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


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
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
Training and Workforce

Bell Delivers 505th Model 505 Turbine Single

Bell 505 now in service on six continents
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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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ARC Resurrects the Avian Pegasus Gyroplane

ARC will begin Pegasus test flights in early 2024 at its facility in Cranfield, UK
ARC Aerosystems' Lynx P9 compound rotorcraft.

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.
Maintenance and Modifications

FlySight and Centum Integrate SAR Capabilities

Combined SAR solution utilizes cell phone signals

Electric Air Taxis Take Flight in New York City

Joby and Volocopter fly their eVTOL prototypes from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport
Joby NYC demo flight

Russian Knights Lead Dubai Presence

Russia’s aerospace industry is making a rare international appearance in Dubai
Russian Knights at Dubai Airshow 2023

Bell Delivers First Batch of Forty 505 Helicopters to Korea

Helicopters will be used by Korea's navy and army for primary rotorcraft flight training
Bell 505 Military Trainer

Korea’s Helicopters Make Dubai Debut

Both helicopters are showing their capabilities in the daily Dubai flying displays
Korean KUH-1E helicopter
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

UAE Tech Start-up Eanan Unveils Cargo Drones

The company operates in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Dubai South.
Eanan cargo drone

Flightwin Adding Applications for Unmanned Rotorcraft Family

The FWH-1500 has completed fire suppression and flood relief missions
Flightwin FWH-1500
Regulations and Government

Appeals Court Drops Charges against Hansen Helicopters Chief Pilot

The decision marks a significant development in the ongoing fraud case
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Skyryse Claims First Automated Autorotation Landing

The company aims to roll out the first production example of its converted R66 helicopter in early 2024
Skyryse is modifying Robinson R66 helicopters to use its automated flight controls
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Rotor Technologies' Uncrewed Helicopter Completes Landmark Flight Campaign

Two R220Y helicopters flew autonomously for more than 20 hours
Rotor Technologies' R220Y autonomous helicopter

Errant Washer Triggers S-92 MGB Leak, Emergency Landing

Norwegian authorities blame emergency S-92 landing on maintenance
The washer was probably introduced into the aircraft’s main gearbox during maintenance.

Life Flight Network Adds Three New Bells to Fleet

Air ambulance provider builds Bell fleet to 32
Bell Textron announced that Life Flight Network has added two more Bell 407GXi helicopters to its fleet. (Photo: Bell)
Maintenance and Modifications

Broken Supply Chain Hobbles Offshore S-92 Operators

Aircraft's dispatch reliability plummets as safety concerns rise
An S-92 helicopter (Photo: Bristow)

GAO: U.S. Guard Helo Pilots Burdened by Limited Flight Hours

Lack of pilot proficiency factors into Guard helicopter accidents examined by the Government Accountability Office
Apache AH-64E
Regulations and Government

Air Ambulance Industry Pushes Back against New VA Rule

Lawsuits, legislation attempt to block new ambulance reimbursement scheme
Charter & Fractional

Vancouver-based Helijet Orders Beta eVTOL Aircraft

Helijet plans to operate eVTOLs for IFR in Pacific Northwest
Helijet will operate Beta's Alia eVTOL aircraft from its base in Vancouver

Helijet S-76 IFR Lands Safely after Lightning Strike

The helicopter lost twol rotor blades and its flight instruments were compromised