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AIAA President Jim Albaugh kicks off AVIATION 2016 with opening remarks on the morning of 13 June, in Washington, DC.

Friday, 17 June 2016, 6:20 p.m. EDT

Collaboration, Coordination Key to Successful Supersonic Flight Testing Program

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

Communication and collaboration between flight test engineers and test pilots was significant in developing hypersonic flight — from the early X-1 and X-15... 

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Friday, 17 June 2016, 11:20 p.m. EDT

Tomorrow’s Drones Are Amazing, but Obstacles Exist

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

Drones that essentially fly themselves are available now, but there are obstacles, and the future needs humans working with drones, experts said...


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Friday, 17 June 2016, 10:50 a.m. EDT

Aircraft Designs Test the Limits of Regulation, CFD Software Simulation

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

Aeronautics technology has advanced beyond what FAA regulations were originally written to cover, and although computational fluid dynamics...

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Friday, 17 June 2016, 10:30 a.m. EDT

Bolden Names New X-plane, Shares Budget Desires

by Ben Iannotta, Aerospace America editor-in-chief

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said he wants to elevate aviation research to a “billion dollar budget,” and he vowed to press forward ...

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Friday, 17 June 2016, 9:45 a.m. EDT

Industry and Commerce Working Toward Safe, Beneficial UAS Traffic Management

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

Managing the airspace traffic for unmanned aerial systems will take a coordinated effort from industry and government to keep the systems flying safely...


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Thursday, 16 June 2016, 5:10 p.m. EDT

ASSURE Committee Is Picking Up Momentum

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

Members of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, or ASSURE, discussed the committee and some of its findings...


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Thursday, 16 June 2016, 3:40 p.m. EDT

Drones Need More Room to Grow

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

The transformation of the country’s airspace to manage more traffic is well underway, and now is the time to give drones more areas to access to help develop standards...


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Thursday, 16 June 2016, 3:15 p.m. EDT

John Langford: UAS Industry Is Growing, and Focus Needs to Shift

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

The unmanned aerial system industry has outpaced the growth of the general aviation business, and now is the time to work on the details of this revolution...


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Thursday, 16 June 2016, 1:45 p.m. EDT

Fresh Hope for General Aviation Community

by Ben Iannotta, Aerospace America editor-in-chief

The general aviation industry has been hampered by an out-of-date FAA certification rule that has driven up the costs of aircraft and too-often stifled innovation, but a solution could be on the way, said experts June 16 at AIAA AVIATION 2016 in Washington, DC.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 11:45 p.m. EDT

NASA Has a Plan, but It Needs Your Help

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

NASA has a roadmap for the future of autonomous design and application, but it needs help from the aviation community. That was the message delivered by Mark Ballin and Sebastian Scherer at the 2016 AIAA Demand for Unmanned Symposium...


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 7:55 p.m. EDT

Getting Past Barriers to Embrace Profound Changes in Civil Aviation

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

Research shows there are barriers to overcome as the movement toward an autonomous system that can operate with less human intervention gets closer every day, John-Paul Clarke said...


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Driverless Cars Have Much to Learn From Aviation

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

The coming autonomous world of travel and transportation is one in which two industries could learn from each other for safer, more quickly developed technology, said Mary Louise “Missy” Cummings...


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 3:35 p.m. EDT

Inventors Hope Investors Give Them Room to Grow

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

Building the next generation of unmanned aerial systems requires educating investors and convincing them to make the leap into the industry, experts on the panel “Invention, Entrepreneurship and Unmanned Systems”...


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 2:25 p.m. EDT

Developers Charged With Making UAS a More Trusted and Autonomous System

by David Hodes, Aerospace America contributing writer

Getting a more autonomous unmanned aerial system to understand what it needs to do with less human direction and finding ways to control it in the airspace are crucial issues for developers...


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 11:50 a.m. EDT

Cyberattacks Are a Constant Threat That Keeps Changing

by Kyung M. Song, Aerospace America associate editor

Former national counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke returned to AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition in Washington, D.C., on June 15, 2016, to discuss the same topic he’d discussed in 2013: cybersecurity.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 11:30 p.m. EDT

Resilience and Technology Are the Keys to the Future of Military Aviation

by Lawrence Garrett, AIAA web editor

U.S. military aviation faces a number of challenges, including a declining national infrastructure and industrial base, lengthy acquisition process times, tightening budgets, and a rapid proliferation... 

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 5:30 p.m. EDT

The Flight Plan for NASA Aeronautics Is Direct — Thanks to a Good Roadmap

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

In 2013, sensing a need to establish a clear direction for aeronautics research, NASA unveiled a roadmap for the next 25 years. The strategic initiative plan was divided into six... 

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 2:00 p.m. EDT

The HondaJet: How One Engineer’s Dream Project Became a Reality

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

It’s rare in the modern world that any manufactured vehicle is the dream project of only one engineer. Huge teams of people working with large companies design most aircraft.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 11:45 a.m. EDT

Aircraft Innovations in Era of Big Data and Fast Growth

by Kyung M. Song, Aerospace America associate editor

Today might seem a fertile time for building a better airplane. Global passenger traffic is projected to double in the next two decades, fueling demand for some 40,000 aircraft deliveries.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 11:15 a.m. EDT

Rep. Steve Knight: Winning the Next Aeronautical Race Requires Help From Congress

by Kyung M. Song, Aerospace America associate editor

Congress has a history of stepping up in worry for aviation and space research. After all, Congress founded NASA’s predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, in 1915 out of concern that...

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 10:15 a.m. EDT

Learning from the Past: What It Takes to Remain Relevant for 100 Years

by Karen Berry, AIAA Marketing

The past century has seen stunning innovation in the world of aerospace, and Boeing has had a front row seat for it all. This year, Boeing celebrates its centennial and is taking time to pause and reflect on lessons learned from the past 100 years...

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Monday, 13 June 2016, 6:50 p.m. EDT

The Future of Aerospace Education Is Hands-On and Innovative

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

With a tidal wave of retirements due to hit the aerospace community by 2025, it will be up to the next generation to carry on the community’s legacy, according to panelists who spoke during the “The Future of Education” Forum 360 session...

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Monday, 13 June 2016, 4:00 p.m. EDT

Don't Take On-Time Arrivals for Granted

by Duane Hyland, AIAA Communications

The next time you‘re on a flight and the pilot announces that you’ll be arriving on time or even early, don’t take it for granted; conversely, if you are delayed on a tarmac, don’t take it out on the flight crew.

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Monday, 13 June 2016, 2:45 p.m. EDT

Commercial Aviation: Rooted in Glory, Strained by Exponential Growth

by Hannah Thoreson, AIAA Communications

From the first flight in 1903, the commercial aviation industry has grown swiftly and has achieved much, but that growth has brought challenges, which Michael Delaney, the vice president of airplane development with Boeing Commercial Airplanes, discussed June 13...

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