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March 26, 2017

Industry Support Continues To Grow For Third Annual Drone World Expo

Complimentary Registration Available For Qualified End-Users

Registration is now open for Drone World Expo 2017. From October 3-4, the 3rd annual Drone World Expo will once again gather thousands of thought leaders, end-users and decision makers in the commercial drone industry at the San Jose Convention Center.

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Three Historic WWII Airplanes To Visit Greenville SC

B-25 Mitchell Bomber, P-51 Mustang And SBD Dive Bomber Will Offer Rides

Three iconic World War II aircraft will bring history  alive May 5 -7 at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), Airport Rd Ext., Greenville, SC.

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Atlanta Tech Fights For Recertification Of Aviation Program

Certificate Was Pulled By The FAA In December Of Last Year

Atlanta Technical College upgraded its aviation maintenance programs several years ago, hoping to capitalize on the predicted shortage of qualified mechanics in the industry.

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Malaysia Airlines Signs With Airbus For A350 XWB Flight Training

Carrier Will Take Delivery Of Its First Of The Type Later This Year

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has signed an agreement with the Airbus Asia Training Center (AATC) in Singapore to provide A350 XWB training to the carrier’s flight crew.

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Ike Completes 300,000th Arrested Landing

Carrier Has Been In Service For Nearly 40 Years

When the crew of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) saw the ship's first commanding officer, Capt. William Ramsey, make the first launch off the flight deck Sept. 15, 1977, few probably thought the 17th commanding officer would one day proudly announce the ship's 300,000th successful arrested landing.

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Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska, Facility Adds Aruba To Its Certifications

Now Holds Certifications From 11 Aviation Authorities Around The World

Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska, facility was recently approved by Aruba’s Department of Civil Aviation as an approved aircraft maintenance organization.

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New Study Maps Space Dust In 3-D

Berkeley Lab-Led Research Raises New Questions About Properties Of Dust In Local And Distant Reaches Of Milky Way

Consider that the Earth is just a giant cosmic dust bunny—a big bundle of debris amassed from exploded stars. We Earthlings are essentially just little clumps of stardust, too, albeit with very complex chemistry.

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Canada’s Aviation Hall Of Fame Declares Honorary Poet

British Columbia Lieutenant Governor To Be Induction Ceremony Guest Speaker

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame has declared John Gillespie Magee Jr. as its Honorary Poet. Magee was a 19-year old Spitfire pilot serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force when he wrote his famous sonnet, “High Flight,” which has become a symbol of lost aircrew in both peace and war.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.26.17)

Aero Linx: The Illinois Aviation Trades Association (IATA) The Illinois Aviation Trades Association (IATA) was founded on the simple principle to be a single source for industry education, peer to peer networking and statewide legislative representation for the many partners of general aviation. IATA has remained responsive to its members' needs by ushering industry concerns before regulatory and legislative bodies to insure corporate and private aviation is rightly viewed as an integral part of our State's economy and a vital element to its future growth. General aviation expansion is essential for effective commerce and logistic development in Illinois and IATA plays a role to give our industry a c

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.26.17): Circle To Runway

Circle To Runway (Runway Number) Used by ATC to inform the pilot that he/she must circle to land because the runway in use is other than the runway aligned with the instrument approach procedure. When the direction of the circling maneuver in relation to the airport/runway is required, the controller will state the direction (eight cardinal compass points) and specify a left or right downwind or base leg as appropriate; e.g., “Cleared VOR Runway Three Six Approach circle to Runway Two Two,” or “Circle northwest of the airport for a right downwind to Runway Two Two.”

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ANN FAQ: You Can Sponsor ANN And/Or Aero-TV!

Help ANN Grow So That We Can Be Of Greater Service To You!

For the better part of a dozen years, ANN has set the pace for the growing and evolving aero-info revolution. No other news service has done what ANN has done... and no one did it before we showed the rest of the aero-world how it's done.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.26.17)

"Every landing on a ship is a very precise thing. When you get 300,000, it's a pretty big testament to the skill of the aviators and the personnel who maintain the recovery equipment. It's an incredible feat." Source: Cmdr. Jeremy Rifas, air boss for the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) which just announced the ship's 300,000th successful arrested landing.

