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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Thune And Nelson Send Joint Letter On FAA Vulnerabilities

Asks Huerta For 'Full Accounting" On Status Of GAO Recommendations

U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, have sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta and the DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx regarding a recent GAO report that identified vulnerabilities to FAA information systems.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Airborne 03.04.15: Airbus' NEW H160, Robinson Buys 1000 RR300s, NEW Bell 407GXP

Also: Inverted Flat Spin Record, Belite Aircraft Reinvents the Cub, Aspen Evolution In Demand, Screamin’ Sasquatch, New Elite HeliSim, JetBlue Pilot Update

Airbus showed off its all-new H160 helicopter at Heli-Expo 2015. As the first product introduced with the Airbus Helicopters corporate identity and its new numbering designation, Airbus claims this 5.5 to 6-ton-class rotorcraft has nose-to-tail breakthroughs in design and systems. The H160 integrates as many as 68 different Airbus Helicopters-patented technologies. It has a cruise speed of 160 knots, and can carry 12 passengers at distances of up to 120 nautical miles for oil and gas missions, and a 450-nautical mile range with 20-minute reserve in public service or search and rescue tasks. Rolls-Royce and Robinson Helicopter Company have signed a new, 10-year agreement to supply at least 1,000 RR300 engines to power their R66 Helicopter. The Rol

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Aero-TV: AKG Aviation’s AV-100 - A LightWeight, ANR, Bluetooth Headset

Headsets Are An Intensely Competitive Product... But The AV100 Looks Promising

While at the last of the AOPA regional fly-ins in 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, checked out the AV100 headset that is produced by AKG.  He met up with Heath Lawson the national sales manager for AKG Aviation. Lawson explained the company organization and said AKG has been prominent in the music industry providing headsets and microphones for over 60 years.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

FAA Issues Emergency AD For AW109 Helicopters

Requires Replacing Rotor Blades With Approve Part

The FAA has issued an emergency AD (2015-05-51) following the discovery of an error in the Illustrated Parts Catalog (IPC) that incorrectly identifies applicability of a certain part-numbered blade on Agusta Model A109A and A109A II helicopters.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Airborne 03.05.15: AW609 Milestone, EASA Cert: S-76D, UAVs Coming To Oshkosh!

Also: SAFE, PC-12 Theft Thwarted, MyGoFlight Heli Solutions, Updated: Bell 412EPI, Big Bell 'Relentless' Deal

The AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved a key milestone which is the initiation of the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil tiltrotor in development to date.  This represents the anticipated progression towards assembly and certification with the FAA as the main certification authority. EASA approved the Type Certificate for the VIP variant of the S-76D helicopter over two years after the FAA certified the baseline model of the aircraft, allowing the aircraft to be operated in Europe. The announcement was made at the 2015 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. The latest innovations, unmanned aircraft demonstrations, and a wo

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

FAA Certifies Sikorsky S-92 Gross Weight Expansion And TCAS II

MTO Gross Weight Boosted To 27,700 Pounds

The FAA has certified a gross weight expansion (GWE) for the S-92 helicopter production configuration. The GWE increases the maximum take-off gross weight from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds allowing operators to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload. In addition to GWE, the FAA also certified Sikorsky's S-92 helicopter integrated Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) II.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Canada Validates North Flight Data Systems' AS350, EC130 Installation

Aircraft Recorder System Fully Integrated For Airbus Helicopters

Transport Canada has validated North Flight Data Systems' FAA STC for the installation of flight data recorders aboard AS350/EC130 helicopters. The first Canadian installations of the integrated flight data system will be performed on the EC130 and AS350, owned and operated by Phoenix Heli-Flight in Ft. McMurray.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

FRASCA International And HNZ Group Announce Simulator Program

Will Provide Convertible AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device

FRASCA International, Inc, of Urbana, IL has contracted with HNZ Group Inc.  Montreal, Canada for the supply of an AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device. The FTD will be convertible between three different configurations of the aircraft including the AS350B2 analog instrument panel, the AS350B2 VEMD instrument panel and the AS350B3e VEMD instrument panel. This will be the first Level 7 Flight Training Device certified in Canada.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Sikorsky, Bristow Embark On New Era Of Search And Rescue

Bristow Readies For UK SAR Services With S-92 Helicopters

Sikorsky held a ceremony to recognized Bristow Helicopters Ltd.'s upcoming launch of the U.K. search and rescue (SAR) contract and the company's dedication to SAR over the past 40 years at the 2015 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show in Florida.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

East Hampton Officials Expect Packed House For Helicopter Ban Discussion

Public Hearing On The Proposed Ban Will Be Held Thursday

For those who fly aboard helicopters to summer homes and resorts in East Hampton, the companies that operate those flights, and the people who live in the area, Thursday is a very important day.

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