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Helitak recieves additional approvals from the FAA

Helitak recieves additional approvals from the FAA

16-May-2022Source: Helitak

  Australian based Helitak Fire Fighting Equipment has received further approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to add more Black Hawk model Type Certificates (TC) to the FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of the Helitak FT4500 Black Hawk fire tank, bringing the current number of TC’s to 18 and the total number of approved... Read more

Alpine Aerotech receives STC for Garmin GTS 8XX series in Bell 212 and 412

Alpine Aerotech receives STC for Garmin GTS 8XX series in Bell 212 and 412

12-May-2022Source: ALPINE AEROTECH

ALPINE AEROTECH has officially received a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of Garmin GTS 8XX series TAS/TCAS I Traffic Systems on Bell 212 and 412 rotorcraft. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) STC’s are currently pending. The TAS/TCAS I Traffic System STC has... Read more

FAA Approves Airworthiness Criteria for Wingcopter

FAA Approves Airworthiness Criteria for Wingcopter

12-May-2022Source: Wingcopter

  German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter is delighted to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the Special Class Airworthiness Criteria for the Wingcopter 198 US unmanned aircraft. This approval marks a critical milestone in the certification process of Wingcopter’s flagship eVTOL delivery drone in the U.S. With the Airworthiness Criteria, the FAA... Read more

Avgas Coalition expresses concerns about unsafe elimination of 100LL

Avgas Coalition expresses concerns about unsafe elimination of 100LL

11-May-2022Source: AOPA

In a May 6 letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen, a wide array of aviation organizations and associations across the country outlined the crucial need for 100LL fuel to be available at California’s Reid-Hillview of Santa Clara County Airport, and all public-use airports across the country, while the industry works with... Read more

FAA failure contributed to fatal tour helicopter crash, says NTSB Chair

FAA failure contributed to fatal tour helicopter crash, says NTSB Chair

11-May-2022

Decisions made by the Federal Aviation Administration not to implement National Transportation Safety Board​ safety recommendations contributed to the cause of a fatal air tour helicopter crash, the NTSB said in a report approved in a public meeting Tuesday. “When the NTSB issues safety recommendations, they are data-driven, supported by factual evidence developed from investigations, and... Read more

FAA Awards $4.4 Million in Drone Research Grants to Seven Universities

FAA Awards $4.4 Million in Drone Research Grants to Seven Universities

4-May-2022Source: FAA

  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced $4.4 million in drone research, education and training grants to seven universities. Research will focus on three areas: electromagnetic compatibility, detect and avoid classifications, and cybersecurity oversight. The universities receiving grants are University of North Dakota, University of Kansas, Drexel University, The Ohio State... Read more

Virginia Flight Information Exchange Key to Future of UAS and AAM

Virginia Flight Information Exchange Key to Future of UAS and AAM

13-Apr-2022Source: Virginia Department of Aviation

The Unmanned Aerial Systems industry has been clear that the #1 factor holding back growth is a lack of clarity. Through FAA programs like Data Exchange and UAS Service Suppliers (USSes), the federal government is meeting its commitments to support the industry with regulations addressing operations in controlled airspace. Now, Virginia is helping to provide... Read more

FAA Extends NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption Until 2024

FAA Extends NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption Until 2024

24-Mar-2022Source: NBAA

With no changes in the conditions and limitations, the FAA has extended NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption No. 7897L until March 31, 2024. To benefit from the exemption NBAA members who operate small aircraft that weigh 12,500 pounds or less, piston-powered airplanes or rotorcraft must submit a Notice of Joinder to FAA Exemption No. 7897L, said... Read more

Joby completes Initial FAA Systems, Compliance Reviews for certification

Joby completes Initial FAA Systems, Compliance Reviews for certification

23-Mar-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced the completion and subsequent approval of its first Systems Review and its first Compliance Review by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”). These reviews, completed at the end of last year, were recently granted approval by the FAA, providing the... Read more

