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TruTrak Vizion STC approved for Cessna 177s

EAA STC has received FAA approval to begin selling STCs for the Cessna 177 series for the installation of the TruTrak Vizion Autopilot. The Approved Model List (AML) for this STC also includes models F through S of the Cessna 172 series. The Vizion autopilot is a two-axis system with vertical and horizontal navigational capabilities, […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comTruTrak Vizion STC approved for Cessna 177s

Deadline looms for General Aviation Award nominations

The deadline for submitting names of CFIs, FAA Safety Team Representatives, and Aviation Maintenance Technicians for the General Aviation Awards ProgramĀ is Nov. 30, 2017. The awards are a cooperative effort between the FAA and more than a dozen aviation organizations to recognize aviation professionals for their exemplary service and contributions to the general aviation community. […]
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comDeadline looms for General Aviation Award nominations

Airlander Deflates After Breaking Free

The Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander broke free from its mooring mast at Cardington Airfield in England but a uniquely dramatic safety feature prevented it from running amok. Airlander reported on Saturday that after leaving its moorings, an onboard system ripped open the hull and deflated the enormous aircraft so it ended up crumpled on the edge of the airfield.

Source: avwebAirlander Deflates After Breaking Free

FAA Fields Prototype UAS Airspace Authorization System

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is evaluating a prototype system that the agency expects will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide. The system is designed to automatically approve most requests to operate in specific areas of airspace below designated altitudes.

The FAA has deployed the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability(LAANC) for drone operators at several air traffic facilities in an evaluation to see how well the prototype system functions and to address any issues that arise during testing. Two agency-approved companies, AirMap and Skyward, are currently providing LAANC services. During the evaluation, the FAA may sign agreements with additional providers who responded to the original request for information.

The prototype evaluation will last until next Spring. The FAA plans to launch a national Beta test shortly thereafter. The exact details of the test will be determined by the outcome of the prototype evaluation. The agency also plans to solicit participation from new industry partners at a later date.

Under the FAAs small drone rules formally known as Part 107 operators need to secure approval from the agency to operate in any airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. LAANC is the first application developed by industry in response to this operational need.

LAANC uses airspace data provided through the UAS facility maps The maps show the maximum altitude around airports where the FAA may authorize operations under Part 107. LAANC gives drone operators the ability to interact with the maps and provide automatic notification and authorization requests to the FAA.

LAANC is the first UAS tool that delivers drone information to air traffic control and is the first step in developing Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System (UTM).

Check the FAAs UAS Data Exchange website frequently for updates and additional information.

Source: FAAFAA Fields Prototype UAS Airspace Authorization System

FAA Approves Drone to Restore Puerto Rico Cell Service

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quickly approved the first unmanned aircraft operation of its kind to help restore cellular service in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The Flying COW (Cell on Wings) drone, developed by AT&T, functions like a cell tower in the sky, restoring voice, data and internet service. It flies up to 200 feet above the ground, covering an area of 40 square miles, and is particularly useful in remote areas.

The Pulse Vapor 55 drone, which resembles a miniature helicopter, is fitted with LTE radios and antennas and is tethered to ground-based electronics and power systems. Because the aircraft exceeded the 55-lb. weight limit required to operate under the FAAs small drone rule, the FAA had to issue a special exemption and an emergency certificate of authorization for AT&T to conduct its mission.

The company is using the drone as a temporary cell service solution while it rebuilds the permanent infrastructure on the island.

Source: FAAFAA Approves Drone to Restore Puerto Rico Cell Service