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AC313 Passes Rain Certification Tests

AC313 Passes Rain Certification Tests

China’s AC313, their first heavy lift helicopter for civilian use, has passed its airworthiness tests. Changhe Aircraft Industry Co. Ltd commented that the helicopter flew in heavy rain that exceeded 0.03 inches in six minutes. It flew an altitude of 200 to 500 meters at high speeds during the test flight. Xinhua News reported that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Mar-17

Deadline for UAE Helipad Certification

Deadline for UAE Helipad Certification

January 2018 has now been decided, by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, as the deadline for the certification of all private and commercial helipads, with the exception of hi-rise towers. This certification process began in 2012, with the first certification being the helipad atop Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, reports Arabian Business.

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Mar-17

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FAA certifies AW169

FAA certifies AW169

The AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter has achieved validation by FAA of the United States of its certification, with deliveries to begin in USA this year. A versatile, new generation twin-engine light-intermediate category helicopter, the AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Feb-17

Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Last year Bell grounded its two 525 Relentless prototypes, after the fatal crash of their third prototype on July 6 that killed both test pilots. They have now confirmed that due to this, certification for the 525s have been delayed. The two prototypes have been under a US National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation since… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

FAA Certification for Monumental Helicopters

FAA Certification for Monumental Helicopters

The FAA has recently certified Monumental Helicopters as an Air Carrier, allowing them to operate on-demand passenger and cargo carrying services. This certification now allows them to provide flights to 48 states. Their three passenger Robinson R44 is now allowed to land at any helipad, airport or clearing in the Mid-Atlantic Region, reports Rotor Daily…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

FAA wants to overhaul Certification Standards for Small Airplanes

FAA wants to overhaul Certification Standards for Small Airplanes

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today proposed a rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. The FAA’s proposal, which is based on industry recommendations, would reduce the time it takes to get safety enhancing technologies for small airplanes into the marketplace while also reducing cost. “This proposal… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Mar-16

Kamov Ansast CIP variant certified in Russia

Kamov Ansast CIP variant certified in Russia

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, announces that the new light multirole commercial Ansat with hydromechanical controls has received two Main Amendment Approvals for the helicopter’s VIP cabin and air-conditioning system from the Federal Air Transport Agency, which as of this month has taken over duties as Russia’s aviation certification authority from the Aviation… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 04-Jan-16

Mi-38 certified by Russian Federal Air Transportation Agency

Mi-38 certified by Russian Federal Air Transportation Agency

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has received type certification for the medium multirole Mi-38 transport helicopter designed by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, a Russian Helicopters company. The certification confirms that the helicopter’s standard design complies with Russian and international aviation requirements. In 2016 the Mi-38 will enter serial production and launch on the… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 04-Jan-16

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GAMA asks White House to Issue Small Airplane Certification Rule

GAMA asks White House to Issue Small Airplane Certification Rule

GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce issued the following statement asking when the Obama Administration will issue the rule to implement the Small Airplane Revitalization Act; the law set the deadline for issuance of the final rule as today, December 15, 2015: “Today marks the deadline set by the U.S. Congress more than two years… Read more »

Source: GAMA, 17-Dec-15

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EASA certifies AgustaWestland AW169

EASA certifies AgustaWestland AW169

AgustaWestland announced today the new generation AW169 helicopter has been issued with type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 15 July 2015. Delivery of the first production helicopters to customers will now commence. AgustaWestland has achieved EASA type certification less than five years after the AW169 programme launch. This achievement has been… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Jul-15

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HAI, Partners Offer Guideposts to Single-Engine IFR Certification

HAI, Partners Offer Guideposts to Single-Engine IFR Certification

The Helicopter Association International and association partners, AHS International, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and Aircraft Electronics Association, this week makes public an industry white paper that can serve as a guide to reestablish cost-effective IFR certification of single-engine Part 27 helicopters within the boundaries of existing Part 27 rules. The finalized white paper is the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-Jul-15

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FAA Implements Safety Reporting Program for Aircraft Certification Service Employees

FAA Implements Safety Reporting Program for Aircraft Certification Service Employees

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in partnership with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), today began a safety reporting program called the Safety Review Process (SRP).  The 18-month pilot program, which is open to all bargaining-unit employees, allows FAA employees who work in the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) to elevate… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-Jun-15

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Railroad owner seeks approval to use firefighting helicopter on adjacent US Forest Service land

Railroad owner seeks approval to use firefighting helicopter on adjacent US Forest Service land

Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, is seeking federal permission to allow his firefighting helicopter to battle blazes on federal lands near the railroad tracks. See Full Story

Source: The Durango Herald, 07-May-15

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Mi-38 certification targetted for October 2015

