Angel MedFlight Gives Back to Community During National Autism Month

Learjet 60

Learjet 60

April 16, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


April is National Autism Awareness Month. Angel MedFlight is honoring students at Gateway Academy by providing them with a special donation and an educational event.



The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may or may not be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), but usually become obvious during early childhood (24 months to 6 years). As part of a well-baby/well-child visit, your child’s doctor should perform a “developmental screening,” asking specific questions about your baby’s progress. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) lists five behaviors that warrant further evaluation:

  • Does not babble or coo by 12 months
  • Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
  • Does not say single words by 16 months
  • Does not say two-word phrases on his or her own by 24 months
  • Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age


Any of these five “red flags” does not mean your child has autism. But because the symptoms of the disorder vary so much, a child showing these behaviors should have further evaluations by a multidisciplinary team. This team may include a neurologist, psychologist, and developmental pediatrician, speech/language therapist, learning consultant or other professionals knowledgeable about autism.


The Autism Society

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the prevalence rate for autism is now 1 in 68, which is an increase of over 30% from the 2008 CDC report. “The Autism Society continues to be concerned with the increasing prevalence of autism. In the next few days, many will discuss the reasons behind the new prevalence rates. The Autism Society and our 110 local and state affiliates are ready and willing to assist the growing population, now in the millions, of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “We know that a diagnosis doesn’t always mean services will start right away; whether it’s screening, diagnosis, interventions, or services, the earlier we take action, the better,” said Scott Badesch, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America.  For more information, go to: The Autism Society press release.


Gateway Academy

Gateway offers a different approach to learning for students that have had frustrating experiences at other schools Their program help build self-esteem and encourage learning. They customize the learning for their students.

Gateway Academy provides a unique educational environment for students from age five to nineteen years of age with Asperger’s syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD-nos, social/behavioral issues, emotional and social difficulties and specific learning difficulties associated with spectrum disorders.


Angel MedFlight Gives Back

We’re excited to have the students from Gateway Academy visit us and give them the opportunity to tour the hanger and see our aircraft up close. During the visit the students will get to visit several information stations in the hanger to ask questions and learn about the aircraft, flight medicine, aircraft maintenance and more. There will also be games, prizes and photo opportunities. We’re also pleased to announce that we will be donating 15 iMac computers to Gateway Academy for the students. We hope that these computers will help benefit the schools already terrific academics program at Gateway and we feel privileged to be able to help in honor of National Autism Awareness Month


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 68 children in the U.S. currently has autism, and reports show that number could be even higher. The number represents a nearly 30 percent spike from estimates just years ago calculating one in every 88 children had the disorder.



Angel MedFlight Logbook

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.

Angel MedFlight transports patients worldwide.


April 14, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

In March, Angel MedFlight had a record-breaking month, transporting patients and their family members from all around the globe, including an 8,011 mile flight from T’ai Pei to Texas. When all was said and done our pilots and medical crew flew our Learjets an astonishing total of 103,254 statute miles worldwide.


We fly patients for any number of medical reasons. In March, the largest number of flights was for post trauma recovery. The ages of our patients are as diverse as the reasons they need a medical transport. Our youngest passenger in March was only 85 days old, and our oldest patient was 95 years young.


We’re so glad that we can help so many people in need of medical transports. It’s our honor to have made a positive impact on these patient’s lives. Our team stands ready 24/7/365 to go anywhere in the world to transport patients.

The Top 5 Reasons To Choose Angel MedFlight

Angel MedFlight Crew

Angel MedFlight Crew

April 10, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


Angel MedFlight is the world’s leading air ambulance service provider. The way Angel MedFlight operates is unique and sets a new standard for the air medical transport industry. Below are the Top-Five reasons you should choose Angel MedFlight for your patient’s air medical transport.


 5. The Best, Highly Trained Medical Crews – Angel MedFlight Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics undergo extensive training, hold additional certifications and attend continuing education training. They train on a high tech patient simulator called SimMan®3G.


4. Jets!! – Angel MedFlight transports patients on jet aircraft.  Unlike brokers, Angel MedFlight owns, operates and maintains a fleet of medically configured Learjet 35s and 60s. Jets fly higher, above the weather, have longer ranges, are faster and safe. With jets, Angel MedFlight has a Global Reach, transporting patient across the country or around the world.


3. Bedside-to-Bedside® – Angel MedFlight’s medical crew is with your patient for every segment of the entire medical transport, including on the ground and in the air.  Bedside-to-Bedside®ensures continuity of care.


