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May 23, 2019

Airborne 05.22.19: RedBull Surprise, NASA Lunar Lander, TBM 940

Also: Pilatus PC-24, GAMA 1Q/19 Sales Report, Sikorsky HH-60W, Honda Expands

Aerobatic pilot and former US Serviceman Aaron Fitzgerald chose the open space of the Hudson River in New York to stun onlookers with a wide range of precision helicopter maneuvers. According to Red Bull, Fitzgerald performed the loops, barrel rolls and dives in front of the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park and alongside the West Side Highway. The pilot chose the unique practice course in preparation for the Memorial Day Weekend’s Bethpage Air Show. The Red Bull helicopter is able to perform the maneuvers through the use o

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Airborne-Unmanned 05.21.19: Rec Drone Changes, Lilium Electric, Int'l Drone Conf

Also: Langley Aerodrome, $9.3 Million For ResponDrone, DJI Drones Comply, Restrictions Near Navy Vessels

The FAA is implementing changes for recreational drone flyers. While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying in controlled airspace around airports. The new requirement to obtain an airspace authorization prior to flying a drone in controlled airspace replaces the old requirement to notify the airport operator and th

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Operators, OEMs, Fuelers Attest: SAJF Is Clean, Lower Carbon Jet-A

Biofuel The Subject Of Panel Discussion At EBACE 2019

A panel of industry experts on May 21 explained what it means to use sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF) in business aircraft. To start, they marked the “huge progress” since last year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).

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Wilson Praises Airmen, Expresses Gratitude In Farewell Remarks

Reflects On Her Tenure As Air Force Secretary

Two years and nine days since becoming the 24th Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson bid a formal farewell, May 21, to the institution and its Airmen, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to serve and declaring, “I will always be an Airman.”

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ANN Social Media Program (ANN-SMP) Expanded For Oshkosh 2019!

ANN Keeps Pushing Aviation Media (Kicking and Screaming) Further Into The 21st Century...

ANN is, again, radically updating its social media campaign for the upcoming 2019 Oshkosh AirVenture Fly-In. This is just the latest step in a series of massive upgrades we're making as Aero-News becomes the 'Aero-Verse.' This program will concentrate on the three most persuasive forms of social media outreach -- short succinct messaging, compelling high-resolution still photography, and carefully formatted HD video. Our staff of journalists will be beating up Wittman Field all week long looking for suitable subjects for this effort, and you’re welcome to help us make sure that YOU don't get left out. You are welcome to text suggestions to 863

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Trump Taps Barbara Barrett Of Arizona As Next SecAF

If Confirmed, Barrett Would Replace Heather Wilson, Who Is Stepping Down At The End Of The Month

President Donald Trump has nominated Barbara Barrett of Arizona to succeed Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force.

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ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2019 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

E-I-C Note: There's very little we can say yet, but there is a reason why this may be a TRULY exciting year to throw in with ANN to cover the extraordinary event that is OSHKOSH. Like in years past, we have something up our sleeves -- actually SEVERAL big somethings -- BUT, this year, they could be some of the biggest upgrades/surprises we've pulled off yet -- so we're going to be changing quite a few things about how we cover Oshkosh, as a result. IF YOU want to be a part of this unique adventure, speak up NOW, rather than later, because we're going to looking for the best volunteer folks we can find and are planni

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Anti-Drone Technology To Be Commercialized By ERAU, Drone Defense Systems

New System Detects And Commandeers Unauthorized Drones

New technology that detects and commandeers unauthorized drones, guiding them to land safely, will be commercialized under a licensing agreement between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Drone Defense Systems LLC of Daytona Beach, FL.

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Lockheed Martin and Drone Racing League Announce 2019 AlphaPilot Teams

Nine AlphaPilot Teams Of World-Class Engineers Will Push The Boundaries Of Autonomous Flight

Lockheed Martin and Drone Racing League (DRL) today announced the nine teams that were accepted into the 2019 AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge, an open competition to develop artificial intelligence (AI) for high-speed racing drones. These teams have earned a coveted spot in DRL's inaugural autonomous drone racing series, the Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, which kicks off later this year.

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AMA Drone Report 05.16.19: FAA Memorandum, Spark 2?, Illegal Anti-Drone Ops?

