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VAI welcomes passing of FAA Reauthorisation Bill

VAI welcomes passing of FAA Reauthorisation Bill

16-May-2024Source: VAI

Vertical Aviation International (VAI), formerly Helicopter Association International, applauds Congress for passing a bipartisan, five-year FAA reauthorization bill. This milestone marks a significant step forward in strengthening safety, enhancing infrastructure, and addressing many issues facing vertical flight and the entire aviation sector. “We commend Congress for passing an FAA reauthorization bill that represents a substantial... Read more

VAI Applauds Progress On FAA Reauthorization

VAI Applauds Progress On FAA Reauthorization

8-May-2024Source: VAI

Vertical Aviation International (VAI) applauds congressional leaders for moving forward with a bipartisan FAA reauthorization bill. “The FAA reauthorization bill provides significant improvements for general aviation and the vertical aviation industry specifically,” says James Viola, VAI president and CEO. “This legislation supports a number of priorities that VAI has actively endorsed, including aviation safety, workforce... Read more

Following R44 and R66, FAA approve new empennage for R22

Following R44 and R66, FAA approve new empennage for R22

30-Apr-2024Source: Robinson

Robinson Helicopter Company, a global leader in civilian rotorcraft, has secured FAA approval for its new empennage design for the R22 helicopter. With this certification, Robinson’s entire fleet of helicopters is now FAA-certified. The new empennage design includes a symmetric horizontal stabilizer and tailcone, now standard on all newly manufactured Robinson helicopters. The development and... Read more

VAI Ready to help members meet SMS mandate

VAI Ready to help members meet SMS mandate

25-Apr-2024Source: VAI

The FAA announced Monday, Apr. 22, that companies conducting air tours, air ambulance operations, charters, and commuter flights must implement a safety management system (SMS) program within 36 months of the effective date of the rule. This mandate, aimed at reducing accidents and enhancing safety, also applies to aircraft manufacturers, ensuring a comprehensive approach to... Read more

Entrol to open its own maintenance center in the Americas in 2024

Entrol to open its own maintenance center in the Americas in 2024

19-Apr-2024Source: Entrol

Entrol, the manufacturer of EASA and FAA certified FNPT, FTD and AATD flight simulators, will open its own maintenance center in the Americas in September 2024. The company has made a strong commitment to this continent, where it plans to install about four flight simulators between this year and the next one. The company is... Read more

Recoil Aerospace achieves STC for T1000-E Aerial Fire Suppression System

Recoil Aerospace achieves STC for T1000-E Aerial Fire Suppression System

17-Apr-2024Source: Recoil Aerospace

Recoil Aerospace is proud to announce the successful certification of its T1000-E Aerial Fire Suppression System (AFSS) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for installation on Airbus Super Puma series helicopters. This achievement marks a significant milestone in aerial firefighting technology, positioning Recoil as a leader in innovative solutions for combating wildfires. “We are confident that the T1000-E will... Read more

Archer Completes Multiple Battery Pack Drop Tests

Archer Completes Multiple Battery Pack Drop Tests

3-Apr-2024Source: Archer

Archer Aviation Inc., a leader in the development of electric vertical takeoff and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, announced the successful completion of rigorous battery pack drop testing conducted at a National Institute for Aviation Research lab. This marks a significant milestone in the development of the company’s proprietary electric propulsion system for its Midnight aircraft in... Read more

Canada approves VIH Aerospace STD for H145 Vertical Reference Window

Canada approves VIH Aerospace STD for H145 Vertical Reference Window

3-Apr-2024Source: VIH Aerospace

VIH Aerospace (VIHA) www.vihaerospace.com a leading provider of helicopter manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MMRO) services has received Transport Canada (TCCA) and FAA Approval for their H145 Left-Hand or Dual Vertical (Bubble) Reference Window installation. TCCA STC SH24-12 and FAA STC SR00187IB have been issued, approving Airbus BK117 D2, and BK117 D-3 in the Left... Read more

Astronautics providing integrated flight display in Bell 412EP cockpit retrofit kit

Astronautics providing integrated flight display in Bell 412EP cockpit retrofit kit

25-Mar-2024Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the FAA certification for its Basix-Pro Glass Retrofit Kit for Bell 412EP models. The new glass cockpit retrofit kit benefits include reduced pilot workload, increased precision and improved situational awareness. “As a part of Bell’s Customer Support and Service offerings, we are committed to developing and... Read more

