AVweb‘s weekly news roundup found reports of recently released drone strike research, the launch of a mobile avionics and maintenance service, an improved propeller blade measuring system, a new flight animation system, a free safety webinar and a discussion of international pilot medical standards. The University of Dayton Research Institute recently released itslatest drone-strike test data, which replicated a midair collision at 238 miles per hour. The testing was conducted by firing a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter at the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft.
New Jersey-based Metrix AV is launching a mobile avionics and maintenance service designed to help aircraft owners meet the upcoming FAA ADS-B mandate. Company personnel will travel to client locations to retrofit general aviation aircraft with the avionics and ADS-B instruments. In other maintenance news, Aeroscan announced that it has improved its Aeroscan M5 blade measurement system. The system, which uses laser sensor technology to measure propeller dimensions, is now fully automated and more accurate.
CEFA Aviation is introducing its Aviation Mobile Services (AMS), which can deliver tablet-viewable flight data feedback after landing. According to the company, CEFA AMS wirelessly collects flight data recorder information and provides animations of selected flight segments within 10 minutes of landing and will enhance situational and operational awareness for aircrews. Also regarding digital teaching tools, the Helicopter Online Ground School will be hosting afree safety webinaron Oct. 9. The webinar will discuss using the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) weather tool to assist with flights below 5,000 feet.
Finally, a group of British MPs and American Senators and Congressmen wrote a letter to the CAA, FAA and EASA asking for a new bilateral agreement on medical standards for private pilots. As it stands, pilots who fly in both countries must maintain separate medical certificates for each. The letter calls for equal recognition of medical certificates between the two countries.