Mi-38 certification targetted for October 2015

Sources in Russia are saying that certification of Mi-38 helicopter should be completed in October 2015.  The unnamed source gave Interfax this information last week, adding that the Kazan factory has already started on the first production batch. Two prototypes (OP-3 and OP-4) are involved in the certification work, of this new helicopter powered by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-15

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EASA Approves S76D for VIP work, not offshore

EASA Approves S76D for VIP work, not offshore

The European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) has approved the VIP Type Certificate for the S-76D™ helicopter, allowing for operation of the aircraft in Europe. The announcement was made at the 2015 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). EASA signed the certificate on Feb. 25, capping an intensive flight… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Mar-15

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FAA Certifies Sikorsky S-92® Gross Weight Expansion and TCAS II​

FAA Certifies Sikorsky S-92® Gross Weight Expansion and TCAS II​

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of a gross weight expansion (GWE) for the S-92® helicopter production configuration. The GWE increases the maximum take-off gross weight from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds allowing operators to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload. In addition to GWE, the FAA also certified… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Mar-15

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FAA certifies Guimbal G2 Cabri

FAA certifies Guimbal G2 Cabri

Following its best year of operation ever, and opening an even more promising year 2015, Helicopteres Guimbal has just received the final certification of the Cabri G2 helicopter from the FAA. This success is the result of a smooth 16-month cooperation with the different specialists of the Federal Agency, including Operations, Flight tests and Documentation…. Read more »

Source: Guimbal, 05-Feb-15

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EASA certifies Airbus EC145T2 – Deliveries start in Q3

EASA certifies Airbus EC145T2 – Deliveries start in Q3

The newest member of Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 rotorcraft family – the EC145 T2 – has been certified, clearing the way for customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of this year. Issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Apr-14

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China certifies Sikorsky S-76D

China certifies Sikorsky S-76D

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued a validation type certificate for the S-76D™ aircraft, allowing Sikorsky to begin delivering the commercial helicopter to customers in China. The announcement was made at the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 21-Apr-14

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EASA R66 Certification Update

EASA R66 Certification Update

As many of you will now know, Robinson Helicopter Company successfully demonstrated the ELOS (Equivalent Level Of Safety) to the FAA resulting in the helicopter receiving certification in Russia and Canada. EASA have since deemed the Equivalent Safety Finding as “important” and, as such, have made it subject to public consultation. Sloane responded with its… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 27-Jun-13

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Eurocopter EC175 certification slips by six months to “early 2014”

Eurocopter EC175 certification slips by six months to “early 2014”

Flightglobal reports that Eurocopter has delayed certification of its developmental EC175 super medium helicopter as it looks to ensure maturity of the type before it enters service. see full story

19-Jun-13

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NBAA Welcomes US Senate Legislation to Simplify Certification for GA Aircraft

NBAA Welcomes US Senate Legislation to Simplify Certification for GA Aircraft

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed the introduction of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 (S.1072) by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). The bill is similar to the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013, which was introduced earlier this month in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mike… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 05-Jun-13

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HeliRussia – Russia-Peru certification agreement opens up opportunties for Helisur

HeliRussia – Russia-Peru certification agreement opens up opportunties for Helisur

[electronic translation] Signed May 16, 2013 agreement on “mutual recognition of airworthiness documents” between the General Administration of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Peru and the Interstate Aviation Committee enables the company Helicopteros del Sur (Helisur), a member of the group, “UTair”, to begin commercial operation 20 Russian helicopters of “Mil “based in Peru…. Read more »

Source: UTair, 17-May-13

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Is EASA R66 debacle really Robinson’s fault?

Is EASA R66 debacle really Robinson’s fault?

Robinson continues to work with the relevant authorities to get the turbine engined R66 certified in Russia, Canada and Europe – and a recent press release from Sloane Helicopters confirms that some progress is being made – indeed there is every indication that now the FAA has granted Robinson the ELOS (Equivalent Level of Safety) paperwork, certification… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-13

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Sikorsky S76D is FAA certified

Sikorsky S76D is FAA certified

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Type Certificate for the S-76D™ helicopter, moving the aircraft forward to its highly anticipated delivery into the medium-sized marketplace. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The FAA signed the certificate on Oct. 12, capping an intensive flight test program to introduce the S-76D helicopter, Sikorsky’s newest… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Oct-12

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European Robinson dealers call for EASA meeting over R66 certification

European Robinson dealers call for EASA meeting over R66 certification

Due to the ongoing delays in the European certification of the Robinson R66, Robinson dealers across the continent are calling for a meeting with two EASA representatives – namely Certification Director Dr. Norbert Lohl and the R66 validation project coordinator, Volker Arnsmeier. The move – led by British distributor Sloane Helicopters – is out of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jul-12

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AC311 “AirPac” certified and 72 orders booked

