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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Satcom Direct SD Completes Its Acquisition Of TrueNorth Avionics

Finalization Of The Deal Announced At MEBAA

Global aeronautical communications provider Satcom Direct (SD) announced today at MEBAA 2016 that it has closed its purchase of TrueNorth Avionics, a manufacturer of cabin communications solutions. With the acquisition of TrueNorth complete, SD significantly expands its ability to provide advanced communications systems for VIP and VVIP aircraft.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Airborne 12.07.16: SpaceShipTwo Flies Free, Newest Tecnam, Hurricane Hunters Move

Also: Chelan Seaplanes Debacle, Electrifying E-Fest, Delta's New Airbus, Orion Update, ACSS NXT-700, Flyht, Duncan Aviation

The newest SpaceShipTwo flew free of its mother ship for the first time, just a few days ago. VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay. Over the course of the 1 hour 20 minute flight, of which 10 minutes was the free flight of SpaceShipTwo, the pilots, mission controllers, and ground crews collected valuable data. The test flight was the fifth flight of VSS Unity following several recent Captive Carry flights. Tecnam has introduced what they say is a substantially updated and improved Mark-2 version of the company’s popular light sport eligible P2002 Sierra. The Tecnam P2002 Sierra Mark-2 retains all of its flying qualities, but now offers an improved cabin for greater comfort, top level avionics, new paint colors and interior options, and a redesigned cowling for the 100HP Rotax engine. Lakeland Linder Airport in central Florida will

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Airborne 12.06.16: SpaceX Launching Soon!, 787 AD, DJI Inspire 2

Also: P-51C 'Tuskegee Airmen', Aero-Calendar, EASA Mandate, Master Instructor, 737 MAX Thrust Reverser, LaMia Airline, Flying Colours

SpaceX could return to flight by the middle of the month if the FAA approves its next launch, according to SpaceX customer Iridium Communications. The launch is scheduled on December 16 at 12:36 p.m. Pacific Standard Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according to an Iridium news release. An Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA last week requires repetitive cycling of either the airplane electrical power or the power to the three flight control modules. This AD was prompted by a report indicating that all three fly control modules might simultaneously reset if continuously powered on for 22 days on all Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes. A reset of the flight control modules, if not corrected, could result in flight control surface

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Are The FAA And City Of Santa Monica Near An Agreement?

Anti-Airport Campaigners Outraged At Possible 'Secret Deal'

The Santa Monica City Council scheduled a closed meeting Tuesday with several airport issues on the agenda.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Lilium Aviation Raises Over $10 Million From European Venture Capitalist

In Development Of A VTOL Electric-Powered Ducted Fan Commuter Aircraft

Lilium Aviation, which is developing the "Lilium Jet" ... an electric VTOL ducted fan-powered commuter aircraft ... has closed on a €10m ($10.73 million) Series A funding round with Atomico, the leading European venture capital firm based in London. 

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

GoPro Karma Recall Raises Regulatory Questions

No Clear Indication As To What Agency Is Responsible For Protecting Consumers From Malfunctioning Drones

The recent recall by GoPro of its Karma drone has raised questions about what agency, if any, is responsible for protecting the public from such malfunctions.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Arianespace’s Vega Scores Its Eighth Success In Orbiting GÖKTÜRK-1 For Turkey

Launched Tuesday Morning From French Guiana

The Vega lightweight launcher continued its track record of success today, lofting the GÖKTÜRK-1 Earth observation spacecraft from the Spaceport on a mission that adds another operator to those entrusting their initial payloads for launch by Arianespace.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

FAA Expected To Rule Soon On Skydiving At Casa Grande Municipal Airport

Skydiving Company Had Lodged A Protest Against The Airport With The Agency

A long-running dispute between Phoenix Area Skydiving and Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ) may soon be resolved by the FAA.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Stemme Canopies Provide Reliable UVA Filter

Independent Testing By M7 Labs Shows 100 Percent Removal Of UVA Light

Because of the significant increase in UVA radiation at higher altitudes, many pilots recognize the danger of sunburns, skin cancer and the degeneration of their vision.

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Wed, Dec 07, 2016

KLM Pilot Suffers Heart Attack While Taxiing For Takeoff

Was Preparing For Departure From Glasgow To Amsterdam

The pilot of a KLM airliner with 128 people on board suffered a heart attack while taxiing out for departure from Glasgow Airport late last week.

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