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May 11, 2017

Airborne 05.11.17: Longitude Update, Parrot Gets Commercial, Zero Restoration!

Also: Duncan Aviation, Chinese Airlines, Hartzell, Maryland NIMBYs, USAFA Tragedy, AMA-Alaris

Textron Aviation has added its fourth super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude to the flight-test fleet, propelling the program toward anticipated FAA type certification later this year. The aircraft, is outfitted with a fully configured interior. The fourth Longitude took to the skies for the first time on Saturday, May 6, from the company’s Beech Field in east Wichita. Textron Aviation test pilots Andrew Peters and Brian Gigax took the aircraft to full envelope during the 3-hours and 20-m

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AMA Drone Report 05.11.17: Augmented Drone Reality, FAI Drone Races, UAV Safety

Also: Drone Legalities, Another Bizarre Shootdown, Drones Behind Bars, DJI Geofences Iraq-Syria

Edgybees has launched a new augmented reality mobile application that is compatible with DJI Phantom 3, Phantom 4 and the Mavic Pro. The app was developed using DJI’s software development kit. The game is centered on flying the drone through a virtual obstacle course while collecting prizes and avoiding obstacles along the way. Drone pilots can compete over the best performance, points and time for a coveted place in the high-score leaderboard with other drone pilots around the world. Th

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Airborne 05.11.17: Citation Longitude Update, Parrot Gets Commercial, Zero Restoration!

Also: Duncan Aviation, Chinese Airlines, Hartzell, Maryland NIMBYs, USAFA Tragedy, AMA-Alaris 

Textron Aviation has added its fourth super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude to the flight-test fleet, propelling the program toward anticipated FAA type certification later this year. The aircraft, is outfitted with a fully configured interior. The fourth Longitude took to the skies for the first time on Saturday, May 6, from the company’s Beech Field in east Wichita. Textron Aviation test pilots Andrew Peters and Brian Gigax took the aircraft to full envelope during the 3-hours and 20-minute flight and the aircraft reached all of its performance targets. Parrot has opened up a new division it hopes will fill a segment of the market between their top-end commercial aircraf

AMA Drone Report 05.11.17: Augmented Drone Reality, FAI Drone Races, UAV Safety Data

Also: Drone Legalities, Another Bizarre Shootdown, Drones Behind Bars, DJI Geofences Iraq-Syria 
 
Edgybees has launched a new augmented reality mobile application that is compatible with DJI Phantom 3, Phantom 4 and the Mavic Pro. The app was developed using DJI’s software development kit. The game is centered on flying the drone through a virtual obstacle course while collecting prizes and avoiding obstacles along the way. Drone pilots can compete over the best performance, points and time for a coveted place in the high-score leaderboard with other drone pilots around the world. The 1st FAI Drone Events Organizer Meeting was held on 29 and 30 April 2017 at the Maison du Sport International in Lausanne, Switzerland. Representatives from FAI ga

KDOT Unites With Strategic Partners For UAS

Looks To Showcase The State As A Leader In UAS Research

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Division of Aviation is in Dallas, TX this week for the largest gathering of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry leaders in the world at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI’s) Xponential 2017.  Over 7000 industry professionals and 850 exhibitors unite to participate in a 3 day workshop and exhibition.

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Microdrones Welcomes Dr. Mohamed Mostafa To Its Team

Company Celebrates A Year Of Success

The Microdrones team is pleased to announce the addition of a new team member: Dr. Mohamed Mostafa. Dr. Mostafa is well-known for his expertise in the geospatial community and joins Microdrones as the Director of mdSolutions. In this role, he will lead the mdSolutions team in identifying user needs and requirements and designing and developing new solutions to meet them.

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Maryland Delegation Calls Noise From DCA 'Unhealthy' For Residents

Letter Sent To FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, Congressmen John Delaney and Jamie Raskin, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, and Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner have written to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting that the agency measure noise levels from incoming and departing flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The officials request a timeline by June 5, 2017 of its review of the impact of changes made to air traffic patterns in 2015.

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Ascent Vision Making Strong Inroads In Counter UAS Market

Company Recently Began Deliveries Of CM202U Gimbal

Ascent Vision, specialists in precision-imaging Gimbal Sensor Technology, says it has been seeing solid demand for its CM202U gimbal, which provides a complete optics system for counter-UAS operations. The CM202U is a derivative of the CM202, which the company originally developed for aerial applications.

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CHC Helicopter Awarded Search And Rescue Contract With Australian Navy

Fifteen-Month Contract To Operate Out Of Nowra Navy Base

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales.

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Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Co., Ltd. Receives Delivery Of Bell 429

GA Business Group Offers Training, Charter, And Helicopter Utility Missions

Bell Helicopter has delivered a Bell 429 to Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Co., Ltd. (Beijing Jinyu). The customer’s Bell 429 is outfitted for multi-mission capabilities including Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). Beijing Jinyu accepted the delivery at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Mirabel, Canada.

