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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Silver Airways Disappointed In U.S. DOT Selection For Victoria, TX EAS

Carrier Will File Motion For Reconsideration With The Department Of Transportation

Following Wednesday’s decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) selecting a new carrier to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) in Victoria, Texas, Silver Airways will be filing a Motion for Reconsideration with the DOT and petitioning the DOT to stay the current order and re-open bidding.

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Test Runs Complete On NW-88 Multi-Fuel Twin-Cylinder UAV Engine

Marks The Conclusion Of The Design Phase Of Development And Begins The Test And Qualification Phase

After beginning the program early this year and producing a concept prototype just this May, Northwest UAV has announced the completion of the first test runs on its newest engine, the NW-88 multi-fuel twin-cylinder UAV engine.

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Airborne 09.19.18: SpaceX Moonshot, 747 'Art Car', Nat'l Aerobatic Championships

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, First 777X, Unlicensed Pilot Arrested, Soundproofing PC-12

A Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire is the first passenger named for SpaceX's trip around the moon, which the company plans for 2023. Yusaku Maezawa has been named as the first private passenger to fly around the moon. No human has been that close to the moon since 1972. Maezawa, whose net worth has been estimated at $2.9 billion, appeared on stage with SpaceX founder Elon Musk for an event held at the company's headquarters. "Finally I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon," he said. The Bureau of Land Management wants the owners of an "art car" from Burning Man that is made from the front half of a Boeing 747 fuselage removed from government land. It has been parked on the Black Rock Desert since the event ended two weeks ago. The display had been moved about 12 miles from the Burning Ma

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

FAA Grants Waiver To State Farm For Flights Over Populated Areas

First Of Its Kind Authorization Will Assist In Response To Hurricane Florence

To assess damage in communities impacted by Hurricane Florence, State Farm has been granted a waiver for drone operations that will be the first of its kind for an insurance company. The FAA waiver combines permissions for two types of operations that are typically tightly restricted: operations over people and flights beyond the operator’s visual line of sight. These provisions are approved over four states impacted by Hurricane Florence; together, they dramatically enhance State Farm’s ability to evaluate hurricane damage and allocate resources.

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Leonardo Performs TH-119 Avionics Power On At Philadelphia Facility

Hopes To Achieve FAA Certification Early In 2019

Leonardo has completed another major milestone in the certification process of the TH-119 single engine helicopter with the first ‘power on’ of the new Genesys Aerosystems avionics. The all new avionics and cockpit allowing unique IFR operations is being integrated at Leonardo Philadelphia facility, home to the AW119 single engine final assembly line for the US and global market as well as to the development and certification of all customized solutions able to meet evolving market requirements.

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Canadian Public Is On Board With Government Investment In Space

Canadians Proud Of Past Accomplishments And Strongly Support Maintaining Canadian Leadership In Space

Canadians are proud of Canada's accomplishments in space and more than eight in ten want the federal government to support the development of Canada's space sector, according to a national survey of public opinion.

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

North America Airports Set Record for Passenger Satisfaction

J.D. Power Finds Increase Amid Surging Passenger Volumes And Ongoing Construction Projects

North America airports have managed to shrug off the potentially disruptive effects of record passenger volumes and massive construction projects to achieve a record high in overall passenger satisfaction. According to the J.D. Power 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, released this week, across-the-board improvements in five factors: check-in; food, beverage and retail; accessibility; terminal facilities; and baggage claim helped drive overall passenger satisfaction to 761 (on a 1,000-point scale), 12 points higher than last year's study.

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Insitu Announces Integrator Extended Range

New Configuration Of Proven Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Shatters The Line Of Sight Barrier For Small Unmanned Aircraft

Surrounded by a crowd of defense journalists at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Insitu leadership today announced Integrator Extended Range, a beyond line of sight, SATCOM-enabled small UAS capable of ranging modern combat theaters.

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

Gulfstream Delivers Telemetry Range Support Aircraft Platform To U.S. Navy

Will Support USN's Telemetry Range

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently delivered a special mission G550 to the United States Navy. Designed and modified at Gulfstream, this aircraft will host a wide array of sensors to support the Navy's telemetry range support mission.

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Fri, Sep 21, 2018

CDB Aviation Delivers First Of Five A320neos To Loong Air

Part Of A Lease Agreement Signed In 2015

CDB Aviation Lease Finance, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”), has delivered the first of five Airbus A320neo aircraft to Hangzhou-based Loong Air. The delivery marks the first A320neo to join CDB Aviation’s fleet from its orderbook with Airbus.

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