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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

FAA Forecasts Continued Growth In Air Travel

Releases Annual Aerospace Forecast Report

The FAA has released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2017 to 2037, which projects sustained and continued growth in nearly every aspect of air transportation from general aviation private flying to large commercial airline passenger levels.

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

ATCA Supports Full Funding Of Contract Tower Program

Supports Appropriation Of Not Less That $159 Million For Operations

Earlier this month, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) joined industry groups in urging Congress to fully fund the FAA's Contract Tower Program as part of its FY 2018 appropriations bill.

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Tennessee Governor Haslam Declares March 'General Aviation Month'

Says GA 'Plays A Vital Role In The State's Response To Emergencies'

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared March 2017 as “General Aviation Month.” In Tennessee, general aviation contributes more than $2.5 billion to that state’s economy each year.

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec Reductions

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale

The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing facility, with the first four production Longitude aircraft currently in progress. In July of 2015, Calgary, Canada business owner Daniel Boria tied 100 industrial-grade helium balloons to a lawn chair and took off over the city in a stunt that he said was intended to promote his cleaning business. Last week, however, provincial court Judge Bruce Fraser assessed a hefty fine again

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives!
 
The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The rules also prohibit flight in controlled or restricted airspace, within about 5.6 miles of a forest fire, or anywhere the aircraft could interfere with police or first responders. Positing that we need anti-drone instruments, the folks of the TU Delft Micro Air Vehicle Lab (MAVLab) will

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest

The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from the center of any "aerodrome" ... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The apparent support for privatizing Air Traffic Control in the FY2018 budget has brought strong reaction from both sides of the issue. Writing in The Hill, former AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller, now a consul

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Bristow Forms New Search And Rescue Consortium For The Gulf Of Mexico

Will Provide Medevac And SAR Services In The Region

Bristow U.S. has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Xiro Introduces the Xplorer Mini

Calls Tiny UAV 'The Ultimate Selfie Drone'

There's a new small drone on the market that its maker is calling the "Ultimate Selfie Drone." The Xplorer Mini Drone has been introduced to UAV hobbyists in the North American market. Its customized body covers, intelligent flight control, multi flight control modes and the XIRO Xplore app, make the compact Xplorer Mini the perfect travel companion to capture and share photos or videos of people, places or things.

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Single-Blade Drone Rotor Patented By Amazon

Designed As An Energy-Saving Feature

The latest innovation to come out of Amazon's Prime Air Delivery program is a single-blade rotor for delivery drones, for which the company has received a patent.

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Thu, Mar 23, 2017

A-29s Arrive At Kabul In Time For Fighting Season

Super Tucanos Now Stationed In Kabul

Four A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft arrived for duty at Kabul Air Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan, March 20, 2017, where they will be used by the Afghan Air Force for close-air attack, air interdiction, escort and armed reconnaissance.

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