Number of FAA-registered Drones Tops One Million

The number of drones registered with the FAA topped one million earlier this month. This number includes 878,000 hobbyists, who receive one identification number for all the drones they own; and 122,000 commercial, public, and other drones, which are individually registered. Registration is required by law, and the FAA maintains that this process helps educate …

Falcon Aviation Wins Kuwait Oil Helicopter Contract

Abu Dhabi, UAE-based business aviation services, charter, and aircraft management company Falcon Aviation has inked a five-year contract to operate and maintain three new Leonardo Helicopters AW169s for Kuwait Oil Co. (KOC), the companies announced today at the Kuwait Aviation Show. The helicopters, which will arrive in March and April, will be used for onshore …

CAE Acquires Minority Stake in Pelesys

CAE has purchased a 45-percent share of aviation training solutions and courseware provider Pelesys. Through this partnership, CAE plans to strengthen its courseware offerings. “CAE is a long-standing customer of Pelesys, and this investment is a natural evolution of our relationship,” said CAE group president for civil aviation training solutions Nick Leontidis. “By teaming up, …

Turkey and Indonesia Join Forces on a ‘New’ UAV

Indonesia’s state-owned aerospace firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) announced on January 17 that it will collaborate with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to develop a new medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with an operating altitude of 40,000 feet. PTDI production director Arie Wibowo said that the Indonesian government “wanted to reduce dependency on manufacturers in …

Thai Army Boosts Air Defense Missile Capability

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has displayed the Chinese KS (KaiShan)-1C surface-to-air missile (SAM) system that it has acquired in the past two years. It is also going ahead this year, with the purchase of vertical launch (VL) MICA air defense missile systems from MBDA. Until now, the RTA operated only short-range anti-aircraft guns such …

AirspaceX Reveals 250-mph eVTOL at Detroit Auto Show

Prospective electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) entrant Airspace Experience Technologies (AirspaceX) unveiled its design this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. AirSpaceX, a subsidiary of Detroit Aircraft Corp. (DAC), displayed a subscale model of its autonomous eVTOL aircraft, dubbed “Mobi-One,” at the show. The aircraft is designed to autonomously take …