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September 18, 2018

Airborne 09.17.18: Round The World Spitfire, Reno MidAir, Loon Program

Also: NATA Leadership, Navy Presents DFC, Wright Brothers Memorial, Orion Parachute Tests

We rarely get jealous of our fellow aviators but a recent announcement has definitely inspired us to be  green with envy. Seriously... just say the name, SPITFIRE, and you have nearly any pilot’s immediate attention as they consider the iconic airplane that so many have admired and so few have actually flown. And as exciting as the aircraft and its warrior history may be, there is one thing that this infamous aircraft has never done... fly around the world. BUT... two adventurous aviators seem intent on

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AMA Drone Report 09.13.18: Drone Shootings, Hurricane Warning, Drone Recurrency

Also: FAI International Drones Conference, Nags Head Drone Ordinance, Yuneec International, Small Drone Turbine

One of the dirty little secrets about sport and commercial drone operations is that negative media hysteria, often drummed up by so-called journalists who can barely spell “UAV,” is creating hazards for drones, their operators and the public by inciting ‘Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.’ Worse, there is great potential for even greater harm when expended ammo comes down... where it may hit a human being. Recently, a DJI Inspire 2 was shot down. AMA has poste

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FAA Reauthorization Bill Stalled In The Senate

Deadline For Full Senate Approval And Reconciliation Is September 30

The U.S. Senate version of a long-term FAA reauthorization bill has been sitting idle since being approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in June. And if the full Senate does not take action by September 30, a sixth short-term extension will have to be approved by the U.S. Congress to keep the FAA operating.

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AUVSI Urges Congress To Include UAS Mitigation Authorities In FAA Bill

Says UAS Mitigation Authorities And Remote Identification Standards Are Crucial Next Steps To Unlock Expanded Operations

In letters to committees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, AUVSI has urged lawmakers working on a reauthorization bill for the FAA to include legislative proposals that would give the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice authority to mitigate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that are used for nefarious purposes, while maintaining the FAA’s exclusive sovereignty over the airspace.

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ICAO And EASA Lend Support To South East Asia’s Aviation Ambitions

Working Together For Cheaper, Safer And More Sustainable Aviation

Cheaper, safer and more environmentally sustainable aviation with less delays will be enabled by the ASEAN Single Aviation Market and Seamless ASEAN Sky. Challenges and opportunities were discussed at the first ICAO-EASA forum on Civil Aviation in South East Asia.

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NATA Announces Leadership Transition

The Association Thanks Martin H. Hiller For His Service And Welcomes Gary Dempsey As Its New President

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Gary Dempsey as its new President. He succeeds Martin (Marty) H. Hiller, who assumed the role of NATA’s President in 2016, after 6 years of service on the association’s Board of Directors. Dempsey will start his duties on October 1, 2018.

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U.S. National Aerobatic Championships Start Next Weekend

About 100 Pilots Expected To Compete In Five Categories

Some of the nation’s best aerobatic aircraft pilots will return to Oshkosh on September 22-28 to compete for the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships, hosted by the International Aerobatic Club at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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Jody Singer Named Director Of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Singer Is The First Woman To Lead The Center

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has named Jody Singer director of the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Singer has been the center's deputy director since February 2016, and has been serving as acting director since the retirement of Todd May as center director in July. She is the first woman appointed to the position.

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Drone Operating System Company Airware Closes Its Doors

Had Raised $118 Million In Funding, But Failed Trying To Make Its Own Aircraft

A startup company that created drone operating systems has folded up its tent despite a fundraising effort that saw $118 million in investments from some of the major players in the industry.

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Diamond Aircraft Set To Double Production Next Year

Plans To Produce 150 Aircraft In 2019

Diamond plans to double production at its London, Ontario, Canada facility next year bringing the number of airplanes produced to 150 and adding about 100 workers to the payroll.

