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The National Aviation Hall of Fame, based in Dayton, Ohio, this week announced the names of six aviators who will join its roster of air and space pioneers in 2014. The list includes Alan and Dale Klapmeier, founders of Cirrus Aircraft; Emily Warner, who flew for Frontier Airlines in the 1970s; the late Steve Wittman, of Oshkosh; Bert Acosta, an early 20th-century test pilot; and USAF Brig. Gen. James McDivitt, whose career spanned the Korean War and the Apollo program. Read More
The National Aviation Hall of Fame, based in Dayton, Ohio, added six new names to its roster of more than 200 air and space pioneers this week. Ron Kaplan, enshrinement director for the NAHF, tells AVweb's Mary Grady about the varied and impressive achievements of this year's class. Read More
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An online effort to help bring the all-electric e-volo Volocopter to market has set new fundraising records, the company said last week. A half-million euros were raised in the first 2 hours and 35 minutes, setting a new record for the European Union. The effort continued on to raise 1.2 million Euros in just under three and a half days. "Never before has so much money been raised through crowd-funding in so little time in Germany," the company said. Read More
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A computer programmer has published online a free set of instructions that allow a simple toy Parrot drone to become a "skyjacker." Samy Kamkar said the SkyJack drone is "engineered to autonomously seek out, hack and wirelessly take over other drones within wifi distance, creating an army of zombie drones under your control." Kamkar, who was described by GizMag as a "hacker-turned-legit security researcher," posted the instructions in his blog shortly after Amazon announced its drone-delivery plans. Read More
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In a factory above the Arctic Circle, workers this week are hard at work -- not making toys, but finishing up the newest updated version of the Atol Amphibian, a Finnish design that has been flying since the 1990s as a homebuilt. "We have redesigned and modernized it totally, by using the newest technology and materials to meet today's markets and demands," company co-founder Anssi Rekula told AVweb this week. The company plans to offer the airplane as an LSA in Europe and the U.S. "The new Atol is almost ready for its maiden flight," Rekula said. Read More
Belite Aircraft has developed an amphibious floatplane that doesn't require a pilot's license to fly. The single-seat Sealite weighs less than 338 pounds empty and meets FAR 103 requirements for ultralight float-equipped "vehicles" as the FAA calls them. Read More
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A Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter crew made a dramatic rescue of a crane operator trapped by a major fire on the new student housing complex he was helping to build in downtown Kingston, Ontario, Tuesday. Read More
Few aviation operations are as tricky and dangerous as helicopter flights to and from oil rigs, but recently Sikorsky introduced commercial use of an automated approach system that reduces pilot workload by up to 60 percent. The new "Rig Approach" system was in development for five years. Sikorsky worked with PHI, which operates S-92 and S-76 helicopters to oil rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, to develop and test the technology. "Rig Approach gets all of its data from the satellite constellation; there is no land-based equipment involved," PHI operations director Pat Attaway told the Miami Herald. "The system can fly the helicopter until it's half a mile away from the rig and 200 feet above the water." Read More
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