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Airborne 02.28.18: Privatization Fails, Trump Pilot For FAA Admin?, SpaceX

Also: Southeast Aerospace ADS-B, Concorde Battery MD369/500/600, Huntington Bch AirShow, Enstrom 280FX

The current effort to replace the current ATC system with a Privatized organization under the control of an airline dominated ruling board seems to have failed... for now... but the path to the next fight for such an effort is already being planned.

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, ATC Privatization's most prominent driving force has apparently given up, and since he's not seeking reelection, it's going to be up to another politician to drive it in the future. With the short-term FAA extension hitting the bricks March 31st, something had to give. Shuster's NOT happy about it... One of the people on the short list to succeed Michael Huerta as FAA Administrator is John Dunkin, who was President Donald Trump's personal pilot on Trump Force One during the campaign. Trump has reportedly told several administration officials and associates that he would like to see Dunkin in the position. And while many in Washington are saying that Dunkin would be unqualified to lead the agency, a source told Axios contributor Jonathan Swan that, "He’s on the list because he's the President’s pilot, but if he gets the job it won't be because he's the President's pilot.” It appears boosters are not the only thing SpaceX hopes to recycle from its launch program. Now, the company is attempting to recapture parts of the upper stage as well. SpaceX sent a specially-designed ship out into the Pacific fitted with what can best be described as a "giant catchers mitt" with which it hoped to catch the payload fairing falling to Earth after the successful launch of a Spanish Earth-imaging satellite as well as two experimental SpaceX broadband microsatellites. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 02.28.18 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Wednesday, February 28th, 2018... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • ATC Privatization Effort Fails... For Now 
  • President Trump's Personal Pilot Considered For FAA Administrator 
  • SpaceX Tries To Recover Another Piece Of Falcon 9 
  • Southeast Aerospace Offers Part 29 ADS-B AML-STC Solution 
  • FAA Approves Concorde Battery MD 369, 500 & 600 Upgrades 
  • Huntington Beach Air Show A Boon For The City
  • Enstrom 280FXs Accepted By The Global Services And Solutions Of Pakistan

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