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.04.18: Boeing's Navy Nod, Ford Drones, Uber Eats' UAVs

Also: Nearly 2,000 Waivers Granted, Drone Shuts Down Firefighters, Underwater UAV, Nevada Signs Autonomous Systems Letter

The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing an $805 million contract to build the Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft, the MQ-25 aerial refueler. Boeing, which was awarded the engineering and manufacturing development contract to provide four aircraft, will conduct its work on the MQ-25A Stingray in St. Louis, Missouri. “As a company, we made an investment in both our team and in an unmanned aircraft system that meets the U.S. Navy’s refueling requirements

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Aeolus Wows With First Wind Data

Results Come Just A Week After Operations Commenced

Just one week after ESA’s Aeolus satellite shone a light on our atmosphere and returned a taster of what’s in store, this ground-breaking mission has again exceeded all expectations by delivering its first data on wind – a truly remarkable feat so early in its life in space.

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NASA, ULA Launch Mission To Track Earth's Changing Ice

ICESat-2 Boosted Into Orbit In ULA's Final Delta II Rocket Launch

NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) successfully launched from California at 9:02 a.m. EDT Saturday, embarking on its mission to measure the ice of Earth’s frozen reaches with unprecedented accuracy.

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Maggie Taraska Returns To Her Flight Instruction

Made An Emergency Landing On Her First Solo Flight When A Wheel Detached From Her Airplane

The 17-yer-old student pilot who caught national attention when she made a successful emergency landing on her first solo flight was back in the cockpit just days after that eventful flight.

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Jets 'Bump' In Mid-Air During Reno Air Race

Both Pilots Landed Safety After The Collision

Two jets made contact in flight Friday during a heat at the Reno Air Races. Fortunately, what was described as a "Mayday" situation ended with both planes landing safely and no one being injured.

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Boeing Rolls Out First 777X

Airplane Will Be Used For Static Testing, Will Never Fly

The first Boeing 777X widebody airplane has been rolled out of the factory in Everett, WA. But this airplane is not destined for delivery to an airline, or even a flight test fleet.

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United Airlines Commits To A Cleaner Future

Becomes First U.S. Airline To Pledge To Reduce Own Emissions By 50 Percent By 2050

United Airlines has become the first U.S. airline to publicly commit to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050, further strengthening the carrier's ambition to be the world's most environmentally conscious airline. United's pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent relative to 2005 represents the equivalent of removing 4.5 million vehicles from the road each year, or the total number of cars in Los Angeles and New York City combined.

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The Great Pacific Airshow Announces 2018 Performers

Third Annual Airshow Returns To Huntington Beach, Oct. 19 – 21

 The Great Pacific Airshow, returning to Huntington Beach this Oct. 19 – 21, has announced the lineup of aerobatic, warbird and military performers for this year’s show.

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NASA’s Football Stadium-Sized Scientific Balloon Takes Flight

Reaches Record-Breaking Altitude Of 159,000 Feet

NASA successfully launched a football stadium-sized scientific balloon, dubbed the “Big 60,” on Friday, Aug. 17, from Fort Sumner, New Mexico, for the first time in more than 15 years. A second test flight was conducted Aug. 25.

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NGC Begins MQ-8C Fire Scout Flight Tests In Moss Point, MS

Aircraft Is A Bell 407 Modified For Autonomous Operation

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout aircraft  produced in Moss Point at the Trent Lott International Airport, a major milestone for the company and the region’s aerospace economy.

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Unlicensed Pilot Arrested For Offering Flight Instruction

Was Involved In An Accident That Fatally Injured A Passenger In 2016

A pilot from Queens, NY who had his airman privileges revoked following a fatal accident in 2016 has been arrested for offering flight instruction to students last year.

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Pilot Mistakenly Lands At Closed Airport

Touched Down At The Old St. George Airport In Utah

A pilot flying an F33A Beech Bonanza landed at a closed airport last Thursday morning before turning around and immediately departing the area.

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ANN FAQ: Share Aero-News With Your Friends

Send Them A Story -- We Don't Mind!

Do you need another set of eyes to see that story you can't believe Jim just wrote? Want to spread Hognose's unique wisdom and perspective to the masses, or share the latest Klyde Morris with another member of the flying community? (Or perhaps to someone who just really, really likes ants?)

