Airborne 01.07.16: FAA Sued Again, Flight Design Approval, Blue Angels Training

Also: Buffalo Airways, Airborne Partnership, Ben Baldanza Out, AOPA Updates Brand, NTSB Needs, Southwest Airlines, Intel Acquires UAV Maker

A private individual has filed a lawsuit against the FAA in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia claiming that the FAA's new UAV registrations rules contradict Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The suit was filed by John A. Taylor, an insurance attorney who builds and flies multi-rotor aircraft as a hobby. Contributor John Goglia writes in Forbes that Taylor expected some hobby groups or UAV manufacturers to file suit against the agency over the registration rule, but when that didn't happen, he filed one himself. German aircraft manufacturer Flight Design passed an FAA audit as 2015 came to a close. A three-day audit was conducted at the Flight Design headquarters facility in Kamenz, Germany by a team of three auditors from different sections of the FAA. The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, of course…we all know them as the Blue Angels, made its annual deployment to Naval Air Facility El Centro, located in California, to prepare for the upcoming show season. The 10-week winter training concludes in early March after the team completes 120 flights during a rigorous flight schedule. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 01.07.16 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Thursday, January 7th, 2016... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Brianne Cross, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton, and Earl Downs, this episode covers:

FAA Sued Over UAV Registration Rule
Flight Design Confirms Approval Through FAA Audit
Blue Angels Arrive In California For Winter Training
More Details Emerge About Buffalo Airways' Suspension
Airborne Partnership Progress Report
Ben Baldanza Out As CEO Of Spirit Airlines
AOPA Updates Brand, Logo
NTSB Needs Accident Investigators In Alaska
Southwest Airlines Pilots Elect Captain Jon Weaks As Union President
Intel Acquires German UAV Maker Ascending Technologies

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