofen

RUAG Oberpfaffenhofen’s new paint and drying shop is now operational.
Airports

SkyBridge Plans Bizjet MRO Complex at Miami Opa-Locka

The proposed 500,000 square-foot facility at Opa Locka will include hangars, offices, a hotel, and support buildings.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Wysong Enterprises Keeps First Responders Airborne

The helicopter MRO has worked on more than 20 aircraft during the Covid-19 pandemic in the last 12 weeks.
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Other Voices: Playing the Pandemic Roulette

A young flight instructor ponders the pandemic's effect on his career as a pilot while remaining hopeful about the future.
Avionics

EASA Certifies Garmin G3X Touch

Europe-based owners of certified single-engine aircraft can now install this equipment in their aircraft.
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Regulations and Government

EASA Grafts Cybersecurity Onto Certification Standards

New EASA cybersecurity standards include helicopters.
Avionics

Leonardo AW139 Gets Honeywell Primus Epic Upgrade

The new Honeywell Primus Epic Phase 8 software will be available in the Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin.
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Rotorcraft

NHV's Airbus H175 Fleet Tops 40,000 Hours

NHV’s fleet accounts for more than 60 percent of the Airbus Helicopters H175’s 66,000 flight hours to date.
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ATC

FAA's New Urban Air Mobility ConOps Raises Questions

Morphing existing helicopter VFR corridors into dedicated urban air mobility routes is among the challenges identified by critics of ConOps 1.0.
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Avionics

Garmin Adds TXi Compatibility for Meridian, SR22

Owners of airplanes with older instrumentation can gain new funcationality by installing Garmin TXi displays.
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Maintenance and Modifications

Bell Buys Chinese MRO Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation

Bell is acquiring Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation Limited to increase its MRO capacity in China.
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Aircraft

Electric Aircraft Maker Bye Raises $10M for eFlyers

Bye Aerospace aims to have its two-seat eFlyer all-electric aircraft ready to enter service in 2021, followed by the four-seat eFlyer 4.
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Rotorcraft

Airbus Helicopters Marks 60 Years in Japan

Airbus Helicopters marks 60 years in Japan with new maintenance facility, orders.
Aircraft

Electric Aircraft Symposium Set To Go Ahead Online

From July 28 to 30, the Electric Aircraft Symposium will focus on both eVTOL models and electric fixed-wing aircraft.
Aircraft

Other Voices: Playing the Pandemic Roulette

The coronavirus pandemic has completely upended the plans of pilots all over the world.
Training and Workforce

FlightAware Live Traffic Feeds Microsoft’s New Sim

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will include real-time live traffic from all over the world, provided by FlightAware.
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Rotorcraft

Helicopter Laserer Gets Federal Prison

A California man who lasered a sheriff’s helicopter in 2017 has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison.
Accidents

NTSB: Los Angeles Newscopter Hit Drone

A-Star sustained minor damage after "an inflight collision with a hard object of polycarbonate construction."
Aircraft

Leonardo Lands First Commercial IFR AW119Kx Order

Leonardo announced the first commercial and EMS order for its IFR-certified AW119Kx single-engine helicopter.
Avionics

Garmin GI 275 Displays Approved for Helicopters

Helicopter operators can now install Garmin's GI 275 electronic flight instruments.
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