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.18.18)

“Advancements in UAS are developing at a rapid pace, and the positive impact of this innovation on our economy, lifestyle and society is tremendous. To tap into the full benefits of UAS, however, we must ensure that our skies remain safe and secure.” Source: Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.18.18): The Rabbit

High-intensity flasher system installed at many large airports.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.18.18)

The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT)

The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) was founded with a single vision; to help those in need when disaster strikes via the rapid deployment of airborne systems. 

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September 17, 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 SportPla

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Airborne 09.17.18: Round The World Spitfire, Reno MidAir, Loon Program

Also: NATA Leadership, Navy Presents DFC, Wright Brothers Memorial, Orion Parachute Tests

We rarely get jealous of our fellow aviators but a recent announcement has definitely inspired us to be  green with envy. Seriously... just say the name, SPITFIRE, and you have nearly any pilot’s immediate attention as they consider the iconic airplane that so many have admired and so few have actually flown. And as exciting as the aircraft and its warrior history may be, there is one thing that this infamous aircraft has never done... fly around the world. BUT... two adventurous aviators seem intent on

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Aero-TV: The Sling TSi - The Ultimate Affordable Four Seater?

Four-Place Aircraft Powered By Rotax 914 Turbo

The Airplane Factory brought its new Sling TSi to AirVenture 2018. The Sling TSi is a four-place turbocharged kit aircraft from the South African company. The airplane that was on display was the first kit that the company sold. The Airplane Factory CTO Jean Dassonville told Aero-News that the plane was built in South Africa utilizing the company's factory assist program by launch customer Wayne Toddun and his son from a quick-build kit.

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U.S. DOT Announces $586 Million in Airport Infrastructure Grants

Provides 217 Grants To 181 Airports In 39 States

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced the FAA will award $586 million in airport infrastructure grants, as part of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

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City Of Reno And Flirtey Complete First Flights Under FAA Drone IPP

Conducts First Multi-Drone Delivery Demonstration

The City of Reno and Flirtey have successfully completed their first flights in the FAA’s Drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP), which is fast-tracking regulatory approvals for drone delivery.

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ANN Names Best New SportPlane for 2018

Uncommonly Thrifty Four-Seater May Change A Significant Light Aircraft Market Dynamic

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 SportPlane design activity is not as prolific as it once was, the quality of that activity continues to impress... more and more each year... with recent offerings like the Pipistrel Alpha Electro, the updated Kitfox S7 Speedster, and RANS S-21 Outbound (among others) drawing rave reviews and lots of interest from the sport flying community. While the announcement of our Master List of over a dozen recommended SportPlanes

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NATA Announces Leadership Transition

The Association Thanks Martin H. Hiller For His Service And Welcomes Gary Dempsey As Its New President

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Gary Dempsey as its new President. He succeeds Martin (Marty) H. Hiller, who assumed the role of NATA’s President in 2016, after 6 years of service on the association’s Board of Directors. Dempsey will start his duties on October 1, 2018.

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Xcel Energy First U.S. Utility To Operate Drones BVLOS For Ongoing Inspecions

Company Completes A New Milestone For Unmanned Aircraft In Colorado

In one of the most significant advancements of unmanned aircraft under development by a U.S. utility, Xcel Energy is operating drones beyond visual line of sight during ongoing inspections of transmission lines near Denver.

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senseFly Launches The eBee X Fixed-Wing Drone

Allows Operators To Map Without Limits

Fixed-wing drone solution provider senseFly says it has set a new standard in mapping tools with the launch of the eBee X. Launched with the promise that “it’s not about the drone,” but instead about overcoming business challenges, the eBee X, part of the Parrot Business Solutions portfolio, is designed to boost the quality, efficiency and safety of an operator’s geospatial data collection.

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NBAA Board Chair Wins 2018 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy

Gen. Lloyd ‘Fig’ Newton Named The Recipient Of The Prestigious Award

The NBAA congratulates association board chair, Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton, who will receive the 2018 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, one of America’s most prestigious aviation awards. Newton will accept the award during the Aero Club of Washington’s Wright Memorial Dinner on Dec. 14 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Navy Presents DFC To Fighter Pilot

Super Hornet Pilot Shot Down A Syrian Jet In 2017

The U.S. Navy has presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot Lt. Cmdr. Mike "MOB" Tremel, who shot down a Syrian jet in 2017. It was the first air-to-air kill recorded by the U.S. military in 18 years.

