Bell Unveils Unmanned Tiltrotor »

Bell Unveils Unmanned Tiltrotor

Bell Helicopter recently unveiled its new design for an autonomous tiltrotor, the V-247 Vigilant, which will have a 65-foot wingspan and will be capable of carrying a payload of up to 6.5 tons of fuel, armament and sensors. The aircraft, designed for military use, will be able to operate from land or sea, and will be ready to deploy as soon as 2023, according to Bell. The Vigilant will travel at speeds up to 300 knots and can operate within a 250-nm radius.

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SpaceX Details Mars Plans »

SpaceX Details Mars Plans

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, said on Tuesday his company is working on a plan for manned flights to Mars, with the aim of establishing a permanent colony there. Speaking before a crowd at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, he set out a number of parameters and goals for the project, noting that each trip should cost no more than $200,000 — about the average cost of a house in the U.S. “We want to make Mars seem possible,” he said.

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Executive Expects VTOL Uber In 10 Years »

Executive Expects VTOL Uber In 10 Years

Uber is taking a serious look at autonomous VTOL aircraft for urban transport, and could have a fleet flying within a decade, chief products officer Jeff Holden said at a Nantucket conference on Sunday. In an interview with Kara Swisher of Re/code, Holden said the technology “could change cities and how we work and live.” Holden said he has been researching the possibilities "so we can someday offer our customers as many options as possible to move around … doing it in a three-dimensional way is an obvious thing to look at."

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NBAA Report: Flight Crews Skip Checks »

A study conducted by NBAA has found that 15 percent of flights in business jets begin without a complete flight-control check, the association reported last week. The NTSB suggested a need for the... More

F-117s Back In The Air »

The F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter may be the latest example of the U.S. military resurrecting a retired aircraft type. More

NavWorx Disputing FAA Rebate Rejection »

NavWorx says it is working to resolve an issue with the FAA, which is refusing to process $500 rebate reservations for two models of transceivers the company makes. More

Three Die In Fly-Out Midair »

Three people were killed when two aircraft collided in North Collins, south of Buffalo, Sunday morning. More

NavWorx Disputing FAA Rebate Rejection »

NavWorx says it is working to resolve an issue with the FAA, which is refusing to process $500 rebate reservations for two models of transceivers the company makes. More

SpaceX Probes Helium Breach In Rocket Explosion »

The ground explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Sept. 1 was likely caused by a “large breach” of the helium system, the company said Friday. SpaceX, NASA and the FAA, among others,... More

FAA Plans To Take Over Monitoring Low-Orbit Traffic »

The rapid growth of the commercial satellite-launch industry has the FAA moving ahead to take over some safety oversight duties from the Department of Defense. Someone has to be responsible for... More

 

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Your Refurb: Blackhawk King Air 350

Your Refurb: Blackhawk King Air 350 »

Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. of Waco, Texas is flight testing its upgrade to the King Air 350 that’s designed to give it cruise speeds that will match a number of jets. More

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Record Breaker

Record Breaker »

Setting the round-trip USA aviation speed record in an RV-6A. More

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Short Final »

JAX Approach: American 123, airport 11 o'clock, 8 miles. Report in sight ... AA123: (obviously, the co-pilot)The man says he has the airport in sight ... JAX approach: Tell the man he's cleared to the airport, expect a visual runway 8 ... AA123: I'll break it to him gently. More

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Pilot Partner Releases Free New Tools For CFIs

Pilot Partner's newest release of the CFI Dashboard includes many new features that are Free for CFIs to use. These tools are aimed at allowing a CFI to more efficiently track a student's progress through a training program such as the Airman Certification Standard (ACS) Private Pilot or Instrument course.

The Royal Canadian Air Force's Maritime Helicopter Program Upgrades Fox Training Management Platform

The Royal Canadian Air Force's Maritime Helicopter Program (MHP) has chosen to upgrade and adopt new functionality of the Fox training management platform by Britannica Knowledge Systems. As part of a Canadian Air Force periodical technology refresh, the MHP determined to not only to upgrade to Fox's latest version for scheduling and resource management, but to also adopt additional components for qualification, evaluation and task management.

King Schools Announce Online Course For Garmin 650, 750

Pilots who want to get full utility from the Garmin GTN 650 or 750 can now connect with King Schools and take the "Garmin GTN Essentials" online course on their computer, tablet or smartphone. Garmin's GTN Essentials course is hosted on the King Schools iLearn pilot education platform.