Robinson celebrates 45 years of the R22

Robinson celebrates 45 years of the R22

20-Mar-2024Source: Robinson Helicopter Company

Robinson Helicopter Company, the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters, celebrates the 45th anniversary of its iconic two-seat R22 helicopter. On March 16, 1979, Robinson received FAA certification for the R22, which has been enshrined in the Smithsonian Museum since September 2004. With a legacy of accessibility, reliability, and versatility, the R22 revolutionized the personal helicopter... Read more

Boost Systems gains FAA STC for Airbus H125 quick release cargo basket

Boost Systems gains FAA STC for Airbus H125 quick release cargo basket

13-Mar-2024Source: Boost Systems

Boost Systems continues to expand its mission equipment offering and is pleased to announce their H125/AS350 Quick Release Cargo Basket and Boarding Step are now FAA Approved. BOOST Systems has been awarded Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR00184IB for its Airbus H125/AS350/355 Quick Release Cargo Basket and Boarding Step, previously approved by... Read more

Coptersafety join Whirly-Girls International as scholarship sponsor

Coptersafety join Whirly-Girls International as scholarship sponsor

11-Mar-2024Source: Coptersafety

Coptersafety is happy to announce they are joining the Whirly-Girls International as a sponsor with two FAA AW139 Type Rating scholarships. “At Coptersafety, we recognize the importance to increase diversity in the vertical aviation industry. As part of our commitment to fostering inclusivity, we are proud to announce the Whirly-Girls scholarship,” as shared by Coptersafety’s... Read more

FAA grants Joby $500K to attract maintenance technicians

FAA grants Joby $500K to attract maintenance technicians

8-Mar-2024Source: FAA

Thirty-two schools will receive $13.5 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help attract and train students for careers as pilots and aviation maintenance technicians. $9 million will go to 20 schools as part of the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development program. These grants will help build back the pipeline of... Read more

Hillsboro Heli Academy granted examining authority by FAA

Hillsboro Heli Academy granted examining authority by FAA

7-Mar-2024Source: Hillsboro Aviation

Hillsboro Heli Academy proudly announces that it has been granted Examining Authority by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This designation further solidifies Hillsboro Heli Academy’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to producing highly skilled helicopter pilots. As an FAA-approved Part 141 flight school, Hillsboro Heli Academy has consistently upheld rigorous standards in training and... Read more

Skytrac and the Mecaer complete AW139 STC for the SDL-350

Skytrac and the Mecaer complete AW139 STC for the SDL-350

28-Feb-2024Source: Skytrac

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a global leader in satellite communications (satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, and the Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG), a leading international provider of solutions for aircraft systems and services across multiple aviation segments, today announced that they completed a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada (TCCA) certified AW139 Standard Type Certification... Read more

FAA awards Astronautics cyber attack research contract

FAA awards Astronautics cyber attack research contract

28-Feb-2024Source: Astronautics

Astronautics Corporation of America has been awarded a phase one, cybersecurity research contract from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to identify and categorise all the data transmitted across three Cybersecurity Data Science (CSDS) Aviation Architecture Framework (AAF) domains to understand the broad scope of aviation-related data and the underlying architectures that support transmission and use... Read more

Columbia Helicopters Finalizing CH-47D Foresight MX HUMS STC

Columbia Helicopters Finalizing CH-47D Foresight MX HUMS STC

27-Feb-2024Source: Columbia Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters (Heli Expo Booth #3708) and GPMS International (Booth #3016) have completed design, manufacturing, and installation in support of obtaining an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Foresight MX on the CH-47D platform. Foresight MX stands as the sole predictive Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) available to CH-47D operators, offering an integrated suite... Read more

Astronautics AeroSync Mission available for all helicopter platforms

Astronautics AeroSync Mission available for all helicopter platforms

27-Feb-2024Source: Astronautics

Astronautics Corporation of America announces the global launch of its Federal Aviation Administration technical standard order approved AeroSync Mission connectivity system as an aftermarket solution for all Part 27 and 29 helicopters. AeroSync Mission provides helicopter operators an in-air and on-ground, Wi-Fi and cellular hotspot that supports a variety of use cases, including connecting air... Read more

Airwolf Aerospace releases new charger for Airwolf Lithium-Ion Battery Installations

