Rotorcraft

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

Rotorcraft

Robinson Instructors Can Add Skills in Factory Class

The week-long course covers important safety topics
Robinson Helicopter instructor pilot course
Aircraft

EHang Earns Production Certificate for Autonomous eVTOL Aircraft

Approval was granted by the Civil Aviation Administration of China
The Civil Aviation Administration of China issue a production certificate to EHang
Rotorcraft

Three Killed in Swiss Helicopter Ski Tourism Accident

Seven rescue rotorcraft were sent to the scene of the accident on Petit Combin mountain
Rotorcraft

VR Simulators Fly into Helicopter Training Space

Even with motion bases and control loading, these devices cost a fraction of the price of full-flight simulators
Leonardo simulator at Heli-Expo 2024
Rotorcraft

Piasecki Steps Up Development of Hydrogen-powered PA-890 Helicopter

Legacy helicopter manufacturer aims to fly a prototype in 2028
Piasecki's PA-890 hydrogen-powered helicopter
Safety

NTSB Cautions of Hidden Dangers of Dust Devils

Safety Board cited 170 accidents involving dust devils
Dust devil (Photo: NOAA)
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Chinese eVTOL Aircraft Developer TCab Raises $20 Million

Unnamed investor aims to introduce air taxis in the Middle East
TCab Tech E20 eVTOL aircraft
Rotorcraft

Bell 412EP Gets Glass Retrofit Approval

Upgrade adds Astronautics Badger Pro+ displays and Garmin navigators
Bell 412EP helicopter with the Basix-Pro avionics upgrade
Aircraft

'Harsh' eVTOL Operating Demands Shorten Battery Life

Research highlights the need for tailored eVTOL battery solutions
An infographic depicting eVTOL battery capacity and power during the various stages of flight.
Aircraft

Joby's eVTOL Aircraft Coming to MacDill Air Force Base

Operational testing will begin at MacDill in 2025
Two of Joby’s prototype electric air taxi aircraft at the company’s flight test and manufacturing facilities in Marina, California.
Charter & Fractional

Flexjet S-76 Helo To Make Waves at Florida Boat Show

Company to show rotorcraft at yachting show in Florida this weekend
Sikorsky S-76 helicopter
Aircraft

Alaka’i Makes the Case for Hydrogen-powered eVTOL Aircraft

Hydrogen fuel cells power the Skai eVTOL
Alaka'i Skai eVTOL
Rotorcraft

Skyco Leasing To Buy Six Airbus H175 Helicopters

The two companies will cooperate to develop service and support facilities
Airbus Helicopters H175
Rotorcraft

HAI Ushers in New Era as Vertical Aviation International

VAI wants to show it has 'open arms' for all kinds of vertical lift
HAI VAI announcement event
Rotorcraft

The Resurgence of Sikorsky's Helibus

Sikorsky readies production ramp-up for its S-92 heavy twin
Sikorsky S-92
Rotorcraft

Bell Lands First Purchase Agreement for Super-medium 525 Helicopter

Equinor ordered 10 for North Sea operations
Bell 525 in offshore support
Rotorcraft

35th and Final Heli-Expo Sets Record Attendance Mark

The show will be rebranded starting next year
crowded show floor at Heli-Expo 2024
Training and Workforce

Bell Appoints Chinook Canada 505 Dealer

Chinook offers maintenance and pilot training
Bell 505 at Heli-Expo 2024
Training and Workforce

Ryan and Precision Demo VR Helimod Simulator

Available training scenarios will help helicopter pilots survive challenging situations
Ryan Aerospace simulator
Rotorcraft

Engine Backup System Could Buy Time for Pilots

Technology would provide emergency power after single-engine failures
Airbus Disruptive Lab
Maintenance and Modifications

Airbus Says Service and Support Investment Bearing Fruit

The company has increased the value of spare parts it holds to around $430 million
Airbus Helicopters H130
Rotorcraft

Preowned Twin-engine Market Saw Fewer Sales but Higher Prices in 2023

Aero Asset's annual report noted geographic shifts as well
Hillsboro Aviation's H145 at HAI Heli-Expo 2024
Maintenance and Modifications

Leonardo, Comau Testing Automatic Blade Inspection System

Robotic testing mitigates problems associated with repetitive work
Comaux Leonardo robotic arm
Maintenance and Modifications

AeroBrigham Nears Brazil ANAC Approval

AeroBrigham to offer MRO services to Brazilian customers
AeroBrigham to receive Brazil ANAC
Rotorcraft

Guardian G6 Terminals Approved for Iridium Next

Lightweight satcom terminals offer bi-directional 88 Kbps transmission speed
Guardian Mobiiity G6-S airborne connectivity terminal
Rotorcraft

Ace, Mint Sign BEST Black Hawk Support Agreement

The partners will offer MRO services on T700 engines
Black Hawk helicopter
Avionics

Nova Picks FreeFlight ADS-B In for SAR Customers

The lightweight, dual-band receiver has a small footprint
Nova Skytrac
Rotorcraft

HEMS Segment Highlighted at Heli-Expo 2024

Several factors weigh on the selection of an EMS helicopters platform
Leonardo AW169 on display at Heli-Expo 2024
Maintenance and Modifications

South African Helo Operator First To Receive New GE Rotor Diagnostic

Johannesburg-based Henley Air will implement RADS-NG over the next few weeks
Henley Air, South Africa
Rotorcraft

After Change in Operators, Irish Coast Guard Unveils New Livery

Bristow Ireland will take over operation of the service's AW189 fleet
Irish Coast Guard AW189