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December 22, 2015

Airborne 12.22.15: SpaceX Success!, Flight-Sharing Nixed, FAA v State UAV Laws

Also: Perlan Glider, Aero-Calendar, Norwegian F-35, SpaceX CA Launch, ESA/Arianespace, China Southern Airlines, Flights To Cuba 
Yes! SpaceX launched and recovered the first stage of the upgraded Falcon booster, as planned, late Sunday night... putting SpaceX clearly in the aero-history books, and 11 ORBCOMM satelites into orbit, as well. To no one's surprise, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the FAA can shut down the "flight-sharing" website In 2013, the FAA determined that the process of posting a planned trip on a website constituted advertising and that subjected the private pilots to the same regulations that pilots for a commercial airline would have to meet, so they forced Flytenow to shu

WestJet Encore Pilots Approve Five-Year Agreement

First Agreement To Be Ratified Between Pilots And Airline

WestJet Encore pilots have voted in favor of a new agreement with 93 percent of eligible pilots voting.

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Embraer Delivers The First Two E195s To Tianjin Airlines

Chinese Launch Customer Has Ordered A Total Of 40 Airplanes

The first two E195 jets has been delivered to Tianjin Airlines, the launch customer of this aircraft model in China. These two aircraft are part of the sales agreement Tianjin Airlines signed with Embraer in 2014 for 20 E195 and 20 E190 E2 jets, during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Brazil.

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Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion Now Certified On Bombardier C Series

Other Systems Include Primary Flight Control Computer, Multiscan Weather Radar And Head-Up Guidance

Rockwell Collins today announced that its Pro Line Fusion advanced avionics system has been type certified on the Bombardier CS100 commercial aircraft. First aircraft delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.

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Boeing Delivers SF Airlines' First 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter

First In China To Own The Wide-Body Freighter

Boeing has delivered SF Airlines' first 767-300 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF), which is also the first owned by an airline in China.

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Oakland, CA TSO Accused In Drug Smuggling Case

Allegedly Manipulated An X-Ray Machine To Allow Pot To Pass Undetected

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment unsealed last week, charging Kiana Scott Clark with conspiring to defraud the United States by obstructing, impeding, and interfering with the aviation security functions of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and conspiring to distribute controlled substances.

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NASA Selects Contractor To Develop Robotic On-Orbit Satellite Assembly

Goal Is To Advance Human And Robotic Exploration Of Space

NASA has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to develop on-orbit robotic satellite assembly technology to Space Systems Loral (SSL). The project is part of NASA's Tipping Point initiative to work with industry to advance the goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system through the development of critical space technologies.

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UAV Pilot Cited For Flying Aircraft Near Washington Monument

Aircraft Was Confiscated By Park Police

A Virginia man has been cited by U.S. Park Police for flying a UAV on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

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Latest WingX Pro Release Includes New Helicopter Charts

Routes And Gulf Coast Charts Can Now Be Laid Over Sectionals

The latest version of WingX Pro7 (8.6.1) includes some new features specifically targeted at helicopter operators.

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TAM Airlines Becomes First A350 XWB Operator From The Americas

Will Make First Revenue Flights In January 2016

LATAM Airlines Group, made up of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines, has taken delivery of its first A350 XWB in Toulouse, France. In doing so, TAM will become the first airline in the Americas to operate the all-new airliner and the fourth worldwide.

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AIA, NAR Recognized For Achievement In Aerospace Education

Selected As Recipients Of The Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Award

The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) announced today that it has selected the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) as the recipients of the Dr. Mervin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Award, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the field of aerospace education.

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Lee County, FL Sheriff’s Office Adds Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar

Increases Helo Fleet To Three Aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered a new H125 AStar to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Ft. Myers, FL. The new H125, when completed, will increase the Lee County AStar fleet from two to three helicopters.

