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Precision Flight Controls releases simulator for B206 and B407GXP

Precision Flight Controls releases simulator for B206 and B407GXP

Precision Flight Controls to demonstrate its FAA approved B-206/407 helicopter flight simulator at Heli-Expo, Las Vegas 2018. The B-206/407 flight simulator was first introduced at Heli-Expo 2017. Since then we have achieved FAA AATD certification. Pushing the limits the B-206/407 is built to FAA FTD Level 7 standards and is now capable of additional functionality… Read more »

Source: Precision Flight Controls, 19-Feb-18

RAMM receives FAA approval for R44 Cabin Floor Trays

RAMM receives FAA approval for R44 Cabin Floor Trays

RAMM Aerospace is proud to announce receipt of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for their R44 Cabin Floor Trays. RAMM Aerospace continues to expand their innovative product line for Robinson R44 aircraft. In addition to the R44 Cabin Floor Trays, RAMM Aerospace also offers affordable Precut Carpet or Utility Flooring Kits, Leather Controls Boot… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 19-Feb-18

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Boost Systems Dual Hook Systems and Personnel Carrying Devise approved for B407 and AS350/355

Boost Systems Dual Hook Systems and Personnel Carrying Devise approved for B407 and  AS350/355

Boost Human External Cargo Systems Inc.  (www.boostsystems.ca), a leading provider of HEC equipment for aerial rescue and worker placement, is currently the sole North American supplier of 14 CFR § 27.865 compliant Human External Cargo (HEC) Dual Hook Systems (DHSs) and a Personnel Carrying Device System (PCDS). These Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approved systems offer… Read more »

Source: Boost Human External Cargo Systems, 19-Feb-18

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Drone Collision

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Drone Collision

A Kauai tour helicopter of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters was hit by a drone this past Friday. The FAA and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources are investigating into the situation. No injuries occurred to those on-board, with only minor scratches on the belly of the helicopter, reports Drone DJ.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

Robinson adds wire strike system for R66

Robinson adds wire strike system for R66

Robinson has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options list. Available only on R66 helicopters, the provisions are FAA certified and allow for easy, bolt-on installation of Magellan’s WSPS (Wire Strike Protection System) sold separately by Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, Canada. Robinson provisions add 7 lb to the empty weight of the helicopter and… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 14-Feb-18

USHST appoints Government Co-Chair

USHST appoints Government Co-Chair

Wayne Fry, FAA Flight Standards Division Manager for General Aviation Safety Assurance, has been named the new government co-chairman of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org).  The USHST was formed in 2013 as a regional partner within the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote safety… Read more »

Source: USHST, 13-Feb-18

Formation of Hawaii Helicopter Association

Formation of Hawaii Helicopter Association

Multiple helicopter operators have joined together from throughout the Hawaii Islands to form the Hawaii Helicopter Association. HHA focuses on aviation practices, improvement of the industry as well as working with the community and state agencies to tackle concerns. It is a non-profit organisation and works with the FAA and State of Hawaii Department of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-18

FAA approves AMS lightweight medical interior for AW109 and AW119

FAA approves AMS lightweight medical interior for AW109 and AW119

AMS Heli Design, LLC is proud to announce receipt of a FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight, quickly removable emergency medical services Advanced Life Support System (ALSS) interior for Leonardo AW119 and AW109 helicopters. Andrea Girolin, Chief Executive Officer for AMS Heli Design said, the ALSS interior has been developed with doctors’,… Read more »

Source: AMS Heli, 25-Jan-18

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Lakewood Police Approved for Drone Usage

Lakewood Police Approved for Drone Usage

The Lakewood Police Department have been given approval to have a drone accompany their first response helicopter by the FAA. The drone can be used for SAR, deployment, traffic collisions, crime scene investigation and search warrants, reports City of Lakewood.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-18

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FAA permits test flights of Surefly electric hybrid helicopter

FAA permits test flights of Surefly electric hybrid helicopter

Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, today announced it has received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will allow the company to conduct test flights of its SureFly™ electric hybrid helicopter. The first test flight… Read more »

Source: Workhorse Group, 09-Jan-18

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FAA approves AMS ambulance interior for AW119 and AW109

FAA approves AMS ambulance interior for AW119 and AW109

AMS Heli Design, LLC is proud to announce receipt of a FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight,quickly removable emergency medical services Advanced Life Support System (ALSS) interior for Leonardo AW119 andAW109 helicopters. Andrea Girolin, Chief Executive Officer for AMS Heli Design said, the ALSS interior has been developed with doctors’,nurses’, and paramedics’… Read more »

