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African Pilot’s November 2020 edition
As we get closer to the end of this year, the November edition features ‘Gifts for Pilots’ as well as many international newsworthy aspects and developments in aviation. The November edition is complete and once again I would like to thank our valuable advertisers for their support, because the only way that any magazine exists these days is through advertising expenditure. The November edition of African Pilot is the third magazine where we have used the new 3D software to publish a superb digital magazine.
This bumper edition consisting of 252 pages, has 53 illustrated articles, 16 videos and nine picture galleries embedded within the magazine. This is yet another record for African Pilot showing that the ‘new normal’ digital method of publishing has placed African Pilot onto the world aviation map. Therefore, whilst our small team continues to innovate within the digital space, other aviation magazines and weekly newsletters have been left behind.
Advertisers can now see the benefits of marketing their products and services to a vast international aviation audience including short videos, picture galleries and actual virtual shops, they will realise that marketing is most important for future profitability. In South Africa and the African continent, African Pilot is the only aviation publication that has purchased the latest software to provide digital enhancement to any advertiser anywhere in the world. At the same time African Pilot is also the only aviation magazine that is easy to read on any digital smart device, because our team understands the importance of ensuring the ease of use in this ‘new normal’ digital age. It is now quite obvious that ALL the other aviation publications are attempting to copy what African Pilot has pioneered, but this was to be expected. However, at least African Pilot publishes correct aviation information such as the calendar of events on a regular basis.
African Pilot’s December 2020 edition
The December edition will feature Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drones, Flying Cars and Urban Conectivity. These subjects have fascinated me over the past few years as more ambitious projects come to market. There is no doubt that our future world will be highly connected and far more robotic that ever before as mankind explores opportunities to improve service delivery.
The material deadline for the December edition is on Wednesday 18 November 2020. All editorial content should be sent to me Athol Franz e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Farewell my life-long friend Bobby Holdcroft
Last week my life-long friend Bobby Holdcroft lost his battle to throat cancer. Bobby and I first met at the Germiston Aquatic Club where we were both keen water ski fanatics as well as being fiercely competitive. Some years later Bobby introduced me into the wonderful world of aviation and so my adventures started with the EAA Margate airshows where I flew with him in his Piper Vagabond. All those years ago Bobby encouraged me to undertake my Private Pilot’s Licence and when I purchased my Cessna 172. He often flew with me when I was taking pictures of other aircraft in the air. Bobby married Peta Anne who was one of my great friends from my university days. Together they had two boys, Jeremy and Anthony, who are both keen aviators today. Bobby was greatly loved by his many friends for his fantastic sense of humour, genuine care for those less fortunate and his passion for music. Bobby’s memorial service will take place this Friday afternoon when we will say Bon voyage and safe travels to that great hangar in the sky. Our condolences to wonderful Peta Anne, Jeremy and Anthony for this great loss. Amen.
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AERO South Africa news
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Aero Club of South Africa’s Centenary Yearbook
Produced by John Illsley who is the second master at Pretoria Boys’ High School (I spent five happy years at PBHS), the AeCSA is taking pre-orders for the Centenary Yearbook, to assess the demand for a print run. It will be in the form of a hard and soft cover version as well as a limited-edition leather-bound book on request. Details of the book are available on the AeCSA Website.
Indicative Pricing: – Hard Cover Book – R 400 – Soft Cover Book – R 300 – Leather Bound Book – add +/- R 200 for Novalite & R 500 for Leather. Delivery options are collected at the Rand Airport AeCSA office, or door to door courier service anywhere in South Africa. Courier costs will range between R 100 to R 130 per book dependent on location. Volume purchases are also available should this be required. Once you have registered for a pre-order and the print run is complete, the AeCSA will send an invoice for payment, which once received will have the book dispatched.
