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Despite losing an enforcement case against what it claimed was an illegal drone operation, the FAA says it will continue enforcing where necessary. Read More
Although the FAA said last week that detailed rules for operating unmanned aircraft systems in regulated airspace may be seven years off, the UAV industry appears bullish that it will happen sooner. Michael Toscano, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, told AVweb Monday in Orlando, FL, that he's optimistic that operators of small drones will have a realistic set of flight guidelines long before 2020 or 2021. But he's skittish about going on record as to when that will happen. Read More
General Atomics' active radar is capable of detecting and avoiding light aircraft as small as ultralights. It will be ready for fielding next year. Read More
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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International opened its annual conference and show this week in Orlando. AVweb was there and spoke to AVUSI president Michael Toscano about the state of the industry. Read More
At the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International show in Orlando this week, dozens of UAV companies are displaying the latest in drone technology. In this exclusive AVweb video, Prioria's Derek Lyons shows us a cool one — a carbon-fiber bird called the Maveric. Read More
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Defense contractors are investing heavily in politicians as a means of stemming looming cuts to the military. Bloomberg is reporting that political contributions by the top ten contractors went up by 29 percent in advance of the 2014 midterm congressional elections over the same period in 2012. Read More
Satellite-communications company Inmarsat has offered to provide airlines with free global tracking service over its network, the company announced on Monday. "This service is being offered to all 11,000 commercial passenger aircraft, which are already equipped with an Inmarsat satellite connection, virtually 100 per cent of the world's long-haul commercial fleet," the company said. The offer aims to prevent another massive search like the one still ongoing for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Read More
SyberJet, the company that now owns the SJ30 light business jet design originally developed by Sino Swearingen, has started construction on a new completion and delivery center at the Cedar City Regional Airport in southwestern Utah. The new facility is adjacent to the headquarters of SyberJet's parent company, MSC Aerospace, and will provide space for marketing, sales, customer service, pilot training, interior finishing, and aircraft delivery. SyberJet President Chuck Taylor said the company plans to start deliveries late next year. Read More
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For now, they're stepping stones to pure electrics. Unless you're Airbus, in which case expect a boarding pass in 2050. Read More
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Epic hopes to begin deliveries of its E1000, the certified version of the LT owner-built aircraft, in 2015. AVweb and Aviation Consumer's Rick Durden toured the plant in Bend, Oregon and flew an LT. Read More
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Avidyne's IFD540 navigator has been stalled in certification for a couple of years, but the company said it plans to begin deliveries at the end of June 2014. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano had a look at the IFD540 during a flight demo at Sun 'n Fun 2014 and got an update on the project from Avidyne's Tom Harper. Read More
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Jeppesen has brought back its Chart Clinic educational program with a modern twist. Jeppesen's Reggie Arsenault talks about the integration of its apps for IFR and VFR charts into the new series of Chart Clinics. Read More
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