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Six test sites have been selected by the FAA for working toward the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace. The six sites "achieve cross-country geographic and climatic diversity and help the FAA meet its UAS research needs," the agency said on Monday. The sites, in Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas, New York, and Virginia, will help to meet the FAA's research goals, which it has defined as system safety, command and control link issues, control station layout and certification, sense and avoid capabilities both on the ground and in the air, environmental impacts, and aircraft certification. Read More
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Citing an ongoing effort "to ensure long-term sustainability," the board of the Reno Air Races said on Monday it has eliminated the job of CEO Mike Houghton, and he won't be replaced. "This is an extremely difficult decision but, in light of current circumstances and financial restraints, we felt that it was in the best interest of the Air Races," said board chairman Mike Major. Houghton told the local website the decision was "disappointing and devastating," though not a total shock. "The reality of it is tough," he said. "I've been doing this for 15 years and 16 races." Read More
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Despite efforts, Kermit Weeks won't be re-creating the historic first commercial airline flight on New Year's Day in an authentic version of the Benoist Airboat, but the city of St. Petersburg, Fla., will nonetheless celebrate the centennial of the event. "We've been crossing our fingers for the last several days, just hoping that this will come off with Kermit flying the reproduction," Will Michaels, president of Flight 2014 Inc., the nonprofit organizing the anniversary, told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. "Obviously, a lot of emotion has gone into this." Read More
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Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has received an order for 15 Hurkus advanced trainer aircraft from the Turkish Air Force and will enter serial production of the turboprop single in 2017. In the meantime TAI will also get to work on the armed light attack version of the aircraft, and the combined portfolio will be direct competition to Textron/Beech's T-6 family and Embraer's Super Tucano series. Read More
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How else to explain why we so often lose control of our flying machines? And that's before even taking off. Read More
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The internal GPS receiver in some tablets doesn't always provide reliable lock-on in all aircraft cabins. Two new satellite receivers -- from Bad Elf and Global Nav Systems -- solve this problem. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano has a look at them in this AVweb video. Read More
In 1976, famed aviation businessman and movie pilot Clay Lacy was asked to fly one of the strangest stunt acts in aviation: The Human Fly. In this exclusive AVweb video, he explains how the project came into being. Read More