FAA streamlines RPA approvals

Ghost Drone flies

The FAA reports it has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for some commercial remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) operators. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process, which evaluated every RPA operation individually, and future operations after the agency publishes a final version of the proposed small RPA rule, FAA officials explained. [Read more…]

The secret to creating a great airshow

Will Allen: Rock and Roll Airshow Man performs regularly at the Arlington Fly-In.

It’s no secret that the main draw of many airshows are the aerial performers. That’s how you get big numbers at the gate, that’s how you draw in the non-pilots, and that’s how you inspire the next generation.

Airshow performers range from precision military demonstration teams, to energy management acts like glider aerobatics, to high-energy tumbling displays.

With so many acts to chose from, how do show organizers make their selections? With some difficulty, apparently. [Read more…]