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Volume 25, Number 18c
May 4, 2018
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Parachutes For Drones: People Protectors
Paul Bertorelli
While drones are increasingly used near crowds, the FAA still prohibits their flight directly over people. As a means of gaining FAA approval to fly drones over crowds, a company called Indemnis has developed a fast-deploying ballistic parachute that’s designed to resist entanglement if the aircraft is tumbling or spinning, thus making crowd flights safer.
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One Aviation Facing Further Evictions
Kate O'Connor
One Aviation is on the brink of eviction from its facilities at Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), according to AIN. The company allegedly owes the City of Albuquerque more than $895,000 in back rent. This development is the latest in a series of struggles for One Aviation.
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XCOR Assets Sold To Build A Plane
Mary Grady
Build A Plane, the nonprofit that offers kids a chance to restore an airplane using donated aircraft, now is expanding into rocketry, and with help from a major unnamed donor, recently bought up the assets of XCOR, the bankrupt company that had been working to build the Lynx spaceplane, for $1.1 million.
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Flying Cam's Remarkable Camera Drones
Paul Bertorelli
You may never have heard of a company called Flying-Cam, but you've seen its work in films like the James Bond series and the Harry Potter films. In this video shot at AUVSI's XPONENTIAL 2018, the company's Emmanuel Previnaire gives us a tour of the company's entire history of helicopter-mounted cameras.
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Drones For Storm Recovery: Useful, But Challenging
Paul Bertorelli
Following a major natural disaster, there’s no better way to quickly assess damage than by aerial survey. But companies doing that work following 2017’s intense hurricane season found that while flying the drones is easy, preparing the operation and sorting the data is anything but.
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NTSB Releases Video Of 2017 Air Canada Incident
Kate O'Connor
The NTSB has opened the docket on Air Canada Flight 759, which mistakenly overflew a taxiway at San Francisco International Airport, barely missing four other airplanes. Information released by the NTSB included the video below and more than 500 pages of reports, interviews, documents and data on the incident, which occurred on the night of July 7, 2017.
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UPDATED: Nine Killed In C-130 Crash
Kate O'Connor
An Air National Guard WC-130 Hercules crashed near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) in Savannah, Georgia, on Wednesday. All nine people onboard were killed in the accident.
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