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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Vector Announces Selection Of Construction Team

Begins Production Of First Orbital Vehicle

Vector, a nanosatellite launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware, has selected a final construction team to build its state-of-the-art launch vehicle manufacturing facility in Tucson, AZ. Vector selected Holladay Properties as the lead developer on the project, Barker Contracting as the contractor, and architects from Swaim Associates LTD to carry out Vector's vision for the new factory.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

MAGMA UAV Completes Successful First Flight

BAE Systems And The University Of Manchester Seek To Change The Future Of Aircraft Design

BAE Systems and The University of Manchester have successfully completed the first phase of flight trials with MAGMA – a small scale unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which will use a unique blown-air system to maneuver the aircraft - perhaps leading to stealthier aircraft designs in the future.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Airborne 12.18.17: Drone v Blackhawk, KSMO Runway Closure, DoT Breaks Rules

Also: New TBird Boss, Darwin Airlines, Swift Air May Cancel MRJ90, Airbus Succession Plan

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. The report notes that the helo was operating VFR within Class G airspace about 300 ft above mean sea level (msl) when it collided with a DJI Phantom 4 sUAS. The helicopter sustained minor damage and landed uneventfully; the sUAS was destroyed. Although the pilot flying the helicopter saw the sUAS before impact and immediately applied flight control inputs, there was insufficient time to avoid the collision. The sheer idiocy surrounding the santa Monica Airport debacle continues. The Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) runway has been closed for the project to shorten the single landing strip from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet under a questionable agreement reached between the FAA and the city. The project is expected to cost the city's taxpayers some $3.5 million. The

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Airborne 12.15.17: New Shepard Flies Again, Falcon 5X Cancelled, Flying Car Race

Also: Online Pilot Records Database, GA Security Bill, $1M 4 ERAU, Blades Aerobatic Team

Blue Origin's New Shepard made its seventh test flight Tuesday afternoon at the company's launch site in west Texas. The mission included the first test of Crew Capsule 2.0, and carried 12 commercial, research and education payloads. According to data provided by Blue Origin, the launch took place at 1059 CDT and lasted just over 10 minutes. The booster reached an apogee of 322,032 feet AGL, while the capsule continued to an apogee of 322,405 feet AGL. Dassault Aviation has initiated the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program, and announces the launch of a new Falcon program with an entry into service in 2022. The delivery of compliant Silvercrest engines was originally planned for the end of 2013 in accordance with the Falcon 5X flight test schedule. But Sa

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

U.S. Army Awards $750 Million Contract To Northrop Grumman

Company Will Perform Upgrades, Modernization And Integration On Fixed Wing Airborne ISR Fleet

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a $750 million contract by the U.S. Army to provide contractor lifecycle services for the Army’s Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) fleet. This fixed- wing airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) fleet includes the RC-12X Guardrail, the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance Surveillance System and Airborne Reconnaissance Low variants.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Griffith Aviation Partners With Qantas For Future Pilot Program

Offers 12-Week Intensive Airline Transition Course

Bachelor of Aviation students at Griffith University could become future pilots with Qantas thanks to a new partnership. The Qantas Future Pilot Program provides students with access to experienced pilots during their degree, with selected students invited to complete an intensive 12-week Airline Transition Course.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

More than 500 Commercial Aircraft Now Flying With Gogo's 2Ku Technology

Most Of Those Were Installed In 2017

There are now more than 500 aircraft flying with 2Ku technology from Gogo, with more than 400 of those installations taking place in 2017, the company has announced.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Orbital Announces USAF Contract For Long Duration ESPA Spacecraft

ESPAStar Platform Demonstrates Capability To Deliver Flexible, Affordable Access to Space

Orbital ATK has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Center (AFSMC) to build LDPE, or the Long Duration Propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) space platform. The innovative platform, positioned between the launch booster and a primary space vehicle, is used to carry small payloads or deploy small satellites.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Australian Airline Pilot Academy Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Notes Graduation Of Most Recent Group Of Pilot Candidates

The Australian Airline Pilot Academy (AAPA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Regional Express (Rex) based in Wagga Wagga NSW, commemorated its 10 year anniversary yesterday with a special ceremony to coincide with the graduation of the 21st cohort of Rex Cadet Pilots and a Vietnamese cadet, destined for Vietnam Airlines.

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Mon, Dec 18, 2017

LifePort Receives FAA STC For Bell 412EP Ballistic Protection

Sikorsky Subsidiary Provides Standard Armor For The Aircraft As Well

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, has been granted an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip the Bell 412EP aircraft with a Ballistic Protection System (BPS).

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