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March 25, 2017

Airborne 03.24.17: GA v Privatization, FAA UAS $$$, Mexico Fines

Also: NASA Authorization, Av-Associations, Essential Air Services, Kite String, Rotax @SnF, Car v Plane, FAA Forecast

With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of GA leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring their, “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding ATC. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system

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AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives!

The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... d

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Dynon Introduces Dual Band ADS-B Traffic And Weather Receiver

Receives Data On Both 978 MHz And 1090 MHz Frequencies

Dynons new dual band SV-ADSB-472 receives ADS-B traffic via 978 MHz (UAT) and 1090 MHz. In the US, it also receives free text and graphical weather from the FAA’s network of ADS-B ground stations. Unlike portable ADS-B receivers, SkyView and AF-5000 pilots receive FULL ADS-B and radar traffic when the SV-ADSB-472 is paired with our Mode-S transponder and SV-GPS-2020.

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17: Heron 1 FOC, Canadian UAVs BVLOS, Quad Inspects C17

Also: Terra Drone, senseFly partners with MicaSense, Quadcopter Topology Optimization

The Heron 1 UAV has attained Full Operational Capability (FOC), allowing two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) squadrons to operate, maintain, and deploy the UAV. The UAV will be operated by a team that is compiled of UAV Pilots, Air Imagery Intelligence Experts and Air Force Engineers. The Heron 1 UAV, which Singapore received in 2012, will provide Singapore’s Armed Forces with stronger situational awareness and enhanced mission effectiveness on the battlefield. The UAV is capable of performing a plethora o

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Drones Provide Next-Gen Oil & Gas Facility Protection

UAV Technology Sniffing For Leaks, Surveying Operations And Protecting The Environment

Oil and gas spills and leaks have been of extreme concern throughout the history of the industry, with safety of the environment and people the most critical part of a manufacturer’s infrastructure. All oil and gas companies are committed to diligent inspection. Combined with the rise and availability of drone technology, these organizations have taken note of how to advance their facility and risk programs, and integrate drone maintenance to help prevent disasters.

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Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Using Drones For Runway Inspections

Unmanned Aircraft Assisting With Runway Surveys

Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are now using drones to inspect runways and document pavement issues for future maintenance.

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FlightSafety Expands G650 Simulator Training

Offers The Only Factory-Authorized Gulfstream G650 Training Close To Operators In Europe, The Middle East, And Surrounding Regions

FlightSafety International announces the start of the only factory-authorized Gulfstream G650 training program located close to operators in Europe, the Middle East, and surrounding regions.

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Upwind Summer Scholarship Program Announces The Class Of 2017

Created By Bay-Area Pilots To Support Flight Training

The Upwind Foundation (Upwind) is pleased to announce the Upwind Summer Scholarship Class of 2017. The following San Francisco Bay Area high school juniors have been awarded the flight scholarship: Giles Beebe of Menlo Park, Peter Habelt of Burlingame, Dante Pacini of San Mateo, and Alexandra Strehlow of Portola Valley. These four aspiring young aviators have been awarded a complete primary flight training program which begins with ground school in April and continues with flight training during the summer.

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TRU Simulation + Training Continues To Expand ProFlight Pilot Training

Recently Approved Cessna Citation CJ3+ Training Program Added To Course Offerings

TRU Simulation + Training will continue to expand its pilot training capabilities throughout 2017 to include several popular Textron Aviation business jet models including the Cessna Citation Longitude, Citation Sovereign+, Citation Latitude and Citation CJ3+.

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A400M Delivers First Humanitarian Cargo With Royal Malaysian Air Force

Relief Supplies Will Be Used To Prevent Malaria Outbreaks In The Wake Of Natural Disasters

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Airbus and the Spanish Red Cross have delivered a load of humanitarian goods from Seville, Spain, to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Asia Pacific Regional Office in Malaysia.

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RARA Announces Design Contest For 54th National Championship Air Races

Initial Poster And T-Shirt Ideas Must Be Submitted By April 14

Calling all racing fans and artists! The Reno Air Racing Association has launched a design contest for the official poster and t-shirts of the 54th National Championship Air Races.

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ANN FAQ: Contact Us (Updated)

Update: We've Moved!

