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Air Methods’ Safety Management System Recognised by FAA

Air Methods’ Safety Management System Recognised by FAA

13-Jul-2021Source: Air Methods

On Tuesday, July 6th, Air Methods (AMC), the leading air medical service in the country, received its letter of acknowledgement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepting AMC’s Safety Management System (SMS). In the United States there are 1,977 Part 135 operators, and Air Methods is one of 21 to receive this recognition. “At Air... Read more

Safran Arrano 1A obtains FAA certification

Safran Arrano 1A obtains FAA certification

12-Jul-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has received FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) type certification for its Arrano 1A engine, installed in the Airbus H160 helicopter. Arrano is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,100 to 1,300 shp power range. It integrates the best in aero-engine technologies and offers a 15 % reduction in fuel consumption over other in-service helicopter... Read more

FAA approves AEA avionics technician apprenticeship program

FAA approves AEA avionics technician apprenticeship program

28-Jun-2021Source: AEA

During this morning’s regulatory session at the 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Dallas, Texas, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it has accepted the AEA’s avionics technician apprenticeship program to satisfy regulatory compliance for the issuance of a repairman certificate. The announcement was made to convention attendees by Jackie L. Black, manager... Read more

HAI Supports NOTAM Improvement Act Of 2021

HAI Supports NOTAM Improvement Act Of 2021

25-Jun-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds the US House of Representatives for approving H.R. 1262, the Notice to Airmen Improvement Act of 2021. HAI supports this bill to enhance aviation safety by improving the accuracy of information included in FAA Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). The legislation requires that the FAA establish a task force to recommend... Read more

FAA Launches Voluntary Reporting Program for Safety Office

FAA Launches Voluntary Reporting Program for Safety Office

22-Jun-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an additional way for its engineers, safety inspectors, systems safety specialists and other aviation safety employees to report safety-related issues and concerns. Information shared and submitted via this new system will be used to validate or verify an aviation safety concern, identify the root... Read more

Helitak UH60 Black Hawk Fire Tank Receives FAA STC

Helitak UH60 Black Hawk Fire Tank Receives FAA STC

8-Jun-2021Source: Helitak

Continual Research and development leads to new evolution of airborne firefighting tank technology to aid in accurate and faster dispersal of water onto bushfires. In 2018, the Helitak FT4500 Fire Tank underwent rigorous flight-testing and trials in conjunction with High Performance Helicopters (HPH) in California. The tank received 8110-3 Major Alteration approval in early 2020... Read more

FAA approve Avidyne multifunction FMS for helicopters

FAA approve Avidyne multifunction FMS for helicopters

2-Jun-2021Source: Avidyne

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, and safety systems for general aviation, business aircraft, and helicopters, announced receipt of Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for their dzus-mounted Avidyne Helios™ multifunction flight management system (FMS) for Helicopters. “Avidyne Helios provides huge benefits for many helicopter operators and getting... Read more

Hillsboro Aero Academy launches 12 month professional pilot program

Hillsboro Aero Academy launches 12 month professional pilot program

21-May-2021Source: Hillsboro Aero Academy

Hillsboro Aero Academy, a U.S.-based leading provider of helicopter and airplane pilot career training, announced today the launch of new Accelerated pacing for its flagship Airplane Professional Pilot Program. The Accelerated track is based on FAA approval of a newly developed syllabus that reduces the minimum flight hours for the Commercial Pilot Certificate, allowing students... Read more

Papillon recognised by FAA and IS-BAO

Papillon recognised by FAA and IS-BAO

5-May-2021Source: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company, is the recipient of two Diamond Awards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance and compliance. Founded in 1991, the FAA Diamond Awards are considered the highest industry honors within the William O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards program. The... Read more

GPMS Receives STC on Bell 429 Platform

GPMS Receives STC on Bell 429 Platform

27-Apr-2021Source: GPMS

GPMS announced that it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification for its helicopter health monitoring system Foresight MX on the Bell 429 GlobalRanger. GPMS’s system offers advanced Flight Data Monitoring and Health and Usage Monitoring in one integrated package making it ideal for safety-conscious operators. Duke Energy served as the STC partner on the... Read more

