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January 23, 2017

Airborne 01.23.17: PMA Approval Breakthrough, PBoR in Legal Ruling, R44 Cadet

Also: DJI Phantom 4, SpaceX Launch Vid, BasicMed AC, Rolls-Royce, Next F-35A Base, UAV Perched Ldg, K-MAX
A proposed new compliance pathway for Parts Manufacturer Approval for manufacturing of low risk safety-enhancing avionics and other low risk equipment emerged during a January 17 meeting in Oshkosh between EAA, top FAA officials, and aviation industry members. This alternate approach would be based on a tiered system that provides different methods to show a compliant quality system and varied levels of oversight, based on the level of risk associated with the specific equipment being certified. A foreign pilot has been cleared of charges that he falsified an FAA medical application form, and an emergency order of revocation of his airman privileges

Kennedy Space Center Observes NASA Day Of Remembrance Jan. 26

Honors Apollo 1, Challenger, Columbia Crews And Others

NASA Kennedy Space Center will pay tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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GPS OCX System Reaches Qualification Testing Milestone

Raytheon Is Developing The Next-Generation Launch And Checkout Controls

Another milestone has been reached by Raytheon in its development of the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qualification Test of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS). GPS OCX promises "dramatically" increased performance and security of the GPS system that benefits millions of people worldwide.

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Made In Space, Axiom Space Announce Joint Agreement

Will Support Commercial Manufacturing Opportunities In Low Earth Orbit

Made In Space and Axiom Space have jointly announced an agreement to be users and providers of one another's capabilities to manufacture products in space. Made In Space is the only company to produce 3D printed products in Space and Axiom Space is the leading developer of the world's first privately-owned commercial space station. This collaboration signifies Made In Space's exciting transition from research phase, to manufacturing for commercial customers.

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ALMA Starts Observing The Sun

New Images Captured By ESO Telescope In Chile

New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted center of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The images are the first ever made of the Sun with a facility where ESO is a partner. The results are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the physics of our nearest star.

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Aero-TV: Drone Juggernaut, DJI - The CES 2017 Product Update

An Update On All Things DJI…
In the drone business, DJI is the manufacturer that people look to for innovation and market smarts. While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, spoke with the Head U.S. Spokesman for DJI, Adam Lisberg.


AMA Drone Report 01.23.17: AMA Expo West, Propel Star Wars Drones, Lily Folds

Also: Ready Made RC FPV Fest, ERAU Offering Drone Course, Second Drone Advisory Committee Meeting AMA Expo West was quite a transition for the ANN crew... who went from the insanity of Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show to the relative calm of the model aviation community. Incoming AMA President Rich Hansen spent a great deal of time with ANN chatting about the future of model aviation and the hobby drone community... and we’ll feature those remarks in upcoming Aero-TV feature interviews. By all appearances, the busy convention seemed a successful gathering... Drones come in all shapes and sizes, and we’re finding out that their design purpose is almost limitless. Propel RC proved this point at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with their fascinating line of Star Wars drone





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