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Unmanned Aircraft and NFL Football Don’t Mix

January 28Many familiar sounds are associated with the Super Bowl: Cheering fans. Referee whistles. The spectacular halftime show. Booming fireworks.

But one sound you shouldnt hear is the whirring of an unmanned aircraft overhead. The Super Bowl is strictly a No Drone Zone.

The FAA bars unauthorized aircraft including drones from flying over or near NFL regular- and post-season football games. The same restriction applies to NCAA college games in stadiums seating 30,000 or more fans, Major League Baseball games and many NASCAR events.

The FAA Notice to Airmen makes it crystal clear that anyone violating the rules may be intercepted, detained and interviewed by law enforcement or security personnel. Besides possibly landing a violator in jail, flying an unmanned aircraft over a crowded stadium could result in an FAA civil penalty for careless and reckless operation of an aircraft.

Bottom line: If you want to see video of the Big Game, watch it on TV. Leave your drone at home.

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ForeFlight becomes a data creator

By John Zimmerman In the early days of aviation apps (you know, way back in 2012), developers pushed to add features. Nobody at ForeFlight or Garmin is taking a vacation, but over the last 12 months most of the major…


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NBAA Exhibitor Update, #15-01

Exhibit at Asiaâ??s Biggest Business Aviation Event of the Year: ABACE2015
Reserve Your Company’s EBACE2015 Exhibit Space Today
Advertise in 2015 ABACE, EBACE Show Guides

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Bombardier Learjet 85

The window of opportunity slams shut

In mid-January, Bombardier announced a “pause” for an “indeterminate period” in the Learjet 85 program, interpreted by some market analysts as permanently shelving the project. In light of Montreal’s taking a pre-tax special $1.4 billion write down that represents nearly 90 percent of development costs, as well as announcing a cut of 1,000 jobs at company facilities in Wichita, Kan., and Queretaro, Mexico, it appears the most ambitious Lear model ever is lapsing into a deep coma.

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Bombardier Learjet 85: Window of Opportunity Slams Shut

It appears the most ambitious Lear model ever is lapsing into a deep coma.

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Hand-Picked Stories from the Jan. 26 Issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation

General Aviation Rushes for Super Bowl XLIX; Textron to Buy Wichita Site of UTC Aerospace Systems

Eight Phoenix-area airports are expected to feel the impact of Super Bowl XLIX. Textron Aviation has agreed to buy the assets of the UTC Aerospace Systems facility in Wichita.

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Does the iPad have a “real GPS” in it?

By John Zimmerman Four years after the first iPad shipped, lots of people are still confused about whether the game-changing tablet actually has a GPS in it. And if it does have a GPS, is it a “real” one? Let’s bust…


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NBAA Update, #15-04

NBAA Concerns Reflected In FAA’s New Sleep Apnea Policy
NBAA Welcomes New Senate, House GA Caucus Leaders
NBAA, AOPA Support FAA in Effort to Deny Appeal to Curtail Operations at Santa Monica Airport

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NBAA Concerns Reflected In FAA’s New Sleep Apnea Policy

NBAA said that new guidance from the FAA on its once-controversial plan for testing pilots for obstructive sleep apnea now reflects a practical approach from the Association and other GA groups for addressing the condition.

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FlexSys-Built Morphing Flap Tested To Higher Deflections

NASA is increasing flap angles in compliant trailing-edge flight tests

NASA is taking no chances with flight tests of a full-scale flexible flap designed to demonstrate the potential noise and drag benefits of a seamless, morphing structure.

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