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September 19, 2019

Airborne 09.18.19: Draco's Demise, Redbird Skyport Shutdown, tailBeacon STC

Also: Boeing T-X Becomes T-7A Red Hawk, TFRs Near Area 51, NASCAR Driver Lost, Maine Air Show

A PZL-104 Draco Turbine Wilga belonging to Mike Patey was substantially damaged departing from Reno-Stead Airport (KRTS) in Nevada Monday. The airplane ground looped during its takeoff roll at KRTS. The pilot was attempting to depart before a weather front arrived at the airport. Winds were picking up. He said the left wing lifted during takeoff and the aircraft swerved off the right side of the runway, coming down hard and causing a wing to collapse. The aircraft is an extensively modified PZL-104 Wilga 2000 a

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AMA Drone Report 09.19.19: Flts Over People, Women & Drones, China UAV Ban?

Also: NASA's Dragonfly, Area 51 TFR, KDOT UAV Airport Inspections, Commercial Drone Market Gains

OK... this episode is loaded with a lot of regulatory stuff... so strap in and hang on... Since Part 107 came into effect in the summer of 2016, UAS operators in the United States have attempted to figure out how to get FAA approval to operate over people. These attempts had very limited success as thousands of waiver applications were rejected. All that changed this past June. Hensel Phelps, a general contractor out of Colorado, successfully secured a 107.39 for operations over people using the new ParaZero

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Lawmakers Seek To Ban U.S. Government From Buying Chinese Drones

Bipartisan Bill Introduced By Senators Rick Scott, Chris Murphy And Others

Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) , Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019, which prohibits the U.S. Government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats like Iran and China.

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FAA’s Steve Dickson To Share Perspectives On Workforce, Safety At NBAA-BACE

Will Give Two Presentations On The Convention's Third Day

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson will speak at the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), which takes place Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, NV.

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Airbus Forecasts Need For Over 39,000 New Aircraft In The Next 20 Years

Also Anticipates A Need For 550,000 New Pilots

The world’s passenger and freighter aircraft fleet is set to more than double from today’s nearly 23,000 to almost 48,000 by 2038 with traffic growing at 4.3% annually, also resulting in a need for 550,000 new pilots and 640,000 new technicians, according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast.

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New Business Jet Models; Decoding What’s Next From Cagey Manufacturers

Analyst Brian Foley Says It's Possible To Make A Good Guess If You Know Where To Look

Like Apple with its iPhone updates, business jet manufacturers are notoriously tight-lipped about their next new planes, saving the news to make a splash at major aviation conventions and keeping competitors off-balance. Still, through deduction and observation, one can make a good guess as to what their next products could be, according to aviation analyst Brian Foley.

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Gold Results Announced From The Stihl National Championship Air Races

Dennis Sanders Flying Dreadnought Takes Unlimited Gold

The final day of race week at Reno last week began with the Welcoming Ceremonies, where the Reno Air Racing Association recognized Pete Law as the Person of the Year, the highest honor of the organization. In his six decades with the National Championship Air Races, “Secret Pete” worked with nearly every Unlimited Gold racer to fly the pylon course and is credited with being the humble yet brilliant man who helped make Unlimited Air Racing faster, safer and the most exciting racing spectacle in history.

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DroneDeploy Conference 2019 Brings Together Industry Visionaries

Event Provides Drone Solution Best Practices And Looks To Future; NASA Engineer To Keynote

The agenda has been released for the DroneDeploy Conference 2019, which brings together experts from agriculture, cybersecurity, mining, oil & gas, search and rescue, transportation, UAV, and more to discuss the future of drones and drone solutions.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From C-140 Accident In South Dakota

Pilot Held Only A Student Certificate And Was Not Authorize To Carry Passengers

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident involving a conventional-gear C-140 airplane which resulted in the fatal injury of the two people on board. The aircraft impacted terrain in a remote rolling prairie on the Rosebud Indian Reservation (RIR) near Lakeview, South Dakota. The student pilot and the passenger both sustained fatal injuries.

