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September 16, 2019

Airborne 09.13.19: Lost Plane Reward!, Hurricane Hunters, EASA v FAA

Also: New K-MAX Order, $514,558 Civil Penalty, Boeing 702X Satellites, JetBlue Foundation

The pilot and owner of a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger is asking for help locating the airplane he was forced to abandon during a flight last year, and he's willing to pay $20,000 to anyone who finds the airplane. That's not as easy as it sounds. Ron Carlson, explains... "...I just want to refresh my offer of $20,000 cash to find my still missing 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger. Many of you are probably familiar with the story, but for those who are not, it crashed a year and a half ago after a catastrophic engine failure and

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AMA Drone Report 09.12.19: ANAFI FPV, EAA Comments on Amazon, Remote ID SNAFU

Also: Drone Threat Against Heathrow, Football Foul-Up, Iran Arrests Drone Pilots, Flirtey Unveils 'The Future'

The ANAFI FPV drone from Parrot puts the operator in the cockpit of Parrot’s new ultraportable UAV. The aircraft delivers live, immersive video from its 180-degree tilting camera to the included Cockpit Glasses. Parrot says that the ANAFI FPV boasts in-depth manual controls for piloting and imaging, 4K HDR video and 21-megapixel images, easy-to-use modes and presets, portability, long battery life, and on the go USB-C charging. The FPV experience is undertaken by pairing a smartphone

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Aero-TV: Epic Aircraft at OSH19 - Closing In On Production

Approved By the FAA For Type Inspection Authorization

Epic Aircraft has been approved for Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) by the FAA. TIA allows FAA pilots to conduct the final phases of conformity inspections and flight testing. It is also a crucial precursor to type certification (TC), as it confirms the aircraft design, structural and flight test results demonstrate compliance with FAA regulations.

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A4A: Airlines Getting Greener And Flying Cleaner

Since 1978, U.S. Airlines Have Improved Fuel Efficiency By 130 Percent, Saving Nearly 5 Billion Metric Tons Of CO2

More people are flying than ever before. But while many passengers know that our fares have never been lower, most don’t know that our planes have never been greener. Commercial aviation contributes just 2 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Metro Aviation Takes Delivery Of First U.S.-Made Airbus EC145e Helicopter

Company To Acquire Fleet Of 25 Of The Aircraft, All Delivered From Columbus, MS

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered to Metro Aviation Inc. the first EC145e produced at its U.S. assembly plant in Columbus, MS. This latest aircraft delivery is part of an order for 25 that Metro placed in 2018, and the remaining aircraft will all be delivered out of Columbus.

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Embraer Signs Heavy Maintenance Services Agreement With Horizon Air

Will Support Carrier's Fleet Of 30 E175 Aircraft

Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group, has selected Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services (EAMS) in Nashville, Tennessee, as the exclusive heavy maintenance provider for the company’s fleet of 30 Embraer E175 aircraft.

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Dubai Police Becomes A DJI Solution Development Partner

The Collaboration Will Advance Drone Technology For Public Safety Professionals

Drone manufacturer DJI has announced a Solution Development Partnership with Dubai Police to test and deploy DJI drone technology as a tool to aid its public safety professionals. The agreement marks DJI’s first partnership with a police agency in the United Arab Emirates and will provide the Dubai Police with access to new drone technologies, training and support to promote safety and security in the nation’s largest city.

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Australian Teen With Autism To Take Part In 'One-Week-Wonder' Project

BushCat Kit To Be Assembled At AirVenture, Australia

An Australian teenager with autism has been selected as part of a team of 25 youths who will build a BushCat airplane from a kit at AirVenture Australia later this month.

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U.K. MoD Orders Leonardo/Thales Protection System For RAF ISTAR Fleet

Will Protect The Aircraft Against Latest-Generation Of Infra-Red (Heat Seeking) Missiles

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has contracted Leonardo and Thales, under a single source procurement, to deliver an integrated U.K. Defensive Aids System (DAS). The procurement will equip the RAF’s fleet of eight Shadow R1 intelligence-gathering aircraft, providing an advanced DAS which will protect the aircraft against latest-generation of Infra-Red (heat seeking) missiles.