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NASA Completes Orion Parachute Tests For Missions With Astronauts

Final Test Conducted Wednesday At The Army's Yuma Proving Grounds

NASA has completed the final test to qualify Orion’s parachute system for flights with astronauts, checking off an important milestone on the path to send humans on missions to the Moon and beyond.

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Boeing, Air Peace Announce Order For 10 737 MAX Airplanes

Nigerian Airline To Expand Regional Network With New, More Capable 737 Jet

Boeing and Air Peace of Nigeria have announced a new order for ten 737 MAX 8 airplanes during a signing ceremony in Lagos.

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NASA Tests Foldable Heat Shield For Mars Missions

Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology Tested At Spaceport America In New Mexico

NASA has tested its Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology (ADEPT) foldable heat shield at Spaceport America on last week.

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IAI Promotes Financial Investment In Effective Space

Effective Space Selects Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) To Develop, Manufacture And Deliver Its Space Drone In-Orbit Servicing Fleet

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Effective Space - a company engaged in 'last mile' logistics in space - have signed a term sheet for cooperation, including both technological and financial partnerships. Under the conditions of the term sheet, Effective Space will appoint IAI as the primary contractor of its Space Drone spacecraft, while IAI will work to complete the necessary approvals for equity investment in Effective Space.

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Marathon Aviation Associates Joins Avfuel-Branded Network

Sole Operator At Florida Keys Marathon International Airport

Marathon Aviation Associates, located at Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, has joined the Avfuel network. The company is the sole operator at the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport (KMTH), overseeing the operations of both FBOs on the field: Marathon General Aviation, providing avgas, and Marathon Jet Center, providing jet fuel.

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Spaceflight Offers Rideshare Launches To Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit

SpaceIL’s Israeli Lunar Lander Secures Ride On First Rideshare Mission

Satellite rideshare and mission management provider Spaceflight has announced the procurement of contracts for upcoming launches to Geosynchronous Orbit – a popular destination for communications satellites. The company anticipates offering rideshare opportunities to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) approximately every 12-18 months, or as customer demand requires.

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Viasat Selects ULA's Atlas V Rocket For Commercial Satellite Launch

Will Carry A ViaSat-3 Spacecraft Sometime In The Next Four Years

Global communications company Viasat has selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) proven Atlas V vehicle to launch one of its ViaSat-3 satellite missions. This is the first commercial contract ULA has directly signed since assuming responsibility for the marketing and sales of the Atlas V launch vehicle from Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services earlier this year.

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Sikorsky/PZL Mielec Delivers M28 Aircraft To The Ecuadorian Army

Multi-Role Short Take-Off And Landing Turboprop Will Fly In Diverse Climates And Terrain

An M28 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft manufactured at PZL Mielec, a facility in Poland owned by Lockheed Martin company Sikorsky has arrived in Ecuador following a trans-Atlantic flight from Poland. Delivered five months after contract award, the twin-engine turboprop will meet the Ecuadorian Army's need for a proven multi-role transport aircraft that can perform in diverse climates and terrain.

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Dawn Patrol Early Morning Flights And A Historic Flyover

Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum To Resume The Flights September 21

Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (AZCAF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will resume early morning "Dawn Patrol" flights available to the public starting September 21, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. The public may experience a living history flight in an open cockpit World War II Stearman bi-plane or a canopy cockpit seat in a World War II SNJ/T-6 Texan airplane in the morning when the weather is cooler. These are two of seven World War II airplanes that comprise flying exhibits at AZCAF's 55,000 square-foot museum.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.18)

Aero Linx: Aero Club of New England (ACONE) Aero Club of New England (ACONE) is first and foremost a social club for people that share a passion for flight; for active pilots, former pilots, and non-pilots alike who love to learn about flying, love to talk about flying, and love to promote flying. Our ranks range from the obscure to the legendary, yet all members contribute to a progressive and vibrant climate that inspires the special joie de vivre that only flying can bring. Past members have made significant contributions to aviation and are considered New England's Aviation Legends.