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ZeroAvia Announces U.K. Government Grant To Develop Zero Emission Aviation

Award Valued At Approximately $3.3 Million

ZeroAvia, the leading innovator in decarbonising commercial aviation, today announced that it has received a £2.7m (approx. $3.3 million) grant from the U.K. Government to support in the development of the principal technology to enable practical, zero emission aviation in commercial aircraft.

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Airlink And United Airlines Conduct Hurricane Dorian Relief Flight

Brings Critical Supplies, Relief Teams To The Bahamas

As parts of the Bahamas fight to recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Dorian, humanitarian relief organization Airlink has partnered with United Airlines to operate a flight carrying critical supplies and relief teams for five nonprofits this week.

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AIR Convention Europe 2019 Begins

Gathers Around 700 Aviation Leaders In Lithuania

On September 17th, more than 700 aviation industry experts arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania to start the new session of talks about the present and future of the global commercial aviation market. The second AIR Convention Europe has officially gotten underway.

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AMA Drone Report 09.12.19: ANAFI FPV, EAA Comments on Amazon, Remote ID SNAFU

Also: Drone Threat Against Heathrow, Football Foul-Up, Iran Arrests Drone Pilots, Flirtey Unveils 'The Future'

The ANAFI FPV drone from Parrot puts the operator in the cockpit of Parrot’s new ultraportable UAV. The aircraft delivers live, immersive video from its 180-degree tilting camera to the included Cockpit Glasses. Parrot says that the ANAFI FPV boasts in-depth manual controls for piloting and imaging, 4K HDR video and 21-megapixel images, easy-to-use modes and presets, portability, long battery life, and on the go USB-C charging. The FPV experience is undertaken by pairing a smartphone

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Collins Aerospace Broadens Communication Capabilities For USAF U-2 Dragon Lady

Upgrade To High Frequency Radios Adds Real-Time Command And Control Capability

Collins Aerospace Systems has been selected by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to upgrade its fleet of U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft with HF-9087D High Frequency (HF) radios. With a primary mission of reconnaissance, the U-2 will gain the ability to securely transfer Command and Control (C2) data in real-time over HF while still maintaining reliable, clear voice communications beyond line of sight.

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Bombardier Delivers First Of Three Global 6000 Business Jets To The Luftwaffe

Two Additional Aircraft To Be Delivered By The End Of The Year

Bombardier has delivered the first of three Global 6000 business jets destined for use by the Luftwaffe, Germany’s air force. The Luftwaffe, a longtime Bombardier aircraft operator, will use the Global 6000 business jets to fulfill political and parliamentary transport requirements.

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Trillium Engineering Tests New h.265 Video Encoder For Tactical Drones

Designed To Increase Resolution Of Video Captured By Unmanned Aircraft

Trillium Engineering, a manufacturer of gimbaled camera systems for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), successfully conducted a test flight of a new video processor that will dramatically improve the operation of Group 2 UAS.

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Redbird Skyport At San Marcos Airport Has Closed

Shuttered After Eight Years Losing Money

The Redbird Skyport at San Marcos Airport in Texas (KHYI) closed its doors for good last week after eight years in operation during which Redbird founder Jerry Gregoire said it "never made a dime."

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USAF To Awards Small Rocket Orbital Launch Contract

Aevum Will Conduct The Horizontal Launches From Cecil Field In Jacksonville, FL

The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP) office, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center Launch Enterprise, has awarded a $4.9 million contract to Aevum, Inc.for the Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON)-45 space lift mission via RSLP’s Small Rocket Program-Orbital (SRP-O) framework. The ASLON-45 mission will provide orbital launch services in support of the Department of Defense Space Test Program and other Government agencies; improving the DOD’s real-time threat warnings.

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First European-Built F-35 For The Netherlands Presented

Being Built For Lockheed Martin By Leonardo Company

The first F-35 (009), which will be based in the Netherlands from this fall, was officially presented recently in Cameri, Italy. There, the Italian company Leonardo is building the new fighter plane for manufacturer Lockheed Martin. The Italian aircraft manufacturer has a production line for wings and a final assembly line on which it assembles complete aircraft.

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Two Jailed For Trespassing At Area 51

Pair Was 'Searching' For The Secretive Base

Two Dutch nationals who said they were searching for Area 51 in Nevada were arrested last week and jailed for three days.