Airwolf Aerospace releases new charger for Airwolf Lithium-Ion Battery Installations

27-Feb-2024Source: Airwolf Aerospace

Airwolf Aerospace announced that the company has attained FAA STC approval for the installation of True Blue Power® TB17 Lithium-ion STC kits for the Airbus H125/AS350, AS355, EC-120, H130/EC130, Bell 206A/B, 206L/L1/L3/L4, Enstrom 480B, Hiller UH-12E and MD 369/500 helicopters and the True Blue Power® TB20 battery in H125/AS350, AS355 helicopters. Operators of these aircraft... Read more

FAA approves Airwolf STC for True Blue Power® TB20 batteries in Airbus H125, AS350, AS355

FAA approves Airwolf STC for True Blue Power® TB20 batteries in Airbus H125, AS350, AS355

27-Feb-2024Source: Airwolf Aerospace

Airwolf Aerospace has received FAA STC approval SR04644CH for the installation of True Blue Power® TB20 Lithium-ion battery in Airbus H125/AS350, and AS355 helicopters. The STC approval for the TB20 Lithium-ion battery follows Airwolf’s recent STC approval of TB17 Lithium-ion STC kits for Airbus H125/AS350, AS355, EC-120, H130/EC130, Bell 206A/B, 206L/L1/L3/L4, Enstrom 480B, Hiller UH-12E... Read more

Schweizer expands in-house overhaul services

Schweizer expands in-house overhaul services

27-Feb-2024Source: Schweizer

Schweizer is pleased to announce it is expanding factory overhaul services under its FAA Part 145 Repair Station certification to help reduce customers’ costs. New services now available for the S300C, S300CBi, and S333 helicopters include overhauls of main and tail rotor gearboxes, landing gear dampeners, and actuators. “Schweizer customers are asking for ways to... Read more

Recoil Aerospace Nears STC Approval for T1000-E Wildfire Suppression System

Recoil Aerospace Nears STC Approval for T1000-E Wildfire Suppression System

27-Feb-2024Source: Recoil Aerospace

Recoil Aerospace is on the brink of a major milestone as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) nears final approval for the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) of its groundbreaking T1000-E Wildfire Suppression System. Following months of rigorous testing and evaluation, Recoil Aerospace anticipates STC approval for the T1000-E system, signaling a significant advancement in aerial firefighting technology. “We... Read more

Horizon Design Services received approval for Avidyne IFD-Series

Horizon Design Services received approval for Avidyne IFD-Series

23-Feb-2024Source: Avidyne

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, is pleased to announce that U.K.-based Horizon Design Services has received Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) validation of an Approved Model List-Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for installation of the Avidyne IFD-Series FMS/ GPS/ NAV/ COM systems as replacements for legacy GNS-Series... Read more

Joby Completes Third Stage of FAA Certification Process

Joby Completes Third Stage of FAA Certification Process

22-Feb-2024Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric air taxis for commercial passenger service, announced it has become the first developer of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to complete the third of five stages of the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) type certification process.   During the third stage of the process, Joby submitted... Read more

Entrol to exhibit H11 FTD Level 5 flight sim at Heli Expo

Entrol to exhibit H11 FTD Level 5 flight sim at Heli Expo

21-Feb-2024Source: Entrol

Entrol, the manufacturer of EASA and FAA certified FNPT, FTD and AATD flight simulators, will be attending the HAI Heli Expo to be held on February 27, 28 and 29 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California (USA). For the second consecutive year, the company – which will be located at booth 8041 and at... Read more

Enstrom Opens of New Repair Station

Enstrom Opens of New Repair Station

12-Feb-2024Source: Enstrom

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is celebrating the opening of its brand-new, FAA-approved repair station, number EHCR228E. The state-of-the-art repair station operates within Enstrom’s Menominee, MI factory. It will provide helicopter maintenance, damage repairs, upgrades, and component overhauls, all at the hands of Enstrom’s premier repair experts. “This is a significant upgrade to what customers might have... Read more

Joby Receives Part 145 Maintenance Certificate from FAA

Joby Receives Part 145 Maintenance Certificate from FAA

9-Feb-2024Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced it has received its Part 145 Repair Station Certificate from the FAA, qualifying the Company to perform select maintenance activities on aircraft and marking another key step on the path to commercializing Joby’s electric air... Read more

