Cessna announced at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that it has received an order for four 172S Skyhawks from the University of Dubuque in Iowa. Delivery of the aircraft in September will complete the transition to an all Garmin G1000-equipped training fleet for the school’s aviation degree programs.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland (UMD) has launched a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test site in Southern Maryland.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) will hold the third Aviation Design Challenge in 2015.
For those who dream of becoming pilots, strive for jobs in aviation or are curious about the marvels of modern flight, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is now offering Aviation 101, a free online class.
Meant primarily for high school and middle school students, but open to all ages, Aviation 101 is composed of 12 high-definition video lessons that will give students an introduction to the industry. Course topics include aircraft systems, aerodynamics, flight instruments, airports, airspace, air traffic control, aeromedical factors, aviation weather, performance, navigation and more.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology will open a new campus at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in early 2015.
Auburn University in Alabama is elevating its aviation program by establishing a center that will serve as a focal point for instruction, research and outreach and support the aviation and aerospace industries.
Late in 2013 a study was released by PricewaterhouseCoopers that ranked Florida above 49 other states as the most attractive location for aviation entities to do business. Governor Rick Scott took the report in stride, suggesting it was an indicator his business-friendly policies were poised to reap economic rewards for the Sunshine State.
Aviation has been big news in Florida for 100 years. It was in 1914 when Tony Jannus began hauling passengers across Tampa Bay in an undeniably spartan Benoist. In the process he established the first scheduled airline passenger service — the world’s first airline.
One hundred years later aviation is still a big deal in Florida, and it’s getting bigger. Smack dab in the center of the state lies Lakeland. Home of the Detroit Tigers spring training facility, it’s also home to the annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo. Both are major tourist draws that are well known.
What’s less well known is that the annual fly-in is, in fact, a major fundraising event that supports educational programs year round. And those educational programs have become the basis for a movement that could have statewide —and potentially a national — impact.
SHEFFIELD, England — Flying robots that can show true autonomy and even a bit of politeness in working together and venturing into hostile environments are being developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield.
The research paves the way for robots to work intelligently alongside humans in ways that are currently familiar only through science fiction films, according to university officials. They note the robots could play important roles in crisis situations such as search and rescue missions, or operate in environments where it would be dangerous for humans to work.
Using simple flying robots, called Quadcopters, the team, based in Sheffield’s Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE), has created software that enables the robot to learn about its surroundings using a forward facing camera mounted at the front of the machine.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center conducted a series of flight missions last week, the first since becoming fully operational as a federally-designated test site. Researchers conducted missions with the university’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).