Category: Helicopters & UAV/UAS

Volocopter VC200 Commences Flight Tests

Reading Time: 2 minutes The German company e-volo GmbH has commenced flight testing of its two-seat, electric-powered helicopter, the Volocopter VC200. According to an e-volo press release, multiple unmanned test flights were conducted in November on the airfield adjacent to the company’s workshop in Karlsruhe. The flights provided the opportunity to try out various technical innovations that don’t exist […]

Drone Registry Recommendations Under Attack

Reading Time: 2 minutes According to the Washington Post 700 close calls with drones have been reported by pilots this year, a figure which is double that of 2014, while in 2013 the reports were virtually non-existent. For some time the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been preparing recommendations for the registration of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) […]

Task Force Recommended to Register UAV Owners with FAA

Reading Time: 2 minutes Small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) owners should be required to register their name and physical address with FAA, a task force has recommended. The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Registration Task Force created in October by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) submitted its recommendations to DOT and FAA Nov. 21. DOT and FAA will review […]

Expected 15% MRO Growth in Southeast Asia

Reading Time: 1 minute Growing government and corporate use of helicopters in Southeast Asia is fueling demand for maintenance, repair and overhaul services in the region, Channel NewsAsia reported. The Singapore-based news outlet said spending on helicopter MRO services is expected to grow by about 15% over the next 10 years (compared to 5%-plus for aviation as a whole). […]

DJI New Geofencing System For Its Drones

Reading Time: 2 minutes DJI, the world leader in drone technology, on Nov. 17 announced a new geofencing system featuring continually updated airspace information. Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) will provide DJI drone users with up-to-date guidance on locations where flight may be restricted by regulation or raise safety concerns. For the first time, drone operators will have, at the […]

Robinson Introduces The Two-Place R44 Cadet

Reading Time: 1 minute Robinson Helicopter Company plans to debut the R44 Cadet, a two-place R44, in the first quarter of 2016. While suitable for a wide variety of utilitarian applications, Robinson developed the Cadet with the training market in mind. The Cadet retains the same basic airframe, rotor system, and Lycoming O-540-F1B5 engine as the R44 Raven I; […]

Romania Hosts Airbus Production of New H215 Helicopter

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a ceremony held today by Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, and in the presence of Alexandru Nastase, Secretary of State, Airbus Helicopters set down the foundation stone of its new Romanian factory, established to assemble the latest helicopter to join the H Family of aircraft – the H215. The H215 is an evolution […]

DroneFest 2016 at SkyTech Drone Expo

Reading Time: 2 minutes With the world of film and photography changing as fast as new drones can be developed, artists around the world are celebrating. New York hosted the first NYC Drone Film Festival in 2015, and now the UK’s first international drone centered film and photography competition, DRONEFEST, will be seen for one night only during London’s […]

Seoul Decides to Develop Drones to Monitor Border With North Korea

Reading Time: 1 minute According to the KBS channel, Seoul military experts hope that the use of drones will help to significantly reduce cases of soldiers wounded by mines. Commercial production of the drones is scheduled for 2024, the media reported. In spite of their long-standing armistice, South and North Korea remain legally at war, as no peace treaty […]

Airbus Group Receives Order For 12 New Helicopters For U.S. Army

Reading Time: 2 minutes The U.S. Army has exercised $65.8 million in contract options for 12 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated mission equipment packages from prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. The UH-72A is manufactured on the same Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line in Columbus, Miss., that has delivered almost 350 Lakotas to the Army, Navy and […]