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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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Aspen Receives FAA Certifcation For Genesys

Aspen Receives FAA Certifcation For Genesys

Aspen Avionics announced today that it has received certification to interface its Evolution 1000 Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD) with the System 55X autopilot by Genesys Aerosystems. The STC will cover hundreds of light single and twin piston aircraft platforms. “Aspen’s Pro PFD with the Genesys System 55X autopilot enhances the basic 55X autopilot function… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 10-Oct-16

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Bell closer to 505 Jet Ranger X Certification

Bell closer to 505 Jet Ranger X Certification

Bell Helicopter aims to finish production and be able to delivery and get certification for its new 505 Jet Ranger X. The approval for the craft was set to be done by November by Transport Canada, reports Flight Global, but Bell declined to give an exact date. Most of the flight tests have been done…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

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FAA proposes $892,500 fine for Air Methods

FAA proposes $892,500 fine for 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-Sep-16

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FAA Approval obtained for Aspen displays on R44

Aspen is pleased to announce that FAA approval has been obtained for Aspen displays to be used as an attitude source for Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS stability augmentation and autopilot system on Robinson R44 helicopters. To commemorate this milestone, Genesys Aerosystems and Aspen Avionics will be offering significant savings off of list prices through the month… Read more »

08-Sep-16

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Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

Zuccaro named to FAA Drone Advisory Committee

HAI President and CEO Matthew S. Zuccaro today called the launch of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) “a major step forward in bringing together the appropriate stakeholders to assist the Department of Transportation and FAA in developing and implementing this exciting new aviation technology.” Named as a DAC member in an Aug. 31 announcement,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Sep-16

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FAA to host second International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to host second International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

The FAA Rotorcraft Directorate will host its second International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, building on the success of last year’s conference. The conference’s goal is to reduce the national helicopter accident rate. The free event will be held October 25-27 at the Hurst Conference Center near Ft. Worth, Texas. The target audience is rotorcraft pilots, mechanics,… Read more »

Source: FAA, 06-Sep-16

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FAA approves PA110 PUREair System for Bell 206, 407

FAA approves PA110 PUREair System for Bell 206, 407

Pall Corporation today announced that the PA110 PUREair System engine protection system for Bell Helicopter’s 407, and 206L families of helicopters has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The next generation PA110 PUREair System, co-developed by Pall Aerospace and DART Aerospace, is a totally re-engineered, and retested engine air… Read more »

Source: Pall, 05-Sep-16

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FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

The Frasca Bell 407 Level 7 flight training device at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) is now FAA-certified as a B407GX with NVG capabilities.  The new certification allows the training center to take the cockpit from analog to glass, a change that will occur about once a month for students flying Bell 407GX aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-16

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FAA announces new Center of Excellence

FAA announces new Center of Excellence

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the agency has selected the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teams to lead the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP). The COE will conduct research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Aug-16

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FAA raises safety rating of Indonesia

FAA raises safety rating of Indonesia

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Indonesia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The FAA first assessed Indonesia’s civil aviation authority in September 1997 and found it in compliance with ICAO standards and then lowered the rating from… Read more »

Source: FAA, 15-Aug-16

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AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced that the first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia following a recent resumption of flight testing. Departing from Arlington, Texas, the aircraft’s flight plan included an overnight stop in Huntsville, Ala, before arriving in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 10. With industrialization underway, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Aug-16

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FAA validates two AW139 cabin STCs for Mecaer Aviation Group

FAA validates two AW139 cabin STCs for Mecaer Aviation Group

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced it has validated additional STCs with the FAA for the AW139 in VIP configuration. Previously the STCs were validated with EASA. MAG responded to the growing demand for additional options in the United States for VIP configured AW139s containing a higher level of technology while reducing noise levels in… Read more »

Source: Mecaer, 05-Aug-16

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US Helicopter Safety Team to take part in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

US Helicopter Safety Team to take part in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

Safety experts from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be participating on Oct. 25-27 in the Federal Aviation Administration’s International Rotorcraft Safety Conference in Fort Worth, TX.  The free conference (www.faahelisafety.org) gathers together rotorcraft pilots, mechanics, small company owners, industry executives, helicopter operators, students and government regulators from the United States and abroad. USHST… Read more »

Source: USHST, 05-Aug-16

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FAA Administrator Talks Safety and Innovation at AirVenture

FAA Administrator Talks Safety and Innovation at AirVenture

Speaking before a diverse general aviation audience at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta underscored the importance of government and industry collaboration and highlighted a number of initiatives that are making general aviation safer and more efficient. “The passion that drives pilots to fly here, year after year, is… Read more »

Source: FAA, 31-Jul-16

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FAA certifies Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407