AC311 “AirPac” certified and 72 orders booked

Chinese manufacturer AVIC has reported on the certification of their AC311 light turbine helicopter, and a further 62 sales taking the total announced to 72.  The new orders were all signed last week, and while AVIC has not stated how many each purchaser is taking, they will be spread between the following four customers:- –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-12

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R66 EASA Certification – Robinson provides update

R66 EASA Certification – Robinson provides update

HeliHub.com has heard that Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) has this week updated distributors in EASA countries on the latest situation of the ongoing R66 certification issues – which focus on the hydraulic servo.  This situation has been dragging on for a long time, and some are even suggesting that a European manufacturer could be putting… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-12

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Mornington Sanford Aviation assist with R66 certification in Malaysia

Mornington Sanford Aviation assist with R66 certification in Malaysia

rnington Sanford Aviation assist Solaire Helicopters Sdn Bhd the Malaysian Robinson Helicopter Company Dealer, based in Kuala Lumpur and the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) in achieving Robinson R66 Type Certification (First of Type) in Malaysia. Richard conducted a Malaysian DCA approved R66 Airframe and RR300 engine Type Training Course over 6 days at… Read more »

Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation, 12-Jun-12

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China – AC311 recommended for type certificate

China – AC311 recommended for type certificate

Last Friday, 4th May, the Certification Department of Civil Aviation held the final meeting in Beijing to discuss the few outstanding issues on the type certification of the AC311 helicopter.  Chaired by Yan Shijun, Deputy Director of Airworthiness, the Type Certificate Examination Committee concluded the meeting with a recommendation that the AC311 be issued a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-May-12

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R66 certification – Canada closer, EASA still ongoing

R66 certification – Canada closer, EASA still ongoing

Robinson Helicopter Co are continuing to work through a number of outstanding issues in getting the R66 certified in Europe by EASA.  THe main obstacle remains the design of the hydraulic servo.  EASA is evaluating what is referred to as an “Equivalent Level Of Safety” finding which is in progress between RHC and the FAA…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Apr-12

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R66 hydraulics concerns hold up EASA and Canadian certification

R66 hydraulics concerns hold up EASA and Canadian certification

Canadian and European regulators have held up certification of the five-seat Robinson R66 helicopter and requested more tests on the hydraulic system, said company president Kurt Robinson. (see full story)

20-Feb-12

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China certifies the 13-tonne AC313

China certifies the 13-tonne AC313

Civil Aviation Administration of China has certified the 13-tonne AC313 earlier today.  The AC313 was developed by government-owned manufacturer AVIC from the Harbin Z-8, itself relying very heavily on the 1960s French design – the SA321 Super Frelon. AVIC expect to market the AC313 for emergency rescue operations, forest fire prevention, transport, offshore operations, medical… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-12

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Sikorsky plans S-434 FAA certification early 2012

Sikorsky plans S-434 FAA certification early 2012

Sikorsky is anticipating FAA certification of the S-434 light turbine early this year.  The S-434 is an improved version of the S-333 with a four-blade head and 300 more pounds in gross weight, taking the total to 2,850 pounds all up.  Additionally it has a new tail rotor with 20% increased thrust, and structurally improved… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-12

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Brazil certifies Kamov Ka32A11BC

Brazil certifies Kamov Ka32A11BC

The Russian multi-role coaxial Ka-32A11BC helicopter was today granted a type certificate in Brazil. The certificate will allow the Ka-32A11BC operate on the Brazilian civil aviation market and perform firefighting, search and rescue, load-carrying missions, as well as handling special construction tasks in places inaccessible to traditional transport. It is worth mentioning that in December… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 07-Dec-11

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EASA certifies Bell 407GX

EASA certifies Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that its newest version of the popular Bell 407 – the 407GX – has earned European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification following its certification by Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this year. Since the Bell 407GX was introduced in March at… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Nov-11

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China certifies Bell 429

China certifies Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has received type certification for the Bell 429 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. “This is an important milestone as Bell Helicopter continues to grow its presence within the Asia Pacific region,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president for Bell Helicopter’s Commercial… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Oct-11

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First two deliveries made as Russia certifies Bell 429

First two deliveries made as Russia certifies Bell 429

Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee has this week announced the completion of the certification process for Bell’s light twin model 429.  This will open the way for sales Jet Transfer, Bell’s distributor for in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.  Shortly after this achievement, and the handover of certificate number PT325 to the manufacturer, Jet Transfer announced the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jul-11

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R66 achieves Australian certification

R66 achieves Australian certification

Heliflite, Australasia’s longest serving authorised Robinson distributor is pleased to announce that the region’s first R66 Turbine helicopter has received formal CASA certification for first of type. The base yellow with slate grey trim coloured R66 Turbine helicopter is now ready to make its inaugural trip to Avalon Airport to be part of Heliflite’s Australian… Read more »

