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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Airborne 08.24.16: Northrop Grumman T-X, Refurbished F-14A, Helo Cash Drop

Also: Mini-Drone, Avilution, Narita Tower, US/Mexico Av-Agreement, UK Helipads Too Small, FAA Employee Busted, Proba-3
 
If it was a secret, it isn’t now, as a few images of Northrop Grumman's offering to replace the Air Force’s T-38 supersonic jet trainer have appeared on the Internet as the plane conducted high-speed taxi tests last week at Mojave Airport in California. The aircraft was built by Scaled Composites under contract with Northrop Grumman. FAA records indicate it is powered by a single F404-GE-102D engine, also known as the Model 400. The High Sky Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in Midland, Texas plans to unveil a refurbished Grumman F-14A Tomcat at its CAF Airsho this weekend. The airframe is notable as being the first F-14A to shoot down another aircraft in combat. On August 19, 1981, Commander Henry Kleemann and Lieutenant David Venlet of VF-41 flew the aircraft off the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier during the Gulf of Sidr

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Airborne 08.23.16: Santa Monica Fights On, ISS Readies, ICAO Flight Plans

Also: ANN Is Hiring!, Aero-Calendar, UAV v Helo, AIA Briefs Clinton, First LM-100J, Teamsters, Smalltrack

A resolution has been considered by the Santa Monica City Council would make it a policy of the city to close the airport to aviation uses "as soon as legally permitted", with a goal of ending aviation operations there by 2018. The resolution is a complex document that reviews the past history of the airport and the original purpose of the land upon which the airport resides. It refers to an original commitment to the FAA to maintain the airport in operation for 30 years as a result of federal money infused into the airport. According to the City Council math, that commitment to support the airport ends in 2018. Last Friday, space station Expedition 48 Commander, Jeff Williams, and, Flight Engineer Kate Rubins, concluded their 6-hour spacewalk to install the first of two intern

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Intel Introduces UAV Developer Kit

Ready-To-Fly Aircraft Also ... Well ... Almost Ready-To-Fly

Pre-orders are now open for the Intel Aero Platform for unmanned aerial vehicles.

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

FAA Proposes $54,000 Civil Penalty Against Gordon Food Service

Alleges Hazardous Materials Violations

The FAA has proposed a $54,000 in civil penalty against Gordon Food Service of Wyoming, MI for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

F-35 Surges Forward With Record Breaking Weapons Test Successes

Twenty-Five Sorties Flown At Edwards Air Force Base

The F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) at Edwards Air Force Base, California, recently completed 25 missions comprising of 12 Weapons Delivery Accuracy (WDA) and 13 Weapon Separation Tests as part of a month-long weapon’s firing test surge. Historically, WDAs take place once a month given the myriad of coordination required.  The highest number previously accomplished in a month, was three in November of 2014 during 2B software testing.

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

CAF To Unveil Refurbished F-14A

Historic Aircraft To Be Presented At Sky Wing CAF Airsho

The High Sky Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in Midland, TX plans to unveil a refurbished Grumman F-14A Tomcat at its Sky Wing Airsho this weekend. The airframe is notable as being the first F-14A to shoot down another aircraft in combat.

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

NTSB Releases Factual Report In May, 2015 Fatal Accident

Pilot Had Reported Possible Mechanical Problems Prior To Accident Flight, Was Apparently About 24 Pounds Over MTOW

The NTSB has released its factual report from an accident which occurred in May of last year in which four people were fatally injured.

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

SpaceX Places First Recovered Falcon 9 Booster On Permanent Display

Achievement Memorialized At Company's Hawthorne, CA Headquarters

Elon Musk has made good on his promise to memorialize the first recovery of a Falcon 9 booster by having the rocket placed on permanent display outside the company's Hawthorne, CA headquarters.

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Gogo Business Aviation Now Enabling Open Router Environment

Routers From Third-Party Manufacturers Now Enabled On Gogo Biz Network

Gogo Business Aviation has embarked on an initiative to enable operators, dealers and installers to equip their aircraft with approved routers from third-party manufacturers that best suit their individual needs and preferences on the Gogo Biz network. The move is part of a larger initiative to provide a more open ecosystem, enabling a wider array of router options for customers to choose from.

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Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Charles M. Childress Awarded FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award

Piedmont Propulsion Mechanic Recognized By The Agency

Mr. Charles M. Childress was awarded the prestigious Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award by the Federal Aviation Administration in a ceremony on August 12th.

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