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Sun, May 01, 2016

Airborne 04.26.16: Drone v Airplane-NOT!, eFusion Electric Plane, ANN@AEA-LIVE!!

Also: MU-2 AOA, AMA Responds To Senate FAA Reauthorization, ANN@AEA Live 04/27-0830ET, ANN@AEA Live 04/28-1400ET, ANN@AEA Live 04/29-1100ET

A report of a drone possibly colliding with a British Airways A320 on approach to Heathrow nearly broke the Internet. There were tons of breathless stories and offers to media outlets for "experts" to discuss the "problem." When we relayed this report last week, we also said that it was still being investigated that the airplane had suffered no damage. It looks like it was worth it to be a bit skeptical. The U.K. newspaper The Telegraph now reports that Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said that there had been no confirmation that a UAV had come in contact with the airplane. In fact, it may have been a plastic bag. The all-electric Magnus eFusion made its maiden flight in Hungary earlier this month. The eFusion of the Magnus Aircraft Corporat

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Sun, May 01, 2016

FAA Approves 5,000 Section 333 Exemption Petition Grants

Gowdy Brothers Aerospace Looks To The Future Of Non-Recreational UAS Use

FAA Airman and Airspace Rules Division announces 5,076 approved Section 333 petition grants. The FAA further clarified there were another 7,000 petitions waiting to be approved as of April 20th at the FAA UAS symposium hosted by Embry-Riddle University. This is significantly up from approximately 50 approved exemptions this time last year. Nevertheless, there has been a recent slowdown as individuals, businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies all anticipate regulatory changes.

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Sun, May 01, 2016

Textron Has Success With A Hybrid Drone

Textron Systems Completes Hybrid Quadrotor Proof Of Concept Integration On The Aerosonde SUAS

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, has announced the successful demonstration of the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) enabled with Hybrid Quadrotor technology which allows the system to take-off and land vertically to significantly increase mission flexibility.

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Sun, May 01, 2016

Boeing To Deliver Record Number Of Airplanes To Turkish Airlines

The Flag Carrier Is To Receive 26 777s, 737s This Year

Boeing is set to deliver a record number of airplanes this year to Turkey's flag carrier, Turkish Airlines. In total, the carrier will take delivery of six 777-300ERs and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2016.

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Sun, May 01, 2016

FAA Provides An Update At UAS Symposium

The FAA Administrator Says Progress Is Being Made On UAS Issues

The FAA held a UAS Symposium in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University last week to broaden the dialogue with industry and the public on how to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System.

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Sun, May 01, 2016

NASA Moves To Begin Historic New Era Of X-Plane Research

Supersonic Aircraft Will Be Built And Flown Over The Next 10 Years

History is about to repeat itself. There have been periods of time during the past seven decades – some busier than others – when the nation’s best minds in aviation designed, built and flew a series of experimental airplanes to test the latest fanciful and practical ideas related to flight.

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Sun, May 01, 2016

NASA And FAA Practice Drone Traffic Management

Numerous Drones Recently Participated In Testing At FAA Test Sites Across The Country

Many beneficial civilian applications of UAS have been proposed, from goods delivery and infrastructure surveillance, to search and rescue, and agricultural monitoring. However, at this time there is no established infrastructure to provide traffic control for multiple drone operations.

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Sun, May 01, 2016

Textron Aviation Opens New Facility In Germany

Expands Line Maintenance Offering With New Bremen Site

Textron Aviation has opened a new European line maintenance station in Bremen, Germany, further enhancing its service offerings for Citation, King Air and Hawker operators in Germany and throughout Europe. The company is leveraging facility space from Lufthansa Flight Training’s Bremen facility to bring line maintenance to customers in the northern region of Germany.

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Sun, May 01, 2016

Michigan High School Establishes Aviation Program

Classes Will Be Held At Pellston Regional Airport

Alanson, Michigan Superintendent of Schools Dean Paul has established an aviation program for high school students with classes to be taught at Pellston Regional Airport.

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Sun, May 01, 2016

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.01.16): Common Point

Common Point A significant point over which two or more aircraft will report passing or have reported passing before proceeding on the same or diverging tracks. To establish/maintain longitudinal separation, a controller may determine a common point not originally in the aircraft’s flight plan and then clear the aircraft to fly over the point.

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