Archer Receives Part 145 Certification From the FAA

Archer Receives Part 145 Certification From the FAA

8-Feb-2024Source: Archer

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced today that it received its Part 145 certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Under FAA regulations, Archer is now authorized to perform specialized aircraft repair services while maintaining the highest levels of safety and compliance, a key requirement... Read more

Archer confirms construction of 3 Midnights is underway

Archer confirms construction of 3 Midnights is underway

8-Feb-2024Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) announced that they are well underway in constructing the Company’s first three conforming Midnight aircraft, with the first aircraft set to begin final assembly in the coming weeks. Archer’s initial fleet of piloted aircraft will begin piloted flight testing later this year, and subsequently be used in “for credit” flight... Read more

FAA approves new empennage design for Robinson R44

FAA approves new empennage design for Robinson R44

5-Feb-2024Source: RHC

Robinson Helicopter Company has secured FAA approval for a new empennage configuration for its R44 aircraft. This accomplishment follows the FAA’s prior approval for the same configuration on the R66 Turbine, announced in September 2023.  The development and testing of the new empennage design spanned several years, resulting in enhance handling characteristics during high-speed flight.... Read more

FAA Renews LOX exemption For HAI members flying in EMS

FAA Renews LOX exemption For HAI members flying in EMS

5-Feb-2024Source: FAA

In response to a biennial request from Helicopter Association International (HAI), the FAA has issued a two-year extension of Exemption 6002, permitting properly trained air ambulance/medical evacuation pilots employed by HAI member companies to remove and reinstall liquid oxygen (LOX) system containers under certain conditions. This extension, titled 6002O, is effective 01 February 2024 and,... Read more

AOPA calls on FAA to establish safe pathway to BVLOS operations

AOPA calls on FAA to establish safe pathway to BVLOS operations

12-Jan-2024Source: AOPA

While the FAA develops regulatory language intended to govern beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), AOPA has been working with industry partners to ensure these new rules allow for safe integration and do not have a negative impact on general aviation. Specifically, AOPA has been adamant that there not... Read more

UrbanX Air and Eve collaborate for first UAM flights in Miami

UrbanX Air and Eve collaborate for first UAM flights in Miami

18-Dec-2023Source: UrbanX Air

UrbanX Air – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Crossing Airlines Group, Inc. (JET: NEO; JET.B: NEO; JETMF: OTCQB) (GlobalX), which operates the Miami-based airline GlobalX – and Eve Air Mobility (Eve) (NYSE: EVEX and EVEXW) have announced plans to bring Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to Miami by launching electric commuter flights throughout the South Florida area beginning in... Read more

Coptersafety expands FAA training for H145 pilots

Coptersafety expands FAA training for H145 pilots

15-Dec-2023Source: Coptersafety

Coptersafety is pleased to announce the addition of FAA approved H145 Initial, Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), and Recurrent training programs to our FAA Part 142 Training Center certification. “Coptersafety has been providing H145 training since 2017 in our Level-D flight simulators and first-class training center. We are pleased to announce that we are continuing to... Read more

Boost Systems now offers Cargo Baskets

Boost Systems now offers Cargo Baskets

5-Dec-2023Source: Boost Systems

Boost Systems, known as the global leader in fully certified Human External Cargo Systems, Personal Carrying Device Systems and related Training Services is pleased to announce the recent addition of Quick Release Cargo Baskets to their product offering. BOOST Systems has been awarded a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its... Read more

FAA issues Special Airworthiness Certification for Doroni H1 eVTOL Flying Car

FAA issues Special Airworthiness Certification for Doroni H1 eVTOL Flying Car

1-Dec-2023Source: Doroni

Doroni Aerospace, a pioneering force in sustainable transportation and urban air mobility, proudly announces today that they have received official FAA Airworthiness Certification of their revolutionary eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft, the Doroni H1. This certification marks a pivotal moment in aviation history, positioning Doroni Aerospace as a leader in the burgeoning field... Read more

Schweizer earns FAA Part 145 Repair Station Certificate

Schweizer earns FAA Part 145 Repair Station Certificate

30-Nov-2023

Schweizer, manufacturer of the proven Schweizer S300, S300CBi, and S333 helicopters, is proud to announce it has earned FAA Part 145 Repair Station certification. The certification allows Schweizer to repair and overhaul its aircraft and components at the factory with an FAA-approved quality system. “We are extremely grateful to our partners at the FAA who... Read more

