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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Cochise County Sheriff Helo Makes 'Hard Landing'

Pilot And Passenger Walked Away, But Aircraft Tail Rotor Is Missing

Normally, a "hard landing" would not likely be an event that would make the news ... but when it's a helicopter missing its tail rotor and part of the boom ... well that's pretty noteworthy. And the best news is the pilot and passenger aboard the Cochise County, AZ sheriff's department helicopter walked away from the "hard landing" southwest of Tombstone, AZ Friday morning.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

UAVs Participate At Reno For The First Time

Several Events Specifically For Unmanned Aircraft Held In 'Drone Zone'

There was a new class of aircraft at the National Championship Air Races in Reno last week ... and the pilots for those aircraft kept their feet firmly on the ground.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Igor Sikorsky's VS-300 Helicopter Transformed Aviation

First Flight Occurred 75 Years Ago

Sikorsky Aircraft this past weekend marked 75 years of modern helicopter flight that began September 14, 1939, when 50-year-old chief designer and chief test pilot Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground to tabletop height in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Gone West: Past HAI chairman Vernon E. Albert

Was Also A Former PHI Vice President And Chief Pilot

Past HAI chairman and former PHI vice president and chief pilot Vernon E. Albert passed away on September 11 after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

QF-16 Aerial Target Takes To The Sky

Provides More Realistic Training Than Aging QF-4s

The Air Force's newest aerial target took a major step toward preparing warfighters downrange with a realistic fourth-generation replication of what they may face on the battlefield.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Martin Aircraft Closes Pre-IPO Fundraising

Announces $1.5 Million (NZD) In Oversubscriptions

Could we finally be on the verge of getting the long-promised "jetpack"? New Zealand based Martin Aircraft Company Limited (“MACL”), which is developing what it calls the world’s first practical and commercial flying jetpack, says it has closed its pre-IPO fundraising round one week ahead of schedule and with $1.5 million NZD (approx $1.23 million U.S.) of oversubscriptions.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Boeing To Explore Assisting Sky-Watch On Danish UAV Project

Will Develop A New Type Of VTOL Unmanned Aircraft

Boeing and Danish company Sky-Watch have signed an agreement that will enable Boeing to explore assisting the company in its development of a new type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under a project supported by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

NTSB Releases Agenda For Flight Data And Locator Forum

Session To Be Held October 7 In Washington, DC

The preliminary agenda for a forum on flight data recorders and aircraft locator technology has been released by the NTSB.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Leap Frogs Demonstration On 9/11 Anniversary Abruptly Cancelled

Were Scheduled To Jump Into M&T Bank Stadium In Baltimore

The U.S. Navy elite parachute team The Leap Frogs had been scheduled to skydive over M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Thursday ... the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States ... landing in the stadium prior to the Ravens/Steelers game.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Royal Family Posts Help Wanted Sign For Helicopter Pilot

The Job Of 'Aircraft Captain' Pays North Of $127,000

The British Monarchy has posted an open position on its official website for an "aircraft captain" whose duties would be to fly helicopters for the Queen and other members of the Royal family.

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