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Flirtey, NASA deliver medicine by UAS

NASA’s Cirrus SR22 unmanned aerial system testbed has helped complete a trial that delivered medical supplies by drone.

Australian drone startup company Flirtey has teamed with NASA’s Langley Research Centre to deliver medical supplies by drone, in a research project in the US State of Virginia.

Double Sunrise navigator laid to rest

Howard “Joe” Bartsch, navigator on the World War II “Double Sunrise” flights from Australia to Ceylon, has passed away at the age of 95. Image courtesy of Qantas.

Australian aviation lost a part of its own history on July 16, with the passing of Howard “Joe” Bartsch, one of the first three navigators to guide Qantas Imperial Airways Catalina flying boats across the Indian Ocean on 271 secret mail and VIP flights to England during World War II. He was 95.

Wearable tech to help aircraft engineers

Aircraft maintenance engineers will soon be able to enlist help from remote experts, through a digital headset and glasses that will allow connected experts to show what needs to be done using a pair of virtual hands.

Fatigue, noise to feature in Airport Safety Week

Christchurch Airport staff participate in a Foreign Object Damage (FOD) tarmac walk as part of the 2014 Airport Safety Week.

Airport employees and contractors from Australia and New Zealand will participate in an industry initiative to promote safety at airports during Airport Safety Week from October 26 to 30.

Qantas returns to Sunshine Coast

After an absence of more than a decade, Qantas will return to Sunshine Coast Airport with a Sydney to Sunshine Coast daily service six days a week from December.

Solar Impulse grounded until April

The Solar Impulse solar powered aircraft attempting the first solar round the world flight will stay in Hawaii until April 2016 to repair overheated batteries.

Airbus A330s gain overrun protection

Airbus A330 aircraft are now certified to operate with the Airbus-patented runway overrun prevention system (ROPS)

Lockheed Martin may buy Sikorsky

Lockheed Martin and Textron have emerged as the frontrunners in a race to buy United Technologies’ Sikorsky helicopter business, with analysts believing Airbus and Boeing were also contenders.

ANA returns to Tokyo Sydney route

Qantas will see the return of an old competitor on the Sydney to Tokyo in December, when Japanese airline ANA begins daily Boeing 787 flights.

ATSB highlights data entry in Virgin approach report

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has highlighted the importance of ensuring correct entry of data in critical flight systems,

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