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Aberdeen North Sea helicopter traffic continues to fall

Aberdeen North Sea helicopter traffic continues to fall

Although the helicopter traffic has fallen further, the passenger numbers at Aberdeen Airport are increasing. They had a year-on-year increase of 3.9%, reports BBC. The helicopter traffic has decreased by 8.2%, with little over 32, 100 passengers this year.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-17

Bell buying Fort Worth land to build training airfield

Bell buying Fort Worth land to build training airfield

Bell is looking into purchasing 139 acres of land in east Fort Worth so that they can build a facility for pilot training. The new land will also ensure that Alliance Airport sees less air traffic, greatly reducing the amount of noise pollution. They have received many noise complaints by residents around Alliance Airport, who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-May-17

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FAA updates NOTAM format for conflict zones

FAA updates NOTAM format for conflict zones

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced new notice to airmen (NOTAM) header formats for conflict zones and international crisis situations. New NOTAMs will be shown as an advisory, a prohibition, or a pointer NOTAM that direct the reader to a related special federal aviation regulation (SFAR). While this format will apply to all… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-Nov-14

UK CAA begins spectrum release study

UK CAA begins spectrum release study

As part of Government plans to release a proportion of public sector spectrum by 2020 for commercial use, such as for mobile broadband, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has been tasked with assessing the possibility of safely reducing the aviation industry’s reliance on the bandwidth reserved for air traffic control radar. A major research… Read more »

Source: CAA, 16-Feb-14

US Navy approves use of Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator

US Navy approves use of Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator

 A new aviation landing system is lighting the way to the future of helicopter landings aboard air-capable and amphibious assault ships. Test pilots from Naval Air Station Patuxent River successfully employed the Advanced Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator (ASGSI) to approach and land on the USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) in San Diego this fall. This… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 17-Dec-13

AgustaWestland and ENAV Complete first LPV Approach tests with an AW139

AgustaWestland and ENAV Complete first LPV Approach tests with an AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that AgustaWestland and ENAV (Ente Nazionale Assistenza al Volo – Italian Company for Air Navigation) have successfully completed on June 10th the first stage of qualification and authorization tests for the creation of the first helicopter Localiser Performance with Vertical guidance (LPV) Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) approaches,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jun-13

FAA to Close 75% of Contract Towers Within 30 Days

FAA to Close 75% of Contract Towers Within 30 Days

This is an urgent follow-up to yesterday’s alert concerning the FAA’s plans to close within 30 days 75 percent of the air traffic control towers managed under the Federal Contract Tower Program. HAI President Matt Zuccaro is calling on all members of the helicopter industry to take immediate action: contact your two U.S. senators and ask… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Mar-13

Civil/Military Aviation Conference becomes early casualty of FAA cuts

Civil/Military Aviation Conference becomes early casualty of FAA cuts

The US budgets cuts – or sequester – that have forced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to seek $637 million in savings before the end of the current tax year have claimed their first event casualty – a top civil military aviation conference due to be held next month in Geneva. (see full story)

Source: Air Traffic Management, 08-Mar-13

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US budget cuts (aka “Sequestration”) hit from today

US budget cuts (aka “Sequestration”) hit from today

US budgetary cuts, known as “sequestration”, starts today – 1st March 2013. The FAA needs to reduce its expenditures by about $600 Million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013. Among the changes which are likely to impact is a program whereby almost all their 47,000 employees will be forced to take unpaid leave for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Mar-13

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Hensel Phelps awarded $55.6M construction contracts at Fort Carson

Hensel Phelps awarded $55.6M construction contracts at Fort Carson

Two press releases in a short space of time:- Hensel Phelps Construction Co. was awarded a $10.8 Million Design-Build contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers for the 13th Command Battalion – Air Traffic Control Tower / Airfield Operations Building, at Fort Carson Colorado. To address the military’s current energy security and sustainability needs,… Read more »

Source: Hensel Phelps, 20-Aug-12

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FreeFlight Systems and Chevron Receive STC for ADS-B solution

FreeFlight Systems and Chevron Receive STC for ADS-B solution

For First Rule-Compliant ADS-B Installation In GOMEX Helicopters Waco Texas, June 14, 2012, FreeFlight Systems, a leading NextGen avionics supplier, and Chevron Corporation announced today that FreeFlight Systems has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the first fully rule-compliant ADS-B solution for Gulf of Mexico (GOMEX) helicopter operators. Developed using the FreeFlight Systems RANGR… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 18-Jun-12

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HAI Meets with Key NextGen Service Provider

