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GPMS wins STC for Foresight Predictive HUMS on AS350

GPMS wins STC for Foresight Predictive HUMS on AS350

GPMS announced it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its Foresight MX health monitoring system on the AS350 ‘AStar’ helicopter platform. The initial certification is on the H125 (AS350-B3). The company plans to file a Transport Canada CA and pursue EASA Approvals and STC Amendments to include B2 Variants. Said GPMS CEO… Read more »

Source: GPMS, 07-Sep-20

Metro Aviation Mechanic receives FAA’s most prestigious Technician award

Metro Aviation Mechanic receives FAA’s most prestigious Technician award

The Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics and is awarded to a select group of professionals with 50 or more years of civil and military maintenance experience.  Metro Aviation is extremely proud of Metro technician Terry Peed who was recently recognized with the award. Terry began his impressive career… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Sep-20

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Onboard Systems Sikorsky Black Hawk Replacement Cargo Hook Kit Certified by FAA

Onboard Systems Sikorsky Black Hawk Replacement Cargo Hook Kit Certified by FAA

Onboard Systems International, LLC, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its replacement cargo hook kits for the Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk have been STC certified by the FAA. The new kits feature a dual solenoid design to eliminate the need for high-cost Cartridge Activated Devices (CADs) for back-up release… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 03-Sep-20

MDHI Receives Certification for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 lb

MDHI Receives Certification for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 lb

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has received FAA certification to increase its MD 530F single engine helicopter’s internal max gross take-off weight (MGTOW) from 3,100 to 3,350 lb. This increase allows the MD 530F to support extended range, increased mission versatility, more time on target, and additional mission equipment options. “We’re pleased to provide our current… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 01-Sep-20

Robinson R44 – FAA AD 2020-18-08 – Engine Air Intake System

Robinson R44 – FAA AD 2020-18-08 – Engine Air Intake System

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2019-12-18 for Robinson Helicopter Company (Robinson) Model R44 II helicopters. AD 2019-12-18 required inspecting certain engine air induction hoses (hoses) and replacing any hose that was not airworthy. AD 2019-12-18 also prohibited the installation of certain hoses. This AD continues to require inspecting those previously affected hoses and… Read more »

Source: FAA, 27-Aug-20

FAA to test airport drone detection and mitigation

FAA to test airport drone detection and mitigation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announce that it plans to evaluate technologies and systems that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by unmanned aircraft. The effort will be part of the agency’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program. The FAA plans to test and evaluate at least 10 technologies or… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Aug-20

FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

Registration is now open for the Federal Aviation Administration’s first virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, which will take place Oct. 27 through Oct 29 to explore ways to reduce the national and international helicopter accident rate. Leaders from the FAA’s Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards Services will open the conference, followed by programs for the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 13-Aug-20

Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

Robinson delivered R66 Turbine serial number 1000 to Robinson dealer Les Gillespie of Gardner Aviation (Peachtree City, GA). FAA-certified in October 2010, the first production R66 was delivered the following month. Since then, the R66 has proven itself on a daily basis. Powered by the Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engine, the R66 recently surpassed 1.2… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 12-Aug-20

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VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

VHA recently received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) on its updated composite main rotor blades for the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The last major hurdle prior to receiving a supplemental type certificate (STC), the TIA signifies that the design meets type design requirements and permits FAA pilots to perform final flight tests… Read more »

Source: VHA, 07-Aug-20

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Bell 205, 205, 212, 214, 412 – FAA AD 2020-16-10 – Shoulder harness

Bell 205, 205, 212, 214, 412 – FAA AD 2020-16-10 – Shoulder harness

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Textron Inc. (Bell) Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 212, 214B, 214B-1, 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of a shoulder harness seat belt comfort clip (comfort clip) interfering with the seat belt inertia reel. This AD requires… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Jul-20

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Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG), is pleased to announce that RSG has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR01048DE for Astronautics’ AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) on Bell 412/412EP/412HP/412SP/212 helicopters. STC validations from European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), and Agencia… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 23-Jul-20

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FAA Approves Lycoming’s Electronic Ignition System on Robinson Helicopters