Also: FAA UAS Symposium, Alpha Electro, Osmo Action Camera, Hummingbird Robot

The net has been awash with copies of a memorandum that may foretell the future of the UAS community. This memorandum was intended as FAA guidance to educate air traffic control facilities (ATC) on best methods to respond to recreational flyers seeking authorization, not as guidance to recreational operators. Recent legislation under Section 349 (c) states operators in controlled airspace will be required to seek authorization from towered airports, unless flying from a charted flying site. AMA successfully championed that if

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Gulfstream G600 Closes In On Type Certification

Aircraft Nears The End Of Function And Reliability Testing; Paperwork And Certification On Deck

Gulfstream Aerospace says its all-new G600 is nearing the end of function and reliability (F&R) testing, the final stage of flying required for aircraft type certification by the FAA.

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Don't Miss This! 2019 AirVenture Innovation Preview Is Open To Space Requests

Over Half The Possible Feature Slots For the 2019 AIP Are Already Reserved... DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS?

Important Update: The 2019 AirVenture Innovation Preview roster is filling up FAST and over half the slots are now committed. Slots are parceled out, first come, first served, and we expect to close down this year's eligibility list right after EAA gets their own dedicated mailing out in a few days. Don't miss out on the chance to be included in the FIFTH rendition of this HIGHLY VISIBLE media program. As ANN has done over the course of most of the past decade at AEA, AUVSI, SnF and previous AirVenture events, the ANN/Airborne/Aero-News team will again orchestrate and webcast a “New Product Introduction”

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DHS Issues Alert Concerning Chinese-Made Drones

Warns The Aircraft Could Pose A Cyber Security Risk

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert warning of a potential cybersecurity risk involving drones made in China. DHS says that the aircraft may be sending flight data back to their Chinese manufacturers.

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Second Taquan Air Aircraft Down In Alaska

Two On Board Fatally Injured In Monday Accident

For the second time in a week, a Taquan Air airplane has been involved in a fatal accident in Alaska. According to a media release from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the DHC-2 Beaver went down in Metlakatla Harbor Monday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. local time.

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Gone West: Former FAA Official Don Segner

Was Chief Test Pilot For Lockheed Aircraft Corporation

Former FAA Associate Administrator for International Affairs and Policy Donald Riley Segner has Gone West. Segner passed away May 10 at his home in Laguna Beach, CA at the age of 93.

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Gogo And ForeFlight Enable New Features On ForeFlight Mobile Application

Brings GPS And Altitude Information To iOS-Based App For Business Aviation

Gogo Business Aviation and ForeFlight have partnered to bring new GPS location information and altitude to the ForeFlight Mobile iOS-based application for business aviation.

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JSSI Announces New Executive Position

Ash Reddy Named Company's First VP, Global Strategy & Corporate Development

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) has appointed Ash Reddy to the new role of vice president, global strategy and corporate development. Reddy will be responsible for identifying, developing and executing organic and inorganic strategic initiatives globally for all JSSI business units.

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Bombardier Enhances Operations At London Biggin Hill Service Center

Adds New Refurbishment And Repair Shop

The Bombardier service center at London Biggin Hill Airport is adding enhanced interior repair and refurbishment activities to the facility, providing customers in the region with extended maintenance and support capabilities. Austrian-based F/LIST, one of the most respected global manufacturers of high-end interiors for business aircraft, will partner with Bombardier on the development of the enhanced interior shop, which will significantly enhance support and service operations for customers in the region.

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FlightSafety To Provide Training For The Praetor 600 In Dallas And St. Louis

Will Employ Advanced Technology Training Systems That Include A FlightSafety FS1000 Simulator

FlightSafety International will provide training for the new Embraer Praetor 600 at its Learning Centers in Dallas and St. Louis.

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Embraer Welcomes Great Dane Airlines To The E-Jets Family Of Operators

Will Offer Both Chartered And Scheduled Service Beginning In June

Denmark-based Great Dane Airlines has become the most recent customer of the Embraer E-Jets. Embraer welcomed their newest operator at Embraer’s annual European Airlines Business Seminar, held this year in Amsterdam. Based at Aalborg Airport in Denmark, Great Dane begins operations in June with two E195 jet aircraft.

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WestJet Ratifies Three-Year Agreement With Flight Dispatchers

Agreement Expires In May 2022

WestJet flight dispatchers represented by the Canadian Airline Dispatchers Association (CALDA), voted 90 per cent in favor of a three-year agreement. The vote does not include WestJet Encore.