Source: AMS Heli Design, 09-Jan-18

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Meeker-Airfilm receives certification for R44 and R66 nose mount

Meeker-Airfilm receives certification for R44 and R66 nose mount

Meeker-Airfilm are pleased to announce we have received both FAA STC and PMA for our new R44 and R66 light weight nose mount. The nose mount requires no permanent modifications to the airframe and fits over the existing landing light cover. The maximum payload is limited to 50lbs and is intended for various camera systems,… Read more »

Source: Meeker-Airfilm, 09-Jan-18

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DART updates Emergency Flotation System

DART updates Emergency Flotation System

DART’s industry-leading 412 Emergency Flotation System has recently been certified through TCCA/FAA/EASA for the new increased gross weight (IGW) upgrade to 12,200 lbs. DART has focused much of its energy throughout the years into developing emergency flotation systems that can cater to a wide range of platforms, including their capability upgrades. This emergency flotation system… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 21-Dec-17

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East/West Earns FAA Repair Station Certification

East/West Earns FAA Repair Station Certification

East/West Industries has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an FAA Part 145 Repair Station (Air Agency Certificate No. 9EWR601C), the company announced today. East/West Industries designs, manufactures and maintains aircraft seats and other products critical to crew safety and survival from a 50,000 square foot facility on Long Island, where the… Read more »

Source: East/West Industries, 13-Dec-17

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Duke Life Flight EC145 crash leads to lawsuit against Safran and pilot

Duke Life Flight EC145 crash leads to lawsuit against Safran and pilot

Families of two of the four victims of the Duke Life Flight crash are filing a lawsuit against Safran Helicopter Engines. The families claim that the manufacturer knew the possibility of engine fires after the FAA issued a bulletin about potential engine issues. The bulletin came after the crash of the same helicopter type in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-17

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LifePort Receives FAA STC for Bell 412EP Ballistic Protection

LifePort Receives FAA STC for Bell 412EP Ballistic Protection

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, has been granted an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip the Bell 412EP aircraft with a Ballistic Protection System (BPS). System benefits include: 30% lighter weight than other systems NIJ Level III multi-hit ballistic protection Combat proven in harsh environments Various durability levels to accommodate even the most challenging missions… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 12-Dec-17

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TSO obtained by Jupiter Avionics for JA94 Dual Audio Controller

TSO obtained by Jupiter Avionics for JA94 Dual Audio Controller

Jupiter Avionics Corporation announced today that their JA94 Dual Audio Controller has obtained Technical Standard Order (TSO) designation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Receiving the TSO means that the JA94 has met all design and production standards required by the FAA. “We already have customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 11-Dec-17

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FAA certified retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank for AS350 and EC130

FAA certified retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank for AS350 and EC130

Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero announced today the milestone attainment of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of their retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters.  Production deliveries to launch partners Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and WeatherTech Aviation LLC are already underway, with additional orders now being… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 08-Dec-17

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FAA and GA national #FlySafe Campaign

FAA and GA national #FlySafe Campaign

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. Surviving a CrashEvery pilot needs to prepare for the unexpected. Although surviving a crash is one of those… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Nov-17

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New FAA Guidance for Electronic Flight Bags

New FAA Guidance for Electronic Flight Bags

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an updated Advisory Circular (AC) for aircraft system designers, installers and operators seeking design and use guidance for hosting electronic flight bag (EFB) applications on both portable devices and installed equipment. The AC includes significant changes from the last guidance in May 2014 that offer industry new EFB applications and the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 15-Nov-17

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6 Ways That Helicopter Instructors Can Save Lives

6 Ways That Helicopter Instructors Can Save Lives

After analyzing dozens of helicopter accidents that resulted in fatalities for pilots and passengers, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has uncovered six focus areas where flight instructors can improve safety in the helicopter industry. The facts show that failure in these areas has resulted in lives being lost. Teach the Importance of Pre-Flight Risk… Read more »

Source: USHST, 13-Nov-17

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FAA certifies optionally-piloted UH1H

FAA certifies optionally-piloted UH1H

The UH-1, originally developed in the late 1950s and made famous by its role in the Vietnam War, was chosen by Aurora for its latest conversion to a robotic vehicle. The Aurora UH-1H, a later version of the UH-1 built in 1977, was initially certified under FAA Order 8130.2, which covers “inhabited” experimental aircraft such… Read more »

