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AMA Drone Report 11.16.17: Drone Registration, Drone Journalists Jailed

Also: Terror Advisory, DRL Sim, SureFly Octocopter, Space Needle Drone Pilot, FAI-ASFC World Fly-In Expo A bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018. It would again require the registration of drones weighing more than about half a pound with the federal government. "Congress finalized legislation that will reverse the earlier court ruling in the John Taylor case and restore the FAA’s UAS registration requirement, including for AMA members," said the AMA. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has issued an updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the terrorism threat to the U.S. homeland. “After careful consideration of the current terror threat environment—and with input from intelligence and law enforcement partners, I have made the decision to update and extend the NTAS Bulletin for six months,” said Acting Secretary Duke. Two journalists working for Turkish State media have been jailed in Myanmar for using a drone for filming. The two journalists, Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, along with their interpreter and driver were sentenced to two months in prison for violating a local aviation law. The four were detained on October 27 while working on a documentary for TRT world. They were charged with flying a drone near parliament in the capital, Naypyidaw. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!...

ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Yes... We Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For The Rest Of Week As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens -- in Real Time -- just like always. Aero-News will be publishing at a slightly reduced level on November 23rd and 24th, as our staffers spend some time with their families... some of whom may not recognize them away from their computers. Basically, we're going to treat the four-day weekend as just that: a four-day weekend, meaning you'll still be able to find several new stories each day on our website....

Airborne-Unmanned 11.21.17: Resolute Eagle UAS, Aerotain Skye, Novus Unmanned 17

Also: Mars Drone, ASTM Drones Standards, Huerta Reflects On His Tenure, UAS Delivers Acceptance Letters On Nov. 8, PAE ISR’s Resolute Eagle UAS completed its first commercial airspace flight. The flight took place at the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range—located at Pendleton Airport in Oregon—operating under a FAA Certificate of Waiver. A Group 3 fixed wing tactical UAS, the Resolute Eagle is known for delivering advanced performance in payload capacity, available power, and a small logistical footprint to support various types of missions. The FAA has granted a waiver from the agency’s small drone rules (Part 107) to Cevitasnow in Columbus, OH, to allow the company to operate a helium-filled Aerotain Skye tethered aircraft over people on the ground. The Aerotain Skye resembles a tethered floating beach ball, but is technically an “aircraft.” It carries a camera and small motors for propulsion. The Skye’s diameter is about 7.5 feet and it weighs about 14 lbs. deflated. The envelope is filled with helium. AUVSI has announced LiquidPiston as this year’s winner of Novus Unmanned, a conference of premier innovators and investors in unmanned systems technology from around the world. The event took place in San Francisco on Nov. 1. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

Airborne 11.22.17: AOPA Plays Icon Apologist, Lancair Mako, Mooney Ovation Ultra

Also: Airbus A380 Deal, Acting PM Belize In A/C Accident, Hartzell Propeller, Crop Duster Shooting ANN’s senior editorial staff was stunned to read a recent article by the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Executive Director, Richard McSpadden, in which the ASI Boss not only seemed to offer a probable cause long before the NTSB report is due (and even before the NTSB Prelim was published) but seemed intent on appointing itself an apologist for all things Icon. This piece lauded Icon and their errant CEO, Kirk Hawkins, despite the fact that the company has proven itself incompetent on a number of levels, has engaged in fraudulent statements and conduct, has acted wildly and recklessly through its promo and demo programs, is over a half decade behind original schedules, has over-priced the aircraft to a point where it is now twice to three times the price of a competitive product and well over 250% of what was originally promised, has played all kinds of games with various media entities in order to project an image that is both false and misleading... and so much more. Lancair’s first production Mako customer was welcomed last week to the newly-launched Builder Assistance Center at the company’s Texas headquarters. Housed in a 10,000 square foot climate-controlled hangar, the Builder Assistance Center provides a dedicated work environment for Lancair kit owners to complete critical aircraft assemblies or the entire aircraft. Mooney has completed delivery of the first production Ovation Ultra. It was the latest in a series of major milestones this year for the Texas-based manufacturer. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Airborne 11.22.17: AOPA Plays Icon Apologist, Lancair Mako, Mooney Ovation Ultra

Also: Airbus A380 Deal, Acting PM Belize In A/C Accident, Hartzell Propeller, Crop Duster Shooting ANN’s senior editorial staff was stunned to read a recent article by the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Executive Director, Richard McSpadden, in which the ASI Boss not only seemed to offer a probable cause long before the NTSB report is due (and even before the NTSB Prelim was published) but seemed intent on appointing itself an apologist for all things Icon. This piece lauded Icon and their errant CEO, Kirk Hawkins, despite the fact that the company has proven itself incompetent on a number of levels, has engaged in fraudulent statements and conduct, has acted wildly and recklessly through its promo and demo programs, is over a half decade behind original schedules, has over-priced the aircraft to a point where it is now twice to three times the price of a competitive product and well over 250% of what was originally promised, has played all kinds of games with various media entities in order to project an image that is both false and misleading... and so much more. Lancair’s first production Mako customer was welcomed last week to the newly-launched Builder Assistance Center at the company’s Texas headquarters. Housed in a 10,000 square foot climate-controlled hangar, the Builder Assistance Center provides a dedicated work environment for Lancair kit owners to complete critical aircraft assemblies or the entire aircraft. Mooney has completed delivery of the first production Ovation Ultra. It was the latest in a series of major milestones this year for the Texas-based manufacturer. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.23.17)

