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February 24, 2018

Flight Safety Foundation Urges Regulation, Oversight Of Recreational Drones

Calls On ICAO, Governments To Accelerate The Process

Flight Safety Foundation has urged world governments to step up their regulation and enforcement of recreational drones. In a letter to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Secretary General Fang Liu, Foundation President and CEO Jon Beatty said, “Based on a number of recent incidents, we are increasingly concerned that uncertificated, untrained recreational drone operators are flying small UAS near airports and manned aircraft. … The proliferation and operation of small drones by people without aviation experience is becoming one of the most significant hazards to manned aviation. This poses unacceptable risks to aviation safety.”

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A4A: Air Travel More Accessible In 2017

Latest Air Travelers In America Report Shows Nearly 50 Percent Of Americans Flew On An Airline In 2017

With 2017 extending the safest period in aviation history, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, found in its annual commissioned survey that Americans are continuing to take to the skies in record numbers. In 2017, 48 percent of Americans flew on an airline and 88 percent had taken a commercial flight in their lifetime, according to the Air Travelers in America report.

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Garmin Introduces GFC 600H Helicopter Flight Control System

AHRS-Derived System Includes Helicopter-Specific Safety Features

Garmin has introduced the GFC 600H flight control system for helicopter owners and operators, which the company says is a breakthrough in cost-effective technology that reduces pilot workload and improves mission effectiveness. This attitude-based (AHRS-derived) flight control system boasts a number of helicopter-tailored safety features, including stability augmentation system (SAS), Garmin Helicopter Electronic Stability and Protection (H-ESP), dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode, hover assist, as well as overspeed and low speed protection.

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HondaJet Finishes 2017 As The Most Delivered Jet In Its Category

Delivered 43 Aircraft To Customers Worldwide

The HondaJet was the most delivered jet in its category for 2017, based on numbers provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, according to Honda Aircraft Company.

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Government Of Canada Marks National Aviation Day 2018

First Powered Flight In Canada Was February 23, 1909

From visiting friends and family, to travelling to medical appointments, and getting goods to market, Canadians rely on a safe and efficient aviation system to support and sustain our vibrant communities.

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Bronco II Aircraft Launched For The U.S. Market

New Airplane Based On The Bronco AHRLAC Aircraft

Bronco Combat Systems (BCS) USA has introduced the Bronco II Aircraft. The Bronco II, which is based on the AHRLAC aircraft (Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft), is a two-crew C4ISR and precision strike aircraft, capable of carrying a wide range of weapons, sensors and systems in extended airborne mission operations. It is a unique platform that is built for purpose; uses a pusher propeller and has an open system architecture allowing for the rapid incorporation of current and emerging systems, setting a new standard for mission flexibility and adaptability.

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VP-8 Fighting Tigers Rescue Fishermen Lost At Sea In The South Pacific

Nineteen-Foot Skiff Was Adrift For Eight Days

Crewmembers assigned to the "Fighting Tigers" of Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) rescued three fishermen Feb. 20, whose vessel was adrift in the South Pacific for eight days.

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Airbus-Built PAZ Radar Satellite Successfully Launched

Spain’s First Radar Satellite Will Start Operations In May 2018

The Airbus-built PAZ radar satellite was successfully launched Thursday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California. Ten minutes after launch, the satellite separated from the launcher and headed to its planned 319-mile orbit.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.24.18)

“Based on a number of recent incidents, we are increasingly concerned that uncertificated, untrained recreational drone operators are flying small UAS near airports and manned aircraft. This poses unacceptable risks to aviation safety.” Source: Flight Safety Foundation President and CEO Jon Beatty, in a letter to the ICAO urging quick action on the regulation of recreational drones.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.24.18): Position Report

A report over a known location as transmitted by an aircraft to ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.24.18)

Pima Air & Space Museum The Pima Air & Space Museum features over 200 aircraft on display and has five large hangars totaling 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. An original WWII barracks contains an extensive model collection, arranged chronologically, which shows virtually all U. S. military aircraft from pre-World War I to the present.

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