FAA Approves Lycoming’s Electronic Ignition System on Robinson Helicopters

R22 and R44 helicopters purchased after January 15th will be outfitted with Lycoming’s recently certified Electronic Ignition System (EIS). The EIS offers increased reliability, improved starting characteristics, and reduced maintenance. The EIS installation replaces the left starting magneto. The remaining right magneto provides redundant ignition and eliminates the need for a backup power supply. EIS… Read more »

Source: Robinson Helicopters, 22-Jul-20

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FAA Revises International Safety Rating for Pakistan

FAA Revises International Safety Rating for Pakistan

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Pakistan has been assigned a Category 2 rating because it does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. Under IASA, the FAA assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that have applied… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Jul-20

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Sikorsky S76C – FAA AD 2020-0212 – RDAU software

Sikorsky S76C – FAA AD 2020-0212 – RDAU software

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Model S-76C helicopters. This AD was prompted by reports of inaccurate main gear box (MGB) indications in flight. This AD requires updating the remote data acquisition unit (RDAU) software and re-identifying the RDAU and, for certain helicopters, updating the software of… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Jul-20

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Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for ACE DECK VL-60 Integrated Flight Deck

Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for ACE DECK VL-60 Integrated Flight Deck

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is proud to announce the issuance of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) # SR01944WI for the ACE DECK VL-60, the premier integrated flight deck for the Black Hawk. This issuance marks the beginning of a new era, as the first COTS IFR and RNAV certified flight deck… Read more »

Source: Ace Aeronautics, 14-Jul-20

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FAA approves updated STC for EIT Avionics radalt interface on R44

FAA approves updated STC for EIT Avionics radalt interface on R44

ESAID® now provides altitude callouts and large, crisp display of Radar Altitude. ESAID® calculates density altitude, power, hover and airspeed performance limitations twice per second, giving the pilot enhanced situational awareness. FODR® and ESAID® are FAA STC approved on the Robinson R 44 II helicopter. The EIT Avionics FODR® is a high performance data recorder… Read more »

24-Jun-20

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Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cleaning up their airport database, and is on the verge of removing almost 3,000 private airports from the flight charts across the nation. Some 114 of those are in Alaska. While we want and need current and accurate information for flight planning, many of these facilities are still active… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 15-Jun-20

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Feinstein, Sherman Bill Makes Safety Equipment Mandatory on Helicopters

Feinstein, Sherman Bill Makes Safety Equipment Mandatory on Helicopters

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Brad Sherman (both D-Calif.), Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced the Helicopter Safety Act, a bill to require terrain awareness and warning systems and crash-resistant flight data and voice recorders on all… Read more »

Source: Senator Dianne Feinstein, 12-Jun-20

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FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

Robinson Helicopter Company is now offering Shadin Avionics’ fuel flow meter on new R66s equipped with Garmin GTN 6xx or 750 GPS navigators. The fuel flow meter provides real-time fuel flow data to the GTN which in turn displays the fuel consumption rate along with fuel range rings on a moving map. Fuel used, fuel… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 11-Jun-20

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FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

Coptersafety’s CAE AW139 full flight simulator has been qualified to Level-D by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Simulator Program. Level-D qualification is only assigned to full-flight-simulators that meet the highest standards of the FAA. “We at Coptersafety are excited to expand our training capabilities, and with the addition of FAA qualified full flight simulators,… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 08-Jun-20

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NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other associations requested the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extend the effective date for several exemptions or extensions for pilot medical certifications, training proficiency and a host of other requirements contained in Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118. The relief package, which became effective on April 30, 2020, with most… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 03-Jun-20

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Expanded to Include Bell 429 and Bell 505

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Expanded to Include Bell 429 and Bell 505

Precise Flight, Inc. has expanded its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System to include approvals for the Bell 429 and Bell 505 variations. The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternatively pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of a… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 29-May-20

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FAA certifies new Bell 204/205/UH-1 blades from HTC

FAA certifies new Bell 204/205/UH-1 blades from HTC

Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) is pleased to announce they are now offering an Upgraded Version of their Metal Main Rotor Blades for commercial Bell Helicopters 204B, 205A, and 205A-1 along with various UH-1 model restricted category helicopters.  The HTC Part Number 204P2100-103 Main Rotor Blade is a direct replacement the Bell Helicopter – Textron Part… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Technology Company, 18-May-20

