Frank Stephenson will design the Lilium Jet.

Frank Stephenson will design the Lilium Jet.

eVtol start-up Lilium has hired famed car designer, Frank Stephenson, as its new head of product design. This is Mr Stephenson’s first foray into the world of aviation, having spent much of his professional lifein the automotive industry designing cars

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News Update from the London Heliport

News Update from the London Heliport

The London Heliport, London’s only licensed heliport, handled 11,900 total movements (including exempted movements) in 2017, representing a 5% increase in activity, slightly less than 2016. The trend toward medium to large twin-engined executive helicopter movements also continued into 2017

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DARPA cans X-Plane

DARPA cans X-Plane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has pulled the plug on the Aurora Flight Sciences experimental defence Vtol, the X-Plane. But Aurora’s air taxi is there to pick up the pieces. The Boeing-owned aeronautics research company is planning to

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Bell cuts 120 jobs

Bell cuts 120 jobs

Bell is planning to lay off 120 employees across the company due to challenging market conditions – the company announced in a statement on the 25 April. Bell said in a statement: ” On Monday, approximately 120 employees across our

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Waypoint leases one H135T3 to ALT

Waypoint leases one H135T3 to ALT

Waypoint Leasing has leased one H135T3 to German aviation service provider ALT to be used for pilot training. This is the seventh H135 Waypoint has delivered and marks the lessor’s first transaction with ALT. Simon Dahm, Waypoint’s vice president of

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Airbus sells additional H225 to JCG

Airbus sells additional H225 to JCG

Airbus has secured an additional order for one H225 with the Japan Coastguard (JCG), extending on its existing fleet of eight Super Pumas. With this new order, the coastguard’s Super Puma fleet is expected to grow to 13 units by

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HI talks to Sikorsky’s Dana Fiatarone – Weathering the downturn

HI talks to Sikorsky’s Dana Fiatarone – Weathering the downturn

If any single helicopter manufacturer has turned the drop off in oil and gas missions into a positive, that one is Sikorsky. The manufacturer has weathered the oil-and-gas downturn, but instead of moving away from the market and diversifying, it

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First Bell 505 delivered to Mexico

First Bell 505 delivered to Mexico

Bell has delivered its first 505 Jet Ranger to Mexico. The new helicopter will be operated by tour agency Redwings (Helitour) to support tourism and executive transportation. Mr Bernardo Moreno, CEO Redwings, said: “The Bell 505 works for us because

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AHS re-brands as ‘Vertical Flight Society’

AHS re-brands as ‘Vertical Flight Society’

American Helicopter Society (AHS) International is rebranding itself as the Vertical Flight Society, to better represent an increasing number of non-helicopter vertical flight companies joining its ranks. Only two months after helicopter manufacturer Bell dropped the word  ‘helicopters’ from its

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Russian Helicopters gives new light helicopter and UAV updates

Russian Helicopters gives new light helicopter and UAV updates

Russian Helicopters is aiming to have a prototype of its new light-utility helicoter ready by the end of 2019, as well as launching the first tests of its new UAV. VR-Technologies, Russian Helicopter’s design division, is planning to roll out

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