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If you’re attending AUVSI’s Xponential this week in Chicago, we invite you to visit us in Booth 3304 to: 

  1. Meet our team and learn why Commercial UAV Expo Americas is the must-attend drone event for professionals from key vertical markets using drones for highly technical work. Hint: More best-in-class UAS solutions providers exhibit at Commercial UAV Expo Americas than at any other commercial drone event AND our conference programming – including deep-dive vertical market sessions, roundtables and off-site drone demonstrations – provides practical, actionable information on the critical issues commercial users face integrating or operating UAS.
  2. Enter a drawing for a chance to win a FREE full conference pass to Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2019, a $870 value!

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Know it or Do it

By Ed Downs


We have seen a real shift in FAA safety thinking over the years. For many old timers, flight safety meant having strong “stick and rudder” skills, meaning the ability to handle the machine in a skilled and precise manner. But as we moved into our current age of technology, aviation accidents have taken on a different look. To be sure, hitting something hard with too much velocity (a crash) is still the end result of most recent accidents, but the perception as to why an accident occurred has changed. 

The FAA decided that there is more to a flying accident than just an inability to handle the aircraft. Poor judgment, when used use in conjunction with critical circumstances, has also have been noted as the underlying cause of many accidents. This writer agrees, poor judgment can, and does, often open the door for events that weak flying skills cannot overcome. 

The FAA’s response to this dilemma of skill versus judgment has been to fundamentally change training. The Practical Test Standard (PTS) was modified over the years, dropping many “stick and rudder” skills in favor of knowledge that would prevent one from needed the “stick and rudder” ability that was common years ago. In other words, why worry about stalls and spins if you are smart enough to never get close to doing either. Why even bother to train one in the recognition of an event that can result in loss of control if one’s judgment and knowledge are so great that our very smart pilot will simply never get close to the risk in question. 

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Kansas Aviation’s Past, Present & Future 

By Carl Chance, Editor/Consultant/Writer/Kansas Aviation History
and Frank Rowe, Writer/Brave New World & Manager-Design/Textron Aviation

It is prudent to start by looking back and reviewing the unique history of what birthed the beginning of Wichita, The “Air Capital of the World.” This article features the various stages and paths that the founders created that has led us to where Wichita has found itself today. Featured will be outstanding aircraft built by Boeing, Learjet, Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft. Finally, we’ll look into our crystal ball in an effort to forecast the future of flight.

“Kansas sometimes seems to have more sky than ground. So much sky that people walk outside and naturally look up. So much sky that it seems to overtake the ground. So much sky that it almost seems to invite dreamers and explorers to test the limits.” – Anonymous

Kansas Aviation On Standby

Kansas’s aviation history dates back to the early 1900s when Carl Dryden Browne began promoting commercial airplane manufacturing out of Freedom, Kansas. While Browne failed to ever fly his aircraft and closed his factory just two years after its opening, other Kansans were getting ready to see successful take-offs on the Kansas prairies.

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Drone technology is reshaping how organizations approach and execute numerous tasks. In many cases, it’s more effective, faster, cheaper and safer to use drones than traditional methods.

That’s what led Boston Properties, owner of 1,070-foot Salesforce Tower, San Francisco’s tallest building, to seek out potential partners to inspect the skyscraper using drones. SiteAware and DroneHive were selected to work with the property owner to plan and execute the inspection, capturing high-resolution images and providing meaningful data. There were numerous challenges along the way, such as magnetic interference that resulted in compass deviations and high winds to contend with, but the approach was highly successful, saving both time and money.

Read more about the Salesforce Tower inspection here, including project planning and safety concerns, as well as DroneHive CEO Paul Huish’s advice for asset owners selecting drone operators.

Aerial inspections with drones are now widely used, from construction projects like the Salesforce Tower to power lines and flare stacks, communications towers, roads and bridges, oil and gas pipelines and much more.

Learn how drones are being used for asset inspections at Commercial UAV Expo Americas from professionals using them successfully. Hear case studies, get educated on best practices, and learn the pitfalls to avoid.

Save the date for October 28-30, 2019 or register now to reserve your spot.


West Coast Favorites – So Far!

By Eric McCarthy 

Last time I shared with you some of my favorite New England airfields. There are others, but let’s shift gears and take a look at some that I’ve discovered here in Southern California. I’ve been flying here for about five and a half years, and I fully recognize that I’ve barely scratched the surface when it come to visiting all the great airports the west coast has to offer – but, we’ve got to start somewhere. So here goes:

Santa Paula (KSZP)– Wedged in against a line of mountains to the southeast, Santa Paula is my favorite airport in Southern California. It is such an “alive” airport, full of old hangars and small aircraft of every description. I’ve flown in there a handful of times, and every time there was a busy traffic pattern full of aircraft ranging from Piper Cubs and Cessna 120s, to Decathalons and Swifts, antiques, homebuilts, and of course, more contemporary Pipers, Cessnas, and Beechcrafts. Aeroncas, Navions, Pitts’, and Extras – you name it, you’ll often find them at SZP. Pilots young and old, student and veteran, ply the pattern and ramp, lining up to refuel for another round of touch and goes or an aerobatic training session. In addition to some of the least expensive avgas around, the airport has a nice restaurant overlooking all the activity, and they’ve even got an aviation museum. Despite being non-towered, traffic sorts itself out smoothly, easily accommodating all comers. Once on the ground, open hangars reveal beautiful and pristine antiques and other aircraft in various stages of assembly. There’s a surprise around every corner! Steve McQueen, the King of Cool himself, used to keep his aircraft there in the hangar near the approach end of 22. 

Santa Paula Decathlon.Speaking of runway 22, be aware of the utility lines crossing the approach near the runway – no dragging it in low! There aren’t any glide-slope indicators, but the threshold is displaced to help you over the wires and at 2,700 feet. The runway is plenty long enough for most small aircraft.

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