27-Feb-11

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Kamov Ka-32A11BC certified in India

Kamov Ka-32A11BC certified in India

The Ka-32A11BC, the Russian civil all-weather coaxial helicopter, has been certified for operations in India. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Republic of India (DGCA) allowed operations on the basis of the certificate issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). EASA issued a standard EASA.IM.R.133 certificate for the Ka-32A11BC in 2009. The… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Feb-11

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Brazil certifies the Bell 429

Brazil certifies the Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) has awarded the Bell 429 helicopter Brazilian certification. This approval follows certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Canada (TC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). “This certification clears the way for the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Jan-11

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Russia starts process to get Ka32 certified in Brazil

Russia starts process to get Ka32 certified in Brazil

Russian Helicopters have recently started the formal process of obtaining certification for the Kamov Ka32A11BC in Brazil. They are expecting the issuing of the approval certificate in the second half of 2011. They believe that the process should be simplified by the fact that this model has already been certified by EASA and Transport Canada…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-10

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Ansat and Ka226 expect Russian certification before year-end

Ansat and Ka226 expect Russian certification before year-end

Russia will certify two light utility helicopters by the end of 2010, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said on Friday.

Source: RIA Novosti, 13-Nov-10

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Chile certifies PZL Sokol for local forestry department

Chile certifies PZL Sokol for local forestry department

A PZL W-3 Sokol has been in Chile since at least April 2010 on a Polish registration while certification issues are sorted. This process was finally completed in September, and local registration CC-ACJ was issued and it was noted as such on 30th September at Vina del Mar – Rodelillo Airport (photo here). The operator… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-10

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Robinson confirm R66 Turbine now FAA type certified

Robinson confirm R66 Turbine now FAA type certified

[HeliHub.com editor note – purely for completeness we file this story – bear in mind it was HeliHub.com who had the scoop and announced the certification date of 25th October way back on 29th September (see article here)] Torrance, CA— On October 25, 2010, three years and eight months after Robinson Helicopter publicly announced plans… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 28-Oct-10

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Rolls-Royce congratulates Robinson on R66 certification

Rolls-Royce congratulates Robinson on R66 certification

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, congratulates Robinson Helicopter Company on achieving certification of the new R66. The helicopter was FAA certified October 25 during a ceremony held at the Robinson facility in Torrance, CA. The R66 is powered by a single Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine and is the first turbine powered model in Robinson’s… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 26-Oct-10

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R66 certification expected 25th October

R66 certification expected 25th October

FAA certification for the turbine powered Robinson R66 is expected on Monday 25th October, and all dealers have been invited to the factory at Torrance for a celebratory party. The R66 is powered by the new Rolls Royce RR 300, rated by the manufacturer at 240-300 shp, and weighing in at 176lb (a fraction under… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Sep-10

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Helitech 2009: Bell 429 achieves EASA Certification

Helitech 2009: Bell 429 achieves EASA Certification

Bell’s latest helicopter, the Model 429 has been awarded its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification.

Source: Rotorhub, 24-Sep-09

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MD Helicopters Earns Chinese Certification for MD500E, MD530F, MD520N

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) announced that it has received validation of Type Certification H3WE for the MD 500E®, the MD 530F® and the 520N® from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The MD 600N® and MD Explorer® were previously approved.

Source: Vertical, 22-Sep-09

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Bell 429 Achieves TC and FAA Certification

Bell 429 Achieves TC and FAA Certification

Bell Helicopter today announced the certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) of its newest light twin engine helicopter, the 429. Bell has also completed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification requirements. First deliveries are scheduled to begin this month.

Source: Bell, 01-Jul-09

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Bell expect 429 certificiation by month end

Bell expect 429 certificiation by month end

Bob Fitzpatrick, SVP of Business Development and Commercial Programs stated, “We continue to make great progress on the 429 program and expect it to be certified by the end of this month with customer deliveries beginning shortly after certification.”

Source: Textron, 15-Jun-09

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Bell 429 certification by May, deliveries to follow

Bell 429 certification by May, deliveries to follow

In a brief statement about future rotorcraft developments at the company during a press conference at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California, CEO Giuseppe Orsi said the aircraft would fly in the coming months of 2009.

Source: Rotorhub, 22-Feb-09

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MD Explorer Now Certified In Russia

MD Explorer Now Certified In Russia

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) announced that it has received Type Certificate No. CT284 for its light twin engine helicopter, the MD Explorer® from Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) Aviation Register (AR), Russian Federation.

Source: Vertical Magazine, 22-Feb-09

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EASA Certifies AFS Engine Filter for Eurocopter AS350 Helicopters

Source: AFS, 21-Jan-09

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