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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Embraer Sells Up To 34 Additional E-Jets To Air France/KLM Group

Firm Order For 15 Airplanes, Options For 17 More

Embraer announced has received a firm order for 15 E175s and two E190s from KLM Cityhopper, KLM's regional subsidiary. The contract for the 17 E-Jets also includes an option for 17 additional E-Jets for KLM Cityhopper or Air France regional subsidiary HOP! The firm order, which will be included in Embraer's 2015 first-quarter backlog, has an estimated value of $764 million based on Embraer's current list prices. The transaction is valued at $1.5 billion, if all options are exercised.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Airborne 03.30.15: Provisional TC-HondaJet, NASA/Mars, Lightspeed's Bluetooth

Also: New York Airways 1962, Mica Wants Privatized ATC, Ares UAV, Textron ProAdvantage, Boeing SC Union Vote, Whirly Girls

The Honda Aircraft Company has announced that the HondaJet has received its provisional type certification from the FAA. This achievement indicates the FAA’s approval of the HondaJet design based on certification testing, design reviews, and analyses completed to date. Honda Aircraft is targeting final FAA type certification in the next few months, following the completion of final testing and approval by the FAA. Last week NASA announced more details the plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission, known as ARM, which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. Lightspeed Aviation has added Bluetooth audio capability to their entry level Sierra headset, making the entire Lightspeed line of aviation hea

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Aero-TV: Bird's Eye View - A Model Aviation FPV Primer

Pretty Darned Close To Being RIGHT There... FPV Offers Exciting Possibilities

While at eFest 2015, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, took the time to talk with Jack Marck, the foam category marketing manager for Horizon Hobby. When we use the word “foam,” we’re talking about extremely light-weight RC model airplanes that are constructed out of various types of plastic foams. The subject of this discussion was all about FPV.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

SmarTopo Harvest Develops A 'Safe Zone' For UAVS

New Obstacle Detection Technology For The SmarTopo Obstacle Management System

Rapid Imaging Software, Inc. introduced SmarTopo Harvest on Monday. This new technology is integrated into the SmarTopo Obstacle Management System. SmarTopo delivers obstacle survey and detection technology plus powerful data management tools for a complete obstacle management system. SmarTopo is certified by the FAA to a level 1B.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Airborne 03.31.15: Martian Marathon, B-52 To Oshkosh!, FAA Go-Around SAFO

Also: Aero-Calendar 03.31.15, Flower Town's UAV Ban, More Cockpit Access Updates, Chinook Rebuild, Airport tax Hikes, V280 On Display

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency's Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, completed its first Red Planet marathon last week of 26.219 miles. It’s time from start to finish was roughly 11 years and two months. It’s reported that the rover team at JPL plans a marathon-length relay run at the laboratory next week to celebrate. EAA has already announced a number of spectacular aircraft that are planned to show up at AirVenture 2015, and now they tell us that we will have a chance to stomp around a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber. The Stratofortress is celebrating its 60th year in service and this marks the first time a B-52 will be on ground display during event. The FAA has issued a Safety Alert For Operators encouraging air carriers to incorporate scenario-based go-around traini

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Russian T-50 Program Sees Funding Cuts

F-35 Competitor Has Seen Cost Overruns, Development Issues

The budget for the Russian's 5th Generation fighter intended to rival the F-35 has been slashed by the Kremlin, as the Russian military has reduced its order for the T-50 from 52 to just 12 airplanes.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Facebook Unveils Large UAVs For Internet Connectivity

\Aircraft Would Be Solar Powered, Have A Wingspan Longer Than A 737

Facebook executives have unveiled a plan that could eventually bring wireless Internet service to up to 4 billion people around the world that are currently without access using solar-powered UAVs with wingspans longer than a 737.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Former JetBlue Pilot Sues Airline

Clayton Osbon, Who Exhibited Erratic Behavior Causing His Flight To Be Diverted, Said He Should Not Have Been Allowed To Fly

The former JetBlue pilot, who in 2012 was pilot in command of an airliner when he exhibited erratic behavior causing the flight to be diverted to Amarillo, TX on a flight from New York's Kennedy airport to Las Vegas, has sued the airline.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Russia Says It Is In Talks With The U.S. For New Space Station

No Formal Agreement, Bolden Non-Committal

Reports coming out of Russia would indicate that Roscosmos and NASA are already discussing a space station that would eventually take the place of ISS, though U.S. officials are hardly definitive about the matter.

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Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Paul Tibbets' Grandson Will Command B-2 Unit

Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets IV To Lead 509th Bomber Wing

There is a new commanding officer for the 509th Bomber Wing ... the Air Force's B-2 nuclear bomber unit ... and it's someone with a family history in that arena.

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