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Robertson testing AS350 crash resistant fuel tank

Robertson testing AS350 crash resistant fuel tank

Robertson Fuel Systems (RFS), a HEICO Company, and Vector Aerospace have completed a major milestone toward Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of their Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 light single helicopter family. Following the successful completion of a 50-foot drop test that demonstrated the tank’s ability to withstand impact without any leakage,… Read more »

Source: Robertson Fuel Systems, 26-Jul-17

New Deputy Administrator appointed at FAA

New Deputy Administrator appointed at FAA

Dan Elwell was sworn in this week as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator. Appointed by President Donald J. Trump, Elwell is the second highest-ranking official at the agency responsible for ensuring aviation safety and air traffic control services for the nation. Elwell returns to the FAA during a historic period of safety and change… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Jul-17

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Astronics Max-Viz Systems collaborating with FAA for a research study

Astronics Max-Viz Systems collaborating with FAA for a research study

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, is collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a research project to study operational concepts for the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) in helicopters. The study is designed to develop a basis for possible application of enhanced vision systems in helicopters flying… Read more »

Source: Astronics Corporation, 19-Jul-17

MD close to FAA approval for MD600 glass cockpit

MD close to FAA approval for MD600 glass cockpit

MD Helicopters, Inc.  (MDHI) announces successful completion of all FAA Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) requirements for certification of its first all-glass cockpit for the MD 600N. The MD 600N is the first of the company’s four (4) single-engine models to feature the Block 1 cockpit upgrade and complete TIA. With the successful completion of the TIA… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Jul-17

FAA approves Dart Aerospace R66 utility baskets

FAA approves Dart Aerospace R66 utility baskets

FAA has issued an STC for the DART R66 Heli-Utility-Basket™ as a validation of the previously issued Transport Canada approval. “The R66 Helicopter Utility-Basket from DART Aerospace has added great operational flexibility to Valley B Aviation’s Robinson R66 aircraft.  The initial installation of the provisions was seamless and straight forward, and the field installation is… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 03-Jul-17

FAA warns FAR Part 135 R44 operators

FAA warns FAR Part 135 R44 operators

As the public might be aware, effective April 25th, 2017, to conduct operations under FAR Part 135 using a Robinson R44, an operator had to get the aircraft equipped with a “Radio Altimeter”. On June 5th, 2017 the FAA published Change 527 to 8900.1 (Part A Operations Specification) this change effectively extended the compliance date… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-Jun-17

Paradise Helicopters under threat from neighbours

Paradise Helicopters under threat from neighbours

The community group, Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono (HICoP) have sent in a contested case hearing about the approval of a parking permit for Paradise Helicopters at Hilo International Airport. Paradise Helicopters has had to request a parking permit due to the airport wanting to construct an access road through one of Paradise’s parking spots… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

FAA employee union opposes ATC privatisation

FAA employee union opposes ATC privatisation

Mike Perrone, national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) who ensure the safety of the National Airspace System and the aircraft that use it, rejected the 21st Century AIRR Act introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster… Read more »

Source: PASS, 27-Jun-17

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BK117 Modification Granted FAA Certification

BK117 Modification Granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the Insco Solid‐State BK117‐B2 140% Dual Torque Gauge. The Insco Torque Gauge is a form, fit and function replacement for the OEM Analogue Torque Gauge and has proven to be significantly more reliable than its analogue predecessor, reducing downtime and maintenance costs for… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 15-Jun-17

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is pleased to announce that its Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Bell 505 continues to surpass significant milestones – achieving type certification in December 2016 from Transport Canada Civil Aviation, then gaining production certification, and recently celebrating the first… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 09-Jun-17

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Onboard Systems BO105 Cargo Hook Kits Certified by FAA

Onboard Systems BO105 Cargo Hook Kits Certified by FAA

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its hydraulic cargo hooks with Surefire® release technology have been STC certified by the FAA for the Airbus Helicopters BO105 aircraft. Onboard has also submitted these Surefire-enabled systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 09-Jun-17

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BK117 Dual Torque Gauge Granted FAA Approval

BK117 Dual Torque Gauge Granted FAA Approval

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the Insco Solid‐State BK117‐B2 140% Dual Torque Gauge. The Insco Torque Gauge is a form, fit and function replacement for the OEM Analogue Torque Gauge and has proven to be significantly more reliable than its analogue predecessor, reducing downtime and maintenance costs for… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 06-Jun-17

