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Tue, Aug 04, 2020

VSR700 Prototype Performs First Autonomous Free Flight

Flight Test Program Will Now Evolve To Progressively Open The Flight Envelope

The prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 UAS has performed its first free flight. The VSR700 performed a ten minute flight at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. This is a significant step in the programme following the first flight in November 2019 when the prototype was tethered to comply with regulatory requirements. To enable this free flight, Airbus Helicopters implemented geofencing, a virtual perimeter, which enabled and justified a flight clearance from airworthiness authorities for free flight.

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Mon, Aug 03, 2020

EHang 216 Obtained Special Flight Operations Certificate from Transport Canada

With The Certificate Trial Flights Of EHang 216 AAVs Can Be Conducted In Canada

EHang has confirmed that the EHang 216 has obtained a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) issued by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), the civil aviation authority in Canada. This is reportedly another milestone in regulatory breakthrough for EHang 216 and the first of this kind permit for periodic operations of passenger-grade AAVs in North America.

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Mon, Aug 03, 2020

ARSA Paints Grim Picture of Pandemic’s Impact on Av-Maintenance

Overwhelming Majority of FAA-Certificated Repair Stations Reported Revenue Declines

ARSA, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, is noting that the aviation maintenance industry has been decimated by coronavirus-related economic disruptions, according to a survey they recently undertook. ARSA members reported widespread revenue declines that have in turn led to significant job losses. In the face of continued economic uncertainty, the survey results suggest more layoffs are imminent.

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Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Bolen Corrects L.A. Times’ Inaccurate Characterization of Business Aviation

Credit Where Credit Is Due... NBAA Is One Of The FEW Alphabets Fighting Back

Don't tick off Ed Bolen... NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has again stood up for aviation against errant general-media BS -- this time correcting the Los Angeles Times’ inaccurate portrayal of business aviation in a letter to the editor published July 29, 2020. "First, business aviation has been hit hard by the pandemic. Consider flight activity at small airports that handle business aviation traffic: At New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport near New York, flights have plummeted a staggering 65% compared to this time last year..."

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Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: Drone Rescues--DJI Reports On Global Drone Rescue Activity

From 2018: Assisted In The Rescue Of At Least 65 People On Five Continents In 2017

At least 65 people have been rescued by drones in the last year, according to a new report from drone maker DJI. The report, "More Lives Saved: A Year Of Drone Rescues Around The World," is available for download. It highlights how improved drone technology, rapid adoption by first responders and smart aviation regulations have combined to increase the pace of drone use in critical public safety missions.

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Mon, Aug 03, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Hiller UH 12D

Turbine Section Of The Engine Had Been Removed And Reinstalled Three Times In The Past Month

On July 17, 2020, at about 0854 Pacific daylight time, a Hiller UH-12D helicopter, N2297W, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Mehama, Oregon. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 137 aerial application flight. There were no witnesses to the accident. The support truck operator reported that the helicopter departed from the truck and flew towards the next field. Shortly after departing the truck operator heard the pilot report over the  radio that he was "going down."

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Sun, Aug 02, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: The DroneVolt Ag Program - Honest Work For Tomorrow's UAVs

From 2017: Heavy-Duty Industrial Drones Do More Than Provide Images…

Sometimes it seems like the popularity of small drones circles around the drone’s capability of providing photographic imagery but that’s not all they are used for. While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talked with a company by the name of Drone Volt that shows us the incredible capabilities that drones provide in other industrial applications.

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Sun, Aug 02, 2020

AD: Bell Textron Inc.

AD 2020-16-10 Requires Removing Comfort Clips From Service And Inspecting The Seat Belt Shoulder Harness

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Textron Inc. (Bell) Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 212, 214B, 214B-1, 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of a shoulder harness seat belt comfort clip (comfort clip) interfering with the seat belt inertia reel. This AD requires removing comfort clips from service and inspecting the seat belt shoulder harness (harness) for a rip or an abrasion. The actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective September 3, 2020.

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Sun, Aug 02, 2020

AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD 2020-15-15 Prompted By A Mechanical Deformation Found On The Protective Cover Of The “SHEAR” Control Pushbutton

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Helicopters Model EC225LP helicopters. This AD was prompted by a mechanical deformation found on the protective cover of the “SHEAR” control pushbutton installed on a copilot collective stick. This AD requires modification of the helicopter by replacing the protective cover and re-identifying the part number of the pilot and copilot collective sticks. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective September 3, 2020.

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Sat, Aug 01, 2020

It's Tough Out There... More Reductions For Gogo

Gogo Announces Further Personnel Actions in Response to COVID-19

Gogo is taking additional measures in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact to commercial aviation. As part of its continued cost reduction initiatives, Gogo is eliminating 143 fulltime positions, predominantly from the Company's Commercial Aviation business.

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