FAA certifies Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a business unit within Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its dry media Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Bell 407 helicopter. Although Donaldson dry media filters have years of front line experience on U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters, this is the company’s first commercially certified… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 20-Jul-16

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FAA gives TSO approval to Appareo transponder

FAA gives TSO approval to Appareo transponder

Appareo announced today that its Stratus ESG transponder has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Stratus ESG is a panel-mounted 1090 ES transponder that helps aircraft owners meet the 2020 mandate by providing ADS-B Out and built-in WAAS GPS all in one box. With a GPS antenna included in… Read more »

Source: Appareo, 11-Jul-16

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FAA Policy Helps Modernize GA helicopters and airplanes

FAA Policy Helps Modernize GA helicopters and airplanes

A new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy encourages general aviation aircraft owners to voluntary install safety equipment on airplanes and helicopters that is not required by the agency’s regulations. It will reduce costs and streamline the installation ofNon-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) into the general aviation fleet. The policy is the result of indutsry and… Read more »

Source: FAA, 08-Jul-16

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Congressional leaders call on FAA over IBF proposals

Congressional leaders call on FAA over IBF proposals

Engine filtration experts from Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a business unit within Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) will present July 7 at a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) meeting being held to discuss proposed policy changes to the Inlet Barrier Filtration (IBF) certification process for helicopters. The public meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Fort Worth Alliance… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 07-Jul-16

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FAA plans could kill off Inlet Barrier Filter market

FAA plans could kill off Inlet Barrier Filter market

Thursday this week, 7th July, the FAA is holding a meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, to present proposals for a significant change in how Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) are certified. But there’s a problem. There is no justification for such a move, and it will hurt the industry. An estimated 20,000,000 flight hours have been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-16

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ARSA Comments on Revised Rulemaking Procedures

ARSA Comments on Revised Rulemaking Procedures

On June 29, ARSA submitted comments on the FAA’s proposed revisions to 14 CFR part 11. The purpose of the rulemaking was to improve the clarity and flow of the rules; however, the proposal needed some input from the public to achieve that objective. For instance, in § 11.27 the agency proposes to enumerate advisory… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 30-Jun-16

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FAA approves Sky Connect Tracker III on AW109 and AW119

FAA approves Sky Connect Tracker III on AW109 and AW119

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Honeywell Aerospace a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Sky Connect Tracker III mission management system on the Leonardo Helicopter AW109 and AW119 models. These are the first of an expected 14 helicopter STCs for the Honeywell system that meets the 2018 air ambulance mandate and provides satellite tracking… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 29-Jun-16

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FAA evaluates British Anti-UAV Defence System

FAA evaluates British Anti-UAV Defence System

The world’s first fully integrated detect-track-disrupt-defeat Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS) – developed by a trio of British companies including Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems, and integrated/supported in North America by Liteye Systems Inc. – has been selected by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for evaluation at US airports as… Read more »

Source: Blighter, 28-Jun-16

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Fly Safe: Prevention of Loss of Control Accidents

Fly Safe: Prevention of Loss of Control Accidents

The FAA and general aviation (GA) groups’ #FlySafe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on best practices in calculating and predicting aircraft performance, and in operating within established aircraft limitations. Remember the lyric, “Get your motor runnin’…”? Well, it’s even more important to KEEP your motor running. The General Aviation Joint Steering… Read more »

Source: FAA, 28-Jun-16

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ASU Obtains FAA Aviation Safety Inspector Training Contract

ASU Obtains FAA Aviation Safety Inspector Training Contract

For the third time Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) was selected as the company that will train the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) on the use of night vision goggles (NVGs).  ASU will provide both initial training and recurrent training to FAA ASI’s beginning on July 23, 2016. During the previous two contracts… Read more »

Source: ASU, 24-Jun-16

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US Dept of Transportation and FAA Finalize drone rules

US Dept of Transportation and FAA Finalize drone rules

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Jun-16

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Helicopters excluded from FAA ADS-B rebate offer

Helicopters excluded from FAA ADS-B rebate offer

HAI President and CEO Matthew S. Zuccaro has expressed disappointment at helicopters’ exclusion from a new FAA incentive for general aviation (GA) aircraft owners to equip aircraft with ADS-B technology. He called the exclusion “counter to the reality that the helicopter industry is the GA segment to first embrace ADS-B technology and continues to support… Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-Jun-16

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FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions to improve mental health evaluations, and encourage voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues. An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) comprised of aviation and medical experts has made several recommendations about pilot medical fitness. “Safety is always our first… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Jun-16

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FAA certifies Vector ADS-B solution for AS332, AW139 and S76