ARC Aerosystems Reintroduces Pegasus Aircraft

ARC Aerosystems Reintroduces Pegasus Aircraft

17-Nov-2023Source: ARC Aerosystems

ARC Aerosystems is proud to announce the return of the iconic Avian Pegasus gyroplane, a revolutionary aircraft that was developed in Canada during the 1960s. The Pegasus was, and remains, the only FAA Part 27 certified gyroplane in the world, featuring a unique jump take-off and zero-roll landing capability that makes it ideal for advanced... Read more

Alpine Aerotech receive TCCA and FAA STC’s Bell Stowage Compartment

Alpine Aerotech receive TCCA and FAA STC’s Bell Stowage Compartment

3-Nov-2023Source: Alpine Aerotech

Alpine Aerotech announced that they have officially received Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for a convenient stowage compartment that installs to the AFT of the center pedestal in Bell medium helicopters (205, 212, 412) The Alpine Aerotech AFT Pedestal Stowage Compartment utilizes dead space between the... Read more

FAA and US Air Force team up on AAM efforts

FAA and US Air Force team up on AAM efforts

30-Oct-2023Source: FAA

The FAA is partnering with the U.S. Air Force to help support the safe integration of Advanced Air Mobility aircraft into the National Airspace System. Under an agreement signed during an Oct. 25 event at Duke Field in Florida, the agencies will exchange data and share capabilities and expertise for testing these emerging technologies. “A... Read more

HAI congratulates new FAA Administrator

HAI congratulates new FAA Administrator

25-Oct-2023Source: HAI

Following a 98-0 bipartisan vote by the US Senate, Michael G. Whitaker was approved on Tuesday to lead the FAA. He is most recently the chief operating officer of Supernal, Hyundai’s advanced air mobility (AAM) company. Whitaker also has previous FAA experience: from 2013–14, he served as the deputy administrator, where he led the agency’s... Read more

FAA approves HeliFlite expansion into Bahamas and Caribbean

FAA approves HeliFlite expansion into Bahamas and Caribbean

24-Oct-2023Source: HeliFlite

As of October 2023, HeliFlite, the leading private, luxury helicopter charter provider, has expanded its operations to include international routes to the Bahamas and Caribbean. HeliFlite’s new services to these destinations are a coup for the rapidly growing South Florida client base. With existing operations in South Florida, HeliFlite will now offer a convenient and luxurious travel experience from all South Florida airfields to... Read more

Meeker-Airfilm receive FAA approval for Utility Step Mount for Airbus H145D3

Meeker-Airfilm receive FAA approval for Utility Step Mount for Airbus H145D3

27-Sep-2023Source: Meeker Aviation

Meeker-Airfilm are pleased to announce we have received FAA approval for for our very popular Utility Step Mount for the Airbus H145 D3 helicopter. The Step Mount offers the most robust design, dual payloads capability and greatest camera stability... Read more

FAA Approves Nation’s First Public-Use Vertiport in Blackstone, Virginia

FAA Approves Nation’s First Public-Use Vertiport in Blackstone, Virginia

27-Sep-2023Source: Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation

In a significant milestone for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry, the FAA has issued the first conditional approval for a Vertiport at Allen C. Perkinson Blackstone Army Airfield (KBKT), in Blackstone, Virginia. This action creates a path for the airport to establish the first licensed public-use Vertiport in the state and the nation. NAVOS Air, a... Read more

FAA Approves First Public-Use Vertiport in Virginia

FAA Approves First Public-Use Vertiport in Virginia

27-Sep-2023

In a significant milestone for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry, the FAA has issued the first conditional approval for a Vertiport at Allen C. Perkinson Blackstone Army Airfield (KBKT), in Blackstone, Virginia. This action creates a path for the airport to establish the first licensed public-use Vertiport in the state and the nation. NAVOS Air,... Read more

New HEC Dual Hook given Transport Canada STC Approval

New HEC Dual Hook given Transport Canada STC Approval

13-Sep-2023Source: Salus Aviation

Salus Aviation has developed a multi-purpose dual hook for use on the BK117 helicopter and is pleased to announce this system has now been approved by Transport Canada. This dual hook system meets 29.865 requirements and is capable of Class B and D Human External Cargo (HEC) load combinations per FAA AC133-1B. FAA Certification Pending... Read more