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Boost receives FAA & Canada approvals for Petzl Lezard Helivac Lanyard

Boost receives FAA & Canada approvals for Petzl Lezard Helivac Lanyard

Boost Human External Cargo Systems (Boost Systems – www.boostsystems.ca), the global leader in the provision of the most advanced, certified and compliant Human External Cargo (HEC) Systems, products and services for the rescue, utility, public safety and defense sectors introduces its latest offering, an FAA (STC: SR03681NY) and Transport Canada (STC: SH15-39) Supplemental Type Certified… Read more »

Source: Boost Systems, 08-May-20

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Life Link III Receives Part 135 approval for new Minnesota base

Life Link III Receives Part 135 approval for new Minnesota base

Life Link III is pleased to announce that it has been awarded its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and future plans to open a new air medical helicopter base in Rush City, Minnesota in Summer 2020. Both of these initiatives are moving forward in support of Life Link III’s… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 04-May-20

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COVID-19 – Avfuel Offers Free FAA-Approved Training During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 – Avfuel Offers Free FAA-Approved Training During COVID-19 Pandemic

As FBOs and fuel handlers face a myriad of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Avfuel Corporation’s taking steps to ensure it serves as a useful resource to ease operational difficulties during this time, including offering free training. With a mission to help make fueling operations safer by making training more accessible, Avfuel is waiving the… Read more »

Source: Avfuel, 15-Apr-20

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USHST Infrastructure Working Group Completes 6th Annual Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

USHST Infrastructure Working Group Completes 6th Annual Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

The 6th annual U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) Infrastructure Summit was held March 12-13 with 55 participants representing more than 40 industry and government entities. They included OEM’s, operators, the FAA, associations, and safety experts. Attendees of the USHST Infrastructure Summit work cooperatively in a round table format to develop new helicopter safety strategies for… Read more »

Source: USHST, 02-Apr-20

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FAA certifies Onboard Systems dual hook for Bell 206L and 407

FAA certifies Onboard Systems dual hook for Bell 206L and 407

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its Dual Cargo Hook Kits for the Bell 206L and 407 aircraft have been STC certified by the FAA. These cargo hook systems meet the 14 CFR part 27 certification requirements for Human External Cargo (HEC) and have been… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 02-Apr-20

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FAA Grants NATA Requested Crewmember Relief

FAA Grants NATA Requested Crewmember Relief

March 26, 2020 – Yesterday, the FAA issued exemptions in response to the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) requests for relief from certain crew training and checking requirements for Part 135 operators. The two exemptions granted to NATA are available to all Part 119 certificated carriers operating under Part 135. Two additional exemptions granted to… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Apr-20

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FAA advice on expiring air medical certificates was released prematurely and is invalid

FAA advice on expiring air medical certificates was released prematurely and is invalid

Helicopter Association International (HAI) can now provide updates to a March 29, 2020, HAI press release about airmen medical certificates and an FAA announcement regarding waivers for Part 135 operators that was issued on March 25, 2020. HAI’s press release yesterday cautioned against FAA-certificated flight personnel allowing their medical certificates to expire based on information… Read more »

Source: HAI, 31-Mar-20

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Erickson Debuts Composite Main Rotor Blades

Erickson Debuts Composite Main Rotor Blades

Erickson Incorporated, the leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, today announced FAA approval of its next-generation composite main rotor blades. After many years of manufacturing metal blades, Erickson has invested in the future of the S-64 rotorcraft by designing, certifying, and building composite main rotor blades that will bring many dramatic benefits. Erickson… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 04-Mar-20

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Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems announced today that they had received Supplemental Type Certification for the popular VFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on the Bell 505. The VFR HeliSAS for the Bell 505 is an extremely lightweight and affordable stability augmentation and autopilot, and the only solution currently certified in light to medium helicopters.  Features include… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 19-Feb-20

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Whistleblower alleges misconduct between FAA Honolulu office and helicopter operator

Whistleblower alleges misconduct between FAA Honolulu office and helicopter operator

In June of 2019, investigative staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation received information from a whistleblower alleging misconduct by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) managers at the Flight Standards District Office in Honolulu, Hawai’i. This initial whistleblower, an FAA employee, alleged that FAA managers too frequently overrode the recommendations of inspectors,… Read more »