Aero-News recently relocated its Global Headquarters from one aviation centric location... near Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine... to a spot near both Cecil Field and Herlong Airport. So ...for anyone needing to contact ANN via snail mail, here is our updated address: Aero-News Network 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 21-252, Jacksonville, FL, 32244.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.25.17)

"For general aviation to continue, we have to welcome in the next generation of pilots.” Source: Upwind Executive Director Herb Patten.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.25.17): Accident, Aircraft

An occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and until such time as all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, or in which the aircraft receives substantial damage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.25.17)

FAA Aircraft Handbooks & Manuals

A listing of aircraft handbooks and manuals published by the FAA.

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March 24, 2017

FAA Releases 20-Year Aviation Forecast

Number Of Piston-Engine Airplanes Expected To Decline Through The Period

The FAA has released its 20-year forecast for 2017-2037, and the outlook does not look good in the fixed-wing piston-engine segment of the industry.

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Airborne 03.24.17: GA v Privatization, FAA UAS $$$, Mexico Fines

Also: NASA Authorization, Av-Associations, Essential Air Services, Kite String, Rotax @SnF, Car v Plane, FAA Forecast

With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of GA leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring their, “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding ATC. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system

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Klyde Morris 03.24.17

You'll Hardly Notice It Within A Couple Of Minutes, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Rockwell Collins, NASA Demonstrate Sonic Boom Display

Result Will Help Pilots Modify Flight Plans To Reduce Or Mitigate Sonic Boom Impacts

Rockwell Collins recently teamed with NASA to demonstrate its Sonic Boom Display at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. The usability demonstration and pilot working group meeting marked a major milestone in the two year project. The Sonic Boom Display project is expected to be completed this March.

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SKYe SH09 Order Book Hits 101 Units

Marenco Swiss Helicopters Reports Continued Interest In The Aircraft

The order book for Marenco Swiss Helicopters' SKYe SH09 has reached 101 aircraft, according to the company.

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Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale

The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing faci

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EASA Certifies All-In-One ADS-B Transponders From Garmin

GTX 345/335 Provide ADS-B In/Out Upgrade Path For Thousands Of Aircraft In Europe

EASA has approved the GTX 345 and GTX 335 all-in-one ADS-B transponders from Garmin in fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and helicopters.

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Photos Reveal New Equipment On SpaceX Drone Ship

Thought To Be Robot Designed To Secure Recovered Boosters

During a helicopter tour of Florida's Space Coast, self-proclaimed space fan Stephen Marr saw something interesting on the deck of SpaceX's drone recovery ship. So he started shooting photos with a telephoto lens.

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Boom Supersonic Secures $33 Million For Supersonic Jet Program

Will Be Used To Build A One-Third Scale Prototype Of A New SST

Boom Supersonic has completed a $33 million Series A round of fundraising, which should be adequate to build and fly its first XB-1 demonstration aircraft, according to the company.

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Rocket Lab Raises $75 Million in Funding

Will Be Used For Scaling Up Production Of Electron Rocket

Rocket Lab, a private American-New Zealand space company, today announced closing a Series D financing round of $75 million (USD). The round was led by Data Collective, with additional investment from Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor, and with renewed participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and K1W1. The closure of the round brings the total funding Rocket Lab has received to date to $148 million, with the company now valued in excess of $1 billion.

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Silverhawk Aviation To Develop STCs For Gogo Biz 4G Service

Gogo Business Aviation’s Newest Technology Set To Launch In Second Quarter Of 2017

Gogo Business Aviation continues toward its scheduled launch of its 4G service in the first half of 2017 and Silverhawk Aviation will develop Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the new system.

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F-16 Production To Move To Greenville, SC

Lockheed Martin Will Concentrate On F-35s In Texas

The production line for Lockheed Martin's F-16 fighter jets will be moved from Ft. Worth, TX to Greenville, SC, according to company officials.

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Southeast Aerospace Partners With Wisetouch Interiors

Will Provide Aircraft Interior Design, Refurbishment, Other Services

Central Florida-based Southeast Aerospace has announced the formation of a partnership with Wisetouch Interiors to provide aircraft interior design, refurbishment, and manufacturing for its diverse customer base.

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UAV Market Takes Off For Intelligent Energy

Signs Deal To Deliver Fuel Cell Systems For Unmanned Aircraft

Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy’s first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the Company moves forward with the commercialization of its technology.

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CALC Delivers Two Airbus A320 To AirAsia Group

Leasing Company Delivered A Total Of 18 Aircraft In 2016

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited has completed the deliveries of one Airbus A320 each to AirAsia Berhad and Thai AirAsia.