Program launched to transition US military pilots to First Officer with JetBlue

Program launched to transition US military pilots to First Officer with JetBlue

25-Aug-2023Source: JetBlue

JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU), announces the launch of its eighth Gateway development program, Gateway Rotor Transition Program (RTP). Gateway RTP establishes a prescribed talent pathway for U.S. military-trained rotary wing aviators to transition their existing expertise as helicopter pilots and acquire the necessary skills and certifications needed to join JetBlue as a first officer. Accepted candidates... Read more

HAI Comments On FAA’s NPRM For Pilot Certification For Powered-Lift Aircraft

HAI Comments On FAA’s NPRM For Pilot Certification For Powered-Lift Aircraft

22-Aug-2023Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has weighed in on FAA efforts to regulate pilot certification and training for powered-lift aircraft. To view HAI’s comments to the FAA, click here. Powered-lift aircraft take off and land vertically, then transition to fixed-wing lift for forward flight. This technology is one of many steps toward further adoption of advanced air... Read more

Archer hits Certification Milestones On Schedule for FAA approval

Archer hits Certification Milestones On Schedule for FAA approval

17-Aug-2023Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced that its Midnight eVTOL aircraft has continued hitting key certification milestones on schedule, with the FAA recently starting to approve Archer’s certification plans for its Midnight production aircraft and recently issuing its first Midnight aircraft a Special Airworthiness Certificate... Read more

Archer Secures $215M Investment From Stellantis, Boeing, United Airlines, Ark Invest And Others

Archer Secures $215M Investment From Stellantis, Boeing, United Airlines, Ark Invest And Others

15-Aug-2023Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced operating and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023.  In tandem with earnings, Archer made a series of announcements that reinforce its path to FAA certification and commercial operations in 2025. Archer has landed a $215... Read more

FAA Outlines Hawaii Air Tour Safety Improvements

FAA Outlines Hawaii Air Tour Safety Improvements

8-Aug-2023Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is moving to improve Hawaii air tour safety. The agency has outlined a consistent new process where air tour operators can receive authorization to safely descend below specific altitudes to avoid flying into bad weather. “This process will help prevent situations where pilots encounter poor visibility and become disoriented,” said David Boulter, the... Read more

Aerometals places order with Black Widow Hc for UH-60 Enhancement

Aerometals places order with Black Widow Hc for UH-60 Enhancement

2-Aug-2023Source: Black Widow Helicopters

Black Widow Helicopters, a provider of cutting-edge aerial firefighting and utility mission aircraft, has solidified its commitment to excellence with a significant multi-product order from Aerometals, a precision aerospace manufacturing company. The order includes 25 engine inlet barrier filter (IBF) for the Airbus H125 platform, along with 22 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) parts manufacturer approval... Read more

HAI, ERHC Help Bring Route, Zone Changes To Washington

HAI, ERHC Help Bring Route, Zone Changes To Washington

25-Jul-2023Source: HAI

Modified helicopter routes are coming to the North Capital Region, which comprises areas of Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., thanks to a successful partnership involving US House Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.-08), the FAA, HAI, and the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC). “This has been a very successful program all around,” says Jeff Smith, chair... Read more

HAI welcomes FAA Reauthorization Bill with many HAI priorities included

HAI welcomes FAA Reauthorization Bill with many HAI priorities included

21-Jul-2023Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds the bipartisan passage of the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act by the House of Representatives. The bill, which will reauthorize the FAA for five years, is a broad package that impacts all aspects of aviation, not just the agency’s function and policies. HAI thanks the House... Read more

Cicaré gets Certification as Ultralight Helicopter and launches USA Operations

Cicaré gets Certification as Ultralight Helicopter and launches USA Operations

20-Jul-2023Source: Cicaré USA

Cicaré USA shared that the Cicaré 8 helicopter achieved certification under the LTF-ULH regulations for ultralight helicopters (under 600 kg or 1320 lbs max take-off weight), the first helicopter to be certified under this new weight class.  The Cicaré 8 also holds a certification in France under its Class 6 requirements and the Cicaré Trainer... Read more

FAA plans for advanced air mobility operations at scale in 2028

FAA plans for advanced air mobility operations at scale in 2028

20-Jul-2023Source: FAA

The FAA released an implementation plan detailing the steps it and others will need to take to safely enable advanced air mobility operations in the near term. The “Innovate28” plan includes various components and the sequence they will occur in for operations to be at scale at one or more sites by 2028. “This plan shows how... Read more

