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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is implementing changes for recreational drone flyers mandated by Congress in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

On Thursday, May 2nd, a select group of Boca Raton High School students — all of which were Navy JROTC aviation cadets — got to see firsthand many of the opportunities available in aviation.

A Senate resolution, S. Res. 203, led by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), passed the full Senate on May 13 commemorating AOPA’s eightieth anniversary.

The technology exists to replace a single remote controlled drone with an automated fleet, but a researcher says there are several obstacles to tackle first. He is part of a team developing models to efficiently operate a fleet, while maintaining security.

How can a pilot be overdressed in jeans and sneakers? When the airplane you are about to fly is a Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey. Shorts and water shoes are more appropriate gear for the SeaRey, especially when you’re in Florida. If you want to beach the SeaRey on a lakeshore, then you’re ready for anything. But don’t wear flip flops. Those can come off in the water.

Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) are advancing their careers as well as leading the business aviation industry into the future. As NBAA certifies the 500th CAM, Tyler Austin, senior manager, certification at NBAA, explains the value of the CAM program as a recruitment tool for business aviation professionals.

Mr. Jay Beever serves as Vice President of Design Operations at Embraer where he is responsible for the industrial and interior design programs with a primary focus on strategic design DNA implementation. He has also served as Senior Manager of Design at Gulfstream Aerospace.

Today, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the recipients of its Industry Excellence Awards, presented annually to individuals and organizations that demonstrate superior service to the aviation business community, particularly through their leadership skills and advancement of a safety-first culture. This year, the Association added two new honors acknowledging the contributions of FBO customer service representatives (CSRs) and rising aviation business leaders.

 In a first-ever advancement in human medicine and aviation technology, a University of Maryland unmanned aircraft has delivered a donor kidney to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore for successful transplantation into a patient with kidney failure. This successful demonstration illustrates the potential of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for providing organ deliveries that, in many cases, could be faster, safer, and more widely available than traditional transport methods.

All safety, efficiency and economic indicators show that air travel in the United States is strong, according to the FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years (FY) 2019-2039 (PDF). With aircraft operations expected to increase more than 25 percent over the next 20 years, the FAA is advancing major airspace modernization and infrastructure improvements to meet this tremendous projected growth.

The videos of the devastation wrought by the March 2019 flooding in Nebraska and Iowa are stunning. The images of selfless general aviation pilots flying supplies into the stranded and evacuating the newly homeless are heartening—and reflect two secrets of GA that deserve massive publicity: Pilots are always among the first to volunteer to help in the aftermath of a disaster, and a community’s airport is often its only lifeline to the outside world following a cataclysmic event.

The FAA recently issued its first-ever air carrier authorization to an operator utilizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for package delivery, marking a significant step not only toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System (NAS) but also for establishing a foundation supporting future aircraft operations that hold promise in business aviation applications.

As an update, we are pleased to report that the aircraft lien law revision bill has passed the Florida Senate Rules Committee and has now completely passed the Florida House of Representatives. The next step is for the bill to hopefully pass the Senate and make its way to the Governor.

New method could lead to advances in fighting fires, creating cleaner engines and even space travel.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a pilot program to help prepare people with disabilities for careers in air traffic operations.

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce Don Campion, President of Banyan Air Service, as this year’s NATA Distinguished Service Award honoree. Campion will be recognized during the June 18th Industry Excellence Awards Presentation Luncheon held in conjunction with the NATA 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference.        

A computer-vision collision avoidance solution developed for drones may one day make every aircraft a little safer.

NBAA joined with six other aviation associations this month in encouraging congressional leaders to support extension of the biodiesel tax incentive that also promotes increased production of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF).

At the Boca Raton Airport, environmental protection and sustainability have long been among our top priorities. From our LEED Silver Certified Airport Authority Administration Building to our noise abatement and wildlife management initiatives, we’ve worked consistently to decrease our impact on the planet as much as possible. As we approach Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd, we are embarking on a multi-part series that will explore some of the ways that we can lessen our environmental impact as pilots and travelers.

Italian manufacturer Tecnam displayed its new P2002JF MkII IFR, a Rotax 912S2-powered, 100-horsepower two-seater. Its sleek looks and sliding canopy make it a standout on the ramp, and Tecnam says it will be capable of 129 knots while burning 4 gph of avgas or mogas.

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