AERObridge leads GA volunteers in Hurricane Harvey relief

Following Hurricane Harvey’s encore appearance as a tropical storm—five days after smashing ashore near Houston with winds of 130 mph, swamping tides, and more than four feet of rain—aviators volunteered their own aircraft, fuel, and other resources to assess damage and provide humanitarian relief to Texans during the enormous recovery process.

Source: aopaAERObridge leads GA volunteers in Hurricane Harvey relief

Amid warnings, drones respond to Hurricane Harvey aftermath

On social media and broadcast television websites, images of the devastation wrought by the long-lingering remnants of Hurricane Harvey proliferated despite FAA-imposed flight restrictions and pleas from responders to keep drones out of the way. While unmanned aircraft will certainly be part of the recovery effort, experts caution that a disaster zone is no place to learn the ropes, and worry that untrained drone pilots may cause more problems than they solve.

Source: aopaAmid warnings, drones respond to Hurricane Harvey aftermath

FAA Supports Drone Assessments for Houston Response and Recovery

By Thursday morning, August 31, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration had issued 43 unmanned aircraft system authorizations to drone operators supporting the response and recovery for Hurricane Harvey or covering it as part of the media.

The authorizations cover a broad range of activities by local, state and federal officials who are conducting damage assessments of critical infrastructure, homes and businesses to help target, prioritize and expedite recovery activities.

The FAA issued eight of the approvals to a railroad company to survey damage along a major rail line running through the city. Five others were issued so oil or energy companies could look for damage to their facilities, fuel tanks, power lines, and other critical components of the local power grid.

A local fire department and county emergency management officials are operating drones to check for any damage to local roads, bridges, underpasses, water treatment plants, and other infrastructure that may need immediate repairs.

State environmental quality officials are flying drones to understand the impacts of flooding and drainage, and cell tower operators are conducting damage assessments of their structures and associated ground equipment. An operator supporting a number of different insurance companies has started on damage assessments of residences and businesses to speed up the claims process.

In addition to the direct response and recovery efforts, four media outlets are operating drones over Houston to provide ongoing coverage to local residents and the rest of the world about flooding and damage in the Houston area.

Source: FAAFAA Supports Drone Assessments for Houston Response and Recovery

Atol triphibian for sky, sea, or snow

To many observers, the development of Light-Sport Aircraft seaplanes is fast-paced, inventive, and intriguing. You may have read about entries from the USA, Europe, or New Zealand. How about Finland? “Finland has 188,000 lakes,” said Anssi Rekula, cofounder and sales director for Atol Avion, producer of the Atol LSA seaplane. “We know the joys of […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAtol triphibian for sky, sea, or snow

Drone Industry Aids Red Cross in Hurricane Harvey Response

The FAA has issued a temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the areas hit by Hurricane Harvey.  But the Red Cross unmanned aircraft response team, organized by professional drone photography company PropellerHeads, is flying under an FAA COA in coordination with the Texas Air Operations Center and Unified Command to provide vital overhead views of the […]

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DJI Reveals Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian and Mavic Pro Platinum

It’s that time of year again. At one of Europe’s biggest consumer electronics shows – IFA in Berlin – DJI has announced two new drones – The Mavic Pro Platinum & the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian – and a new flight mode for the Spark. Let’s get straight into it. The Mavic Pro Platinum The […]

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Source: Quadcopter/Drone newsDJI Reveals Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian and Mavic Pro Platinum

Questair Venture: The 'Egg With Legs'

You Can’t Keep A Good Airplane Down The Questair Venture was an enigmatic and precocious little kit airplane in the late 80’s, ahead of its competitors and full of attitude and promise. Conceived and birthed in Greensboro, NC from highly experienced and knowledgeable engineers with cutting edge engineering and development tools, the Venture hoped to deliver high speed/high altitude near jet performance on a family sedan price tag of $50,000. Yet, company turmoil combined with persistent in-service difficulties, and a long and technically challenging build process doomed the flying egg.
Source: aero newsQuestair Venture: The 'Egg With Legs'