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Airborne-Unmanned 10.08.19: UPS Certified!, UAV v Fugitive, Shapeshifting Drone

Also: DroneResponders Program, Drone Detection Technology, UAV Herbicide Spraying, Hydrogen-Powered 3D-Printed Drone It’s a first... The FAA has awarded air carrier and operator certification to a UAS delivery company, UPS Flight Forward. “This is a big step forward in safely integrating unmanned aircraft systems into our airspace, expanding access to healthcare in North Carolina and building on the success of the national UAS Integration Pilot Program to maintain American leadership in unmanned aviation,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. A human trafficker who escaped from a Chinese prison camp in 2002 was captured recently by Chinese authorities who used a drone to help locate the fugitive. Chinese authorities announced the capture of Song Jiang, 63, several days ago. He was being held for trafficking in women and children, according to state media reports. Jiang had been living in a tiny cave isolated from other people for several years. Unmanned... and out of this world! Mini robots that can roll, fly, float and swim, then morph into a single machine? Together they form Shapeshifter, a developing concept for a transformational vehicle to explore treacherous, distant worlds. In a dusty robotics yard at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Shapeshifter team is testing a 3D-printed prototype of this unusual explorer. A contraption that looks like a drone encased in an elongated hamster wheel rolls across the yard, then splits in half. Once separated, the two halves rise on small propellers, effectively becoming flying drones for aerial exploration. The team imagines a series of up to 12 robots that could transform into a swimming probe or a team of cave explorers. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

Airborne 10.09.19: 1st US-Built Sling TSi, All-Female EVA, V-22 Record

Also: B-17 Accident Survivor Fund, 1st Female Fighter Pilot, 2019 TBMOPA Convention, Gulfstream Announcement A cool little bit of sport aviation history was made last week as the first US-Built Sling TSi was signed off for flight test in Southern California after 8 months of hard work by its owner at The Airplane Factory’s Builder Assist facility. Serial Entrepreneur, Algen Albritten, 32, of Jacksonville, FL, took up temporary residence in California where he worked on his Rotax 915iS powered Sling TSi from its delivery in February of 2019, until it’s sign-off by an FAA DAR last week. Albritten is a new pilot, starting first with ultralights -- when he got the SportPlane bug big-time, and spent months scouring the kit industry before finally deciding on the TSi once the 141HP 915is bird became available. An ISS EVA originally scheduled in March has been rescheduled for October 21 now that there are space suits that fit the astronauts are available on the station. The mission will be the first to be conducted by an all-female EVA team; astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir. Initially, Koch was to have performed the spacewalk with astronaut Anne McClain, who has since completed her stay on the ISS. McClain herself scrubbed the mission when it was determined that there were not two appropriate space suits available for the EVA. The V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft has topped the 500,000 flight hour milestone. More than 375 Ospreys logged the hours, including the US Air Force CV-22 and the US Marine Corps MV-22. The V-22 Osprey is the world’s only production tiltrotor aircraft, enabling servicemen and women to conduct diverse missions throughout the most difficult operating environments. Most recently, the aircraft deployed to assist relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

AMA Drone Report 10.10.19: FAA Restricts Model Av, Drone Safety, DRL RacerAI

Also: No Drones at Balloon Fiesta, Drone Finds 'Miracle Dog', NASA And Uber, Aero-TV: Senator Inhofe In one of the most questionable moves made by the FAA under the leadership of a new Administrator, the world of model aviation has been targeted for questionable new restrictions. AMA, after extremely aggressive efforts, is clearly shocked at the decision... as are we. The FAA unexpectedly informed AMA that, contrary to earlier commitments to the organization, the agency is planning to limit all recreational model aircraft operations to 400 feet in controlled airspace and there will be no exceptions. Although a 400 feet limit may work for a large number of AMA members, the sport has a number of disciplines that will need to go higher than these proposed heights. Additionally, the FAA is proposing restrictions in uncontrolled airspace to altitudes that could present safety issues as well as limit some model aircraft operations altogether. AMA states that, “We were stunned by this proposal and are pushing back, but we need your help.” Despite recent setbacks from questionable decisions made by the FAA, it is more important than ever to display this community’s dedication to safety and professionalism. One way to do just that involves the upcoming Drone Safety Awareness Week. AMA is recommending your participation in Drone Safety Awareness Week, November 4-10, 2019. Drone Safety Week will engage UAS users and other stakeholders to help educate the public about drone operations and safety. The Drone Racing League (DRL) has launched the DRL RacerAI, the league's first-ever autonomous racing drone. Designed to be the first autonomous robot to defeat a human in a physical sport, the DRL RacerAI will help close the gap between artificial intelligence (AI) and human performance. The news comes out ahead of DRL's inaugural Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, which kicked off its four-event, autonomous drone racing series this week in Orlando, Florida. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!...

