The latest development of the Marine Corps

The latest development in an ambitious effort of the Marine Corps is to use unmanned aircraft to resupply troops in the field. This demonstration tests what the military calls a “pilot in a box.” It will allow Marines to convert manned helicopters, including Vietnam-era Hueys, into remote-controlled aircraft that can deliver supplies to dangerous places without putting pilots in harms way. The technology will allow the Marines to reduce the number of troops in logistical support, freeing up more for combat, said Loren Thompson, a military analyst at the Lexington Institute.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/02/22/drones-supplying-united-states-troops/98155244/

Warren Buffet invested 10b into four airlines

Warren Buffet‘s Berkshire Hathaway invested nearly $10 billion into American, Delta, United, and Southwest Airlines. Surprisingly enough, in 2013, Buffet referred to the country‘s airline industry as a "deathtrap for investors", according to Business Insider. Over the past two years, the chosen airlines have reported record profits, positive post-financial crisis capacity discipline and lower labor costs. Thus, instead of picking one airline to invest in, Warren Buffet selected all four.

A drones's perspective of the world

A group of international photographers is doing the same thing — but from a drone's perspective. Here are a few of the eye-catching images we came across and the stories behind them: An island home in Solomon Islands, Romanian sheep, seen from the sky, "Lion's Rock" towers above a Sri Lankan jungle, Cambodian children couldn't believe what they saw.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/21/510324415/photos-a-drones-view-of-the-world

Extended benefits of drones

In recent years, drone technology has attracted attention due to its use in countless conflicts around the world. Even though unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have proven hugely successful in military service for decades, they also hold enormous commercial potential. Companies are just beginning to unlock the numerous benefits of drones, experimenting with everything from crop-dusting to pizza delivery. UAV technology has made huge strides in recent years, along with regulations and investment support, making it far more user-friendly for commercial applications.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2016/09/02/the-industries-where-drones-could-really-take-off-infographic/#6b4d936c27ad

 

Traffic management system for drones

Hundreds of drones are expected to hit the Singapore skies in the near future, but many questions how they will safely fly over dense and urban areas have risen lately. Researchers have unveiled a traffic management system, which is much like the traffic laws and infrastructure cars have on roads. Named Traffic Management of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, this initiative would designate air-lanes and use virtual fences to reroute drones around restricted geographical locations.

http://i-hls.com/2017/01/uav-traffic-management-system-will-designate-urban-air-lanes/

Turkish cargo Boeing 747 crashes in Kyrgyzstan

A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan, killing all four crew and at least 33 people on the ground. The Boeing 747 operated by ACT Airlines crashed as it was about to land in fog at Manas airport, 25km (15 miles) north of the capital, Bishkek. At least 15 buildings were destroyed in the village outside the airport and at least 33 people were killed.

Drone schools for younger people

Leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry are trying to persuade young people who think drones are cool to consider flying them for a living. Commercial pilots must obtain a FAA drone license, and some companies that employ such pilots have started selling classes that help students prepare for the FAA test or just figure out whether they would be interested in such a career.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/drone-schools-woo-younger-pilots-commercial-jobs-44777374

10 essential technologies that will drive the next economy

There are many that in combination will drive massive change across both – the consumer and enterprise domain. Specifically, I think 10 are essential, and shaping the industries of the future: drones, blockchain, big data, augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robots, internet of things, genetics.

http://www.game-changer.net/2016/08/29/10-emerging-technologies-that-will-drive-the-next-economy/

The beauty of autumn captured by drones

Aerial drones capture the beauty of autumn from Canada to Lithuania. The air is getting cooler, the sun is setting earlier, and the colors are changing. Leaves in vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange now adorn the trees. Fall is here, and trees are displaying brilliant colors to prove it. Photographers across the globe are capturing the beauty from above–by use of aerial drones.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/fall-drone-photos/