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Klyde Morris (09.16.19)

Klyde Really Does Want To Mess With Your Head... Even More Than Usual

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.10.19: Remote ID NPRM Delay, UAvionix, ANAFI FPV

Also: Drone Delivery Test, AiRXOS UTM Pilot Program, FAA/UAS Partnership, Altitude Angel

DoT has delayed the publication of an NPRM concerning remote identification of UAVs until December of this year. According to the DOT Significant Rulemaking Report, the action would implement system(s) for the remote identification of certain unmanned aircraft systems. The remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system would further address security and law enforcement concerns regarding the further integration of these aircraft into the national airspace while also enabling great

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Receives Order From ANA

Will Retrofit IPC Modules On Boeing 787 Trent 1000 Engines

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd. (MHIAEL), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Aichi Prefecture, has received an order from All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) for retrofitting of the intermediate pressure compressor (IPC) modules equipped on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines which powers their fleet of Boeing 787 mid-size aircraft. The first shipment of a retrofitted engine was completed on September 11.

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Stemme Appoints New CEO

Bart Slager Assumed His New Duties August 28

Stemme AG has appointed Bart Slager as its new Chief Executive Officer as of August 28th, 2019. Slager brings with him a broad-based experience in sales, finance, and operations as well as transition and transformation projects and has a long track record within the aviation community.

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GA-ASI, U.K. MoD Sign Test And Evaluation Contract For Protector

Step Towards Certification For The Aircraft To Fly In Civil Airspace

GA-ASI has signed a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) contract with the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) to complete the test and evaluation activities required to certify the Protector RG Mk1 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system to fly in civil airspace. The DCS contract also funds additional Protector program elements, including X-band SATCOM system verification, training material development and logistics planning.

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Sling Pilot Academy Is Hosting Girls In Aviation Day

Event Planned For October 4 In Torrance, CA

The Sling Pilot Academy is hosting Girls In Aviation Day on October 4th from 4-6 p.m. in its hangar. They are extending an open invitation to girls and their families come out and spend a fun-filled day full of aviation activities.

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Leonardo Displays AW149 At DSEI 2019

Puts Forward The Aircraft For The Latest/Future Generation Tactical Troop Helicopter Requirements

Leonardo displayed its latest-generation medium-lift AW149 helicopter at DSEI 2019 in London this week. The aircraft is rapidly configurable to meet a wide range of military missions: Troop transport/troop insertion (carrying up to 16 fully-equipped troops or up to 19 passengers), cargo resupply/external lift, CASEVAC/MEDEVAC, search and rescue (SAR), Special Forces operations and combat SAR, Command and Control (C2), and close air support.

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Global High-Altitude Aeronautics Platform Station (HAAPS) Market To Grow

Forecast To Reach $1.98 Billion By 2029

According to a new market intelligence report by BIS Research titled "Global High-Altitude Aeronautics Platform Station Market, Analysis & Forecast, 2019-2029", the HAAPS market generated $600.7 million revenue in 2018  and is expected to reach $1.98 billion by 2029. The HAAPS market is projected to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 11.80%, during the forecast period from 2019-2029.

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Shaken But Not Stirred: Konnect Satellite Completes Vibration Tests

Demonstrates The Ability Of The Satellite To Withstand The Strong Shaking That Occurs During Launch

The first Spacebus Neo satellite – Konnect, a high-throughput satellite ordered by Eutelsat – has successfully completed its mechanical test campaign in Thales Alenia Space facilities in Cannes. The test demonstrates the ability of the satellite to withstand the strong shaking that occurs during launch.

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Avemco Executives Flying High In New Roles

Two Promoted By The Aviation Insurance Provider

Avemco Insurance Company (Avemco) has promoted two of its senior executives. Marci Veronie has been appointed Senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Tom Fraley has been named Senior vice president of Support Operations. Avemco is the only direct writer of aircraft insurance in the United States and has been protecting pilots and owners since 1961.

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Meridian Celebrates 30 Years Of Jet Charter

Added Its First Jet In September, 1989

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its jet charter business. General Aviation Flying Service, as the charter company was originally known, was formed in 1983. In September 1989, it added its first jet, a Citation SII, to its fleet of piston aircraft. In 1986, General Aviation Flying Service became Million Air Charter Teterboro when its FBO joined the aviation franchise. In 2004, the company evolved into Meridian Air Charter, as it is known today.

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Gogo Reaches Satellite IFC Technology Milestone

Has Installed The System On 1,500 Commercial Aircraft

Gogo has surpassed 1,500 total commercial aircraft installed and activated with satellite in-flight connectivity (IFC).