HAI Statement on FAA BVLOS Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report

HAI Statement on FAA BVLOS Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report

22-Mar-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) today reaffirmed its opposition to the recommendations contained in the FAA BVLOS ARC Final Report. The report, submitted to the FAA on March 10 and now posted on the FAA website, proposes several recommendations to the agency that, if implemented, will compromise flight safety for low-altitude National Airspace System (NAS) operators. “We are... Read more

Joby Nears Completion of Part 135 Air Carrier Certification

Joby Nears Completion of Part 135 Air Carrier Certification

18-Mar-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced the Company has begun the fourth of five stages to receive its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate is required for Joby to operate its revolutionary electric vertical take-off... Read more

Garmin updates GI 275 electronic flight instrument for Bell 206

Garmin updates GI 275 electronic flight instrument for Bell 206

13-Mar-2022Source: Garmin

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), announced Supplemental Type Certification (STC) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in Part 27 VFR helicopters is expected to be completed in March. A powerful solution for helicopter owners and operators, the GI 275 is a scalable, cost-conscious approach... Read more

Eye In The Sky Cockpit Video receives AML STC in New Zealand

Eye In The Sky Cockpit Video receives AML STC in New Zealand

12-Mar-2022Source: Eye In The Sky

The Eye In The Sky cockpit video, audio & flight data recorder was the first to achieve an AML STC (Approved Model List – Supplemental Type Certificate) in New Zealand. This single STC can be used across multiple helicopter types; and is aligned for acceptance by the FAA imminently. Demand is expected to be high... Read more

Airbus launches new performance and safety enhancing technologies for single engine

Airbus launches new performance and safety enhancing technologies for single engine

10-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters puts the spotlight on recently developed improvements for its single-engine helicopter family aimed at enhancing performance and flight safety.Following the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in April 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S. and Transport Canada (TCCA) in Canada have recently certified the H125 power upgrade, which increases the... Read more

Aerometals introduces new flat filter barrier filter design for Airbus 350/130B4/H130 series

Aerometals introduces new flat filter barrier filter design for Airbus 350/130B4/H130 series

9-Mar-2022Source: Aerometals

Precision aerospace manufacturing company, Aerometals has announced Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concurrence for a new flat filter inlet barrier filter (IBF) design for the AS350 and H130 airframe series with both single and dual hydraulic configuration. The new design will be offered as a new filter assembly as well as an upgrade to existing filter... Read more

BLR nears FAA Certification for the AH-1 Cobra FastFin+ System

BLR nears FAA Certification for the AH-1 Cobra FastFin+ System

9-Mar-2022Source: BLR Aerospace

BLR Aerospace has completed all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for its AH-1 Cobra FastFin®+ Performance System, STC issuance is pending.  BLR’s AH-1 FastFin+ System is comprised of aerodynamic modifications to the tailboom and vertical fin, a new modern technology Inlet Barrier Filter, and an innovative modification to the engine oil cooler system. Performance benefits of... Read more

Metro Aviation and Genesys Aerosystems enhance HeliSAS autopilot system on EC145e

Metro Aviation and Genesys Aerosystems enhance HeliSAS autopilot system on EC145e

9-Mar-2022Source: Metro Aviation

In February of 2019, Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog Inc. Company, with support from Metro Aviation, achieved FAA approval for the use of the Genesys HeliSAS (Helicopter Stability Augmentation System) autopilot configuration on the EC145e aircraft. The HeliSAS IFR system has since amassed over 30,000 operational hours of use, allowing pilots and operators an opportunity to... Read more

GPMS achieves Foresight MX STC on MD530

GPMS achieves Foresight MX STC on MD530

9-Mar-2022Source: GPMS

GPMS, a leader in the field of helicopter health monitoring systems, announced today that it has collaborated with MD Helicopters, Wysong Enterprises, and Tennessee Valley Authority to achieve the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its Foresight MX predictive Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) on the MD530 platform. “We received tremendous support and cooperation... Read more

