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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Airborne 12.13.17: Flight Design Update, Bell 525, Space Policy Directive

Also: A380 Production Cut?, Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, US Nationals, Muilenburg'ss Mars Prediction

Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it plans to continue to be a leader in the design and manufacturing of light aircraft. Flight Design was acquired by LIFTAir of Eisenach, Germany last July and has been rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH. As a part of the acquisition, LIFTAir now owns the Flight Design EASA Design Organization, the Flight Design aircraft production facility in Kherson Ukraine and the design rights for all products produced by the company. The FAA has posted a Notice of Proposed Special Conditions for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter in the Federal Register. The agency says that the helicopter will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with fly-by-wire flight control system (FBW FCS) functions that affect the pilot awareness of the flight co

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

AMA Drone Report 12.14.17: Drone Registry, AMA Q&A, New IDRA Boss

Also: LAFD Drones, Toys For Tots FPV, Modular Racing Drone, Community College Drone Program

President Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Bill that includes a reinstatement of the FAA's drone registry that was invalidated by a federal judge in May. The language was included in the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The FAA released a statement, supportive of the language in the bill. "We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft," the FAA said. "Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration." With registration coming back, AMA has summarized a few issues of immediate concern and the questions that are being raised... Q: If I already registered, do I have register again? A: You will not have to register again since this bill simply reverses the John Taylor case.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

The U.S. And EU Agree To Expand Aviation Cooperation

Will Focus On The Areas Of Aviation Safety And Air Traffic Management Modernization

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Ambassador Kaja Tael, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union, and European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) Director General Henrik Hololei signed Amendments to two US-EU agreements that will expand areas for joint efforts on aviation safety and air traffic management harmonization.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Thunderbirds Announce Commander/Leader Selection

Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh Will Become Thunderbird No. 1

The commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, has officially selected the officer who will lead the United States Air Force Thunderbirds for the 2018 demonstration season.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

NTSB Faults Drone Pilot For Collision With Helicopter

Drone Was Being Flown Recreationally Beyond Visual Line Of Sight

The NTSB has released an aviation incident final report from a collision between a U.S. Army UH-60M helicopter and a Phantom 4 drone. According to the report, the helo was operating under visual flight rules within Class G airspace about 300 ft above mean sea level (msl) when it collided with a privately owned and operated DJI Phantom 4 small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). The helicopter sustained minor damage and landed uneventfully; the sUAS was destroyed.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel Facility Completes 5,000th Aircraft

Milestone Helo Is A Bell 407GXP

Bell Helicopter's facility located in Mirabel, Canada has completed its 5,000th aircraft. The aircraft, a Bell 407GXP, will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Airborne-Unmanned 12.12.17: ERAU Storm Chaser, USMC Drone Insignia, Malawian UAV

Also: NLR Signs Agreement, QinetiQ, Big Bend Community College, 2nd Annual UAS Conference, Tigershark UAS

Kicking off a series of tests for its capstone project, the UAV Storm Chaser team at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University completed its first Remote Controlled (RC) flight of a UAV on Nov. 17. Considered a “huge success,” the RC fight was used to demonstrate “all of the communication components of the UAV linking together properly, to calibrate the motors and motor controller, to get flight time, and to go through the process of setting up all of the parameters in mission planner.” The UAV Storm Chaser team is one of five teams within Embry-Riddle’s Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering (ECSSE) Capstone Class, which is a two-semester class that provides students in their final year with project experience that mirrors what they will experie

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Thunderbirds To Headline 2019 Ft. Wayne Air Show

Event Planned For July 6-9, 2019

The 122nd Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard along with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Air Port Authority has confirmed that America’s Ambassadors In Blue, the United States Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds will be performing here at the 2019 Fort Wayne Air Show July 6-7, 2019.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Canadian Government Opens Competition To Replace Canada's Fighter Aircraft

Promises An Open And Transparent  Process

Acquiring the aircraft that Canada's military needs to help ensure the safety and security of Canadians, while ensuring economic benefits for Canada, is a top priority for the Government of Canada. The government is delivering on its promise to hold an open and transparent competition to permanently replace Canada's fighter fleet.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Klyde Morris 12.15.17

It All Depends On The Source ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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