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 New Technology Will Produce Safer Maps

Pilots may presume that we now have access to accurate terrain maps nationwide, but in some remote areas, maps may be based on incomplete data or inaccurate observations that are decades old. "Mars is better mapped than the state of Alaska," Steve Colligan, president of E-Terra, an Anchorage mapping firm, told The Washington Post recently. Now the U.S. Geological Survey is leading an effort called the 3D Elevation Program, with the aim to chart all 50 states using state-of-the-art, accurate technology -- airborne lasers (lidar) or radar (ifsar).


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 Cessna Returns To Setting Speed Records

After mostly remaining aloof from the record-setting side of aviation for over 70 years, Cessna appears to have returned to the fray--using the Mach 0.935 cruising speed of its recently certificated Citation X+ to set four city-to-city speed records in its weight class.


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 Piaggio Updates Expansion Plans

Piaggio Aero, the Italian company that builds the unique Avanti P180 twin turboprop, said this week at the NBAA convention in Orlando they will now be known as Piaggio Aerospace. The change reflects a new direction for the company, which plans to expand its product portfolio and grow in new markets.


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 'Flying Man' UFO Baffles Officials

UFO reports by airliner crews are nothing new but a British A320 crew raised eyebrows after saying they had a close encounter with a flying man who swooped past their aircraft without visible means of support on June 13. The UFO has been dubbed the "Superman of Macclesfield" and the UK Airprox Board, which investigates such things admits we may never know his true identity.


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