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TH-180 program has two prototype aircraft in the certification program

TH-180 program has two prototype aircraft in the certification program

The TH-180 program has two prototype aircraft in the certification program.  One is in flight test and the other (pictured) is engaged in a 100-hour ground run which is a rugged test of the drive system and controls.  Several tests have been completed and the program is steadily progressing toward certification by the end of… Read more »

Source: Enstorm, 05-Jun-17

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FAA issues guidance on Loss Of Control situations

FAA issues guidance on Loss Of Control situations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign is designed to educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. What is Loss of Control (LOC)? An LOC accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-Jun-17

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BK117 Role Equipment Granted FAA Certification

BK117 Role Equipment Granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the  9 Passenger High Density Seating. Providing lightweight seating in the cabin whilst maximising the number of passengers that can be carried. The nine place high density seats give the flexibility that multi‐role aircraft operators demand.  They are lightweight, can be configured as 3,… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 25-May-17

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HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose speaks at FAA DPE class

HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose speaks at FAA DPE class

Last week, in the Anchorage Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), the FAA held an annual renewal class for designated pilot examiners (DPEs). There were over 40 attendees in the room, and participants were eager to learn about the latest FAA requirements. Taking advantage of the fact that Helicopter Association International (HAI) Director of Safety Outreach… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-May-17

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RAMM offers FAA Approved Replacement Interior Kits for R44

RAMM offers FAA Approved Replacement Interior Kits for R44

RAMM Aerospace is proud to announce receipt of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for their R44 Replacement Seat Kit. With this FAA STC on hand, RAMM Aerospace now offers the most beneficial R44 Replacement Interior Kit on the market. The RAMM Aerospace R44 Replacement Interior Kit includes precut Carpet or Utility Flooring Kit, Leather… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 23-May-17

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BK117 Role Equipment granted FAA Certification

BK117 Role Equipment granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the MBB BK117‐B2 BK117 Cargo Hook and Mirror Kit. The BK117 Cargo Hook has a carrying capacity of up to 1200kg.  It utilizes the Onboard Systems Cargo Hook with the option of either hydraulic or manual release and can be mounted to either an… Read more »

Source: Airwork (NZ), 19-May-17

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Líder Aviação Obtains FAA Certification

Líder Aviação Obtains FAA Certification

Líder Aviação obtained a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification on April 12, 2017, which will enable the company to perform maintenance on U.S.-registered aircraft operating in the oil and gas segment. With this certification, Líder Aviação – which was already certified by the FAA in the São Paulo and Belo Horizonte bases – will also… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 10-May-17

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FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the Bell 407 aircraft featuring their Surefire® release technology. Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 09-May-17

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Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Centre has to replace their Advanced Life-support and Emergency Rescue Team (ALERT) helicopter which has been in service for 17 years. The helicopter meets the new FAA rule of having a terrain awareness and warning system but the helicopter is down 105 days of the year due to repairs. The only backup… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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HAI commends House leaders for engaging GA stakeholders

HAI commends House leaders for engaging GA stakeholders

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member David Price of the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies for their leadership in engaging stakeholders on an important funding issue associated with FAA reauthorization. “We commend Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Price for reaching out to members of… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-May-17

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FAA to Hold Airspace Workshops in Las Vegas

FAA to Hold Airspace Workshops in Las Vegas

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold three public information workshops in late April on proposed airspace improvements over the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The improvements are part of the FAA’s Las Vegas Metroplex project, which proposes to use streamlined satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. The project… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Apr-17

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FAA approves Onboard Systems MD500 Hooks with Surefire Release

FAA approves Onboard Systems MD500 Hooks with Surefire Release

The newly certified Surefire cargo hook kits for the MD500 include the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit (P/N 200-378-10), the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-379-10) and the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System and NVG backlight (P/N 200-379-11). In addition to offering the Surefire release technology… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 24-Apr-17

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Onboard Systems MD500 Cargo Hook Kits Receive FAA Certification

Onboard Systems MD500 Cargo Hook Kits Receive FAA Certification

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the MD Helicopters MD500 aircraft featuring their Surefire® release technology. Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 21-Apr-17

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FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities. This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply… Read more »

