General Aviation

News and issues concerning general aviation, specifically airplanes and helicopters powered by piston and alternative engines (i.e., non-turbine powered aircraft). Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.

Erickson S-64F
Feb 23, 2021 - 3:59 PM
Erickson said it would begin flying an optionally-piloted S-64F+ in 2022 and that it aimed for first customer deliveries in 2024.
Feb 22, 2021 - 11:19 AM
The practice remains controversial and what's permitted is still unclear, though the FAA issued guidance on this subject a year ago, according to the GAO.
Bell 505
Feb 22, 2021 - 11:15 AM
Transport Canada issues emergency airworthiness directive mandating inspection of collective sticks in Bell 505s.
Feb 18, 2021 - 10:43 AM
Blade Urban Air Mobility announced that it would base helicopters at Vertiport Chicago.
Feb 17, 2021 - 10:40 AM
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has developed a list of recommended practices focusing on spatial disorientation.
Airbus Racer
Feb 15, 2021 - 3:23 PM
Airbus will begin final assembly of the first Racer compound helicopter in the coming weeks.
Feb 15, 2021 - 10:55 AM
Airbus Helicopters has broken into the U.S. offshore market with a deal to provide four H160s to PHI and Shell.
D2 Air
Feb 15, 2021 - 8:53 AM
Garmin's D2 Air smartwatch packs a lot of features into a more reasonably priced device with an Amoled touchscreen.
Feb 15, 2021 - 7:49 AM
A new Airbus HCare support contract will cover Air Methods fleet of 80 EC135 light twins.
Feb 12, 2021 - 2:19 PM
HAI encourages industry to use its vast menu of helicopter safety programs that address culture, processes, training, and technology.