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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

FAA Qualifies First Pilatus PC-24 Full Flight Simulator

Level C FFS To Be Located In Dallas, TX

The first full flight simulator for the new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet has received interim Level C qualification from the FAA. The new FlightSafety FS1000 simulator is expected to be qualified by the European Aviation Safety Agency early next year. Training is scheduled to begin at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Dallas, Texas during the first quarter of 2018.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Satcom Direct, COMSAT Teamed To Support Hurricane Relief Effort In Puerto Rico

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress SATCOM As A Service Used To Rapidly And Effectively Stand Up High-Throughput, Easy-To-Use Data And Voice Connectivity

Satcom Direct and COMSAT have announced that the two organizations worked to ensure highly reliable satellite communications were immediately available for first responders in Puerto Rico to support the relief effort of Hurricane Maria. Amidst catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service enabled first responders to communicate within minutes of arrival using rapid mission-critical high-throughput connectivity, thus allowing public safety, medical and other emergency response teams to swiftly and reliably fulfill their mission.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

HeliOffshore, Honeywell Successfully Demonstrate HTAWS Safety Capability

Simulator Trials Stress Collision Avoidance

Efforts to advance the development and implementation of enhanced Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS) took a step forward last month with the completion of simulator trials of Honeywell’s EGPWS MKXXII HTAWS solution. Effective collision avoidance is fundamental to helicopter safety, and a collaborative project involving multiple stakeholders is working to give pilots earlier alerts through the widespread adoption of upgraded HTAWS in the offshore helicopter sector.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Hensoldt Successfully Demos UAV Countermeasures

Xpeller Counter-UAV System Demonstrated At Airbus Facility In Germany

As part of a major product demonstration on the Airbus airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Hensoldt, the leading independent sensor house, provided proof of the excellent performance of its Xpeller counter-UAV system when it comes to protecting airports and critical infrastructure.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

NASA Selects Three Companies To Develop 'FabLab' Prototypes

Combined Funding Totals $10.2 Million

NASA is taking the next step in the development of a space-based, on-demand fabrication capability by partnering with three U.S. companies, under NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program, to create prototypes.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Local Pilots Say Planned Cell Tower Will Be A 'Hazard'

But Transport Canada Has Greenlighted The Project

A Canadian communications company has proposed to erect a 131-foot tall cell phone tower about a quarter-mile from the shore of Puslinch Lake, a popular spot for seaplane operations in the region. And local pilots say that the structure will be a hazard to navigation.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Engine Problems Plaguing New Zealand Dreamliners

Two Flights Recently Forced To Return To Departure Airport

The Rolls-Royce engines powering Air New Zealand's Dreamliners have been experiencing some problems of late, forcing two flights to return to their departure airports last week.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Air Canada's New Boeing 737 MAX Enters Revenue Service

Carries Passengers With Next Generation Amenities

Air Canada embarked has on the next phase of its transformation with the entry into scheduled service of its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Flight AC137 from Toronto to Calgary on Monday was the first to be operated using the 169-seat, fuel-efficient aircraft, featuring Air Canada's next generation in-flight entertainment system, spacious overhead storage bin capacity and Boeing's Sky Interior. Throughout the day it then flew passengers from Calgary to Montreal, followed by service from Montreal to Vancouver. 

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

FAI Remains On Schedule To Harmonize Learjet Fleet By Mid-2018

Last Learjet 55 Will Now Operate For A U.S. Air Ambulance Company

German fractional operator FAI rent-a-jet AG has divested itself of its last Learjet 55 aircraft (D-CAAE), which will now continue life as an air ambulance jet in the USA.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Registration Open For 2018 Global Connected Aircraft Summit

Event To Be Held June 4-6 In San Diego, CA

The Global Connected Aircraft Summit provides airlines, operators, integrators, and technology vendors complete connected solutions – from ground to air and from nose to tail. The fifth annual event connects business, technology, and industry perspectives and goes beyond just in-flight entertainment, to include operations, communications and technologies that impact the aircraft.

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