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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Airborne 09.18.19: Draco's Demise, Redbird Skyport Shutdown, tailBeacon STC

Also: Boeing T-X Becomes T-7A Red Hawk, TFRs Near Area 51, NASCAR Driver Lost, Maine Air Show

A PZL-104 Draco Turbine Wilga belonging to Mike Patey was substantially damaged departing from Reno-Stead Airport (KRTS) in Nevada Monday. The airplane ground looped during its takeoff roll at KRTS. The pilot was attempting to depart before a weather front arrived at the airport. Winds were picking up. He said the left wing lifted during takeoff and the aircraft swerved off the right side of the runway, coming down hard and causing a wing to collapse. The aircraft is an extensively modified PZL-104 Wilga 2000 airframe with a PT6A-28 turbine engine, redesigned wings. control surfaces and landing gear. This was a bit of a shock on first notice... but after consideration, maybe not so much. The fairly well-known Redbird Skyport FBO of San Marcos, TX, has shut down, as of September 14th according to Redbird&r

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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Airborne-Unmanned 09.17.19: Flirtey Unveiling, Silent Arrow, AIRT UAS

Also: Dubai Police, Volocopter $$$, RAF Selects Leonardo, Rafael Acquisition

In an event held last week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Flirtey unveiled an advanced drone delivery technology aircraft dubbed Flirtey Eagle, and released a video of its next-generation delivery drone performing consumer and automated external defibrillator (AED) deliveries to customer homes. Flirtey's system is designed to safely get packages to customers with the delivery goal of less than 10 minutes using drones. The aircraft designer and manufacturer unveiled the Flirtey Eagle, an advanced delivery drone; the Flirtey Portal, a sophisticated takeoff and landing platform that enables scalable store-to-door operations; and an autonomous software platform that enables drones to deliver safely to American homes. Yates Electrospace Corporation has debited their Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo delivery drone at

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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

AMA Drone Report 09.12.19: ANAFI FPV, EAA Comments on Amazon, Remote ID SNAFU

Also: Drone Threat Against Heathrow, Football Foul-Up, Iran Arrests Drone Pilots, Flirtey Unveils 'The Future'

The ANAFI FPV drone from Parrot puts the operator in the cockpit of Parrot’s new ultraportable UAV. The aircraft delivers live, immersive video from its 180-degree tilting camera to the included Cockpit Glasses. Parrot says that the ANAFI FPV boasts in-depth manual controls for piloting and imaging, 4K HDR video and 21-megapixel images, easy-to-use modes and presets, portability, long battery life, and on the go USB-C charging. The FPV experience is undertaken by pairing a smartphone to ANAFI FPV with the FreeFlight 6.6 app, placing the phone in the included Cockpit glasses, placing them on your head, and taking flight. Safety for manned aircraft, not commercial expediency, must be the priority for federal air regulators as they consider an exemption application by Amazon regar

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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Lawmakers Seek To Ban U.S. Government From Buying Chinese Drones

Bipartisan Bill Introduced By Senators Rick Scott, Chris Murphy And Others

Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) , Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019, which prohibits the U.S. Government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats like Iran and China.

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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

FAA’s Steve Dickson To Share Perspectives On Workforce, Safety At NBAA-BACE

Will Give Two Presentations On The Convention's Third Day

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson will speak at the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), which takes place Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, NV.

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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Airbus Forecasts Need For Over 39,000 New Aircraft In The Next 20 Years

Also Anticipates A Need For 550,000 New Pilots

The world’s passenger and freighter aircraft fleet is set to more than double from today’s nearly 23,000 to almost 48,000 by 2038 with traffic growing at 4.3% annually, also resulting in a need for 550,000 new pilots and 640,000 new technicians, according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast.

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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

New Business Jet Models; Decoding What’s Next From Cagey Manufacturers

Analyst Brian Foley Says It's Possible To Make A Good Guess If You Know Where To Look

Like Apple with its iPhone updates, business jet manufacturers are notoriously tight-lipped about their next new planes, saving the news to make a splash at major aviation conventions and keeping competitors off-balance. Still, through deduction and observation, one can make a good guess as to what their next products could be, according to aviation analyst Brian Foley.

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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Gold Results Announced From The Stihl National Championship Air Races

Dennis Sanders Flying Dreadnought Takes Unlimited Gold

The final day of race week at Reno last week began with the Welcoming Ceremonies, where the Reno Air Racing Association recognized Pete Law as the Person of the Year, the highest honor of the organization. In his six decades with the National Championship Air Races, “Secret Pete” worked with nearly every Unlimited Gold racer to fly the pylon course and is credited with being the humble yet brilliant man who helped make Unlimited Air Racing faster, safer and the most exciting racing spectacle in history.

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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

DroneDeploy Conference 2019 Brings Together Industry Visionaries

Event Provides Drone Solution Best Practices And Looks To Future; NASA Engineer To Keynote

The agenda has been released for the DroneDeploy Conference 2019, which brings together experts from agriculture, cybersecurity, mining, oil & gas, search and rescue, transportation, UAV, and more to discuss the future of drones and drone solutions.

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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From C-140 Accident In South Dakota

Pilot Held Only A Student Certificate And Was Not Authorize To Carry Passengers

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident involving a conventional-gear C-140 airplane which resulted in the fatal injury of the two people on board. The aircraft impacted terrain in a remote rolling prairie on the Rosebud Indian Reservation (RIR) near Lakeview, South Dakota. The student pilot and the passenger both sustained fatal injuries.

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