Source: US Senate, 12-Feb-20

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FAA approves Garmin GFC600H Helicopter Flight Control System in AS350

FAA approves Garmin GFC600H Helicopter Flight Control System in AS350

Our GFC 600H helicopter flight control system has achieved FAA Supplemental Type Certification in the AS350 B2/B3. This attitude-based flight control system boasts a number of helicopter-tailored safety features, including attitude hold, Garmin Helicopter Electronic Stability and Protection, dedicated return-to-level mode, hover assist, as well as overspeed and low speed protection. The GFC 600H requires the Garmin… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 12-Feb-20

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Astronautics AFI 4700 RoadRunner EFI gains FAA STC for AW109E Power

Astronautics AFI 4700 RoadRunner EFI gains FAA STC for AW109E Power

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) validation from the India Directorate General of Civil Aviation for A109E helicopters. “The FAA STC validation from India is another significant step in Astronautics helping helicopter operators around the world to realize the cost, ease,… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 11-Feb-20

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Congressman wants FAA to mandate terrain awareness on every helicopter

Congressman wants FAA to mandate terrain awareness on every helicopter

Washington, D.C. – In the wake of the tragedy that claimed the life of Laker legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and 7 others, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is introducing the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act, which will require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to strengthen federal safety standards for helicopters…. Read more »

Source: Congressman Brad Sherman, 11-Feb-20

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Alpine Aerotech Receives FAA and EASA STC for Bell 212 Digital Instruments

Alpine Aerotech Receives FAA and EASA STC for Bell 212 Digital Instruments

ALPINE AEROTECH, a international leader in helicopter maintenance and product development announced today that they have officially secured a FAA and EASA STC’s (Supplemental Type Certificates) for their cost-effective digital flight instrument kit applicable to Bell 212 VFR (Visual Flight Rules) operations. Celebrating 30 years of experience, Aerotech continues to offer unique solutions that reduce… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 05-Feb-20

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Astronautics Nears FAA Approval on STC for RoadRunner EFI on Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics Nears FAA Approval on STC for RoadRunner EFI on Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG), has completed submission for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) on Bell 212 and 412 aircraft with certification expected near term. RSG is an authorized RoadRunner EFI dealer, installer, and PMA kit provider… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 27-Jan-20

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FAA Administrator to Attend HAI Heli-Expo 2020

FAA Administrator  to Attend HAI Heli-Expo 2020

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson is scheduled to attend HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 28, 2020. Dickson will provide remarks at the HAI Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast. He is expected to address a variety of topics relevant to the vertical-lift… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Jan-20

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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Announce Agreement as part of the FAA UASIPP

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Announce Agreement as part of the FAA UASIPP

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced an agreement to add Bell to the CNO UASIPP team and begin testing some of the Bell innovations and systems on CNO-owned property in rural southeastern Oklahoma. The flights and tests will be conducted as part of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Dec-19

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NATA Participates with FAA and Industry on GA Safety Roundtable

NATA Participates with FAA and Industry on GA Safety Roundtable

NATA’s Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Timothy Obitts, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs John McGraw, and Chairman of the Board Curt Castagna attended the Federal Aviation Administration’s General Aviation Safety Roundtable. The Roundtable, held periodically with general aviation associations and the FAA, reviews the major safety issues of the day and what the next… Read more »

Source: NATA, 17-Dec-19

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FAA releases list of OTC medications under Go and NoGo categories

FAA releases list of OTC medications under Go and NoGo categories

Just in time for cold and flu season, the FAA has released a list of over-the-counter medications broken into two categories: go and no go. See Full Story.