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Boeing Signs Two Clients For Jeppesen Digital Solutions

Deals Made With Jet Aviation And HK Bellawings Jet At EBACE 2019

Boeing has announced agreements with business aviation companies Jet Aviation and HK Bellawings Jet for its advanced Jeppesen Operator and Jeppesen JetPlanner Pro digital solutions.

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K5-Aviation Adds A Third 2Ku System From Gogo Business Aviation

Will Be Installed on An ACJ319neo Business Jet

Gogo will install a third 2Ku system on an Airbus A319 business jet operated by K5-Aviation. The installation will be the first to be done on an Airbus ACJ319neo, and it is scheduled to be completed this summer.

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Vanderbilt University Wins NASA’s 2019 Student Launch Competition

Marks The Team's Fifth Win In The Past Six Years

NASA has announced the winners of the 2019 NASA Student Launch competition, with the Vanderbilt Aerospace Design Lab from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, claiming top honors. It is the team’s fifth win in the last six years.

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Flooding Forces Cancellation Of MO Salute To Veterans Airshow

Jefferson City Airport Evacuated As Missouri River Crests

Flooding on the Missouri River has forced organizers to cancel the Salute to Veterans Air Show planned for Memorial Day weekend at Jefferson City Memorial airport (KJEF) in Missouri.

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ANN FAQ: The Airborne Unlimited Partnership Initiative

New Products And Programs From The Leader In Aviation News Online

The Airborne Partnership Initiative, we call it the API, is a plan developed by ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, to build a synergistic, industry-wide, aviation/aerospace news program. Our aim is to grow this program to include a significant portion, if not a majority, of the aviation world’s pivotal organizations, interests, and viewpoints.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.23.19)

“Nearly half the airplanes in the static display flew here [to EBACE2019] on SAJF. This is a drop-in fuel. You can pour it right into your aircraft.” Source: Brad Nolen, Bombardier vice president of marketing and strategy, during a panel discussion on SAJF held at EBACE2019.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.23.19): Engine Failure

Any engine requiring unscheduled replacement due to unairworthy condition which cannot be corrected by routine maintenance on the aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.23.19)

The Vintage Aircraft Association

The Vintage Aircraft Association brings together people from around the world who share an interest in the aircraft of yesterday. This common bond is sustained by VAA activities and publications. Since it was established in 1971, the association has been working to keep aviation history alive.

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May 22, 2019

Airborne 05.22.19: RedBull Surprise, NASA Lunar Lander, TBM 940

Also: Pilatus PC-24, GAMA 1Q/19 Sales Report, Sikorsky HH-60W, Honda Expands

Aerobatic pilot and former US Serviceman Aaron Fitzgerald chose the open space of the Hudson River in New York to stun onlookers with a wide range of precision helicopter maneuvers. According to Red Bull, Fitzgerald performed the loops, barrel rolls and dives in front of the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park and alongside the West Side Highway. The pilot chose the unique practice course in preparation for the Memorial Day Weekend’s Bethpage Air Show. The Red Bull helicopter is able to perform the maneuvers through the use o

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Aero-TV: The Bally Bomber - The All Time Ultimate Warbird Replica?

Aero-News Talks With The Airplane's Builder

One of the many unique airplanes at AirVenture 2018 was a 1/3-scale B-17 bomber built by Jack Bally, who talked about the 17-year project with Aero-News at the show last summer. Bally said that the idea was born over "too much beer one night with a bunch of buddies" as they talked about what kind of airplane they could build that would be the only one of its kind.

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New Members Appointed To The Drone Advisory Committee

Michael Chasen, Chief Executive Officer For PrecisionHawk Named As The New Chair Of The Panel

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today formally announced new appointments to the FAA Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).

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Volocopter CEO Seeks Business Aviation Partners At EBACE2019

Company Developing eVTOL Air Taxi

During his keynote address on 21 May, Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter said the company’s electric air taxi was “the perfect complement and addition to business aviation,” and finding industry partners brought him to this year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2019).

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Embraer Praetor 600 Now Triple-Certified

FAA, EASA Join ANAC In Approving The Aircraft

Embraer announced at EBACE 2019 that the company’s new Praetor 600 super-midsize business jet was granted its Type Certificate by EASA and the FAA. “Now certified by the key aviation safety agencies of the world, the Praetor 600 has proven to be the most disruptive and technologically advanced super-midsize business jet to enter the market, paving the way to begin deliveries now in the second quarter,” said Michael Amalfitano, president & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets.

