NASA is now pursuing urban air mobility as a subset to the overall AAM mission, which has defined two categories of operations: local (flights with a radius of around 50 miles) and intraregional. NASA Image

NASA Advanced Air Mobility

According to NASA officials, both “advanced air mobility” and “national campaign” better reflect the goals of the undertaking.

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The MOBi-One eVTOL concept from ASX, which aims to combine automotive mass production techniques with the reliability of traditional aerospace. Firms from both domains are invited to respond to a new RFI on AAM supply chain development. ASX Image

NASA, Agility Prime team up on eVTOL supply chain development

As a first step, NASA’s Aviation Research Institute and the Air Force Agility Prime have requested information seeking input from suppliers and manufacturers of all types of parts, subsystems and systems of AAM vehicles – a term that includes a number of new eVTOL aircraft, including urban air mobility.

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Japan to introduce licensees for BVLOS drone flights

Japan to introduce licensees for BVLOS drone flights
The news comes from government sources on Monday who said the government hopes to have the system up and running by 2022. The BVLOS licenses will also be age-restricted and you must pass both practical and written test to get receive the license.

The licenses will only be active for some time with renewal tests required to keep the license. Illegally flying drones with an active license will result in the extermination of the license and a possible fine for the illegal flight.

A panel discussion will be used to come up with the exact logistics of the licenses which will be put into a report this week. The government is hoping to submit the bill next year in plans to release the licensing system in 2022.

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A postman checks a drone for mail delivery during a recent experiment in a Tokyo suburb. | KYODO

Japan to establish licensing system for out-of-sight drone flights

The license, which the government hopes will be introduced in fiscal 2022, will be age-restricted, and will require operators to pass both a written and practical examination.

The licenses will be only valid for a certain period of time and will have to be renewed. Illegal drone use will lead to the cancellation or suspension of a license.

A public-private panel discussing how to facilitate the use of drones will propose the license system in a report to be complied Tuesday, the sources said.

The government plans to finalize the details and submit a bill to revise the civil aeronautics law to the Diet next year, they said.

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Leonardo extends its training services capabilities to rotorcraft unmanned aerial systems

Leonardo is extending its training services capabilities to include rotorcraft unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to provide 360° training solutions to its growing customer base for maximised mission effectiveness and safety. The Company has recently obtained an Authorized Training Organization Certificate for UAS released by ENAC (Italian National Civil Aviation Authority). With this certification Leonardo is now able to supply training services for light and very light category remotely piloted systems (up to 25 kg) through its Helicopter Training Academy headquartered in Sesto Calende (Northern Italy). 
This certification heavily adds to the overall quality level and versatility of training services provided by Leonardo, making the Company the world’s first rotorcraft OEM with this capability –  it is expected to be recognised by EASA in 2021. This latest service addition allows Leonardo to respond to the evolving market demands by those helicopter operators who are increasingly using small UAS for their missions, including those carrying out disaster relief and emergency response tasks.

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Italian airframer Piaggio Aerospace, which produces the twin-pusher turboprop Avanti Evo and has faced turbulence over the past several years, has received permission from the Italian government to seek a new buyer. (Photo: Piaggio Aerospace)

Italy Piaggio Sale

Piaggio Aerospace last week received the go-ahead from the Italian government to seek a buyer, following a nearly year-long restructuring process that officials claim has resulted in orders and commitments totaling $919 million for the beleaguered aircraft manufacturer.

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