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Airborne 04.01.19: ANN's Infamous April 1st Episode! Drone Skeet, ADS-B Boots...

Also: AOPA Hacking EAA Drone Show?, Campbell Joins SnF Board, Jet Teams Go Retro, Methane-Power, YUP... its THAT time of year again! This is ANN's infamous April First Episode... strap in, and get ready to be fooled, bamboozled and led astray! Drone Skeet has been selected as a demonstration sport for the 2028 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Teams will consist of shooters and pilots competing in timed rounds. Each team will have 5 minutes to shoot down as many of the opposing team's drones as it can, then they will switch sides and the other team will have an opportunity to shoot. At the end of 6 rounds, the team which has downed the most drones will be declared the winner. Partial credit will be awarded for drones that are damaged but can still fly. SpaceX engineers are scrambling to resolve a possible orbital conflict 500 miles above the surface of Mars. When SpaceX launched their Falcon Heavy Rocket in 2018, Elon Musk's own Tesla Roadster was added to the launch vehicle as the payload. A full size, space-suited mannequin dubbed "Starman" was the sole occupant of the Roadster. The launch was a stunning success. All had proceeded as planned, with Starman zipping along towards Mars and its elliptical solar orbit. But because the payload has no scientific purpose or instrumentation, the location can only be estimated. Lack of any sort of guidance or propulsion systems means course corrections are not possible. Recent observations by SpaceX have found that the roadster is not following a perfect trajectory. A plot has been uncovered to hack the drones scheduled to fly as part of the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 night airshows by an AOPA employee. The plot came to light when an employee of Great Lakes Drone Company, which puts on the AirVenture show, noticed some unusual activity on one of its servers while they were working on a practice display. They traced the activity to an IP address in Fredericksburg, MD. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

AMA Drone Report 04.11.19: AMA v Farmer's, FAA Seeks Comments, Hollywood UAVs

Also: Hovering Drone Record, LAFD And DJI, Missing Person Searches, Video Streaming UAVs AMA has some heartburn with Farmers Insurance... They aired a commercial which highlighted a drone crashing into a windshield of a moving vehicle. While AMA appreciates that Farmers Insurance commercials typically focus on unusual accidents outside of the norm, “we did take issue with the negative attention this gives our hobby. Companies and organizations are free market how they see fit, but AMA felt that it is our responsibility to inform Farmers Insurance Group that their commercial fuels a public misperception that drones and model aviation are a societal liability when in fact the industry is a force for good.” Model aviation needs your help to ensure future regulations do not place unnecessary burdens on our community. Last month, the FAA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the safe and secure operations of small UAS. In this ANPRM, the FAA is currently seeking comments on potential new rulemaking for operational and performance restrictions on UAS, including model aircraft. Some of the parameters being considered include altitude, airspeed, stand-off distances and unmanned aircraft traffic management. International Cinematographers Guild Local 600 is involved in an ongoing dispute with Warner Bros. over the use of non-union FAA-licensed drone pilots in an effort to have the pilots compensated at union scale. The dispute arose from the hiring of three drone technicians for the Rush Hour TV series in 2015. The dispute continues to this day. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!...

Airborne 04.15.19: Stratolaunch!, SpaceIL Heartbreak, 1st Flt-Flaris 1

Also: Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro, Avenatti's Jet Seized, Harris Awarded $84 Million, 915 iS SB The gigantic Stratolaunch program, envisioned and spearheaded by the late Paul G. Allen, has successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT, Saturday, from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. As part of the initial flight, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing. SpaceIL got ever so close, but in the end was not able to land its Beresheet lunar lander on the surface of the Moon. The landing attempt was planned for 3:25 p.m. Thursday afternoon. At about 3:24, controllers announced they had lost contact with the spacecraft. About two minutes later, they reported that they had been unsuccessful in the landing attempt. The rocket motor apparently cut out during the descent. It was successfully restarted, but then contact was lost. The SpaceIL team quickly realized that their landing was not going to be a success. Last week the long-awaited Polish FLARIS LAR1 jet took to the skies for the first time, testing the optimal take-off and landing configuration and to check overall control and stability. Despite high winds, and crosswinds, the five-seat plane made twenty six takeoffs and landings, under the command of Wieslaw Cena, an experienced experimental test pilot. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Airborne-Unmanned 04.16.19: Wing Delivers, SpaceIL Attempt, Utah Legislature