2. Safety – ARG/US International awarded Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance with its highest honor, the prestigious Platinum Rating. Only the safest, most trustworthy charter operators and aviation companies receive this elite award.  Angel MedFlight is committed to safety and is proud to have a perfect safety record.


1. One Touch Promise® – Angel MedFlight employs a team of experts in medicine, aviation, case management and insurance law. One Touch Promise® means that when you pick up the phone and call Angel MedFlight, their highly skilled team goes to work for you. They do all the legwork, coordinate every aspect and handle every detail of the medical flight, including contacting the insurance company, ground ambulance transfer, coordinating schedules with medical facilities and more. Angel MedFlight is an advocate for their patients.

New Space-based Aircraft Monitoring System Will Change the Future of Air Traffic Control


April 7, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


Malaysia Flight 370 seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth and after three weeks of searching, experts are still at a loss as to what really happened to the ill-fated flight. Experts believe the Boeing 777 went down in the ocean. One of the main problems with the search is that the airliner went down in one of the most remote areas of the world, the southern Indian Ocean. This is a vast area of unpredictable weather, and swirling currents far from land, making the search efforts difficult. Flight 370 was equipped with a transponder, as most planes are. The transponder is the primary way that the plane is seen on air traffic control radar. However, the transponder remains a mystery on Flight 370. According to experts, it was either deliberately turned off or suffered a failure that made it stop working. At that time, the planes exact position was unknown to air traffic control. Planes are only seen by radar when they are within 200 miles of a radar tower. Even with a perfectly operational transponder, once aircraft are out over the open ocean, they can no longer be seen on radar by air traffic control. In fact, about only 10% of the earth’s surface has radar or radio communication coverage for aircraft. This has been a long standing problem for airlines and air traffic controllers.


New Technology Is Coming

Aireon is a company that plans to revolutionize how air traffic monitoring will be done in the future. According to Aireon CEO, Don Thoma, Aireon has partnered with Iridium, a satellite communications company, and Nav Canada, a privatized provider of air traffic control service for Canada and three other countries. Don Thoma says, “Airplanes flying over the oceans are not being tracked.” Thoma explains,“The only way to provide either communication, or tracking services, is through satellite.” According to Thoma, Aireon will  “provide real-time tracking” of all aircraft, no matter where they are in the world, using precise GPS satellite tracking. According to Thoma, instead of having a receiver on a land based tower, the information will be transmitted to one of iridium’s 66 satellites, which will be deployed above the earth. Those satellites will receive the information and relay it back to the air traffic controllers giving them real-time surveillance. Having this type of precise coverage will allow air traffic controllers to assign airliners more direct routes and optimize the flight. Thoma says “this could says the airliner industry $6 -$8 billion dollars in fuel for the world’s airlines.” “The impact for search and rescue is significant. When you have that real-time precise update it certainly could narrow the search area for an  aircraft, such as the Malaysia 370 Flight.” Thoma says they’re working on deploying all 66 satellites and plan to have “a system in operation by 2018 that will provide an operational, 100% global aircraft tracking service.”


Don Thoma

Don Thoma

Many experts and families of Malaysia Flight 370 have been mystified how in the 21st century a large aircraft like the Boeing 777 can simply disappear. With this new satellite based precise global surveillance system in place, hopefully tragedies like this can be avoided in the future.




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Scottsdale Airport Runway will Transform into a Racecourse

Runners get to race on the runway

Runners get to race on the runway

April 4, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


Angel MedFlight’s headquarters and hangar is located just off the runway at Scottsdale Airport. The airport is nestled at the base of the beautiful McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale. Usually a hustling bustling airport with all types of aircraft coming and going, the busy airport will be transformed into a racecourse on Saturday, April 5, 2014, between 6:30-10 a.m.

Scottsdale Airport

Scottsdale Airport

The annual Run The Runway event gives runners, both old and young, a unique experience to race down the airport runway. The runway will be shut down for multiple races throughout the morning. The first race, a 10k, begins at 7:45 a.m., followed by a 5k run/walk at 8a.m.  At 8:45, kids can run a one-mile race with their favorite Arizona team mascots, including the Phoenix Sun’s Gorilla, Coyote’s Howler, Cardinals’s Big Red, Sun Devil’s Sparky and Diamodback’s Baxter. Run The Runway benefits Playworks Arizona, the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time coaches to low-income, urban schools, where they transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers get the most out of every learning opportunity.

