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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.

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.

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.

Robinson Helicopter betting on future growth

Article | Mar 04, 2015

Prolific helicopter manufacturer Robinson saw lower sales in 2014 on weak global demand, but a new engine deal and some aircraft options indicate a strong future.

‘Dominatrix of helicopters’ charges on

Article | Mar 04, 2015

Declaring this “a time for disruptors,” flamboyant MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton vowed to keep her storied company moving forward into her second decade of ownership.

Bell upgrades 407, scores large sale

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Bell Helicopter put a new engine in its 407, got a larger payload, and upgraded avionics. It attracted a new customer.

Garmin updates Pilot app for helos

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Garmin International has updated its Garmin Pilot app for Apple devices with helicopter routes and obstacles along routes.

Airbus Helicopters debuts H160 mid-sized helicopter

Article | Mar 03, 2015

The "Splash of the Day" award for the opening day of Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando must surely go to Airbus Helicopters for its big reveal of the H160 mid-sized helicopter.

Helo instrument rating scholarship launched

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Whirly-Girls International announced a new Guidance Aviation Instrument Rating Scholarship for private helicopter pilots March 1 at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Orlando.

Honeywell projects steady helicopter sales

Article | Mar 02, 2015

Despite a dramatic decline in 2014 helicopter deliveries, forecasters at Honeywell Aerospace project a steady stream of deliveries over the next five years.

Bell makes 429 wheeled chopper delivery

Article | Mar 02, 2015

Bell Helicopter has made the first delivery of the Bell 429WLG (wheeled landing gear) in North America.

Garmin to offer ADS-B units for helicopters

Article | Mar 02, 2015

Garmin International will offer the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink specifically designed for helicopters.

Baker briefs caucus on importance of medical reform

Advocacy | Jun 17, 2014

Third class medical reform is critical to growing general aviation, AOPA President Mark Baker told the House General Aviation Caucus during a briefing June 17.

Fly for $300 a month, Baker says

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With the high cost of avgas and new aircraft prices soaring, is it possible to fly for $200 or $300 a month? "The answer is, you can," said AOPA President Mark Baker at a panel discussion April 1.

Rotorcraft Rookie: Robinson factory tour

Rotorcraft Rookie | Mar 13, 2014

Touring an aircraft factory is the only way to see everything that goes into your flying machine.

Robinson continues strong results

Article | Mar 03, 2014

Robinson Helicopter continues to push forward with improvements and reported strong yearly results.

Rig approach system eases pilot workload

Article | Feb 26, 2014

A new technology solution promises to ease pilot workload and increase safety in what must surely be among the most dangerous flying environments anywhere—instrument conditions over the open seas near an oil rig.

Sikorsky counts on foreign military sales

Article | Feb 26, 2014

While U.S. military spending is down and foreign spending is climbing, helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky nonetheless is planning a series of layoffs of salaried employees over the next few weeks.

President's Position: Working together

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

America may be the land of the rugged individualist, but there are times when it’s best not to go it alone. That goes for organizations as well as people.

Helicopter Foundation International offers scholarships

Article | Oct 18, 2013

Helicopter Foundation International is offering scholarships to help bolster the ranks of commercial rotary-wing pilots and maintenance technicians.

Cooperation is the key to GA growth, Baker tells House

Article | Oct 04, 2013

GA delivers jobs, but user fees, unfunded mandates, and excessive regulation can stifle growth, AOPA President Mark Baker told the House Small Business Committee.

Whirly-Girls to offer more than $60,000 in scholarships

Article | Aug 27, 2013

The nonprofit Whirly-Girls announces scholarships for female helicopter pilots and will award them at Heli-Expo in 2014.

King Schools offers helicopter FIRC

Article | Aug 01, 2013

King Schools is launching an online flight instructor refresher course (FIRC) tailored for helicopter instructors.

Huey flights offered during Oshkosh

Article | Jul 19, 2013

Interested in experiencing a flight in the venerable Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter, the U.S. military’s workhorse in Vietnam? Visitors to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., will have that opportunity in nearby Fond Du Lac, Wis., on Monday, July 29; Tuesday, July 30; and Thursday, Aug. 1.

HAI moves to new headquarters

Article | Jun 27, 2013

Helicopter Association International has moved into a new, larger headquarters building that will allow it to grow for the next 20 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GA leaders laud industry efforts on working together

Advocacy | Jul 25, 2012

The heads of the general aviation organizations used a panel discussion to discuss how their efforts to work more closely together are paying off. On stage were AOPA’s Craig Fuller, Ed Bolen of NBAA, Rod Hightower of EAA, Pete Bunce of GAMA, Matt Zuccaro of HAI and Henry Ogrodzinski of NASAO, moderated by EAA Director of Publications Mac McClellan.

Bell Helicopter supersizes medium helicopter

Article | Feb 13, 2012

With literally an audience of thousands, Bell Helicopter put its mark on the oil platform helicopter market by unveiling what it calls a "super medium" size Bell 525 Relentless at Heli-Expo in Dallas.