Source: Aurora Flight Sciences, 02-Nov-17

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Honeywell Hardware Certified for Helicopters

Honeywell Hardware Certified for Helicopters

The helicopter industry can now take advantage of higher-speed onboard Wi-Fi, video transmission and telemedicine capability in Europe and North America using Honeywell’s (NYSE: HON) Connected Aircraft solution, the Aspire™ 200 system. Honeywell was awarded a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Aspire 200 satellite communications system on the Airbus Helicopters AS350 and Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 01-Nov-17

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FAA Enhances China Aviation Safety Partnership

FAA Enhances China Aviation Safety Partnership

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) today announced the signing of an implementing agreement under the U.S. – China Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) recognizing each other’s regulatory systems with respect to the airworthiness of aviation products and articles. The Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA) document allows each… Read more »

Source: FAA, 31-Oct-17

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Honeywell Certified To Bring Wi-Fi To Helicopters

Honeywell Certified To Bring Wi-Fi To Helicopters

Honeywell was awarded a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Aspire 200 satellite communications system on the Airbus Helicopters AS350 and Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk and have applied for an FAA STC for the Bell 429, while Transport Canada has certified the system on the Bell 429. The European Aviation Safety Agency… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 27-Oct-17

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Former Sikorsky and Schweizer facility close to being sold

Former Sikorsky and Schweizer facility close to being sold

Chemung County are almost complete with a deal to sell the former Sikorsky facility in Big Flats. They are waiting for written approval from the FAA. Should the deal go through, they will sell the facility for $2.8 million, reports Weny.

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Oct-17

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FAA and EASA Update Aviation Safety Agreement

FAA and EASA Update Aviation Safety Agreement

Safety in today’s global aviation market depends to a great extent on international partnerships between aviation regulators. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) fully subscribes to this philosophy, which is why on September 22 the agency updated its long-standing aviation safety agreement with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) The changes in this agreement enhance the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Oct-17

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FAA issue exemption allowing ACSF UH-1 blades to fly

FAA issue exemption allowing ACSF UH-1 blades to fly

On Sept. 29, Advanced Composite Structures Florida (ACSF) received a long-fought-for Federal Aviation Administration exemption allowing the company to represent foreign military surplus composite main rotor blades as “suitable for installation” on restricted category UH-1 helicopters. The exemption allows ACSF to sell the rotor blades to restricted category operators and requires the company to issue… Read more »

Source: ACSF, 20-Oct-17

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FAA approves B206 and B407 sim from Ryan-Precision JV

FAA approves B206 and B407 sim from Ryan-Precision JV

A joint venture between Precision Flight Controls (PFC) and Ryan Aerospace (Australia) has seen the development of a new, cost-effective helicopter simulator which has just received certification under Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) rules as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). The device is reconfigurable between the Bell 206 and Bell 407 but can also be… Read more »

Source: Ryan Aerospace, 16-Oct-17

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FAA certifies Able Aerospace to maintain AS350B2 and B3 models

FAA certifies Able Aerospace to maintain AS350B2 and B3 models

Able Aerospace Services Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been awarded an operations specification by the FAA to complete airframe and Level 1 engine maintenance on the Airbus Helicopters AS350B2/B3 models. The new Operating Specification addition significantly expands the capabilities of the Able Maintenance Center (AMC), established by Able to provide a full… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 16-Oct-17

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FAA STC Received by LifePort for Lightweight Medical Interior

FAA STC Received by LifePort for Lightweight Medical Interior

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced today it has been granted an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip the Airbus H130 aircraft with a lightweight medical interior. The system addresses current operator needs for a lowweight, functional system that can be reconfigured quickly. System capabilities include:  Modular interior that can be easily reconfigured, modified… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 13-Oct-17

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AMC Receives First-Ever Airbus Helicopters Certification

AMC Receives First-Ever Airbus Helicopters Certification

Able Aerospace Services Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been awarded an operations specification by the FAA to complete airframe and Level 1 engine maintenance on the Airbus Helicopters AS350B2/B3 models. The new Operating Specification addition significantly expands the capabilities of the Able Maintenance Center (AMC), established by Able to provide a full suite of… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 04-Oct-17

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Rapides Regional Medical Centre awaits FAA Helipad Approval

Rapides Regional Medical Centre awaits FAA Helipad Approval

Rapides Regional Medical Centre had to build a larger helipad, as well as moving the location to above the emergency department. The new helipad is 65 feet by 65 feet and has an elevator that leads straight down to the ER. Rapides Regional Medical Centre is now awaiting FAA approval before they are able to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-17

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FAA approves PS Engineering PAC45 audio control system

FAA approves PS Engineering PAC45 audio control system

On Friday, August 4th PSEngineering received a highly anticipated TSOA letter from the FAA indicating hasaccepted and now allows authorization to manufacture the new PAC45 audio controlsystem. And 20 days later, the first full system was installed by CompleteAvionics. The PAC45 is the only FAA approved,DZUS mounted, audio controller designed specifically for business jets as… Read more »

Source: PS Engineering, 13-Sep-17

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Military drones to replace Police helicopters by 2025?