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USAF F-15s Nearly Collide With Skydivers In The U.K.

Jets Captured On Helmet Cameras Worn By The Skydivers

A pair of skydivers had a close encounter with two USAF F-15s in the skies over the U.K. in April, and the cameras on the helmets of the skydivers captured the incident.

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Summit Aviation To Support The Blue Angels Upgrade

Awarded Oil Tank System Contract For The Change To The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

Summit Aviation has announced that The Boeing Company has awarded it a follow-on Oil Tank System contract to support the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team aircraft upgrade, from the F/A-18C/D Hornet to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.16.19)

Aero Linx: Bahamas Habitat Bahamas Habitat was started in 2007 by flight instructor Steve Merritt, as a volunteer organization for pilots to use their aviation skills for disaster relief in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Since that time, we have evolved into a multifaceted organization dedicated to humanitarian relief, education, economic development and cross cultural exchange.

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ANN FAQ: How Do I Become A News Spy?

We're Everywhere... Thanks To You!

Even with the vast resources and incredibly far-reaching scope of the Aero-News Network, every now and then a story that should be reported on slips through our fingers. There's a lot of news out there, and sometimes we just don't get to all of it. Fortunately for us, we realized early on we couldn't be everywhere at once -- curse the laws of physics! -- so we came up with the idea of News-Spies. Just as the title suggests, a News-Spy is a reader who notices a news item -- be it in the newspaper, on television, or something they came across at their own airport, town hall, at the office water cooler or just by walking down the street -- basically, any item a reader may think is newsworthy, that pertains to the world of aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.16.19): Flameout Pattern

Flameout Pattern An approach normally conducted by a single-engine military aircraft experiencing loss or anticipating loss of engine power or control. The standard overhead approach starts at a relatively high altitude over a runway (“high key”) followed by a continuous 180 degree turn to a high, wide position (“low key”) followed by a continuous 180 degree turn final. The standard straight-in pattern starts at a point that results in a straight-in approach with a high rate of descent to the runway. Flameout approaches terminate in the type approach requested by the pilot (normally fullstop).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.16.19)

“The Navy’s Blue Angels are legendary. We are extremely proud Boeing has chosen Summit Aviation to help support this impressive program.” Source: Director of Manufacturing for Summit Aviation Scott Roush, expressing his delight at the selection of Summit Aviation by The Boeing Company for an award of a follow-on Oil Tank System contract to support the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team aircraft upgrade, from the F/A-18C/D Hornet to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

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Aero-TV: Epic Aircraft at OSH19 - Closing In On Production

Approved By the FAA For Type Inspection Authorization
 
Epic Aircraft has been approved for Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) by the FAA. TIA allows FAA pilots to conduct the final phases of conformity inspections and flight testing. It is also a crucial precursor to type certification (TC), as it confirms the aircraft design, structural and flight test results demonstrate compliance with FAA regulations.

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September 15, 2019

Airborne 09.13.19: Lost Plane Reward!, Hurricane Hunters, EASA v FAA

Also: New K-MAX Order, $514,558 Civil Penalty, Boeing 702X Satellites, JetBlue Foundation

The pilot and owner of a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger is asking for help locating the airplane he was forced to abandon during a flight last year, and he's willing to pay $20,000 to anyone who finds the airplane. That's not as easy as it sounds. Ron Carlson, explains... "...I just want to refresh my offer of $20,000 cash to find my still missing 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger. Many of you are probably familiar with the story, but for those who are not, it crashed a year and a half ago after a catastrophic engine failure and

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Hurricane Hunters Finish Flying Dorian

Flew 25 Missions Assessing The Storm As It Developed And Rolled Up The U.S. East Coast

The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka the Hurricane Hunters, have flown 25 missions, from Aug. 25 to their last, Sept. 6, in support of Hurricane Dorian.

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Firefly Aerospace Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

Terry Boardman And General James Cartwright Join The Team

Firefly Aerospace, a provider of launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, has added two members to their Advisory Board. Members of the board act as ambassadors and advocates of Firefly and support the executive and management teams through consultation and strategic analysis. New appointments to the Firefly board are Terry Boardman and General James Cartwright.

