VTOL e-news Asia-Pacific – November Report 2019

VTOL e-news Asia-Pacific – November Report 2019.

Late News Alert: 3 Dec 19. Senate Inquiry launched into CASA and GA.

To gauge effectiveness of new regulations applied to GA over past decade. 

Senator Susan McDonald to be RRAT Chair. Welcome news for industry!  

 Quick find news items:

Page 3. HAI’s Golden Hour Award to NSW Ambulance Aeromedical Rescue Helicopter Service.

Page 4. Editor’s Welcome. A look at changes heading our way in 2020.

Page 5. Editor of the Year Award. Steve Hitchen – The Last Minute Hitch.

Page 7. CASA’s CEO November Briefing – Service delivery transformation.

Page 8. AHIA President’s Message – AVGAS report mailed to 643 operators.

Page 9. Ken Cannane – Introducing AMROBA – need for international agreements.

Page 11. AAUS’s AGM elections & news. Noise regulation paper to DITCRD.

Page 12. HAI CEO – Matt Zuccaro – Overcoming negative media reports.

Page 13. USA news. First U.S. AW169 HEMS fleet Operational.

Page 16. New Zealand news. Fatal helicopter prosecution a warning to all.

Page 18. AHIA AGM Results – Office bearers. Introducing Shannon O’Hara.

Page 19. Taranis partners with Stratus Imaging – Advanced crop monitoring.

Page 20. Global news. MRH90 Maintenance Rig for Australian Defence Force.

Page 23. Skyportz and Parking Australia announce flying taxi infrastructure partnership.

Page 24. OzRunways – Setting up an EFB for commercial operations – Part 1.

Page 29. Notice Board – We need your news! Why not advertise with us?

Page 30. Coming events. Need a reason to travel for personal professional development?

Page 33. Around the campfire – golf humour at its worst?

 

Kindest regards,

 

Rob Rich – Editor

VTOL e-news Asia-Pacific

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New Mexico Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station

New Mexico Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir controlling the Canadarm2 robotic arm
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir controlling the Canadarm2 robotic arm at the robotics workstation on the International Space Station during the first spacewalk to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.
Credits: NASA

Students from New Mexico will have an opportunity next week to talk with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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New reentry CubeSat in orbit

 

New reentry CubeSat in orbit Image:ESA’s latest space mission has reached orbit. The Qarman CubeSat flew to space aboard SpaceX’s Dragon launched from Florida, USA, on Thursday 5 December, ahead of a planned rendezvous with the International Space Station on Sunday 8 December. From there, Qarman – seen here during plasma wind tunnel testing – will be deployed into space in late January 2020.

CubeSats are low-cost nanosatellites based around standard 10 cm units and typically end their spaceflights burning up in the atmosphere as their orbits gradually decay. But the three-unit Qarman (QubeSat for Aerothermodynamic Research and Measurements on Ablation) is designed with this fiery fate in mind.

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SpaceX Dragon Heads to Space Station with NASA Science, Cargo

SpaceX Dragon Heads to Space Station with NASA Science, Cargo

SpaceX launches its 19th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station at 12:29 p.m. EST Dec. 5, 2019.
SpaceX launches its 19th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station at 12:29 p.m. EST Dec. 5, 2019, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Credits: NASA TV

A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station after launching at 12:29 p.m. EST Wednesday. Dragon will deliver more than 5,700 pounds of NASA cargo and science investigations, including studies of malting barley in microgravity, the spread of fire, and bone and muscle loss.

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NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting

NASA Highlights Solar Mission, Jupiter Cyclone at AGU Meeting

New findings from NASA’s Juno mission at Jupiter will be presented Dec. 11 at a press conference during the AGU Meeting
New findings from NASA’s Juno mission at Jupiter will be presented Dec. 11 at a press conference during the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco. NASA-related briefings will stream live on the agency’s website.

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Astronaut assistant CIMON-2 is on its way to the International Space Station

Human-machine interaction and artificial intelligence in space

New technology demonstrator with improved ‘sense of direction’ and ‘empathy’

Cape Canaveral, 5 December 2019 – A new CIMON for the International Space Station (ISS): CIMON-2 (Crew Interactive MObile companioN) lifted off on its journey into space on 5 December 2019. This modified version of the astronaut assistant has been equipped for new tasks and was developed and built in Germany. Like its predecessor, CIMON-2 will be deployed in the Columbus European research module. CIMON is a free-flying, spherical technology demonstrator for human-machine interaction and features artificial intelligence.

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Lucky 13 for Milan Bergamo

For the first time in its history, Milan Bergamo Airport has hit the 13 million passenger mark, setting a new record for annual passengers for the Italian gateway. Handling just one million passengers for the first time in 1999, today saw the airport celebrate the historic moment with the lucky 13-millionth passenger departing for Dheli via Rome.

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Skyports raises £5.35 million in Series A funding

London, United Kingdom, Thursday 5 December 2019 – Skyports, the urban air mobility infrastructure provider and drone delivery operator, has raised £5.35 million in Series A funding. Jointly led by Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures (DBDV) and Groupe ADP, the round also includes significant new investment from Levitate Capital following their seed investment in the company in January 2018.

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Ucore Granted Interlocutory Injunction to Preserve the Right to Acquire IBC

Halifax, Nova Scotia (December 5, 2019) – Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSXV: UCU) (OTCQX: UURAF) (“Ucore” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that on December 4, 2019, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (the “Court“) orally granted the interlocutory injunction (the “Injunction“) requested by Ucore against IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. and Steven R. Izatt (collectively “IBC“).  The Injunction shall remain in place until the conclusion of the trial regarding the December 11, 2018 action (as amended) brought forth by Ucore against IBC.

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