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Kings to offer online helicopter FIRC

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Noting that helicopter flight instructors frequently have to “make do” with training materials designed for fixed-wing CFIs, King Schools co-chairman John King announced that his company is providing the first ever dedicated helicopter flight instructor refresher course online. Like other versions of the King FIRC, the helicopter course will focus on scenario-based training and risk management, showing the CFIs how to teach risk management to their students.

Cessna trims workforce, maintains production

Article | Apr 04, 2013

Aerial view of the Cessna factory in Wichita, Kan. Seeking to cut costs, Cessna Aircraft Co.

Training the best for the worst

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

We visit as Coast Guard rescuers conduct elite training

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Refer to your Mental Checklist This happened while I was a student pilot. I had long since soloed and done cross-country, but due to finances I had not been able to finish up.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience Avoiding Thunderstorms I have been flying for about 33 years with about 4500 hours in both rotary and fixed wing military and civilian aircraft, I do not consider myself a bold or risk taking pilot. However, I have had a variety of weather experiences, of which a couple of instructive ones come to mind.

Mar. 15, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot: Flight Training Edition' weekly newsletter

Article | Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 13, ISSUE 11 — March 15, 2013 Ready for prime time? Halt sequestration cuts targeting GA Plane Spotter: KC-135 Stratotanker Final Exam: Airport beacon Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Training Tips Ready for prime time? Your flight instructor has told you that you are “ready for prime time.” You heard the CFI say that once before, on the day of your first solo. What does it mean now as you work through the solo cross-country phase of training?   It means there’s no reason to limit your destinations to outlying airports where your comfort level is already pretty high.

A text from your turboshaft

Article | Mar 12, 2013

New to Sky Connect Tracker III is integration with a maintenance monitoring system for helicopters that gives instant alerts to ground personnel when maintenance is needed.

Mar. 8, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Mar 08, 2013

In This Issue: VOLUME 15, ISSUE 10 — March 8, 2013 ‘We got a rogue vehicle’ GA 'HIKE' ACROSS AMERICA Tackling windy weather operations Quiz Me: Standard-rate turn Safety >> Picture Perfect >> AOPA Live >> Click here for this week's custom content. Featured ‘We got a rogue vehicle’: ATC honored for assists An airliner about 10 seconds—and 100 feet—from touchdown aborted the landing at after a Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed through a locked gate at Philadelphia International Airport and barreled down Runway 9R with the aircraft approaching behind it.

Heard at Heli-Expo

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas featured 1.5 million square feet in exhibit hall space, 20,000 industry professionals, more than 600 exhibitors, and 60-plus helicopters on static display. Find out what attendees had to say.

Heli-Expo by the numbers

Article | Mar 07, 2013

As Heli-Expo 2013 winds down, here's a look at some of the numbers generated during the convention, held March 5 through 7 in Las Vegas.

What sequester? Civil market gives Robinson confidence

Article | Mar 07, 2013

Amidst widespread anxiety at Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo over the fate of government contracts, Robinson Helicopter remains unconcerned, CEO Kurt Robinson told reporters at a media briefing March 5.

Bell introduces armed 407, upgraded 412

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Coming off a boom year for civilian sales, Bell Helicopter announced upgrades to two of its models March 4 and remained bullish in spite of concerns about the impact of sequestration on U.S. military contracts.

Enstrom 480B gets glass

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Enstrom Helicopter selected the Garmin G1000H integrated flight deck for its light single turbine 480B, the company announced March 5 at Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Helos secure spot on Oshkosh flight line

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Helicopters will be at show center for the first time at EAA AirVenture 2013, Helicopter Association International and the Experimental Aircraft Association announced at HAI's Heli-Expo in Las Vegas March 5.

Turbomeca unveils new helo engine in Vegas

Article | Mar 06, 2013

A dance routine including props, lifts, and gymnastics introduced the world to Turbomeca’s newest engine offering, the 1,100-horsepower turboshaft Arrano, at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Upgraded M*A*S*H helo to enter production

Article | Mar 06, 2013

The distinctive Bell 47 helicopter will return to production with a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine, Scott's – Bell 47 Inc. announced March 5 at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

Weight increase approved for MD Explorer 902

Article | Mar 06, 2013

The FAA has approved an increase of gross weight to 6,770 pounds for the MD Explorer 902, MD Helicopters announced at Helicopter Association International's Heli-Expo March5.

Fuller: FAA sequestration cuts not safe or sensible

Advocacy | Mar 06, 2013

AOPA President Craig Fuller on March 6 leveled sharp criticism at the sequestration cuts planned by the Obama administration and the FAA, suggesting that the decision to close control towers and scale back aviation services constitutes a risk to aviation safety.

Sikorsky celebrates multiple milestones

Article | Mar 06, 2013

Legendary helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky kicked off its ninetieth birthday milestone with a big gift from a different Milestone--Milestone Aviation Group placed an order for 30 new Sikorsky S-92A and S-76D helicopters with an option for 24 more.

Buyer confidence a 'shot in the arm' for helo industry

Article | Mar 05, 2013

The next five years will be bright for civil helicopter demand, with strong demand focused on the first three years, according to Honeywell Aerospace's helicopter outlook released March 5.

Analyst forecast sees bright future for rotorcraft

Article | Feb 26, 2013

Because civil and military rotorcraft markets often run counter-cyclical to one another, it makes for a more stable sales environment for helicopters, with military frequently compensating for any civil slack and vice versa.

NAA celebrates memorable aviation records of 2012

Article | Feb 21, 2013

Felix Baumgartner celebrates a safe landing after setting world freefall records for speed and altitude Oct. 14.

GAMA issues ‘mixed’ 2012 GA deliveries report

Article | Feb 12, 2013

General Aviation Manufacturers Association data for 2012 illustrate a year of flat or slightly declining sales in most segments of the fixed-wing market, with an increase in turboprop deliveries--and new products in the pipeline--suggesting signs of a long-awaited recovery.