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


Air Ambulance Pilot Charged with Drunk Flying

The former Air Evac pilot committed the alleged offense while transporting a passenger

Osprey Crash Triggers Worldwide Grounding

Tiltrotor crashes in the last two years have killed 20
MV-22 Osprey

Airbus H160 Gains Canadian Certification

Worldwide fleet has logged more than 2,800 flight hours
Airbus Helicopters' H160

European Rotors Sees Another Year of Growth

Event showcased growing interest in rotorcraft on the continent
A helicopter landing at European Rotors show in Madrid
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Court Approves Air Methods Bankruptcy Plan

Air Methods to receive $185 million under reorganization plan
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Hill Helicopters Surpasses 1,000 Orders

Hill secures flight operations facility, will begin testing engine
Hill Helicopters launch event
Maintenance and Modifications

Boost Systems Cargo Baskets Win Transport Canada STC

FAA certification is pending
AS350 with Boost cargo baskets
Regulations and Government

Navajo Nation Wants Air Tours To Pay Up

The tribe may support air tours in exchange for economic incentives
Regulations and Government

Congress Takes Up Parks Air Tour Management Program

Critics charge that new rules will cripple air tour industry
Rushmore Helicopters photo in South Dakota
Maintenance and Modifications

Offshore Heavy Helicopter Issues Open Gates for Super-mediums

Covid supply chain overhang could be the perfect opportunity for offshore super-medium helicopters
Phi Sikorsky s-92 and oil rigs

Departing European Rotors Helicopter Crashes

Three injured as Enstrom crashes onto busy Madrid motorway

Air Ambulances Fly Through Economic Turbulence

Below cost reimbursements threaten the industry
Air Methods helicopter ambulance
Maintenance and Modifications

USCG Begins Sikorsky Jayhawk Rebuilding Program

Coast Guard will rebuild 45 Jayhawks with new airframes
MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter

Helijet Lightning Strike Worse Than Initially Reported

S-76 landed safely after being substantially damaged
Maintenance and Modifications

GPMS Expands in Europe with Léman Aviation Partnership

The partnership aims to introduce Foresight MX, an advanced HUMS, to European operators
Regulations and Government

Coulson Wins $16 Million SoCal Firefighting Contract

Coulson will fly firefighting CH-47s for California's Quick Reaction Force
Coulson CH-47

Airbus Helicopters Announces Orders, New Training Center

Airbus Helicopters training center will open in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, in 2025
Airbus Helicopters and ÖAMTC Air Rescue sign contract for H135s
Training and Workforce

Bell Valencia Trains Hundreds Annually

Bell 429 simulator at Valencia Spain logs more than 1,000 hours each year

Leonardo Logs Helicopter Orders at European Rotors

New orders placed for AW189, AW169, and AW09 models
Omni Helicopter International operates Leonardo AW189s
Maintenance and Modifications

Airbus Helicopters Continues To Attack Supply-chain Issues

The rotorcraft OEM is buying suppliers, out-of-production aircraft for parts
Airbus Helicopters MRO
Training and Workforce

Bell Delivers 505th Model 505 Turbine Single

Bell 505 now in service on six continents
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Finance, Taxes, Insurance

UAE Exits VRT500 Helicopter Partnership

UAE may develop the VRT500 coaxial helicopter independently
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European Rotors Opening Next Week in Madrid

Rotorcraft show is the largest such event in Europe
Madrid, Spain

FAA Grants Approval for Thales AStar 4-axis Autopilot

EASA and Transport Canada approvals to follow
Thales StableLight autopilot for Airbus H125 helicopter

Compressor Cracks Cited in Canadian Helo Crash

Rolls-Royce is encouraging operators to upgrade to new forged design
TSB photo of the Hughes 369D crash

Schweizer Completes First OEM Certified Helicopter

The program adds new life to older Schweizer helicopters
Schweizer S300CBi helicopter
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Levl Closes $54M Deal with EMS Operator Avincis

Lobo's joint venture leasing unit closed the deal with Europe's largest air ambulance operator
Airbus H145 helicopter (Photo: Lobo Leasing and Avincis)
Regulations and Government

Hansen Helicopters Mx Director Pleads Guilty

Phillip Kapp faced multiple charges including defrauding the FAA and NTSB
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AW169 Targets Gulf Government Sales

The new skid undercarriage is well-suited to military and government agency applications
Abelo ATR deal at Dubai Airshow 2023

Eve Air Mobility Eyes Bangalore as Launchpad for India Operations

India's massive population makes for an deal backdrop
Eve Air Mobility's eVTOL aircraft could operate in the Indian city of Bangalore.