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Airbus Announces Major A220 Performance Improvement

Aircraft's Range Increased By Up To 450 Nautical Miles

Airbus has announced that the A220 Family aircraft, the newest addition to its single-aisle portfolio, will now be offering increased range starting from H2 2020.

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Elixir Aircraft OneShot Wing Passes Resistance Test

Marks Important Milestone Towards EASA CS-23 Certification

After several months of work, Elixir Aircraft has reached an important milestone regarding EASA CS-23 certification. The OneShot Elixir wing has successfully passed its resistance test.

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Gulfstream G280 Approved For Touchdown And Rollout Using EFVS

Super-Midsize Aircraft Continues To Add Mission Capabilities

The FAA has approved the Gulfstream G280 for touchdown and rollout using the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS). With installation of optional EFVS equipment, required training and a letter of authorization from the FAA, G280 pilots can land their aircraft without using natural vision to see the runway. Instead, they can use the EFVS imagery on the Head-Up Display (HUD).

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AiRXOS Supports NIAS And NASA UTM Program TCL4 Demonstration

Tests BVLOS Capability In An Urban Environment

AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, on Tuesday performed Technical Capability Level (TCL) 4 program demonstrations in Reno, NV as part of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) TCL 4 program. This is the final phase of its four-year series of increasingly complicated technical demonstrations involving small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

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Amazon To Build Cargo Facility At Lakeland Linder International Airport

City Commission Gives Unanimous Approval To The Plan Monday

The Lakeland, FL City Commission has given unanimous approval to a plan that will see an Amazon cargo facility built at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL).

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Daher’s TBM 910 Flown With A Biofuel Mix To The EBACE Show

Demonstration Flight Organized By SAJF

The Daher TBM 910 very fast turboprop aircraft exhibited at this week’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) was flown to the Geneva aviation show using Jet A fuel blended with biofuel.

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Airborne 05.20.19: Icon Layoffs, Perlan Mission II, Lilium Air Taxi

Also: #HonorTheWASP, NASA Funds Research, Boom Supersonic And Dassault, New FlightSafety CEO

Amid recent reports of yet another sinking of an Icon A5 airframe, a heretofore unsuccessful attempt to raise more capital, and GAMA stats showing that Icon’s promised production targets are not being met, along comes news of company layoffs. An Icon A5 was sunk in Washington state last week after witnesses reported it to have suffered a hard landing... not the first such report. The airframe sunk to wing level and required winching out of the water, for repair. Reported attempts to raise additional capita

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Germany Becomes First Government Customer For ACJ350

Places Firm Order For Three Of The Aircraft

The German government has placed a firm order for three ACJ350-900 XWBs, becoming the first government customer for the type, which has already been ordered by private customers.

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Robinson Introduces A New Flight Training Guide

Comprehensive Guide Addresses The Multiple Levels Of Training

An updated flight training guide is now available from Robinson Helicopter Company, whose helicopters have become synonymous with flight training. The comprehensive guide addresses the many levels of training, from the student pilot trying to find the “hover button”, to the rated helicopter pilot transitioning into a Robinson, to the all-important flight review.

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Sikorsky Receives Contract To Build 12 CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters

Aircraft To Be Built At Connecticut Plant With Deliveries Beginning In 2022

Sikorsky will build 12 production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new $1.13 billion contract from the U.S. Navy. These advanced helicopters are part of the 200 program of record aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps.

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FlightSafety Adds Dassault FalconEye HUD To Its Falcon Sims

Upgrades Simulators In Paris, Dallas And Teterboro Training Centers

FlightSafety International announces that the Dassault FalconEye Combined Vision System HUD has been incorporated into its Falcon 900LX simulator in Dallas as well as Falcon 8X and Falcon 2000LXS simulators in Paris. It will also be installed in a new Falcon 2000LXS/900LX interchangeable simulator which is scheduled to be available for training at the Teterboro Learning Center in October 2019.

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Young Woman Flies Ultralight Across The Atlantic

Aarohi Pandit Made The Crossing In A Pipistrel Sinus 912

A 23-year-old woman from Mumbai, India believes she is the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean in an ultralight airplane. Aarohi Pandit made the crossing of more than 1,620 nautical miles from Nuuk, Greenland to Iqaluit, the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

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Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi Installed In First HondaJet Elite

Banyan Air Service Completes Installation In 15 Business Days

Banyan Air Service has completed an installation of a Gogo AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi system in a HondaJet Elite; the first install of its kind in the country. This project was strictly a standalone avionics install and was quoted with respect to man hours at 15 business days. This install provided inflight connectivity domestically for a startup charter business whose dream is to move into a fleet of HondaJets (10+).