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ANN FAQ: Airborne Partnership Initiative Partner Input

It's A Collaboration, And We Want To Hear From YOUR Organization

It is no longer enough, in our view, to build a successful business... but to build a successful structure by which this business (and our valued partners) can collectively have a positive impact on the industry that wasn’t possible, individually.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.19.19)

"The American Security Drone Act protects our information and national security by prohibiting the federal government and our military from buying drones manufactured in countries that are our adversaries.” Source: Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), on the introduction of the American Security Drone Act.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.19.19): Call Up

Initial voice contact between a facility and an aircraft, using the identification of the unit being called and the unit initiating the call.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.19.19)

British Women Pilots' Association

The BWPA exists to promote aviation, particularly to women. There are over three hundred members of the BWPA involved in all areas of aviation.

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AMA Drone Report 09.19.19: Flts Over People, Women & Drones, China UAV Ban?

Also: NASA's Dragonfly, Area 51 TFR, KDOT UAV Airport Inspections, Commercial Drone Market Gains

OK... this episode is loaded with a lot of regulatory stuff... so strap in and hang on... Since Part 107 came into effect in the summer of 2016, UAS operators in the United States have attempted to figure out how to get FAA approval to operate over people. These attempts had very limited success as thousands of waiver applications were rejected. All that changed this past June. Hensel Phelps, a general contractor out of Colorado, successfully secured a 107.39 for operations over people using the new ParaZero SafeAir + ASTM Professional Kit. The ASTM compliant SafeAir System broke through the waiver barrier and has proven to be the only truly scalable solution for operations over peop

September 18, 2019

Aero-TV: EmbraerX’S eVTOL - Staking a Claim on the Future of Urban Air Mobility

Legacy Company Moves Into The Realm Of EVTOL

Aero-TV's Rex Alexander spoke with Peter Berger, director of innovation for EmbraerX at AirVenture 2019. Berger said that Embraer is working in partnership with Uber to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing urban air mobility aircraft. The EmbraerX was unveiled at the Uber Elevate Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C. the new aircraft concept results from a broad range of tests and simulations, aiming at operational optimization for the urban environment, considering high reliability, low operating costs, a lower noise footprint, fully electric powered and progressively autonomous.

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ParaZero Celebrates 20 Waivers For Flight Over People

ASTM-Compliant SafeAir System Leads To Successful Applications

Since Part 107 came into effect in the summer of 2016, UAS operators in the United States have attempted to figure out how to get FAA approval to operate over people.

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Report: Commercial Drone Market To Witness Massive Gains

Projected To Grow Over 25 Percent, Reaching $17 Billion Valuation By 2024

The commercial drone market is forecast to rise over 25 percent by 2024, according to a new report from Global Market Insights. The growth during the forecast period is due to the increasing application across sectors like agriculture, delivery, media and real estate. Since its inception, commercial UAVs have been used for capturing photographs and videos for various user purposes. However, the product's capabilities have led to increasing application across various industries in the past couple of years.

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Airborne 09.16.19: Wagstaff Mishap, SPA Girls In Aviation Day, Flight Design

Also: New Stemme CEO, Airline Bankruptcy, Avemco Executives, Director Of Langley Research Center

No one in aviation is immune to having to deal with mechanical issues... not even our good friend and Champion aerobatic pilot, Patty Wagstaff, who just had to deal with a sudden issue with her beloved Bonanza -- which, unfortunately got dinged up pretty good... but Patty and her fellow pilot are OK. The famed air-show pilot was involved in an incident Wednesday in which her 1958 Beech K35 airplane was involved in a runway excursion and flipped over onto its back, according to local authorities. Local media

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Acting SecAF Donovan Announces B-21 Manufacturing, Testing Locations

The 420th Flight Test Squadron At Edwards Air Force Base To Be Reactivated For Testing

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan announced Sept. 16 that the B-21 Raider is being produced in Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, CA, facility - the same location as the B-2 Spirit. In addition, the 420th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California, will be reactivated to support testing of the B-21 Raider, as it did for the B-2.

