Apache test fires a laser beam

Raytheon's grey-coloured laser system hangs from the outer pylon of the Apache’s left stub wing. (Raytheon)

A high energy laser system mounted under the stub wing of a US Army AH-64E Apache has successfully acquired and hit a target during tests of the directed-energy weapon at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The laser firing, conducted by Raytheon with the US Army Apache Program Management Office and … [Read more...]

FAA certifies Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell Helicopter announced on June 8 its 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). FAA certification comes six months after the five-seat light single helicopter obtained Transport Canada certification in December 2016, at which point the manufacturer indicated … [Read more...]

Final AW609 accident report released

Italy’s National Agency for Flight Safety (ANSV) has released its final report into the October 30 2015 fatal crash of Leonardo Helicopters’ AW609 prototype, identifying that severe latero-directional oscillations during a high-speed dive caused the tiltrotor prototype N609AG to breakup in-flight. The … [Read more...]