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It's On--Again! EAA/ANN Announce 2018 AirVenture Innovation Preview!

Stunningly Successful Innovation Program Draws Hundreds of Thousands of Eyeballs to ‘All Things AirVenture’ E-I-C Note: We're tremendously excited to work with EAA again... on this and some other truly exciting programs to be announced shortly -- stay tuned! We’re onto something… Something huge. In the years since the truly astounding results for the 2+ hour debut of the 2015 AirVenture Innovation Preview, as well as nearly a decade of coverage of the AEA New Product Introductions and other efforts conducted at Sun ‘n Fun, XPONENTIAL, and other exciting venues, ANN is already hard at work on the next edition of our Airborne Innovation Preview programming for this year’s amazing EAA/AirVenture Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI., now set for July 23-29, 2018. Even more important, the highly-regarded AIP series will also be used as the flagship for a major industry initiative that will be announced at AirVenture… a program that has the potential to significantly contribute to a better and more powerful future for the aviation community....

Aero-News AirVenture Update: This Is So Cool! #OSH18COOL

We Need YOUR Help To Find AND Celebrate The Coolest Stuff At EAA AirVenture 2018, #OSH18COOL Stuff that’s new is cool… we get it… that’s why we’re bringing our AirVenture Innovation Preview webcast to you on Saturday evening, July 21, to introduce the things that are new and unique at EAA AirVenture 2018. However, there is a lot of cool stuff that has little to do with being new stuff, but still deserves the designation of 'cool.' This is where we need your help. Despite the fact we have the largest news staff on the ground at AirVenture, our nearly 30 staffers still aren’t enough to find out what’s ‘really cool’ because what’s really cool is not all about us or what we think, it’s about what the thousands of people think who attend this great adventure known as AirVenture. To help us share what’s really cool to you, we are initiating our first time ‘#OSH18Cool’ program that allows you to tweet us about your opinion of what is ‘so cool.’ No matter what it is, if it’s cool to you, it’s cool to us....

Details About ANN’s NEW Social Media Program (SMP) For Oshkosh 2018!

ANN Pushes Aviation Media Further Into The 21st Century... ANN is radically updating its social media campaign for the upcoming 2018 Oshkosh AirVenture Fly-In. This is just the latest step in a series of massive upgrades we're making as Aero-News becomes the 'Aero-Verse.' This program will concentrate on the three most persuasive forms of social media outreach -- short succinct messaging, compelling high-resolution still photography, and carefully formatted HD video. Our staff of journalists will be beating up Wittman Field all week long looking for suitable subjects for this effort, and you’re welcome to help us make sure that YOU don't get left out. You are welcome to text suggestions to 863-860-5790, or email news@aero-news.net with your suggestions. You can also Skype us directly at AERONEWSNET....

One More Reason To Celebrate Oshkosh -- ANN To Select Best Sportplanes of 2018!

In An Age Clouded By Icon's Flim-Flammery, We Want To Suggest Companies/Planes We HONESTLY Believe You Should Trust As we have in year's past... ANN is dusting off one of our reader's favorite programs -- our "Flyer's Dozen" of the best SportPlanes and and companies we believe deserve your consideration for an airplane of your own. The SportPlane business has been through some rough times these last few years as a few companies let us down... badly... Icon Aircraft, chief amongst them. And face it, it didn't help that the economy was not in the best shape (until recently) and the struggle to enjoy aviation hasn't gotten any easier. So... here's the deal... we're going to be putting together profiles of all the likely suspects, and we want YOUR input as to what companies and airframes deserve top honors this year. Unlike some other so-called awards, our 'Best of Breed' is initially assembled by experts with a true passion for sport aviation and boast tremendous long-term expertise in the field... but also and unlike other such programs; we understand, appreciate and want YOUR input... because the ultimate arbiter of a truly successful SportPlane is one that the sport aviation community Judges and selects for themselves....

Airborne-Unmanned 07.10.18: Oshkosh Drone Show!, San Andreas, OSH18 UAS News

Also: Drone Advisory Committee, Dropcopter Pollination, Schiebel S-100 Trials, Greenpeace Crashes Drone For the first time in North America, a drone light show will be part of an air show when EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 presents up to 100 lighted drones in flight during night air shows on July 25 and 28. Great Lakes Drone Company, based in Watervliet, Michigan, will be flying their drones and is one of just two U.S. companies authorized by the FAA for such displays. EAA’s Dave Chaimson notes that, “What makes this event especially memorable are the intricate maneuvers that are capable by up to 100 synchronized drones, highlighting the possibilities of safe and responsible drone flying. People come to AirVenture to see aerial excitement not seen anywhere else, and these performances certainly continue that tradition.” Scientific study of the evolution of the southern end of the San Andreas Fault is of vital importance given the earthquake-prone nature of southern California. Mapping fault zones and land surface changes that resulted from previous earthquakes can deepen the understanding of hazards posed by the fault. The Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State Univ. (SDSU) has teamed with Geodetics Inc., to research the San Andreas Fault in southern California. The study scanned the fault with Geodetics’ drone-based Geo-MMS LiDAR/Camera mapping system that uses Velodyne LiDAR technology and an RGB camera to deliver the most accurate 3D data on the market. In less than two weeks, nearly 30 people from the Aero-News Network will be gathering at the world's greatest Aviation event. As we have for over 20 years, ANN and our partners, will be presenting hundreds of stories, in written, photographic, audio, and/or video formats, to interested aviators around the globe. Over the past few years, more and more news is being made by the Unmanned Aviation segment... Both personal, as well as professional, and Oshkosh has embraced the revolution, aggressively. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

