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The grand prize winner of the first annual EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize explains his concept for reducing the number of accidents induced by loss of control. Also, an Airbus autonomous flying vehicle concept, Part 107 regulations for small commercial UAS, a laser pointer goes to prison, a federal lawsuit against United Airlines, pay raises for airline employees, and 787 Dreamliner engine woes.
Ihab Awad is the grand prize winner of the first annual EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize for his Airball concept designed to reduce accidents induced by loss of control. Ihab explains how the loss of correct relative wind can result in stalls and spins, and how the Airball graphical representation (a blue ball) allows the pilot to quickly understand and manage the flight state of the airplane. Airball does this using air data from a number of sensors.
Ihab is a programmer working at Google in Silicon Valley. He holds Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and computer and information sciences from the University of Minnesota. Ihab is a Sport Pilot with 150 hours, and looks forward to building his own experimental aircraft.
Follow the project at Airball.aero. Also, find Ihab on Twitter and Facebook.
Airball EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize Entry
Founder’s Innovation Finalists Forging Forward by Beth E. Stanton describes the five finalists in some detail, with videos.
Airbus Vahana autonomous flying vehicle concept under development
In Airbus Group: Future of urban mobility, My Kind of Flyover, the company says, “By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities… Airbus Group is harnessing its experience to make the dream of all commuters and travellers come true one day: to fly over traffic jams at the push of a button.” Vahana is the Airbus concept for an autonomous flying vehicle for passengers and cargo. It’s under development at the A3 “innovation outpost” in Silicon Valley.
FAA Begins Accepting Applications for Remote Pilot Operator
The new small unmanned aircraft rule for non-hobbyists (also known as Part 107 to Title 14 CFR) became effective August 29, 2016. The person flying a drone must have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating, or be directly supervised by someone with that certificate.
For more information about the new small UAS rules, see:
The UAV Digest, episode 151: Part 107: Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems where we provide a summary of the major provisions of Part 107.
The UAV Digest, episode 159: Taking the FAA Online UAS Training Course where Max Trescott talks about completing the FAA UAS online training course.
Press Conference – FAA (Small UAS Rule) (Conference starts at 10:00 into the video.)
Man sentenced to federal prison for pointing a Laser Pointer at Sheriff’s Helicopter
A 35-year-old California was has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for pointing a laser pointer at a police helicopter flying over a traffic accident.
U.S. lawsuit says United denied sick leave to pilot on active duty
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in Chicago federal court claiming that United Airlines failed to provide a pilot with sick leave when he was called to active duty by the U.S. Air Force. The suit charges that the pilot, a reservist, was denied his employment rights and violated the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
Airline employees are getting huge pay raises
After years of concessions, airline employees are starting to benefit from high airline profits.
Boeing 787 engine trouble prompts ANA to cancel some flights
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is seeing sulfidation-corrosion cracking of turbine blades on some of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets. All 50 aircraft in the ANA 787 fleet are powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.
Airplane of the Week
The OV-10 Bronco, Part 2: Foreign Variants and Civilian Applications. Sometimes history repeats itself. After being moved into the civilian world, the Bronco returned to combat twenty-plus years after it was retired, with only protest from the Marines.
- The U.S. State Department Has Its Own (Surprisingly Big) Air Force
- 16 facts you may not know about CAL FIRE’s aerial firefighting program
- California Fire Pilots Association – The OV10A Bronco
- Flying The Bronco, In the OV-10 cockpit at Cal Fire
- US military completes OV-10 tests, keeps aircraft for now
- OV-10 Broncos Were Sent To Fight ISIS And They Kicked Ass
- OV-10 mockup with floats at Waterworld exhibit, Universal Studios: Photo 1, Photo 2.
Last episode, we mentioned the 3D tour of the B747-400 Global SuperTanker using Matterport technology. If you enjoyed that, here are more aircraft 3D tours:
- First Boeing 737
- Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Heavy Bomber Plane from the Collings Foundation
- VistaJet Global Express
- Lockheed C-5 Transport Plane
Intro music courtesy Brother Love from his Album Of The Year CD. Outtro by Bruno Misonne from The Sound of Flaps.