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August 08, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 08.08.23: USAF AI, UAV Safety Chute, Skydio Ukraine

 Also: SkyDrive-Avidyne, Hydrogen Propulsion, Ampaire, General Atomics STOL UAS

Utilizing complex Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms and sophisticated automation technologies, Air Force researchers have successfully performed the first unmanned, wholly autonomous flight of an aircraft. The three-hour sortie was flown by an XQ-58A Valkyrie, an experimental, stealthy, Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) designed and built by Kratos Defense & Security Solutions for USAF’s Low Cost Attritable Strike Demonstrator (LCASD) program. ParaZero Technologies recently inked a deal to supply their SafeAir system to an “air taxi and cargo drone solutions company in the USA. ParaZero’s SafeAir is, looking past the corpora

Over-Restrictive FAA Regulatory Initiative Stands to Devastate Air Tour Industry

Activism Codified

The Federal Aviation Administration contends it is moving to improve the collective safety of air-tours across the state of Hawaii. The agency has outlined, more or less, what it touts a “consistent new process where air-tour operators can receive authorization to safely descend below specific altitudes to avoid flying into bad weather. The FAA's plan is broadly opposed and its underlying rationale contested.

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