To get your pre-order secured, please go to this link. Centenary Yearbook Order form:
If you are not a member and wish to join the Aero Club and any of its sections, feel free to do so http://www.aeroclub.org.za/member-renewals-and-new-memberships/
SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
CAASA has provided the following SACAA proposals:
02 Proposal for amendment of Part 1 related to 141 (Aviation Training Organisations)
03 Proposal for amendment of Regulation 172.02.1(1)(f) (Airspace and Air Traffic Services)
04 Proposal- insetion Subpart 7 of Technical Standard 141 (Aviation Training Organisations)
Aero Club Communique Nov 2020 # 1
By Rob Jonkers
Last week as part of its regular liaison forum the Aero Club engaged with the SACAA to cover a number of topics of interest to the General and Recreational Aviation community. At the forefront was the issue of the continuing frustrations and delays with ATF renewals. Although it was reported in last month’s AeCSA communique that improvements are being made to the processing of ATFs, this aspect of the regulator’s mandate has not progressed as fast as expected to recover the backlog. There are still submissions made which have not been registered in the mailbox. Indications are any COAs submitted prior 1 September and ATFs prior 12 October should be considered as missing. Therefore, if you have a long overdue ATF application that was submitted prior this date, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your application details and link or attach your previous application correspondence. You can also provide details of your application to your Section Chairman, as we are compiling lists of ATF applications that we are working closely with the SACAA on the status. You are also welcome to be in contact with Charne@aeroclub.org.za for assistance as part of the Aero Club’s membership support initiative. The SACAA has indicated that all known overdue ATFs should be resolved by mid-November.
Also, to take note of is that there is an escalation process to be followed if you find delays beyond the promulgated service level agreements. The Service level Agreement & Escalation process can be found here: http://www.caa.co.za/Pages/Information%20for%20the%20Public/ILF.aspx
There are further improvement plans being made, firstly, from November there will be an automated e-mail response to a submission made, that within five working days of receipt an allocated inspector will be in email communication with the owner / owner’s agent on further steps. The process now will be that the initial submission should only contain the application and proof of payment. Once the inspector makes contact, the document pack can be sent in directly to the inspector. A further step in improvements being planned is that the issued ATF will be provided in digital form, i.e. the digital version can then be printed by the owner and constitutes a legal document. It will be communicated when this will be in place, as the document format and security aspects are still being worked out, which will be relatively soon. Note that CoAs will remain physical documents for now.
ASO Assistance Cell: The SACAA has further set up a client care e-mail link which will deal with all complaints related to service level agreements not being upheld. The idea behind the ASO Assistance cell is that any service level failure in terms of the published timelines and the normal escalation processes followed can have a final remedial escalation to the ASO Assistance cell. The process to be followed can be found on the CAA website at this link: http://www.caa.co.za/Documents/Temporary%20Documents/Closure%20of%20ASO%20Related%20Queries%20and%20Complaints.pdf
General Aviation Safety Strategy (GASS): We have started our reviews with the SACAA on the GASS and will now need to take part in the various focus groups as outlined in the document: http://www.caa.co.za/General_Aviation_Notices/General%20Aviation%20Safety%20Strategy%20and%20Plan%202020-25.pdf.
If you wish to take part on any of these focus groups, herewith the link providing details of to join: http://www.caa.co.za/General_Aviation_Notices/SACAA%20General%20Aviation%20Safety%20Strategy%20Focus%20Groups%20Participation.pdf
Safety First Aviator: The third Safety First Aviator (SFA) Webinar hosted by Messe Frankfurt will be held on Wednesday 11 November at 19h00, on the subject of Human Factors: Fatigue Management. A detailed link will follow. Our Safety-First Aviator Webinar series is intended to continue on a monthly basis and will also be held in physical form from 2021 onwards as opportunities present themselves.
If you are not a member and wish to join the Aero Club and any of its Sections feel free to do so http://www.aeroclub.org.za/member-renewals-and-new-memberships/
What happened in aviation over the past week?
Zano Spark’s R4.3-million ‘kickback’ used to buy property
Former SAA Technical (SAAT) board chair Yakhe Kwinana used some of the R4.3-million her company received from a supplier to invest in property. This despite previous evidence that the alleged kickback was to be invested in foreign-exchange trading. On Tuesday Kwinana’s company, Zano Spark, came under scrutiny at the state capture commission chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo. She initially ran the foreign-exchange trading company with the help of her daughter, Lumka Goniwe.
