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Helicopter maker Bell left no doubt at Heli-Expo that it aims to lead the aerospace industry in developing autonomous urban air taxis. A mock-up of the in-development Nexus air taxi sat centre stage on Bell’s booth at the HAI event, highlighting the manufacturer’s interest in a product wholly different from its helicopters. “Our industry is…

With urban air mobility currently flavour of the month, Dutch developer PAL-V hopes to capitalise on the trend by unveiling a limited edition of its Liberty flying car. Revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Liberty Pioneer features a striking orange-and-black livery and a stylish interior. It is also equipped with a dual-control cockpit,…

Safran plans to obtain Federal Aviation Administration certification of three new helicopter turbine engines in 2019. Initially, the French powerplant manufacturer wants to certify the Arrano 1A for the twin-engined, medium Airbus H160 helicopter. The turbine produces between 1,100shp to 1,300shp. Airbus Helicopters selected the Arrano 1A as the sole engine type on the H160,…

Airbus Helicopters selected the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 engine to power the H135, the model it is proposing for the US Navy’s helicopter trainer replacement programme. The 640shp (477kW)-rated turboshaft is manufactured in Longueuil, Quebec. The PW206C powers the Leonardo A109E Power, a lightweight, twin-engined helicopter. Airbus Helicopters H135 Airbus The lightweight, twin-engined Airbus…

Building on its three-year autonomy experiment with the US Marine Corps in Afghanistan, Kaman plans to offer an optionally piloted variant of the K-Max to commercial customers by 2020. The Connecticut-based company believes an optionally-piloted K-Max helicopter would allow commercial operators to fly into dangerous areas without risking human life, such as into the midst…

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has placed an order for a single Airbus Helicopters H225, which will bring its fleet of the type to 11 examples. The rotorcraft will be used for security enforcement, territorial patrols, and disaster relief missions, says Airbus Helicopters in a statement. “This follow-on order also re-affirms the confidence that JCG…

Organisers of the Paris air show have no intention of matching Farnborough’s cancellation of weekend public display flying, insisting that such a measure has never been considered. Farnborough’s next air show in 2020 will be cut to a five-day trade-focused event after its management company axed the traditional two-day open session attended by enthusiasts and…

The most liquid used twin-engined helicopter asset on the market in 2018 were Airbus H135 helicopters, followed by the AgustaWestland A109E Power helicopters. Some 33 examples of the Airbus H135 were sold last year worldwide, while the AgustaWestland A109E Power sold 24 units, according to a report compiled by pre-owned helicopter brokerage Aero Asset. The…

Washington Dulles International airport is once again the DC region’s second busiest airport, but travellers eager to see improvements will have to wait before any major projects are undertaken. Dulles ended a multi-year run as both the area’s largest and quietest airport, a distinction it had not held since the 1980s, with 24.1 million passengers…

Leonardo Helicopters is making steady progress with its AW609 tiltrotor and expects to achieve US Federal Aviation Administration this year, with first delivery following in 2020 and military approval in 2021. The AW609 is attracting interest from several branches of the Italian military, as well as undisclosed armed forces in the Middle East, said Gian…