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Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Firefly Black, LLC Receives Air Force Orbital Services Program Award

Contract Valued At Up To $986 Million

Firefly Black has been selected by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Small Launch and Targets Division as a launch service provider for the Orbital Services Program-4 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract. Valued at up to $986 million, OSP-4 seeks to provide the Air Force with responsive launch solutions as a follow-on to its successful OSP-3 program.

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Fri, Oct 18, 2019

SpaceX Steps Up Efforts To Recapture Fairings

Adds Second Ship For Recovering The Components To Its Fleet

SpaceX has added a second ship designed to recover fairings from its launch vehicles to its fleet. The Ms. Chief joins the Ms. Tree in the company's efforts to make as many components of its spacecraft as possible reusable.

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Fri, Oct 18, 2019

In 2020, Flybe Will become Virgin Connect

Will Continue To Be Europe’s Largest Regional Airline

European regional airline Flybe is poised to become a part of The Virgin Group beginning next year. As part of the extended Virgin family, Virgin Connect will reflect the innovation and entrepreneurship of Virgin's wider brands, putting customers first and offering better value, according to a Flybe news release.

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Fri, Oct 18, 2019

General Atomics Awarded Contract For Hypersonic Glide Body Prototypes

Will Produce 20 Prototype Glide Bodies With An Option For Additional Quantities

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from Dynetics Technical Solutions (DTS) for the manufacture and production of subassemblies for the Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB). GA-EMS will provide cable, electrical, and mechanical manufacturing to support DTS’ three year contract award from the U.S. Army Hypersonic Project Office, part of the Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office, to produce 20 prototype glide bodies with an option for additional quantities.

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Fri, Oct 18, 2019

ANN FAQ: What Does The API Mean To You

Engaging The Aviation World's Pivotal Organizations, Interests And Viewpoints

The Airborne Partnership Initiative, we call it the API, is a plan developed by ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, to build a synergistic, industry-wide, aviation/aerospace news program. Our aim is to grow this program to include a significant portion, if not a majority, of the aviation world’s pivotal organizations, interests, and viewpoints.

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Fri, Oct 18, 2019

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.18.19)

“The FAA cannot feasibly or efficiently oversee millions of drones in every locality throughout the country." Source: Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), on the introduction of his Drone Integration And Zoning Act.

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Fri, Oct 18, 2019

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.18.19): Hold-Short Point

A point on the runway beyond which a landing aircraft with a LAHSO clearance is not authorized to proceed.

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Fri, Oct 18, 2019

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.18.19)

The Aerospace States Association

ASA is a bi-partisan representative of the grass roots of American Aerospace. It is an organization of Lieutenant Governors and state appointed delegates. ASA was formed to promote a state-based perspective in federal aerospace policy development and support state aerospace initiatives that enhance student/teacher education outreach and economic development opportunities.

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Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Airborne 10.16.19: Sikorsky RAIDER X, Learjet 75, ADS-B Rebates

Also: Gone West-Alexei Leonov, STOL ATR 42-600S, AEA Connect Conference, Boeing BoD Turmoil

Sikorski has just introduced RAIDER X. They call this bird an “agile, lethal and survivable compound coaxial helicopter.” The Raider X program offers provides increased performance including; highly responsive maneuverability, enhanced low-speed hover, off-axis hover, and level acceleration and braking. While state-of-the-art digital design and manufacturing is already in use on other Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky production programs such as CH-53K, CH-148 and F-35; this program will reportedly enable the Army to not only lower the acquisition cost, but enable rapid, affordable upgrades to stay ahead of the evolving threat. Bombardier will showcase the new Learjet 75 Liberty, with a full-size interior mock-up at the 2019 NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, Nevada. The latest member of the iconic Learjet fami

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Thu, Oct 17, 2019

AMA Drone Report 10.17.19: Senator v FAA, Droners Released By Iran, Mavic Mini?

Also: NBAA Webcast Schedule, Ford Drone, NATS Drone Course, Drone Saves Boy, Store Stops UAV Sales

Unfortunately; quite a few lawmakers seem to think they know more about how to regulate aviation than the FAA... and based on several recent actions, it appears that they may be in serious error. The errant legislation would institute controls above and beyond, or in defiance of, those imposed by the FAA. The aerial know-it-all, this time, is a Republican Senator from Utah by the name of Mike Lee. The Senator is introducing a bill that would allow states, cities, and even Native American tribes, to take control over a significant part of US airspace while instituting new rules for drones. Most worrisome is the possibility that this would result in hundreds, if not thousands, of new rules, enacted by legal bodies that may have little or no aviation expertise and create a whole new level of chaos. Two

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