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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

NTSB Releases Probable Cause Report From Bell 525 Test Flight Accident

Cites Collective Biomechanical Feedback As A Contributing Factor

The NTSB has released its probable cause report from an accident involving a Bell 525 on a test flight in July, 2016.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

AMA Drone Report 01.11.18: Hobbico Chapter 11, New Tello Drone, Karma Killed

Also: Huerta Steps Down, NJ Considering Drone DUI, UK Drone Collision Study, Team Futaba

In a bit of bad news we did not need, one of the hobby industry’s biggest players is filing for bankruptcy protection as it looks to refinance or sell the company. A major presence in the hobby drone market, Hobbico filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code while it ‘seeks an orderly finalization and implementation of its comprehensive restructuring plan.’ The petition was filed Wednesday with the United States Bankruptcy Court – Wilmington of Delaware. In conjunction, Hobbico also announced its plan to sell the company. Ryze Tech, a drone start-up, has completed development of its first intelligent toy drone called the Tello, and is officially debuting the new product at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The Tello is a hobby drone that balances fu

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

U.S. Airline On-Time Performance Up, Cancellations Equal to Lowest Rate Ever

Also Show Improvements In Mishandled Baggage, Tarmac Delays

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released its January 2018 Air Travel Consumer Report on air carrier data compiled for the month of November 2017.  In November, the reporting carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 88.3 percent, up from both the 86.5 percent on-time rate in November 2016 and the 84.8 percent mark in October 2017, and the second highest rate ever reported. The highest rate was 88.6 in November 2009.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

FAA: Drop Zone Must Be Allowed At Casa Grande Airport In Arizona

Denial Of The Activity Violates Grant Assurances, Agency Says

Nearly four years after it was initially denied in 2014, the FAA has told the city of Casa Grande, AZ that it must allow the establishment of a drop zone at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ).

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Dominican Republic Recognized For Leadership On Sustainable Aviation

Has Made Great Strides Towards Compliance With ICAO’s Standards And Recommended Practices

At a recent bilateral meeting with its Chancellor, Miguel Octavio Vargas Maldonado, the President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, encouraged the Dominican Republic to pursue its strategic and exemplary focus on aviation as a lever for national socio-economic growth, and to enhance its contributions to global momentum on sustainable aviation development.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Cicer One Technologies And Avidrone Aerospace Partnering To Secure UAS Fleets

A New Strategic Partnership Ends The Risks Around Cloud-Based Data Capture Services

Data privacy solution provider Cicer One Technologies and drone manufacturer AVIDRONE Aerospace have announced a partnership to keep data private.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 Test Advances Exploration Efforts

Engine Ran For 365 Seconds At Stennis Space Center In Mississippi

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have hot-fired an RS-25 engine in a test that marked another milestone toward the first crewed flight of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) while laying groundwork for future production of the heavy-lift launch vehicle’s main propulsion system.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

FAA Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Drone Registration

Alleges That The FAA Violated Several Laws With Drone Registration Database

The FAA has been hit with another lawsuit over its drone registration database, and this time the agency is facing nearly $840 million in penalties, should the plaintiffs be successful.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

AMA Drone Report 01.18.18: 1 Million Drone Reg's, Autel EVO, FAA Sued Again

Also: New DJI Mavic?, SureFly Not Yet, Drones Tracking Illegal Dumping, 'Illicit' Drone Video

The FAA has registered a million drones, the DOT announced last week at CES in Las Vegas, with the vast majority of them being used for recreational purposes. Speaking at CES 2018, SecTrans Elaine Chao said the 1,000,000 total registration figure includes 878,000 hobbyists, who receive one identification number for all the drones they own, and 122,000 commercial, public and other drones, which are individually registered. In addition to being required by law, the registration process helps educate drone operators who are new to aviation by having them agree to the FAA’s operating rules and increases airspace security by identifying drones with their owner. Autel Robotics USA has announced its new flagship aircraft line, the EVO. EVO is a portable camera drone with foldable arms and a sleek, compact form factor. The drone was introduced last week at CES 2018. The EVO will be eq

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Deadline Approaching For The Tuskegee Airmen Essay Contest

Essays Must Be Received By February 28

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is the proud sponsor of an annual Tuskegee Airmen Essay Contest for students in grades 4 through 12. Entries can be submitted at any time at redtail.org/tuskegee-airmen-essay-contest, with winners awarded in three grade categories after the conclusion of Black History Month each February.

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