Source: FAA, 12-Apr-17

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FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. They will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests, which will help the FAA… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Apr-17

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Elbit reams with FAA to Research Helicopter Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

Elbit reams with FAA to Research Helicopter Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

Elbit Systems has teamed with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a research partner to study operational concepts for the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) in helicopters. The study will help lay the foundation for the future implementation of EFVS in rotorcraft. While EFVS rules currently exist for approaches to runways at… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 04-Apr-17

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HAI comments on Senator Inhofe’s Fairness for Pilots Act

HAI comments on Senator Inhofe’s Fairness for Pilots Act

Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced S.755 (the Fairness for Pilots Act) on March 29, 2017, calling for improved legal protections of pilots facing FAA investigation or enforcement. The bill would allow pilots “to appeal an FAA decision through a new, merit-based trial in Federal Court;” and require the FAA to increase investigation transparency, expedite the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Apr-17

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Fatal Indiana Crash Under Investigation

Fatal Indiana Crash Under Investigation

Indiana State Police, together with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board, are currently investigating the crash that killed 53-year old pilot, Howard Y. Esterbrook. The crash occurred 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis while Mr. Esterbrook was helping install power lines for Mesa, reports News Now Warsaw.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Mar-17

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Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization founded thirty-two years ago that provides critical care medical transport by air and ground, is pleased to announce that it has completed the process to secure its own Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-issued Part 135 Operating Certificate.  On Friday, March 3, 2017, Boston MedFlight completed its first patient transport under the… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 21-Mar-17

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Southeast Aerospace receives the FAA’s Gold Award of Excellence

Southeast Aerospace receives the FAA’s Gold Award of Excellence

Southeast Aerospace is pleased to announce that we have received the FAA’s Gold Award of Excellence. The Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT) awards program was developed by the FAA to encourage technicians and employers to receive or promote initial and recurring maintenance training. The FAA recognizes these technicians and employers by issuing awards for receiving, promoting… Read more »

Source: Southeast Aerospace, 21-Mar-17

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First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

Together with Perth’s Heliwest Services, Van Horn Aviation (VHA), Bell Helicopter’s subsidiary Aeronautical Accessories have successfully fitted a pair of composite main rotor blades onto an Australian Bell 206B Jet Ranger. The blades from VHA are guaranteed to extend the service life from 18,000 hours to 20,000. The blades have NASA designed laminar-flow airfoil, carbon… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-17

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Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam, the nation’s leading helicopter air ambulance provider, is now the largest Part 135 aviation operator to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Maintenance Award. The FAA’s St. Louis Flight District Standards Office presented the award on Tuesday, March 14 at the Air Evac Lifeteam corporate headquarters in O’Fallon, Mo. Seth Myers, president… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 17-Mar-17

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Concorde High Capacity RG-427 Now Available for Bell 407 and Bell 427

Concorde High Capacity RG-427 Now Available for Bell 407 and Bell 427

Concorde Battery Corporation is pleased to announce that Rotorcraft Support Inc. of Van Nuys California has received a FAA STC to install the RG-427, 34 Ah battery, in Bell 407 and Bell 427 helicopters. Operators have requested a higher capacity battery for the Bell 407 as this helicopter is often used in high cyclic and… Read more »

Source: Concorde, 15-Mar-17

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PAG announces FAA Approval in Australia

PAG announces FAA Approval in Australia

“Already having a Part 145 CASA & EASA approved repair station in Australia has enabled us to reduce aircraft downtime, improve response time, and has enabled customers to leverage the full scope of PAG services locally in Australia,” said Chris Slade, Director of Operations PAI-AU. “The recent approval from the FAA represents another effort to… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 07-Mar-17

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Columbia Wins FAA AMT Diamond Award

Columbia Wins FAA AMT Diamond Award

Columbia Helicopters has earned its fifth consecutive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) AMT Employer Diamond Award of Excellence for its aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training program. Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters has received the annual award 14 times in the past 21 years. The award, which will be presented in a special ceremony on May 4, has… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 07-Mar-17

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Aerometals Receives FAA PMA for Oil Cooler Impeller using Modern Manufacturing

Aerometals Receives FAA PMA for Oil Cooler Impeller using Modern Manufacturing

Aftermarket innovator Aerometals has received FAA PMA approval for a replacement design of the Oil Cooler Impeller (P/N A26633-1), which is eligible for installation on the MDHI 369D/E/FF/500N and all variants of the Airbus Helicopters BK117 (H145).  By replacing the legacy 21 piece soldered construction method being used on the OEM impeller with 5-axis CNC… Read more »