Airborne 10.11.19: FAA Targets Model Av, Collings Request, uAvionix Acquisition

Also: Future Of USB Power, Zero Aviation Fatalities?, Unlicensed Pilot, Electric Aircraft Market In what may be a stunning mis-step that could critically impair a facet of the aviation world that many consider to be THE entry-level for the entire community, the FAA is readying extensive and inexplicable restrictions on the model aviation community. The Academy of Model Aeronautics is asking for assistance in what it describes as an urgent matter. The FAA recently unexpectedly informed the AMA that, contrary to earlier commitments to the organization, the agency is planning to limit all recreational model aircraft operations to 400 feet in controlled airspace and there will be no exceptions. Although a 400 feet limit may work for a large number of AMA members, they have a number of disciplines that will need to go higher than these proposed heights. The Collings Foundation has issued a statement concerning the accident which occurred October 2nd involving its B-17 "Nine-O-Nine" at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. "Please join the Collings Foundation in our thoughts and prayers with those who were on the tragic flight of the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine” on Wednesday, October 2nd. We will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders at Bradley International Airport and the assistance of all local agencies in the days after the crash," the foundation writes. uAvionix Corporation has acquired AeroVonics LLC. uAvionix Corporation will incorporate the AV-20S MFD and the AV-30 PFD products into their existing product line. The acquisition marks uAvionix’s first foray into advanced digital cockpit displays for the GA market. The AV-20S series MFD is approved under the FAA’s Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) process and can be installed as a Minor Alteration in most GA aircraft. The AV-20S provides multiple functions such as a Standby Attitude Indicator, derived Angle of Attack, Clocks and Timers, Outside Air Temperature, Density Altitude and a G Meter, all with a 30-minute internal battery backup. The AV-30 series PFD is currently available for experimental aircraft and is on track to receive STC approval for certified aircraft. The AV-30 includes a highly customizable user interface with displays of Primary Attitude, Slip and Direction of Flight. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Airborne 10.11.19: FAA Targets Model Av, Collings Request, uAvionix Acquisition

Also: Future Of USB Power, Zero Aviation Fatalities?, Unlicensed Pilot, Electric Aircraft Market In what may be a stunning mis-step that could critically impair a facet of the aviation world that many consider to be THE entry-level for the entire community, the FAA is readying extensive and inexplicable restrictions on the model aviation community. The Academy of Model Aeronautics is asking for assistance in what it describes as an urgent matter. The FAA recently unexpectedly informed the AMA that, contrary to earlier commitments to the organization, the agency is planning to limit all recreational model aircraft operations to 400 feet in controlled airspace and there will be no exceptions. Although a 400 feet limit may work for a large number of AMA members, they have a number of disciplines that will need to go higher than these proposed heights. The Collings Foundation has issued a statement concerning the accident which occurred October 2nd involving its B-17 "Nine-O-Nine" at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. "Please join the Collings Foundation in our thoughts and prayers with those who were on the tragic flight of the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine-O-Nine” on Wednesday, October 2nd. We will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the first responders at Bradley International Airport and the assistance of all local agencies in the days after the crash," the foundation writes. uAvionix Corporation has acquired AeroVonics LLC. uAvionix Corporation will incorporate the AV-20S MFD and the AV-30 PFD products into their existing product line. The acquisition marks uAvionix’s first foray into advanced digital cockpit displays for the GA market. The AV-20S series MFD is approved under the FAA’s Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) process and can be installed as a Minor Alteration in most GA aircraft. The AV-20S provides multiple functions such as a Standby Attitude Indicator, derived Angle of Attack, Clocks and Timers, Outside Air Temperature, Density Altitude and a G Meter, all with a 30-minute internal battery backup. The AV-30 series PFD is currently available for experimental aircraft and is on track to receive STC approval for certified aircraft. The AV-30 includes a highly customizable user interface with displays of Primary Attitude, Slip and Direction of Flight. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.13.19)

