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SRSC becomes an authorised rotorcraft repair station facility in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company (SRSC) employs more than 40 people with 86% Saudisation Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company (SRSC), a subsidiary joint venture of Boeing, has been issued a certificate from the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) authorising SRSC to perform maintenance on rotorcraft platforms and their accessories. “The authorisation of this new capability in Saudi is a major milestone for the SRSC and the local Saudi aviation industry. This certification by GACA is a significant achievement in Saudi and will open up several business opportunities in the field of rotorcraft maintenance, repairs, and overhaul; not only for Saudi
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Bringing electric air taxis to China’s cities

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Urban air mobility (UAM) company, Volocopter, and the global mobility technology group, Geely Technology Group, presented Volocopter’s electric air taxi, the 2X, in China at Geely’s booth at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition 2021. The companies are highlighting their cooperation and aim to introduce urban air mobility to the Chinese market and give visitors the chance to learn more about this new form of transport.   Urban air mobility (UAM) is an emerging part of the aviation industry focused on aerial connectivity in and around cities. As a pioneer of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi technology, Volocopter
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UAE to trial ‘electric-shock drones’ to spark rainfall

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The UAE has invested more than $1 million in tasking a team of UK scientists and engineers to develop a drone solution to induce rainfall in the Gulf. The drones will deliver an electric charge into clouds causing water droplets to cling together and develop into rain drops. The UAE already invests heavily in cloud seeding and this is the latest initiative designed to increase rainfall over the increasingly dry desert. Inducing rainfall is important in the UAE, where there is only 100mm of rainfall a year and where the vast majority of food is imported. Scientists from the University
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UAE and Israel collaborate on counter UAS solution

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EDGE, a UAE defence group, has agreed on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) - Israel's aerospace manufacturer, to develop an advanced C-UAS (Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System). Through leveraging IAI’s proven C-UAS solutions that are applied around the world to detect, identify and intercept a broad range of threats, EDGE, is leveraging its subsidiary, SIGN4L, a leading provider of electronic warfare services and solutions for national security, to collaborate with the Israeli defence manufacturer. Comprising advanced 3D radar, COMINT (communications intelligence), and Electro-Optic technologies that are integrated into a unified command and control system, the C-UAS is
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ParaZero safety kit to be integrated into South Korean drones

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Delta Drone International’s safety specialist brand, ParaZero, has signed its largest multinational OEM (original equipment manufacturer) integration deal with industrial equipment world-leader, Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI). The agreement will see ParaZero integrate its patented SafeAir parachute technology with Doosan’s award-winning DS30 endurance drone. The multi-phase project will generate initial revenue in excess of A$150,000 for ParaZero and will include R&D coordination, system architecture, design, ground deployment testing, system finalisation, and ASTM F3322-18 (American Society for Testing and Materials) testing and certification. Delta Drone International CEO, Christopher Clark, said: “We are delighted to welcome Doosan as a strategic partner to enhance
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More drone attacks on Saudi Arabia after airliner is hit

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File image Drone attacks on Saudi Arabia have been sustained in the days following a strike on a flyadeal jet, which was hit while on the ground at Abha International Airport. Last week, a drone operated by Houthi rebels managed to punch a hole in the Airbus A320 aircraft, causing the plane to catch fire, according to Saudi state TV. Since then, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has reported several more attacks by explosive-laden UAVs. The Kingdom has blamed the attacks on Houthi militia. "Joint Coalition Forces have intercepted and destroyed this afternoon two bomb-laden UAVs launched systematically and deliberately by the terrorist
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Drone punches hole in Saudi airliner

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Saudi state television via AP An airliner has sustained substantial damage and was briefly engulfed in flames following a drone attack by Houthi rebels at Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia. Saudi state TV showed the three-year-old plane, operated by flyadeal, with a large hole in its fuselage, apparently caused by a drone. The report said that there had not been any injuries. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack and said that four drones were used. https://twitter.com/JacdecNew/status/1359504627385966596?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1359504627385966596%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aviationbusinessme.com%2F23002-flyadeal-jet-in-flames-following-rebel-drone-attack Saudi state media has reported shooting down a number of hostile drones in recent months. In September 2019, around 10
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