Source: Aerometals, 07-Mar-17

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FAA approves Donaldson IBF for R66

FAA approves Donaldson IBF for R66

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has developed the first Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. Certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Feb. 24 as an addition to Robinson’s R66 Type Certificate, the IBF will be available as a factory option from Robinson Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 03-Mar-17

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FAA Announces Aviation Safety Rating for Kenya

FAA Announces Aviation Safety Rating for Kenya

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Kenya complies with international safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. A Category 1 rating means Kenya’s civil aviation authority meets International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. With the Category 1… Read more »

Source: FAA, 28-Feb-17

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Registration for 2017 FAA UAS Symposium Goes Live

Registration for 2017 FAA UAS Symposium Goes Live

The FAA and AUVSI are co-sponsoring this year’s event, which will bring together representatives from government, industry and academia to discuss topics of high interest to the fast-growing unmanned aircraft (UAS) community. It will focus on industry partnerships as well as how to overcome technical challenges to safe UAS operations. Last year’s first UAS Symposium… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Feb-17

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Drone Advisory Committee Builds Consensus

Drone Advisory Committee Builds Consensus

The Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) held its second meeting on January 31 in Reno, NV. The DAC is an RTCA Federal Advisory Committee comprised of executives who represent a wide array of stakeholders including: unmanned aircraft manufacturers and operators, traditional aviation groups, labor organizations, radio and navigation equipment manufacturers, airport operators, state and local government… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Feb-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

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FAA provides NextGen update

FAA provides NextGen update

The FAA has spent $7.5 billion in congressionally appropriated funds on the air traffic modernization program known as NextGen over the past seven years. That investment has resulted in $2.7 billion in benefits to passengers and the airlines to date, and is expected to yield more than $160 billion in benefits through 2030. NextGen is… Read more »

Source: FAA, 13-Feb-17

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FAA Issues Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Managements

FAA Issues Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Managements

Shadin Avionics recently announced the completion and receipt of Supplemental Type Certificates for the installation of a RemoteFlo Fuel Flow System on the Robinson R66 helicopter and Rolls-Royce RR300 engine. The RemoteFlo offers R66 pilots access to real-time fuel flow management information directly on their GPS or Flight Management System. In addition to Fuel Flow,… Read more »

Source: Shadin Avionics, 10-Feb-17

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Maverick is awarded FAA 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award”

Maverick is awarded FAA 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award”

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award.” The prestigious honor is a result of the company’s ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety. This is Maverick Helicopters’ sixth consecutive Diamond Award for its Las Vegas and Grand Canyon South… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 09-Feb-17

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Helipad at John R. Oishei Hospital

Helipad at John R. Oishei Hospital

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital now has a newly constructed helipad, priced at $1.1 million. The final touches that still need to be done include mandatory fire protection, which they hope to complete this coming summer. Once this is complete the FAA has to give their approval. Once the helipad is operational, they expect an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

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NBAA Asks Members to Take Part in FAA General Aviation Survey

NBAA Asks Members to Take Part in FAA General Aviation Survey

The FAA’s annual General Aviation (GA) and Part 135 Activity Survey, which will collect data on GA operations in 2016, is underway. NBAA is encouraging members that have been invited to participate in the confidential poll to do so in order to provide the agency with a clear picture of business aviation activity. The FAA’s… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 06-Feb-17

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Airbus and Precise Flight Announce Expanded STC Approvals for the Pulselite(R) Bird Strike Prevention System

Airbus and Precise Flight Announce Expanded STC Approvals for the Pulselite(R) Bird Strike Prevention System

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Precise Flight, Inc. have announced approval of the amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System. This approval comes as an amendment to STC SH3319NM, bringing the total number of Airbus rotorcraft models certified for the Pulselite® System to 67. This includes… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 02-Feb-17

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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

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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

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Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA Validation of its SMS Program

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA Validation of its SMS Program

Air Evac Lifeteam’s continued commitment to safety was recently validated by the FAA when its Safety Management System was awarded the designation of “Active Conformance.” This is the highest status a SMS can achieve. Tom Baldwin, Air Evac Lifeteam’s SMS manager, said the company’s Safety Management System is an organization-wide comprehensive and preventive approach to… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 26-Jan-17

