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May 26, 2018

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 A Launch Pad For Unmanned Systems Innovations

Product Introductions Reflect Rapid Expansion Of Global Industry

Innovation abounds as companies launched products at XPONENTIAL 2018, the leading conference and tradeshow for the multi-billion dollar global unmanned systems industry. XPONENTIAL, hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), was held from April 30 to May 4 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

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Belite Chipper Down In Alaska

Pilot And Builder Jim Wiebe Suffered Only Minor Injuries

The Belite Chipper has gone down in Anchorage, AK in an accident that pilot and builder Jim Wiebe attributes to likely fuel starvation.

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ParaZero Announces Parachute Systems For DJI Mavic, Phantom Drones

Adds Layer Of Safety For The Popular UAVs

ParaZero is adding parachute recovery systems for DJI Mavic and Phantom drones. Chief marketing officer Oren Aviram said that the company's SafeAir system will detect when a drone enters freefall or excessive roll, and will automatically stop the propellers and deploy the parachute.

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ACJ320neo Family Enters Production

Family To Be Highlighted At EBACE

Manufacture of the first ACJ320neo has begun, with elements taking shape across Europe and final assembly due to begin in June, followed by the first delivery of the “green” aircraft to Acropolis Aviation of the UK in the last quarter of this year.  A second ACJ320neo will follow by year-end.

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NOAA Adopts Technology To Automate Weather Balloon Launches

Demonstration Project Underway As Alaska Receives First Autolaunch Stations

NOAA’s National Weather Service is tapping technology to automate weather balloon launches in Alaska, a move that will allow staff to improve public service across the state while saving federal tax dollars.

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More Than 1,000 Guests Celebrate Space Day At The San Diego Air & Space Museum

Space Day Activities Included Visiting With Astronaut Woody Spring, Space Related Demonstrations, Giveaways, And Fun Hands-On Activities

More than 1,000 guests celebrated the 15th Annual Space Day at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park this past Saturday, May 19.  Space Day featured demonstrations, giveaways, and fun hands-on activities with local and national space experts, including NASA Astronaut Woody Spring, who spent more than 12 hours walking in space while aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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EASA Approves The G5000 For The Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP

SUN-AIR Of Scandinavia A/S, Franchisee Of British Airways, Selects The G5000 Integrated Flight Deck

EASA has approved the G5000 integrated flight deck for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP aircraft. The G5000 modernizes the cockpit, increases aircraft utility, offers significant weight savings and provides operators with a solution to fulfill global next generation airspace initiatives. Garmin is also pleased to announce that SUN-AIR airlines of Scandinavia has selected the G5000 integrated flight deck upgrade for their Beechjet 400A aircraft. SUN-AIR Technic, the maintenance division of SUN-AIR, is also an authorized Garmin dealer and will be completing the first installation of the Beechjet G5000 upgrade in Europe.

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AeroVironment Receives U.S. Army Order For Switchblade Missile System

Brings Total Contract Value To $111 Million since August 2017

AeroVironment has been awarded contracts from the United States Army for procurement of the company’s Switchblade Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) that bring the total value of Switchblade awards to $111,054,202 since August 2017. The contract awards were funded through Urgent Need Statements and include the first Switchblade order from the United States Marine Corps.The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal will manage the contracts, for which $78,095,737 has been funded.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.26.18)

“The success of this year’s XPONENTIAL is a true testament to the continued growth and strength of the unmanned systems industry.” Source: Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.26.18): Dynamic Stability

The property of an aircraft that causes it, when disturbed from straight-and-level flight, to develop forces or moments that restore the original condition of straight and level.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.26.18)

ADS-B New Technology

ADS-B is about more than just replacing the ground-based system for tracking aircraft.

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