HAI Meets with Key NextGen Service Provider

HAI President Matt Zuccaro and a team of HAI staff members met on Tues., June 5, with ITT Exelis at the company’s offices near Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. to discuss the benefits of the Next Generation Air Traffic System (NextGen) to helicopter operators. ITT Exelis is the FAA’s prime contractor on ADS-B (automatic… Read more »

Source: HAI, 07-Jun-12

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Turkish navaids for helicopter training at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan

Turkish navaids for helicopter training at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan

Kuanta Insaat Taahhut Elektronik Tur, San VE TIC.A.S., Ankara, Turkey, is being awarded a $7,444,761 firm-fixed-price contract to provide acquisitions of Air Traffic Control and Landing System and navigational aids in support of Afghanistan’s Air Force’s rotary and fixed wing flying training program at Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan.  The location of the performance is Ankara,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jan-12

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UK and Ireland agree new airspace policy

UK and Ireland agree new airspace policy

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) have approved a joint policy on Performance-based Navigation (PBN) to be implemented across UK and Irish airspace. PBN relies on new technology such as global navigation satellite systems, instead of more traditional ground based beacons, to enable aircraft to navigate to very high… Read more »

Source: CAA, 17-Nov-11

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FAA releases independent report on ATC training

FAA releases independent report on ATC training

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt today announced a set of recommendations from an independent panel on how to improve all aspects of an air traffic controller’s experience at the FAA, including hiring, training, placement and career development. “Our air traffic controllers do a phenomenal job every day helping passengers reach their destinations safely,”… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-Oct-11

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FAA revamps cockpit program for Air Traffic Controllers

FAA revamps cockpit program for Air Traffic Controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that effective today air traffic controllers will once again be able to ride in aircraft cockpits with commercial pilots as part of a voluntary education program.  The Flight Deck Training program is designed to improve safety by giving air traffic controllers a greater understanding of the pilots’ experience and… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Aug-11

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FAA calls Congress’ bluff by stopping work on infrastructure improvement projects

FAA calls Congress’ bluff by stopping work on infrastructure improvement projects

Contractors have been told to stop work on critical airport modernization projects around the country after Congress failed to pass legislation on Friday giving the FAA the authority necessary for work to continue. Dozens of “stop work orders” have been issued for major projects designed to build and modernize control towers and other aviation infrastructure… Read more »

Source: FAA, 25-Jul-11

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FAA and NATCA agree on fatigue recommendations

FAA and NATCA agree on fatigue recommendations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) today announced agreement (PDF) on important fatigue recommendations that were developed by a joint FAA-NATCA working group which was established under the 2009 collective bargaining agreement. “The American public must have confidence that our nation’s air traffic controllers are rested and ready to… Read more »

Source: FAA, 04-Jul-11

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UK CAA approves new segregated airspace for unmanned aircraft

UK CAA approves new segregated airspace for unmanned aircraft

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved a request from the Welsh Government to establish additional segregated airspace in the vicinity of West Wales Airport and the area to the east of the airport. The new segregated airspace will be for the sole use of unmanned aircraft conducting flying operations from the West Wales… Read more »

Source: CAA, 27-Jun-11

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HAI requests TSA procedures to minimize Presidential TFR impact

HAI requests TSA procedures to minimize Presidential TFR impact

HAI President Matt Zuccaro joined the leaders of several other general aviation associations earlier this month in a letter to TSA Administrator John S. Pistole expressing the need for TSA to work with industry to minimize the impact on general aviation businesses due to temporary flight restrictions (TFR) created to support presidential travel. Zuccaro and the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Jun-11

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FAA announces more actions as part of Air Traffic Control review

FAA announces more actions as part of Air Traffic Control review

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt announced additional management changes and other actions today as part of the FAA’s comprehensive review of the air traffic control system. Three veteran FAA managers will be repositioned to assume oversight of critical air traffic roles: Walt Cochran will oversee Terminal Operations, where he will be responsible for all… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-May-11

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FAA announces additional actions as part of ATC review

FAA announces additional actions as part of ATC review

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt announced additional management changes and other actions today as part of the FAA’s comprehensive review of the air traffic control system. Three veteran FAA managers will be repositioned to assume oversight of critical air traffic roles: Walt Cochran will oversee Terminal Operations, where he will be responsible for all… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-May-11

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FAA knew controllers nap, ignored fatigue issue

FAA knew controllers nap, ignored fatigue issue

“The Federal Aviation Administration is well aware that air traffic controllers have been falling asleep every week at each and every air traffic control facility in the nation for at least 30 years — and they still are.” reports CNN

