Drones Programmed to Avoid Airports

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Responding to increasing worries about consumer drones flying where they shouldn’t, the world’s largest maker of consumer drones says it’s programming its products to automatically avoid flying near some airports. DJI said this week that new products in its Phantom line will have firmware to prevent operators from flying the aircraft within a designated distance of major airports, based in the drone’s known GPS position. The updated firmware can also be loaded into some DJI drones already in the field. More

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Textron Reports Higher Jet Sales for 2014 »

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Cessna Assembles First Production Citation Latitude »

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New This Week »

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Five Landing Fixes

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The Art of Crashing

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Short Final:

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Press Releases

SocialFlight University Debuts With Free Multimedia Content

SocialFlight, the aviation industry's leading web and mobile app for finding events and interesting places to fly, is now the go-to source for free aviation educational multimedia with the introduction of SocialFlight University.

New Training Programs Offered at National Center for Aviation Training

Wichita's National Center for Aviation Training has added a new aviation technical training program for Nondestructive Testing (NDT) Predictive Technologies. The courses are offered through a partnership between Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC).

Air Charter Association of North America Unveils "Contract Best Practices" for Carriers and Brokers

The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), a nonprofit organization, recently published its 12-page *Contract Best Practices (CBP) document, which provides in-depth information as a valuable resource for air carriers and brokers that engage in the arranging of brokering aircraft.