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Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Airborne 09.14.18: Best New SportPlane!, iFly Indoor Skydiving, NASA Sponsors

Also: ALPA Unveils Pilot Plan, Colorado Springs Airport Repair, Girls In Aviation Day, FAA Grant

ANN’s annual report on the best values in the SportPlane market remains one of our most interesting... and difficult... efforts of the year -- especially in a year where a number of aircraft have really started hitting their stride.

While the announcement of our Master List of over a dozen recommended SportPlanes is still a few weeks off, one new aircraft has easily risen to the top of the list reserved for NEW offerings in the VERY competitive sport aviation landscape. This year; the best new SportPlane is The Airplane Factory’s Rotax 915-powered Sling TSi. ANN’s Jim Campbell got a personal tour of iFly’s soon-to-be-latest indoor skydiving facility now under construction off Interstate 295, in Jacksonville, Florida. It is one of a number of such attractions in operation all over the world. All the rage among skydive aficionados who used to have to log freefall maneuver practice time in 20-60 second sessions, the development of these next-generation indoor vertical wind tunnels has revolutionized competitive skydiving to allow longer pseudo-freefall sessions, as well as providing the public a truly safe and virtually risk-free chance to get a free-fall-like experience. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine is reportedly considering allowing companies to buy naming rights to rockets and other spacecraft in an effort to boost the agency's brand. At a recent meeting of the NASA advisory council, Bridenstine announced the formation of a committee to look at what he called "provocative questions" related to placing corporate logs on spacecraft. "Is it possible for NASA to offset some of its costs by selling the naming rights to its spacecraft, or the naming rights to its rockets," Bridenstine said. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 09.14.18 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Friday, September 14th, 2018... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Laura Hutson, Brianne Cross, and Christopher Odom, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • ANN’s Top New Sportplane for 2018 Named
  • New iFly Indoor Skydiving Facility Coming To N Florida
  • NASA Considers Selling Naming Rights On Rockets And Spacecraft 
  • ALPA Unveils Plan To Keep Pilot Supply Strong 
  • Colorado Springs Airport Repair Costs Rising 
  • Girls In Aviation Day 2018 Truly A Global Event 
  • Brunswick, ME Executive Airport Receives $6.2 Million FAA Grant

Get Comprehensive, Real-Time, 24/7 coverage of the latest aviation and aerospace stories anytime, at And be sure to join us again for the next edition of "Airborne Unlimited" here on Aero-TV. Thanks for watching. See you, again, tomorrow!

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