May 23, 2019

New FAA Rules for Recreational Drones

FAA Rules

Recreational drone users will face new FAA regulations that will go into effect this summer.

Charges Dropped Against Fitzgerald CO

charges dropped

Former Fitzgerald CO Cmdr. Bryce Benson gives an 18-page rebuttal of charges against him regarding the 2017 collision with a merchant vessel that killed seven sailors. The Navy also dropped all criminal charges against Lt. Natalie Combs.

Meet the Rebranded F-16 Fighting Falcon

Lockheed Martin has announced a fighter jet it calls the F-21. The single-seat fighter comes with missiles, modern sensors, and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. The rebranding appears to be more about opportunities for industrial cooperation in India, than technological enhancements.

NASA Plans 3-D Printing of Habitats on Other Planets

3-D printing

NASA uses 3-D printing to repair tools in space and now wants to use the technology to build habitats on other planets. The US Army deploys its Rapid Fabrication via Additive Manufacturing on the Battlefield, with five printers to get broken equipment ready for battle quicker. The current, fourth deployment of the $250,000 facility, is in South Korea.

East Coast on Alert As Florence Nears

Florence

The mid-Atlantic region is expecting to be impacted by the approaching Hurricane Florence. Naval Station Norfolk is among the military installation taking precautions. The National Hurricane Center says it is still too early to predict the storm’s exact path.

US, Britain Ready for F-35B Flight Trials

F-35B flight trials

Great Britain’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has departed for the US to carry out flight trials with F-35B fighter jets at the Portsmouth naval base.

Defense Spending Bills Taking Shape

Defense Spending

Both the House and Senate are proposing $675B in defense spending. The House passed its version of the defense appropriations bill last week. Lawmakers will return after the holiday to reconcile their differences in the legislation.

Senate Blocks F-35 Sale to Turkey

F-35

US Senate blocks Lockheed’s $10 billion sale of F-35s to Turkey, fearing the fighter jet’s secrets are at risk since the NATO ally’s decision to buy the Russian S-400 air defense system.

Raptor, Not F-35, Deployed for Security Mission

F-22 Raptor

The F-22 Raptor has deployed to the Pacific as part of a theater security mission, swapping in for the Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Naval Aviation Ground Mishaps on Rise

Class C ground mishaps in naval aviation have doubled in the past decade. VADM DeWolfe Miller, Naval Air Forces chief, has made eliminating the mistakes his current No. 2 priority — behind the continued efforts to eliminate cockpit physiological episodes.