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Sat, Dec 16, 2017

Australian Company Wants To Host The World's First Flying Car Race

The Alauda Airspeeder Crosses A Race Car With A Quadcopter

What might you get if you crossed a Formula One race car with a racing quadcopter? Apparently, it would be the Alauda Airspeeder Mark I, which the Australian company hopes to have racing next summer.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

NTSB Faults Drone Pilot For Collision With Helicopter

Drone Was Being Flown Recreationally Beyond Visual Line Of Sight

The NTSB has released an aviation incident final report from a collision between a U.S. Army UH-60M helicopter and a Phantom 4 drone. According to the report, the helo was operating under visual flight rules within Class G airspace about 300 ft above mean sea level (msl) when it collided with a privately owned and operated DJI Phantom 4 small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). The helicopter sustained minor damage and landed uneventfully; the sUAS was destroyed.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel Facility Completes 5,000th Aircraft

Milestone Helo Is A Bell 407GXP

Bell Helicopter's facility located in Mirabel, Canada has completed its 5,000th aircraft. The aircraft, a Bell 407GXP, will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Santa Monica Airport Runway Closed For Shortening

Project Expected To Take Some 10 Days To Complete

The Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) runway has been closed for the project to shorten the single landing strip from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet under an agreement reached last year between the FAA and the city. The project is expected to cost the city's taxpayers some $3.5 million.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

American Robotics Unveils UAS Platform For Precision Farming

Self-Charging, Self-Managing Platform Can Conduct Autonomous Missions

Industrial UAS developer American Robotics has unveiled its flagship product, Scout, which is a self-charging, self-managing UAS platform capable of autonomously conducting daily scouting missions in the field of precision farming.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

FAA: Pilot In St.Croix Accident Not Multi-Engine Rated

Five Fatally Injured When The Airplane Went Down

The pilot who operated the plane that went down at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport last Thursday night, resulting in the fatal injury of all five occupants including a member of the Stylee Band, was not rated to fly multi-engine aircraft such as the one he operated that night, according to FAA records obtained by The Virgin Islands Consortium. Pilot David Richardson held only a single-engine airplane rating, according to the agency.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Bell Helicopter Delivers Four Bell 412EPs To Argentina

Will Fly SAR, Humanitarian Relief And Disaster Relief Missions

The government of Argentina has taken delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters. The aircraft will be used for search and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping support, scientific operations in the Antarctic, and other missions.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Modular Racing Drone Designed For Beginners

But It Will Top Out At About 100 MPH

Drone racing is fun and exciting for both the spectators and the pilots. But that latter group also can face a lot of expense when it comes to their hobby. Racing drones, and the associated equipment needed to participate, can be pretty spendy, particularly in a sport where crashes and damage are expected.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Italy Orders An Additional Eight AW139 Helicopters

Will Strengthen Rescue And Border Patrol Services in Italy

The government of Italy has placed an order for an additional eight AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately $131 million.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

FAA Qualifies First Pilatus PC-24 Full Flight Simulator

Level C FFS To Be Located In Dallas, TX

The first full flight simulator for the new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet has received interim Level C qualification from the FAA. The new FlightSafety FS1000 simulator is expected to be qualified by the European Aviation Safety Agency early next year. Training is scheduled to begin at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Dallas, Texas during the first quarter of 2018.

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