Military drones to replace Police helicopters by 2025?

General Atomics is working to build large military-style drones, similar to their Reaper anti-terrorism drone. They hope that by 2025 the FAA will have regulations in place that will allow for unmanned aircrafts to fly 2,000 feet about US cities. Currently, the FAA is working with the private sector to update these regulations. The need… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Sep-17

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FAA approves AS350 Maximum Pilot View Kit from Swiss Rotor Solutions

FAA approves AS350 Maximum Pilot View Kit from Swiss Rotor Solutions

Swiss Rotor Solutions receives Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Maximum Pilot View Kit for H125/AS350

Source: Swiss Rotor Solutions, 06-Sep-17

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Pilots union thinks Nigeria will fail FAA audit

Pilots union thinks Nigeria will fail FAA audit

The American FAA will be conducting an audit from Monday, August 21, till the following Friday, on the Nigerian Aviation Sector. And while the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Accident Investigation Bureau prepare for this, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers are concerned that they will fail. As reported by Sahara Reporters,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Aug-17

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HAI Asks FAA To Include Helos in ADS-B Rebate Program

HAI Asks FAA To Include Helos in ADS-B Rebate Program

Helicopter Association International has initiated a request to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for helicopters to be included in a little-used grant program that offers rebates to owners installing NextGen technology in certain types of aircraft. The program, announced in June 2016, offered 20,000 rebates to owners of specific, smaller, general aviation (GA) airplanes who… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Aug-17

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FAA approves Dart to repair and overhaul RFD liferafts

FAA approves Dart to repair and overhaul RFD liferafts

DART has teamed up with Survitec Group, a world leader in critical safety and survival solutions, for the repair & overhaul of its RFD liferaft systems. As an authorized service station, DART services a wide range of products manufactured by RFD: Helirafts Aerolite Life Rafts Search and Rescue Life Rafts Commercial Aviation Life Jackets DART’s… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 08-Aug-17

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FAA approves Oceania Aviation H125 cargo pod

FAA approves Oceania Aviation H125 cargo pod

Oceania Aviation Limited (OAL) head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand announces that its Part 145 Manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, has obtained the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for their Airbus H125, nee Eurocopter AS350 and AS355, series Cargo Pod. While dozens of Oceania Aviation’s Cargo Pods have been actively operating in New Zealand and… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 08-Aug-17

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FAA approves R66 hooks from Onboard Systems

FAA approves R66 hooks from Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kits with Surefire® release technology for the Robinson Helicopter R66 aircraft have been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard has also submitted these Surefire-enabled systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 08-Aug-17

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FAA certifies R66 Newscopter

FAA certifies R66 Newscopter

Robinson Helicopter Company received FAA certification for its R66 Turbine Newscopter. The turnkey ready R66 ENG (Electronic News Gathering) helicopter is the ideal solution for television news outlets wanting a reliable, economical, turbine powered helicopter with a state-of-the-art news broadcasting system. Powered by the Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engine, the four-place R66 Newscopter delivers greater… Read more »

Source: Robinson Helicopter Company, 07-Aug-17

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DART H145 Emergency Float System Gain FAA & EASA Approval

DART H145 Emergency Float System Gain FAA & EASA Approval

DART Aerospace has received FAA & EASA approvals for the redesigned H145 emergency float system. Now certified for Sea State 6, the float system boasts longer maintenance intervals, weight savings and is compatible with OEM fixed provisions. DART offers an exclusive patented float design with integrated liferafts.  The safety benefits of this system architecture compared… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 03-Aug-17

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FAA Approval for Redbird Flight VTO Helicopter Trainer

FAA Approval for Redbird Flight VTO Helicopter Trainer

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Redbird VTO full motion helicopter trainer as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). This approval will allow pilots to credit a portion of the time spent training in the VTO towards the aeronautical experience requirements for the pilot certificate or rating being sought. For example, private pilot applicants will… Read more »

Source: Redbird Flight, 28-Jul-17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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