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AVweb’s search of aviation news around the world found announcements from the Lindbergh Foundation, Hillsboro Aero Academy, Global Aerospace andUniversal Avionics.The Lindbergh Foundation’s Air Shepherd program, developed to protect elephants and rhinos from poaching by using drones, announced its partnership with world leading drone manufacturer DJI. The operations are a collaborated effort with African Parks, the nonprofit conservation organization that is jointly operating the drone project on the ground in Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve.Hillsboro Aero Academy and Horizon Air have signed an agreement to establish a pilot development program, which will provide a tuition stipend to students pursuing an aviation career. This program is designed to help recruit new students into the program at HAA and provide existing students with an opportunity to fly as a first officer/pilot with Horizon Air following the completion of their program.

Global Aerospace announced the 2017 SM4 Aviation Safety Program, which includes new partners and a refreshed lineup of direct services. Now entering its eighth year, SM4 continues to expand by providing targeted subject matter experts and financial support to the aerospace sector. Global clients will receive both academic and airborne training to enhance airmanship skills and recognize and recover from unusual attitudes and aircraft upsets.Universal Avionics announced its Top Dealers of 2016 to be Field Aviation for North and South America (Americas) and Heli-One Norway for International Dealer of the Year. Each year, Universal Avionics recognizes two dealers out of several hundred in its Authorized Dealer Network who have achieved outstanding sales performance for the year. Both companies’ expertise and commitment to pursuing Universal Avionics upgrades were instrumental in their successful performance this year.