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Alaska Air Cargo Brings The Season's First Wild Copper River Salmon To Seattle

Marks The Start Of The Salmon Season For Seafood Lovers Everywhere

About 18,000 pounds of fresh Copper River salmon arrived on a fish-filled Alaska Airlines plane touching down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after 6:30 a.m. Friday. The delivery officially marks the start of the salmon season that is anticipated by seafood lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. By noon, Alaska Air Cargo was expected to have delivered a total of 50,000 pounds of Copper River salmon to the Lower 48 with more scheduled on later flights.

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VALCORA Fuels Wildlife Conservation Portfolio At EBACE

Launches New Initiative Aimed At Supporting A Carbon Neutral Future

Switzerland-headquartered aviation fuel supplier VALCORA is using EBACE 2019 as a platform to launch a new initiative supporting the industry’s aim of working towards a carbon neutral future. As VALCORA showcases its support for a growing number of wildlife conservation projects around the world, delegates will be invited to participate.

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Conklin & de Decker Demos Aircraft Comparison Tool At EBACE

Debuts New European Data Add-On

Conklin & de Decker demonstrated its flagship Conklin & de Decker Report aircraft comparison tool at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE2019) in Geneva, Switzerland. Attendees got an exclusive first look at the company’s new European data add-on, which accurately reflects the region’s unique operating costs in a variety of currencies.

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ANN FAQ: What Does The API Mean To You

Engaging The Aviation World's Pivotal Organizations, Interests And Viewpoints

The Airborne Partnership Initiative, we call it the API, is a plan developed by ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, to build a synergistic, industry-wide, aviation/aerospace news program. Our aim is to grow this program to include a significant portion, if not a majority, of the aviation world’s pivotal organizations, interests, and viewpoints.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.22.19)

“Innovation is one of Secretary Chao’s top priorities for the Department of Transportation. (PrecisionHawk CEO) Michael (Chasen) and the DAC will help guide the FAA to build flexible, responsive regulatory processes that can keep up with the industry’s creativity while ensuring the highest level of safety.” Source: FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.22.19): Bench Check

The removal of an item of equipment from an aircraft or from stock for (1) a visual check, (2) preventive maintenance, (3) minor repair, and (4) an operational check.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.22.19)

Sentinel Owners and Pilots Association

The Sentinel Owners and Pilots Association provides information and support to owners, pilots and enthusiasts of the Stinson L-5 "Sentinel", also affectionately called the "Flying Jeep".

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2019-08-10

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Airborne 05.22.19: RedBull Surprise, NASA Lunar Lander, TBM 940

Also: Pilatus PC-24, GAMA 1Q/19 Sales Report, Sikorsky HH-60W, Honda Expands 

Aerobatic pilot and former US Serviceman Aaron Fitzgerald chose the open space of the Hudson River in New York to stun onlookers with a wide range of precision helicopter maneuvers. According to Red Bull, Fitzgerald performed the loops, barrel rolls and dives in front of the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park and alongside the West Side Highway. The pilot chose the unique practice course in preparation for the Memorial Day Weekend’s Bethpage Air Show. The Red Bull helicopter is able to perform the maneuvers through the use of a unique rigid titanium rotor. It allows Fitzgerald to reverse the airflow through the rotor without damage, ensuring he can safely execute the maneuvers. NASA has selecte

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Aero-TV: The Bally Bomber - The All Time Ultimate Warbird Replica?

Aero-News Talks With The Airplane's Builder
 
One of the many unique airplanes at AirVenture 2018 was a 1/3-scale B-17 bomber built by Jack Bally, who talked about the 17-year project with Aero-News at the show last summer.