Source: AOPA, 06-Dec-19

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US Helicopter Occupant Safety – FAA online toolkit

US Helicopter Occupant Safety – FAA online toolkit

In the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Section 317 prohibits helicopters manufactured after April 5, 2020, from flying in U.S. airspace unless certified with a crash resistant fuel system.  The online toolkit (link below) explains which helicopters will require a crash resistant fuel system according to their certification and manufacturing dates and also offers extensive… Read more »

Source: FAA, 04-Dec-19

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FAA creates ADS-B privacy opt-out

FAA creates ADS-B privacy opt-out

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for developing a plan to allow a real-time flight-tracking opt-out for operators that have equipped their aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, which will be required to operate in most U.S. airspace effective Jan. 1, 2020. In a related move to… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 12-Nov-19

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FAA downgrades Malaysia safety rating

FAA downgrades Malaysia safety rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and therefore has received a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. A Category 2 International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA)… Read more »

Source: FAA, 12-Nov-19

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FAA issues new diabetic protocol for pilots

FAA issues new diabetic protocol for pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published in the Federal Register a notice on a Diabetes Protocol for Applicants Seeking to Exercise Air Transport, Commercial, or Private Pilot Privileges. The innovative new protocol makes it possible for airline transport or commercial pilots with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to potentially receive a special-issuance medical certification. Medical science has come a long… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Nov-19

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Aero Dynamix Receives FAA STC for B505 Night Vision Compatible Lighting System

Aero Dynamix Receives FAA STC for B505 Night Vision Compatible Lighting System

Aero Dynamix Inc. (ADI) announces another aircraft model and STC added to their long list of NVG certifications. The FAA has issued STC# SR09899AC to ADI for the Bell 505 Night Vision Compatible Lighting System which is comprised of internal avionics modifications and newly manufactured ELP’s. “As this new platform is gaining popularity in the… Read more »

Source: Aero Dynamix, 08-Nov-19

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LZControl Teams with FAA to Develop Enhanced Airport Database

LZControl Teams with FAA to Develop Enhanced Airport Database

LZControl, has signed a research agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct testing for the purposes of improving the U.S. airport master record (5010) database. FAA and industry safety groups, including the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), have identified a need to improve and enhance low-altitude infrastructure. Accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive information… Read more »

Source: LZControl, 06-Nov-19

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Simplex awarded FAA certification for Internal Fire Attack System

Simplex awarded FAA certification for Internal Fire Attack System

Simplex, a company of DART Aerospace, has received FAA approval for the Approved Models List (AML) extension of their STC SR02657SE. This certification applies to the UH-60/S-70 Black Hawks’ Simplex Model 370i Internal Fire Attack System (FAS). This AML extension adds 11 eligible UH-60/S-70 Type Certificates (TCs) to the existing STC, bringing the total to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 04-Nov-19

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FAA investigating Las Vegas Lights’ helicopter cash drop

FAA investigating Las Vegas Lights’ helicopter cash drop

The Las Vegas Lights’ wildly popular helicopter cash drop stunt last month could land the aviation company behind it in hot water. See Full Story.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 07-Oct-19

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Simplex Announces FAA STC for Internal Firefighting Tank for the Black Hawk

Simplex Announces FAA STC for Internal Firefighting Tank for the Black Hawk

Simplex ® Aerospace has announced that they have received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR02657SE for an internal Fire Attack System (FAS) for the UH-60 A Blackhawk. The Model 370i FAS is certified for installation and operation on the Timberline Helicopters Inc. TC type. Simplex will be working quickly to add… Read more »

Source: Simplex ® Aerospace, 02-Oct-19

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Paradise Helicopters pilot receives FAA Master Pilot Award

Paradise Helicopters pilot receives FAA Master Pilot Award

Paradise Helicopters, the leading Hawai‘i-based helicopter tour company, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded longtime Paradise pilot and Pahoa resident Robert Blair with the Master Pilot Award. The award was presented on Wednesday by Airman Scott Allen, FAA safety team program manager at the Honolulu Flight Safety District… Read more »

Source: Paradise Helicopters, 25-Sep-19

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Robinson Offers NEW R66 Slimline Auxiliary Fuel Tank

Robinson Offers NEW R66 Slimline Auxiliary Fuel Tank

The FAA certified Robinson Helicopter’s Slimline Auxiliary Fuel Tank for its R66 Turbine helicopter. The tank holds 23.2 gallons (88 liters), roughly half the fuel of the company’s larger auxiliary fuel tank, adds approximately 1 hour to helicopter endurance, and extends its range by as much as 100 nautical miles (115 statute miles). It mounts… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 28-Aug-19

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Bell 407GXi earns IFR certification

