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Airborne 09.24.18: FAA ReAuth Update, Record Flight, Maggie Taraska Returns

Also: Cathay Pacific Mispaints, Orion's First Service Module, FAA Fly Safe-LOC, Neutron Star In the wee hours of the start of the weekend a new version of the FAA Reauthorization bill was published... and the news is mixed. The 1200 page document was released September 22nd at 0040ET... to initially mixed reviews. Some initial notes show that this five year bill does not include the draconian Privatization effort that has been aggressively fought by nearly everyone in aviation and the onerous ATC fees levied on EAA and other venues have been dropped. There is also some additional language in support of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights. GA groups are analyzing the 1200 page doc now. And the news for model aviation may be dire... On September 24, 2013, Canadian pilot Alexis Reichert set a new female world record for flight duration in a human-powered rotorcraft by staying airborne for 53 seconds in the Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter. Ratified by FAI, her record-breaking flight fell into the air sports category Experimental/New Technologies. It was conducted at The Soccer Center in Ontario, Canada less than a year after initial flight-testing of the Atlas began, and was measured using video analysis of the flight data. Alexis’ achievement came just a few months after her brother Todd Reichert smashed the general record by managing a 64-second flight. The 17-year-old student pilot who caught national attention when she made a successful emergency landing on her first solo flight was back in the cockpit just days after that eventful flight. Maggie Taraska was back at Beverly Regional Airport in Massachusetts just a few days after she landed her two-wheeled airplane on her first solo flight and walked away. The plane, a Piper Warrior, lost its right main landing gear just after Taraska had taken off on her first solo. She circled the airport for about half an hour before her instructor and air traffic controllers talked her through the landing, which she pulled off like a pro. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

AMA Drone Report 09.20.18: Section 336 Update, LAANC Course, Drones In Florence

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, Golf Course Drone Delivery, eBee X Fixed-Wing, Drone Locates Missing Woman AMA president Rich Hanson has sent letters to the House and Senate, requesting they consider a risk-based approach to regulating recreational UAS. This would ensure the safe integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace while continuing to allow responsible model aircraft operators to fly safely. It is still uncertain if Congress will pass an FAA Authorization bill by the September 30 deadline, but legislators have begun work to resolve some of the issues surrounding the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (Section 336), which may include remote ID requirements on some aircraft. A congressional update on Section 336 was just released via a video from Interim Executive Director, Chad Budreau. Drone pilots can take a new free King Schools course titled Using LAANC to Fly Drones in Controlled Airspace to learn how to use the FAA Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. The online course includes HD video and bullet points followed by interactive questions to test your knowledge. Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, pronounced “LANCE,” is the result of a partnership effort between the FAA and private industry. LAANC enables drone pilots to access controlled airspace near airports through near real-time processing of airspace authorizations. In this course, Co-Chairman of King Schools Martha King explains how operators of drones can get that authorization. Drones will be instrumental in helping assess the damage caused by hurricane Florence, which struck the North Carolina coast over the weekend and is continuing to cause widespread flooding across a broad area of the country. Brien Reil, a spokesman for the Washington-based industry group Edison Electric Institute said that at least 53 teams have been recruited to help with the damage assessment. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!...

Airborne-Unmanned 09.25.18: FAA ReAuth Update, Camcopter at Red Bull, Global UAV

Also: Fortress UAV, Drones To Track Alzheimer's Patients, Redkite-I Wide-Area Sensor, Rolls-Royce Powering MQ-25 Practically down to the wire, new language was introduced in the wee hours of the weekend in an attempt to an FAA Reauthorization passed and on the books before the September 30th deadline. AUVSI is currently examining the 1205 page document which addresses a number of unmanned air vehicle operational and legal issues. In initial reactions, the Airline Pilot’s Association is voicing approval about additional restrictions on hobby drone activity, while AMA is asking that the bill be defeated due to what they see is the potential for extensive restrictions on the model aviation community. Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS had the opportunity to show off a bit for an international audience with a flight display at the Red Bull Air Race in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The Red Bull Air Race teamed up with Schiebel in Wiener Neustadt, home to the CAMCOPTER S-100 production facility. Transport Canada has authorized Global UAV Technologies' wholly owned subsidiary Pioneer Aerial Surveys to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations with the NOVAerial Procyon 800E at the UAS test range located in Foremost, Alberta. Pioneer Aerial has been issued a Special Flight Operating Certificate (SFOC) by Transport Canada, which allows for BVLOS flights at the Foremost UAV Range in Alberta, Canada. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

