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Mon, May 22, 2017

Wipaire Expands Marketing And Sales Team

Names VP For Marketing And Sales, Regional Representative

Wipaire has added two new members to its marketing and sales team. Clint E. Clouatre joined the company as Vice President of Marketing & Sales, overseeing all sales- and marketing-related functions. Steve Zuercher has been appointed as the sales representative for Wipaire services in the southeastern United States and Caribbean region and sales representative for Wipaire products in South America.

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Mon, May 22, 2017

Airborne 05.22.17: Court Nukes FAA Model Drone Regs, Lancair Moves, Virgin Orbit

Also: Dutch King, DA-42NG, US Civil Aircraft Shipments, ADS-B Out, Facial Recognition, Av Threats, Air Travel Growth 
 
The hobby drone industry just got a bit shook up... The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. has ruled that the FAA violated the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 when it required the registration of model aircraft, including drones, that are flown strictly for recreational purposes, and has vacated the Registration Rule for those aircraft. Maryland attorney John Taylor challenged the registration requirement based on Section 336, saying that the rule was unlawful as applied to model aircraft. The last two weeks of April have seen the Lancair Uvalde hangar complex bustling with activity. All hands have been hard at work unloading trucks, building storage racks and stowing a variety of molds, tools and fixtures essential for Lancair's return to kit manufacturing. In the weeks ahead, the team will inventory, refurbish a

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Mon, May 22, 2017

Airborne 05.19.17: Boeing T-X, WomenVenture 2017, BE-4 Rocket Test

Also: Orion Spacecraft, ANN Update, Sinful Sundays, ATC Privatization Oppo, Huerta@AUVSI, Fire Scout, 700th H130

Boeing will assemble its T-X Air Force training jet at its St. Louis facility, if the aircraft is chosen to be the next Air Force primary trainer. The contract would support approximately 1,800 jobs in the region. If the Air Force chooses Boeing to help train pilots for generations to come, T-X will be the newest project for a community that has produced some of the most acclaimed military aircraft of the past seven decades. The first two new, purpose-built T-X aircraft have proven the design’s low-risk, performance and repeatability in manufacturing. For the 10th straight year, the opportunity for women who love aviation to build camaraderie and open doors to mentorship and participation once again comes to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, as WomenVenture activities will take place d

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Mon, May 22, 2017

NRL Tests Autonomous ‘Soaring With Solar’ Concept

Aircraft Flew For Nearly 11 Hours In Recent Test

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Vehicle Research Section and Photovoltaic Section are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Their research investigates the presence of solar photovoltaics (PV) to the cooperative autonomous soaring techniques, which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that use the power of the sun.

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Mon, May 22, 2017

Multiple Agencies Certify ADS-B Out For Bombardier Learjet 40 And 45

Flightstar Corporation Granted STC From EASA, TCCA, Others

Flightstar Corporation has obtained approval from multiple international aviation agencies for their ADS-B “OUT” STC and Single FMS WAAS STC in the Bombardier Learjet 40 and Learjet 45 series aircraft. These approvals come from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), and Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics of Mexico (DGAC).

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Mon, May 22, 2017

Delta Is Testing Facial Recognition Technology

Plans First Biometric-Based Self-Service Bag Drop In The U.S. 

Delta Air Lines is introducing four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer, a $600,000 investment that allows customers to quickly, securely and easily check their own bags. One machine will be equipped to test facial recognition technology to match customers with their passport photos through identification verification, a first for U.S. carriers.

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Mon, May 22, 2017

Southwest Research Institute Patents Drone Control Technology

Allows Automated Ground Vehicles To Pilot UAVs

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has secured a patent for technology that allows unmanned aerial systems to cooperate with unmanned ground vehicles, providing more information about the surrounding environment and enabling safer maneuvers.

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Mon, May 22, 2017

Study: Millennials Expect Same Wi-Fi Experience In The Air As At Home

Gogo Global Traveler Study Shows Connectivity Affects Airline Passenger Choices And Experience

A new study finds that nearly 50 percent of millennial travelers expect their connected experience in the air to be the same as on the ground. This key finding from Gogo's Global Traveler study The Travelers of Tomorrow shows that connectivity anywhere and everywhere is no longer a hope, it's an expectation. This study uncovers in-flight connectivity trends from "future travelers" between the ages of 18 and 35, because their preferences will ultimately shape the future of travel.

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Mon, May 22, 2017

Deer Jet's 787 Dream Jet Makes Middle East Debut In Qatar

Company Looks To Expand In The Region

Business aviation company Deer Jet presented the world's first 787 'Dream Jet', making its Middle East debut with a recent stopover at Doha International Airport. The Doha showcase is part of the series of exhibitions across the globe "Dreams Encounter the World" following visits to Shanghai, Hong Kong, London and Dublin.

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Mon, May 22, 2017

University Students To Evaluate Designs In NASA’s Astronaut Training Pool

Test Sessions Planned For May And June

Thirty-one student teams from across the country will test their designs in simulated microgravity this year as part of NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) activity. Test sessions will be May 22-27 and June 5-10.

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