North Carolina Hosts First Autonomous Air Taxi Demo in North America

More than 100 spectators, including Governor Roy Cooper, Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon, and Bobby Walston, Aviation Director, gathered in Raleigh on Tuesday to witness North America’s first demonstration of an autonomous air taxi. “Flight started in North Carolina over 100 years ago,” said Trogdon, whose agency hosted Tuesday’s demonstration. “So, it is appropriate the demonstration […]

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Otto Lilienthal’s Glider to Fly in North Carolina’s Outer Banks

German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal’s bi-plane glider “Großer Doppeldecker“ will be on display in the Outer Banks from December 14-16 and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Raum- und Luftfahrt) will attempt a test-flight of the iconic aircraft during this time as well. The glider’s first flight since 1896 successfully took place in California […]

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Nominations Being Accepted for NCAA’s First Annual Willard G. Plentl, Jr. Airport Professional of the Year Award

The North Carolina Airports Association (NCAA) is calling for nominations for the first annual Willard G. Plentl, Jr. Airport Professional of the Year award. The award, which was established in the memory of Willard G. Plentl, Jr., will annually recognize an airport professional who positively impacts the aviation industry in North Carolina. The inaugural award […]

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces FAA Certification of UPS Flight Forward as an Air Carrier

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded air carrier and operator certification to an unmanned aircraft system (UAS, or drone) delivery company, UPS Flight Forward. “This is a big step forward in safely integrating unmanned aircraft systems into our airspace, expanding access to healthcare in North […]

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