Evidence leader advocate Kate Hofmeyr questioned Kwinana on, among other issues, whether Zano Spark was licenced to trade on behalf of clients and if the platforms Kwinana uses to do so allow this.
According to Kwinana, she has eight clients on whose behalf she trades on the foreign-exchange market. Among these clients is Vuyisile Ndzeku, the director of aviation company JM Aviation. JM Aviation worked with Swissport SA to provide ground and aviation services to SAAT for R1-billion. Ndzeku’s client received R28.5-million from Swissport. In August, Ndzeku told the commission that in 2016 he decided to invest some of the money he made at JM Aviation in foreign-exchange trading. This was after a discussion with Goniwe, who he said approached him with the opportunity to hedge against the falling rand. Ndzeku claimed he did not know the money was going to Kwinana.
The cross examination continues with more lies and dammed lies. The whole of SAA and SAA Technical was rotten to the core when these appointed thieves blatantly stole money. Now with yet another R10.5 billion bailout to be given to the bankrupt airline, can we expect things to change?
What is scheduled for this weekend?
6 – 8 November
Pretoria Radio Flyers Jet Rally, EDF and Turbine Weekend
Contact Emil Cell: 082 962 2334
Children’s Flight at Orient Airfield – by invitation only
Contact Felix Gosher Email: email@example.com
SAPFA Spot Landing and SA Landing Championships – Brakpan Airfield
Contact Jonty Esser Cell: 082 855 9435
Helevate Helicopter Olympics at Krugersdorp Airfield
Contact Animike Cell: 072 219 3264 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Panorama Airfield breakfast fly-in
Contact Alan Cell: 083 702 3680
I have started preparing the 2021 calendar with assistance from Air Show South Africa and the various sections of the Aero Club of South Africa. Please send me your planned aviation event fixtures for next year so that I may accommodate them on the calendar. Thank you.
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
All three C-27J Spartans delivered to Kenya
The Kenya Air Force is now operating all three of its C-27J Spartan transport aircraft it had ordered, after the third was held back in Italy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The third aircraft resumed test flights in May and arrived in Kenya at the beginning of October, where it was handed over in an official ceremony on 2 October. Kenya took delivery of its first two C-27Js from Italy’s Leonardo on 30 January this year when they (registration 224 and 222) arrived at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Kenya is the fourth African nation to order the C-27J after Morocco, Chad and Zambia. Other customers include the Air Forces of Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, United States, Mexico, Australia, Peru and Slovakia. The Spartan was developed from the G.222/C-27A, using the engines and systems of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules to provide 30% lower operating costs than the G.222 and 35% greater range. It first flew on 24 September 1999. The Spartan offers the ability to carry up to 60 troops in high density configuration and a maximum of 46 paratroopers. In the medical role 36 stretchers and six attendants can be carried. Normal payload is 9 000 kg for the C-27J, although maximum payload is more than 10 tons.
WORLDWIDE ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS
NTSB preliminary report: Czech Sport Cruiser
On 7 October 2020, a Czech Aircraft Works Sport Cruiser, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Waterloo, Alabama. The pilot was fatally injured. According to the pilot’s wife, the pilot departed McKinney National Airport (TKI), McKinney, Texas earlier on the day of the accident, flew to Ripley Airport (25M), Ripley, Mississippi to refuel the airplane and then departed for his home airport in Oakridge, Tennessee. According to initial information obtained from the FAA, about 35 minutes after take-off from 25M the airplane was in level flight on a heading of 070° and at an altitude of 3,500 feet when radar contact was lost. The pilot was not in radio communication with air traffic control at the time of the accident.