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ANN FAQ: Getting The Word Out

Things To Know When You Send A News Release

Aero-News gets hundreds of releases every week, ranging from industry giants like Boeing and Cessna to the smallest of flying clubs and the most quaint of air shows. After having seen the best and the worst in press releases over the years, we have some ideas to help companies do so much more to help themselves, both with ANN and with the general media.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.17.18): Instrument Approach Procedure

Instrument Approach Procedure A series of predetermined maneuvers by reference to flight instruments with specified protection from obstacles from the initial approach fix, or where applicable, from the beginning of a defined arrival route to a point from which a landing can be completed and thereafter, if a landing is not completed, to a position at which holding or en route obstacle clearance criteria apply.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.17.18)

"This year; the best new SportPlane is The Airplane Factory’s Rotax 915-powered Sling TSi. A reasonably aggressive test flight at the close of AirVenture 2018, proved that this four place kit aircraft is more than a  pretty face, while the 141HP Rotax drove the bird along quite handily between 2500-and 4500 AGL at rough cruise speeds exceeding 135-140 knots. And while our test bird had all but a handful of hours on it at the time, the experience already showed off enhanced efforts in stability and control, solid cockpit ergonomics, and delightful handling that made this trike-geared low-winger a serious ball to fly." Source: ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, announcing this year's selection of the Sling TSi as the best of t

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2018-17-25

PRODUCT: All Airbus SAS Model A350- 941 and -1041 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2018-18-11

PRODUCT: Airbus Helicopters Model AS-365N2 and AS 365 N3 helicopters with a lower strobe light installed.

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Aero-TV: The Sling TSi - The Ultimate Affordable Four Seater?

 Four-Place Aircraft Powered By Rotax 914 Turbo

 
The Airplane Factory brought its new Sling TSi to AirVenture 2018. The Sling TSi is a four-place turbocharged kit aircraft from the South African company. The airplane that was on display was the first kit that the company sold. The Airplane Factory CTO Jean Dassonville told Aero-News that the plane was built in South Africa utilizing the company's factory assist program by launch customer Wayne Toddun and his son from a quick-build kit.

Airborne 09.17.18: Round The World Spitfire, Reno MidAir, Loon Program

Also: NATA Leadership, Navy Presents DFC, Wright Brothers Memorial, Orion Parachute Tests

We rarely get jealous of our fellow aviators but a recent announcement has definitely inspired us to be  green with envy. Seriously... just say the name, SPITFIRE, and you have nearly any pilot’s immediate attention as they consider the iconic airplane that so many have admired and so few have actually flown. And as exciting as the aircraft and its warrior history may be, there is one thing that this infamous aircraft has never done... fly around the world. BUT... two adventurous aviators seem intent on changing all that. The two British flyers, Matt Jones and Steve Brooks, intend to leave Southern England on a trans-global journey by next fall in a brightly polished silver Spitf

September 16, 2018

ICAO Air Cargo Event Underscores Multiple Industry Needs

Those Include Modernization, Liberalization, And New Efficiencies

Air freight volumes will grow at a healthy rate of 4.2 per cent annually through to 2032, but only if current air cargo modernization continues to be robustly and cooperatively pursued by governments and industry.

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The Canadian Space Agency Announces Its First Science Advisor

Dr. Sarah Gallagher To Champion Canadian Space Science

The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening science in its decision-making, supporting the vital work done by Canadian researchers and ensuring that government science is fully available to the public.

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Aeroflot And UAC Sign Agreement For 100 Russian-Built Superjet 100s

Deliveries To Take Place From 2019 Through 2026

Aeroflot and United Aircraft Corporation have signed an agreement for the delivery to Aeroflot, the national carrier, of 100 Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft. The document was signed by Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev and President of PJSC United Aircraft Corporation Yury Slyusar during the Eastern Economic Forum in the presence of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

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Drones Aids International Research Into Ocean Fronts

FlightWave Edge Deployed In Cutting Edge Study Aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor

The FlightWave Edge UAS was part of a high-tech flotilla of underwater vehicles (AUVs), autonomous surface vessels (ASVs), and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used on the research ship R/V Falkor in its study of an area of the Pacific Ocean approximately 1,000 miles west of Southern California in an area called the Subtropical Front.

