A popsicle delivery, a cloud-connected firefighting drone, and a feral pig patrol were launched in recent weeks as the FAA and industry partners study how to ease restrictions on drone operations. The FAA has meanwhile been flooded with Part 107 waiver requests, and approval rates have declined.
Source: aopaFlying popsicles, pig patrol, and Part 107
Real estate professionals are buying lots of drone photography, but you need a compelling pitch to land the most lucrative jobs. Show them you’re a pro and sell them on the time and money they will save by hiring you.
Source: aopaHow to land real estate jobs
The Italian Vulcanair V1.0 four-seat single packs packs European flair and performance into a trainer for $278,000—about $100,000 less than competing models.
Source: aopaVulcanair V1.0: Italian flair meets training market
Time is ticking for lawmakers to pass a long-term FAA reauthorization bill, and aviation groups are expressing their frustration. In an Aug. 15 letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), AOPA and 32 other organizations urged leaders to move quickly before the agency’s funding expires on Sept. 30.
Source: aopaStall warning: Aviation groups urge swift passage of Senate FAA bill
uAvionix Corp. is selling its tailBeacon EXP at an introductory price of $1,649, the company announced Aug. 13. TailBeacon EXP currently is available only for installation on experimental and light sport aircraft; uAvionix said it plans to seek FAA technical standard order (TSO) certification as soon as another product, the wingtip-mounted skyBeacon, receives TSO approval.
Source: aopauAvionix offers tailBeacon for experimentals
A video of a Cessna 414 bound for John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, Aug. 5 showed the twin-engine airplane in a nosedive to the ground, killing all five on board. Alarmist media reporting has the public incorrectly thinking airplanes fall out of the sky in any accident scenario. One pilot reporter is setting the record straight.
Source: aopaCrash course in accident reporting
Redbird Flight Simulations displayed a small-scale version of a manually operated full-motion simulator during EAA AirVenture that the company hoped would lower the cost of flight training. The all-metal proof-of-concept Redbird Alpha deploys weights, pulleys, gears, and jack screws for six-degrees of movement, said Redbird’s Josh Harnagel, as he swung the pilot’s platform to and fro, up and down, side to side.
Source: aopaRedbird rolls out Alpha, STEM lab
A fresh sea breeze swirls into the Cessna 170’s cockpit when the door opens. Destination relaxation—the soft sand and breaking waves at Ocean City, New Jersey—is so close you can feel it.
Source: aopaFlying to ‘America’s Greatest Family Resort’
Two formerly rusty pilots teamed up to travel to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in July.
Source: aopaA grand adventure
The BendixKing AeroVue™ Touch is a low-cost display available for 353 aircraft types that offers powerful and intuitive touchscreen capabilities with the highest screen resolution on the market today. The system delivers improved safety by consolidating all essential flight information onto one screen, and reduces pilot workload by making all flight-critical functions accessible with only one or two touches on the screen. The AeroVue Touch comes standard with industry-leading SmartView™ synthetic vision system, ADS-B In, traffic and weather display.
Source: aopaNew touch screen primary rocks the cockpit