Ace Aero Receives PMA for EO/IR Sensor Mount on UH-60

Ace Aero Receives PMA for EO/IR Sensor Mount on UH-60

13-Apr-2021Source: Ace Aeronautics

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is pleased to announce Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) # PQ03906SW from the Federal Aviation Administration for the production of the FAA STC #SR01957WI, Ace Aero HD Sensor Mount for the UH-60/S-70 family of helicopters. “We are very proud of this achievement,” said Randy Nolin, Chief Technology Officer at Ace Aero. “Our... Read more

Alpine Aerotech gains STC for Garmin Avionics upgrade of Bell 212

Alpine Aerotech gains STC for Garmin Avionics upgrade of Bell 212

9-Apr-2021Source: ALPINE AEROTECH

ALPINE AEROTECH announced that they have officially received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a comprehensive avionic suite upgrade for Bell 212’s engaged in Day/Night VFR operations. The upgrade utilizes Pilot/Co-Pilot Garmin G500TXi Primary Flight Display’s (PFD) and a single GTN 750Xi GPS/NAV/COMM. The kit removes several expensive to maintain analog... Read more

GPMS adds HUMS STC for Bell 212 and 412

GPMS adds HUMS STC for Bell 212 and 412

5-Apr-2021Source: GPMS

GPMS announced it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its Foresight MX health monitoring system on the Bell 212/412 helicopter platform. Foresight MX brings 21s century predictive monitoring capabilities to the 212/412 platform. Said GPMS CEO and Chief Engineer Dr. Eric Bechhoefer: “There are thousands of 212/412 helicopters in operation today when... Read more

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Announces NVIS FAA STC for UH-60

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Announces NVIS FAA STC for UH-60

26-Mar-2021Source: ASU

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) in Boise, Idaho, announced today the company obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA for NVIS (Night Vision Imaging System) use on the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The aircraft, owned by Firehawk Helicopters (Firehawk) with a base also in Boise, will be used for firefighting. “This certification is essential... Read more

Avfuel Adds Webinar and Human Factors Course to Training System

Avfuel Adds Webinar and Human Factors Course to Training System

26-Feb-2021Source: Avfuel

As a leader in fuel quality assurance and safety training, Avfuel Corporation announces updates to its training system, including a supervisory fuel safety training webinar and human factors training course. Earlier this month, the FAA approved transitioning Avfuel’s high-demand 14 CFR Part 139 Supervisory Fuel Safety Training Seminar to a webinar platform so members of... Read more

Joby Aviation Generates First Revenue

Joby Aviation Generates First Revenue

18-Feb-2021Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, a transportation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, which it intends to operate as a commercial passenger aircraft in 2024, today announced that it has begun generating revenue as part of achieving another major milestone in the Agility Prime program. The company also announced that it has agreed to... Read more

Eagle Researchers Receive FAA Grants

Eagle Researchers Receive FAA Grants

17-Feb-2021Source: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University researchers received four Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants this month to assess risks and help develop safety protocols for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, as they are increasingly integrated into such uses as package delivery and aerial taxi services. The grants, totaling about $500,000, are intended to advance FAA efforts to... Read more

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

4-Feb-2021Source: Brad Sherman

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced the reintroduction of the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act, which will require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to strengthen federal safety standards for equipping helicopters. Congressman Sherman moved to first introduce this legislation in the wake of the tragic helicopter crash... Read more

uAvionix Announces TSO Authorization for tailBeaconX Mode S ADS-B Transponder

uAvionix Announces TSO Authorization for tailBeaconX Mode S ADS-B Transponder

29-Jan-2021Source: uAvionix

uAvionix announced it has received FAA Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA) for its tailBeaconX 1090MHz ADS-B OUT transponder. The highly integrated device, which replaces a rear navigation light, includes and combines transponder, ADS-B OUT, SBAS GPS, and rear LED position light. The TSOA includes the following: TSO-C112e Level 2els, Class 1 (Mode S Transponder) TSO-C166b... Read more

FAA Accepting Applications for Workforce Development Grants

FAA Accepting Applications for Workforce Development Grants

21-Jan-2021Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking applications for two Aviation Workforce Development Grant programs aimed at developing and inspiring a more inclusive pool of pilots and aviation maintenance technicians to join the next generation of aviation professionals. The Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grants provide money to expand the pilot workforce and educate students to... Read more

NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

20-Jan-2021Source: NATA

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) applauds the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) introduction of the Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS). Developed at the recommendation of and in collaboration with NATA and other industry stakeholders, the online tool eases access to Office of Aviation Safety guidance materials through a new, centralized portal. “When it comes to safety, both speed... Read more

Volocopter Launches Campaign to Bring Electric Air Taxi Services to U.S. Cities

Volocopter Launches Campaign to Bring Electric Air Taxi Services to U.S. Cities

19-Jan-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the German air taxi start-up and “Pioneer of Urban Air Mobility (UAM),” announced  that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has positively accepted their application for concurrent Type Certificate validation on 22 December 2020. This sets the basis for Volocopter to bring their electric air taxi services to the American market. Volocopter is the first... Read more

FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft AeroLEDs

FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft AeroLEDs

18-Jan-2021Source: AeroLED

AeroLEDs, LLC is pleased to announce FAA approval for over 200 Part 27 makes and models, adding to their expansive list of FAA certifications. This STC covers the installation of the SunSpot™ 36 and 46 Series LEDs on nearly all “Normal” category rotorcraft. AeroLEDs Landing, Taxi and Recognition lighting products offer numerous advantages over Halogen,... Read more

FAA appoints new members to Drone Advisory Committee

FAA appoints new members to Drone Advisory Committee

11-Jan-2021Source: FAA

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced new appointments to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee or DAC. “The Drone Advisory Committee is key to helping the FAA keep pace with innovation while protecting safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Members are executives who represent a variety of unmanned aircraft systems... Read more

Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for Electro-Optical Sensor Mount

Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for Electro-Optical Sensor Mount

8-Jan-2021Source: Ace Aeronautics

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is proud to announce the issuance of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) # SR01957WI for the Ace Aero HD Sensor Mount for the UH-60/S-70 family of helicopters. The Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor Mount will allow operators of the Black Hawk, the world’s most versatile and capable utility... Read more

FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

5-Jan-2021Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Unmanned Aircraft Systems(UAS) airspace restrictions over additional national security sensitive locations, effective December 30. In cooperation with its federal partners, the FAA will restrict UAS operations in the airspace over two locations. The first facility is Rock Island Arsenal located between Davenport, Iowa and Rocks Island, Illinois. The second facility... Read more

FAA approves COVID-19 vaccine for pilots and ATC, but with conditions

FAA approves COVID-19 vaccine for pilots and ATC, but with conditions

16-Dec-2020Source: FAA

The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as mRNA. The vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech has been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food... Read more

Erickson Announces Final FAA Certification of the Composite Main Rotor Blades on the S-64F and CH-54B

Erickson Announces Final FAA Certification of the Composite Main Rotor Blades on the S-64F and CH-54B

8-Dec-2020Source: Erickson

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, has announced final FAA certification for the composite main rotor blades on the S-64F and CH-54B. Earlier this year, Erickson announced FAA approval of the S-64E model. This recent announcement finalizes the certification of the S-64F and CH-54B, solidifying FAA certification for the... Read more

NASA Begins Flight Testing Campaign for Future Airspace Mobility

NASA Begins Flight Testing Campaign for Future Airspace Mobility

2-Dec-2020Source: NASA

Imagine air taxis, drones, cargo transports and package delivery services working in harmony in the National Airspace System with piloted aircraft. That’s a vision NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are working to achieve. Over the next decade, the National Campaign will be researching, executing flight demonstrations, and... Read more

FAA approves five-blade Airbus H145

FAA approves five-blade Airbus H145

1-Dec-2020Source: Airbus

The new five-bladed H145 helicopter has received its certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This type certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggle capability. This newest version of the H145 family received EASA certification this past summer... Read more

MD Helicopters completes another MD500E conversion to MD530F

MD Helicopters completes another MD500E conversion to MD530F

1-Dec-2020Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has completed a contract to upgrade an MD 500E helicopter to an FAA-certified MD 530F model aircraft as part of MDHI’s long standing E-to-F conversion program. “The E-to-F conversion program follows a strict, FAA-approved process,” says Nick Nenadovic, Vice President of Aftermarket and Customer Support for MD Helicopters, Inc. “Over eight to... Read more

