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March 20, 2019

President Trump Nominates Stephen Dickson As FAA Administrator

Former Delta Airlines Executive Tapped To Lead The Agency

President Donald Trump has nominated former Delta Airlines executive Stephen Dickson to be the next administrator of the FAA. The post has been held by acting administrator Daniel Elwell since Michael Huerta stepped down early in 2018.

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Airborne 03.20.19: Hoover Stamp Petition, Red Bull, Next Week--AEA LIVE!

Also: Goldsboro, NC Airshow, CAE Concludes Acquisition, 'Stolen' P-51?, Special Weeks For Airborne Programming

The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation has announced their intention to petition the United States Postal Service to honor the late Robert A. ‘Bob’ Hoover with a commemorative postage stamp on his 100th birthday in 2022. The Foundation has commenced the multi-year process necessary to seek USPS selection of Mr. Hoover as a proper subject for such an honor in order to use this program to better inform and inspire America about the many ways that Hoover’s heroic servic

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Boeing CEO Seeks To Reassure The World About The 737 MAX

Releases Open Letter On The Company Website

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has released and open letter to the aviation industry and airline passengers seeking to reassure them about the viability of the company's 737 MAX airplanes.

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NTSB Sends Additional Investigators To Assist In Ethiopian Investigation

Team Has Expertise In Recorders, Flight Crew Operations And Human Factors

The NTSB has is dispatched three investigators to France to assist with the downloading and analysis of flight recorders from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 that went down near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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AUVSI Launches TOP Directory Of Certified UAS Operators

Find A Certified Drone Pilot For Business Applications

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has released the TOP Directory, a list of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators who have gained certification through one of the first certified partner organizations that participate in AUVSI’s Trusted Operator Program (TOP).

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Third MC-21-300 Aircraft Joins The Flight Test Program

Flight Lasted One Hour, 30 Minutes In 'Normal Mode'

On March 16, 2019, the first flight of the third MC-21-300 test aircraft took place at the airfield of Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the affiliate of Irkut Corporation (a UAC member).

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EAA Selects Electroair As It’s Official Electronic Ignition System

EAA Will Install Systems On Multiple Aircraft

Electroair has been selected to be EAA’s Official Electronic Ignition System. As part of this partnership, EAA will outfit its fleet of piston aircraft with Electroair’s electronic ignition systems. Included in this fleet is the EAA photo plane, a Cessna 210, a Piper Aztec, a Cessna 172 used with the Young Eagles program, a Beechcraft T-34 and an RV-6.

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Aerospace Center For Excellence Launches Partnership With Able Flight

An Able Flight Award Winner Built A Specially Designed Zenith 750

The Aerospace Center for Excellence, the educational component of Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Inc., is excited to announce its partnership with Able Flight, a unique organization that shares a similar belief that learning to fly is a life changing experience. This partnership will enable those with disabilities an opportunity to earn their private pilot’s license in a customized aircraft that meets their physical needs, housing during their training, and instruction from volunteer certified instructors.

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eVTOL Aircraft Market Worth $411 Million By 2030

Annual Growth Projected At More Than 20 Percent Through The Forecast Period

According to the new market research report "eVTOL Aircraft Market by Lift Technology (Vectored Thrust, Multirotor, Lift Plus Cruise), MTOW (<250 KG, 250 - 500 KG, 500 - 1500 KG, >1500 KG), Application, Mode of Operation, Type of Propulsion, Range, and Region - Global Forecast to 2030", published by MarketsandMarkets, the eVTOL aircraft market is projected to grow from $162 million in 2025 to $411 million by 2030, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.42% from 2025 to 2030.

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Starlux Airlines Orders 17 A350 XWB Aircraft

New Taiwanese Carrier Will Place The Airplanes Into Long-Haul Services

Starlux Airlines of Taiwan has signed a firm order with Airbus for 17 widebody aircraft, comprising 12 A350-1000s and five A350-900s. The new airline plans to deploy these aircraft on its premier long-haul services from Taipei to Europe and North America, as well as selected destinations within the Asia-Pacific region.

