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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Airship Pilot Says Fabric Tore Before Blimp Went Down At U.S. Open

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In The Accident

The fabric on an airship covering the U.S. Open in Erin, WI earlier this month tore before the aircraft went down, the pilot told the NTSB.

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

House Armed Services Committee Urges Replacement Of F/A-18+ Hornets

Two Squadrons Of The Aging Aircraft Being Flown By Reserve Units

The House Armed Services Committee is calling for the replacement of 33 F/A-18+ Hornets from the Reagan era in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Rapid Growth Forecast For Commercial Drone Hardware And Services Revenue

Expected To Reach $12.6 Billion By 2025, According To Tractica

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, have a great deal of potential to be explored and exploited for commercial applications. Major industries, government agencies, and other organizations are all actively assessing the opportunity for drones to disrupt the market and create innovative business models.

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

FAA Warns Of Cracked Mufflers On Aviat Husky Aircraft

SAIB Notes Several Instances Of Problems On Low-Time Mufflers

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) following several reports of cracked mufflers on Aviat Aircraft Inc. Models A-1, A-1A, A-1B, and A-1C-180 airplanes.

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Boeing Senior VP Fancher To Retire After 40 Years Of Service

Successfully Led Breakthrough Commercial, Defense And Space Projects

Scott Fancher, senior vice president of program management, integration and development programs, has announced his intention to retire in September 2017, culminating a 40-year Boeing career that spans executive leadership roles across the company's signature commercial, defense and space programs.

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

EASA Partners With Airbus Helicopters For Aviation Safety Road Shows

Traveling To Five South Asian Countries For Demonstrations

At the end of April 2017, Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with NTU – a project management company specialized in the aviation sector – to organize and hold Aviation Safety Roadshows in 5 South Asian countries: Nepal, Bhutan, India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The project – launched by the European Commission (EC) and managed by the EASA – aims to promote European aeronautical industries in South Asia, strengthen institutional relations between the EASA and countries in the region and increase flight safety in the area. NTU, mandated by the EASA, has selected a panel of experts to meet this triple objective.

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

First-Ever Helicopter-Based Firing Of High Energy Laser Demonstrated

Raytheon, U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office Show Feasibility Of Ground Attack

The U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office and Raytheon, in collaboration with U.S. Special Operations Command, recently completed a successful flight test of a high energy laser system onboard an Apache AH-64 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The demonstration marks the first time that a fully integrated laser system successfully engaged and fired on a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and airspeeds.

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Airbus Helicopters Delivers Final H145M To The German Air Force

A Total Of 15 Aircraft Have Been Delivered To The Bundeswehr

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The helicopters, stationed in Laupheim, are operated by the Bundeswehr special forces. As the launch customer, the Bundeswehr ordered 15 of these high-performance helicopters in 2013 as part of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Special Operations Forces (SOF) project and received the first aircraft at the end of 2015. With this final delivery, Airbus Helicopters has completed the entire programme within the specified time schedule and budget.

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

General Dynamics Delivers 10,000th Air Traffic Control Radio To FAA, DOD

New Radios Replace Legacy Ground-To-Air, Air Traffic Control Radios In More Than 2,000 FAA Locations And Multiple U.S. Military Installations

General Dynamics Mission Systems radio products team delivered the 10,000th CM-300/350 VHF-UHF V2 radio, providing advanced, network-ready, ground-to-air communications to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of the NEXCOM 2 modernization program. These digital, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) radios provide high-quality communication among air traffic controllers and pilots flying in the National Airspace System (NAS). The first FAA-certified CM-300/350 V2 radios were delivered to the FAA in 2014.

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Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Orbital ATK Validates ShotFinder Acoustic Warning System On Fixed-Wing Aircraft

System Offers Affordable Hostile-Fire Indication Capability For Both Rotary And Fixed-Wing Aircraft

Orbital ATK has completed testing and characterization of its ShotFinder Acoustic Hostile-Fire Indication System on a fixed-wing aircraft. The ShotFinder system, installed on a Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft configured for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, collected ambient acoustic data while the aircraft was being subjected to a variety of operating scenarios. Data analysis and simulated live-fire data injection indicates the system will accurately produce hostile-fire indications from the expected threats.

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