Canadian safety authorities have temporarily banned right-hand single-pilot operations of Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters, after further investigations into the potential fracture of collective sticks on the type.
Operators of Bell 505 helicopters are being ordered urgently to inspect collective sticks on the type for cracks, after an incident in which the assembly fractured on an aircraft during pre-flight checks.
Helicopter specialist Bristow Group says a move into the offshore windfarm support market is a “strategic priority” for the firm as the energy sector increasingly transitions away from oil and gas to renewable power.
Relatively strong order intake in previous years should see Airbus Helicopters maintain output levels over the next 12 months, delaying the impact of 2020’s 20% fall in bookings for one or two years, according to the airframer’s chief executive.
Airbus Helicopters believes it is in a position where it could begin the certification process for a new aircraft architecture following a series of flight tests with urban air mobility (UAM) demonstrators.
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