FAA anticipates private drone proliferation | Mont. to let all but 3 historical beacons go dark | Scranton, Pa., airport to host airshow Aug. 12-13
March 24, 2017
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FAA anticipates private drone proliferation
By 2021 the number of private drones in the US will reach 3.6 million, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, tripling the 2016 total. The administration says 442,000 drones will be flying for commercial purposes in 2021.
Fortune (3/22) 
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Aviation Update
Mont. to let all but 3 historical beacons go dark
Montana, the last state to maintain a system of airway beacons, will see all but three of 17 remaining beacons go dark. "Montana will continue to be the only state to have any of them so pilots can still have that experience," said Debbie Alke, administrator of the Aeronautics Division at the Montana Department of Transportation.
Independent Record (Helena, Mont.) (3/13) 
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Airport Focus
Scranton, Pa., airport to host airshow Aug. 12-13
Pennsylvania's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport will host the Northeastern Pennsylvania Air Show, scheduled for Aug. 12-13. The event is returning after a 17-year hiatus and will feature aerobatic performances by military and civilian teams.
Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) (3/23) 
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Ariz. airport runway to close for a week in June
The runway at Arizona's Flagstaff Pulliam Airport will be closed for maintenance from the night of June 11 to the morning of June 19.
The Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas)/The Associated Press (3/23) 
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Avionics & Technology
NASA exploring sustainable air transportation
NASA is developing more energy-efficient, sustainable aircraft as part of its New Aviation Horizons initiative. In the 2020s, the project will test a hybrid-electric X-plane that it hopes can achieve supersonic speeds without creating a sonic boom.
Machine Design (3/20) 
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International News
Column: Israeli airport a safety model worth following
Columnist Daniel Wagner, managing director of Risk Cooperative, is skeptical that a recently imposed ban on carry-on electronics from some airports will keep travelers safer, noting that the airports listed in the ban have robust security and that the ban doesn't include airports in unstable countries. Wagner touts Israel's Ben Gurion Airport, known for its tight security, as an effective model worth following.
The Huffington Post (3/23) 
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Pilot Spotlight
Pilot flies converted warplane to fight fires
Jimmy Ferreira flies a converted Grumman S-2T bomber into battle against wildfires in California. The plane carries fire retardant to slow the fire's progress, allowing firefighters on the ground to do their jobs.
The Record (Stockton, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (3/16) 
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Vegas by helicopter; BasicMed FAQs
AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines takes a helicopter tour of the Hoover Dam. Also this week, answers to often-asked questions about BasicMed, including when you should visit your doctor. And an AOPA You Can Fly success story: A Texas flying club has made good use of the Reimagined Cessna 150 awarded in the AOPA Flying Club 150 Giveaway in October, with its first student recently soloing in the club's prize. Watch AOPA Live This Week
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