FAA approves BLR H125 FastFin Power Upgrade STC

FAA approves BLR H125 FastFin Power Upgrade STC

9-Mar-2022Source: BLR Aerospace

BLR Aerospace has received FAA approval of its H125 FastFin® System incorporating the H125 Arriel 2D engine Power Upgrade certified by Airbus Helicopter in October of 2021.  The increase in directional control that BLR’s FastFin® System provides combined with the additional engine power now available results in useful load increases up to 485 pounds (220... Read more

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Wins Prestigious Safety Awards

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Wins Prestigious Safety Awards

8-Mar-2022Source: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, the world’s largest and most experienced helicopter tour company, received two Diamond Awards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance and safety. Established in 1991, the Diamond Awards are the highest aviation honor in the aircraft maintenance industry. To qualify for the award, 100 percent of an organization’s eligible... Read more

UK CAA and FAA issue joint statement on eVTOL

UK CAA and FAA issue joint statement on eVTOL

4-Mar-2022Source: UK CAA

At today’s Global Urban Advanced Air Summit Tim Johnson UK Civil Aviation Authority Policy Director and Jay Merkle from the US Federal Aviation Administration spoke of both organisations aims to work together to support the future of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. Both organisations have released a joint statement: The US Federal Aviation Administration... Read more

VIH Aerospace Receives H135 Left & Right Hand Vertical Reference Window STC Approval

VIH Aerospace Receives H135 Left & Right Hand Vertical Reference Window STC Approval

1-Mar-2022Source: VIH Helicopters

VIH Aerospace (VIHA) www.vihaerospace.com a leading provider of helicopter manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MMRO) services has received EASA and FAA Approval for their H135 Left-Hand Vertical (Bubble) Reference Window. STC 09-43 was previously approved by Transport Canada, the FAA, and EASA for the Right-Hand Configuration and now the Left-Hand Configuration has also received Transport... Read more

FAA Announces Internship Opportunities for Students

FAA Announces Internship Opportunities for Students

18-Feb-2022Source: FAA

The FAA is offering 50 student internships at numerous air traffic facilities across the country. Interns will be fully immersed in teams working on mission-related projects and engaged in meaningful learning and development activities. Students can apply on USAJOBS through Friday, Feb. 18. The positions have an annual, full-time salary range of $25,736 – $38,603,... Read more

ACG to Finance Volocopter Fleet of Aircraft for USD 1 billion

ACG to Finance Volocopter Fleet of Aircraft for USD 1 billion

14-Feb-2022Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), and Aviation Capital Group LLC (ACG) have entered into an agreement in principle to develop financing solutions that will assist with the sale of Volocopter’s family of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for up to USD 1 billion. Deliveries are expected to commence once the... Read more

Joby eVTOL certification progresses to conformity testing

Joby eVTOL certification progresses to conformity testing

14-Feb-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced the Company has begun Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conformity testing, a key milestone on the path to achieving type certification for its aircraft. The start of conformity testing is a significant moment for Joby as the Company’s aircraft type... Read more

Dart receives FAA emergency float STC for Airbus H145 D3

Dart receives FAA emergency float STC for Airbus H145 D3

8-Feb-2022Source: DART Aerospace

DART Aerospace has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its Emergency Float System with Integrated Liferafts for the five-bladed Airbus H145. This certification comes alongside its existing TCCA & EASA approvals.  Previously approved for the Airbus four-bladed H145 and EC145 models, the floats feature a tri-bag float design for increased stability in water up... Read more

AeroLEDs partners with Sterling Helicopter for S76 LED Part 29 FAA-STC Approval

AeroLEDs partners with Sterling Helicopter for S76 LED Part 29 FAA-STC Approval

24-Jan-2022Source: AeroLEDs

AeroLEDs, LLC is pleased to announce FAA-STC approval for the SunSpot™ 36 and 46 Series LED Landing and Taxi lights on various Sikorsky Models, adding to their already expansive list of FAA certifications. This STC is available exclusively through Sterling Helicopter, enabling owners of rotorcraft covered under this STC to immediately upgrade to the highest... Read more

