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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Boeing Insitu Gets $71M Navy Contract Modification For Blackjack UAS Production

Covers Lot One Full-Rate Production Work

Boeing‘s Insitu subsidiary has been awarded a $70.8 million contract modification to build and deliver six RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Lawsuit Against Pilot In MD Midair Collision Dropped

Suit Against Contract ATC Company Is Still Pending

A lawsuit filed against the pilot of an aircraft which collided with a helicopter near Frederick, MD has been dropped by the families of the people aboard the helicopter who were fatally injured in the accident.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

QinetiQ Announces Purchase Of Pilatus Aircraft For Test Pilot School

Also Looks Acquire Helicopters For Incorporation Into The Program

QinetiQ has placed an order with Pilatus for two PC-21 aircraft, marking the first step in its modernization of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) aircraft fleet.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

First 7-Blade Prop Introduced For A GA Airplanes

Flight Testing Underway By MT-Propeller

MT-Propeller engineers and test pilots recently flight tested the first 7 bladed propeller designed for use on a general aviation airplane.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.16.17)

Aero Linx: Coast Guard Aviation Association The Ancient Order of The Pterodactyl is the result of the hopes, aspirations and hard work of a small band of kindred spirits. In the spring of 1977, Andrew Wall, George F. Thometz, Marion ‘Gus’ Shrode, and Norman L. Horton, all retired Coast Guard aviators, informally organized a fraternal association open to all pilots who had flown or were flying Coast Guard aircraft. The organization was later expanded to included all personnel who flew in Coast Guard aircraft under official orders. Only those who have willfully placed themselves in harms way and have known that innermost feeling which comes from personal experience resulting in saving life or property can understand the bonding and uniqueness of Coast Guard aviation crew members.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

ANN FAQ: How Do I Become A News Spy?

We're Everywhere... Thanks To You!

Even with the vast resources and incredibly far-reaching scope of the Aero-News Network, every now and then a story that should be reported on slips through our fingers. There's a lot of news out there, and sometimes we just don't get to all of it... so we came up with the idea of News Spies.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.16.17): Middle Marker

Middle Marker A marker beacon that defines a point along the glideslope of an ILS normally located at or near the point of decision height (ILS Category I). It is keyed to transmit alternate dots and dashes, with the alternate dots and dashes keyed at the rate of 95 dot/dash combinations per minute on a 1300 Hz tone, which is received aurally and visually by compatible airborne equipment.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.16.17)

"But, all is not right in NIMBYville... the internal infighting among the foes of the airport has become quite public and quite vicious. Anti-airport NIMBYs are accusing the city government of failing to act aggressively enough against the airport and the FAA of waging an illegal battle to keep the airport open. In the meantime, some anti-airport foes are accusing others, within their own ranks, of 'hijacking' their efforts to protest the airport operations and there seems little love lost amongst the anti-aero zealots. 'Organizations' opposing the airport such as Sunset Park Anti-Airport, No Jets, SMO Future, Friends of Sunset Park, CRAAP (who makes up these names?), Airport2Park, and others, are reportedly being invited or are already a part of the protest. In light of the vehemence of those opposing the airport, and the aggressive invective; pro-airport parties, businesses and pilots hope that whatever protest(s) may occur will be operated in accordance with the law, not disturb the legal rights of airport operators and users, and be non-violent."

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Sun, Jan 15, 2017

SpaceX Is Back In The Launch Business

Successful Placement of 10 Iridium Satellites Completed

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Iridium. The 10 satellites are the first of at least 70 satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. SpaceX conducted the launch of Iridium-1 from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The payloads for this launch are the first 10 Iridium NEXT satellites. Iridium NEXT will replace the world's largest commercial satellite network of low-earth orbit satellites in what will be one of the largest "tech upgrades" in history. Iridium has partnered with Thales Alenia Space for the manufacturing, assembly and testing of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites, at least 70 of which will be launched by SpaceX.  The process of replacing the satellites one-by-one in a constellation of this size and scale has never been completed before.

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Sun, Jan 15, 2017

'Spirit Of John Muir' Wins Approval For Firefighting On Federal Land

Global Supertankers Services Can Now Negotiate Contracts With The U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Interagency Airtanker Board has approved "The Spirit Of John Muir" Boeing 747 supertanker for fighting wildfires on federal land in the U.S., clearing the way for Global Supertanker Services LLC to negotiate contracts with the U.S. Forest Service.

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