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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Airborne 04.01.20: April 1st Episode, Bloomberg-NASA, Sanders-BizAv, Space Force

Also: 737 MAX and CDC, ‘Steam Gauge’ Rating, OneAviation Bids For Cirrus, EAA Water Park

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has announced that he will start his own commercial space company in an effort to spend the money he has earmarked for his Presidential campaign. But rather than start from scratch, he is making a bid for NASA. Bloomberg joins a small but growing club of billionaires who have made their fortune in the tech industry and then started launching rockets into space. But rather than build something from the ground up, Bloomberg is exploring what it would take to buy NASA from the U.S. Government. The NBAA has announced that Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been added to the roster of business aviation boosters as part of its “No Plane, No Gain” campaign. Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, has made extensive use of corporate jets in his run

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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Airborne 03.30.20: Dornier Seastar 1st Flt, April 1st Episode, Flt Schools

Also: Bell 360 Invictus, BizAv Survival, 2019 Collier Trophy, SIB For ELT Batteries

The prototype SN1003, a New Generation of the Dornier Seastar amphibious aircraft successfully performed its first flight last week at Oberpfaffenhofen EDMO airport, Germany. The flight was performed by Dornier Seawings test pilot crew and took 31 minutes. The Seastar SN1003 attained the required approvals from EASA and LBA on 19 March 2020, this was a major milestone and achievement for the program. Wolfram Cornelius, Chief Test Pilot, noted that, “First flight was completed successfully and confirmed the nice handling qualities of the Seastar. All systems functioned correctly..” With all the issues that surround us these days, it seems to us that now is THE time for a good laugh or two. For over two decades, the Aero-News Network has had fun with the date of April 1st, and this year will be no excepti

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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 03.31.20: BVLOS in Canada, UPS Flight Forward, Continental

Also: ANN’s April 1st Episode, Parrot And DroneLogbook, ‘Pandemic Drone’, AVIUS Air Delivery

MVT Geo-solutions and Iris Automation have been granted the first BVLOS Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) by Transport Canada using only onboard Detect-and-Avoid (DAA). The approval was granted based on the utilization of Iris Automation’s DAA system, called Casia, which provides commercial drones with automated collision avoidance maneuvers. The waiver permits flights within the UAS Center of Excellence’s controlled airspace Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) test range in Alma, Quebec. This is the first BVLOS flight at the location leveraging only onboard DAA for air risk mitigation, and does not require ground-based observers or radar. UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) will collaborate with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop a next generation of package deliv

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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

AMA Drone Report 03.26.20: Remote ID RFI, UAV Dodgeball, UAS Reg Extended

Also: Mars Rover Takes Selfie, AMA Working Remotely, Drones Save Koalas, ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition

The FAA has posted a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from the manned aviation community regarding whether and/or how they can potentially receive and use UAS remote ID information to further enhance safety, by reducing collision risks at lower altitudes. The FAA says the posting is not an RFP. Drones can do many things, but avoiding obstacles is not their strongest suit yet – especially when they move quickly. Although many flying robots are equipped with cameras that can detect obstacles, it typically takes from 20 to 40 milliseconds for the drone to process the image and react. It may seem quick, but it is not enough to avoid a bird or another drone, or even a static obstacle when the drone itself is flying at high speed. This can be a problem when drones are used in unpred

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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Traditional Sun 'N Fun Show Will Not Take Place In 2020

Working To Present 2020 Aerospace Expo 'In A Much Different Way'

Sun 'n Fun president and CEO John Leenhouts has posted the following message on the Sun 'n Fun website. "For over 45 Years, Sun 'n Fun has brought millions of aerospace professionals, businesses, supporters and enthusiasts together each spring to celebrate the incredible wonder and limitless opportunities of flight. In 2014, we proudly unveiled that the annual Sun 'n Fun event would become the primary fundraiser for the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), our STEM-based learning campus created to Engage, Educate, and Accelerate the Next Generation of Aerospace Professionals. At Sun 'n Fun, serving our local Lakeland, Florida as well as the global aviation community has always been our ultimate mission."

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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

U.S. DOT Announces Aviation Database NPRM

Would Provide Quicker Access To Pilot-Safety Information

The FAA has published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish a new database that will provide potential employers with rapid access to information about a pilot’s performance and employment records. This advancement will cut the amount of time for potential employers to review this information from 30 days to less than an hour.

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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

FAA Grants NATA-Requested Crewmember Relief

Exemptions Available To All Part 119 Certificated Carriers Operating Under Part 135

The FAA has issued exemptions in response to the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) requests for relief from certain crew training and checking requirements for Part 135 operators.

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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

FAA To Award Grants To Commercial And GA Airports

Some $10 Billion In Funding Included In CARES Act

The FAA will award approximately $10 billion in funds to commercial and general aviation airports from the Trump Administration’s newly created Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Airport Program.

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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

EASA Certifies Elixir Aircraft

Approved Under New CS-23 Amendment 5 Rules

EASA has granted CS-23 certification to Elixir Aircraft for its 100 hp VFR aircraft. The certification was awarded March 20 under the new Amendment 5 rules, which reflects the highest level of safety currently possible.

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Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Senators Demand Airlines Provide Full Cash Refunds For Coronavirus Cancellations

Senators Markey, Blumenthal, Warren Say Travel Vouchers Are Insufficient

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) today led a group of their colleagues in a letter sent to each of the major domestic airlines, urging every company to issue full cash refunds to all customers who cancel their flights during the COVID-19 crisis, and to American citizens who encounter flight cancellations while stranded in countries that implemented travel restrictions.

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