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Vector Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade

Vector Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to extend its ADS-B solutions to cover the Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120, H125/AS350, H130/EC130 and H135/EC135 series, with operators able to choose from either the L3 Lynx NGT-9000 or Garmin GTX-345… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 20-Jan-17

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty Against Air Methods

FAA Proposes Civil Penalty Against Air Methods

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes an $892,500 civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating an Airbus EC-135 helicopter on passenger-carrying flights when it was not airworthy. The FAA alleges that during a Nov. 4, 2014 inspection in Tampa, Fla., an FAA inspector discovered that the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 18-Jan-17

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FAA Investigation of Fuel Fed Fires

FAA Investigation of Fuel Fed Fires

The FAA has been investigating fuel systems after the Flight for Life AS-350 crash last year, where the fuel-fed fire contributed to the pilot’s death and seriously injured the flight nurse. The results show that fuel systems that abide by 1994 federal standards, could eliminate injuries caused by fires in survivable accidents. The problem is that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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FAA Issues General Aviation Medical Rule

FAA Issues General Aviation Medical Rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule (PDF) that allows general aviation pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements outlined in Congressional legislation. “The United States has the world’s most robust general aviation community, and we’re committed to continuing to make it safer and… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Jan-17

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SAE International Tasked by FAA to Develop Technical Standards for Rotorcraft Inlet Barrier Filters

SAE International Tasked by FAA to Develop Technical Standards for Rotorcraft Inlet Barrier Filters

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has requested that SAE International develop two new aerospace recommended practice (ARP) standards dealing with Rotorcraft Inlet Barrier Filters. The first request is to provide alternate means to substantiate that engine inlet distortion limits have not been exceeded by the modification of the rotorcraft to include an airframe-mounted engine inlet… Read more »

Source: SAE International, 16-Jan-17

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HAI helps host annual New Mexico Helicopter Safety Stand Down

HAI helps host annual New Mexico Helicopter Safety Stand Down

Last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stan Rose, HAI director of safety outreach, joined Bob Martin from KRQE-TV and two members of the FAA Safety Team, John Dewitt and Richard Hammer, to host the annual New Mexico Helicopter Safety Stand Down. This was an opportunity for the public and private helicopter operators to get together… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Jan-17

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FAA Issues Final Rule on Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards

FAA Issues Final Rule on Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. This innovative rule will reduce the time it takes to move safety enhancing technologies for small airplanes into the marketplace and will also reduce costs for the aviation industry. “Aviation manufacturing… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-Jan-17

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Kissimmee Pilot Accused of Dangerous Flying

Kissimmee Pilot Accused of Dangerous Flying

Thomas Vorstman was arrested in August after flying an Orlando HeliTours helicopter only a few feet above traffic. Formal charges will not be filed, but Vorstman was fired from his position in the company. Deputies who saw the scene stated that the helicopter was so low that if a semitruck was on the road, there… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-17

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FAA Certifies FastFin System for Installation on H125 Helicopters

FAA Certifies FastFin System for Installation on H125 Helicopters

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation on H125 helicopters, the company announced today. The system is now available to the aftermarket and as a factory-installed STC option on new Airbus H125 helicopters. Mathilde Royer-Germain, Airbus Helicopters’ Vice President, Light Helicopters Program, congratulated… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 03-Jan-17

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New Legislation for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

New Legislation for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

The FAA has issued a new rule regarding the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS). Only pilots flying parts 121, 125 or 135 are permitted to use EFVS if their vision is impaired, when descending from 100 feet over a Touchdown Zone Elevation to the runway. They have to land on a straight-in IAP… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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Honeywell Implements Mandarin for EGPWS

Honeywell Implements Mandarin for EGPWS

Honeywell Aerospace has just received FAA approval for the implementation of Mandarin into their EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System). The system helps pilots know of potential collisions by being an independent monitor of the aircraft’s position in relation to the immediate environment. The approval means Honeywell will be the first company to use a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-16

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H225s Approved by US FAA

H225s Approved by US FAA

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Airbus to continue with their Super Puma line. Their H225s and AS332 L2s have been grounded in Norway and the UK after a fatal crash on the Norwegian coast. Investigators have suggested a second-stage planet gear in the epicyclic module may have disintegrated, causing the crash. In… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