The airplane was subsequently located in a heavily wooded area. It came to rest inverted and crushed. All flight control surfaces were located at the accident site and flight control continuity was established throughout the airframe. The engine remained attached to the airframe and the engine controls were crushed. The propeller blades were separated from the propeller hub and all blades were located within the debris field. The propeller hub was separated from the engine and located within the debris field.
EasyFLY ATR-42 strikes airbridge at Palonegro Airport
An EasyFLY ATR 42-600 struck an air bridge while taxiing to the gate at Bucaramanga-Palo Negro Airport, in Colombia. The left engine of the turboprop aircraft was damaged as it became embedded in the structure. No injuries were reported. The aircraft registered as HK-5310 had just carried out domestic flight VE9069 from Cúcuta-Camilo Daza Airport (CUC) to Bucaramanga-Palonegro Airport (BGA) on 15 October 2020. It was taxiing towards the gate when the left wing struck the platform number 5, embedding the propeller blades into the underside of the airbridge.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Blue Angels conduct final flight on legacy Hornets
The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, conducted a final flight on the F/A-18 A/B/C/D ‘Legacy’ Hornets on 4 November. The final flight of the Legacy Hornets signifies the official transition of the Blue Angels to the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet platform. The 2020 show season marked the end of the service life of the aircraft the team has flown for 34 years. The 2021 show season will be the Blue Angels’ first year flying the Super Hornet platform as well as the 75th anniversary of the team.
The Blue Angels are scheduled to begin their winter training syllabus over NAS Pensacola beginning 16 November. The team will return to its winter training facilities in El Centro, California in January. Training will continue through April in preparation for the 2021 airshow season. The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 500 million fans.
Mitsubishi pauses SpaceJet programme
Following moves in May to scale back the SpaceJet programme, Mitsubishi says that it will now pause its regional-jet plan indefinitely. Earlier, the manufacturer closed its Quebec design office and US headquarters in Renton, Washington, leaving only the flight-test facility in Moses Lake, Washington, active outside of staffing based in Japan. The aircraft was to be built in Nagoya. While Mitsubishi says of its aero structures business division, “In preparation for market recovery expected from 2024, Mitsubishi will increase production efficiency and drive forward new technology development to participate in future global aircraft programmes,” it says of its commercial-aircraft arm that “expanding commercial aircraft business is MHI’s long-term goal.” Mitsubishi was hoping the SpaceJet, formerly the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), would be the first airliner completely designed and built in Japan for decades. Launched in 2008, the SpaceJet programme has consumed an estimated $9 billion.
2020-2027 aviation warning lights market SWOT analysis
Top leading players: Drake Lighting, Inc., Eaton Corporation PLC, GEA Group, Hughey and Phillips, LLC., SPX Corporation
Aviation warning lights are lighting devices attached to structures as avoidance of collision. Increasing infrastructure projects in developing regions such as Asian, African, American and other countries that growing demand for the aviation warning lights market. Rising installation of towers and chimneys boosting the need for aviation warning lights market. Aviation warning lights make structures more visible to aircraft owing to the fact it used in tower, chimney, building infrastructure, airports and others that propel the growth of the aviation warning lights market. The high cost of the raw material of the light is the key hindering factor for the growth of the market. The warning light is crucial to use during day and night with poor visibility. Also, increasing government regulation and policies to use of warning light for aircraft safety that fuels the growth of the aviation warning light market.
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting society and the overall economy across the world. The impact of this pandemic is growing day by day as well as affecting the supply chain. The COVID-19 crisis is creating uncertainty in the stock market, massive slowing of supply chain, falling business confidence, and increasing panic among the customer segments. The overall effect of the pandemic is impacting the production process of several industries. This report on ‘Aviation Warning Lights Market’ provides the analysis on impact of the pandemic on various business segments and country markets. The reports also showcase market trends and forecast to 2027, factoring the impact of COVID-19 situation.
The reports cover key developments in the Aviation Warning Lights Market as organic and inorganic growth strategies. Various companies are focusing on organic growth strategies such as product launches, product approvals and others such as patents and events. Inorganic growth strategies activities witnessed in the market were acquisitions, partnerships and collaborations. These activities have paved way for the expansion of business and customer base of market players.
