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Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Canada Selects Airbus C295W For Fixed-Wing Search And Rescue

Royal Canadian Air Force Orders 16 Aircraft

The Government of Canada has selected the Airbus C295W for its Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Program. As part of the FWSAR program, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will purchase 16 C295Ws modified for Search and Rescue (SAR). The contract will also include in service support, provided through a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and PAL Aerospace.

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Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Chilean Air Force To Acquire Six S-70i Black Hawk Helicopters

Cites Robust Military Design, High Hot Performance And C-130 Transportability

The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile) has reached an agreement with Lockheed Martin company for the acquisition of six S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for the service's medium-lift helicopter recapitalization program.

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Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Antonov Says It Can Save Trump Money On Air Force One

Russian Company Reacts To The President-Elect's Criticism Of Boeing

Following criticism by President-elect Donald Trump of Boeing for the cost of new Air Force One aircraft, Russian planemaker Antonov stepped in and said it could offer the U.S. considerable savings on a new Presidential transport.

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Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Teamster Pilots, Flight Engineers Ratify Contract With Amerijet

Wages Increases Highlight Four-Year Contract

By an overwhelming margin, Teamster pilots and professional flight engineers at Amerijet ratified a new contract with the airline. There are 85 members in the bargaining unit represented by Local 769 in North Miami, FL.

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Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Belite Introduces Quicker And Easier Build For UltraCub

Sub-Kits Now Available

Belite has made changes to its UltraCub cabin design, making it quicker and easier to build and also less expensive.  The side and bottom panels which form the major outline of the cabin are now CNC cut from single pieces of aluminum.  This makes it even easier for the builder to produce a square and true cabin, and also reduces parts and fabrication time, while increasing structural integrity of the design.

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Fri, Dec 09, 2016

AAR’s ISU 56000 Series Containers Certified For Commercial B747 Aircraft

Netting No Longer Required When Using The Containers

AAR has announced the certification of the ISU (Internal Airlift/Helicopter Slingable Container Units) 56000 series on commercial Boeing 747 aircraft. With the certification, these containers are now recognized as a size code B Unit Loading Device and are no longer required to be netted.

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Fri, Dec 09, 2016

ACJ320neo Continues To Win Orders

New Aircraft Build On Success Of Airbus Corporate Jets

Airbus Corporate Jets has won another commitment for an ACJ320neo, highlighting the continuing success of its new aircraft family. The latest deal adds to the seven orders already won by the ACJ320neo Family, taking total orders and commitments to eight, comprising six ACJ320neo and two ACJ319 neo aircraft.

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Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Russian Aircraft Carrier May Be The Cause Of Two Aircraft Losses

Admiral Kuznetsov Is Russia's Only Operational Carrier

Two Russian aircraft have gone down off the coast of Syria in the past month, and the culprit may be the ship from which they are operating, according to military analysts.

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Airborne 12.08.16: Trump v AF1, Gordon Bennett Cup '17, Skydiving At Casa Grande

Also: Intoxicated Pilot, Seaplane Pilots, AEA/EASA, Drones As Lifesavers, ISS Update, T-50A Flight Ops, Safran

President-elect, Donald Trump set the world of aviation and the media slightly off center when he tweeted the following: “Boeing is building a brand-new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Then, during an impromptu television interview following his tweet, Mr. Trump said "Well, the plane is totally out of control. It's gonna be over 4 billion dollars - and, I think it's ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money." Here’s a report for our aviation minded friends who are looking for an excuse to travel to a beautiful location. From September 7 through the 16th, 2017, Gruyères, Switzerland will h

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Airborne 12.07.16: SpaceShipTwo Free Flt, Newest Tecnam, Hurricane Hunters Move

Also: Chelan Seaplanes Debacle, Electrifying E-Fest, Delta's New Airbus, Orion Update, ACSS NXT-700, Flyht, Duncan Aviation

The newest SpaceShipTwo flew free of its mother ship for the first time, just a few days ago. VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay. Over the course of the 1 hour 20 minute flight, of which 10 minutes was the free flight of SpaceShipTwo, the pilots, mission controllers, and ground crews collected valuable data. The test flight was the fifth flight of VSS Unity following several recent Captive Carry flights. Tecnam has introduced what they say is a substantially updated and improved Mark-2 version of the company’s popular light sport eligible P2002 Sierra. The Tecnam P2002 Sierra Mark-2 retains all of its flying qualities, but now offers an improved cabin for greater comfort, top level avionics, new paint colors and interior options, and a

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