ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... our Annual April 1st Editions are LEGENDARY -- and this WILL be our best April 1st Edition yet. Based on all the nonsense we've had to endure in 2016-2017 (which we are duty-bound to lampoon), we certainly have good reason for that... so if you have any ideas of your own as to how to heighten the insanity, this is your LAST CHANCE. I kid you not... as I look over all the stories we've already prepped, we are going to cause serious keyboard damage as people snort their soft drinks all over the place when they start reading this year's edition. This IS OUR BEST YET!
As always... NO ONE IS SAFE.
FMI: I Can't Believe You're Doing This Again!
Five time NASA space shuttle commander and AMA Life Member Robert “Hoot” Gibson will share his aviation story at the upcoming AMA Expo East, presented by Ready Made RC, at the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, New Jersey February 24 – 26. The three-day event is hosted by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
Daher has announced the service entry of the initial TBM 930 based in Asia. It was delivered in December to Anutin Charnvirakul, who previously owned a TBM 850 version of Daher’s very fast turboprop aircraft family.
Consortium Using Drone America UAV Completes First Long-Distance BVLOS Urban Package Delivery
The Nevada Drone Industry set a new long-distance record for aerial package delivery flying a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) under beyond line of sight conditions. The backdrop was an urban environment set among the scenic area of Walker Lake with the Nevada-headquartered Drone America flight team flying more than 39 miles to deliver a package to the Hawthorne Industrial Airport in the City of Hawthorne, Nevada.
When the news first came out, in 2015, that Van's Aircraft was sued for a considerable amount of money and that the law firm pressing the action was being VERY public about it, many feared the worst. Two years later, though, the lawsuit against the company has been dismissed. The news is pretty much all bad, and some of it is really bad. GAMA Chairman and Piper boss Simon Caldecott, announced at the GAMA “Annual Industry Review” press conference, that airplane shipments globally fell 3.9%, from 2,331 units in 2015 to 2,241 units in 2016. Airplane billings declined 14.1%, from $24.1 billion to $20.7 billion. Worldwide rotorcraft shipments fell 16.9%, from 1,036 units in 2015 to 861 units in 2016. The rotorcraft billings declined from $4.7 billion in 2015 to $3.6 billion in 2016. Airmen assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wi
Also: NextGen Blimps, AEA/HAI Coverage, L-39 Suit, Drone User Group, Red Arrows Pilot Inquest, 2nd T-50A, Steve Fossett Honored
Sonaca Aircraft is getting ready to start certification tests for the Sonaca 200, with the beginning of 2017 devoted to the assembly of the first two aircraft intended for the ground and flight tests of the single-engine two-seater. The first aircraft will be entirely dedicated to ground tests. A second plane will be used for the flight tests which are scheduled this April. Yuneec International has announced significant upgrades to its H920 airframe -- creating the H920 Plus and an improved ProAction handheld grip. The H920 Plus includes the ST16 Pro Ground Station, operating on an Android platform with an integrated transmitter, flight controls and large 7-inch display with a HD 720p video downlink. Users can also utilize video and image playback on the ST16 Pro and down
With the stroke of a pen on an official document, the FAA has certified that the Thrush 510P now joins its sibling, the Thrush 510G, as being fully compliant with the most modern certification standards – and able to officially fly at its fully operational gross weight of 10,500 lbs.