AVwebBiz - Volume 11, Number 19

May 15, 2013

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
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AVflash! A New Way to Fly back to top 

Twin Turboprop Flies By Remote Control

Two pilots sat in the cockpit of 16-seat BAE Jetstream 31 and did nothing as it flew for 500 miles from England to Scotland in civil airspace, controlled by an operator on the ground, according to news reports this week. The flight reportedly took place sometime last month. The on-board pilots handled the takeoff and landing, according to the BBC. The test was done by Astraea, a research group funded by the government and commercial companies, in cooperation with the National Air Traffic Services. In an online video, Astraea official Lambert Dopping-Hepenstal says the company has been working with authorities to develop a process for certifying and operating an unmanned Jetstream in the civil airspace.

A representative of BAE Systems, one of the companies involved in the project, said the flights were part of a series of tests helping flight regulators and NATS to understand how these flights work, and what they need to do to put a regulatory framework in place for manned and unmanned aircraft to share the airspace, according to the BBC. "It's still very early days in terms of that regulation taking place," the official said. Dopping-Hepenstal said he expects to see unmanned aircraft used in a variety of applications by the end of this decade. "In 20 or 30 years' time, we won't refer to unmanned aircraft, they will just be aircraft," he said.

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Embraer Unveils Legacy 500 At EBACE

Embraer will fly its prototype Legacy 500 midsize business jet to the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva next week in the first public showing of the aircraft. Corporate Jet Investor is reporting that Embraer will also bring along its 2013 model Lineage 1000. "EBACE, Europe's premier business aviation gathering, is an excellent showcase to debut the Legacy 500 and the 2013 Lineage 1000," said Ernest Edwards, president, Embraer Executive Jets. The Legacy 500 was announced at the 2008 EBACE and had its first flight last November. Meanwhile, EBACE continues to be the go-to show for business jet vendors and customers in Europe.

Last year almost 13,000 people attended the show, which featured almost 500 exhibitors. It's popular among Middle Eastern customers because of its relative proximity to that region. The show is held at the PalExpo convention center, which is part of the Geneva Airport. Therefore the static display is onsite and usually attracts a full complement of exhibitors. EBACE runs from May 21-23.

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Aviation Safety back to top 

Flight Services Adds SpiderTracks Monitoring

Pilots and operators who use SpiderTracks satellite monitoring devices in their aircraft can now register their device with the AFSS system to enable real-time tracking of their flights. In a news release Lockheed Martin, which operated the AFSS system, said by registering their SpiderTracks device, pilots can ensure that their flight progress is monitored from takeoff to landing and if the device stops moving, stops transmitting or sends an emergency signal, the system is instantly alerted. "As a result, the system is able to initiate search and rescue procedures with more precision and speed than previously possible," said Lockheed Martin. The service is free. The SpiderTracks system currently plots aircraft progress on a Web site that requires a log-in. The SpiderTracks partnership seems to be the test bed for a system-wide real-time monitoring system.

Lockheed Martin says the plan is to add other monitoring devices to the system and to ADS-B equipped aircraft in the near future. "Lockheed Martin is committed to improving safety, efficiency, and convenience for the general aviation community," said Jim Derr, director of Lockheed Martin Flight Services. "Look for more features later this year including our Next Generation Briefing capability that includes automatic summarization of text-intensive information and enhanced graphics that help pilots understand their briefings faster."

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The Robot Skies back to top 

NASA Funds Prize To Advance Drone Integration

NASA is providing a half-million-dollar prize for Phase 1 of a Centennial Challenge that aims to develop technology to help unmanned aircraft operate safely in the national airspace system, the agency has announced. The first phase of the UAS Airspace Operations Challenge will focus on safe airspace operations and robustness to system failures, NASA said. Competitors will need to demonstrate skills including separation from other aircraft using ADS-B, and respond to failures such as unreliable GPS or lost links. The first competition event is expected in May 2014. Phase 2 of the competition will focus on how to detect UAS that are not cooperating with the system.

The challenge is not expected to solve all the problems involved in integrating UAS into the NAS, but will take the technology "significantly closer to the goals … embodied in the Next Gen Airspace Concept," NASA said. Prizes are awarded only after solutions are successfully demonstrated. Competitors in previous challenges have included private companies, student groups, and independent inventors working outside the traditional aerospace industry. NASA provides the prize purse for the Centennial Challenge program, but the competitions are managed by nonprofit partners who seek commercial and private sponsors to cover the cost of operations. Development Projects, a nonprofit group based in Dayton, Ohio, will administer the Phase 1 UAS challenge. Since 2005, NASA has awarded almost $6 million to 15 winners.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 

AVweb Insider Blog: Dodging a Bullet

The saying goes that when your number's up, it's up. But most people don't get to witness the quirk of fate that spares them an unscheduled departure from this world. On the AVweb Insider blog, Russ Niles describes what it was like to be left behind on the taxiway as a Maverick Flying Car made its last flight last Friday.

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Who's Where back to top 

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AVweb Video: Look, Listen, Laugh and Learn back to top 

Video: Rotax 912iS Efficiency -- Better than Claimed

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

When Rotax introduced its high-tech 912iS a year ago, it claimed that the engine would be about 20 percent more fuel efficient than previous 100hp models. But new testing done by the company last year reveals that those claims fell short of the engine's actual efficiency. In this video shot at Aero in Friedrichshafen, Germany last week, Paul Bertorelli reports that the 912iS may improve fuel efficiency by up to 30 percent.

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Video: Free Flights For Medical Patients -- Angel Flight West

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Angel Flight West arranges free flights for people with chronic medical conditions are urgent needs when traditional forms of transportation are unavailable or cost prohibitive. This specific organization is active in the western United States. They're always looking for volunteer pilots to fill the ranks because there is always a need.

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Names Behind the News back to top 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

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