May 21, 2019

Airborne 05.20.19: Icon Layoffs, Perlan Mission II, Lilium Air Taxi

Also: #HonorTheWASP, NASA Funds Research, Boom Supersonic And Dassault, New FlightSafety CEO

Amid recent reports of yet another sinking of an Icon A5 airframe, a heretofore unsuccessful attempt to raise more capital, and GAMA stats showing that Icon’s promised production targets are not being met, along comes news of company layoffs. An Icon A5 was sunk in Washington state last week after witnesses reported it to have suffered a hard landing... not the first such report. The airframe sunk to wing level and required winching out of the water, for repair. Reported attempts to raise additional capita

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Airborne-Unmanned 05.21.19: Rec Drone Changes, Lilium Electric, Int'l Drone Conf

Also: Langley Aerodrome, $9.3 Million For ResponDrone, DJI Drones Comply, Restrictions Near Navy Vessels

The FAA is implementing changes for recreational drone flyers. While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying in controlled airspace around airports. The new requirement to obtain an airspace authorization prior to flying a drone in controlled airspace replaces the old requirement to notify the airport operator and th

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EASA Certifies Daher's TBM 940

Paperwork Formally Presented At EBACE 2019

EASA has certified the Daher TBM 940, enabling deliveries to begin with this latest very fast turboprop aircraft version. EASA’s certification paperwork will be formally provided during the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) at Geneva, Switzerland, where Daher will be exhibiting at the May 21-23 event.

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FlightSafety Introduces Specialized Gulfstream G650 Course

Trains Pilots For London City Airport Steep Approach Operations

FlightSafety International announces that it will offer a specialized London City airport steep approach operations training program for Gulfstream G650 pilots.

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Honda Aircraft Company To Expand Its Production Operations In Greensboro, NC

Company To Break Ground On 82,000-Square-Foot Facility In July

Honda Aircraft Company plans to expand its global headquarters in Greensboro, NC by investing an additional $15.5 million in a new 82,000-square-foot facility on its 133+ acre campus in Greensboro. This will bring the company's total capital investment in its North Carolina facilities to more than $245 million.

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AIAA Foundation Announces $1 Million Commitment From Boeing

Donation Will Support Diversification Of The STEM Talent Pipeline

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation and Boeing has announced a $1 million donation from the Boeing Charitable Trust. The donation will support the Foundation's educational fund, with a focus on increasing the number of women and minority students in science and engineering programs. AIAA will also match the gift through its Match A Million Campaign.

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NASA Taps 11 American Companies To Advance Human Lunar Landers

Will Study And Develop Prototypes Over The Next Six Months

NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. This effort will help put American astronauts — the first woman and next man — on the Moon’s south pole by 2024 and establish sustainable missions by 2028.

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Bombardier Welcomes First Global 6500 Montreal Completion Facility

Newest Member Of The Global Family Advances Towards Entry-Into-Service As Planned Later This Year

The first Global 6500 aircraft was inducted in Bombardier's state-of-the-art completion center in Montreal moving the new addition to the Global family closer to entry-into-service later this year.

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Four Seasons Selects A321LR For Aircruises

Launches A New Role For The Airbus Corporate Jet Family

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has chosen the A321LR as its private jet for luxury worldwide travel, launching a new role for the Airbus corporate jet family. The aircraft will enter service in 2021.

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Aaron Fitzgerald Surprises New Yorkers With Impromptu Performance

Onlookers Were Treated To Flips, Barrel Rolls And Nose Dives By A Helicopter

Aerobatics pilot and former U.S Serviceman Aaron Fitzgerald chose the open space of the Hudson River in New York to stun onlookers with a wide range of helicopter tricks.

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Bombardier's Global 7500 Jet Demos Unmatched Performance

Completes Industry's First Ever Non-stop Mission From London City Airport To Los Angeles

A Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft recently completed the first ever flight from London City Airport to Los Angeles, CA. The aircraft flew non-stop from London City Airport (LCY), one of the most notable airports requiring steep approach capabilities, to Van Nuys, CA, one of the most popular business aviation airports serving the Los Angeles area.

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Gulfstream G550 Flies Record Between U.S. And U.K. On Alternative Jet Fuel

Company Continues Its Commitment To Environment By Using And Promoting Alternative Fuel

Gulfstream has set another city-pair speed record on sustainable alternative jet fuel. The record, achieved Friday by the Gulfstream G550, connected Charleston, South Carolina, with Farnborough, England, a distance of 3,591 nautical miles at an average speed of Mach 0.85 in 7 hours and 13 minutes.

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Airborne-Unmanned 05.21.19: Rec Drone Changes, Lilium Electric, Int'l Drone Conf.

