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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Airborne 12.06.16: SpaceX Launching Soon!, 787 AD, DJI Inspire 2

Also: P-51C 'Tuskegee Airmen', Aero-Calendar, EASA Mandate, Master Instructor, 737 MAX Thrust Reverser, LaMia Airline, Flying Colours

SpaceX could return to flight by the middle of the month if the FAA approves its next launch, according to SpaceX customer Iridium Communications. The launch is scheduled on December 16 at 12:36 p.m. Pacific Standard Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to an Iridium news release. An Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA last week requires repetitive cycling of either the airplane electrical power or the power to the three flight control modules. This AD was prompted by a report indicating that all three fly control modules might simultaneously reset if continuously powered on for 22 days on all Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes. A reset of the flight control modules, if not corrected, could result in flight control surfaces not moving in response to flight crew inputs for a short time and consequent temporary loss o

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

T-50A Flight Operations Begin in Greenville, SC

First Test Flight Took Place In Mid-November

The Lockheed Martin T-50A is soaring over Greenville, South Carolina with flight operations now underway. The initial test flight took place Nov. 19.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Chelan Seaplanes Has Suspended Service

Lease Was Terminated By County On Short Notice

A seaplane service operating from Lake Chelan in Washington state has been notified that its lease is being terminated, leaving the company high and dry.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

First Views Of Mars Show Potential For ESA's New Orbiter

Instrument Suite Tested For The First Time

ESA’s new ExoMars orbiter has tested its suite of instruments in orbit for the first time, hinting at a great potential for future observations.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Dillon, CO Airshow Faces An Uncertain Future

Cost Increases Make Fifth Consecutive Show Unlikely

The Dillon, CP Air Show, billed as "The Highest Air Show on Earth", is facing an uncertain future after organizers looked at the costs of putting on the show for a fifth straight year.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Orbital ATK To Develop Critical Technology For In-Orbit Assembly

Contract Intended To Advance Company's Unique In-Orbit Space Logistics Capabilities

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has entered into a public-private partnership with Orbital ATK to establish a Commercial Infrastructure for Robotic Assembly and Services (CIRAS) in space. The CIRAS program will advance key technologies for in-orbit manufacturing and assembly of large space structures that will help the agency meet its goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

AA Flight Attendants Say New Uniforms Make Them Sick ... Literally

Demands 'Full Recall' Of The New Uniforms

When American Airlines introduced new uniforms for its flight attendants in September, they were well received in terms of how they looked. But after wearing them for a while, some FAs are saying that the new outfits are literally making them sick.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

USAF Issues Draft RFP For Huey Replacement

New Aircraft Should Be Designed To Carry Nine Troops, Armament

In its draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for a helicopter to replace the Vietnam-era UH-1N Huey, the U.S. Air Force appears to have walked back it potential requirement for the new aircraft to carry more troops that the existing helicopter.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Bombardier Wins Orders For Two CS300 And One Q400 Aircraft From Tanzania

Bombardier Wins Orders For Two CS300 And One Q400 Aircraft From Tanzania

The United Republic of Tanzania represented by the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA) has signed firm purchase agreements for two CS300 jetliners and one Q400 turboprop aircraft, according to Bombardier. The aircraft will be leased to and operated by Air Tanzania (The Wings of the Kilimanjaro) based in Dar es Salaam.

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Tue, Dec 06, 2016

New Flight Charters Launches Jet Charter Resource

Private Jet Charter Leader Releases New Colorado Air Charter Resource for Selected Colorado Cities

The first ever complete listing of private jet and charter aircraft available for the state of Colorado including specific charter information is now available online. Local private jet charter and information service New Flight Charters launches Jet Charter Colorado.

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