"We take great pride in our Goodyear Blimp crews teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to support Toys for Tots." Source: Paul Fitzhenry, senior vice president, Global Communications, Goodyear....

Airborne 11.20.17: Airlander Accident, Good News For E-AB's, Avionics $Boost$

Also: CH-53K King Stallion, BizAv Tax Break?, Wingsuit BASE Jumper Lost, 2018 Top Hawk Program The Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304/Airlander 10 has been involved in yet another accident... this time when the massive inflatable broke loose from its moorings. The 302 foot airship had flown another test flight, Friday, and was moored through Saturday when something occurred breaking loose the vehicle and causing extensive damage to the airframe. Two people were reported to have suffered minor injuries as the vehicle deflated automatically once its safety systems were engaged following its disconnection from the mooring mast. The was no attempt to fly the vehicle at the time of the accident and none had been scheduled following the previous day's excursions. Fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft, particularly amateur-built aircraft, continued their decline during the FAA’s 2017 fiscal year that ended September 30, falling to historic lows. For the 12-month period from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017, fatal accident totals in amateur-built aircraft were down 18 percent to just 27, compared with 33 during the 2016 fiscal year. The Aircraft Electronics Association has released its third-quarter 2017 Avionics Market Report. In the first nine months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $1,732,915,016.06, or more than $1.73 billion as reported by the participating companies. The figure represented a 4.1 percent increase in year-over-year sales compared to the first nine months of 2016 amount of $1,664,109,078.49. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

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Bombardier Ramps Up Hiring in Montreal

Inaugurates the Center of Excellence For Interior Completions Of Global 7000 Aircraft Bombardier Business Aircraft has inaugurated its state-of-the-art Center of Excellence, where high-precision completion work for the segment-defining Global 7000 business jet will take place. Bombardier is actively recruiting to fill approximately 1,000 new positions in Montréal over the next 18 months for completion work on its Global 7000 aircraft....

Municipal Opposition Mounting Against Airport Selloffs In Canada

Government Is Considering Airports To Private Entities Municipalities are starting to add their voices to the growing opposition to the idea of selling Canada's airports. Opposition to the move has already been voiced by the cities of Vancouver, Victoria, and Richmond, BC, while Calgary's mayor has publicly spoken out against the plan. Toronto City Council is considering a motion to oppose the plan as well....

IATA: Air Transport Generates $9.6 Billion In GDP For Argentina

Accounts For 1.7 Percent Of That Nation's Gross Domestic Product The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced new data showing that aviation and aviation-induced tourism contribute $9.6 billion to Argentina's economy and support 300,000 jobs, equivalent to 1.7% of the country's GDP. The findings are among the highlights from "The Importance of Air Transport in Argentina'" study conducted by Oxford Economics on behalf of IATA....

Harris Completes Testing For JWST

World's Most Powerful Space Telescope Will Collect Universe Data Never Previously Observed NASA’s Johnson Space Center has partnered with Harris Corporation to successfully complete thermal vacuum testing for the James Webb Space Telescope – validating its ability to operate in the frigid space environment....

Goodyear Blimp 'Santa Claus Express' Returns To Dayton For Toys For Tots

Goodyear, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Team Up To Host 7Th Annual Toys For Tots Events The Goodyear Blimps and the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve will conduct their seventh joint maneuver next month benefitting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation at the company's airship base in Ohio. The event will provide the public with an opportunity to donate to Toys for Tots while enjoying an up close and personal view of the ongoing construction of a third airship inside the hangar in Suffield, Ohio....

Second U.S. Navy P-8A Aircraft Joins Argentina's Submarine Search

Poseidon Deployed From NAS Jacksonville To Aid In The Search A second U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft deployed to Bahia Blanca, Argentina, Nov. 19 to join an ongoing international search for the Argentinean Navy's submarine A.R.A. San Juan in Southern Atlantic waters....

Eight Recovered After Navy C-2 COD Goes Down In The Pacific

Aircraft Was En Route To The USS Ronald Reagan A U.S. Navy C-2 Greyhound airplane ... known as a COD for Carrier Onboard Delivery ... went gone down in the Pacific Wednesday while en route to the USS Ronald Reagan. There were 11 people on board the aircraft, according to the Navy. Eight of those were rescued and transported to the carrier where they received medical attention....