Rotorcraft

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

Rotorcraft

Racer Passes 220-knot Target

The Airbus eco-demonstrator helicopter tops 227 knots
Airbus Racer
Rotorcraft

Airbus Helo Teams with P&WC, Collins on Hybrid H145

The PioneerLab is expected to test fly hybrid propulsion in 2027
Airbus Helicopters PioneerLab (Photo: Airbus Helicopters)
Rotorcraft

Patria Aviation Gains EASA Certification for Astronautics’ RoadRunner EFI

The RoadRunner electronic flight instrument received approval for installation on Bell 212/412EP helicopters
Astronautics AFI4700 RoadRunner EFI
Rotorcraft

Joby’s Electric Air Taxi Makes European Debut

The company is now exploring several potential applications for the eVTOL vehicle in the UK and Europe
Joby at Farnborough 2024
Rotorcraft

Skyryse Simulator Demonstrates Future of Flight Control

Making aircraft easier to fly within their envelopes could bring massive safety benefits
Skyryse Robinson R66 helicopter flight simulator
Rotorcraft

Bell Helo Deliveries Dip Slightly in Second Quarter

Bell delivered 32 commercial helicopters in the quarter
Article image
Rotorcraft

PHI Takes Delivery of First Airbus H160 in U.S.

After proving runs, PHI will start commercial operations with the H160
PHI Airbus H160 helicopter
Rotorcraft

Aero Asset: Preowned Helo Sales Improving

Good news comes after three semesters of declining sales
Aero Asset sales of single-engine helicopters through the first half
Rotorcraft

Daher Operating New Airbus Helicopters Warehouse

The warehouse employs a 'first-of-its-kind' automation system
Airbus Helicopters logistics center in Spain. (Photo: Daher)
Safety

VAI Conference To Delve into Air Tour Safety

The two-day event will be held in Hawaii, where air tour safety has been under a spotlight
Hawaii air tour with helicopter
Aircraft

German Start-up ERC Unveils Emergency Medical eVTOL Aircraft

The Charlie aircraft will carry a pilot, doctor and passenger up to 190 kilometers
ERC-System Charlie eVTOL aircraft
Rotorcraft

Skyryse Bringing Single-control R66 to AirVenture

Flying the fly-by-wire helicopter is much simpler than with traditional controls
Skyryse EAA AirVenture booth image
Rotorcraft

Columbia and Piasecki To Upgrade Model 107 Helicopters

The upgrades to the rotorcraft will be done in a former Sikorsky factory now run by Piasecki
Columbia Helicopters Model 107-II heavy-lift rotorcraft
FBOs

New China FBO Looks To Meld Bizjets and AAM

The Chengdu facility is positioning itself as a regional air connectivity hub
Signing agreement between Sino Jet and Sichuan Huahui Business Aviation Services
Rotorcraft

Hawaii AC Set To Further Constrain Air Tour Operations

Operators doubtful that new requirements will improve safety
man and woman in helicopter
Rotorcraft

Leonardo Appoints Tokyo Distributor for AW09 Helo

Aero Facility will be responsible for AW09 commercial applications in Japan
Aero Facility Japan
Rotorcraft

Explosive Helicopter Stunt Leads To YouTuber’s Arrest

Pilot who flew the helicopter for the filming had his license revoked by the FAA
Helicopter shooting fireworks at car
Aircraft

Leonardo Flies AW609 In Navy Aircraft Carrier Sea Trials

The aircraft has not yet received a civil type certificate
Leonardo AW609 tiltrotor operates on an Italian Navy aircraft carrier
Rotorcraft

Airbus Delivers 1st ACH160 Helicopter in North America

Chartright Air Group will start flying charters in the ACH160 in the third quarter
Airbus ACH160 for Chartright Air Group
Aircraft

Leonardo To Assemble AW609 at Grottaglie Facility

The company is suspending production of airliner fuselages for Boeing for four months
Leonardo's Grottaglie production line for Boeing 787 airline fuselages
Rotorcraft

Hoper Launches Aegean Islands Helicopter Service

The move signals that there is a market for regional mobility that helicopters can serve
Hoper helicopter flights in Greece
Rotorcraft

EASA Starts Flight Tests on AW09 Helicopter

The Leonardo subsidiary is aiming to certify the single-engined rotorcraft in 2025
EASA and Kopter test pilots with AW09 helicopter
Avionics

Garmin GI 275 Approved for MD Helicopters MD500/530

The approval expands installation options for Garmin's electronic flight instrument
Garmin GI 275 electronic flight instrument
Maintenance and Modifications

GPMS Adds Two More Airbus Models to Foresight HUMS STCs

GPMS' Foresight HUMS is now certified on five different Airbus models
GMPS Hums on board Airbus helicopter
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