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Touchdown autorotations removed from helicopter CFI test

Advocacy | Apr 12, 2016

The FAA no longer requires demonstrations of straight-in or 180-degree autorotations to touchdown on helicopter instructor practical tests.

Finmeccanica introduces light turbine single

Article | Mar 03, 2016

Finmeccanica's AW009 will be the newest turbine light single, competing directly with Airbus and Bell for the introductory market.

Sikorsky salutes rescuers

Article | Mar 02, 2016

Sikorsky honored Los Angeles firefighters at the 2016 Heli-Expo for their bravery in a daring and successful helicopter rescue.

Rotors showcased in Louisville

Article | Mar 02, 2016

Despite a precipitous fall of the oil and gas portion of the industry, the Helicopter Association International's 2016 convention was surprisingly upbeat.

Good news, bad news in Honeywell helicopter delivery forecast

Article | Feb 29, 2016

Helicopter deliveries are expected to slow around 10 percent over the next five years, according to Honeywell's annual operator survey.

New Breitling watch logs flight time

Article | Dec 17, 2015

Breitling’s new Exospace B55 timepiece, introduced at its New York City boutique Dec. 16, functions as a timepiece and a logbook. With a few button-pushes, it can send flight times and other measurements to smartphones or computers.

Textron hints at new Cessna jets

Article | Oct 27, 2015

Cessna will discuss details of the new Longitude and show its now-delivered Latitude jet, and the company may even announce a new jet program during the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas in November.

AOPA to help guide drone registration policy

Advocacy | Oct 26, 2015

AOPA will help determine the specifics of a new registration policy for drones as part of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration Task Force.

South Carolina floods documented by air

Article | Oct 08, 2015

After two feet of rainfall flooded South Carolina, general aviation aircraft documented the disaster and assisted in recovery efforts.

Air travel still big news in Plainview

Article | Sep 28, 2015

In the 1940s air travel was still an expensive and mysterious adventure; because of that, airport happenings made it into the local newspaper in Plainview, Texas. The column is still going.

Charter College, flight schools partner for aviation degree

Article | Sep 23, 2015

Charter College, with locations in Alaska, California, and Washington, is partnering with several Part 141 flight schools to offer an aviation degree.

Old bird gets new life in flight nurse program

Article | Sep 22, 2015

A 40-year-old scrapped helicopter has a new life as a simulator for flight nurses at Case Western Reserve University. The Sikorsky S-76 fuselage forms the first-of-its-kind motion simulator for graduate-level flight nurses.

Tony Hawk hosts Sky Combat Ace premiere

Article | Sep 22, 2015

World-renowned former pro skateboarder Tony Hawk will help host the grand opening for aerial battle specialists Sky Combat Ace during their San Diego location premier Sept. 26.

Gyrocopter pilot breaks transcontinental record

Article | Sep 17, 2015

It took many years but a gyrocopter pilot from Missouri has broken the coast-to-coast and back record by 16 days.

P&E: Savvy Maintenance

Pilot Magazine | Sep 03, 2015

One of the most significant announcements, at this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh was that Continental Motors had acquired the assets of Danbury AeroSpace of San Antonio, Texas.

P&E: Ownership

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

Two nearly identical Cessna 172S models take the runway side by side for a real-world test of whether vortex generators make a measurable performance difference.

Aircraft shipments slip

Article | Aug 03, 2015

Aircraft and helicopter shipments slipped in the first half of 2015, and the Export-Import Bank impasse may spell more trouble for U.S. manufacturers.

Urgent action needed to support medical reform; ALPA actively opposed

Advocacy | Jul 24, 2015

Momentum for third class medical reform and protections for pilots facing FAA enforcement actions continues to grow but additional support is urgently needed. The Air Line Pilots Association International is actively opposing reform.

Lockheed buys Sikorsky

Article | Jul 20, 2015

The oldest name in helicopters is changing hands: Lockheed Martin has struck a $9 billion deal to purchase Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies Corp.

Weekend in the wilderness

Article | Jul 14, 2015

Deep in the northern woods of Maine, the grandson of one of the most influential aircraft designers hosts “Sikorsky Weekend” each year, telling tales of his grandfather, Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution, the early days of helicopter design—and taking visitors seaplane flying and fishing.

Buried in a boneyard

Pilot Magazine | Jul 06, 2015

'That’s All, Brother' navigated through intense German fire and low clouds to drop the first Allied troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, commencing Operation Overlord.