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DJI And Delair Partner On Visual Intelligence Solutions

To Enhance Visual Data Collection, Management & Analysis For Enterprises

Drone manufacturer DJI and Delair, a provider of visual data management solutions for enterprise, have announced a partnership that will see the two companies collaborate on enhanced and integrated solutions for visual data collection and analysis for businesses. The partnership will include an agreement for Delair to sell DJI products through its worldwide sales channel, along with launching a relationship to build compatibility across platforms.

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Valqari To Launch First 5G Connected Drone Delivery To Smart Mailbox

Drone Delivery Demo Conducted September 11th at Curiosity Lab Event

Valqari, creator of the patented Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox and provider of last inch solutions for drone deliveries, has teamed up with Sprint to become the first smart mailbox to connect to their HTC 5G Hub. To showcase this cutting-edge advancement, Valqari’s technology was demonstrated at the grand opening of Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners on September 11th.

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Frost & Sullivan Names Top Innovators In The Global MRO Market

Identifies The Top 17 Companies In The Industry Excelling At Innovation, Poised For Growth And Ripe For Investment

Frost & Sullivan reveals that the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market experienced substantial growth in line with global fleet expansion. As the market worth $75 billion continues to increase for aircraft maintenance, MROs are adjusting capacity to meet the surging demand through the adoption of digital transformation, technology innovation, and unrivaled efficiencies as well as mergers, consolidations, buy-outs and alliances. Airlines are spinning their maintenance divisions off into separate MRO entities to produce fresh revenue streams as OEMs jockey for additional market share.

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Thales Alenia Space Releases Fully Digital Satellite

New Spacecraft Address Fast Moving Market Needs

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo, has launched its new Space Inspire satellite product line (INstant SPace In-orbit REconfiguration) which allows  seamless mission and services reconfiguration, instant in-orbit adjustment to the demand, transition from video broadcasting to broadband connectivity services while maximizing the efficiency & effective use of the satellite resources.

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Travel Bloggers Imprisoned In Iran For Drone Flight

Pair Was Documenting Their World Tour In Part Using Drone Photography

A couple traveling on Australian passports has been arrested in Iran for allegedly operating a drone without a license and are being held in the country's notorious Evin prison.

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Preventing Another Hurricane Dorian From Space

Patented Approach Focuses Microwaves From Platforms in Space To Interrupt Formation Of Tropical Depressions

Bruce Morton, a retired aerospace engineer & rocket scientist who resides in Northern Virginia and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, has developed a concept to prevent or interfere with the formation of hurricanes. He filed a patent application in May 2019 designed to interfere with and interrupt the storm system while it is still a tropical depression, and prevent it from forming into a much more powerful Tropical Storm and subsequently into a much more powerful hurricane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.15.19)

Aero Linx: Sol Relief, Inc. In September and October of 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused massive devastation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and many other areas of the Caribbean.  A former St. Croix, U.S.V.I. resident and pilot, Jennifer Lockwood, wanted to help. Jennifer partnered with St. Pete Air and the Glasscock Family Foundation to create an innovative disaster relief mission utilizing small aircraft to serve U.S.V.I and Puerto Rico with immediate aid. From that mission a new venture focused on providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief with the use of aviation was formed – Sol Relief, Inc.  In 2018, Bill Auer, owner of Tampa Bay Air Charter

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.15.19): Final Approach Fix

Final Approach Fix The fix from which the final approach (IFR) to an airport is executed and which identifies the beginning of the final approach segment. It is designated on Government charts by the Maltese Cross symbol for nonprecision approaches and the lightning bolt symbol for precision approaches; or when ATC directs a lower-than-published glideslope/path intercept altitude, it is the resultant actual point of the glideslope/path intercept.

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ANN FAQ: Contributing To Aero-TV

How To Get A Story On Aero-TV News/Feature Programming

How do I submit a story idea or lead to Aero-TV? If you would like to submit a story idea or lead, please contact Jim Campbell via the link below. Please include the following information when submitting a story idea or lead: who the intended subject is, a general story outline of said subject, important dates or deadlines for the story lead, and any appropriate contact information for both yourself and related subjects.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.15.19)

Aero-News Quote of the Day “Our mission is to go out and find the exact center of the storm and find how big the wind radius is and figure out what is going on in the storm environment. We then relay that information to the National Hurricane Center to improve their forecasts.” Source: Capt. Garrett Black, 53rd WRS aerial reconnaissance weather officer, in details associated with the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka the Hurricane Hunters, who flew 25 missions, from Aug. 25 to their last, Sept. 6, in support of Hurricane Dorian.

