Rotorcraft

News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tilt rotors and unmanned air vehicles.

Rotorcraft

LCI Orders 21 New Leonardo Helicopters

The deal includes AW139, AW169, and AW189 models
LCI helicopter fleet
Rotorcraft

Maverick Helicopters Expands Air Tours into SoCal

The company will offer charter services and tours from Long Beach locations
Maverick
Rotorcraft

Bell Reveals Designer Cabin to Asia's Helicopter Market

Bell's 429 Designer Series makes its Singapore Airshow debut
Bell 429 designer cabin at Singapore Airshow 2024
Environment

HAI To Promote SAF Use at Heli-Expo

Rotorcraft arriving in Anaheim next week will be encouraged to fill up at the staging area
Helicopters in Heli-Expo static display
Training and Workforce

Bristow UK Pilots Plan Two-Day Strikes Starting March 3

The helicopter operator's pilots bemoan lack of contract progress
Bristow
Avionics

GFC 600H Autopilot Now Available in IFR Configuration

The Leonardo A109 Trekker is the first helicopter approved for the IFR autopilot
Leonardo A109 Trekker helicopter
Safety

AAIB: AW189 Incident Crew Did Not Understand Its AFCS

An AFCS mismatch triggered an uncommanded yaw
AgustaWestland AW189
Regulations and Government

Senate FAA Reauthorization Mandates Part 135 for All Air Tours

Alphabets urge rejection of costly new Part 135 provisions
Papillon Helicopters
Rotorcraft

Airbus Displays Innovation in Twin and Single Helicopters

A corporate version of the H130 and a mockup of the H145 are on show in Singapore
Falcon Aviation Services H130 helicopter
Avionics

Blackcomb Helicopters Selects Foresight MX HUMS

The GPMS system will be installed on Blackcomb's Airbus and Bell helicopter fleets
Blackcomb installing Foresight MX on EC135 and Bell 212HP
Aircraft

Asia Well Placed For Leading Role in Advanced Air Mobility

New eVTOL aircraft could transform urban public transportation
Eve Air Mobility eVTOL aircraft
Rotorcraft

USHST Develops Peer Program for Mental Health Support

USHST will connect pilots in need of mental health support with volunteer pilots and professionals
Airbus Helicoptesr AS355F2
Rotorcraft

FAA Certifies Symmetrical Stabilizer for Robinson R44

The new empennage was first certified on the R66 last September
Robinson R44 helicopter
Rotorcraft

Airbus Set To Start Racer High-speed Flight Trials

The hybrid-electric design features a box wing and a pair of pusher propellers
Airbus Racer technology demonstrator for high-speed helicopter
Avionics

Avidyne IFD Flight Management Systems Now NVG-compatible

The optional NVG feature is available for $3,600
Avidyne IFD545 flight management system
Maintenance and Modifications

Enstrom Opens Repair Station in Michigan

Company houses new repair shop at its factory in Menominee, Michigan
Enstrom factory floor in Menominee, Michigan
Rotorcraft

Loft Dynamics Opens Santa Monica VR Sim Center

The full-motion VR simulator costs one-twentieth the price of a full-flight simulator
Loft simulator
Accidents

Former Chile President Dies in Helicopter Accident

Shortly after takeoff, the helicopter crashed into the Ranco Lake in Chile
Robinson R44 helicopter
Rotorcraft

Air Evac Helicopter in Oklahoma Hit Geese Before Crashing

NTSB found dead goose in flight controls, others in crash area
NTSB chart
Rotorcraft

Hands On: Flying a Modern Classic, MD Helicopters’ MD530F

The 369-series helicopters have been in production for more than 60 years
MD530F
Rotorcraft

Helicopter OEMs See Big Civil Market Opportunities in China, India

Pilot training, infrastructure, fuel challenge growth
Robinson helicopters in Hunan, China
Safety

Helicopter Seat Pain Solutions Are on the Horizon

Contoured cushions and better materials could mitigate pilot injury
Hendrick Motorsports prototype seat developed for the U.S. Army.
Aircraft

Flying the MD530F and the Resurrection of MD Helicopters

We test the MD530F and see for ourselves how the company is coming back from bankruptcy.
MD Helicopters MD530F taking off, in flight
Rotorcraft

Rotor Debuts Autonomous Helicopter in New Hampshire

The flight demonstrated autonomous helicopter operation in front of a live audience
Rotor Technologies R220Y autonomous helicopter flight
Rotorcraft

Eola Buys Stake in Helo Management Provider Starspeed

The move expands Eola's services in the UK
Starspeed helicopters
Training and Workforce

Canada Grants First Training Org Approval to Coulson

The free training enables students to earn Canadian aircraft maintenance engineer-structures certification
Coulson Aviation technician training
Rotorcraft

French DGA Orders 42 Airbus H145 Helicopters

H145s will be used by French police and rescue services
The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) ordered 42 new H145 helicopters, including 36 for the Sécurité Civile agency
Rotorcraft

Tata and Airbus To Start Helicopter Production in India

H125 final assembly line will be Airbus' second manufacturing plant in the country
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury (left) and N. Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons, confirm their partnership to build a helicopter final assembly line in India.
Rotorcraft

Bell Textron's 4Q23 Results Surpass Projections

Bell's profit totaled $320 million last year, compared with $282 million in 2022
Bell 505
Rotorcraft

NASA's Mars Helicopter Bites the Dust

Ingenuity's rotor blades sustained damage upon landing
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter captured this view of the shadow of a rotor blade that was damaged during a rough landing on Jan. 18, 2024.