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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Danville, VA Council Approves FBO Contract For Local Airport

General Aviation Will Remain As Sole FBO For Another 18 Months

The Danville, VA City Council has approved a contract with General Aviation to continue to provide FBO services at Danville Regional Airport (KDAN) for at least the next 18 months.

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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

USMC Approves Drone Operator Insignia For Uniforms

Breast Insignia Design Has Not Been Finalized

The U.S Marine Corps has authorized a Drone Operator breast insignia that can be affixed to the uniforms of enlisted operators.

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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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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport Is Under New Ownership

New Owner Says The Airfield Will Remain Open For The Foreseeable Future

A real estate developer has reportedly purchased the Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport (N53), but the new owner says that the airfield will remain open "for the foreseeable future."

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Darwin Airlines Faces Bankruptcy

Swiss Regional Carrier Has Been Grounded For Two Weeks

Swiss regional carrier Darwin Airlines has finally thrown in the towel and admitted it is facing bankruptcy two weeks after the Swiss government grounded the carrier.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

NASA Awards Contract for Safety, Mission Assurance Support

A-P-T Research Of Huntsville To Conduct The Work

NASA has awarded the Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services III (SMASS III) contract to A-P-T Research, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, for a broad range of services at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and various sites supported by Kennedy’s programs and projects.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

AMA Drone Report 12.14.17: Drone Registry, AMA Q&A, New IDRA Boss

Also: LAFD Drones, Toys For Tots FPV, Modular Racing Drone, Community College Drone Program

President Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Bill that includes a reinstatement of the FAA's drone registry that was invalidated by a federal judge in May. The language was included in the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The FAA released a statement, supportive of the language in the bill. "We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft," the FAA said. "Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration." With registration coming back, AMA has summarized a few issues of immediate concern and the questions that are being raised... Q: If I already registered, do I have register again? A: You will not have to register again since this bill simply reverses the John Taylor case.

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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Airborne 12.13.17: Flight Design Update, Bell 525, Space Policy Directive

Also: A380 Production Cut?, Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, US Nationals, Muilenburg'ss Mars Prediction

Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it plans to continue to be a leader in the design and manufacturing of light aircraft. Flight Design was acquired by LIFTAir of Eisenach, Germany last July and has been rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH. As a part of the acquisition, LIFTAir now owns the Flight Design EASA Design Organization, the Flight Design aircraft production facility in Kherson Ukraine and the design rights for all products produced by the company. The FAA has posted a Notice of Proposed Special Conditions for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter in the Federal Register. The agency says that the helicopter will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with fly-by-wire flight control system (FBW FCS) functions that affect the pilot awareness of the flight co

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