Major features of aviation warning lights market report:
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The report provides a detailed overview of the industry including both qualitative and quantitative information. It provides overview and forecast of the global career assessment systems market based on various segments. It also provides market size and forecast estimates from year 2017 to 2027 with respect to five major regions, namely; North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA) and South America. The career assessment systems market by each region is later sub-segmented by respective countries and segments. The report covers analysis and forecast of 18 countries globally along with current trend and opportunities prevailing in the region.
Moreover, the report entails the estimate and analysis for the aviation warning lights market on a global as well as regional level. The study provides historical data as well as the trending features and future predictions of the market growth. Further, the report encompasses drivers and restraints for the aviation warning lights market growth along with its impact on the overall market development. In addition, the report provides an analysis of the accessible avenues in the market on a global level.
The moon is about to receive cell service
If you live in a part of the world where your cell service could use some serious improvement, be prepared to be annoyed. Nokia has announced further details after being named by NASA as a partner to advance ‘Tipping Point’ technologies for the Moon, deploying the first LTE/4G communications system in space and helping pave the way towards sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. Nokia Bell Labs’ will build and deploy the first ultra-compact, low-power, space-hardened, end-to-end LTE solution on the lunar surface in late 2022. Nokia is partnering with Intuitive Machines for this mission to integrate this ground-breaking network into the lunar lander and deliver it to the lunar surface. The network will self-configure upon deployment and establish the first LTE communications system on the Moon. The network will provide critical communication capabilities for many different data transmission applications, including vital command and control functions, remote control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation and streaming of high definition video. These communication applications are all vital to long-term human presence on the lunar surface.
Etihad lands in Israel: the first Gulf-based airline to do so
Etihad Airways became the first Gulf-based airline to fly to and from Israel on a commercial passenger flight, as the Abu Dhabi carrier’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed in Tel Aviv on 19 October 2020. The flight, operated by Etihad’s Boeing 787, landed at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) early in the morning and departed towards Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The flight EY9608 landed in the United Arab Emirates capital two hours and 49 minutes later, symbolising the first commercial passenger flight operated by a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) directly to Israel. Previously, the Abu Dhabi flag carrier conducted cargo-only flights to Israel, bringing aid to Palestinians in May 2020, with a now-retired Airbus A330. On a separate occasion in August 2020, Israel’s flag carrier El Al flew select passengers on a Boeing 737-900ER from TLV to AUH.
American Airlines schedules flights with Boeing 737 MAX
American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) plans to return the 737 MAX to the skies straight after the aircraft is recertified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). American Airlines expects to return the jets to service for passenger flights by the end of 2020. American Airlines has already scheduled regular flights from Miami and New York between 29 December 2020 and 4 January 2021. American Airlines has a total of 24 of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft grounded. The FAA, as well as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, expects to lift the Boeing 737 MAX’s flight ban in November 2020.
China’s ‘Big Three’ see full domestic traffic recovery in September
China’s three biggest carriers recorded year-on-year domestic passenger traffic growth for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began. Releasing their traffic results for September, the ‘Big Three’, comprising Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines, each carried more passengers compared to the same month last year. Domestic ASKs and RPKs also saw year-on-year increases. Although, the carriers note that while domestic air traffic has recovered to pre-pandemic levels, international air travel demand remained depressed, due largely to travel restrictions.
P92 Echo MkII certified to new German 600kg regulations
Tecnam has confirmed the certification of the P92 Echo MkII light aircraft to the new German 600kg rules, the latest version of the EASA Basic Regulation that now allows for 600kg MTOW Ultralight (UL) aircraft under the control of the CAAs of the member states. Germany is the first country to declare the opt-out, implementing the new-regulation German 600kg technical LTFUL 2018 rules. It is also the first country to develop and publish the necessary airworthiness requirements for these aircraft, delegating the certification process to the DULV (Deutscher Ultraleichtflugverband e.V.) agency. Tecnam strongly believes in the new certification of the P92 Echo MkII, since it is not being limited to the German market but the Type approval is recognised in several EASA countries.
