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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will update a congressional committee on the implementation of ADS-B requirements for general aviation at a hearing in Washington on Wednesday. Aircraft operating in certain types of airspace will be required to have ADS-B equipment on board by 2020 but so far only a fraction of the fleet has been equipped. Read More
Aveillant, a British technology company, said recently its 3D holographic radar is now ready for the market. The technology "brings performance previously only found in high-end military systems to the civil aviation arena," the company said. The system can survey 360 degrees of airspace for up to a 40-mile range, and because it doesn't rotate like traditional radars, it can track every target continuously. Read More
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The FAA on Tuesday approved, for the first time, commercial operation of an unmanned aerial system over land. Previously, the agency had okayed flights only over remote areas of the Arctic Ocean. The new approval will allow energy company BP and UAS manufacturer AeroVironment to fly a Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay region. Read More
A team of scientists at the University of Illinois has developed materials that can immediately respond to damage and self-repair large cracks and holes. "We have demonstrated repair of a nonliving, synthetic materials system in a way that is reminiscent of repair-by-regrowth as seen in some living systems," said chemist Jeffrey Moore. Read More
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Any schoolteacher who wants to learn about using aviation in the classroom to promote interest in science, math and engineering, is welcome to sign up now for the annual Teachers' Day event at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. "Teachers' Day is free and open to any teacher who'd like to attend," said Debbie Phillips, executive director of Build A Plane, which organizes the program. Read More
Airbus's A350 XWB carried passengers for the first time earlier this month, taking two loads of Airbus employees and "cabin experts" from Toulouse back to Toulouse on shakedown flights. Those on the flights to nowhere were urged to press all the buttons and generally push and pull anything a regular airline passenger might encounter on a line flight. Read More
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