Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:39:00 -0400

Fort Worth, Texas (August 26, 2014) Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), announced the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received Part 147 facility organizational approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:55:00 -0400

 The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) regarding the use of advisory vertical guidance information in some flight management systems (FMS), multi-mode receivers (MMR), and GPS navigation equipment. Because of the way the FAA codes the information to indicate its advisory — rather than mandatory — nature may cause unintended consequences for some FMS, MMR, and GPS systems. Click "View Story" for the full SAIB.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:10:00 -0400

HAI reminds members of the aerial firefighting industry of a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Aviation and Contracting Vendor Summit Meeting in Boise, Idaho, September 30 and October 1. Note these are corrected dates as per a USFS announcement in FedBizOps.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:53:00 -0400

 The FAA has issued a NOTAM for Thursday, Aug. 28, for temporary flight restrictions in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area. Remember, always get an updated briefing immediately prior to departure.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:30:00 -0400

Washington, DC (AP) — Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the agency’s ban on commercial drone flights.

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:26:00 -0400

Madrid, Spain (AP) — Authorities say three policemen have died while trying to aid an injured mountaineer after their rescue helicopter clipped a mountainside and crashed during a mission in northern Spain, killing all aboard.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:08:00 -0400

 The FAA has issued a NOTAM forMonday, Aug. 25, for temporary flight restrictions in the Chicago area. Remember, always get an updated briefing immediately prior to departure.

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:07:00 -0400

The FAA has issued a NOTAM for temporary flight restrictions in the Charlotte, N.C., area for Aug. 26. Remember, always get an updated briefing immediately prior to departure.

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:45:00 -0400

 HAI, along with the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA), are continuing their work with the FAA to ensure that helicopter air ambulance operators have the information they need to comply with the helicopter safety rule issued earlier this year — often known as the HEMS rule.


Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:06:00 -0400

 The FAA's Western-Pacific Region has issued a letter to airmen requesting helicopter pilots flying under visual flight rules (VFR)  in the Los Angeles Basin to use specially assigned transponder codes. Civil general aviation rotorcraft are requested to use Mode 3 transponder code 1205 when operating within a specified area (see Read More section). Law enforcement and first responder helicopters are asked to use 1206 when operating in the same area. The change goes into effect on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 5 a.m. local time (1200 UTC).


Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:21:00 -0400

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan this week authored a joint column warning that funds for fighting wildfires are rapidly running out for this year — and that unless something is done soon, the US Forest Service (USFS) will have to dip into funding meant for other programs, including those intended to prevent the fires or mitigate their impact.

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:14:00 -0400

Vertical - Two recent events in which pilots of AS350 series helicopters may have taken off with their yaw servo hydraulic switches in the "off" position have prompted manufacturer Airbus Helicopters to issue a safety information notice for AS350 B3, AS550 C3, and AS355/AS555 aircraft equipped with dual hydraulic systems.

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:03:00 -0400

Habersham County, Ga. (CBS46) - Teams from Georgia's Department of Natural Resources practiced rescue missions at the Tallulah Gorge state park, preparing for the next time they're needed to descend into the gorge to rescue stranded hikers.

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:29:00 -0400

Red Lake, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Four people, including two children, were rescued after a night time search on Red Lake in Minnesota. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Helicopter from the North Dakota Air Branch were able to pin point the location of the four lost in their boat.

Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:02:00 -0400

Washington (PRNewswire) - Columbia Helicopters, Inc. has opened a new facility which will be totally focused on the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of military helicopters.

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