Bell 407GXi earns IFR certification

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell 407GXi. The certification is a requirement for the Navy Advanced Helicopter Training System competition, enabling the Bell 407GXi to replace the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger as the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Aug-19

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Dickson sworn in as new FAA Administrator

Dickson sworn in as new FAA Administrator

Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of Administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation safety. Recognizing… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Aug-19

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FAA approves Onboard Systems H125 weighing kit and indicator

FAA approves Onboard Systems H125 weighing kit and indicator

Onboard Systems International, LLC, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its new C-40 Cockpit Indicator has been certified by the FAA for use in one of Onboard’s load weighing kits for the Airbus AS350 (H125) helicopter. Onboard has also submitted this kit to Transport Canada and EASA for certification…. Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 07-Aug-19

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Robinson Opens Dedicated MRO Facility

Robinson Opens Dedicated MRO Facility

On 12 July 2019 Robinson Helicopter Company expanded its FAA/EASA approved Repair Station by opening a stand-alone 37,000 square foot facility dedicated to repairs and overhauls. Completed in approximately 18 months, the facility was designed to streamline the repair, inspection, and overhaul process. As the size of the Robinson fleet (12,000+) grows, the demand for… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 23-Jul-19

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TH-119 obtains FAA IFR certification

TH-119 obtains FAA IFR certification

Leonardo announced that its TH-119 helicopter received IFR supplemental type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The TH-119 is the only single engine helicopter in decades to meet current IFR requirements, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, thanks to advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems and redundant… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Jul-19

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Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Support Center achieves full operational capability

Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Support Center achieves full operational capability

Leonardo announced that its new Gulf of Mexico Helicopter Support Center has now achieved full operational capability. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorized the Company’s new Part 145 Gulf of Mexico Support Center, allowing the 21,000 square foot facility in Broussard, Louisiana to provide full helicopter blade repair, spare parts, and technical support to customers across the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jul-19

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FAA approves Astronautics EFI on Leonardo AW109 and AW119

FAA approves Astronautics EFI on Leonardo AW109 and AW119

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for A109/119 helicopters. Customer shipments, available through Astronautics’ authorized dealer network, have begun. STCs from the European Aviation Safety Agency and from the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) for… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 19-Jun-19

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Senator Schumer calls on FAA to make Helicopter black boxes mandatory

Senator Schumer calls on FAA to make Helicopter black boxes mandatory

On the heels of last week’s Midtown helicopter crash in Manhattan, and with new safety concerns across Long Island, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is citing a lack of a ‘black box,’ also known as a flight data recorder (FDR), as cause for serious concern for the ongoing investigation, while also revealing that the National Transportation… Read more »

Source: Senate Schumer, 16-Jun-19

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FAA Announces Safety Rating for Costa Rica

FAA Announces Safety Rating for Costa Rica

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of Costa Rica does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been assigned a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. A Category 2 International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating… Read more »

Source: FAA, 23-May-19

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ADS-B Rebates Have All Been Reserved

ADS-B Rebates Have All Been Reserved

The last few hundred of the $500 Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) rebate reservations offered to general aviation aircraft owners by the FAA are gone. Since launching the program in September 2016, the FAA has offered 20,000 rebates to qualified applicants. Should any of the reservations be returned, the agency will make them available each… Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-May-19

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ARSA Engages FTC on Maintenance Manual Availability

ARSA Engages FTC on Maintenance Manual Availability

The FAA’s inconsistent enforcement of maintenance manual threatens competition in the aviation aftermarket, ARSA told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter submitted April 29. ARSA’s submission was made in conjunction with the FTC’s Nixing the Fix initiative, the centerpiece of which is a July 16 meeting to examine ways in which manufacturers in various… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 06-May-19

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Additional certification for DART’s EC/H130 Emergency Flotation System

Additional certification for DART’s EC/H130 Emergency Flotation System

DART Aerospace (“DART”) is proud to announce STC approvals received from both the FAA and EASA on its new EC/H130 Emergency Float System (EFS). TCCA certification was granted in late 2018 for this kit, which is applicable to both legacy EC130B4 models and the latest H130 from Airbus. The system can now be used in… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 23-Apr-19

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Universal Avionics Receives STC for InSight™ Touchscreen Control

