Innovations
Drone delivery might be years away in the North America, but it's becoming a reality in Rwanda this summer.
In recent years, the aviation industry has identified a new threat to flight safety – the existence of high concentrations of ice particles at high altitudes. In an aircraft engine under “perfect storm” conditions (certain temperature, flow, geometry and ice crystal concentrations), ice can accumulate very quickly. This dangerous build-up can choke an engine within minutes, reducing it to idle, or if the ice sheds, can damage engine components or result in a flame-out. Currently, no reliable sensor system exists that can provide pilots with early indications of ice crystal accretion, but National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is addressing this technology gap with the development of an Ultrasound Ice Accretion Sensor.
Atwell Aerospace Inc. has announced that it has received a Standing Special Flight Operating Certificate (S-SFOC) allowing commercial use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) anywhere within the province of British Columbia for a one year term.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released an updated list of pilot, air traffic controller and citizen reports of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The latest report covers August 22, 2015 through January 31, 2016.
Flirtey successfully completed the first fully autonomous, FAA-approved urban drone delivery in the United States. In an uninhabited residential setting in Hawthorne, Nevada, the company successfully delivered a package that included bottled water, emergency food and a first aid kit by drone.  
Two U of T Engineering professors are developing innovations in airplane design that could save hundreds of millions of litres of jet fuel every day and significantly reduce the environmental impact of flying.
A hybrid drone with both wings and rotors, a supersonic rocket powered by laughing gas and candle wax, and a satellite smaller than a toaster that could carry microorganisms into orbit: these were just some of the innovations on display at Aerospace Showcase 2016, organized by the University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT).
The U.K.’s leading drone training academy is joining in with Women of Aviation Week in a bid to encourage more females to join the rapidly growing sector. In support of the international event, UAVAir will step up to its responsibilities as a national leader in drone training, making an active effort to level the gender playing field and help women earn their wings.
At the annual Aviation Week Laureate Awards ceremony held March 3, 2016, Aurora Flight Sciences' Orion unmanned aircraft system (UAS) received the 2016 Laureate Award, in the "Innovation" category.
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones, continues to increase at a steady pace. I recently wrote about the implications for private companies using drones while in the employ of government entities. However, of even wider concern is the increase of drone use in the private sector, and the associated encroachments on the privacy of everyday citizens.
Every once in a while you have to stop yourself and wonder out loud, “what in the xxxx is going on here?” We’ve watched the proliferation of UAVs in recent years, especially at the personal level, sparked in no small measure by Amazon and others who are bound and determined to make our lives better in every way (not to mention their bottom line) through the use of UAVs.
Charles Lindbergh made history when he flew non-stop from New York to Paris on May 20-21, 1927 in the Spirit of St. Louis in 33 hours, 30 minutes. His grandson, Erik, repeated the feat 75 years later on May 2, 2002 in 17 hours, 7 minutes.
Competitive video gaming is a professional sport that generates more than $700 million a year, so why not drone racing?
By pushing the atmospheric envelope at the edge of Earth’s stratosphere, the Airbus Perlan 2 glider’s next tests should pave the way for both future aviation on Mars and Earth-based commercial hypersonic aircraft, Allan McArtor, the Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group recently told Forbes Magazine.
Panasonic Avionics and All Nippon Airways CO. have announced a partnership to launch ANA SKY Live TV and broadband Internet services on domestic aircraft that fly routes across Japan.

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