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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Airborne 12.15.17: New Shepard Flies Again, Falcon 5X Cancelled, Flying Car Race

Also: Online Pilot Records Database, GA Security Bill, $1M 4 ERAU, Blades Aerobatic Team

Blue Origin's New Shepard made its seventh test flight Tuesday afternoon at the company's launch site in west Texas. The mission included the first test of Crew Capsule 2.0, and carried 12 commercial, research and education payloads. According to data provided by Blue Origin, the launch took place at 1059 CDT and lasted just over 10 minutes. The booster reached an apogee of 322,032 feet AGL, while the capsule continued to an apogee of 322,405 feet AGL. Dassault Aviation has initiated the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program, and announces the launch of a new Falcon program with an entry into service in 2022. The delivery of compliant Silvercrest engines was originally planned for the end of 2013 in accordance with the Falcon 5X flight test schedule. But Safran was plagued with recurrent technical issues during development. What might

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Airborne 12.13.17: Flight Design Update, Bell 525, Space Policy Directive

Also: A380 Production Cut?, Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, US Nationals, Muilenburg'ss Mars Prediction

Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it plans to continue to be a leader in the design and manufacturing of light aircraft. Flight Design was acquired by LIFTAir of Eisenach, Germany last July and has been rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH. As a part of the acquisition, LIFTAir now owns the Flight Design EASA Design Organization, the Flight Design aircraft production facility in Kherson Ukraine and the design rights for all products produced by the company. The FAA has posted a Notice of Proposed Special Conditions for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter in the Federal Register. The agency says that the helicopter will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with fly-by-wire flight control system (FBW FCS) functions that affect the pilot awareness of the flight co

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

American Robotics Unveils UAS Platform For Precision Farming

Self-Charging, Self-Managing Platform Can Conduct Autonomous Missions

Industrial UAS developer American Robotics has unveiled its flagship product, Scout, which is a self-charging, self-managing UAS platform capable of autonomously conducting daily scouting missions in the field of precision farming.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

FAA: Pilot In St.Croix Accident Not Multi-Engine Rated

Five Fatally Injured When The Airplane Went Down

The pilot who operated the plane that went down at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport last Thursday night, resulting in the fatal injury of all five occupants including a member of the Stylee Band, was not rated to fly multi-engine aircraft such as the one he operated that night, according to FAA records obtained by The Virgin Islands Consortium. Pilot David Richardson held only a single-engine airplane rating, according to the agency.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Danville, VA Council Approves FBO Contract For Local Airport

General Aviation Will Remain As Sole FBO For Another 18 Months

The Danville, VA City Council has approved a contract with General Aviation to continue to provide FBO services at Danville Regional Airport (KDAN) for at least the next 18 months.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Bell Helicopter Delivers Four Bell 412EPs To Argentina

Will Fly SAR, Humanitarian Relief And Disaster Relief Missions

The government of Argentina has taken delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters. The aircraft will be used for search and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping support, scientific operations in the Antarctic, and other missions.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Modular Racing Drone Designed For Beginners

But It Will Top Out At About 100 MPH

Drone racing is fun and exciting for both the spectators and the pilots. But that latter group also can face a lot of expense when it comes to their hobby. Racing drones, and the associated equipment needed to participate, can be pretty spendy, particularly in a sport where crashes and damage are expected.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

USMC Approves Drone Operator Insignia For Uniforms

Breast Insignia Design Has Not Been Finalized

The U.S Marine Corps has authorized a Drone Operator breast insignia that can be affixed to the uniforms of enlisted operators.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Italy Orders An Additional Eight AW139 Helicopters

Will Strengthen Rescue And Border Patrol Services in Italy

The government of Italy has placed an order for an additional eight AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately $131 million.

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Fri, Dec 15, 2017

Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport Is Under New Ownership

New Owner Says The Airfield Will Remain Open For The Foreseeable Future

A real estate developer has reportedly purchased the Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport (N53), but the new owner says that the airfield will remain open "for the foreseeable future."

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