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Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Share Vision For The Future

Virgin America Brand Will Be Retired In 2019

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have shared their vision for the future of the combined carrier. After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska's name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019.

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Airborne 03.24.17: GA v Privatization, FAA UAS $$$, Mexico Fines

Also: NASA Authorization, Av-Associations, Essential Air Services, Kite String, Rotax @SnF, Car v Plane, FAA Forecast
 
With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of GA leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring their, “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding ATC. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world. In a memo dated March 7, 2017, the FAA asks its Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) - Task Group 3 to explore w

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March 23, 2017

Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale

The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing faci

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AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives!

The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... d

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Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest

The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from

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Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec Reductions

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale

The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing facility, with the first four production Longitude aircraft currently in progress. In July of 2015, Calgary, Canada business owner Daniel Boria tied 100 industrial-grade helium balloo

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AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives!
 
The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The rules also prohibit flight in controlled or restricted airspace, within about 5.6 miles

March 22, 2017

Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest

The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from

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Airborne 03.21.17: Longmont NIMBYs, Lost Orbiter, Airline Transparency

Also: VIP TFR Relief, Aero-Calendar, ACC CoC, C17 Drone Inspection, Flamingo Air, TSA Shame, NBAA Scholarships

One of the most persistent, if not outright obnoxious, anti-airport NIMBY fights just won’t go away... even after numerous legal defeats and many thousands of dollars of losses. Members of the group Citizens for Quiet Skies in Boulder County, CO are not giving up in their quest to force Mile-Hi Skydiving to stop flying near their homes. In 2015, a Boulder District Court Judge denied every claim brought in a lawsuit by the group, which contends that Mile-Hi Skydiving owner Frank Casares is

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March 21, 2017

Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17: Heron 1 FOC, Canadian UAVs BVLOS, Quad Inspects C17

Also: Terra Drone, senseFly partners with MicaSense, Quadcopter Topology Optimization

The Heron 1 UAV has attained Full Operational Capability (FOC), allowing two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) squadrons to operate, maintain, and deploy the UAV. The UAV will be operated by a team that is compiled of UAV Pilots, Air Imagery Intelligence Experts and Air Force Engineers. The Heron 1 UAV, which Singapore received in 2012, will provide Singapore’s Armed Forces with stronger situational awareness and enhanced mission effectiveness on the battlefield. The UAV is capable of performing a plethora o

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Airborne 03.21.17: Longmont NIMBYs, Lost Orbiter, Airline Transparency

Also: VIP TFR Relief, Aero-Calendar, ACC CoC, C17 Drone Inspection, Flamingo Air, TSA Shame, NBAA Scholarships

One of the most persistent, if not outright obnoxious, anti-airport NIMBY fights just won’t go away... even after numerous legal defeats and many thousands of dollars of losses. Members of the group Citizens for Quiet Skies in Boulder County, CO are not giving up in their quest to force Mile-Hi Skydiving to stop flying near their homes. In 2015, a Boulder District Court Judge denied every claim brought in a lawsuit by the group, which contends that Mile-Hi Skydiving owner Frank Casares is

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Airborne 03.20.17: GA Reacts To ATC Plan, KSMO Deal Questioned, NTSB Leadership

Also: Gone West: Bill Brennand, Airport Theft, Night Carrier, Heli Museum, Seat Belts, China Drones, Canadian Launch Site

President Trump's proposed budget has, regretfully, come down on the side of a privatized air traffic control system... and stirred up a HUGE hornet’s nest among the aviation community who have opposed this concept for decades. The budget "Initiates a multi-year reauthorization proposal to shift the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to an independent, non-governmental organization, making the system more efficient and innovative while maintaini

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March 20, 2017

Airborne 03.20.17: GA Reacts To ATC Plan, KSMO Deal Questioned, NTSB Leadership

Also: Gone West: Bill Brennand, Airport Theft, Night Carrier, Heli Museum, Seat Belts, China Drones, Canadian Launch Site

President Trump's proposed budget has, regretfully, come down on the side of a privatized air traffic control system... and stirred up a HUGE hornet’s nest among the aviation community who have opposed this concept for decades. The budget "Initiates a multi-year reauthorization proposal to shift the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to an independent, non-governmental organization, making the system more efficient and innovative while maintaini

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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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