Also: Langley Aerodrome, $9.3 Million For ResponDrone, DJI Drones Comply, Restrictions Near Navy Vessels 

The FAA is implementing changes for recreational drone flyers. While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying in controlled airspace around airports. The new requirement to obtain an airspace authorization prior to flying a drone in controlled airspace replaces the old requirement to notify the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower prior to flying within five miles of an airport. Lilium has taken the wraps off its new five-seater air taxi prototype. The Lilium Jet co

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May 20, 2019

Airborne 05.17.19: Virgin Galactic, Rotax 914, FlightDesign F2

Also: Robinson Delivers 2 More Cadets, Bristow Group Bankruptcy, Gogo AVANCE L3, IFD Software Upgrade

At a press conference late last week in Santa Fe, Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer, to minimize schooling disruption for families. Rotax has issued a NEW Se

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May 19, 2019

Airborne 05.17.19: Virgin Galactic, Rotax 914, FlightDesign F2

Also: Robinson Delivers 2 More Cadets, Bristow Group Bankruptcy, Gogo AVANCE L3, IFD Software Upgrade

At a press conference late last week in Santa Fe, Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer, to minimize schooling disruption for families. Rotax has issued a NEW Se

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Airborne 04.01.19: ANN's Infamous April 1st Episode! Drone Skeet, ADS-B Boots...

Also: AOPA Hacking EAA Drone Show?, Campbell Joins SnF Board, Jet Teams Go Retro, Methane-Power,

YUP... its THAT time of year again! This is ANN's infamous April First Episode... strap in, and get ready to be fooled, bamboozled and led astray! Drone Skeet has been selected as a demonstration sport for the 2028 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Teams will consist of shooters and pilots competing in timed rounds. Each team will have 5 minutes to shoot down as many of the opposing team's drones as it can, then they will switch sides and the other team will have an oppo

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May 17, 2019

Airborne 05.15.19: Horten HX-2 to OSH!, TriFan 600 Test, Blue Moon

Also: GA ADS-B Rebates, Saab To Open Site, House GA Caucus Launch, EAA Petitions Supreme Court

Horten Aircraft plans to bring its HX-2 flying wing prototype to AirVenture this summer. HORTEN Aircraft GmbH was founded at the end of 2015 by Sven Lindig, Bernhard Mattlener and Hans Heinen. Meanwhile, Flight Design general aviation and Rotorvox are also part of the aviation brand LIFT Air with headquarters located at the Eisenach-Kindel airfield (EDGE). The name "HORTEN Aircraft GmbH" honors the visionary aircraft designer Dr. Ing. Reimar Horten (1915-1994), who is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field

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May 16, 2019

Airborne 05.15.19: Horten HX-2 to OSH!, TriFan 600 Test, Blue Moon

Also: GA ADS-B Rebates, Saab To Open Site, House GA Caucus Launch, EAA Petitions Supreme Court

Horten Aircraft plans to bring its HX-2 flying wing prototype to AirVenture this summer. HORTEN Aircraft GmbH was founded at the end of 2015 by Sven Lindig, Bernhard Mattlener and Hans Heinen. Meanwhile, Flight Design general aviation and Rotorvox are also part of the aviation brand LIFT Air with headquarters located at the Eisenach-Kindel airfield (EDGE). The name "HORTEN Aircraft GmbH" honors the visionary aircraft designer Dr. Ing. Reimar Horten (1915-1994), who is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field

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AMA Drone Report 05.16.19: FAA Memorandum, Spark 2?, Illegal Anti-Drone Ops?

Also: FAA UAS Symposium, Alpha Electro, Osmo Action Camera, Hummingbird Robot

The net has been awash with copies of a memorandum that may foretell the future of the UAS community. This memorandum was intended as FAA guidance to educate air traffic control facilities (ATC) on best methods to respond to recreational flyers seeking authorization, not as guidance to recreational operators. Recent legislation under Section 349 (c) states operators in controlled airspace will be required to seek authorization from towered airports, unless flying from a charted flying site. AMA successfully championed that if

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A Special Note From ANN To Our Friends/Readers

Hi Folks... This is a special issue of the Propwash newsletter, dedicated only to its being a personal message from the ANN gang to you. I promise not to do this too often, but hope that I can impose on you for a few minutes in order to seek your continued support. We'd like to make one last pitch for book orders while they might affect the total print order. We have sent this book to the printer and are in pre-press prep right now (proofs expected today)... and the more we can add to the print tally, the more cost-effective our printing prices (per book) become. As you

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