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ExpressJet Airlines And IAM Reach Tentative Agreement Covering FAs

Will Unite Employees Currently Covered By Two Separate Agreements Into A Single Workgroup

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, has reached a tentative agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) for a four-year contract covering the company's more than 650 flight attendants.

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Silver Airways Appoints Pedro Motta Senior VP Commercial

To Lead Airline’s Continued Growth And Expansion Throughout Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean And Beyond

Silver Airways has appointed Pedro Motta as Senior vice president of Commercial to lead the airline’s continued growth and expansion throughout Florida, the Bahamas, Caribbean and beyond.

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Airborne 03.18.19: Chipper SS Unveiled, 777X Reveal, EAA Spirit Of Aviation

Also: USCG Awards Air Medal, Liberty University Aviation Program, Sen. Moran, UAL HQ

No one has to tell you that the cost of ‘just plane flying’ keeps getting greater... and greater. And the cost of airplane ownership has done likewise. However; a new offering from James Wiebe of Belite fame may be just the thing that allows flyers to find an affordable way back into the aviation game. The Chipper SS is a Single Seat Aircraft that can be operated as a Part 103 Ultralight or as an Experimental  airplane. Wiebe reports that it will be easy to build, and economically priced. The design fea

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Rolls-Royce Engines To Power 40 New Lufthansa Aircraft

Will Hang From Both Airbus And Boeing Aircraft Acquired By The Carrier

Rolls-Royce has been selected by Lufthansa Group to power 40 new aircraft. Its Trent 1000 engine will power 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and its Trent XWB will power 20 Airbus A350 XWBs. Rolls-Royce will also provide its flagship TotalCare long term services for both engine types.

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FAA Honors Dimitri Partafyllas

Named 2019 South Carolina Flight Instructor Of The Year

Stratos Aviation Flight Instructor, Dimitri Partafyllas, a Greenville, SC area resident, has been recognized as the 2019 Flight Instructor of the Year for the South Carolina District of the FAA. The award is a way of acknowledging outstanding accomplishment and leadership excellence in the pursuit of aviation safety.

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Bell Delivers Bell 505 Jet Ranger X To Stockton Police Department

Aircraft Equipped With Several Law Enforcement Provisions

Bell Helicopter has delivered a law enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Stockton Police Department. “The Bell 505 has excelled in the parapublic sector since we first introduced the aircraft to the market, and customers are thrilled with the aircraft’s exceptional performance and ease of handling,” said Susan Griffin, executive vice president, Commercial Business.

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RAAF Acquires New 'Peregrine' EW Aircraft

Aircraft Will Be Based At RAAF Base Edinburgh In South Australia

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Minister for Defense Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, has announced the acquisition of four modified Gulfstream G550 aircraft – to be designated the MC-55A “Peregrine” - for the Royal Australian Air Force.

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RAJAY Turbo Products Endorses MT-Propellers

TALCO Aviation Now The Exclusive Reseller To RAJAY-Equipped Aircraft In North America

TALCO Aviation has announced that RAJAY Turbo Products has signed a worldwide endorsement of MT-Propellers and now the exclusive reseller to RAJAY equipped aircraft in North America.

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Retired F-35 Pilot Killed In Ohio GA Accident

Was First Pilot To Reach 500 Hours Flying An F-35

A retired U.S. Air Force pilot from Arizona was fatally injured on Sunday when the Cessna 421B he was flying went down in Union County, OH. Lt. Col. Matthew A. Hayden, the former Commander, 56th Training Squadron at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, was the only person on board the aircraft.

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Resort Community Bans Unauthorized Drone Flights

Requires Written Permission From Owners Association And The Local Airport

The Sunriver residential resort community in central Oregon near Bend has a policy requiring anyone wishing to fly a drone in the 3,300-acre planned residential and resort community in Deschutes County to obtain prior written approval from the Sunriver Owners Association as well as the Sunriver Airport before flying.

