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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

DLR Tests Aircraft For Less Noise And Lower Fuel Consumption

Three Days Of Flight Tests Conducted Using A320 Research Aircraft

Reducing aircraft noise over residential areas while saving fuel is the goal of a joint research project being conducted by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Umwelt- und Nachbarschaftshauses (UNH) in Kelsterbach.

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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Airborne 09.28.16: NEW DJI Mavic!, EAA's Next STC, Sean Tucker Honored

Also: LA Times v SMO, APS UAT Program, Gordon Bennett 2016, Tucson Control Tower, Hubble Find, Southwest Airlines, Iowa State

Another new small unmanned aerial system is now on the market as drone manufacturer, DJI, has released its Mavic drone, which they say is their smallest aircraft equipped with a 4K camera. The Mavic follows the recent trend of drones with foldable rotors for easy transportation. It follows recent introductions of the GoPro Karma and a Yuneec drone that also feature foldable rotors. The Mavic is about half the size of the DJI Phantom 4 flagship drone, but still includes sensors on the front and bottom of the aircraft for obstacle avoidance, subject tracking, indoor stability, and autonomous landing. In April of this year, EAA’s Accessible Safety STC, was approved to allow the installation of Dynon EFIS-D10A and EFIS-D100 systems in certain Cessna and Piper models, with more aircraft types expected to be added. Now, EAA and its subsidiary EAA STC,

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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Airborne 09.27.16: EAA's 200K!, MilPilots Get Break, UAV Pilot Applications

Also: GPS Sat, Aero-Calendar, B-21 Raider, Boeing 777X, Tecnam P2002JF, NBAA Honors Louis Seno, Alaska-Virgin Merger

EAA has reached a major milestone, as the association has surpassed 200,000 members. It appears that more and more pilots are finding EAA represents their kind of flying more than ever before. Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board said in part, “We reached this milestone by building on the legacy established by our founder, Paul Poberezny, more than 60 years ago when he stated that all who wish to participate are welcome.” Some military pilots with as few as 500 hours flying time could be eligible for a right seat spot at an airline, according to sources familiar with guidelines being discussed by an FAA advisory committee. Under the rules that were put in place in 2013 by the FAA, first officers are required to hold an Airline Transport Pilot

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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Kate McWilliams Holds Title For Youngest Captain At easyJet

Fell In Love With Aviation At Age Four When She Attended Her First Air Show

Kate McWilliams, one of easyJet’s female pilots, has just passed her command course making her the youngest Commercial Airline Captain at just 26 years old.

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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Rocket Lab Completes World’s First Private Orbital Launch Site

Located On The Mahia Peninsula In New Zealand

Completion of what is described as the world's first private orbital launch complex ... Launch Complex 1 ... was announced Monday by Rocket Lab.

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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Russia, China Pour Cash Into New Military Aircraft

New Arms Race May Be In The Offing

Russia and China are pouring significant resources into developing new airplanes to challenge the U.S. F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II, according to reports, as well as new anti-aircraft capabilities.

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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Two Q400 Aircraft Delivered To Air Tanzania

Will Be Operated By The National Airline Of The United Republic Of Tanzania

Two Q400 turboprops have been delivered to the Tanzanian Government Flight Agency by Bombardier. The aircraft will be operated by Air Tanzania, the national airline of the United Republic of Tanzania. The delivery of the two aircraft increases the fleet of Q Series turboprops in Africa to approximately 125 aircraft including 40 Q400 aircraft.

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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants To Vote On New Agreement

Balloting To Take Place From October 16 - 31

Southwest Airlines Co. has announced that the Executive Board of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, the Union that represents our Flight Attendants, has voted to put the Tentative Agreement (TA) out to Southwest Flight Attendants for a ratification vote.

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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

FAA: Parachutes Did Not Open In Tandem Jump Accident

First-Time Skydiver And Instructor Fatally Injured In August

The FAA has determined that a first time skydiver and his instructor were fatally injured in an accident August 6th, 2016 near Lodi, CA because both the main and reserve parachutes failed to open properly.

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Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Several Injured By Helicopter Rotorwash At Boy Scout Event

Arriving Helo Blew Several Canoes Into A Crowd On Shore

It was supposed to be the celebration of the introduction of a new program to introduce young kids to the Boy Scouts. It wound up sending several people to the hospital.

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