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Executive AirShare Takes Delivery Of 30th Embraer Phenom Aircraft

First Of Five Phenoms Ordered In 2015

A new Embraer Phenom 300 has been delivered to fractional aircraft provider Executive AirShare, the 30th Phenom to be added to the fleet. The delivery ceremony took place December 17 at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

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Airborne 12.22.15: SpaceX Success! Flight-Sharing Nixed, FAA v State UAV Laws

Also: Reno Race Sponsor?, Perlan Glider, Aero-Calendar, Norwegian F-35, SpaceX CA Launch, ESA/Arianespace, China Southern Airlines, Flights To Cuba

ANN Airborne Link: /index.cfm?do=video.playVideo&videoid=a822a057-01d1-4618-8ca9-fa6b958ca374 YouTube Airborne Link: Yes! Space

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Classic Aero-TV: Success In Flight Training -- Redbird's Roger Sharp Tells All

One of GenAv's Most Experienced CFIs Discusses The Latest News In Flight Training, Part 2

While at the Redbird Migration 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, met with Redbird’s Roger Sharp, the director of training for Redbird Flight Simulations. In this part 2 of a 2-part interview, Campbell looked at the flight instructor side of the picture. He asked Sharp about the challenges a new flight instructor faces, and what advice he could provide. The first part of Sharp’s advice related to the business end of being a flight instructor. He reminded all instructors that personal piloti

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Boeing: USAF Bomber Selection Process 'Irreparably Flawed'

Had Protested The Award Of The LRS-B Contract To Northrop Grumman

Boeing has filed a 133-page brief in response to the Air Force’s filing in the company’s protest of the Air Force’s selection of the Nation's next-generation Long Range Strike Bomber.

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FAA Admits That UAV Registration Information Will Be Public

Guidance Issued By The Agency May Lead To Arrests Of Operators

If you thought information entered into the FAA's new UAV registration website would be kept private, you're in for a surprise.

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NetJets Pilots Ratify 2015 Tentative Agreement

Members Vote Overwhelmingly In Favor Of New Contract

The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) is pleased to announce its members have voted to ratify the 2015 Tentative Agreement reached in mid October with NetJets Aviation, Inc. According to the certified election results, 96 percent of the pilot group participated in the referendum with 75.43 percent casting a vote in favor of ratification.

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Boeing Awarded Its Second Commercial Human Spaceflight Mission

Second Such Contract Awarded To Boeing In Seven Months

NASA has awarded a second mission to Boeing to transport crew to the International Space Station (ISS) with flights beginning in 2017. In May, the agency awarded Boeing its first commercial human spaceflight mission.

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AeroSports Update: Is A Flying Club For You?

Forming A Flying Club, Or Joining A Flying Club, Could Be An Affordable Way To Enjoy Recreational Aviation

In many parts of the world flying clubs are about the only way recreational flyers can enjoy aviation as a sport. But, for some reason, the formation of flying clubs has been a slow-motion affair in the U.S. AOPA is helping with the concept of flying clubs by providing encouragement and guidance for those who are interested.

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Two Fatally Injured At Indonesian Air Show

Military Plane Went Down During Performance In Central Java

An Indonesian military T-50 Golden Eagle fighter airplane went down Saturday during an airshow at Adisucipto Air Force Base in Yogyakarta, Java Indonesia. Both crewmembers on board the airplane were reportedly fatally injured.

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NBAA Lauds Reassertion Of FAA's Control Of All Airspace, Including For Drones

State And Local Governments Reminded That Agency Has Sole Authority To Implement And Enforce Regulations

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has welcomed the FAA’s reassertion that the agency has sole authority to implement and enforce regulations for all navigable airspace in the National Airspace System (NAS).

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Airborne 12.21.15: CS100 Certified, AMA v UAV Registry, New Merlin PSA

Also: 700th R66!, Inverted Flat Spin Attempt, Bell Service Ctr, NTSB Most Wanted, Jay Gordon Tribute, USAF Bonuses, Cadet Competition

ANN Airborne Link: /index.cfm?do=video.playVideo&videoid=0e6d20e7-dc47-48e0-aeb9-21de30430939 YouTube Airborne Link:

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.22.15)

“We welcome this document, and strongly agree with its conclusion that the FAA is the only federal agency with the authority to regulate airspace in the NAS.” Source: Bob Lamond, NBAA director, air traffic services & infrastructure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.22.15): Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP)

A preplanned instrument flight rule (IFR) departure procedure printed for pilot use in textual or graphic form to provide obstruction clearance via the least onerous route from the terminal area to the appropriate en route structure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.22.15)

 FAA UAV Registration Examples

Which UAVs will have to be registered and which will not? Well, not every UAV or quadcopter is listed here, but it will give you a good idea whether you'll be required to register your aircraft.

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