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Man Fatally Injured Trying To Retrieve Drone

Was Electrocuted Attempting To Dislodge Aircraft From Power Lines

A Forest Park, GA man was fatally injured last week while trying to dislodge a drone that had become entangled in power lines.

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Canada Unveils North America’s First Autonomous Airport Snowplow

Technology Currently In Use At Winnipeg Richardson International Airport

Winnipeg Richardson International Airport introduced ‘Otto’, the first autonomous airport snowplow in North America. The plow is the result of a partnership with Manitoba companies Northstar Robotics Inc. and Airport Technologies Inc. (ATI).

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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 (03.20.19)

"Work is progressing thoroughly and rapidly to learn more about the Ethiopian Airlines accident and understand the information from the airplane's cockpit voice and flight data recorders. The Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau will determine when and how it's appropriate to release additional details." Source: Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, from an open letter posted to the Boeing website.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.20.19): Prohibited Area

Prohibited Area

Designated airspace within which flight of aircraft is prohibited.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.20.19)

The Oregon Pilots Association

The goal of the Oregon Pilots Association is to promote aviation in the State of Oregon and to provide information to pilots and anyone interested in general aviation.

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Airborne 03.20.19: Hoover Stamp Petition, Red Bull, Next Week--AEA LIVE!

Also: Goldsboro, NC Airshow, CAE Concludes Acquisition, 'Stolen' P-51?, Special Weeks For Airborne Programming

The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation has announced their intention to petition the United States Postal Service to honor the late Robert A. ‘Bob’ Hoover with a commemorative postage stamp on his 100th birthday in 2022. The Foundation has commenced the multi-year process necessary to seek USPS selection of Mr. Hoover as a proper subject for such an honor in order to use this program to better inform and inspire America about the many ways that Hoover’s heroic service to the nation bettered their lives. It is hoped that this effort may also serve as an inspiration to the next generation of young people looking to make their mark upon the world. For the first

March 19, 2019

Airborne 03.18.19: Chipper SS Unveiled, 777X Reveal, EAA Spirit Of Aviation

Also: USCG Awards Air Medal, Liberty University Aviation Program, Sen. Moran, UAL HQ

No one has to tell you that the cost of ‘just plane flying’ keeps getting greater... and greater. And the cost of airplane ownership has done likewise. However; a new offering from James Wiebe of Belite fame may be just the thing that allows flyers to find an affordable way back into the aviation game. The Chipper SS is a Single Seat Aircraft that can be operated as a Part 103 Ultralight or as an Experimental  airplane. Wiebe reports that it will be easy to build, and economically priced. The design fea

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.19.19: State Farm, AirMap And Honeywell, DJI Complies

Also: AUVSI Startup Showdown, senseFly eBee X, Airbus' Skyways Drone, Airborne Programming!

As State Farm launched their new drone program to better assist customers after storm damage, they needed to recruit and train employees to become drone pilots. Jessica Hodge, Joy Hillsman-Caffie and Shelley Cole are three of the six drone pilots for State Farm who are women. Her selection came as a shock to State Farm claims specialist, Jessica. Jessica explained that, “I consider myself an early adopter of the technology. State Farm is one of the first insurance companies to use drones and

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Faradair Announces Plans For Hybrid Electric Commercial Flight By 2025

Will Be Configurable For Cargo Or Passenger Operations

The British aerospace start-up Faradair, has revealed its intention to certify its revolutionary 18 seat, hybrid electric ‘BEHA’ aircraft (Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft) by 2025 for passenger operations.

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The JU-Air Flies On

Working On Complete Restoration Of Three JU-52 Aircraft

JU-Air in Switzerland and has begun a project to completely restore its three historic Junkers JU-52. The company's 70 and 80-year-old aircraft are currently completely dismantled and being overhauled.

