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The aviation world may have adapted to the FAA's glacial pace of rulemaking, but commercial operators who see profit potential in drones are looking for ways to move things along, and this week, seven aerial photo and video production companies asked the FAA to grant exemptions that would let them get to work. The Motion Picture Association of America facilitated the exemption requests from independent aerial cinematography professionals. Read More
Diamond Aircraft has slowly been recovering from some tough economic times, and last week the company took another step forward, announcing a new collaboration with Northrop Grumman. The two companies will work together to build new intelligence-gathering aircraft in Ottawa, Ontario, starting with manned models by the end of this year, and then collaborating on unmanned aerial systems. Read More
Solar Impulse 2, the solar-electric aircraft designed to fly around the world, flew more than two hours on Monday, for a successful maiden flight. The single-seat aircraft launched from the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland, with test pilot Marcus Scherdel in command. "Si2 incorporates a vast amount of new technology to render it more efficient, reliable and in particular better adapted to long-haul flights," said André Borschberg, Solar Impulse CEO. "It is the first aircraft which will have almost unlimited endurance." Read More
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After a successful trial program aimed at deterring people from pointing lasers at aircraft, the FBI announced on Tuesday it is expanding the campaign nationwide. "Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a serious matter and a violation of federal law," said Joe Campbell, assistant director of the FBI Criminal Investigative Division. "The public awareness campaign we launched in February has been effective in reducing the number of incidents, and our hope in expanding the program is that people will think twice about illegally using these devices." Read More
Pilot Juergen Drucker, 52, was approaching to land his Piper Archer at a seaside runway on an island off the German coast, when he got a little too low and was caught on video with his gear apparently skimming just inches above a man lying in the sand. "It was me that was flying and I am really sorry," said Drucker. "I have to say, as the pictures show, that it wasn't one of my greatest achievements in the cockpit." Read More
Pilot Bill Cowden, 47, died on Sunday while performing in an airshow at Steven's Point, Wisc. It was the second fatal accident involving an airshow performer in North America this year, according to the International Council of Air Shows. Cowden was flying a 1993 Yakovlev YAK-55M, which he owned. After executing several maneuvers, the airplane spiraled to the ground and crashed into trees about 1,000 feet from the airport runway. Read More
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In Slovenia, Pipistrel is well into certification testing of its exotic Panthera four-place retractable aircraft. AVweb recently visited the factory and prepared this test flight report on the new aircraft. Although it hasn't hit its speed numbers yet, Pipistrel thinks further drag clean-up will take care of that. Read More
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