FAA Seeks comments Updates to Airport Noise Control

FAA Seeks comments Updates to Airport Noise Control

19-Jan-2022Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invites the aviation industry and the public to comment on a planned update to guidance for evaluating noise and land use around airports. The agency will consider comments received as it prepares to update the Noise Control and Compatibility Planning for Airports advisory circular, AC 150/5020-1. The advisory circular provides... Read more

FAA approves 35 miles of BVLOS airspace for drones in New York state

FAA approves 35 miles of BVLOS airspace for drones in New York state

19-Jan-2022Source: NUAIR

NUAIR and the New York UAS Test Site have received authority from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) across 35 miles of airspace within New York’s 50-mile Drone Corridor. Current regulations require drone operators to always have a pair... Read more

FAA Approves HAI Petition for Exemption to Allow Air Ambulance Operations

FAA Approves HAI Petition for Exemption to Allow Air Ambulance Operations

18-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partially approved a petition for exemption that HAI had submitted in anticipation of 5G C band deployment, seeking relief from regulations that require a normally functioning radio altimeter for certain operations. This exemption will allow Part 119 certificate holders authorized... Read more

ASU Opens A&P Preparation Course in Boise

ASU Opens A&P Preparation Course in Boise

14-Jan-2022Source: ASU

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc., (ASU) in Boise, Idaho, announced today the company launched a new Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) preparation course to help students prepare and test for their FAA Certification. ASU’s new accelerated program is located at the new ASU Academy near the Boise Airport at 3559 W. Wright St., Boise, Idaho. The three-week course... Read more

FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft

FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft

14-Jan-2022Source: AeroLEDs

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 SunSpotTM 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

Mercy Flights new purchase to service Southern Oregon and Northern California

Mercy Flights new purchase to service Southern Oregon and Northern California

14-Jan-2022Source: Mercy Flights

Mercy Flights leadership announced the purchase of new helicopter this week to support the growing medical transportation needs in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The new Bell 407 GXi aircraft is scheduled to arrive at the Mercy Flights headquarters in Medford during the second week of January and will begin transporting patients by the beginning... Read more

FAA issues list of 50 airports with 5G buffer zone

FAA issues list of 50 airports with 5G buffer zone

12-Jan-2022Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration released the list of 50 airports that will have buffer zones when wireless companies turn on new 5G C-band service on January 19. The agency sought input from the aviation community where the proposed buffer zones would help reduce the risk of disruption. Traffic volume, the number of low-visibility days and geographic location... Read more

Hillsboro Aviation Achieves AS9110 Certification

Hillsboro Aviation Achieves AS9110 Certification

12-Jan-2022Source: Hillsboro Aviation

We’re honored to announce that we have achieved ISO9001 and AS9110 certification. This significant achievement places our company in an elite group of global aviation maintenance repair and overhaul facilities operating quality management systems that exceed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements. AS9110 is the international standard for aviation quality... Read more

Joby Increases Flight Test Capacity in Support of FAA Certification Goal

Joby Increases Flight Test Capacity in Support of FAA Certification Goal

10-Jan-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today confirmed it received FAA Special Airworthiness Certification and US Air Force Airworthiness Approval for a second pre-production prototype aircraft in December 2021, as expected. The first pre-production prototype generated 65 terabytes of test data in 2021, flying more than 5,300... Read more

FAA Selects Lead Safety Office

FAA Selects Lead Safety Office

22-Dec-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has selected Captain Billy Nolen, an experienced aviation safety professional and former airline captain, to head the agency’s aviation safety organization. As Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Nolen will lead a team of more than 7,600 FAA employees who oversee all aspects of aviation safety, including aerospace... Read more