AMA Drone Report 07.12.18: Drone Reg. Warning, Taylor v FAA, OSH DroneShow

Also: Drone Advisory Committee, OH Town Drone Regs, Drone Umbrella, AirVenture Schedule Update The FAA is warning drone owners – especially hobbyists -- about people offering to “help” register their drones with the agency. The FAA Drone Zone is all you need – and it costs only $5.00. There are a number of entities that offer to help drone owners and operators file an application for a registration number. Some attempt to mimic the look of the FAA’s website with similar graphic designs and some even use the FAA logo to allegedly suggest they are somehow “approved” by the agency. They aren’t – and you could be wasting your money. The D.C. Court of Appeals has denied a petition for review of the FAA's rules concerning the registration of model aircraft under its drone registration rules. Attorney John Taylor had challenged the registration of model aircraft citing FAA Section 336. The section provides that, notwithstanding any other provision of law regarding incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into FAA plans and policies, the FAA, “may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft” that satisfies five operational criteria. For the first time in North America, a drone light show will be part of an air show when EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 presents up to 100 lighted drones in flight during night air shows on July 25 and 28. Great Lakes Drone Company, based in Watervliet, Michigan, will be flying their drones and is one of just two U.S. companies authorized by the FAA for such displays. EAA’s Dave Chaimson, notes that, “What makes this event especially memorable are the intricate maneuvers that are capable by up to 100 synchronized drones, highlighting the possibilities of safe and responsible drone flying. People come to AirVenture to see aerial excitement not seen anywhere else, and these performances certainly continue that tradition.” All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!...

Airborne 07.13.18: Tiny Twin at OSH, New Trig Radios, Noise Nonsense

Also: Whirly-Girls International, Aeolus Launch, Davenport IA Airport Accident, $150K Civil Penalty Over the years, ANN’s Jim Campbell has often remarked about a fondness for the smallest twin-engine aircraft he ever flew and the half-a dozen varieties that he had the chance to test. This year, a Colomban CriCri, the smallest twin-engine manned aircraft in the world, will take off from the top of a moving Ford Explorer as part of the air show on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday night. The CriCri, designed by French engineer Michel Colomban in the early 1970s, will be flown by Lionel Adroit of Team Cricri. Lucie Chapirot-Sarda and Daniel Pratviel, will be in the Ford Explorer launch groundcraft. Trig Avionics has announced plans for a future Nav/Com product family, for early 2019 -- the newly designed TX56 Nav/Com. There is an introductory list price of $3,195 for the TX56A, the 760 channel version of the Nav/Com. This is certain to appeal to aircraft owners and flight training organisations looking for a high quality and great value Nav/Com. The first public showing of the TX56 range will be at EAA AirVenture in July. The European version is expected to list at $3,495. You've seen multiple stories here on Aero-News about residents complaining about noise from aircraft following the implementation of new NextGen flight patterns by the FAA. Now, a former U.S. Air Force test pilot has developed a device that makes it easier for people living under those paths to file noise complaints -- which is just what we did NOT need... because the system can be so easily abused. Chris McCann, a software engineer, lives in an affluent area of La Jolla, CA, where he allegedly began experiencing an increase in aircraft noise. He said that he found the noise only "annoying", but felt the process of registering complaints was time consuming and complex. So, he developed the "Airnoise Button". Gee, thanks. Just what we needed... All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

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Airborne 07.16.18: Coast Guard Rescues, AEA $$Prizes$$, Commuter Craft

Also: Hartzell @OSH18, FreeFlight Systems, Kent State Alsims, Hackers Ripoff MQ-9 Reaper Info If you aren’t already in awe of the work of the US Coast Guard, you should be. Two Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews rescued 11 people after a floatplane went down 39 miles south southwest of Ketchikan, Alaska, on Prince of Wales Island, Tuesday. The Jayhawk crews arrived on scene, and were able to safely hoist all 11 people from the side of a mountain, approximately 2,000 AGL. The Jayhawk crew then took them to a staging area for further transfer to Ketchikan. All were reported to have minor injuries, but otherwise in good condition. To help incentivize owners of GA aircraft to meet the FAA's ADS-B Out equipage mandate in the United States, the Aircraft Electronics Association will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 each toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade during AirVenture. This year marks the fifth-consecutive year that the AEA has made the $1,000 award available. Feeling creative? Commuter Craft is looking for fresh artwork ideas for its aircraft…the Innovator. Three cash prizes in each category are being offered...First Prize is $250, second is $100, and third is $50. There are two subcategories...one for kids 17 and under, and one for adults. Before downloading the blank sketch, the company asks that you read the Rules of the contest. Once you've agreed to them, there will be a link to download the small PDF file of the aircraft sketch. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