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September 14, 2019

Amazon Announces New Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Air Hub

Facility To Start Operations In October, Create 300 New Jobs

Amazon will open its Regional Air Hub at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport October. The Regional Air Hub is the first build-to-suit airport project of its kind in the Amazon Air network and was designed to support Amazon Air’s larger scale regional needs, including sortation capability and infrastructure to handle multiple flights daily.

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Embraer Delivers First E195-E2 To AerCap And Azul

Azul Is The Global Launch Operator For The E195-E2

In a ceremony to be held at its main facility in São José dos Campos, Embraer delivered its first E195-E2, the biggest of the three members of the E-Jets E2 family of commercial aircraft. The recipients are AerCap, the world's largest aircraft leasing company, and Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. Azul is the global launch operator for the E195-E2 and has placed firm orders for 51 of the type.

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Pilot Offers Reward For Lost Airplane

He And A Passenger Were Forced To Bail Out Of The TBM Avenger In May Of Last Year

The pilot and owner of a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger is asking for help locating the airplane he was forced to abandon during a flight last year, and he's willing to pay $20,000 to anyone who finds the airplane.

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Key Sponsors Enable National High School Space Challenge

StellarXplorers Invites Teams Of Students To Use Space Systems Engineering Principles To Solve A Problem

The Air Force Association (AFA) announced sponsors for its StellarXplorers program, the National High School Space Challenge. L3Harris Technologies, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and SpaceX have generously renewed their sponsorship for the coming season. RocketLab is generously supporting the StellarXplorers program for the first time in this 2019-2020 season. Student registration is currently open through October 5.

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RAF Selects Leonardo For Counter-Drone Research Program

Will Examine How Operators Will Be Able To Detect, Track, Identify And Defeat Rogue Drones

Leonardo has announced that it has been selected by the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) to support the next stage of their research and development program. The study will explore the current threat posed by hostile drones and how this is likely to evolve in future, as well as evaluating a range of technologies that could form a future RAF counter-drone capability.

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New Boeing 702X Satellites Offer Unique Multi-Mission Flexibility

Matured Design Enables Delivery To Customers In Less Than Three Years

Boeing has unveiled its 702X family of software-defined satellites, highlighting a 4,200 pound variant for geosynchronous orbit. The 702X technology enables operators to adapt to changing market conditions by dynamically allocating bandwidth.

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StandardAero Acquires Safe Aviation Solutions

Expands Component Repair And LRU Portfolio

StandardAero has acquired Safe Aviation Solutions (including Safe Fuel, Accel and B&E ACR), formerly the MRO services subsidiary of the B&E Group, which will continue to expand StandardAero’s Components, Helicopters & Accessories (CH&A) division and its portfolio of MRO and component repair services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Houlihan Lokey acted as exclusive financial advisor to B&E Group in its sale of Safe Aviation Solutions.

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FAA Grants Pro Star Precision Machining PMA Approval

Will Allow Pro Star Aviation To Manufacture Certified Parts And Kits

Pro Star Precision Machining, a subsidiary of Pro Star Aviation, has received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) certificate number PQ10043NE from the FAA. PMA is a design and production approval for the modification and replacement of articles for type certificated parts and products.

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ANN FAQ: Feel The Propwash (Updated)

New Form Makes Subscribing, Unsubscribing Even Easier

While we're very proud of our newly-redesigned website, we know that some folks really enjoy the convenience of having their Aero-News dropped into their e-mail boxes every day. Our new site makes that process even easier than before.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.14.19)

“We are excited to start flying to and from our new facility at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport very soon. This is our latest investment in Texas and we look forward to hiring top talent from the local community.” Source: Sarah Rhoads, Vice President of Amazon Global Air.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.14.19): Non-Restrictive Routing (NRR)

Portions of a proposed route of flight where a user can flight plan the most advantageous flight path with no requirement to make reference to ground−based NAVAIDs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.14.19)

The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA)

The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It is the largest, most-representative professional membership organization in the fields of aerospace medicine and human performance.

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September 13, 2019

Aero-TV: Sling At Oshkosh 2019 - New Planes, New Records, New Pilot Academy!