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API Claims 10 Billion Gallons Of Jet Fuel Saved

Winglets Responsible For The Elimination Of 105 Million Tons of C02, Company Says

Aviation Partners says that its unique Blended Winglet and Split Scimitar Winglet technologies have saved the world’s commercial and business jet operators more than 10 billion gallons of jet fuel, resulting in a corresponding global reduction of over 105 million tons of CO2 emissions.

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Gulfstream Opens Gulfstream East Campus At Company Headquarters

Dedicated Customer Support Space In Savannah Now Tops 1 Million Square Feet

Gulfstream Aerospace marked the opening of its new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at company headquarters in Savannah with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. The Gulfstream East Campus, opened to accommodate fleet growth, has been operational since Sept. 11.

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First Piper Aircraft Apprentices Report For Work

Program Offers Chance To Earn While Learning Manufacturing Career Skills

The first group of apprentices has begun their two-year program at Piper Aircraft. The first nine apprentices, who started work in August, shadow skilled aircraft assembly workers and learn all aspects of fabrication and assembly of aircraft during the two-year initiative. Additionally, they attend technical classes and receive hands-on training designed to qualify the participants as a Journeyman in Aircraft Assembly. Each apprentice is a paid employee of Piper Aircraft and receives a full benefits package.

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Airbus To Develop Technology For Ultra-High-Resolution Satellites For U.K. MOD

The Spacecraft Will Also Have The Ability To Collect Radio Frequency (RF) Signals.

Airbus has won a design study from the U.K.’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to develop the technologies for a cluster of ultra-high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites for the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD). The satellites will also have the ability to collect radio frequency (RF) signals.

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Embry-Riddle Welcomes Largest Incoming ClassesIn University History

Record Numbers Reached At Florida And Arizona Campuses

When classes commence on Monday, Aug. 26, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s residential campuses in Arizona and Florida welcomes their largest incoming classes and highest total enrollment numbers in university history.

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LuxStream To Use Astronics SATCOM Technology

Selected For Collins Aerospace And SES’s Business Aviation Connectivity Service

Astronics Corporation recently executed an agreement with Collins Aerospace’s to provide its Ku-band tail-mounted satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna technology for the Collins Aerospace KuSAT-2000 solution. Astronics AeroSat, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics Corporation, will supply the technology for this system.

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Coast Guard Rescues Man From Ditched Plane In The Gulf Of Mexico

Plane Went Down About Eight Miles Southeast Of Southwest Pass, LA

The Coast Guard rescued a man after he ditched his plane in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 8 miles southeast of Southwest Pass, Louisiana, Sunday.

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Aero-TV: EmbraerX’S eVTOL - Staking a Claim on the Future of Urban Air Mobility

Legacy Company Moves Into The Realm Of EVTOL
 
Aero-TV's Rex Alexander spoke with Peter Berger, director of innovation for EmbraerX at AirVenture 2019. Berger said that Embraer is working in partnership with Uber to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing urban air mobility aircraft.

Airborne 09.18.19: Draco's Demise, Redbird Skyport Shutdown, tailBeacon STC

Also: Boeing T-X Becomes T-7A Red Hawk, TFRs Near Area 51, NASCAR Driver Lost, Maine Air Show

A PZL-104 Draco Turbine Wilga belonging to Mike Patey was substantially damaged departing from Reno-Stead Airport (KRTS) in Nevada Monday. The airplane ground looped during its takeoff roll at KRTS. The pilot was attempting to depart before a weather front arrived at the airport. Winds were picking up. He said the left wing lifted during takeoff and the aircraft swerved off the right side of the runway, coming down hard and causing a wing to collapse. The aircraft is an extensively modified PZL-104 Wilga 2000 airframe with a PT6A-28 turbine engine, redesigned wings. control surfaces and landing gear. This was a bit of a shock on first notice... but after consideration, maybe not so much

September 17, 2019

Airborne 09.16.19: Wagstaff Mishap, SPA Girls In Aviation Day, Flight Design

Also: New Stemme CEO, Airline Bankruptcy, Avemco Executives, Director Of Langley Research Center

No one in aviation is immune to having to deal with mechanical issues... not even our good friend and Champion aerobatic pilot, Patty Wagstaff, who just had to deal with a sudden issue with her beloved Bonanza -- which, unfortunately got dinged up pretty good... but Patty and her fellow pilot are OK. The famed air-show pilot was involved in an incident Wednesday in which her 1958 Beech K35 airplane was involved in a runway excursion and flipped over onto its back, according to local authorities. Local media

