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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Airborne 01.15.18: SpaceShipTwo Update, Intel CEO Flies Volocopter, R66 Global

Also: Workhorse SureFly Not Flying Yet, GovSat-1, ‘Even More Girls-In Tech’, Alaska A/L

VSS Unity has successfully completed her seventh glide flight. In the few months since Unity's last flight, the team has worked through a planned period of focused ground time. This involved extensive analysis, testing and small modifications to ensure vehicle readiness for the higher loads and forces of powered test flight. That work was tested Thursday by pushing Unity’s atmospheric capabilities hard, touching top-end glide speeds as pilots Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky and Michael ‘Sooch’ Masucci completed a busy test card. During last week’s Intel keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show, German Air Taxi company Volocopter said that it has flown Intel CEO Brian Krzanich as the very first passenger of a Volocopter. “That was fantastic. That was the best flight I h

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Airbus Commercial Aircraft Delivers Record Performance

Total Deliveries Reached 718 – Four Percent Higher Than The Previous Record

Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft deliveries in 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers. Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016.

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

AMA Drone Report 01.11.18: Hobbico Chapter 11, New Tello Drone, Karma Killed

Also: Huerta Steps Down, NJ Considering Drone DUI, UK Drone Collision Study, Team Futaba

In a bit of bad news we did not need, one of the hobby industry’s biggest players is filing for bankruptcy protection as it looks to refinance or sell the company. A major presence in the hobby drone market, Hobbico filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code while it ‘seeks an orderly finalization and implementation of its comprehensive restructuring plan.’ The petition was filed Wednesday with the United States Bankruptcy Court – Wilmington of Delaware. In conjunction, Hobbico also announced its plan to sell the company. Ryze Tech, a drone start-up, has completed development of its first intelligent toy drone called the Tello, and is officially debuting the new product at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The Tello is a hobby drone that balances fu

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

FAA Drone Registrations Top One Million

Hobbyists Account For A Huge Majority Of Those Aircraft

The FAA has registered a million drones, the DOT announced last week at CES in Las Vegas, with the vast majority of them being used for recreational purposes.

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

ATSB Releases Australian Aviation Safety Statistics 2007-2016

Report Covers Ten Years Of Data To Provide Insights, Identify Possible Trends

The ATSB has released its annual statistical review of Australian aviation safety occurrences, Australian Aviation Safety Occurrences, 2007 – 2016.

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Airborne-Unmanned 01.09.18: GoPro Kills Karma, Solar HALE UAS, Aptiv And Lyft

Also: Aurora Flight Sciences Award, Kratos Contract, MacDill AFB, Property Drone Consortium

GoPro announced in its most recent earnings report that it is exiting the camera drone market after it sells off its existing drone inventory. The company is reportedly laying off between 200 and 300 people, mostly from the Karma segment of the business. The layoffs were announced in a letter from GoPro executives to employees affected by the move, which was called part of a "larger restructuring to better align our resources with business requirements." In the earnings report, GoPro said that "Although Karma reached the #2 market position in its price band in 2017, the product faces margin challenges in an extremely competitive aerial market.... GoPro will continue to provide service and support to Karma customers." AeroVironment has formed a joint venture to develop solar-powered high-altitude long-endura

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

First Technique To Detect Illicit Drone Video Filming Demonstrated

Ben-Gurion University And Weizmann Institute Researchers Release Research

The first technique to detect a drone camera illicitly capturing video is revealed in a new study published by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Weizmann Institute of Science cyber security researchers. The study addresses increasing concerns about the proliferation of drone use for personal and business applications and how it is impinging on privacy and safety.

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

MultiGP Sets Regional Series Races

Country Now Divided Into Six Regions For The Tournament

MultiGP has announced the 2018 Regional Series for the U.S., and there have been some major changes put in place for the season. MultiGP will be lowering the heat times in 2018 from 2:00 to 1:30. The reasoning is that many pilots are currently exhausting batteries almost to the point of damage in order to run two-minute heats.

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Rolls-Royce Secures New Jet Engine Test Facility in Fort Worth, TX

Taking Over Former Texas Aero Engine Services Facility

Rolls-Royce has announced that it is to operate a jet engine testbed at the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. The company has signed a lease to take over the entire 440,000 sq. ft. former Texas Aero Engine Services facility, of which the testbed is a part.

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Tue, Jan 16, 2018

GAMA Accepting Scholarship Applications From High School Students

Applications Due By April 13

GAMA is now taking applications for its prestigious Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence” Award, which comes with a $2,000 cash prize.

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