GA aircraft deliveries hit $9B for Jan.-June 2017 | DJI to offer data privacy option | Airport's wildlife biologist protects planes, animals from each other
August 17, 2017
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GA aircraft deliveries hit $9B for Jan.-June 2017
A total of 995 general aviation aircraft were delivered through the first half of 2017 with a value of $9 billion. Shipments increased 2.7% over 2016, but the value of the aircraft was down 3.4% for the period.
Avionics Magazine online (8/15),  AOPA Online (8/16) 
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DJI to offer data privacy option
DJI announced it is working on an update of the software that controls its drones that will increase user privacy protection. The software being updated also protects sensitive areas like airports from unauthorized drone intrusion.
AOPA Online (8/15) 
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Airport Focus
Airport's wildlife biologist protects planes, animals from each other
Clayton Faidley, wildlife biologist at Oklahoma's Tulsa International Airport, spends most of his day harassing birds away from the facility, with an occasional skunk or lost dog offering a little variety. It's reported that 26 bird strikes occur daily at airports nationwide, damaging aircraft and endangering lives.
Tulsa World (Okla.) (8/17) 
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Avionics & Technology
FAA grants approval for TCW Technologies' backup battery systems
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved TCW Technologies' Integrated Back-up Battery Systems. The system is a self-contained power unit that ensures uninterrupted power to critical systems like radios, autopilots and GPS navigators.
General Aviation News (8/17) 
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International News
South Africa's Silver Falcons to celebrate 50th anniversary
The South Africa air force's Silver Falcons aerobatic team will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a reunion and airshow at the Langebaanweg Air Force Base. The airshow is planned for Dec. 9 and will feature performances by the Silver Falcons as well as displays of military and civilian aircraft.
DefenceWeb (Africa) (8/14) 
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Pilot Spotlight
Instructor takes student-built plane on its first flight
Instructor Ken Larson took a student-built Zenith Zodiac CH610XL on its maiden flight Friday. The plane was built over the course of two years from a donated kit by students in the North Idaho High School Aerospace Program.
Bonner County Daily Bee (Sandpoint, Idaho) (8/17) 
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Pietenpol Air Camper is a smile-maker
In this article featured in the August issue of AOPA Pilot magazine, learn how a pilot with a passion for keeping aviation history alive joined a community of Piete builders to keep an 80-year-old design in the air.
AOPA Online (8/1) 
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Aircraft owner having a blast learning to fly
An introduction to aviation by a couple of pilot buddies spurred Justin Winter to pursue his own pilot's certificate. When he decided to buy an aircraft, the South Carolina-based student pilot turned to AOPA Aviation Finance Co. for help with the purchase.
AOPA Online (8/17) 
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