FAA to explore the VR technology for pilot training using Loft Dynamics sims

FAA to explore the VR technology for pilot training using Loft Dynamics sims

18-Jul-2023Source: Loft Dynamics

Loft Dynamics (formerly VRM Switzerland), a leader in virtual reality (VR) flight simulation devices for pilots worldwide, announced an unprecedented partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Loft Dynamics’ simulators – the first and only VR flight simulators with regulatory approval in Europe – are now undergoing U.S. evaluation by the FAA. The FAA has selected Loft Dynamics’ Airbus... Read more

Joby Completes Submission of Stage Three Certification Plans to the FAA

Joby Completes Submission of Stage Three Certification Plans to the FAA

11-Jul-2023Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced it has submitted all of its Certification Plans to the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), marking further progress toward completing the third of five stages required to certify its  aircraft for commercial use. In the third stage... Read more

Archer Hosts Federal AAM Interagency Working Group

Archer Hosts Federal AAM Interagency Working Group

6-Jul-2023Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) proudly hosted the Federal AAM Interagency Working Group at its flight test facility recently. The delegation of federal stakeholders featured more than 70 representatives from the DOT, White House, FAA, NASA, FCC, DOD, NTIA, and other agencies who met with over 20 Archer executives. As part of the visit, the attendees... Read more

ASKA A5 Drive and Fly eVTOL progresses with FAA Certification Process

ASKA A5 Drive and Fly eVTOL progresses with FAA Certification Process

6-Jul-2023Source: ASKA

ASKA™ A5 is the world’s first flying car to start the type certification process with the FAA. The Silicon Valley air mobility company’s prototype was awarded Certificate of Authorization (COA) and Special Airworthiness Certification by the FAA and has started flight testing. Since 2022 ASKA has performed successful ground testing and in Q1/2023 began conducting on-street... Read more

Airbus H160 granted FAA certification

Airbus H160 granted FAA certification

3-Jul-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the H160 helicopter, marking a significant milestone in the aircraft’s development and positioning it for entry into the U.S. market. “We are pleased to receive FAA certification for the H160, which is testament to many years of hard work and commitment from our teams... Read more

Joby launches production with permit to fly first aircraft on line

Joby launches production with permit to fly first aircraft on line

3-Jul-2023Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced it has received a Special Airworthiness Certificate for the first aircraft built at its Pilot Production Line in Marina, California. Issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, the certificate allows Joby to begin flight testing of its first production prototype. The aircraft... Read more

DART Aerospace received FAA STC for the H145 Fire Attack™ System

DART Aerospace received FAA STC for the H145 Fire Attack™ System

29-Jun-2023Source: DART Aerospace

DART Aerospace is proud to announce that it has received an FAA STC amendment, for the H145 Fire Attack™ System (FAS). This amendment now includes installation on D-2 and D-3 helicopter models as well as the previously approved C-2 model. The DART Aerospace H145 Fire Attack™ System, specifications are: – Capacity: 260 GAL (985 L)... Read more

Skyryse testing full flight envelope with matured flight control laws

Skyryse testing full flight envelope with matured flight control laws

29-Jun-2023Source: Skyryse

Skyryse is now running a daily, active flight campaign powered by fly-by-wire and the company’s FlightOS interface. Skyryse has been actively testing FlightOS in a Robinson R44 since 2018 and held its first flight in the R66 testbed in 2022. With the maturity of FlightOS and advancement in simplified operations, Skyryse is now moving its... Read more

FAA approves Crash Resistant Fuel System Approval for Schweizer S300C / S300CBi

FAA approves Crash Resistant Fuel System Approval for Schweizer S300C / S300CBi

28-Jun-2023Source: Schweizer

Schweizer, manufacturer of the proven Schweizer S300C, S300CBi, and S333 helicopters, is pleased to announce it has received FAA approval for its Crash Resistant Fuel System (CRFS). The tanks are available for installation on all new S300 series helicopters. Both main and auxiliary CRFSs are approved and fully comply with applicable 14CFR27 regulations. The tanks... Read more

Lilium becomes only OEM with EASA and FAA certification basis for powered lift eVTOL

Lilium becomes only OEM with EASA and FAA certification basis for powered lift eVTOL

27-Jun-2023Source: Lilium

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, announced that it has received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) G-1 Certification Basis necessary for type certificate validation of its Lilium Jet by the FAA. In 2020, Lilium’s primary airworthiness authority, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), issued its... Read more