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Noise Complaint for Vertiport Chicago

Noise Complaint for Vertiport Chicago

The residents of University Village and Tri-Taylor recently met up with Alderman Jason Ervin to ensure that their grievances over the noise pollution coming from Vertiport Chicago. Vertiport was built a year ago and currently provides a base for tourism operations, aerial photography, holds executive charters and private helicopters. As reported by Aviation Today, it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-16

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Garmin® receives FAA installation approval for ADS-B transponders

Garmin® receives FAA installation approval for ADS-B transponders

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the installation of the GTX 345 ADS-B In/Out and GTX 335 ADS-B Out transponders in an Approved Model List (AML) of Part 27 helicopters. The GTX 345/335 include Extended Squitter… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 18-Nov-16

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FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems Around Denver

FAA Evaluates Drone Detection Systems Around Denver

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that enter the protected airspace around airports can pose serious threats to safety. The FAA is coordinating with our government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that can be used safely to detect drones near airports.  This week, the the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting drone-detection… Read more »

Source: FAA, 18-Nov-16

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FAA Teams Working to Improve Quality of Available Weather Information to Pilots

FAA Teams Working to Improve Quality of Available Weather Information to Pilots

Advanced in-cockpit weather technologies have served as both blessing and, arguably, curse to pilots, with the possibility of being overwhelmed by the sheer abundance of information at their fingertips. Helping pilots determine the right data to use was one of the goals of an NBAA-BACE education session titled “Advancing Avionics Weather Information.” “We reach out… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 10-Nov-16

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Aspen Latest Software Upgrade Now Certified

Aspen Latest Software Upgrade Now Certified

Aspen Avionics announced today that FAA certification has been received for its latest software upgrade to include several additional ADS-B display features on its Evolution 500/1000 multi-function display (MFD).  The latest software upgrade includes textual METARS information to be displayed on the MFD which provides an intuitive display of subscription-free weather data in an easy-to-read… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 09-Nov-16

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Dangerous Cash Drop at Wrightsville Beach

Dangerous Cash Drop at Wrightsville Beach

Citations for dangerous flying and littering are being looked into for social media app company Likeli, after a helicopter cash drop for a back to school event for UNCW. Likeli hired Oak Island’s High Tide helicopter company to do the cash drop. As reported by WNCN, Tim Owens, Wrightsville Beach Town Manager has stated that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

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Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team holds first meeting

Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team holds first meeting

People are captivated by the limitless possibilities the drone industry offers, but with them comes a host of safety challenges, as hundreds of thousands of drones take to the sky. At the Federal Aviation Administration, we realize we can’t solve these challenges alone. We need the expertise and collaboration of key industry and government stakeholders…. Read more »

Source: UAST, 25-Oct-16

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RAMM Frameless Seat Cushions approved by Transport Canada

RAMM Frameless Seat Cushions approved by Transport Canada

RAMM Aerospace is pleased to announce that the Bell 206/407 Frameless Seat Cushions are now Transport Canada approved. The HELIFAB TCCA STC SH16-41 eliminates the 206/407 seat frame entirely for all FWD facing passenger seats and will be available for all seating positions in the near future. The kits has been previously approved by the… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 21-Oct-16

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LORD Corporation Receives FAA DER Approval

LORD Corporation Receives FAA DER Approval

LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – has announced the FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) approval for optional installation of the tail skid weight on the Bell 206. The tail skid weight, included in the LORD elastomer tail rotor trunnion bearing kit (P/N LB2-1010-20-1), is now an… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 21-Oct-16

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FastFin to Gain FAA Approval

FastFin to Gain FAA Approval

BLR Aerospace are looking to gain approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) next month for the FastFin modification on Airbus Helicopter’s H125. The FastFin modification combines vortex generators and an aerodynamic cowling on the left side of the tail boom, opposite a strake. This creates a “lateral lift” reports Flight Global. The one… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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True Blue Power receives FAA approval for TB17 batteries on R44

True Blue Power receives FAA approval for TB17 batteries on R44

True Blue Power announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the company’s TB17 (17-amp hour) lithium-ion batteries on Robinson R44 helicopters. This is the first STC granted by the FAA for lithium-ion battery use as a primary electrical power source, including engine start. True Blue Power partnered with… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 14-Oct-16

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