Sling TSi Flew Nonstop From California To Wisconsin For AirVenture

The Airplane Factory made an epic trip from California to Wisconsin for AirVenture, flying a Sling TSi airplane from Torrence, CA to Wittman Regional Airport on one tank of gas. The Airplane Factory pilot Wayne Toddun told Aero-New Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the flight took about 14 hours. During the flight, the crew took the airplane up to about 27,000 feet in a ceiling test of the airplane.

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Klyde Morris 09.13.19

Klyde Predicts There Will Be No Oscar Nomination For Zif ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NASA Announces New Director Of Langley Research Center

Will Begin His New Job September 30

Clayton Turner has been named as the next director of the NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Turner will assume the director's position Monday, Sept. 30, when current Center Director David Bowles retires after 39 years with the agency.

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AIRT Uses UAS To Perform Damage Assessment In The Bahamas

Conducted Damage Assessment Operations At The University Of The Bahamas – Northern Campus

Members of the Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) formed a joint-reconnaissance team with members of the Southeast Florida Region 7 All-Hazards Incident Management Team (SEFL-R7 AHIMT) to survey damage across the hardest hit areas of Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands in the Northern Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

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Airbus Foundation Supports Bolivian Efforts To Fight Fires In Amazon

More Than 500 Metric Tons Of Water Have Been Dropped By Two H125 Helicopters Operated By HeliAmerica

The Airbus Foundation, in collaboration with the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Center is supporting Bolivia’s efforts against the severe fires currently affecting the country.

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Airborne 09.11.19: Tico Belle, Transat Balloon Crossing, Moon Colony

Also: 777X Load Testing, 1000th Super Puma, GE Aviation Trade Secrets Theft, Chandrayaan 2

An airplane that once carried paratroopers into France on D-Day has taken a role in providing humanitarian relief to the hurricane-ravaged islands of the Bahamas in the wake of Dorian. Tico Belle, a C-47 Skytrain owned by the Valiant Air Command based in Titusville, FL flew to Orlando International Airport on Saturday to pick up about 5,000 pounds of much-needed supplies, and then carried the cargo to Sandy Point on Great Abaco Island. Norman Daniels, commander of the Valiant Air Command, said that the aircraft wa

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Rafael Enters Unmanned Aerial Platform Domain

Acquires Israeli UAS Company Aeronautics

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of technologies for air, land, naval, space and cyber applications, announces it has completed, with its partner, Mr. Avichai Stolero, the acquisition of Aeronautics Ltd., one of Israel’s leading developers of unmanned aerial systems. The deal is set to be finalized in the coming days.

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Leonardo And CAE USA Sign Memorandum Of Agreement

Will Collaborate On Helicopter And Training Solutions For U.S. Government

Leonardo and CAE USA have joined forces to collaborate in the United States to offer integrated solutions for helicopter training requirements for the government market. A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed recently between the companies that expands on the long-established relationship between Leonardo and CAE in helicopter training. The MoA is focused on delivering tailored helicopter-and-training packages to U.S. government operators and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

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The Art Of Aircraft To Exhibit At Banyan Open House

Will Unveil The Latest Frank Martin Contemporary Aviation Artworks

On September 14th, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Art of Aircraft by Steven Greenwald Design will be exhibiting at Banyan Air Service based at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport during Banyan’s 40th anniversary open house celebration. 

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Viasat Expands Relationship With SAS

Adds Viasat In-flight Connectivity To SAS New Airbus A321LR And A330-300E Aircraft

Building on the strength of their three-year partnership, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and global communications company, Viasat has announced that the airline has selected Viasat's in-flight connectivity (IFC) system for its new Airbus fleet additions: the A321LR and the A330-300E.

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Airline Bankruptcy Strands Thousands Of International Travelers

Some 13,000 Aigle Azur Passengers Suddenly Found Themselves Without Flights

The sudden bankruptcy filing by the French airline Aigle Azur left some 13,000 travelers scrambling for alternate flights, many of them international.    

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CHC Group Appoints New Executive Lead For Global Operations And Supply Chain

Miguel Carrasco Promoted To Senior Leadership Team

CHC Group, a provider of helicopter and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has promoted Miguel Carrasco to the role of Senior vice president, Operations and Supply Chain. Carrasco will oversee maintenance, supply chain, flight operations and other key operational functions across the company and advance the strategy behind CHC’s industry-leading global processes and standards.