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CAE Concludes Acquisition Of Bombardier's Business Aircraft Training Business

Expands CAE's Addressable Market Of Customers

CAE has confirmed that it has concluded the previously announced acquisition of Bombardier’s Business Aircraft Training (BAT) business for an enterprise value of $645 million. All the required conditions for closing have been met.

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Women In Aviation International Cheers For 30 Years

Accomplished Its Stated Goal To Connect. Engage. Inspire

The 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, on March 14-16, 2019. 

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Frontier Airlines Mechanics Ratify Contract With Teamsters Local 455

Latest Agreement Ratified Overwhelmingly By Membership

Frontier Airlines mechanics have voted to ratify their most recent contract with the Teamsters by a margin of 96 percent. The agreement will be in effect until March 2023.

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United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches WGS-10 Mission

Critical Component Of The New High-Capacity Satellite Communications System

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the tenth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 on March 15 at 8:26 p.m. EDT. ULA has been the exclusive launch provider for all ten WGS satellites.

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Women In Corporate Aviation Announces Europe-Based Training Scholarships

Application Window Open Through May 1

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) is announcing new scholarship opportunities for 2019; a two-day Service Masterclass from Corporate Flight Training in the U.K., and two General Emergency Initial Training Courses from FlightSafety International Le Bourget, Paris.

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ALPA President Capt. Joe DePete Joins AFL-CIO Executive Council

Appointment Announced At The Council's Annual Winter Meeting

Capt. Joe DePete, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), was appointed to the Executive Council of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week at the council’s annual winter meeting.

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US Air Force B-52s Deploy To Europe

Aircraft Will Operate Out Of RAF Fairford, United Kingdom

A Bomber Task Force deployment of B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, Airmen and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrived in the U.S. European Command area of operations for a deployment to conduct theater integration and flying training, March 14.

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Man Denied In Attempt To Claim Airplane He Alleges Was Stolen

Federal Court In Chicago Says Statute Of Limitations Has Expired

Richard Vartanian says that back in the 1960s, he bought a P-51D Mustang from Canada. Sometime between 1974 and 1985, Vartanian says that airplane was stolen.

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World's First 9 Bladed Prop Starts Flight Test Program

Designed For Electric, Turbine And Geared-Piston Airplanes

MT-Propeller has begun a flight test program on the world's first 9 bladed prop, and reports that initial results are very promising. According to the company, function, handling and operation of the aircraft is similar to props which have been in service for years.

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'Goldilocks' Stars May Be 'Just Right' For Finding Habitable Worlds

NASA Study Focuses On K Stars As Particularly Promising

Scientists looking for signs of life beyond our solar system face major challenges, one of which is that there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy alone to consider. To narrow the search, they must figure out: What kinds of stars are most likely to host habitable planets?

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.19.19: State Farm, AirMap And Honeywell, DJI Complies

Also: AUVSI Startup Showdown, senseFly eBee X, Airbus' Skyways Drone, Airborne Programming!
 
As State Farm launched their new drone program to better assist customers after storm damage, they needed to recruit and train employees to become drone pilots. Jessica Hodge, Joy Hillsman-Caffie and Shelley Cole are three of the six drone pilots for State Farm who are women. Her selection came as a shock to State Farm claims specialist, Jessica. Jessica explained that, “I consider myself an early adopter of the technology. State Farm is one of the first insurance companies to use drones and I’m one of the first drone pilots for State Farm. It’s cool to be on the cutting edge.” AirMap and Honeywell are developing a cost-effective drone trac

March 18, 2019

Klyde Morris (03.18.19)

Klyde Considers How To Impress All With A Fly-By

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 03.15.19: 737 MAX Reaction, JetPack Aviation, Aviation Rideshare $$$

Also: Next FAA Administrator?, Costin Airport Acquired, Atlas Air Accident, CA Paraglider Accident

The industry is weighing in on the FAA's decision to ground the domestic fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes following the accident in Ethiopia last weekend which fatally injured all 157 people on board the airplane. Boeing said in a statement that it continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. "However, after consultation with the FAA, the NTSB, and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined -- out of an abundance of caution and in order to