Air Methods settles claim over severely corroded parts

Air Methods settles claim over severely corroded parts

26-Nov-2020Source: US Dept of Justice

United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced that Air Methods Corporation has agreed to pay $825,000 to settle a civil case alleging that the company violated Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) regulations by operating an emergency-services helicopter with severely corroded pitot tubes. Pitot tubes are components of the pressure measurement system used to determine airspeed. If... Read more

Hillsboro and RotorSky Launch Joint Training for Pilots

Hillsboro and RotorSky Launch Joint Training for Pilots

19-Nov-2020Source: Hillsboro Aero Academy

Hillsboro Aero Academy, a U.S.-based leading provider of helicopter and airplane pilot career training, announced today that it had received approval to conduct professional helicopter pilot training in accordance with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations. The approval comes through a partnership with Austria-based helicopter flight school RotorSky. HAA’s helicopter school, Hillsboro Heli Academy,... Read more

FAA approves Ace Aeronautics flight deck for Black Hawk

FAA approves Ace Aeronautics flight deck for Black Hawk

17-Nov-2020Source: Ace Aeronautics

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is pleased to announce Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) # PQ03906SW Supplement # 1 from the Federal Aviation Administration for the production of the FAA STC # SR01944WI, G5000H Integrated Flight Deck (ACE DECK VL-60) “We are extremely happy to offer the FAA certified ACE DECK VL-60 kit to installers around the... Read more

AMS Heli Design receives FAA STC for ALSS interior

AMS Heli Design receives FAA STC for ALSS interior

10-Nov-2020Source: AMS

AMS Heli Design LLC announces that it has been granted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight Advanced Life Support System (ALSS) interior for Leonardo AW109 Trekker and AW109SP helicopters. EASA and other relevant CAAs validations will be achieved in 2020. Andrea Girolin, Chief Executive Officer for AMS Heli... Read more

PS Engineering digital audio controller now has Black Hawk STC

PS Engineering digital audio controller now has Black Hawk STC

29-Oct-2020Source: PS Engineering

XP Services announces FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval that includes PS Engineering’s state-of-the-art PAC45A, an all-digital audio controller system that includes MultiTalker®. The PAC45A is now part of XP Services STC for the UH-60A and EH-60A Black Hawk. As part of a complete avionics’ suite upgrade, the PAC45A is an FAA TOSA DAL C,... Read more

Boost Human External Cargo Systems gains FAA STC for MD500

Boost Human External Cargo Systems gains FAA STC for MD500

27-Oct-2020Source: Boost Systems

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, Personnel Device Carrying Systems (PCDS) and HEC/ Training services, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (SR04539NY) for its MD500 series helicopter HEC system. The system... Read more

Cobham’s RT-7000 Granted FAA TSOA

Cobham’s RT-7000 Granted FAA TSOA

27-Oct-2020Source: Cobham Aerospace Connectivity

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity’s RT-7000 Airborne Tactical Radio has received Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  An FAA TSO sets a performance standard for specified materials, parts, and appliances used on civil aircraft, and represents both design and production approval. Authorizations granted by the FAA for the RT-7000 include TSO 113b,... Read more

Genesys Aerosystem’s Modernized Avionics Suite on Black Hawks Now Certified

Genesys Aerosystem’s Modernized Avionics Suite on Black Hawks Now Certified

22-Oct-2020Source: Genesys Aerosystems

Genesys Aerosystems and XP Services announce FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval of the Genesys modernized avionics suite for the UH-60A and EH-60A Black Hawk. While available as a complete avionics suite upgrade, the avionics building block design provides Black Hawk operators the flexibility of an incremental upgrade path to support constrained budgets and installation... Read more

Garmin adds autopilot compatibility and more to GI275 electronic flight instrument

Garmin adds autopilot compatibility and more to GI275 electronic flight instrument

15-Oct-2020Source: Garmin

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced an update for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument has been granted supplemental type certificate (STC) approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is available immediately through select authorized Garmin dealers. The GI 275 can now be used with the GFC™ 500 autopilot... Read more

HALO-Flight adds Bell 407GXi to fleet

HALO-Flight adds Bell 407GXi to fleet

14-Oct-2020Source: HALO-Flight

Bringing innovation to aviation while ensuring operational safety is not new to HALO-Flight; but, the recently acquired Bell 407GXi brings the South Texas air medical service into national focus with the first, FAA approved, single engine, single pilot IFR air medical helicopter. HALO-Flight’s newest aircraft is also Bell’s first 407 IFR (instrument flight rules) aircraft... Read more