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.17.19: Flirtey Unveiling, Silent Arrow, AIRT UAS

Also: Dubai Police, Volocopter $$$, RAF Selects Leonardo, Rafael Acquisition

In an event held last week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Flirtey unveiled an advanced drone delivery technology aircraft dubbed Flirtey Eagle, and released a video of its next-generation delivery drone performing consumer and automated external defibrillator (AED) deliveries to customer homes. Flirtey's system is designed to safely get packages to customers with the delivery goal of less than 10 minutes using drones. The aircraft designer and manufacturer unveiled the Flirtey Eagle, an advanced delivery drone;

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.17.19: Flirtey Unveiling, Silent Arrow, AIRT UAS

Also: Dubai Police, Volocopter $$$, RAF selects Leonardo, Rafael Acquisition

In an event held last week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Flirtey unveiled an advanced drone delivery technology aircraft dubbed Flirtey Eagle, and released a video of its next-generation delivery drone performing consumer and automated external defibrillator (AED) deliveries to customer homes. Flirtey's system is designed to safely get packages to customers with the delivery goal of less than 10 minutes using drones. The aircraft designer and manufacturer unveiled the Flirtey Eagle, an advanced delivery drone; the Flirtey Portal, a sophisticated takeoff and landing platform that enables scalable store-to-door operations; and an autonomous software platform that enables drones to delive

September 16, 2019

Klyde Morris (09.16.19)

Klyde Really Does Want To Mess With Your Head... Even More Than Usual

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 09.13.19: Lost Plane Reward!, Hurricane Hunters, EASA v FAA

Also: New K-MAX Order, $514,558 Civil Penalty, Boeing 702X Satellites, JetBlue Foundation

The pilot and owner of a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger is asking for help locating the airplane he was forced to abandon during a flight last year, and he's willing to pay $20,000 to anyone who finds the airplane. That's not as easy as it sounds. Ron Carlson, explains... "...I just want to refresh my offer of $20,000 cash to find my still missing 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger. Many of you are probably familiar with the story, but for those who are not, it crashed a year and a half ago after a catastrophic engine failure and

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September 15, 2019

Airborne 09.13.19: Lost Plane Reward!, Hurricane Hunters, EASA v FAA

Also: New K-MAX Order, $514,558 Civil Penalty, Boeing 702X Satellites, JetBlue Foundation

The pilot and owner of a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger is asking for help locating the airplane he was forced to abandon during a flight last year, and he's willing to pay $20,000 to anyone who finds the airplane. That's not as easy as it sounds. Ron Carlson, explains... "...I just want to refresh my offer of $20,000 cash to find my still missing 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger. Many of you are probably familiar with the story, but for those who are not, it crashed a year and a half ago after a catastrophic engine failure and

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September 12, 2019

AMA Drone Report 09.12.19: ANAFI FPV, EAA Comments on Amazon, Remote ID SNAFU

Also: Drone Threat Against Heathrow, Football Foul-Up, Iran Arrests Drone Pilots, Flirtey Unveils 'The Future'

The ANAFI FPV drone from Parrot puts the operator in the cockpit of Parrot’s new ultraportable UAV. The aircraft delivers live, immersive video from its 180-degree tilting camera to the included Cockpit Glasses. Parrot says that the ANAFI FPV boasts in-depth manual controls for piloting and imaging, 4K HDR video and 21-megapixel images, easy-to-use modes and presets, portability, long battery life, and on the go USB-C charging. The FPV experience is undertaken by pairing a smartphone

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A Special Note From ANN To Our Friends/Readers

Hi Folks... This is a special issue of the Propwash newsletter, dedicated only to its being a personal message from the ANN gang to you. I promise not to do this too often, but hope that I can impose on you for a few minutes in order to seek your continued support. We'd like to make one last pitch for book orders while they might affect the total print order. We have sent this book to the printer and are in pre-press prep right now (proofs expected today)... and the more we can add to the print tally, the more cost-effective our printing prices (per book) become. As you

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