Also: AUVSI Keynote Speakers, CA SAR Upgrades, UAVOS Advanced Data Link, FLIR Invests Google’s ‘Wing’ has launched a drone delivery service in North Canberra, Australia. Through Wing’s service, customers can order a variety of items on Wing’s mobile app, and have them delivered directly to their homes via UAS in minutes. Since 2014, Wing has been testing UAS delivery in Australia. Over the last year and a half, Wing has made more than 3,000 deliveries to Australian homes in Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython communities, delivering food, small household items and over the counter chemist products. In what may be one of the ultimate unmanned vehicle adventures of 2019, SpaceIL got ever so close, but in the end was not able to land its Beresheet lunar lander on the surface of the Moon. The landing attempt was planned for 3:25 p.m. Thursday afternoon. At about 3:24, controllers announced they had lost contact with the spacecraft. About two minutes later, they reported that they had been unsuccessful in the landing attempt. Know Before You Fly, an initiative to promote the safe and responsible use of UAS, praises passage by the Utah Legislature of SJR 20, which recognizes the campaign as an official source of safety information for UAS operators. The joint resolution was sponsored by Rep. Adam Robertson and Sen. Wayne Harper. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

Airborne-Unmanned 04.16.19: Wing Delivers, SpaceIL Attempt, Utah Legislature

Also: AUVSI Keynote Speakers, CA SAR Upgrades, UAVOS Advanced Data Link, FLIR Invests Google’s ‘Wing’ has launched a drone delivery service in North Canberra, Australia. Through Wing’s service, customers can order a variety of items on Wing’s mobile app, and have them delivered directly to their homes via UAS in minutes. Since 2014, Wing has been testing UAS delivery in Australia. Over the last year and a half, Wing has made more than 3,000 deliveries to Australian homes in Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython communities, delivering food, small household items and over the counter chemist products. In what may be one of the ultimate unmanned vehicle adventures of 2019, SpaceIL got ever so close, but in the end was not able to land its Beresheet lunar lander on the surface of the Moon. The landing attempt was planned for 3:25 p.m. Thursday afternoon. At about 3:24, controllers announced they had lost contact with the spacecraft. About two minutes later, they reported that they had been unsuccessful in the landing attempt. Know Before You Fly, an initiative to promote the safe and responsible use of UAS, praises passage by the Utah Legislature of SJR 20, which recognizes the campaign as an official source of safety information for UAS operators. The joint resolution was sponsored by Rep. Adam Robertson and Sen. Wayne Harper. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

Airborne 04.17.19: HX-2 Flying Wing, Evektor SportStar RTC, 'Transwing'

Also: Me & My TBM V3, Dog In Cockpit, F-14 Monument, Special Skydive After several years of development, the prototype of the Horten HX-2 made its public debut at AERO-Friedrichshafen last week. The single engine HX-2 was built at Horten headquarters at the Kindel airfield. The prototype, based on the original design by Reimar Horten, incorporates a blended-wing both technology comprised of carbon/glass-fiber materials. It is powered by a Rotax 912 engine turning a pusher propeller. It carries a little more than 60 gallons of fuel in two tanks. Evektor´s SportStar RTC has received EASA approval for night operation. The SportStar RTC is popular among European air clubs and professional pilot training organizations. The Night VFR version of the SportStar RTC is equipped with the certified Rotax 912S (100 hp), 3-blade ground adjustable propeller, a Glass Cockpit with Dual 10.6” Screens, back-up ASI and ALT and night lighting package. PteroDynamics has developed a patented aircraft design it calls "Transwing" which folds and unfolds its wings during flight. The result is a transition between a multicopter and a regular fixed wing airplane. The result is that the PteroDesign aircraft are smaller and able to fly much further, faster, and longer, carrying heavier payloads using less energy than other VTOL aircraft, which is critical for everything from drone delivery to air taxis with extensive government/military applications as well. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Airborne 04.17.19: HX-2 Flying Wing, Evektor SportStar RTC, 'Transwing'