Kids love the Mascot Dash Race

Kids love the Mascot Dash Race

Special awards will be given out to the winners, and festivities after the race will include vendor expo’s,bouncy inflatable’s  in the children’s area, a DJ, guest appearances of the team mascots and photo opportunities with planes.


Angle MedFlight aircraft use the runway all the time, but we’ve never had the chance to run on it.  It will be a fun event for lucky runners, walkers and airplane enthusiasts alike. We can’t wait to walk and run on the runway too!


Angel MedFlight’s Golf Team Tees Off Once Again to Benefit Aviation Students

AMF Players at 2014 AZBAA Golf Benefit

Angel MedFlight Golf Team Members: Kyle Luginbyhl, John Courtemanche, Jennifer Dahlgren and Carl Anderson

March 31, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

They may not be heading for Augusta or the Masters, but Angel MedFlight was represented well at this year’s Arizona Business Aviation Association’s annual benefit golf tournament by golfers Kyle Luginbyhl, John Courtemanche, Jennifer Dahlgren and Carl Anderson.

The 2014 Annual AZBAA Golf Benefit took place Saturday, March 29 at the beautiful Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale. The day began with registration at 11:00 a.m. gathering for sign-up and warm-up on the driving range. The 27-hole golf course at Kierland is a lush, well-manicured, traditional layout with the gorgeous backdrop of desert scenery.

Kierland Golf Club

The players teed off under sunny skies, participating in a four-person, best-ball scramble. Throughout the course, there were opportunities for friendly competition in the name of giving, with designated hole-in-one, closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive holes. The outstanding Angel MedFlight  team came out on top, taking third-place honors. Our individual players also excelled in the contest. Carl Anderson, flight coordinator, won “Closest to The Pin (Men)”; Jen Dahlgren, flight coordinator, won “Longest Drive (Women)” and John Courtemanche, maintenance officer, won “Longest Putt (Men)”. Congratulations Team!


trophies from AZBAA golf benefit


Each of this year’s 144 participants received top quality golf shirts and hats embroidered with the tournament and sponsors’ logos, a player gift package that included balls, tees and unique, fun accessories.

Once all the foursomes had played 18 holes, participants, guests and volunteers enjoyed a festive dinner, awards presentation and raffle drawings.

All proceeds raised from the event support a scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in business aviation from an accredited Arizona college or university.

Angel MedFlight congratulates the Spring 2014 AZBAA Scholarships recipients:

Jessica Schram, who received $5000 is about to take her commercial pilot written test in pursuit of a business aviation career.

Adrian Orellana, a $2000 winner, is working toward his A and P at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Kevin Otterstrom, also a $2000 winner, has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Dakota and a masters from Embry-Riddle, Chandler, and risk management training from Stanford University.

Richard Formo, who received $2000, is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in aviation business management and economics from Embry-Riddle University in Prescott.

Lisanne Kippenberg, was awarded $2000 toward her pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in aviation business management and safety also at Embry-Riddle, while working several jobs on-campus.

Clayton Marr, received a  FlightSafety King Air type certificate training course. He is a multi-engine instrument instructor pilot at ATP, a lead ramp agent for Allegiant at Gateway, and an altitude chamber operator for ASU Gateway. Clayton is pursuing his degree in professional flight and management at ASU in hopes of getting on with a flight department.


The Scholarship Committee of the Arizona Business Aviation Association received a large number of high-quality applications for the Spring 2014 scholarships, from which these applicants were chosen.

AZBAA hosted a dinner buffet and awards ceremony, announcing winners of the tournament, with individual prizes and raffle drawings.


Chandra with Barbara Conlon at 2014 AZBAA Golf Benefit

Angel MedFlight’s Director of Business Development Chandra Stewart and AZBAA Executive Director Barbara Conlon


A major goal of this event is to make it affordable, says Barbara Conlon, the Association’s Executive Director, adding that many golfers may shy away from the more expensive charity golf events.

“At a price of $185 per golfer, including dinner, we have kept the entry fee more enticing to attract more individuals from all walks of the aviation industry,” Conlon says.

To help cover costs, AZBAA gets help from sponsors and contributors, including Angel MedFlight whose own Director of Development, Chandra Stewart, is a board member. This strategy ensures for positive financial growth for the scholarship program, added Conlon.


Angel MedFlight extends a big thank you to all the AZBAA members and supporters for their continued dedication to promoting Arizona’s business aviation interests.

And, last but not least, thanks go to Kyle, John, Jen and Carl for representing Angel MedFlight on the course – way to go, team!

