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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Airborne 08.25.16: Airlander 10 Accident, M500 EASA Cert, Flying Car Frenzy

Also: Veterans Against Airshows, Redbird Migration 2016, Rocket Debris, Charles Taylor Award, Wayward Satellite, Norfolk International, Hawaiian Airlines

It was only last week that we reported about the first flight of the Airlander-10 Hybrid Air Vehicle. Now, we’re sorry to say that we must report that the supersized airship suffered a mishap on its second test flight. In a statement posted on its website, Hybrid Air Vehicles said that the aircraft undertook its second test flight on Wednesday and flew for 100 minutes, completing all the planned tasks before returning to Cardington to land. According to the statement from the company, the Airlander experienced a heavy, nose first, landing and the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage which is currently being assessed. Both pilots and the ground crew are reported to be safe and well, and the aircraft is secured a

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Aero-TV: AAA For Your Airplane - Sporty's Breakdown Assistance Program

When You’re Stuck In Podunk With A Broken Airplane, ‘Who You Gonna Call?’ … Sporty’s!

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, heard about a program being developed by Sporty’s Pilot Shop that can help pilots with maintenance issues if they are away from their home base. Jim got a 2-for-1 interview this time with the Vice President of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, John Zimmerman, and Mike Busch, the President of Savvy Aircraft Maintenance and Management.

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Congressman Accuses FAA Of Secret Deal Over L.I. Helicopter Corridor

Agency Refutes The Charge The Political Pressure Was Brought To Bear

Charges and accusations were flying in New York earlier this week, as one U.S. Congressman accused the FAA of extending the north shore helicopter route in Long Island without proper public input.

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Industry Hails FAA Response To Call For Alternate Means Of Rotorcraft Compliance

Recommendations Come After 18 Months Of Industry Collaboration

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), American Helicopter Society International (AHS), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and Helicopter Association International (HAI) have welcomed the FAA’s acceptance of industry recommendations to propose an alternative acceptable means of compliance for single-engine helicopters to meet Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certification requirements for Part 27 rotorcraft.

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Randy Babbitt Announces Retirement From Southwest Airlines

Former FAA Administrator Drawing The Curtain On 50+ Year Aviation Career

Randy Babbitt, Senior Vice President of Labor Relations for Southwest Airlines, is retiring after 50 years in the commercial aviation industry, the company announced Tuesday. Babbitt joined Southwest in 2012 and has spent the last four years leading the carrier's Labor Relations Team.

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

CNN Launches CNN AIR

Uses UAVs For News Gathering With Two Full-Time Operators

CNN announces has launched CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR). For the first time in the company’s history, CNN will have a designated Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) unit with two full-time UAS operators to fully integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all CNN networks and platforms, along with Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner entities.

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Oshkosh 2016: The Highs, The Lows, The Heroes and The Bozos…

A Look Back At The Aero-Equivalent Of Burning Man, Woodstock, And An Old Fashioned Tent Revival—All Rolled Into One Week in Wisconsin

With Oshkosh all of a few weeks in the rear-view mirror, we come to a time when we TRY to evaluate what happened this year… in both positive and negative terms.  We’ve tried a few variants on this report in the past… and some of them have worked better than others, but we’re going to try to present a group of shorter segments, as we move through a few general categories (Heroes, Regrets, Coolest Players, Coolest Moments, Bozos, Planes, Gadgets, Fan Favorites, etc…) so that we can try to make a proper report of the many high and low-points of AirVenture 2016… If any of you have anything to add, please do so, we’ll be revisiting this topic via a half dozen or more categories over the next month and we’d love to have YOUR viewpoints added to the mix. But for now… Here are our selections for Oshkosh Heroes 2016...

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

AeroSports Update: Wright Brothers Airplane Factory Update

The National Park Service Praises The Efforts To Restore The Original Wright Company Factory

Here at ANN, we frequently talk about innovation in aviation. Obviously, innovation in fixed-wing powered flight started with Orville and Wilbur Wright. That’s why we take a special interest in the project being undertaken by the National Aviation Heritage Area to preserve the original Wright Company factory in Dayton, OH.

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Sens. Cochran, Wicker Announce Tupelo Airport Grant

Nearly $1 Million Secured For Improvements At KTUP

U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) recently announced nearly $950,000 in federal grant funding for the Tupelo Regional Airport improvements.

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Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Elon Musk To Reveal Humans-To-Mars Plan Next Month

Plans To Announce Mission At AIC Meeting In Guadalajara, Mexico

On the second day of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) being held next month in Guadalajara, Mexico, Elon Musk is scheduled to present a special keynote address "Making Humans a Multiplantetary Species."

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