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First Kazakh Pilots Join QAZAQ Air’s Flight Crew

Will Fly Bombardier Q400 NextGen Aircraft

QAZAQ Air reports that the first of their Kazakh pilots have been released to fly their Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft after successfully completing their conversion training onto this aircraft type.

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LM Indago 3 UAS Supports Long-Range Secure ISR With Software By Trellisware

Enables Operators To Securely Complete ISR Missions

The newest version of Lockheed Martin’s Indago quadrotor unmanned aerial system (UAS), Indago 3, now enables military operators to securely complete sensitive intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions with the addition of TrellisWare Technologies MANET software products.

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Duncan Aviation Sees Uptick in ADS-B Installs After FAA Reaffirms Deadline

Has Capacity, Resources Available For Immediate Installations

With 27 Avionics Satellite Shops and workaway stations located at busy airports around the United States, Duncan Aviation is in a unique position to perform ADS-B upgrades for its business aviation customers ahead of the FAA’s midnight deadline on December 31, 2019.

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Clay Lacy Scholarship Fund Helps Orange Coast College Aviation Science Students

One Of Several Scholarships Offered By The Company

Clay Lacy Aviation, the world’s most experienced operator of private jets, has established a scholarship fund to help students attending the Orange Coast College Aviation Science program earn their private, instrument and commercial pilot license. Flight training takes place at the Orange County John Wayne Airport where the college maintains a fleet of five aircraft.

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Continental Motors Powers ANN's XPONENTIAL Special Event Coverage!

Continental Motors Group: Heritage with a future

Continental Motors®, an AVIC International company, is a vertically integrated manufacturer of piston aircraft engines with over 100 years of continuous operation. The company designs, certifies, manufactures, and distributes a range of gasoline and Diesel aviation engines worldwide. Continental Motors® has been a recognized world leader in the development of aviation products. From the Piper Cub to the setting of altitude world records for manned piston aircraft, Continental Motors® has led the way, bringing many technological innovations to GA and becoming the engine supplier to the most prestigious aircraft manufacturers.

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Airbus Creates New Commercial Drone Services Start-Up 'Airbus Aerial'

Launches U.S. Base And Business, Headquartered In Atlanta, Georgia

Airbus  has launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas.

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AMA Drone Report 05.04.17: DRL Races, UAS Facility Maps, Sane Drone City Regs

Also: Karma Reintroduction, Dumb Drone Trix, Crowdfunding Issues, Hangar 360-Degree Drone Photos

Fitchburg, Massachusetts was selected by the Drone Racing League as the official New England site of one of its six 2017 Allianz World Championship races that culminate in a winner-take-all World Championship event. “It’s very exciting that Fitchburg was selected by DRL to host their 2017 drone racing series”, said Mayor Stephen DiNatale. The FAA has published more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airpo

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Law Enforcement Pioneers Use Of Lockheed Martin Indago Unmanned Aerial System

Indago Quadrotor UAS Helps First Responders Locate At-Risk Missing Individuals

Sheriff's agencies are poised to use the Lockheed Martin Indago quadrotor small unmanned aerial system (UAS) to perform search and rescue operations as part of the Project Lifesaver International (PLI) program that supports clients with autism, Down syndrome and dementia.

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Sonex Aerospace Provides Support for Special Coverage of XPONENTIAL 2017!

Sonex Aerospace -- XPONENTIAL 2017 Display #1407, 1341

Sonex Aerospace is a design, development and manufacturing firm focused on the UAS marketplace and the exploration of other new market opportunities in aerospace. Via a Business Collaboration Agreement with Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. (NASC), Sonex Aerospace is currently developing the Teros Group 4 UAS, the Tigershark Block 4, and the SubSonex Twinjet UAS.

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DroneDeploy Partners With DJI

Construction Mapping Package Provides The Construction Industry With A Powerful, Turnkey Solution To Manage, Measure, And Communicate Site Progress With Aerial Drone Data

Commercial drone software developer DroneDeploy has announced a partnership with DJI  to bring an all-in-one UAV system to construction enterprises. Available now from DJI's online store, the DroneDeploy & DJI Construction Mapping Package includes a one-year Pro or Business software subscription to the DroneDeploy platform, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone and other drone accessories.

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AeroVironment, Developer Of The Nano Hummingbird, Unveils Snipe

Aircraft Is A Stealthy Nano Quadrotor UAS

AeroVironment  officially unveiled the new Snipe Nano Quad, a miniature (“Class 0”) and field-rugged unmanned aircraft system designed to support close-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions this week. The first U.S. government customer delivery of 20 Snipe systems took place in April.

