Russian Helicopters (RH) said its second prototype of the Mi-38 medium twin started flight testing last week, an indication the program is resuming after a hiatus of several years. The aircraft performed seven hover and low-speed flights. The first prototype flew in 2003 and the RH subsidiaries involved (Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant and Kazan Helicopters) had provided no update since.
AINalerts » December 9, 2010
The FAA has withdrawn the two certificate actions it previously proposed against the pilots-in-command of the pair of Boston Air Charter (BAC) Citations that departed from Norwood Memorial Airport (Mass.) last March 17 when the field was closed due to flooding.
Despite recent industry forecasts that call for 2011 to look much like 2010, “We are seeing increased activity in new and used aircraft sales,” Cessna Aircraft senior vice president of sales and marketing Mark Paolucci said yesterday at the Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai. “That’s a much better sign than this time last year.
Final assembly of the first production Sikorsky S-76D medium twin has begun in Coatesville, Pa., the helicopter manufacturer announced this week. Czech-based Aero Vodochody delivered the helicopter’s fuselage on November 19–a one-month delay, according to a schedule released in June. The fully assembled fuselage arrived with all electric and cockpit systems having passed acceptance tests, Sikorsky said.
A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee illustrates the FAA’s challenge in defining NextGen, which would transform 20th Century communications, navigation and surveillance into the advanced technology environment of 2025 and beyond.