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Century Avionics and Garmin presentation hosted at Maropeng, presented by Romain Spadiny.
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22/02/2017
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“Free enterprise capitalism exists only when people in the private sector are free to pursue their own interests without direction from government. When politicians start passing laws to tell them what to do, or bureaucrats start issuing edicts to tell them what to do, it is no longer capitalism; it’s fascism.” Rick Gaber (American writer) 

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Yuneec International expands commercial UAV offerings with all-new H520 Yuneec Typhoon H520
Yuneec International has announced the expansion of its commercial UAV offerings with the unveiling of the H520, an advanced six-rotor drone for commercial applications. The H520 builds off Yuneec’s proven six-rotor platform and incorporates industry-first commercial-grade cameras and applications for high-end commercial use. The H520 offers longer flight time, greater payload, modular design and enhanced components while staying true to Yuneec’s standard of excellence in aviation precision and safety. The H520, engineered for optimal use in industrial and commercial environments, features high visibility Hazard Orange fuselage and a six-rotor design capable of emergency flight with only five rotors. A 360-degree, three-axis gimbal coupled with retractable landing gear provides an unobstructed view from any angle. The camera and gimbal are capable of a 20 degree up-angle for upward-looking inspections. 
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Yuneec International expands commercial UAV offerings with all-new H520 Yuneec Typhoon H520
Yuneec International has announced the expansion of its commercial UAV offerings with the unveiling of the H520, an advanced six-rotor drone for commercial applications. The H520 builds off Yuneec’s proven six-rotor platform and incorporates industry-first commercial-grade cameras and applications for high-end commercial use. The H520 offers longer flight time, greater payload, modular design and enhanced components while staying true to Yuneec’s standard of excellence in aviation precision and safety. The H520, engineered for optimal use in industrial and commercial environments, features high visibility Hazard Orange fuselage and a six-rotor design capable of emergency flight with only five rotors. A 360-degree, three-axis gimbal coupled with retractable landing gear provides an unobstructed view from any angle. The camera and gimbal are capable of a 20 degree up-angle for upward-looking inspections. 
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First drone flights at an airport conducted in Atlanta, USA
For the first time, the FAA has granted permission for a drone to be flown on an airport in the United States and it wasn’t just any airport. The flight took place at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the busiest in the world. CNBC Recode reports that the seven flights were conducted by 3D Robotics on 10 January. The Berkley, CA-based company was authorised to collect data on a pair of four-story parking garages that are scheduled for demolition. On its blog, 3DR sait its team ‘used the new FAA online portal to obtain the authorisation for the flight. As part of the airspace authorisation process, 3DR and Atkins were able to demonstrate to the FAA that an operation in such a critical location between runways could be performed safely using Site Scan, 3DR’s autonomous aerial data capture platform. After coordinating with the ATL air traffic control tower, the FAA granted airspace authorisation enabling this aerial data capture on Atkins’ construction site. Part of the requirement for the authorisation was that the flight team was in radio contact with the ATL control tower at all times during the flight and performed all operations under the control tower’s authority. The flights went off without a hitch. CNBC reports that the permit required three spotters to observe the drone during its flight and continuously coordinate with ATC. 
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50-year Apollo reunion set for EAA AirVenture
It was 50 years ago, in 1967, that NASA scheduled the first Apollo mission, with the aim to land on the Moon and EAA will celebrate that era of exploration this summer at AirVenture, with a reunion of Apollo astronauts and a slate of special events. The reunion is expected to be the largest gathering of Apollo astronauts at Oshkosh since 1994, when the ‘Salute to Apollo’ programme brought together 15 of them. Many of the activities will be centred on AirVenture’s ‘Apollo Day’, on Friday 28 July, which will be highlighted by a major evening programme at the Theatre in the Woods. Among the astronauts who will attend are Frank Borman (Apollo 8), Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Fred Haise (Apollo 13), Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and Apollo 13) and Al Worden (Apollo 15).
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“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties” Erich Fromm
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