Airborne-Unmanned 09.25.18: FAA ReAuth Update, Camcopter at Red Bull, Global UAV

Also: Fortress UAV, Drones To Track Alzheimer's Patients, Redkite-I Wide-Area Sensor, Rolls-Royce Powering MQ-25 Practically down to the wire, new language was introduced in the wee hours of the weekend in an attempt to an FAA Reauthorization passed and on the books before the September 30th deadline. AUVSI is currently examining the 1205 page document which addresses a number of unmanned air vehicle operational and legal issues. In initial reactions, the Airline Pilot’s Association is voicing approval about additional restrictions on hobby drone activity, while AMA is asking that the bill be defeated due to what they see is the potential for extensive restrictions on the model aviation community. Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS had the opportunity to show off a bit for an international audience with a flight display at the Red Bull Air Race in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The Red Bull Air Race teamed up with Schiebel in Wiener Neustadt, home to the CAMCOPTER S-100 production facility. Transport Canada has authorized Global UAV Technologies' wholly owned subsidiary Pioneer Aerial Surveys to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations with the NOVAerial Procyon 800E at the UAS test range located in Foremost, Alberta. Pioneer Aerial has been issued a Special Flight Operating Certificate (SFOC) by Transport Canada, which allows for BVLOS flights at the Foremost UAV Range in Alberta, Canada. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

RAF Announces 2018 Photo Contest

Your Plane Could Be Featured On Recreational Aviation Foundation Greeting Cards Your airplane could appear on the popular Recreational Aviation Foundation greeting cards. The RAF uses these cards as “Thank-you” notes to its thousands of donors and supporters. Show off your airplane out enjoying a recreational airstrip. Winners will receive a pack of high quality RAF greeting cards with their image on the front, just in time for the holidays....

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Bombardier CRJ Series Certified For Higher Maintenance Intervals

Times Have Doubled Since The Launch Of The CRJ Family Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has granted approval for the maintenance intervals escalation of the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft. The line maintenance interval (A-check) is extended to 800 flight hours, and the heavy maintenance interval (C-check) at 8,000 flight hours....

Mexico Considers Tight Drone Licensing Regulations

Fines Could Range To Over $21,000 Mexico is poised to institute new drone laws that will carry hefty fines for flying a drone without a license....

Public Invited To View KAUS Master Plan Draft At Final Public Workshop

Plan Designed To Address Anticipated Growth Over The Next 20 Years The fourth and final public workshop to inform the public on elements of the draft for the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) 2040 Master Plan will be held on Wed., Sept. 26, 2018 from 6 – 8 p.m. As Austin’s airport experiences customer growth, there is increased demand on the existing facilities while maintaining a positive passenger experience. In 2017, more than 13.89 million people traveled through the Austin airport. The master plan is intended to address the anticipated increase in passenger traffic for the Austin airport over the next 20 years....

Polish Medical Air Rescue Orders Fleet Of Tecnam P2008JC MkII’s

Will Join Established Fleet Of 29 Aircraft The Polish Medical Air Rescue (PMAR) has placed an order for three Tecnam P2008JC Mk II airplanes. PMAR has transferred over 116,000 patients since its inception in 2000, utilizing its fleet of 2 fixed-wing aircraft and 27 helicopters, performing nearly 10,000 flights this year alone....

U.K. Prepares For Effects On Travel In A 'No Deal On Brexit' Scenario

Department For Transport Says Air Travel Disruptions Are Possible The U.K. government has published a series of technical notices which set out plans to be put into place should the U.K. leave the EU without a deal, a scenario which the government sees as "unlikely"....

Next-Generation Life-Support System Heading To Space Station

Launched Aboard A Japanese Cargo Vessel Saturday On Saturday the Japanese cargo vessel HTV-7 was launched into space from Tanegashima, Japan. Already orbiting Earth it will arrive at the International Space Station on Thursday packed with scientific equipment and supplies for the six astronauts living 250 miles above....

Boeing, National Science Foundation Announce Partnership

Will Make $21 Million Investment In Workforce Development And Diversity In STEM The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Boeing have announced a new $21 million partnership to accelerate training in critical skill areas and increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields....

ALPA Hails Congressional Agreement On Safety-Centered FAA Reauthorization

Long-Term Bill Maintains Pilot Training Requirements, Advances Passenger And Cargo Safety The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has released a statement supportive of the FAA reauthorization bill that is set for consideration by Congress this week. “The Air Line Pilots Association, International salutes Congress for reaching agreement on a bipartisan, five-year Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that will keep flying safe and the piloting profession strong," said ALPA president Capt. Tim Canoll in a statement released to the media....