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Airborne 02.16.18: R66 Wire-Strike Protection, Elk v Helo, Trump Budget

Also: Red Bull Picks Hartzell, SNC Dream Chaser, CH-53K Demo's Vehicle Lift, Emirates Firms Up A380 Orders

Robinson has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options list. Available only on R66 helicopters, the provisions are FAA certified and allow for easy, bolt-on installation of Magellan’s WSPS (Wire Strike Protection System) sold separately by Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, Canada.

Robinson provisions add seven pounds to the empty weight of the helicopter and include reinforcement and attach points on the windshield bow, roof, and chin, with low-profile deflectors near the ground handling ball and forward landing gear struts. The system retails for $4,200. An elk brought down a helicopter that was attempting to capture it last week in Wasatch County, UT when it jumped into the aircraft's tail rotor, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office. The aircraft, a Hughes 369D, was flying at an altitude of about 10 feet in a mountainous region of eastern Utah, attempting to drop a net on the animal. The Texas-based helicopter crew intended to capture and sedate the animal in order to place a tracking collar on it. GAMA and NATA have joined a number of aviation advocacy organizations opposing the proposal in President Trump's budget that would shift control of ATC from the FAA to a private entity. “The U.S. has the safest, most efficient, most technically advanced system in the world. Many other countries around the world utilize airspace system modernization technologies and procedures that the FAA designed and implemented," said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 02.16.18 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Friday, February 16th, 2018... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • Robinson Adds Wire Strike Protection For R66 Helicopters
  • Elk Dies After Collision With Low-Flying Helicopter
  • GAMA, NATA Respond To President Trump’s 2019 Budget Proposal
  • Red Bull Air Race Championship Picks Hartzell Propeller For Fifth Year
  • NASA Authorizes Launch Window For SNC Dream Chaser Spacecraft
  • CH-53K Demonstrates Vehicle Lift
  • Emirates Firms Up Order For Up To 36 Additional A380s

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