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Sat, Feb 24, 2018

Flight Safety Foundation Urges Regulation, Oversight Of Recreational Drones

Calls On ICAO, Governments To Accelerate The Process

Flight Safety Foundation has urged world governments to step up their regulation and enforcement of recreational drones. In a letter to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Secretary General Fang Liu, Foundation President and CEO Jon Beatty said, “Based on a number of recent incidents, we are increasingly concerned that uncertificated, untrained recreational drone operators are flying small UAS near airports and manned aircraft. … The proliferation and operation of small drones by people without aviation experience is becoming one of the most significant hazards to manned aviation. This poses unacceptable risks to aviation safety.”

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Sat, Feb 24, 2018

Garmin Introduces GFC 600H Helicopter Flight Control System

AHRS-Derived System Includes Helicopter-Specific Safety Features

Garmin has introduced the GFC 600H flight control system for helicopter owners and operators, which the company says is a breakthrough in cost-effective technology that reduces pilot workload and improves mission effectiveness. This attitude-based (AHRS-derived) flight control system boasts a number of helicopter-tailored safety features, including stability augmentation system (SAS), Garmin Helicopter Electronic Stability and Protection (H-ESP), dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode, hover assist, as well as overspeed and low speed protection.

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Sat, Feb 24, 2018

HondaJet Finishes 2017 As The Most Delivered Jet In Its Category

Delivered 43 Aircraft To Customers Worldwide

The HondaJet was the most delivered jet in its category for 2017, based on numbers provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, according to Honda Aircraft Company.

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

EASA Publishes The First Opinion On Safe Drone Operations In Europe

Calls The Document An 'Important Stepping Stone' To Keeping Drone Operations Safe

EASA has published the first formal Opinion on safe operations for small drones in Europe. This formal Opinion is an important stepping-stone to keep drone operations safe and secure and build a wider regulatory framework. The Opinion will serve as a basis for the European Commission to adopt concrete regulatory proposals later in the year. A first meeting chaired by the European Commission to discuss this Opinion with the EU Member States already took place on 21 February 2018.

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Robinson Introduces Two Garmin G500H TXi Displays

Available As Options For R44 And R66 Helicopters

Robinson has added Garmin’s new G500H TXi displays to its R44 and R66 options. The two TXi displays add touchscreen functionality to Garmin’s popular G500H system, and consolidate PFD/MFD information on to a single screen. The upgraded displays provide increased resolution and interface with Garmin’s GTN 6xx/7xx touchscreen GPS series.

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Daher Delivers 57 TBM Aircraft In 2017

North America Remains The Company's Largest Market

The Daher Airplane Business Unit today announced its 2017 delivery totals for the TBM very fast turboprop aircraft, with 57 TBM 910s and TBM 930s provided to owners and operators during the year.

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Viking Forms Strategic Alliance With Mahindra Aerospace

Will Further Regional Air Connectivity In India

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and Mahindra Aerospace Private Limited of Bengaluru, India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a strategic alliance to seize opportunities arising out of India’s growing regional air connectivity requirements. Signing of the MOU is timely given the focus being put on Indo-Canadian relations during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to India.

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Vodafone Tests First IoT Drone Tracking And Safety Technology

Designed To Keep Drones And Manned Aircraft Separated

Testing is underway on what is being called the world’s first air traffic control drone tracking and safety technology. Developed by Vodafone, the system uses innovative 4G Internet of Things (IoT) technology to protect aircraft from catastrophic accidents as well as prevent inadvertent or criminal drone incursions at sensitive locations such as airports, prisons and hospitals.

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

AeroLabs And BGE Test Autonomous Distribution Inspections

Matrice 210 Drone Inspected Energy Transmission Lines And Poles

AeroLab and Baltimore Gas and electric Company (BGE) recently completed a test using a DJI Matrice 210 to perform autonomous inspections of distribution assets in a rural area of northern Maryland.

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Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Oriens Aviation Inaugurates Oriens Maintenance Services

New Authorized Pilatus Service Center At London Biggin Hill Airport

Oriens Aviation, the exclusive British Isles Pilatus Center, formally inaugurated its new MRO facility, Oriens Maintenance Services, at London Biggin Hill Airport on February 15 to an audience of 130 guests, including senior representatives from Pilatus Aircraft, plus three PC-12 NGs on display.

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