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UAS To Provide Navy An Opportunity To Enhance Fleet Readiness

Will Use Drones To Create 3D Models Of Naval Ships

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) is collaborating with industry partner Aerial Alchemy to research and investigate the use of unmanned aerial systems to enhance maintenance and fleet readiness for the U.S. Navy.

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NASA Considers Selling Naming Rights On Rockets And Spacecraft

Administrator Jim Bridenstine Reportedly Has The Agency Looking Into The Idea

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.

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National Flag Carrier Of Luxembourg Chooses FL Technics

Company To Provide MRO Services For Their Boeing 737NG Fleet

FL Technics, an integrated aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services provider, has recently signed long-term contract with Luxair S.A., Société Luxembourgeoise de Navigation Aérienne, the regional flag carrier airline of Luxembourg for MRO services. The MRO services will be provided to their entire Boeing 737 NG fleet. The first aircraft will be handled in the beginning of November, 2018 in Kaunas (Lithuania), and shortly will be followed by yet two more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.16.18)

Aero Linx: The Oregon Pilots Association The Oregon Pilots Association was founded in 1938. OPA has grown to over 2,200 members with local chapters throughout the state. OPA membership is open to anyone interested in general aviation. Many non-pilots and past pilots belong to OPA and share major objectives including the encouragement of safe flying practices by pilots and promoting aviation with the general public. Local OPA chapters provide flight scholarships, educational forums for aviation enthusiasts as well as to serve as a resource to local communities seeking the benefits of local aviation facilities. The Oregon Pilots Association is a tax-exempt 501(c)(7) organization. Donations to the OPA a

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.16.18): ILS PRM Approach

ILS PRM Approach An instrument landing system (ILS) approach conducted to parallel runways whose extended centerlines are separated by less than 4,300 feet and at least 3,000 feet where closely spaced independent approaches are permitted. Also used in conjunction with an LDA PRM, or RNAV (GPS) PRM approach to conduct Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach (SOIA) operations. No Transgression Zone (NTZ) monitoring is required to conduct these approaches. When the runway spacing is less than 3,600 feet, the NTZ must be monitored by a Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) or other high update rate surveillance system.

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ANN FAQ: Like Us On Facebook

There's A Lot To Like On ANN's Latest Social Media Site

We all know how important Social Media is to a lot of people, particularly those under 30. We also know how important those folks are to the future of aviation. In so many forums and at so many events, we talk about how to attract the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts to our industry, and social media is certainly critical to getting the message out to those who practically live online.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.16.18)

"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. I'm telling you there is interest in that right now. The question is: Is it possible? The answer is: I don't know, but we want somebody to give us advice on whether it is." Source: NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who is reportedly considering allowing companies to buy naming rights to rockets and other spacecraft in an effort to boost the agency's brand.

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September 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 SportPla

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Airborne 09.12.18: Flying Car Record, 1st Solo Emergency, Former Spitfire Pilot

Also: Helicopter Online Ground School, Pro Line Fusion, New Air Traffic Control Tower, Junior ROTC Cadet

Flying car manufacturer Samson Sky just received Reservation Position number 800, breaking records with customers in 24 countries, and 46 out of 50 states in the US. Reportedly, California currently has the largest contingent of owners, followed by Florida and Texas. The Switchblade is capable of flying up to 165 knots. Shown in complete form for the first time last month at AirVenture, the Switchblade drew heavy crowds of flight enthusiasts. A 17-year-old student pilot making her first solo executed

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September 13, 2018

AMA Drone Report 09.13.18: Drone Shootings, Hurricane Warning, Drone Recurrency

Also: FAI International Drones Conference, Nags Head Drone Ordinance, Yuneec International, Small Drone Turbine

One of the dirty little secrets about sport and commercial drone operations is that negative media hysteria, often drummed up by so-called journalists who can barely spell “UAV,” is creating hazards for drones, their operators and the public by inciting ‘Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.’ Worse, there is great potential for even greater harm when expended ammo comes down... where it may hit a human being. Recently, a DJI Inspire 2 was shot down. AMA has poste

