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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

FAA Proposes Special Conditions For Bell 525 Helicopter

Current Regulations Do Not Include Adequate Safety Standards For The Type, Agency Says

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 control modes while operating the helicopter.

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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Spirit AeroSystems Plans Major Expansion, Job Growth In Wichita

Will Invest $1 Billion, Add 1,000 New Jobs

Spirit AeroSystems has announced plans for major expansion and growth, including the addition of 1,000 jobs and capital investments totaling $1 billion over the next five years at its Wichita, KS facility. The growth is fueled by a number of factors: increasing production rates on existing commercial aircraft programs, growth in Spirit's Fabrication and Defense businesses and other new business pursuits. The announcement solidifies Spirit's presence in Wichita and Kansas for decades to come.

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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

PVCC To Hold 2nd Annual Unmanned Aerial Systems Conference

Program Designed For Public Safety Professionals

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will hold the Second Annual Public Safety Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Conference for first responders and public safety professionals.

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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

NLR Signs Agreement For Unique Drone Experiment

BVLOS Flights Will Take Place In March, 2018

Six representatives of government, business and knowledge institutions – including the Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR) – signed an agreement at Groningen Airport Eelde last week to perform out-of-sight drone flights.

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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

FAA Certifies Robertson Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank For AS350/EC130

Deliveries To Launch Customers Are Already Underway

The FAA has certified Robertson Fuel Systems' retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters.  Production deliveries to launch partners Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and WeatherTech Aviation LLC are already underway, with additional orders now being taken from operators worldwide. EASA certification of the CRFT is expected to follow shortly.

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Sun, Dec 10, 2017

NBAA, Industry Leaders Work To Address Workforce Shortage Issues

Solutions Discussed During The First BAMC Workforce Summit

As the industry grapples with the best way to address current and future staffing shortages, more than 25 representatives of business aviation organizations recently met at NBAA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to discuss ways that industry stakeholders can confront these issues, particularly for pilots, maintenance technicians and flight attendants.

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Sun, Dec 10, 2017

AA Is First Retrofit Customer For Airbus’ New Airspace XL Luggage Bins

To Be Installed On The Carrier's A321 Fleet

American Airlines (AAL) has chosen Services by Airbus to provide cabin upgrades for 202 of its A321s in-service – the largest retrofit project in Airbus history. The airline will be the first retrofit customer for Airbus’ new Airspace XL bins. The larger bins provide a 40 percent increase in storage space for carry-on bags, reducing bin crowding and the need to check bags at the gate, allowing a more relaxed boarding experience to both passengers and cabin crews.

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Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Erik Lindbergh Builds Dream Team For Innovative New Aerospace Company

VerdeGo Aero To Develop Disruptive Design For A Clean, Quiet Personal Air Taxi

Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, has announced the formation of VerdeGo Aero, an innovative new aerospace company with a mission to provide the upcoming multibillion-dollar urban transportation market with a safe, clean, and quiet hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that can fly piloted or autonomously.

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Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Commercial Drone Alliance, Hogan Lovells Host Domestic Drone Security Event

Government Officials, Industry, States, And Localities Gathered To Discuss Pressing Drone Security Issues

The commercial and consumer drone markets are growing exponentially, making it difficult for policymakers to keep up. To facilitate an ongoing, open dialogue about the security issues facing the drone industry, the Commercial Drone Alliance and global law firm Hogan Lovells on Thursday hosted another event in the Domestic Drone Security Series.

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Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Big Bend Community College Drone Program Accredited

Students Can Now Receive A UAV Associates Degree

Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA has received accreditation for its UAS program from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The accreditation means that students can receive an Associates Degree of Applied Sciences in the program beginning in January.

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