Coptersafety approved by FAA as a Part 142 training center

Coptersafety approved by FAA as a Part 142 training center

21-Dec-2021Source: Coptersafety

Coptersafety has been certified as a Part-142 Training Center by the Federal Aviation Authority and is now able to train also FAA-licensed pilots. Subsequently, it also allows complementing the training capabilities offered by our training center to respond to the increasing demand from the operators worldwide. “This is the culmination of over 2 years of... Read more

NBAA calls on FAA to mitigate Santa Clara County’s decision to ban 100LL fuel

NBAA calls on FAA to mitigate Santa Clara County’s decision to ban 100LL fuel

16-Dec-2021Source: NBAA

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and several other industry groups urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to take action regarding Santa Clara County’s rushed decision to ban the sale of 100LL as of Jan. 1, 2022. In a letter to FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson, the organizations called on the agency to use its “aviation... Read more

FAA Awards Research Grants to Build Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chains

FAA Awards Research Grants to Build Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chains

16-Dec-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is tapping some of the nation’s top research institutions to build sustainable aviation fuel supply chains in different regions across the United States. More than $1.4 million will go to five universities to undertake the research.  Since 2014, the FAA has invested more than $13 million in... Read more

Helicopter Medevac Operators Exploring use of FAA Weather Camera System

Helicopter Medevac Operators Exploring use of FAA Weather Camera System

10-Dec-2021Source: FAA

As the popularity and success of the weather camera program grows, the FAA is now looking to expand the use of the systems among commercial operators, and in the process, possibly save lives. The FAA is loaning weather cameras to helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators flying out of three hospitals in Grenada and Jackson, Miss.,... Read more

HAI Issues Statement on FAA Response to 5G Wireless Issue

HAI Issues Statement on FAA Response to 5G Wireless Issue

9-Dec-2021Source: HAI

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday issued two airworthiness directives (ADs), one for helicopters and one for airplanes, containing measures that will avoid potential effects on aviation safety equipment that could occur as a result of the Jan. 5, 2022, deployment of 5G technologies in the C-band. These ADs will require flight manual limitations that... Read more

FAA Issues Certificate of Airworthiness for the First Type Certified S-70M Black Hawk

FAA Issues Certificate of Airworthiness for the First Type Certified S-70M Black Hawk

9-Dec-2021Source: Lockheed Martin

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed its certification of the S-70M Black Hawk helicopter — a new type designation — by issuing Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) a Restricted Category Special Airworthiness Certificate. FAA certification, and the establishment of a pilot type rating, are expected to broaden the market for the military-designed... Read more

FAA approves Archer to start flight testing Maker eVTOL

FAA approves Archer to start flight testing Maker eVTOL

8-Dec-2021Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) announced it has received a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) covering its Maker demonstrator aircraft. The Special Airworthiness Certificate authorizes Archer to begin flight testing its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Maker aircraft. Having cleared this final threshold to begin off-ground operations, Archer remains on... Read more

USHST Names Government Co-Chair

USHST Names Government Co-Chair

16-Nov-2021Source: USHST

The United States Helicopter Safety Team has named Karen Gattis, FAA Flight Standards Acting Deputy Director for General Aviation Safety Assurance, as its new government co-chairman. As a regional partner with the worldwide Vertical Aviation Safety Team, the USHST was formed in 2013 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote safety and... Read more

Maker Aircraft receives FAA COA and relocates to Flight Test facility

Maker Aircraft receives FAA COA and relocates to Flight Test facility

16-Nov-2021Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (“Archer”) (NYSE: ACHR), a leading developer of eVTOL aircraft, announced that the FAA has issued a CoA and the Aircraft Limitations covering Maker, its flagship demonstrator aircraft. The CoA and the Aircraft Limitations are key components of the Special Airworthiness Certificate, which will be the FAA basis that permits the Maker aircraft... Read more

