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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

FAA Now Has Better, More Precise GPS Coverage Across The U.S.

GEO 5 Joins WAAS, A GPS Signal Error Correcting Network

The FAA's Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting 5 Wide Area Augmentation System navigation payload, developed by Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business, is now operational and fully integrated into the WAAS network. The GEO 5 payload joins two others already on orbit in correcting GPS satellite signal ionospheric disturbances, timing issues, and minor orbit adjustments, giving users increased coverage, improved accuracy, and better reliability.

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Airborne 06.22.18: Ballooning Record, Vietnam Pilot Returns, B-1B Resumes

Also: Surf Air Defaults, Chicago Airports Chief Resigns, FAA Has Openings, AAL Executive Cuts 

After more than 6 months of preparation pilot Bill Smith of Louisville, KY completed a flight to nearly 32,000 ft. on Saturday June 16. According to a Balloon Federation of America Facebook post, Bill flew his brand new Lindstrand 105 named Phantom during a perfectly executed high altitude flight. The weather conditions were perfect, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and Bill actually covered more vertical distance (6 miles up, 6 miles down) than he did horizontally, landing less than 7 miles from where he took off. You know that freedom you enjoy? This is about one of the men that kept it safe for you... Maj. James Blair White went missing in Southeast Asia on Nov. 24, 1969. He was finally laid to rest at West Point alongside of his mother, father and brother, June 19, 2018. His wife, Sharon Cook, and daughter, Katherine White, were in attendance. Katherine was less than a year

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Airborne 06.20.18: SubSonex Heads For RENO!, Elvis' BizJet, Chambliss-Red Bull

Also: P&W Geared Turbofan, Tamarack Aerospace, King Air 350ER XP67A Upgrade, NATA Annual Mtg

Sonex Aircraft will collaborate with High Performance Aircraft Group to showcase the SubSonex Personal Jet. The SubSonex debuted at this year's Pylon Racing Seminar (also known as "Rookie School") June 7-10 at Reno Stead airport in preparation for the National Championship Air Races this September. The SubSonex was taken through various flight scenarios by three-time Reno Gold champion Pete Zaccagnino. "The plane has been approved for racing, and now we have to get to work in preparation for training enough pilots to create a new race," Zaccagnino said. "I believe we got eight flights in and everyone loved it. It was a blast on the course." A 1962 Lockheed Jetstar once owned by The King of Rock & Roll is back on the auction block about a year after being sold for $430,000. The online auction h

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Gone West: AGROTORS Founder Dr. Carrol Voss

Pioneered The Use Of Helicopters In Aerial Applications

Dr. Carrol Voss, the founder of AGROTORS, Inc., and a pioneer in the use of helicopters in aerial application, died on June 10 at his home in Maine. He was 92 years old.

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Deveron Expands Drone Data Services To U.S. Market

Will Provide 'Cutting Edge' Data Platforms To U.S. Farmers

Deveron UAS Corp. has launched its drone data services in the U.S. market. Deveron will be offering drone data services to its partners across the U.S. midwest, where there are some 127 million acres of farmland.

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Alaska Air Cargo Grows Service 40% Across North America

Cargo Capacity Increased To Meet Current And Future Customer Shipments

Alaska Air Cargo has expanded its cargo lift capacity by 40 percent in the continental U.S. by utilizing the 71 Airbus aircraft that became part of the Alaska Airlines fleet as part of its merger with Virgin America. Alaska Air Cargo will utilize the belly space in these aircraft to provide customers with new shipping destinations and increased frequencies throughout the Alaska Airlines system. 

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Student-Designed Drones Complete Maiden Flight At NLR Facility

Part Of A Drone Design And Development Program In The Netherlands

Last week, a number of remotely piloted aircraft designed by students at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) completed their maiden flight at a facility of the Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR). The flight tests were part of a third-year minor called ‘Design, Build and Fly’ (DBF) at HvA, which is aimed at helping students gain expertise and experience in designing, constructing and programming Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), popularly known as ‘drones’. The flights took place under NLR’s responsibility at the Netherlands RPAS Test Centre (NRTC) in Marknesse. Two of the four aircraft successfully completed all elements of the flight test.

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Harris Delivers Advanced Environmental Monitoring Sensor For Japanese Satellite

GOSAT-2 Will Increase Ability To Measure Greenhouse Gases From Space

Harris Corporation has delivered an environmental monitoring sensor for the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite-2 (GOSAT-2), which will significantly enhance Japan’s ability to monitor greenhouse gases from space.

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Adventure Aviation Chooses Alsim AL250 Simulator

Will Compliment Fleet Of GA Training Aircraft

An AL250 simulator has been purchased by Adventure Aviation in Alberta, Canada. The AL250 will include a real Garmin GTN 650. It will complement the schools fleet of Cessna 172’s, including a 172S Nav III, as well as a Piper twin.

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Fri, Jun 22, 2018

JetBlue Founder Raising Money For Moxy

Looking To Establish A New Low-Cost Carrier

A new low-cost airline flying Bombardier CS300 airliners may be in service by 2020. JetBlue founder David Neeleman is reportedly raising money to launch the low-cost airline that would connect major cities operating from smaller, secondary airports.

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