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Fri, May 29, 2015

Arizona Town Looks To Limit UAV Use

Resident Recently Charged Despite No Law On The Books

A private investigator in Paradise Valley, AZ faces charges after flying his quadcopter over private property in the town, but he wasn't snooping for information for a client, he was reliving a moment in his own past.

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Fri, May 29, 2015

Airborne 05.29.15: SpaceX Joins USAF!, LDSD Test Set, BASE Jumper Petition

Also: Mars Laser, Barnstorming, NTSB Safety Alert, Air Service To Cuba, Grand Canyon Wreck, Aviation Icing, Oshkosh 2015 Stringers

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center has announced the certification of the SpaceX, Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions. This milestone is the culmination of a two-year effort on the part of the Air Force and SpaceX to execute the certification process and re-introduce competition into the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. As NASA continues experimenting and testing for flights to Mars, they are also looking at the technology required to travel at supersonic speeds in the Martian atmosphere. The second flight test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, called the LDSD, now will launch no earlier than June 2nd, from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. BASE jumping activists seek the unique thrill of skydiving from a fixed object but, as the law now reads, they are not a

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Fri, May 29, 2015

U.S. Navy P-8A Challenged By Chinese Military

China Creating New Islands In South China Sea, Claiming ADIZ In The Region

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft was challenged last week by a Chinese military dispatcher while on patrol over waters that are recognized to be international.

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Fri, May 29, 2015

Successful EBACE Debut For Quest

Agreement Signed For Kodiak Airplane During The Event 

Quest Aircraft Company says it had a successful debut at EBACE last week, including a deal signing for a Kodiak with a European customer. The aircraft, which the customer plans to use for jump operations, is the first Kodiak sale by Quest’s new European dealer, Rheinland Air Service (RAS). There are currently five Kodiaks in operation in Europe.

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Fri, May 29, 2015

FAA Proposes $58,600 Civil Penalty Against FedEx Corp

Alleges Hazardous Material Violations By The Shipper

The FAA has proposed a $58,600 civil penalty against FedEx Corp. of Memphis, TN for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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Fri, May 29, 2015

Orbital ATK-Built SKY MEXICO-1 Commercial Satellite Successfully Launched

Spacecraft Activation And In-Orbit Testing Procedures Underway

The SKY MEXICO-1 (SKYM-1) satellite, built by the Orbital ATK for DIRECTV, was successfully delivered to orbit aboard an Ariane 5 rocket and is operating as planned early in its mission.

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Fri, May 29, 2015

U.S. Marines Partner With United Kingdom In F-35B Operational Test

Sea Trials Underway Aboard The USS Wasp

As the first operational test of the F-35B Lightning II takes place aboard the USS Wasp this week, service members from the United Kingdom are working alongside their U.S. Navy and Marine Corps counterparts to assess the integration of the F-35B into amphibious military operations.

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Fri, May 29, 2015

First Bell 407GXP Sold In Panama

Aircraft Scheduled For Delivery In July

Bell Helicopter has sold its first Bell 407GXP in Panama. The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in July 2015 and will be outfitted to perform corporate and VIP transport in the region for  Urban Development Group  (UDG).

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Fri, May 29, 2015

NASA Begins Testing Mars Lander In Preparation For Next Mission To Red Planet

InSight Lander Will Study The Planet's Interior Structure

Testing is underway on NASA’s next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016.

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Fri, May 29, 2015

Welsh: Budget Cuts Could Impact Air Superiority

Says Russia And China Closing The Gap With The U.S.

The Air Force Chief of Staff said recently that Russia and China are closing the air superiority gap with the U.S., and if deep budget cuts in defense come from Congress, they could overtake all but the F-22 and F-35.

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