"Adding the ATR 42-600S to our family makes total sense and paves the way for the company’s future. There is a huge potential for 50-seater aircraft and the ATR 42-600S could help airlines widen their horizons, as it can reach up to around 500 new airports across the globe. This is a clear illustration of our dedication in helping more people and more remote communities benefit from being part of a connected world and in a sustainable way.” Source: ATR Chief Executive Officer Stefano Bortoli, discussing the news that ATR has received authorisation from its board of directors for the launch of the ATR 42-600S. With the ‘S’ representing STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing), this new version of the ATR 42-600 offers take-off and landing capabilities on runways as short as 800m with 40 passengers on board in standard flight conditions. This makes the ATR 42-600S the best performing aircraft in this segment....

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.13.19): Movement Area

Movement Area The runways, taxiways, and other areas of an airport/heliport which are utilized for taxiing/hover taxiing, air taxiing, takeoff, and landing of aircraft, exclusive of loading ramps and parking areas. At those airports/heliports with a tower, specific approval for entry onto the movement area must be obtained from ATC....

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.13.19)

Aero Linx: Pilots for Christ International Pilots for Christ International is an organization of volunteer pilots and non-pilots who provide air and ground transportation for individuals and families in need. We work to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all we come in contact with. We are a non-denominational organization and we leave our belief differences with Our Heavenly Father, while we focus on our unified belief in Jesus Christ as our salvation. This store is established to receive voluntary donations for membership's and others items consistent with our purpose and mission statement....

ANN FAQ: The Airborne Partnership Initiative; Engaging The Industry

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Klyde Morris (10.14.19)

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CF Snowbird Down At Atlanta Airshow, Pilot Ejects Safely

Captain Kevin Domon-Grenier Reported OK On The Ground A member of the much vaunted CF Snowbird Military Jet Demonstration Team has ejected from his aircraft just prior to the start of a performance at the Atlanta Air Show. Officials have now canceled the rest of the events. The Snowbirds reported via social media that, "Snowbird 5, Capt Kevin Domon-Grenier was forced to eject from his aircraft shortly before our performance in Atlanta this afternoon. Capt Domon-Grenier made it safely to the ground and is okay. The aircraft fell in an unpopulated area and no one was injured." The Fayette County Sheriff reports that the impact area is 13 miles southwest of the race track in the 600 block of Grant Road near Brooks, Georgia....

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.14.19)

“The issue of unauthorized drone incursions is a clear and present risk to airport operations around the world. ACI is ready to join our industry partners to work with ICAO in drafting new international guidance material which builds upon existing standard, guidance, and regulations to protect operations and assist airports in responding to incidents. The industry needs harmonized processes for the detection of - and counter measures against - unauthorized drone operations that may interfere with international aviation.” Source: ACI World Director General Angela Gittens, in a statement associated with the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and its global aviation industry partners having addressed the pressing need for standards and guidance to address unauthorized drone operations to the 40th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly....

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.14.19): No Gyro Approach

No Gyro Approach A radar approach/vector provided in case of a malfunctioning gyro-compass or directional gyro. Instead of providing the pilot with headings to be flown, the controller observes the radar track and issues control instructions “turn right/left” or “stop turn” as appropriate....

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.14.19)

Aero Linx: Veterans Airlift Command There are three things the VAC needs: 1) Passengers 2) Piloted Planes 3) Money to keep the program going. You can help bring families together. You can give something back to the soldiers who sacrificed so much. You can be proud to be an American. The VAC is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are absolutely crucial to maintaining our national network of pilots and aircraft owners, in order to facilitate their missions. Thanks to our lean infrastructure, and the passion of our volunteers, donor dollars go a long way. Our goal is to have each $1 donated to the VAC be worth $10 of air transport....

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