UK civil aviation regulators are attempting to shape the safety culture of advanced air mobility operations – a sector that will not begin carrying paying passengers for at least another three years – through the creation of a cross-industry forum.
Airbus Helicopters has begun flight tests of a battery-based electric back-up system (EBS), which will boost safety in light-single helicopters by providing up to 30s of power in the event of an engine failure.
Bristow Group, one of the world’s largest helicopter operators, has signalled its intention to move into a new market, signing tentative orders with a pair of developers for up to 150 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Europe’s aviation safety regulator has put forward proposals to revise certification requirements for helicopter hoist design, arguing that design improvements would potentially mitigate a number of accidents and reduce fatalities.
Bell’s new Asia-Pacific head Jacinto Monge says travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic have been a challenge for the helicopter maker, but pilot training, support activities, and sales efforts continue apace.
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