Video Demonstrates Value of Drones to Communications Tower Industry

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a UAS safety video as part of Volume 2 of their popular Climber Connection series. The video was showcased by NATE during a presentation at the 2017 Drone Focus Conference in Fargo, North Dakota. The 2017 Drone Focus Conference is an annual gathering of commercial UAS […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsVideo Demonstrates Value of Drones to Communications Tower Industry

Plan your eclipse trip on your iPad

On August 21, the United States will experience the first total solar eclipse in over 35 years. This event is drawing a lot of attention because the eclipse will stretch from Oregon all the way to South Carolina, offering everyone in the continental US a view of at least a partial eclipse. For the best view, though, some travel may be required to be in the 70-mile wide area where the sun will completely disappear for a few moments. Viewing parties are already being organized in a dozen states.

Pilots are uniquely equipped to join in the fun, since they can quickly fly to an airport that’s in the path of the eclipse (and save the hassle of finding a hotel the night before). They can also adjust plans at the last minute to make sure their destination has clear skies. As usual, a little technology can help make this planning process easier.

We’ve reviewed Weekend Flyer previously, a fairly simple app that allows pilots to view graphical weather forecasts out to three days. Recently, the app has added a new eclipse map option that makes it easy to plan your trip. Open the app, then tap the settings button at the bottom right. Next, enable the “Show August 21 eclipse” option and tap Back.

On the main map page, you’ll now see the path of the eclipse. You can tap and hold on an airport to set it as the departure, then tap and hold on another airport to make it the destination. Across the bottom, you can set forecast weather out to 24 hours or three days, using the slider bar. This should be useful in the days leading up to August 21, so you can find an airport in the path of the eclipse with good weather.

You can also tap on specific parts of the eclipse path to see when the the eclipse will happen at that location, and the duration.

Weekend Flyer is free to download in the App Store.

Source: Ipad appsPlan your eclipse trip on your iPad

Smart Kid Raises ~$6 Mill and Starts Drone Company – Watch Out

Teal is a remarkable drone company for several reasons. First, it raised ~$6 million from angel investors including Peter Thiel. Second, it is a US based firm manufacturing drones for the consumer market. Third, it was started by a high school student who has infused his company with his passion for flight as fun. Their […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsSmart Kid Raises ~ Mill and Starts Drone Company – Watch Out

FAA SAFO Points Out Limitation Of Some Attitude Pitch Indicators

Information Dependent On Make And Model Of The Instrument The FAA has issued a Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) notifying aircraft operators of potential operational limitations of some attitude indicators in the event of unusual attitude recovery as recommended by National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Recommendation A-14-108.
Source: aero newsFAA SAFO Points Out Limitation Of Some Attitude Pitch Indicators

PAL-V Opens Production Hall For World's First Commercial Flying Car

First Three Pre-Production Vehicles Ready For Assembly Beginning In October PAL-V has opened a new hall for the assembly of the first PAL-V Libertys. Initially the hall will be used for the production of the first three pre-production vehicles. With the first parts already in stock, PAL-V will start the final assembly in October this year. First production will start in the course of 2018. Since the commercial launch in 2017 the list of reservations is growing fast. Because of the high demand for the PAL-V Liberty, PAL-V expects to expand the initial capacity rather soon to keep pace with market growth.
Source: aero newsPAL-V Opens Production Hall For World's First Commercial Flying Car

ASTM International, SpaceTEC To Partner On Aviation Worker Certification

MOU Signed For Program For Maintenance Techs, Other Aerospace Workers ASTM International and SpaceTEC Partners, Inc. will jointly work to help certify aircraft maintenance technicians and other aerospace workers through a new memorandum of understanding. The MOU was recently signed at ASTM International’s global headquarters by SPI’s executive director, Steve Kane, and ASTM International president, Katharine Morgan.
Source: aero newsASTM International, SpaceTEC To Partner On Aviation Worker Certification

Global More Electric Aircraft Market Report 2017 – Segmented By Platform, Technology & Geography – Research and Markets

GAMA has released (February, 2017) the first global standard for measuring hybrid and electric propulsion in general aviation aircraft. As per GAMA fuel reserves for flight needs to last 30 minutes, which includes a journey between two points, takeoff …
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