Source: CNN, 28-Apr-11

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FAA accepts Air Traffic boss’ resignation

FAA accepts Air Traffic boss’ resignation

Over the last few weeks we have seen examples of unprofessional conduct on the part of a few individuals that have rightly caused the traveling public to question our ability to ensure their safety.  This conduct must stop immediately.  I am committed to maintaining the highest level of public confidence and that begins with strong… Read more »

Source: FAA, 15-Apr-11

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FAA adds staff at 27 control towers

FAA adds staff at 27 control towers

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today that effective immediately the FAA will place an additional air traffic controller on the midnight shift at 27 control towers around the country that are currently staffed with only one controller during that time. The FAA is taking this action after… Read more »

Source: FAA, 14-Apr-11

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Ground-breaking North Sea helicopter tracking system goes live

Ground-breaking North Sea helicopter tracking system goes live

Oil & Gas UK and NATS, the UK’s leading air navigation service provider, today announced the world’s first operational use of wide area multilateration technology for tracking offshore flights. Helicopters in transit to and from oil and gas platforms in the North Sea are now visible to air traffic controllers from takeoff to landing, increasing… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 14-Dec-10

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Calgary Police clock up 11 near misses in 4 years

Calgary Police clock up 11 near misses in 4 years

Calgary police helicopters are reported to have flown too close to other aircraft at least 11 times in the last four years, a CBC News investigation has found. Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2010/03/05/calgary-police-helicopter-close-calls-air-planes.html#ixzz0i2WRCpqo

Source: CBC, 13-Mar-10

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Indian operators suggest heliroutes around Mumbai Airport

Indian operators suggest heliroutes around Mumbai Airport

Helicopter operators like Pawan Hans, Unitech Flying and Kestrel Aviation among others have suggested some measures to improve the safety and efficiency of the dedicated chopper corridors at Mumbai airport.

Source: Indian Express, 05-Mar-10

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PHI and Sikorsky Develop New Technology for Improved Air Traffic Efficiency and Safety

PHI and Sikorsky Develop New Technology for Improved Air Traffic Efficiency and Safety

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today commended PHI Inc. for taking the lead on developing technology that improves air traffic control safety and efficiency for S-92® helicopters serving PHI’s Gulf of Mexico oil customers. Sikorsky collaborated on developing the technology and announced the advances at the Heli-Expo aerospace show in Houston, Texas. PHI (Nasdaq: PHII and PHIIK)… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 24-Feb-10

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FAA Finalizes Changes in Hudson River Airspace to Enhance Safety

FAA Finalizes Changes in Hudson River Airspace to Enhance Safety

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today finalized a federal rule, effective November 19, 2009, that will enhance safety by separating low-altitude, local aircraft flights over the Hudson River from flights transiting through the river airspace.

Source: FAA, 17-Nov-09

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Crowded skies delay landings of medical helicopters in Ohio

This scenario is happening more often: A medical helicopter tries to bring a patient to an Ohio hospital but the landing pad is occupied.

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 26-Oct-09

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FAA Approves First U.S. Ground Based Augmentation System

he Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the approval of Honeywell’s Smartpath Precision Landing System, clearing the way for increased safety and efficiency at airports by providing precise navigation service based on GPS.

Source: FAA, 21-Sep-09

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Host Systems to demonstrate mobile ATC Tower at Helitech 2009

Host Systems will be displaying their demonstration mobile elevating tower at Helitech 2009. Elevating to a height of 8m the ATC tower will be a great place to view the show.

Source: Rotorhub, 18-Sep-09

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FAA Airspace Group Will Recommend Safety Improvements in New York

The FAA today convened a New York Airspace Working Group that will review current operating procedures over the Hudson and East Rivers and recommend safety improvements in two weeks to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

Source: FAA, 14-Aug-09

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2 Air Traffic Workers Suspended in Inquiry on Hudson River Crash

Federal officials on Thursday suspended two air traffic employees at Teterboro Airport who had been overseeing the Piper plane that collided with a helicopter over the Hudson River on Saturday, killing nine people.

Source: NY Times, 14-Aug-09

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Hickok & Associates’ First Helicopter WAAS LPV Instrument Flight Procedures Approved by FAA

Source: Vertical, 02-Jun-09

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FAA and NATCA Start Mediation Talks

Source: FAA, 20-May-09

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FAA’s Air-Traffic Networks Breached by Hackers

Source: Wall St Journal, 07-May-09

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