FAA approves Helitak underbelly fire suppression tank on Black Hawk

FAA approves Helitak underbelly fire suppression tank on Black Hawk

10-Nov-2021Source: Helitak

Australian company Helitak has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to include seven additional Sikorsky Black Hawk Type Certificates on the Helitak FT4500 Black Hawk STC that was awarded in May 2021 bringing the total to 10 UH-60 or EH-60 models now approved for operation. With the receipt of the AML Amendment, operators... Read more

Congressman Brown and Fitzpatrick Introduce Legislation to Require Helicopter Black Boxes

Congressman Brown and Fitzpatrick Introduce Legislation to Require Helicopter Black Boxes

9-Nov-2021Source: Congressman Brown

Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced legislation to require flight data and cockpit voice recorders in most helicopters, also known as “black boxes.” Currently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires large commercial planes and some private aircraft to have such recorders. Loopholes in regulations allow some helicopters to operate without... Read more

Dart receives STC for UH-70 SkyCannon® Highrise Fire Attack System

Dart receives STC for UH-70 SkyCannon® Highrise Fire Attack System

2-Nov-2021Source: DART Aerospace

DART Aerospace has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its SkyCannon® Fire Attack System on the Sikorsky UH-60/S-70 helicopter. The UH-60/S-70 is the third helicopter type certified to operate the SkyCannon® after the Airbus EC225 Puma and Avicopter AC313. “This revolutionary firefighting system raises the bar for urban firefighting efforts and solidifies DART’s leadership... Read more

H125 performance increase fully certified in North America

H125 performance increase fully certified in North America

29-Oct-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The recent performance increase of Airbus Helicopters’ single-engine H125 helicopter has received certification from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S. and Transport Canada (TCCA) in Canada, making it now fully certified and available to all North American customers. This major evolution includes multiple benefits for H125 operators, including an increase of the... Read more

Metro Aviation considering use of FAA weather cameras

Metro Aviation considering use of FAA weather cameras

25-Oct-2021

Metro Aviation is embarking on a year-long project to test the capabilities of an FAA weather camera at its Ann Arbor, Michigan base, hypothesizing that the University of Michigan Survival Flight crew will see a reduction in canceled flights due to weather. Metro pilots currently use automated surface observing systems (ASOS) to obtain weather data,... Read more

Alpine Aerotech receives approvals for B505 cabin and baggage protection

Alpine Aerotech receives approvals for B505 cabin and baggage protection

18-Oct-2021Source: ALPINE AEROTECH

ALPINE AEROTECH has officially received Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approval for protective floor and panel coverings engineered precisely for Bell 505 Cabin, and Baggage Compartments. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approvals are currently pending. Alpine Aerotech was contracted to perform the first 25-hour airframe inspection, install an Emergency Locator... Read more

US Officials prepare for Advanced Air Mobility

US Officials prepare for Advanced Air Mobility

15-Oct-2021Source: NBAA

Advanced air mobility (AAM) vehicles are coming, and federal regulators are doing all they can to prepare, officials with the FAA and the U.S. Air Force said Wednesday in a panel discussion at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). “We’ve witnessed a significant shift in focus toward [AAM] across the entire aviation industry,”... Read more

EASA Awards Kaman Composites Part 145 Certification

EASA Awards Kaman Composites Part 145 Certification

13-Oct-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Composites – Wichita, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that its FAA Part 145 Repair Station in Wichita, Kansas, has earned European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for composite structures repair. “This approval is just one step in the process of offering more composite repair capabilities to the commercial... Read more

Moog produces Robinson R44 autopilot

Moog produces Robinson R44 autopilot

30-Sep-2021Source: Moog

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have partnered in making safety recommendations to reduce fatigue related aviation accidents. While these recommendations have been primarily focused on reducing work hours for pilots, crews, mechanics, air traffic control operators and other key aviation personnel, there are ways that the aviation... Read more