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Pilot Who Ditched Of CA Coast In August Has A Checkered Past

David Lesh And A Female Companion Were Rescued By The USCG On A Training Mission

The pilot of a Beech Bonanza that was ditched in the ocean off Half Moon Bay in California has a history of reckless behavior, according to authorities.

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Airborne 09.13.19: Lost Plane Reward!, Hurricane Hunters, EASA v FAA

Also: New K-MAX Order, $514,558 Civil Penalty, Boeing 702X Satellites, JetBlue Foundation
 
The pilot and owner of a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger is asking for help locating the airplane he was forced to abandon during a flight last year, and he's willing to pay $20,000 to anyone who finds the airplane. That's not as easy as it sounds. Ron Carlson, explains... "...I just want to refresh my offer of $20,000 cash to find my still missing 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger. Many of you are probably familiar with the story, but for those who are not, it crashed a year and a half ago after a catastrophic engine failure and fire, in early May of 2018." The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka the Hurricane Hunters, have flown 25 missio

September 12, 2019

AMA Drone Report 09.12.19: ANAFI FPV, EAA Comments on Amazon, Remote ID SNAFU

Also: Drone Threat Against Heathrow, Football Foul-Up, Iran Arrests Drone Pilots, Flirtey Unveils 'The Future'

The ANAFI FPV drone from Parrot puts the operator in the cockpit of Parrot’s new ultraportable UAV. The aircraft delivers live, immersive video from its 180-degree tilting camera to the included Cockpit Glasses. Parrot says that the ANAFI FPV boasts in-depth manual controls for piloting and imaging, 4K HDR video and 21-megapixel images, easy-to-use modes and presets, portability, long battery life, and on the go USB-C charging. The FPV experience is undertaken by pairing a smartphone

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September 11, 2019

Airborne 09.11.19: Tico Belle, Transat Balloon Crossing, Moon Colony

Also: 777X Load Testing, 1000th Super Puma, GE Aviation Trade Secrets Theft, Chandrayaan 2

An airplane that once carried paratroopers into France on D-Day has taken a role in providing humanitarian relief to the hurricane-ravaged islands of the Bahamas in the wake of Dorian. Tico Belle, a C-47 Skytrain owned by the Valiant Air Command based in Titusville, FL flew to Orlando International Airport on Saturday to pick up about 5,000 pounds of much-needed supplies, and then carried the cargo to Sandy Point on Great Abaco Island. Norman Daniels, commander of the Valiant Air Command, said that the aircraft wa

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Airborne 09.09.19: Hall Wins Red Bull, AAL Sabotage, ERAU Piper NTSB Report

Also: Nat'l Airlines Council Of CA, American Rocketry Challenge, Viasat, EU Extends Deadline

That’s it... it's all over now. One of the coolest and most lauded aviation sporting events in the world has packed its bags and shut down... but not before giving Austrailian Red Bull Racer, Matt Hall, the ultimate bragging rights as he won the very last race in the series. After four Red Bull Air Race World Championship podiums including three oh-so-near misses in second place, Australia’s Matt Hall finally took top honors at the Red Bull finale in Chiba, Japan on Sunday. In what can only be a trul

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September 10, 2019

Airborne 09.09.19: Hall Wins Red Bull, AAL Sabotage, ERAU Piper NTSB Report

Also: Nat'l Airlines Council Of CA, American Rocketry Challenge, Viasat, EU Extends Deadline

That’s it... it's all over now. One of the coolest and most lauded aviation sporting events in the world has packed its bags and shut down... but not before giving Austrailian Red Bull Racer, Matt Hall, the ultimate bragging rights as he won the very last race in the series. After four Red Bull Air Race World Championship podiums including three oh-so-near misses in second place, Australia’s Matt Hall finally took top honors at the Red Bull finale in Chiba, Japan on Sunday. In what can only be a trul

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.10.19: Remote ID NPRM Delay, UAvionix, ANAFI FPV

Also: Drone Delivery Test, AiRXOS UTM Pilot Program, FAA/UAS Partnership, Altitude Angel

DoT has delayed the publication of an NPRM concerning remote identification of UAVs until December of this year. According to the DOT Significant Rulemaking Report, the action would implement system(s) for the remote identification of certain unmanned aircraft systems. The remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system would further address security and law enforcement concerns regarding the further integration of these aircraft into the national airspace while also enabling great

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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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