Vertical Flight Solutions gets FAA STC for H125/AS350 True Blue Power TB20 Battery Kit

Vertical Flight Solutions gets FAA STC for H125/AS350 True Blue Power TB20 Battery Kit

26-Jun-2023Source: Vertical Flight Solutions

Vertical Flight Solutions (VFS) by EuroTec is pleased to announce FAA and Transport Canada approval for the True Blue Power TB20 Lithium-Ion Battery kit in H125/ AS350 helicopters. The 20 amp-hour True Blue Power Lithium-Ion battery offered by VFS presents several remarkable features, including on-condition maintenance, an increase in useful payload of up to 21.5... Read more

HAI-FAA Symposium Seeks to Address Citizen Concerns in NYC-NJ Region

HAI-FAA Symposium Seeks to Address Citizen Concerns in NYC-NJ Region

26-Jun-2023Source: HAI

Operators, FAA, law enforcement, airport representatives, Helicopter Association International (HAI), and other stakeholders from the New York City–New Jersey region met last week at a joint FAA-HAI Helicopter Symposium to proactively address the concerns of residents with helicopter operations in their area. Sound complaints were at the top of that list. Jeff Smith, HAI’s current... Read more

HAI Applauds House Committee Advancement of Bipartisan Aviation Bill

HAI Applauds House Committee Advancement of Bipartisan Aviation Bill

19-Jun-2023Source: HAI

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed—with bipartisan support—a sweeping bill that reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and addresses many important safety, workforce, technology, and other issues facing the rotorcraft and other aviation industries. The bill now moves to the House floor for consideration. Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds this first step in securing... Read more

HAI Applauds House Committee Advancement of Bipartisan Aviation Bill

HAI Applauds House Committee Advancement of Bipartisan Aviation Bill

15-Jun-2023Source: HAI

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed—with bipartisan support—a sweeping bill that reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and addresses many important safety, workforce, technology, and other issues facing the rotorcraft and other aviation industries. The bill now moves to the House floor for consideration. Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds this first step in securing... Read more

Archer appoints former FAA Administrator as Chief Safety Officer

Archer appoints former FAA Administrator as Chief Safety Officer

14-Jun-2023Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) has appointed Billy Nolen, former acting FAA Administrator, as its Chief Safety Officer. Nolen’s expertise in aviation safety and flight operations, along with his deep passion and excitement for advanced air mobility, will further strengthen Archer’s ability to successfully commercialize urban air mobility at scale. “Billy is an incredible leader... Read more

Garmin announces FAA certification of GI275 EFI  for Bell 407 and R66

Garmin announces FAA certification of GI275 EFI for Bell 407 and R66

7-Jun-2023Source: Garmin

Garmin (NYSE: GRMN) announced Supplemental Type Certification (STC) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in Bell 407 and Robinson R66 helicopters. A powerful solution for helicopter owners and operators, the GI 275 is a scalable, cost-conscious approach to an avionics upgrade that is a direct replacement for a variety... Read more

Erickson S-64F gets FAA certified for NVG operations

Erickson S-64F gets FAA certified for NVG operations

16-May-2023Source: Erickson

An Erickson Incorporated S-64F Air Crane® helicopter was certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for night vision goggle (NVG) operation on April 6, 2023. The approval is a key component of Erickson’s integrated NVG program, which aims to offer customers increased flexibility and expanded operational capabilities. This added proficiency presents the opportunity for increased tactical... Read more

FAA updates blueprint on eVTOL airspace use

FAA updates blueprint on eVTOL airspace use

10-May-2023Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an updated blueprint for airspace and procedure changes to accommodate future air taxis and other Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations. Under the blueprint, AAM operations will begin at a low rate with air taxis flying much as helicopters do today. They’ll use existing routes and infrastructure such as helipads and early... Read more

FAA approves Guardian Agriculture UAV for commercial use across USA

FAA approves Guardian Agriculture UAV for commercial use across USA

27-Apr-2023Source: Guardian Agriculture

Guardian Agriculture, the leading developer of Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) systems for commercial-scale sustainable farming, today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate its aircraft nationwide. FAA approval makes Guardian Agriculture the first commercially authorized eVTOL in the U.S., allowing Guardian Agriculture to safely operate its systems... Read more

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