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Airborne 03.18.19: Chipper SS Unveiled, 777X Reveal, EAA Spirit Of Aviation

Also: USCG Awards Air Medal, Liberty University Aviation Program, Sen. Moran, UAL HQ

No one has to tell you that the cost of ‘just plane flying’ keeps getting greater... and greater. And the cost of airplane ownership has done likewise. However; a new offering from James Wiebe of Belite fame may be just the thing that allows flyers to find an affordable way back into the aviation game. The Chipper SS is a Single Seat Aircraft that can be operated as a Part 103 Ultralight or as an Experimental  airplane. Wiebe reports that it will be easy to build, and economically priced. The design features a 28 mph stall speed with a Max cruise of 62 mph. With five gallons of fuel, the bird’s gross weight is tallied at 484 pounds. Boeing has given employees a look at its

March 17, 2019

Airborne 03.15.19: 737 MAX Reaction, JetPack Aviation, Aviation Rideshare $$$

Also: Next FAA Administrator?, Costin Airport Acquired, Atlas Air Accident, CA Paraglider Accident

The industry is weighing in on the FAA's decision to ground the domestic fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes following the accident in Ethiopia last weekend which fatally injured all 157 people on board the airplane. Boeing said in a statement that it continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. "However, after consultation with the FAA, the NTSB, and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined -- out of an abundance of caution and in order to

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March 15, 2019

Airborne 03.13.19: 400th BRS Save, WAI 30th, All-Female Spacewalk

Also: TBM 930 NY-Paris Speed Record, ParaZero SafeAir, FAA Nixes Palm Bch Jet Ban, Blue Angels License Plate

BRS Aerospace has documented the 400th and 401st life saved as a result of deploying the company's whole aircraft parachute rescue system. The milestone 400th and 401st lives were saved March 5, 2019 when the pilot of a stricken Cirrus deployed the parachute over water more than 20 miles from Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos. Both pilot and passenger were not injured and picked up by a cruise ship. The 30th annual Women in Aviation International conference gets underway Thursday in Long

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March 14, 2019

Airborne 03.13.19: 400th BRS Save, WAI 30th, All-Female Spacewalk

Also: TBM 930 NY-Paris Speed Record, ParaZero SafeAir, FAA Nixes Palm Bch Jet Ban, Blue Angels License Plate

BRS Aerospace has documented the 400th and 401st life saved as a result of deploying the company's whole aircraft parachute rescue system. The milestone 400th and 401st lives were saved March 5, 2019 when the pilot of a stricken Cirrus deployed the parachute over water more than 20 miles from Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos. Both pilot and passenger were not injured and picked up by a cruise ship. The 30th annual Women in Aviation International conference gets underway Thursday in Long

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AMA Drone Report 03.14.19: DRL Update, External Markings, DJI Canada

Also: Lego Disses Drones?, Drone Defibrillator Delivery, UK Airfield Restrictions, Airborne Programming

The Drone Racing League (DRL)  has announced a new streaming partnership with Twitter and broadcast agreement with NBC and NBC Sports (NBCSN) to air the 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Season. The series will premier Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 2pm ET on NBC and Twitter. Twitter is collaborating with DRL to expand into robotic sports and share non-stop drone racing action on Twitter for the first time. DRL's partnership with NBC and NBCSN will offer racing fans the opportunity to watch more th

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February 26, 2019

Barnstorming: WWBD*

*’What Would Bob Do?’

‘If You Want To Know Someone’s Heart…You Have To Know What Breaks It.’ (Attributed to part of a conversation with George HW Bush, 41st President of the United States) Commentary/Opinion/Analysis By ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell There is this guy… a kind soul… named George Conn. Each year he reaches out to call me on my Birthday, to wish me another happy trip around the Sun, and let me know he’s grateful for the help I tried to render him MANY years ago… even though I pretty much failed the guy. Mind you; I don’t think the failure matters much to him… I think he simply ap

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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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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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