Alpine Aerotech develops STC for Bell 429 Cabin and Cargo Protection

Alpine Aerotech develops STC for Bell 429 Cabin and Cargo Protection

27-Sep-2021Source: ALPINE AEROTECH

ALPINE AEROTECH announced that they have officially received a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for protective floor and cargo panels designed for Bell 429 aircraft. Alpine Aerotech worked closely with both domestic, and international customers to ensure the kit is suitable... Read more

PJ Helicopters adds UH60 structural repair to Part 145 approval

PJ Helicopters adds UH60 structural repair to Part 145 approval

23-Sep-2021Source: PJ Helicopters

PJ Helicopters (PJH) is proud to announce FAA repair specification approval on structural reinforcements and repairs for the UH-60 series aircraft. This modification specifically targets the 34.5 web and 308 beam areas prone to cracking. This modification can be installed as a proactive or reactive measure on both L/H and R/H sides and will bring... Read more

Aerometals adds Sikorsky S-70M capability to EIBF STC

Aerometals adds Sikorsky S-70M capability to EIBF STC

15-Sep-2021Source: Aerometals

Aerometals, a precision aerospace design and manufacturing company, has announced the addition of the S-70M airframe to their recently approved FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Engine Inlet Barrier Filter (EIBF) protections. The company utilized exhaustive testing, high technology computational fluid dynamics modeling as well as bird strike analysis for its new generation engine protection... Read more

FAA proposes $617K fine against Interstate Helicopters

FAA proposes $617K fine against Interstate Helicopters

14-Sep-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $617,100 civil penalty against Oklahoma-based Interstate Helicopters for allegedly conducting illegal charter flights. The FAA alleges that between September 2016 and April 2017, Interstate Helicopters conducted approximately 24 paid passenger-carrying flights in jet airplanes when it was only authorized to conduct flights in helicopters.... Read more

FAA Awards $100M to Develop Next Generation of Sustainable Aircraft Technology

FAA Awards $100M to Develop Next Generation of Sustainable Aircraft Technology

14-Sep-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $100 million for companies to help develop technologies that reduce fuel use, emissions and noise. The award is part of a series of steps President Biden is taking to coordinate leadership and innovation across the federal government, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, fuel producers... Read more

FAA approves Archer certification basis

FAA approves Archer certification basis

8-Sep-2021Source: Archer

Archer Aviation Inc. (“Archer”), a leading developer of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft has been actively engaged with the FAA through its Center for Emerging Concepts & Innovation and the Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office to develop the airworthiness and environmental requirements necessary for full certification of its eVTOL aircraft. Archer is pleased... Read more

More Airspace for Drone Operations

More Airspace for Drone Operations

8-Sep-2021Source: FAA

Drone pilots will have even more options than before when they seek permission to fly in controlled airspace this fall. The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, or LAANC, is getting a big enhancement that will enable drone pilots to operate in even more low-level airspace than before — and to know that they’re doing... Read more

FAA Releases Data Showing Trends in Dangerous Laser Strikes

FAA Releases Data Showing Trends in Dangerous Laser Strikes

2-Sep-2021Source: FAA

Shining a laser at an aircraft poses a serious safety threat and can result in large fines and criminal penalties. Working to identify trends in laser strikes, the U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed a visualization tool that analyzes laser strike data from 2010 to 2020. Using the Tableau software platform, the tool... Read more

FAA Invests $766M to Build Safer, More Sustainable Airports

FAA Invests $766M to Build Safer, More Sustainable Airports

26-Aug-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded more than $766 million in grants to build safer, more sustainable and more accessible airports across the United States. The funding from the fifth round of FY 2021 Airport Improvement Program grants will pay for projects at 279 airports in 44 states plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S.... Read more

Joby starts process to become first eVTOL airline

Joby starts process to become first eVTOL airline

4-Aug-2021Source: Joby Aero

Joby Aero Inc. (“Joby”), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced it had taken the first step towards building the first eVTOL airline, by beginning the process to receive a Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”). A Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate is required for... Read more

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

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