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September 12, 2018

Airborne 09.12.18: Flying Car Record, 1st Solo Emergency, Former Spitfire Pilot

Also: Helicopter Online Ground School, Pro Line Fusion, New Air Traffic Control Tower, Junior ROTC Cadet

Flying car manufacturer Samson Sky just received Reservation Position number 800, breaking records with customers in 24 countries, and 46 out of 50 states in the US. Reportedly, California currently has the largest contingent of owners, followed by Florida and Texas. The Switchblade is capable of flying up to 165 knots. Shown in complete form for the first time last month at AirVenture, the Switchblade drew heavy crowds of flight enthusiasts. A 17-year-old student pilot making her first solo executed a successful emergency landing after the right main landing gear came off her Piper PA-28, during Maggie Taraska's takeoff from Beverly Airport Su

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Airborne 09.10.18: JetEze Inflight Breakup, Saudi Arabia, Firefighter Pilots

Also: Helitech International, Angel Flight West Accident, Skyleader Acquires XtremeAir, Dassault/Safran Settle

The pilot of an experimental Jet Eze airplane was fatally injured last weekend when the airplane lost its left wing during a low pass over Covington Municipal Airport (M04) in Covington, TN. The pilot and builder of the plane was Kissimmee, FL resident Lance Hooley. He had been working with a team in Covington to construct the plane, which took some 13 years, according to the report. The plane went down in a cotton field about 2,000 yards east of the airport after the left wing separated from t

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September 11, 2018

Airborne 09.10.18: JetEze Inflight Breakup, Saudi Arabia, Firefighter Pilots

Also: Helitech International, Angel Flight West Accident, Skyleader Acquires XtremeAir, Dassault/Safran Settle

The pilot of an experimental Jet Eze airplane was fatally injured last weekend when the airplane lost its left wing during a low pass over Covington Municipal Airport (M04) in Covington, TN. The pilot and builder of the plane was Kissimmee, FL resident Lance Hooley. He had been working with a team in Covington to construct the plane, which took some 13 years, according to the report. The plane went down in a cotton field about 2,000 yards east of the airport after the left wing separated from t

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May 07, 2018

Edic Horizon International Flight Academy Signs For Two Bell 429s

Flight Training Facility Expands Services To Include Twin Engine Aircraft

Bell Helicopter has announced a signature from Edic Horizon International Flight Academy to purchase two Bell 429 aircraft. Based at Al Ain International Airport, Edic Horizon International Flight Academy utilizes their fleet of entirely Bell aircraft to provide flight training to a variety of international students.

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May 04, 2018

Jet Aviation Completes Acquisition Of Hawker Pacific

Transaction Valued At $250 Million

Jet Aviation has completed its acquisition of Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of Civil MRO, Fleet and FBO Services, and Aircraft Sales across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The transaction is valued at $250 million.

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December 31, 2017

Parker Aerospace Awarded Contract To Provide Emirates’ 777X Hydraulic Pumps

Hydraulic Engine-Driven Pump And AC Motor Pump From Parker Aerospace Chosen As Supplier-Furnished Equipment For Emirates’ New 777X Fleet

Parker Aerospace, a business segment of Parker Hannifin Corporation has announced a pump call-out agreement with Emirates for its 777X aircraft. Emirates is the launch customer of the new Boeing aircraft with an order book of 150 777X, one of the single largest aircraft orders by value in the history of US commercial aviation. Parker will provide the hydraulic engine-driven pump and AC motor pump on the fleet of 777X wide-body airplanes.

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December 29, 2017

Flight Inspection (FI) Market Worth $5.57 Billion By 2022

Growth Forecast To Be 4.31 Percent During The Period

According to the new research report, now available on ASDReports, "Flight Inspection (FI) Market by Solution (System, & Services), End User (Commercial Airports, Defense Airports), Services Type (Commissioning, Routine, Special Inspection), System Type (Fixed, Mobile, Ground-based) and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The Flight Inspection (FI) market is projected to grow from an estimated $4.51 billion in 2017 to $5.57 billion by 2022, at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 4.31% during the forecast period.

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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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