Also: Me & My TBM V3, Dog In Cockpit, F-14 Monument, Special Skydive After several years of development, the prototype of the Horten HX-2 made its public debut at AERO-Friedrichshafen last week. The single engine HX-2 was built at Horten headquarters at the Kindel airfield. The prototype, based on the original design by Reimar Horten, incorporates a blended-wing both technology comprised of carbon/glass-fiber materials. It is powered by a Rotax 912 engine turning a pusher propeller. It carries a little more than 60 gallons of fuel in two tanks. Evektor´s SportStar RTC has received EASA approval for night operation. The SportStar RTC is popular among European air clubs and professional pilot training organizations. The Night VFR version of the SportStar RTC is equipped with the certified Rotax 912S (100 hp), 3-blade ground adjustable propeller, a Glass Cockpit with Dual 10.6” Screens, back-up ASI and ALT and night lighting package. PteroDynamics has developed a patented aircraft design it calls "Transwing" which folds and unfolds its wings during flight. The result is a transition between a multicopter and a regular fixed wing airplane. The result is that the PteroDesign aircraft are smaller and able to fly much further, faster, and longer, carrying heavier payloads using less energy than other VTOL aircraft, which is critical for everything from drone delivery to air taxis with extensive government/military applications as well. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Chorus Aviation Announces Leasing Transaction With SpiceJet Of India

Delivering Regional Aviation To The World Chorus Aviation Capital ('CAC') has entered into agreements to deliver five new Bombardier Q400 aircraft to SpiceJet of India under a sale and leaseback transaction. CAC has delivered two aircraft and anticipates delivering all aircraft by the end of June 2019....

Textron Aviation JV Receives Eight-Aircraft Order From CFIC

Fleet Of Citation XLS+ Aircraft Will Perform Flight Inspection Role In Support Of Aviation Safety In China Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd., a Textron Aviation joint venture in China, has signed agreements with the Flight Inspection Center of CAAC (CFIC) for eight new Cessna Citation XLS+ business jets. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to take place from 2019 to 2021. The two companies held a signing ceremony today during the Asian Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (ABACE) at the Shanghai Hongqiao Airport....

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Study Highlights Critical USAF Pilot Shortage

DoD Says Fixing The Problem Will Be Long And Expensive A new Department of Defense study released to congress last week highlights the critical nature of the pilot shortage faced by the U.S. Air Force. And while the service and the Pentagon are attacking the problem from all angles, digging out of the current hole will be a long and expensive process, according to the report....

AUVSI Submits Comments On FAA Rulemakings

Industry Calls For A Data-Driven, Performance-Based Approach To UAS Regulations The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) says the FAA's proposed rules for operating small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) over people and for safe and secure small UAS operations are too restrictive and do not consider the safety or societal benefits of the technology. In comments submitted to the FAA, AUVSI also urges the agency to adopt rules for flying UAS at night and requiring the use of remote identification....

Gone West: Skylab And Space Shuttle Astronaut Owen Garriott

Veteran Long-Duration Space Pioneer Dies At 88 At Home In Huntsville, AL Former astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, 88, died Monday at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Garriott flew aboard the Skylab space station during the Skylab 3 mission and on the Space Shuttle Columbia for the STS-9/Spacelab-1 mission. He spent a total of 70 days in space....

Float Like Neil Armstrong With Special Weightless Flight Honoring Apollo 11

Zero Gravity Corporation Invites Space Fans To Join Famed Astronaut Scott Kelly For An Out-Of-This-World Flight Experience To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Apollo 11 lunar landing in 1969, Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) will take fans of the cosmos where few have gone before. Taking off July 20 from Space Florida's Launch and Landing Facility (formerly the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility) at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport, ZERO-G will offer Apollo enthusiasts the chance to experience the same weightlessness that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong felt when they walked on the moon....

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract For Asteroid Redirect Test Mission

SpaceX Selected For The First-Of-Its-Kind Mission NASA has selected SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed – a technique known as a kinetic impactor....