Air Methods Lead Mechanic Honored by FAA

Air Methods Lead Mechanic Honored by FAA

28-Sep-2020Source: Air Methods

Thomas “TJ” Hall, Air Methods airbase lead mechanic for Atrium Health’s MedCenter Air in Charlotte, N.C., has dedicated much of his life to maintaining helicopters that save lives. Hall started his career in the Vietnam War, at the age of 20, and has never looked back. His hard work and dedication earned him a special... Read more

GPMS wins STC for Foresight Predictive HUMS on AS350

GPMS wins STC for Foresight Predictive HUMS on AS350

7-Sep-2020Source: GPMS

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

Metro Aviation Mechanic receives FAA’s most prestigious Technician award

Metro Aviation Mechanic receives FAA’s most prestigious Technician award

4-Sep-2020Source: Metro Aviation

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

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

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

3-Sep-2020Source: Onboard Systems

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

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

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

1-Sep-2020Source: MD Helicopters

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

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

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

27-Aug-2020Source: FAA

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

FAA to test airport drone detection and mitigation

FAA to test airport drone detection and mitigation

24-Aug-2020Source: FAA

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

FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

13-Aug-2020Source: FAA

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

Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

12-Aug-2020Source: Robinson

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

VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

7-Aug-2020Source: VHA

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

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

24-Jul-2020Source: FAA

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

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 and 412

23-Jul-2020Source: Astronautics

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

FAA Approves Lycoming’s Electronic Ignition System on Robinson Helicopters

FAA Approves Lycoming’s Electronic Ignition System on Robinson Helicopters

22-Jul-2020Source: 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

FAA Revises International Safety Rating for Pakistan

FAA Revises International Safety Rating for Pakistan

20-Jul-2020Source: FAA

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

Sikorsky S76C – FAA AD 2020-0212 – RDAU software

Sikorsky S76C – FAA AD 2020-0212 – RDAU software

16-Jul-2020Source: FAA

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

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

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

14-Jul-2020Source: Ace Aeronautics

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

FAA approves updated STC for EIT Avionics radalt interface on R44

FAA approves updated STC for EIT Avionics radalt interface on R44

24-Jun-2020

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

Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

15-Jun-2020Source: AOPA

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

Feinstein, Sherman Bill Makes Safety Equipment Mandatory on Helicopters

Feinstein, Sherman Bill Makes Safety Equipment Mandatory on Helicopters

12-Jun-2020Source: Senator Dianne Feinstein

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

FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

11-Jun-2020Source: Robinson

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

FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

8-Jun-2020Source: Coptersafety

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

NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

3-Jun-2020Source: NBAA

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

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

29-May-2020Source: Precise Flight

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

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

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

18-May-2020Source: Helicopter Technology Company

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

Boost receives FAA & Canada approvals for Petzl Lezard Helivac Lanyard

Boost receives FAA & Canada approvals for Petzl Lezard Helivac Lanyard

8-May-2020Source: Boost Systems

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

Life Link III Receives Part 135 approval for new Minnesota base

Life Link III Receives Part 135 approval for new Minnesota base

4-May-2020Source: Life Link III

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

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

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

15-Apr-2020Source: Avfuel

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

USHST Infrastructure Working Group Completes 6th Annual Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

USHST Infrastructure Working Group Completes 6th Annual Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

2-Apr-2020Source: USHST

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

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

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

2-Apr-2020Source: Onboard Systems

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

FAA Grants NATA Requested Crewmember Relief

FAA Grants NATA Requested Crewmember Relief

1-Apr-2020Source: FAA

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

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

31-Mar-2020Source: HAI

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

Erickson Debuts Composite Main Rotor Blades

Erickson Debuts Composite Main Rotor Blades

4-Mar-2020Source: Erickson

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

Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

19-Feb-2020Source: Genesys Aerosystems

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

Whistleblower alleges misconduct between FAA Honolulu office and helicopter operator

Whistleblower alleges misconduct between FAA Honolulu office and helicopter operator

12-Feb-2020Source: US Senate

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

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