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EASA Launches Rule-Update Effort »

The European Aviation Safety Agency has adopted a new rule, known as the “Basic Regulation,” which updates the mandate of EASA and sets out more pragmatic methods to regulate the sector appropriately, GAMA said this week. More

Britten-Norman BN2T Islander Now TC-Certified »

Britten-Norman’s BN2T Islander is now type certified by Transport Canada, the company announced this week. The aircraft is powered by two Rolls-Royce B17 turboprops with Hartzell three-bladed props, and the cockpit is equipped with Garmin’s G600TXi avionics. More

Brain Waves Control Drones, With DARPA Tech »

A person with a microchip implant can now pilot a swarm of drones by sending signals directly from their brain, an ability that also should work for full-scale aircraft, according to researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. More

A New Tower For Sarasota »

Pilots in the busy Florida airspace are now working with a new tower that was officially dedicated this week at the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. The tower, which cost about $25 million, is staffed by 20 controllers and 14 technical staff. More

Japan Embraces VTOL Development »

While most countries are taking a regulatory approach to VTOLs and other “flying car” technology, Japan is making their development a government priority. More

Drone Encounters Boost Separation Incidents »

The U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says drone encounters accounted for almost the entire 58 percent increase in air proximity reports (airproxes) in the past five years. More

F-16 Plant May Move To India »

Lockheed Martin has reached a deal to shift production of F-16 wings to India, sparking speculation it might be planning to build the entire aircraft there in the near future. More

AOPA Nall Report: Accident Rates Drop Again »

Both overall and fatal accident rates in general aviation have reached a 10-year low according to the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Joseph T. Nall Report. Report data showed fatal crashes decreasing to just 0.84 per 100,000 hours. More

Airbus Talks Airspace Integration »

Altiscope, the Unmanned Traffic Management group from A³ by Airbus, released a document that it is calling a “roadmap for the safe integration of autonomous aircraft” on Wednesday. Airbus says its "Blueprint for the Sky" is designed to open conversation on industry evolution and the policies and rule-making that can regulate autonomous operations. More