Universal Avionics Receives STC for InSight™ Touchscreen Control

Universal Avionics (UA) has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the company’s new touchscreen EFIS Control Display Unit (ECDU) for the InSight Display System. Designed for efficiency, the Touch ECDU provides fast, easy access for InSight user control and input. This latest offering further improves the InSight Display System, providing the ultimate in operator… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 16-Apr-19

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Maverick Helicopters Awarded FAA Diamond Award of Excellence

Maverick Helicopters Awarded FAA Diamond Award of Excellence

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2018 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award.” The prestigious honor is a result of the ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety. The award is Maverick Helicopters’ eighth consecutive for its Las Vegas and Grand Canyon South Rim locations… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 11-Apr-19

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FAA plans overhaul of aircraft design oversight

FAA plans overhaul of aircraft design oversight

The FAA has had to plan a revamp of oversight of aircraft manufacturing. This comes after the US Transportation Department’s inspector general commented that their department found several years’ worth of oversight process weaknesses. Concern was raised after the crash in Ethiopia which resulted in the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max aircrafts. A committee… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Mar-19

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Bell 525 engine receives certification from FAA

Bell 525 engine receives certification from FAA

The Bell 525 program has accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours and over 1,350 hours of total turn time. The FAA joined the Bell 525 flight test team in November 2018 and is now actively involved in certification flight testing in Yellowknife, Canada and the recent completion of snow testing certification in Rome, New York…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Mar-19

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FAA certifies GE CT7-2F1 engine for Bell 525

FAA certifies GE CT7-2F1 engine for Bell 525

The newest member of GE’s CT7 engine family, the CT7-2F1, achieved type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. This milestone is a big step forward for entry into service of the CT7-2F1-powered Bell 525 Relentless, the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter, designed to operate safely and reliably in austere environments and with decreased pilot workload…. Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 28-Mar-19

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Tanis receives STC for MD902 Preheat System

Tanis receives STC for MD902 Preheat System

Tanis Aircraft Products announces the receipt of a FAA Supplemental Type Certification number SR04347CH and the availability of its helicopter preconditioning system for the MD 902. Tanis manufactures the only Heli-preheat system that thoroughly and safely preconditions all critical components. Helicopter preconditioning systems typically include heating elements for the engine, main rotor gear box, accessory… Read more »

Source: Tanis Aircraft Products, 13-Mar-19

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Tanis receives STC for S-64 Aircrane Preheat System

Tanis receives STC for S-64 Aircrane Preheat System

Tanis Aircraft Products announced today the FAA Supplemental Type Certification SR04343CH and the availability of its helicopter preconditioning system for the Erickson S-64 Aircrane. Erickson is a leading aerospace manufacturer and global provider of aviation services that operates, maintains and manufactures utility aircraft to safely transport and place people and cargo around the world. Erickson… Read more »

Source: Tanis Aircraft Products, 12-Mar-19

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Heli-One Receives STC Approval For S-76B VVIP Luxury Interior Upgrade

Heli-One Receives STC Approval For S-76B VVIP Luxury Interior Upgrade

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its luxury interior upgrade from Transport Canada and the Malaysia Department of Civil Aviation. This STC is from the S76B VVIP upgrade project recently completed for a customer in Asia. The cabin has been… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Mar-19

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FAA STC For Concorde Lead Acid Battery Upgrade

FAA STC For Concorde Lead Acid Battery Upgrade

FAA STC SR00917DE has been approved to install Concorde Battery Corporation’s Platinum Series® RG-292-102 (17Ah) or RG-292-103A (24Ah) on Sikorsky Aircraft S-92A helicopters. Concorde developed the RG-292 batteries as direct fit replacement for the original Ni-Cd battery. The table below indicates the correct Concorde battery to install dependent on the existing OEM battery. The existing… Read more »

Source: Concorde Battery, 11-Mar-19

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Sikorsky Receives FAA certification for the S-70M Black Hawk

Sikorsky Receives FAA certification for the S-70M Black Hawk

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) received a type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifying that the S-70M Black Hawk helicopter design meets the applicable airworthiness requirements in the Restricted Category. The type certificate will allow Sikorsky to request authorization from the FAA to produce S-70M aircraft for the following special purpose… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 11-Mar-19

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