AZBAA is a non-profit organization that provides local lobby, education and support activities to advance the interests of business aviation growth and well-being in the state of Arizona.



“Father of Black Aviation” Honored with Stamp

Chief Civilian Flight Instructor Charles Alfred Anderson took Eleanor Roosevelt on an hour-long flight during her 1941 visit to the Tuskegee Institute. Here they are pictured aboard the aircraft shortly after landing. Photo: Airforce Historical Research Agency.

Chief Civilian Flight Instructor Charles Alfred Anderson took Eleanor Roosevelt on an hour-long flight during her 1941 visit to the Tuskegee Institute. Here they are pictured aboard the aircraft shortly after landing. Photo: Airforce Historical Research Agency.

March 24, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson, commonly referred to as the “Father of Black Aviation,” or the “Charles Lindbergh of Black Aviation,” was honored in March when he was immortalized on a new stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service. The Anderson stamp is the 15th in the postal service’s Distinguished American Series.

Anderson, born February 9, 1907, was known for his record-breaking flights that inspired other African Americans to become pilots.

The Beginnings

Anderson always had a passion for airplanes. As a young child living with his grandmother in Virginia, Anderson would always be out searching for airplanes. After moving to live with his parents in Pennsylvania, he dreamed of flying and getting his Private Pilot’s License, but in those days, flight schools wouldn’t offer flight training to blacks. Anderson came up with a plan of his own. He was able to borrow $2,700 from members of the community that saw his passion for flying, and bought himself an airplane. It was a Velie Monocoupe; a wooden frame and dope-fabric covered monoplane. He was eventually allowed to join a flying club where he got tips on how to fly from some of the pilots and pretty soon had taught himself to takeoff and land. As Anderson later recalled, he learned to fly by reading books, getting some help from a few friendly white pilots and, in his own words, “fooling around with” the plane. By 1929, he had taught himself well enough, against all odds, to obtain a Private Pilot’s License.

Anderson eventually found an instructor, Ernst Buehl, to help him qualify for an air transport, or a commercial license. Buehl, a recent immigrant from Germany and owner of a flying school near Philadelphia, helped him refine his techniques and even persuade a federal examiner to let Anderson take the commercial pilot’s test. When Anderson secured the license in 1932, he was the only African American in the nation qualified to serve as a flight instructor or to fly commercially. Later, Anderson was the first African American pilot to fly a round-trip transcontinental flight giving him the nickname, “Charles Lindbergh of black aviation.”

Tuskegee Airmen

Anderson was known for his role in training the Famous World War II fighter squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen of Tuskegee, Alabama. As the war unfolded in 1939, legislation was enacted that allowed civilian blacks to enroll into flight training for the military. Anderson was recruited by the Tuskegee Institute as the Chief Civilian Flight Instructor to train black pilots to be part of an all black pursuit squadron. He soon earned his nickname, “Chief.” In 1941, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited the school and asked to take a flight with Anderson. The First Lady told Anderson she had always heard that “colored people couldn’t fly,” but it appeared that he could. “I’m just going to have to take a flight with you,” she said. Anderson took the First Lady on a scenic tour of the flight school from the air in a Piper Cub airplane.

The War Department’s plans for a black pursuit squadron took shape when ground crews of the 99th Pursuit Squadron (later renamed the 99th Fighter Squadron) began their training in March 1941. The first class of black pilots graduated in March 1942, and soon thereafter, the nation’s first all-black military aviation unit became fully manned. In 1943, the 99th of the U.S. Army Air Forces began combat operations in North Africa. Along with members of several other all-black flying units whose pilots began their training under Anderson at Moton Field, the 99th are now commonly known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

During the war, the Tuskegee Airmen escorted heavy bombers on hundreds of missions in the European theater. They flew thousands of sorties, destroyed more than a hundred German aircraft, and received scores of Distinguished Flying Crosses. Their professionalism and effectiveness in combat were pivotal in the newly independent U.S. Air Force becoming the nation’s first branch of the armed services to desegregate in 1949.

For the rest of his life after the war, Anderson pursued his passion for flying and teaching others to fly. In 1967, he helped organize Negro Airmen International to encourage interest in aviation among African-American youth. Anderson died at his Tuskegee home in 1996 at the age of   89.

