Category Archives: aviation

DOT Secretary Chao Announces FAA Certification of Commercial Package Delivery, aka Pizza Pie in the Sky

This allows Wing Aviation to begin commercial package delivery in Blacksburg, VA. Wing partnered with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and Virginia Tech, as one of the participants in the Transportation Department’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program. Continue reading

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HondaJet Sales First in Class for Second Consecutive Year

Honda Aircraft Company has changed its aircraft production line from the original HondaJet to the HondaJet Elite and will continue to offer the performance package developed by the Advanced Performance Modification Group (APMG) for the original HondaJet. The company expects to maintain production of four to five aircraft per month. Continue reading

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FAA Playing Catchup on Drones. Again.

Duh, airplane owners have been doing this since the last century- editor. Continue reading

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Make Sure Laser-Light Displays Aren’t Aimed at the Sky

Make sure all laser lights are directed at your house and not into the sky. The extremely concentrated beams of laser lights reach much farther than some realize. Continue reading

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Hyundai Motor Links to UAV Startup Top Flight

The Boston-based startup and Korean Hyundai will “explore ways to accelerate the commercial application and deployment of UAVs across various sectors and markets. Joint efforts will extend to seeking new business opportunities around UAVs, using Top Flight’s patented hybrid-electric power system. The global UAV (aka ‘drones’) market, is growing at a fast pace, expected to garner $22.1 billion by 2026. Continue reading

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum to Begin Seven-Year $650m Renovation

For the first few years, some of the most popular artifacts will remain on display, including the “Spirit of St. Louis,” the 1903 Wright Flyer, Bell X-1, the Apollo Lunar Module and Skylab. The first set of galleries are scheduled to reopen in 2022. Continue reading

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FAA Targets UAS or Drone Violators for Enforcement

In July 2016, Congress authorized the FAA to impose a civil penalty of not more than $20,000 for anyone who operates a drone and deliberately or recklessly interferes with wildfire suppression, law enforcement, or emergency response efforts. Continue reading

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Oshkosh Silliness? First Flying Car Slated for 2019

However, neither Chinese investments nor smart people appear to be in favor with President Trump who is enmeshed in a trade war with China and most U.S. allies that has the potential – or promise – to greatly harm auto companies in the U.S. and their workers. Continue reading

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HondaJet China Expanding Operations

Honda Aircraft Company – the parent firm – has established a worldwide dealer and authorized sales network to provide service and support for HondaJet customers following patterns set by U.S. aviation stalwarts Cessna and Gulfstream. Continue reading

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Japan Inc – ANA and HondaJet

ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 85 international routes and 116 domestic routes. Continue reading

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TSB Investigating Quebec Drone Crash with Passenger Aircraft

The Beechcraft King Air turboprop was approaching runway 24 and had just completed the final approach fix when the crew noticed a drone – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – at the extremity of the left wing. The aircraft hit the UAV at an altitude of 1500 feet and the crew declared an emergency. Continue reading

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Drone Hits Passenger Skyjet Inbound for Quebec City

It is only inevitable that drones will continue to pose a threat to people who fly commercially. Unfortunately, the growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, will more than triple in size from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles at the end of 2016 to more than 3.5 million units by 2021 according to the U.S. FAA. Continue reading

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FAA Tests Drone Detection Systems at DFW

Drones that enter the airspace around airports can pose serious safety threats, of course. The FAA is coordinating with government and industry partners to evaluate technologies that could be used to detect drones in and around airports.
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FAA Aviation Forecast: Continued Growth in Air Travel, Drones

Unfortunately, the growth in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, will more than triple in size from an estimated 1.1 million vehicles at the end of 2016 to more than 3.5 million units by 2021. Continue reading

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FAA Proposes Talking About Regulations for Drones

With an airspeed less than that of the Wright Flyer, the FAA has set up work groups to finally provide specific regulations covering UAS – unmanned aircraft systems – or drones in the national airspace it solely controls. Continue reading

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