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XPONENTIAL 2017 Innovation Preview Debuts

Take a Sneak-Peak at the Most Innovative Unmanned Systems Technologies

Aero-News Network (ANN) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the host of XPONENTIAL 2017, the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry, today announced the debut of the XPONENTIAL Innovation Preview (XIP2017). The ANN Innovation Preview series is designed to provide an early look at the aviation and aerospace community’s most important events to build anticipation, interest and to direct attention to the industry’s greatest innovators. XIP2017 covers all manner of unmanned technologies, from innovative airframes and vehicles to fascinating technologies that ha

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Sportys Leads The Way In Supporting XPONENTIAL 2017 Special Event Coverage

Sportys Offers Expert Remote Pilot Test Prep

Sporty’s Pilot Shop was founded over 50 years ago by a flight instructor, and ever since has been for pilots and by pilots. Hal Shevers was a young flight instructor when he began selling pilot supplies to his students from the trunk of his car. Soon there was a small store, then a larger one and finally a extensive company headquarters at the Sporty's/Clermont County Airport (I69) in Batavia, Ohio. From humble beginnings, Sporty’s has become the world’s premier pilot shop and the leading developer of aviation education programs. Sporty’s corporate philosophy is summed up by Founder/Chairman Hal Shevers: “The focu

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ARGUS Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program For UAS Operators

Several Package Options Available For Commercial Operations

As a global leader in aviation safety and vetting tools for consumers of aviation services ARGUS is pleased to announce the ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program for commercial UAS operators.

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DJI Partners With Unmanned Safety Institute

Aim Is To Help Students Prepare For Careers In Growing Drone Industry

The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) and DJI have announced a partnership to promote Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) learning in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) providing students with a path for jobs in the rapidly growing commercial drone industry. The USI STEAM education program is tailored toward high schools and colleges, and provides teacher credentialing, course materials, and drones, supplied by DJI, to educational institutions throughout the United States.

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Airborne-Unmanned 05.02.17: UAS Facility Maps, DJI 100MP Platform, XPO17 LIVE!

Also: Geofencing Iraq/Syria, GRIFF Aviation, uAvionix, Coachella 2017-Drones As Art

The FAA has published more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. But drone operators still need FAA authorization to fly in those areas. The maps will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests and help the FAA process the requests more quickly. The maps are informational and do not give people permission to fly drones. Remote pilots must still submit a

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Triangle UAS Unveils “Plug & Play” Module

Can Deliver Unlimited Range Telemetry And First Person Viewing Capability

Triangle UAS LLC, a provider of unmanned aircraft system services and technology, has partnered with Andruav to introduce a revolutionary “plug & play” control module that enables MAVlink-based flight controllers to use virtually any type of data connection to deliver unlimited range telemetry and first person viewing (FPV) capability/video streaming capability from a UAV-mounted remote camera.

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Drone Attorney, Patrick Neale, Helps Provide XPONENTIAL Special Event Coverage

PATRICK NEALE & ASSOCIATES: UAS LAW

The rapidly developing field of Drone Operations/Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) requires a legal team that understands the law and the operational issues surrounding UAS’s. Patrick Neale & Associates is uniquely positioned to provide legal representation to assist businesses and individuals who want to utilize this new and expanding technology. It is our goal to always provide the advice and counsel that will permit UAS operators to operate safely and economically, be it a single drone real estate office to a multiple UAS commercial operation. Our office’s diverse legal experience lets us look beyond the “box” of just drone law to all aspects

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Airborne 05.10.17: ICON A5 Fatality, NBAA v Santa Monica, EASA Drone Regs

Also: CA Wants To Tax Space, Sport Aviation Showcase, X-37B, Third G600, Drone Pilot Field Kit, CAP Board Of Governors, Italian F-35B

An accident occurred at just after 0900 local time, Monday, on Lake Berryessa in Napa County, CA that fatally injured two people. The airplane involved was an ICON A5. The accident site was reportedly inaccessible by land. First responders had to use boats to get to the accident scene. The plane appeared to impact the shoreline between Pleasure Cove Marina and Markley Cove Resort, according to the report. A photo posted online showed the ICON A5 badly dama

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.11.17)

“Through Airbus Aerial, we are uniquely positioned and fully committed to advancing the commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry. It is bringing together partners from across the industry – ranging from vehicle manufacturers, data analytics companies, service providers and others – to enable data-focused services at large scale.” Source: Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Defense and Space. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.11.17): Diversion (DVRSN)

Flights that are required to land at other than their original destination for reasons beyond the control of the pilot/company, e.g. periods of significant weather.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.11.17)

Colorado Sport Aviation, Inc.

Colorado Sport Aviation, Inc. (CSA) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to serve and promote recreational aviation by hosting an annual Air Show and Regional Fly-In.

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