World View, a commercial balloon spaceflight company, seems one step closer to launching manned voyages after successfully flying the first parafoil from the edge of space at a record-breaking height of 102,200 feet this very morning. With this flight, World View announces a partnership with United Parachute Technologies (UPT) in conjunction with Performance Designs. A Gulfstream G650ER proved it has long legs recently by setting two city-pair records while flying around the world with just one stop. The G650ER took off from White Plains, New York, with three passengers and four crew members on board. It flew 6,939 nautical miles eastbound to Beijing at an average speed of Mach 0.87 for a total flight time of 13 hours and 20 minutes. The aircraft then flew eastbound 6,572 nm to Savannah, accomplishing the mission at an average speed of Mach 0.89 for a total flight time of 12 hours. California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is not satisfied with the proposed rules put forth by the FAA for small UAVs in the US She says that small UAVs flown for recreational purposes should also be regulated. Feinstein says that the FAA proposed UAV rules, “highlight a glaring gap in FAA’s authority. Similar or identical devices may be exempt from commonsense regulations when they are used for recreational purposes---even though the devices are most likely flown by individuals with no certification or training." All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
Airborne 02.20.15 is chock full of info in this Daily news episode for Friday, February 20th, 2015... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton, and Earl Downs, this episode covers:
Worldview Reports 102,200’ Parasail Test Flight Gulfstream G650ER Circumnavigates The Globe In One Stop California Senator Plans Legislation Regulating Recreational UAV Use British Hybrid Powered Glider In The Works Another Build Project For AirVenture 2015 Barnstorming: Getting Real About ADS-B Sandel Ju52 Installation Norwegian’s U.S. Based FAs Send Strong Message To President Obama Major Runway Construction Set At Los Angeles International Official: AirAsia Accident Report Will Be Released In August
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