Norway's midnight sun filmed by drones

Drone captures the haunting beauty of Northern Norway’s Mountains. This stunning landscape attracted filmmaker Michael Fletcher to film it by drone throughout midnattssol, or midnight sun, a natural phenomenon that occurs for several weeks during the summer in which the sun appears to never go below the horizon. During this time, the Earth's axis angles the north Arctic toward the sun, creating an effect of a combined sunset and sunrise. Fletcher's compilation immerses us among the mountains with aerial views of northern Norway's mountains.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase/drone-captures-the-haunting-beauty-of-northern-norways-mountains?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_tw20161113video-lofotendronefootage&utm_campaign=Content&sf42102155=1

The new Disney nighttime show

The new nighttime show coming to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World in Florida is using g drones. UAVs equipped with seasonal lights, will fill the night sky and create imagery that traditional projection and fireworks never could. However, Disney is preparing all kinds of unmanned aerial vehicles for use in their parks, from drones equipped with their own projection systems to drones that can actually assist in igniting fireworks.

http://www.slashfilm.com/disney-world-drones/

Drones allowed at Disney parks

Drones are now allowed at Disney parks. The waiver requires that drone operators at Disney must have remote pilot certificates and allows the aircraft to be flown at night. Government aviation authorities have given Disney permission to fly drones at the company's theme parks in Florida and California. The Federal Aviation Administration earlier this week issued a waiver to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, allowing the drones to be flown.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/drones/a23716/drones-disney/

Next-generation fighter concept from Boeing

Boeing is out with new concept art for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation fighter jet, a sleek, tail-less design featuring conformal engine inlets and what looks like a manned cockpit. The tail-less airframe, thin swept wings and conformal shaping suggest a stealthy, penetrating aircraft that may be able to fly supersonic. Boeing’s new vision comes as the Air Force begins to solidify a plan for the next generation of air superiority, alternatively called “sixth-generation fighter,”

http://aviationweek.com/blog/meet-boeings-latest-next-gen-fighter-concept?platform=hootsuite

Lufthansa says goodbye to the Boeing 737

Lufthansa says goodbye to the Boeing 737 at a ceremony held in Hamburg  after special flight LH9922 arrived from Frankfurt. It served them well for 48 years but on Monday. noting that aviation fans and airline employees have long referred to the aircraft as “Bobby,” thanks to a 1960s children’s book that suggested the Boeing 707 was the new jet’s father and the B727 its mother.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/11/01/lufthansa-boeing-737/93104524/

 

Showing the beauty of Australia's coastline with a drone

Drone photographer turns coastline into art. Showcasing the beauty of Australia's coastline and now travelling regularly, Scanu's photographs depict the gorgeous contrasts where land meets the ocean. Scenic composition is in the photographer's DNA, with Scanu telling From Where I Drone that his father Viv, a cinematographer, introduced him to the art capturing real life on film, all at the tender age of 12. The photographer recently returned from a trip to the United States where he captured some instantly recognisable landmarks from almost abstracted vantage points.

http://mashable.com/2016/10/31/gabriel-scanu-landscape-aerial-drone-photography/#RzrgrjRZrkqh

Plane incident at Chicago Intl Airport

Pilots were forced to abort a takeoff and evacuate passengers from a burning American Airlines flight on a runway at Chicago O'Hare International Airport after the airliner experienced what a federal official said was a rare and serious type of engine failure. Flames and heavy black smoke poured from the side of the Boeing 767 jet as it sat on the runway Friday after the aborted takeoff. Officials said the incident left 21 people injured. Footage from the scene showed passengers coming down emergency slides and hurrying across grass next to the runway as emergency vehicles surrounded the plane. The right wing was drooping toward the ground and appeared to have partially melted.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/official-plane-chicago-had-rare-serious-engine-failure-040432406.html

Last KLM flight to St. Maarten

For 26 years, a tropical paradise has been home to one of the world's scariest and most exhilarating landings in the world. Today, that era came to an end.

The last KLM Boeing 747 touched down in St. Maarten at 11:03 a.m. ET yesterday.

Since 1990, Dutch airline KLM has served beach goers hair-raising landings as their jumbo jets soared at low altitudes over the sandy coast and onto the runways at Princess Juliana International Airport.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/jumbo-jet-makes-run-worlds-scariest-landing-st/story?id=43134296&cid=clicksource_4380645_6_comic_strip_sq_hed