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April 26, 2023

Texas Jury Finds DJI Guilty of Patent Infringement

DJI to Pay Bell-Textron $279-Million

On 21 April 2023—following U.S. District Judge Alan Albright’s refusal to allow jurors to examine drone models salient to a patent infringement trial pertaining to a particular aerial remote control technology—a Texas federal jury determined Chinese drone powerhouse DJI should pay nearly $279-million to Bell Textron for infringing upon a pair of the latter company’s patents.

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NTSB: AD-Affected ELT May Have Dashed Hopes of Rescue in 2021 Alaska Crash

Despite Logbook Showing a Replacement, Incident Aircraft Flew with Non-Functional ELT

The NTSB has reported an uncomfortable possibility in a crash that occurred in Alaska’s Eagle River Valley in July of 2021: The ELT may not have activated after the aircraft impacted a mountainside. The crash Killed a 23-year-old CFI and a 27–year-old pilot while out on a discovery flight for a local flight school, heading out in the direction of the Chugach mountains.

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Aircraft Damaged and Destroyed in MKC Gustnado

ATD Flight Systems Loses Entire Training Fleet

On Thursday, 20 April 2023, high, gusty winds resultant of a passing storm destroyed eight airplanes and damaged three others at Kansas City, Missouri’s Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC). The entirety of the destroyed and damaged aircraft belong to ATD Flight Systems, a flight school and 27-year MKC institution.

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