Rotorcraft

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

Rotorcraft

Omni Helicopters Picks Two for Ab Initio Helo Training

The rigorous selection process involved nearly 20 candidates
Somant Heeralal and Yadram Ramcharran, Omni Helicopters
Rotorcraft

Loft VR Helo Simulator Approved for Sling Load Training

Pilots were able to safety handle real sling loads after the VR training
Loft Dynamics virtual reality helicopter sling load training
Maintenance and Modifications

MD Helicopters Adds Texas Authorized Service Center

MD is further expanding its service center network
Thoroughbred Aviation's Georgetown, Texas maintenance facility
FBOs

Signature Signs MOU on Chainwide eVTOL Charging

Signature and Archer look to first install air taxi sites in major urban U.S. areas coast-to-coast
Artist rendering of Archer Aircraft in United Airlines livery at Signature FBO
Rotorcraft

Metro Delivers AStar Helo to Texas Game Wardens

Helicopter will fly law enforcement, search-and-rescue, and aerial firefighting missions
Texas Game Wardens Airbus Helicopters H125
Rotorcraft

Kopter Expects Versatile AW09 Helicopter To Punch Above Its Weight

The all composite turbine single promises to bring new technology to its segment
Kopter AW09 helicopter flying near mountains
Maintenance and Modifications

PHI MRO Services Recognized as Leonardo Service Center

Helicopter maker adds the MRO provider to its global network of maintenance centers
Leonardo AW139-series helicopters
Rotorcraft

VAI Lauds End of West 30th St Heliport Closure Effort

The New York State bill would have closed a critical facility
West 30th Street heliport, NYC
Rotorcraft

German Federal Police Order 44 Airbus H225s

The helicopters will be flown in disaster-relief and firefighting missions
Airbus H225 for German federal police order
Aircraft

Helicopter Operator Teams with Airbus To Prepare eVTOL Air Services

The memorandum of understanding does not cover orders for the CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL aircraft
Avincis CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL
Maintenance and Modifications

MD Helicopters Signs First UK Service Center

Skytech Helicopters has been maintaining MD rotorcraft for more than 20 years
Skytech Helicopters maintenance hangar
Rotorcraft

VAI Opens Nominations for Salute to Excellence Awards

The awards recognize outstanding contributions by industry participants
Harold Summers the late VAI director of maintenance
Rotorcraft

FAA, National Park Service Impose Cuts on Air Tour Business

Operators believe the air tour management plan process isn't being fairly applied
 Rushmore Helicopters and Black Hills Aerial Adventures
Fuel

London Oxford Airport Now Stocks SAF

New tenant OXCCU will produce synthetic aviation fuel on-site
SAF tanker at London Oxford Airport
Rotorcraft

Leonardo Expands Distributor Base, Orders for AW09

Leonardo received an order for five AW09s from Universal Vulkaan Aviation
Leonardo AW09 distributors
Rotorcraft

Leonardo AW09 Gets Updated Corporate Look

Helicopter to embark on demonstration tour
AW09 interior unveiling
Rotorcraft

PHI Adds AW189 Helicopters for Offshore Work

Super-medium helicopter will join AW109s and AW139s in PHI’s global rotary-wing fleet
Leonardo AW189
Rotorcraft

Airbus Corporate Helicopters Sees Continued Success

The ACH145 and ACH160 lead their market segments in sales value
ACH 160 Line Lounge interior
Rotorcraft

Shell Signs with CHC Helikopter for North Sea Support

The contract is a continuation of the CHC-Shell relationship
CHC Helicopter Sikorsky S-92
Rotorcraft

Panterra Buys Blackhawk Fitted with Extensive Ace Mods

Upgrade includes avionics and firefighting equipment
Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopter
Rotorcraft

Sumitomo Mitsui and LCI Order 21 Airbus Helicopters

Deal for H145s, H160s, and H175s includes firm orders for 14 and options for seven
LCI and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing helicopter order
Rotorcraft

VAI Rallies Members To Help Keep NYC Heliport Open

A state bill threatens to close the heliport permanently
West 30th Street Heliport in Manhattan
Accidents

Iran Confirms Helicopter Crash Killed Its President

The Bell 212 was part of a convoy of three
Engines

U.S. Government Backs Piasecki's Hydrogen VTOL Aircraft Study

The Department of Energy is funding further research for urban air taxi missions
PA-890 helicopter being developed by Piasecki Aircraft Corp.
Aircraft

Textron eAviation's Nexus eVTOL Aircraft Could Fly in 2025

The company's Nuuva cargo drone is approaching its first flights, too
Textron eAviation's Nexus eVTOL aircraft
Rotorcraft

Milestone Leasing Two AW169s to Northern Rescue

The two helicopters are the leasing company's first placement in New Zealand
Northern Rescue Helicopter Leonardo AW169 helicopter
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Atrium Health Earns First Accreditation in Mobile Healthcare, Paramedicine

'The accreditation serves as a symbol of excellence'
Rotorcraft

Bell Testing 429 Helicopter Autonomy Laboratory 

The fly-by-wire Bell 429-based flying lab is capable of autonomous flight
Bell ALFA 429 flying laboratory
Rotorcraft

Legislators Kill Hawaii Air Tour Insurance Bill 

The bill would have required liability insurance of $20 million per person
Moloka'i
Accidents

R44 Crash Final Report Cites Maintenance Errors

Missing hardware led the NTSB to conclude that pilots and maintenance personnel performed "inadequate inspections"
NTSB report R44 helicopter accident