FAA certifies Vector ADS-B solution for AS332, AW139 and S76

Vector Aerospace has announced that it has received FAA supplemental type certificate approval for a new ADS-B solution which is applicable for installation on the Airbus Helicopters AS332, Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW139 and Sikorsky S-76 series of helicopters. The new ADB-S In/Out retrofit upgrade (FAA STC # SR02473AK) features an intuitive, panel-mounted touchscreen transponder which replaces the aircraft’s existing transponder. … Read more »

Source: Vector, 08-Jun-16

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FAA incentivises GA owners to equip with ADS-B

FAA incentivises GA owners to equip with ADS-B

Today on a national press call, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker announced a $500 rebate incentive for General Aviation (GA) aircraft owners who equip their aircraft with required avionics technology.  Accelerating compliance is critical to ensuring that pilots, manufacturers, and retail facilities have adequate time and capacity to equip… Read more »

Source: FAA, 07-Jun-16

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USHST Supports FAA Revisions to Autorotation Testing

USHST Supports FAA Revisions to Autorotation Testing

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org) is offering a supportive voice to recent changes made by the Federal Aviation Administration in its Practical Test Standards (PTS) for helicopter instructors.  (https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/media/FAA-S-8081-7B.pdf) “The revision provides examiners a path to mitigate some risks associated with the Flight Instructor PTS requirements to demonstrate proficiency in the touchdown portion… Read more »

Source: USHST, 02-Jun-16

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PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

On May 20, 2016, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association learned that the FAA denied all four of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition petitions to regulate helicopter operations over the Los Angeles Basin. The LAAHNC had asked the FAA for four (4) SFAR’s: * A 2000’ AGL minimum operating altitude for all helicopter operations,… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 01-Jun-16

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FAA reaches tentative agreement with US air traffic controllers

FAA reaches tentative agreement with US air traffic controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its largest union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, AFL-CIO (NATCA) announced today they have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) covering the air traffic control specialists assigned to the terminal and en route options, traffic management coordinators/specialists, air traffic controllers assigned to the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 25-May-16

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HAI aims to prevent US states setting local aviation rules

HAI aims to prevent US states setting local aviation rules

HAI and five other general aviation associations yesterday wrote to key congressional committee leaders to prevent a move to amend a federal bar to states issuing laws or regulations related to air carrier prices, routes, or services. The move was contained in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochrane (R-Miss.) and the panel’s… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-May-16

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FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today posted a large database showing the city, state and zip code of each registered drone owner. Release of the database responds to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted since the new unmanned aircraft registration system began operating on December 21, 2015. The FAA is not… Read more »

Source: FAA, 19-May-16

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FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

The FAA and its government partners are expanding research on ways to detect “rogue” drones around airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its government, industry and academia partners have joined forces to evaluate drone detection technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Over the last two years, the FAA has… Read more »

Source: FAA, 17-May-16

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HAI President’s Message – I Had No Idea

HAI President’s Message – I Had No Idea

In my travels, I hear one comment a lot: “I had no idea HAI did all that!” So I want to tell you about some — but certainly not all — of the ways HAI works for our members. HAI advocates for: The safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the airspace and developing… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-May-16

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FAA forms bird strike working group – HAI applies to serve on it

FAA forms bird strike working group – HAI applies to serve on it

HAI has submitted its application to serve on a newly formed FAA working group to enhance helicopter bird strike protection. The FAA recently announced the formation of the working group, which will provide advice and recommendations to the aviation rulemaking advisory committee (ARAC). According to the FAA’s announcement in the Federal Register, data shows that… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-May-16

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FAA Expands Drone Detection Pathfinder Initiative

FAA Expands Drone Detection Pathfinder Initiative

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding the part of its Pathfinder Program that focuses on detecting and identifying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying too close to airports. Today the FAA signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems Inc. and Sensofusion. The FAA will evaluate procedures and technologies designed to… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-May-16

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FAA certifies Robinson R44 Cadet

FAA certifies Robinson R44 Cadet

On 6 May 2016, Robinson Helicopter Company received FAA certification for its two-place R44 Cadet helicopter. Combining the best of the R22 and R44, Robinson believes the Cadet’s modest price of $339,000 (with floats $367,000) will appeal to the training market as well as operators that want the economy of a small helicopter with the… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 10-May-16

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Boost Systems gains FAA STC for new dual hook Human External Cargo system

Boost Systems gains FAA STC for new dual hook Human External Cargo system

Boost Human External Cargo Systems Inc. has secured Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for an innovative new HEC System for light helicopters. This provides American-based operators, industry, and rescue teams access to the most advanced dual hook equipment for HEC fixed line helicopter operations. Boost Systems (http://www.boostsystems.ca) specializes in human external cargo (HEC) kits that… Read more »

Source: Boost Systems, 09-May-16

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