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian crew members return to earth
After 196 days living and working in Earth’s orbit aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy returned from his third space mission Wednesday, 21c October, with cosmonauts Ivan Vagner and Anatoly Ivanishin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The crew departed the station on Wednesday and landed just south of the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. They will undergo preliminary medical checks at the landing site and then split up to return home. Cassidy will board a NASA plane back to Houston, while Vagner and Ivanishin will fly home to Star City, Russia.
During this latest mission, Cassidy served as commander of Expedition 63 and welcomed SpaceX Demo-2 crew members Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley of NASA; the first astronauts to launch to the space station on an American spacecraft from American soil since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.
Cassidy and Behnken completed four spacewalks, totalling 23 hours and 37 minutes, to upgrade station batteries. The final spacewalk was the 10th for both astronauts, making them two of only four only US astronauts to complete 10 spacewalks. Cassidy now has spent a total of 378 days in space, the fifth highest among US astronauts. While on station, he contributed to hundreds of experiments, including a study of the influence of gravity on electrolytic gas evolution, which looks at bubbles created using electrolysis. Gravity is a key factor in creating buoyancy for bubbles, so microgravity makes it possible to single out bubble growth and study its effect in processes. Using this method to better understand how bubbles grow could improve devices like medicine delivery through small, bandage-like skin patches. Cassidy also worked with Astrobee, cube-shaped, free-flying robots that may one day assist astronauts with routine duties and conducted research for the Onco-Selectors experiment, which leverages microgravity to identify targeted cancer therapies.
When Cassidy, Ivanishin, and Vagner departed the space station, Expedition 64 officially began on station, with Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov serving as station commander and NASA’s Kate Rubins and Roscosmos’ Sergey Kud-Sverchkov serving as flight engineers.
In November, the Expedition 64 crew is scheduled to welcome NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1: NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi. Crew-1 will be the first long-duration mission to fly as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Programme and mark the return of America’s capability to regularly launch astronauts from US soil.
For nearly 20 years, the International Space Station has been inhabited continuously by astronauts testing technologies, conducting research and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth, including to the Moon and Mars. As a global endeavour, 241 people from 19 countries have visited the unique microgravity destination that has hosted more than 3,000 scientific and educational investigations from researchers in 108 countries and areas.
Volocopter will be the first industrial player to test their full-scale electrical air taxi
In the current context of environmental transition in air transport, economic recovery and urban densification, Paris region, Groupe ADP and RATP Group aim to develop an urban air mobility industry branch, with a focus on the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL). The partners have decided to bring together all the conditions to make the emergence of this new mode of transport possible to complement the existing modes, whether for the public or for goods. Furthermore, the prospect of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games provides an exceptional opportunity to involve an entire industry and to make Paris region a leader in the global market of Urban Air Mobility. Volocopter, the German electric air taxi company and pioneer of Urban Air Mobility, reinforces the project’s feasibility by bringing its nine years of aviation experience to the initiative.
FAA wraps up UAS integration pilot programme
US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced the completion of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS / drone) Integration Pilot Programme (IPP), a three-year initiative designed to test and evaluate the integration of drone operations into the national airspace system. IPP is followed by the BEYOND programme, which officially launched last week. BEYOND is expected to focus on ‘repeatable, scalable and economically viable’ beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, analysing and quantify the benefits of UAS operations and collecting, analysing and addressing related community concerns. “The IPP propelled the American drone industry forward, allowing for unprecedented expansions in testing and operations through innovative private-public partnerships across the country,” said US Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios. “Now, the BEYOND programme will build upon this success, tackling the next big challenges facing drone integration.
Operating under existing FAA regulations, IPP participants conducted and gathered data on missions including package delivery, pipeline and power line inspection, flood damage assessment, cattle counting, 911 call response and aircraft inspection. According to the FAA, eight of the nine state, local and tribal governments that participated in IPP have signed on for BEYOND.
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