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...]

ATSB releases final R44 forced landing report

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has published its final report into the safe forced landing of Robinson R44 VH-SJK, which was swallowed up by thick scrub at Sydney's Royal National Park at Bundeena 16km south of Sydney Airport on December 17 last year. Having departed Sydney Airport for a … [Read more...]

H145 receives a power boost

An upgrade to the Airbus Helicopters H145's Safran Arriel 1E2 engines will improve the light-twin helicopter’s one engine inoperative (OEI) hover performance giving pilots extra torque in the unlikely event of a single engine failure. The upgrade, certified by the European Airworthiness Safety Agency … [Read more...]