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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

AirVenture 2018 Marks ‘Year Of The Tanker’

Event Brings 'Big Iron' To Flightline

The Air Force Reserve is celebrating its 70th anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, bringing its impressive fleet of military refueling aircraft as part of AirVenture’s “Year of the Tanker.” The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

FAA Recommends Drone Operators Wear Reflective Vests

Releases InFO Saying Drone Operators Should Be Easily Identified By The Public

In order to help bolster public awareness of sUAS operations and reduce the number of distractions for remote pilots and others participating in sUAS operations, the FAA recommends remote pilots in command, anyone operating the flight controls of the sUAS, visual observers, and any other person providing assistance in the sUAS operation wear brightly colored and reflective vests during flight operations.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Bigelow Aerospace Announces The Creation of Bigelow Space Operations

Will Manage And Operate Space Stations Developed By The Company

Bigelow Aerospace has introduced Bigelow Space Operations (BSO), a new commercial space company that is the sales, operational and customer service company that manages and operates space stations developed by Bigelow Aerospace.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

FreeFlight Systems Adds Transponder Integration Options For 1203C SBAS/GNSS

Part Of Rockwell Collins’ New AML STC For ADS-B Compliance

NextGen avionics company FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor is now approved for installation with Rockwell Collins’ latest TDR-94/94D transponder variant. Rockwell Collins has received FAA approval of an Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for ADS-B Out installations across a wide range of Part 23 Class 3 and 4 aircraft with an additional Part 25 certification coming later in 2018.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Texas DPS Launches Public Safety Unmanned Aerial System Program

Will Be Deployed For A Variety Of Public Safety Missions Across The State

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has launched a public safety unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program. The department's multi-purpose, small UASs will be used for a variety of public safety missions across Texas, including flight missions related to: officer safety, search and rescue, disaster support, aerial observation support, crash reconstruction, crime scene photography, and communication tower inspections.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

JetBlue Appoints Steve Forte Vice President At JetBlue University

Previously Served As COO And Director Of Operations At Virgin America

JetBlue Airways has appointed Steve Forte as the carrier’s new Vice President, JetBlue University. Forte joins JetBlue this week to oversee the company’s award-winning training programs and facilities. He will be based in Orlando, FL and report to Rachel McCarthy, JetBlue’s Senior Vice President, Talent & Learning.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

AMA Drone Report 02.22.18: AMA Expo!, Raleigh Update, UAV v Helo... or Not?

Also: AMA Active In Counseling Gov'ts, Intel Drone Light Show, Drone Park Planned, ALPA Attacks Unmanned

Don’t forget... The annual AMA Expo East starts at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey Tomorrow through Sunday, February 23 - 25. The three-day expo will provide new and seasoned hobbyists of all ages with hands-on opportunities to learn about building and flying model aircraft and drones. This includes flying demonstrations, FPV drone racing with the AMA flight simulator and more. The Raleigh, NC Parks Committee is looking at a revised drone policy that could allow small UAVs to be flown in almost all of the city's public parks. The new policy approved by the Raleigh Parks Committee and moved on to the full Parks, Recreation and Greenway advisory board would allow any UAV weighing less than 400 grams to be flown in any city park that is not designated as a nature preserve, nature park, wetland center or lake. Larger drones would be limited to

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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18: AMA Expo East, Skydio R1, TSB Canada Report

Also: DJI Knowledge Quiz, GoFly Competition, Drone ID Rules Coming, FAA Unenthusiastic About Prosecuting?

The Academy of Model Aeronautics will host the annual AMA Expo East at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey February 23 - 25. The three-day expo will provide new and seasoned hobbyists of all ages with hands-on opportunities to learn about building and flying model aircraft and drones. This includes flying demonstrations, FPV drone racing with the AMA flight simulator and more. AMA Expo East will also include Home School Day on Friday, February 23. During this day, home school students will have a chance to experience RC flight simulators, try model and drone flying, watch RC boat demos and more. There is a new flying camera on the market which its maker claims is a step toward the future of autonomous drones and enabling a new type of visual storytelling. Skydio, a Califo

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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Safran Contributes To Boeing ecoDemonstrator Flight Testing Program

Goal Is To Accelerate New Technologies

Safran Electrical & Power is participant in the Boeing 2018 ecoDemonstrator, a campaign launched to improve commercial aviation’s environmental performance throughout an airplane’s lifecycle. After decades of successful partnership with Boeing on electrical wiring interconnection systems, Safran Electrical & Power is demonstrating its capabilities in power generation, distribution, electrical motors, and power electronics by supplying a complete electrical channel to the Boeing 2018 ecoDemonstrator.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Texo DSI Launches New UAV Platform And Payload Rental Service

Will Allow Smaller Done Operators To Have Access To High-End Aircraft And Equipment

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection (Texo DSI) has launched a new UAV platform and associated payload rental service – Texo Drone Hire Division.

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