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One of the Founding Fathers of Aerobatics to Be Honored

Bob Hoover is known for his straw hat

Bob Hoover is known for his straw hat

March 21, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


This month The Wings Club, a global society of aviation professionals and the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA) is honoring Mr. Robert “Bob” Hoover. Hoover has done it all. He was a pilot in WWII, a U.S. Air Force test pilot, world record holder and most recognized as an accomplished civil air show pilot. The groups will be honoring him with the Outstanding Aviator Award.


Hoover is known as one of the founding fathers of aerobatics. He got his start in aviation by enrolling in the Tennessee National Guard, who sent him to pilot training with the U.S. Army. His first assignment as a new pilot was to test flying assembled aircraft before they were released to service. Later Hoover was assigned to fly the Spitfire and was shot down over Germany. He spent 16 months in a German prison camp until he escaped and amazingly found his freedom when stole a FW 190 and flew to safety in the Netherlands.


Hoover has known such aviation greats such as Orville Wright, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Jacqueline Cochran, Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin. Hoover also holds the record for transcontinental and “time to climb” speed.


Test Pilot

After the war Hoover was assigned as an U.S. Air Force test-flight pilot at Wright Field. There he met Chuck Yeager and was part of Yeager’s flight crew. He flew the chase plane for Yeager’s flight in the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star and was Yeager’s back-up pilot for the Bell X-1. He was a test pilot in the FJ Fury, F-86, and F-100 Supersabre.

Bob Hoover's Aero Commander, Shrike Commander

Bob Hoover’s Aero Commander, Shrike Commander

Air Show Demonstrator

During the 1960s Hoover proposed that he fly the P-51 fighters at air shows. Hoover demonstrated the P-51, nicknamed “Ole Yeller” and later started flying the trade mark plane, the Aero Commander Shrike Commander. Hoover was able to perform all sorts of aerobatic maneuvers in this relatively bulky looking twin piston-engine business plane. He was able to put the plane through loops and rolls. As a grand finale, he shut down both engines and executed a loop and an eight-point hesitation slow roll as he headed back to the runway. One of Hoover’s signature stunts was to do a complete barrel roll in the Commander, while pouring a glass of ice tea from a pitcher. Hoover was the official starter at the Reno 

Bob hover's P-51 Mustang nicknamed "Ole Yeller"

Bob hover’s P-51 Mustang nicknamed “Ole Yeller”

Air Races flying ‘”Ole Yeller” as the pace plane. To start the race, he would pull into a vertical climb and blast over the radio “Gentlemen, you have a race!” Hoover retired from the air show circuit in the 1990s and his Shrike Commander is on display at the National Air and Space Museum.

During his illustrious career, he was awarded the following military medals: Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldier’s Medal for Valor, Air Medal with Clusters, Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre. He was also made an honorary member of the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, RCAF Snowbirds, American Fighter Aces Association, Original Eagle squadron and received an Award of Merit from the American Fighter Pilots Association. In 1992, he was inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor. In 2007, he received the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy.

The Wings Club, founded in 1942, is the premiere aviation club in the world. Dedicated to preserve the history and traditions of aviation, the Club provides a forum for discussion and debate on aeronautical and aviation issues. Previous recipients of this award were Patty Wagstaff, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) and the Doolittle Raiders.

Bob Hoover

Bob Hoover

Angel MedFlight congratulates Mr. Hoover for all his accomplishments in aviation and for being awarded the Aviator Award.

Amazing New Airship Creates New Category of Aircraft

Hybrid Air Vehicle

Hybrid Air Vehicle


March 19, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)


March 4, 1936 the airship Hindenburg (D-LZ 1290) made its maiden flight at Friedrichshafen, Germany. The Hindenburg was 803 feet, 10 inches long and 135 feet in diameter. The hydrogen filled, monster sized airship was designed by Ludwig Dürr and had luxurious features like a spacious, elegant dining room, sleeping berths, private rooms, an observation deck and smoking lounge. The Hindenburg was powered by four massive engines weighing an astonishing 4,356 pounds each and produced a maximum 1,320 horsepower. Lift was created by filling 16 separate latex and cotton gas cells with 7,062,000 cubic feet of hydrogen. When fully loaded the airship could cruise at a maximum speed of 84 miles per hour. At the time the Hindenburg was a modern marvel. On May 6, 1937 the unthinkable happened when the Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed while attempting to dock at the Lakehurst, N.J. Naval Air Station. 36 passengers and crew lost their lives in the disaster.


