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...]

Malaysia sets new rules for foreign helicopter pilots

Malaysia has set new rules for foreign commercial helicopter pilots. (Paul Sadler)

Foreign commercial helicopter pilots needing to operate in Malaysia must now undergo special training and hold set minimum flight hours before being allowed to fly in the country. Malaysia's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) announced the new measures in early June as part of safety recommendations made … [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...]

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...]