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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.

House passes transportation appropriations bill

Advocacy | Jun 10, 2015

A major transportation funding bill passes the House while an AOPA-opposed amendment to limit operations at Bob Hope Airport in California is defeated.

Women in Aviation offers seven new scholarships for 2016

Article | Jun 08, 2015

Women in Aviation International announced seven new scholarships on June 4, including support for advanced flight training, maintenance training, and academic programs.

Redbird supports rescuers

Article | Jun 08, 2015

Redbird Skyport at San Marcos Municipal Airport in Texas supported rescue efforts during the recent devastating floods in many ways.

Carter seeks factory

Article | May 21, 2015

After years of development, Jay Carter’s remarkable flying machine is being marketed to aerospace manufacturers.

Decision point

Article | May 14, 2015

A new collaboration seeks to give medical helicopter pilots tools to balance urgent imperatives and flight safety, and reduce accidents caused by inadvertent flight into IMC.

Pilot Briefing: They did it!

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, One Week Ready to Solo participants Sherry Rosenkranz, Chris Graves, and Nik Oekerman demonstrated their newfound skills with unassisted flights April 25 in Lakeland, Florida.

Bell to lay off 1,100 employees

Article | May 01, 2015

Low oil prices, the V-22 Osprey, and U.S. Army surplus sales likely all play a role in job cuts at Bell Helicopter, an analyst said.

Return of the autogyro

Article | Apr 20, 2015

Maybe Harold Pitcairn and patent holder Juan de la Cierva were on to something after all when they launched production of the autogyro. A Brit says he is bringing it back.

Town enacts noise rules

Advocacy | Apr 17, 2015

The town of East Hampton, New York, voted April 16 to approve local limitations on aircraft operations, with fines and other penalties.

Helicopter solution still sought

Advocacy | Apr 10, 2015

Local officials in East Hampton, New York, appear to be backing off imposing the most restrictive of helicopter rules, though concern remains.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 03, 2015

Several days after his sixty-second surgery for life-threatening wounds suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan, Sgt. Jesse Murphree became the 10,000th passenger flown by volunteer pilots of the Veteran’s Airlift Command.

Upwind, Whirly-Girls announce scholarship winners

Article | Apr 01, 2015

Four California teens have been selected to earn their private pilot certificates in the summer through the Upwind Summer Scholarship Program; Whirly-Girls International also announced its 2015 scholarship winners in March.

Guimbal Cabri G2 now FAA certified

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Europe's only piston helicopter manufacturer has crossed the pond. Guimbal's Cabri G2 is now FAA certified and has settled into the primary training market.

Frasca tries to change the culture

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Although widely accepted in the airplane world, simulation use continues to lag in helicopter training. Frasca aims to change that with the introduction of its R44 TruFlite.

Disease busters

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Only the military-surplus Douglas C–47s Miller astutely acquired for the county could efficiently cover a 1,000-square-mile area with Diabrom.

Pilot Briefing: Saving Airports

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Fort Worth Alliance Airport opened on December 14, 1989, and celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last December.

Composite Helicopters to certify new models

Article | Mar 04, 2015

New Zealand helicopter company Composite Helicopters is moving from kit to certified carbon fiber rotorcraft.