Cobham Announces ATC-5000NG DME Test Option Now Available

Helps In Preparation For NextGen, SESAR Requirements Cobham AvComm, has announced that the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) Test Option for the recently released ATC-5000NG NextGen Transponder Test Set is now ready for delivery on new test set orders. Fielded units can be upgraded to include the new DME option.
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Aerial photography, inspection tops list of FAA-approved RPA use

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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has released an interactive analysis that finds 38 types of business operations have been approved by the FAA to fly remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) — also known as drones and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) — commercially in the National Airspace System (NAS).

According to the report that analyzed more than 3,000 FAA exemptions, aerial photography received the most, followed by real estate and aerial inspection. The report also finds that exemptions have been approved in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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“The UAS industry is poised to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. and these numbers demonstrate that a wide variety of industries are eager to take advantage of this technology,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “From inspecting our nation’s infrastructure to providing farmers with aerial views of their crops, the applications of UAS are virtually limitless. It’s no wonder businesses – small and large – are clamoring to use this technology.”

The report has interactive features that enable users to view the FAA exemption data in easy-to-read graphs and gain insight into the current landscape of the UAS industry.

Using AUVSI’s web tools, users can isolate state-specific data on the most popular applications for UAS, the most prevalent manufacturers for each type of use, and economic overviews on the companies gaining FAA exemptions.

In September 2014, the FAA started granting exemptions for certain low-risk commercial RPA applications under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Since then, the agency has received more than 15,000 and approved more than 4,600 petitions.

AUVSI analyzed the first 3,136 exemptions approved by the FAA. Specifically, the report finds:

  • The approved exemptions cover 38 different types of business operations, with aerial photography receiving the most approvals with 2,557. Real estate followed with 1,969 exemptions and aerial inspection with 1,671 exemptions.
  • Exemptions were approved for operators from all 50 states and Puerto Rico. California received the most with 360, followed by Florida with 328 and Texas with 268.
  • The number of exemptions granted each month grew sharply from March 2015 to May 2015, reaching a peak in October of that year, at 419. Over 360 exemptions were granted in January 2016 alone.
  • Most commercial operators are small businesses. About 90% of the nearly 3,000 companies receiving exemptions make less than $1 million in annual revenue and have fewer than 10 employees.
  • About 65% of all platforms mentioned in the exemptions are manufactured by DJI Global. Rotary-wing platforms are used about six times more than fixed wing platforms.

While the Section 333 process continues to unlock the potential of UAS technology, AUVSI emphasized that regulating by exemption is no substitute for finalized rules.

“While some businesses are flying, this current system of case-by-case approvals isn’t a long-term solution. For the full potential of the UAS commercial market to be realized in the U.S., the FAA needs to finalize its small UAS rule, without further delays.” Wynne said. “Once this happens, we will have an established framework for UAS that will reduce the barriers to commercial operations. The positive effects of the regulation will be felt by companies across the nation.”

An economic impact study released by AUVSI found the UAS industry will create more than 100,000 new jobs and more than $82 billion in economic impact within the first ten years following UAS integration.

The complete analysis is available here.

 

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comAerial photography, inspection tops list of FAA-approved RPA use

A pilot’s guide to ADS-B – latest webinar recording

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ADS-B may be confusing, but it’s an important subject for any pilot. While the 2020 FAA mandate gets a lot of attention, tens of thousands of pilots are flying with ADS-B In already and enjoying the benefits of subscription-free weather and traffic. Sporty’s John Zimmerman recently hosted a webinar on ADS-B in cooperation with Jeff Johnson at Appareo, covering the basics of the system plus options for both panel-mount and portable ADS-B avionics. This fast-paced presentation covered a lot of ground, and the video recording is now available.

To follow along with the slides, view the Slideshare below:

 

Source: Ipad appsA pilot’s guide to ADS-B – latest webinar recording

A pilot’s guide to ADS-B – latest webinar recording

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 10.19.39 AM

ADS-B may be confusing, but it’s an important subject for any pilot. While the 2020 FAA mandate gets a lot of attention, tens of thousands of pilots are flying with ADS-B In already and enjoying the benefits of subscription-free weather and traffic. Sporty’s John Zimmerman recently hosted a webinar on ADS-B in cooperation with Jeff Johnson at Appareo, covering the basics of the system plus options for both panel-mount and portable ADS-B avionics. This fast-paced presentation covered a lot of ground, and the video recording is now available.

To follow along with the slides, view the Slideshare below:

 

Source: Ipad appsA pilot’s guide to ADS-B – latest webinar recording

Scholarship recipients revealed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) has revealed the winners of the Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship and Pioneers of Flight Scholarship.NATF annually awards academic and flight training scholarships to assist outstanding candidates in the pursuit of careers in aviation service businesses.

Matthew Bettmeng, a student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, is the recipient of the 2015 Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship. Matthew aspires to be a pilot who serves others by flying in the field of medical transport services.

Brett Bentley, a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of two recipients of the 2015 Pioneers of Flight Scholarship. Brett’s aviation goals include becoming a flight instructor and continuing his flying career as an Alaskan bush pilot. Brett is currently an instrument rated private pilot studying to complete his commercial license in the spring of 2016.

Johnathon Hagen, a student at Kansas State University in Salina, Kansas, is the other recipient of the 2015 Pioneers of Flight Scholarship. Johnathon’s long-term plan is to start his own flight school or charter company. In the meantime, he will continue his education to receive his commercial pilot’s license, intern with Textron Aviation in the summer of 2016 and hopes to stay with the company ultimately as a test pilot.

Source: http://generalaviationnews.comScholarship recipients revealed

Solar Impulse Ready To Resume Around-The-World Flight

Team Has Re-Entered ‘Mission Mode’ And Is Looking For A Weather Window Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are ready to resume their attempt to achieve the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight with Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) – the first solar airplane capable of flying day and night using only solar energy. After replacing overheated batteries and running maintenance flights, the team is now re-entering “mission mode”, and are now working to identify the first favorable window for Bertrand Piccard to fly toward North America, despite the current difficult weather conditions.
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Obama Administration Chides Senate Over FAA Bill

OMB Says 18 Months Is Not ‘Long-Term’ Funding The Obama Administration Office of Management and Budget has sent a letter to Senators John Thune (R-ND) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) … the Chairman and Ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, saying that the FAA Reauthorization Bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate has some areas that need to be improved.
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