NBAA, the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) heavily criticized a decision by Brazilian police investigators to recommend criminal prosecutions of ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino in connection with last September’s midair between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 and Embraer Legacy over the Amazon jungle.
Fearing that terrorists will exploit emerging in-flight broadband services to remotely activate bombs or coordinate hijackings, the Justice Department has asked the Federal Communications Commission for the power to eavesdrop on any passenger’s Internet use or cellphone call within 10 minutes of obtaining a court order.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has taken delivery of a new AS 350B3 from Eurocopter Canada. It is the seventh to join the Canadian law enforcement force’s fleet of 38 rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. The RCMP has also exercised its option for an eighth AS 350B3. Both will go into service in western Canada–one with K Division
Cineflex (Booth No. 1644), the Helinet Aviation Services subsidiary that specializes in electromechanical motion control systems, made the trip to Heli-Expo this year to demonstrate its flagship product–the HiDEF gyro-stabilized aerial camera platform. Used primarily for television broadcasts, movie production and law enforcement, the Helinet/Cineflex system can steady an image through a zoom lens as long as 40X.
Honeywell announced that its 13-inch-diameter, 12.5-pound surveillance aircraft has successfully completed its first untethered free flight at a test facility near Laguna, New Mexico. The ducted-fan micro air vehicle, developed as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency advanced concept technology demonstration program, is designed to provide soldiers with improved situation awareness without exposing them to enemy fire.
ExxonMobil’s Avitat FBO network has adopted Megadata’s Passur FBO software suite to help track and serve Avitat customers. The Passur Avitat Networking software suite was developed exclusively for the Avitat network. Avitat FBOs will be able to use the Passur system to track customer aircraft, view data on aircraft flying into their airports and look up information about the owners of tracked aircraft.
Though active only in evening and night hours, they will be in effect through December 31 and are likely to be renewed. Originally extending from 12,000 feet to 14,000 feet, they are expected to be changed to extend from 14,000 feet to 16,000 feet. The TFRs were issued in response to U.S. Customs Service and Border Patrol unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance operations.
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