Fast forward 78 years and there’s an amazing new high-tech airship being prepped for commercial use. The Hybrid Air Vehicle (HAV304) Airship. The HAV304 is known as a long distance multi-intelligence vehicle and is being classified as a new type of aircraft called hybrid air vehicles. The Aircraft design was a $300 million project that was originally designed for use by the U.S. Army, but the Army scrubbed the project. The Army sold the project to British investors, including Rocker Bruce Dickinson of the Rock Band Iron Maiden. Dickinson is an accomplished pilot and former airline pilot. The British group of investors has big plans for the enormous, modern airship. Dickinson plans to manufacture and sell the aircraft to prospective buyers for surveillance, security, and humanitarian projects or as a communications or broadcast platform. People in Bedfordshire England, where the aircraft is located, were astonished by its size. Part plane, part helicopter, part airship, it measures 300 feet long and is now considered the largest aircraft in the world, surpassing the Antonov AN-225 by 30 feet and Airbus A380 by 63 feet.


The British company sees the HAV304 as the next generation of environmentally friendly cargo aircraft. The low carbon aircraft is estimated to be 70% more environmentally friendly than cargo planes. It is powered by four 350 hp engines and has an interesting aerodynamic shape that is similar to an airplane and can create lift in a similar way that an airplane’s wing does. It cruises at a speed of 100 miles per hour and has the capacity of hauling passengers and cargo. It can stay aloft for three-and-half weeks, which can be useful for delivering humanitarian aid, communications and surveillance. HAV plans to build 600-1000 new freight versions called the Airlander 50 over the next ten years, which will create 1,800 new jobs. They believe this newer version will be able to carry up to 50 tons of freight and is much safer and better for the environment than the ill-fated Hindenburg ever was. HAV hopes to lead the world in this new type of aircraft production in years to come.


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Drone Swarm

Drones Are Being Used More Frequntly

Drones Are Being Used More Frequently


March 17, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)

There has been a lot in the news lately about drones. These are the small, multi-rotor, radio controlled type that you can buy for around $300 and mount a camera too. You may have heard some of the mishaps regarding them. There was a drone that crashed into the crowded streets in New York City, almost hitting a businessman. Another one crashed into a crowd of spectators at a sporting event, when its batteries died; hitting three adults and just missing a child.


The FAA isn’t happy about the sudden popularity and use of drones and the disregard for aviation laws by operators. They want to make sure the public is safe from accidents. But, it looks like drones are here to stay. Their popularity among multiple industries, like real estate agencies making aerial videos of properties for sale and film makers getting that perfect aerial shot, is growing rapidly. Since these drones are so affordable, it’s making them really popular for small, start-up businesses and the general public. The FAA predicts at least 7,500 of them will be maneuvering around the skies in the next five years.


The trouble with these “Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” (UASs), as the FAA classifies them, is the safety issues. They are concerned about them flying over populated areas or crowed events and their operators losing control of them. The FAA says that anyone using a drone for commercial use is breaking the law. The FAA classifies a drone being used for business as a commercial aircraft and is therefore illegal. The FAA is currently working on laws surrounding UASs. They are considering rules for drones that weigh less than 55 pounds and separate regulations for larger ones.


In the mean time businesses are very excited at the aspect of using drones. There is the beer company in Minnesota that wants to deliver 12 packs of beer to remote ice fisherman on a lake, by drone. Then, you may have heard Amazon wants to deliver your packages from their distribution centers to your front door via drone. Film makers and TV news stations are using drones for aerial coverage in some cases, instead of hiring expensive helicopters. A drone was used by a Los Angeles film company to film aerial scenes in the recent film The Wolf of Wall Street and for a Honda commercial. The FAA can’t police all the companies that break the current laws, but if they do find companies illegally using drones, they will ask them to stop. Most companies using drones believe they are not breaking the law because they believe they can fly them under the hobbyist model aircraft rules, which allow model, radio controlled planes to fly under 400 feet. However, this only applies to hobbyists, not people flying drones for commercial use.


The concerns of the FAA are valid. Recently a drone was spotted by pilots of a Boeing 777 at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, flying only 200 feet from the jet. Other pilots have reported similar incidents with drones flying near them. Others fear drones equipped with video cameras can invade their privacy and allow people to spy on them. Anyone with a drone and a camera can hover just about anywhere and film what’s going on. More advanced high-tech drones are being developed too. Some of the next generation, advanced models will be considerably larger and cost in the millions. We’ll have to see what the future holds for drones. The FAA is said to be meeting now to outline rules, that will be released sometime this year and they are also issuing permits to test drones by companies developing them. In the meantime, keep an eye toward the sky.


Published in: on March 17, 2014 at 10:29 am  Leave a Comment  

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