'An Extraordinary Friends of Bob Hoover' Event Scheduled For AirVenture Oshkosh

Some Tickets Remaining For The Annual Hoover Get-Together An “EFOB” (Extraordinary Friends of Bob Hoover) event will be held Wednesday evening, July 25th, during this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Festivities will begin at 6:00 PM at the AOPA Campus, just across from the famous Brown Arch entrance to the flight line. The evening is sponsored by the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation. The Foundation is the 501c3 organization formed by Bob prior to his passing in 2016. Bob’s purpose was to promote and support organizations and individuals that are working to improve aviation’s better future, and to establish the highest possible standards across all aviation disciplines, including piloting. During the event, The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation will present its first annual Bob Hoover Award of Aviation Excellence. There will also be a preview of a new book by author and longtime Hoover friend, Jim Campbell, entitled “Friends of Bob.” The book, which is endorsed and recommended by the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, will be a collection of original stories about the life and career of Bob Hoover, told by those who knew him best....

Airborne-Unmanned 07.17.18: Trans-Atlantic UAV!, Journalist Detained, Drone Reg.

Also: Drones Map Canadian City, 3DR Launches Thermal Imaging Solution, MQ-8C Milestone, MQ-9 Reaper Hack, Airventure 2018! Wednesday at 6:51 p.m. local time a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire, U.K. and became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a trans-Atlantic flight. The GA-ASI-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian took off from Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA on July 10th at 12:48 p.m. CDT. The flight covered 3,760 nautical mile flight in 24 hours 2 minutes. A journalist attempting to capture images above the Tham Laung cave system during the rescue of the soccer team that had been trapped for nearly two weeks was detained by authorities for flying a drone too close to a helicopter in the area. The incident occurred a week ago Sunday, according to media reports. The drone was being used to give a media team better access to the cave entrance where the team was emerging and being placed into ambulances. The FAA is warning drone owners – especially hobbyists -- about people offering to “help” register their drones with the agency. The FAA Drone Zone is all you need – and it costs only $5.00. There are a number of entities that offer to help drone owners and operators file an application for a registration number. Some attempt to mimic the look of the FAA’s website with similar graphic designs and some even use the FAA logo to allegedly suggest they are somehow “approved” by the agency. They aren’t – and you could be wasting your money. The FAA neither regulates these entities nor will speculate on their legitimacy. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

Airborne-Unmanned 07.17.18: Trans-Atlantic UAV!, Journalist Detained, Drone Reg.

Also: Drones Map Canadian City, 3DR Launches Thermal Imaging Solution, MQ-8C Milestone, MQ-9 Reaper Hack, Airventure 2018! Wednesday at 6:51 p.m. local time a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) made history as it landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford in Gloucestershire, U.K. and became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a trans-Atlantic flight. The GA-ASI-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian took off from Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA on July 10th at 12:48 p.m. CDT. The flight covered 3,760 nautical mile flight in 24 hours 2 minutes. A journalist attempting to capture images above the Tham Laung cave system during the rescue of the soccer team that had been trapped for nearly two weeks was detained by authorities for flying a drone too close to a helicopter in the area. The incident occurred a week ago Sunday, according to media reports. The drone was being used to give a media team better access to the cave entrance where the team was emerging and being placed into ambulances. The FAA is warning drone owners – especially hobbyists -- about people offering to “help” register their drones with the agency. The FAA Drone Zone is all you need – and it costs only $5.00. There are a number of entities that offer to help drone owners and operators file an application for a registration number. Some attempt to mimic the look of the FAA’s website with similar graphic designs and some even use the FAA logo to allegedly suggest they are somehow “approved” by the agency. They aren’t – and you could be wasting your money. The FAA neither regulates these entities nor will speculate on their legitimacy. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

ANN's 'Who's Who' At Oshkosh: Chris Batcheller

Introducing Staff, Stringers, Videographers, And People Who Make It All Work Anyone who's ever been to Oshkosh knows that there are hundreds of events and activities as well as tens of thousands of people that descend (some quite literally) on Wittman Regional Airport in mid-summer. While we have a very hard-working and dedicated staff, ANN could not provide you with the extensive information we do without the help of some equally ... some might say more ... dedicated volunteers who give a week of their time to make sure you have the best possible coverage of the show. As we lead up to this year's edition of AirVenture, we'll be introducing you to the people that make all of that possible....

Wreckage Discovered In MI That May Be From 1997 Accident

Forest Service Workers Found Remains Of An Airplane In A Remote Part Of The State National Forest Service workers in a remote portion of northern Michigan made a startling discovery on Wednesday ... the wreckage of a small airplane authorities now believe went missing in 1997....

Enstrom 480B-G’s Accepted In The Czech Republic For Training

First Of Six Aircraft Delivered To LOM PRAHA The first of 6 Enstrom 480B-Gs were delivered to LOM PRAHA for use at their Flight Training Center (CLV) on the military base in Pardubice, Czech Republic on June 21. The sales of these aircraft were coordinated by DSA, the Enstrom Representatives in the Czech Republic....