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September 16, 2015

Airborne 09.16.15: Blue Origin Moves, Non-ETOPS A321 Goof, Developer Threatens Airport

Also: Able Flight Loss, A Very Polished C-47, WWII Vet's Tardy Pilot Cert, Aerojet Rocketdyne Wants ULA, OK Storm, Carter Aviation, RAF Typhoons

Blue Origin has announced that its new home will be on the east coast of central Florida at Cape Canaveral. Blue Origin founder, Jeff Bezos, announced the development in a speech in Florida and on the company's blog Tuesday morning. Bezos wrote in part, "We’ll be flying our orbital launch vehicle from Florida. We are thrilled to be coming to the Sunshine State for a new era of exploration.” The launch facility will be located at Complex 36. Bezos said the site saw its last launch in 2005 and the pad has stood silent for more than 10 years. He added, “We can’t wait to fix that.” When American Airlines s

The AW609 TiltRotor Sets Speed Record On 627 Nautical Mile Flight

Two Hours 18 Minutes From U.K. To Italy

The AW609 TiltRotor recently set a speed record on a 1000 km (540 nautical mile) ‘point-to-point’ journey. The aircraft, with its combination of the turboprop airplane’s speed and helicopter’s take-off and landing capabilities, flew from its Yeovil facility in southwest England to its Cascina Costa facility near Milan, Italy, a distance of 627 nm, in 2 hours 18 minutes.

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SkyWest Orders 18 Additional E175s To Fly As United Express

Firm Order Has Estimated Value Of $800 Million

Embraer has signed a firm order with SkyWest, Inc. for 18 E175 jets. The order, which will be included in Embraer’s 2015 third-quarter backlog, has an estimated value of $800 million, based on the current list price. The aircraft will be operated by SkyWest Airlines, under an amendment to an existing Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with United Airlines.

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WingX To Users: Don't Download iOS 9

Also Introduces Pro7 Version 1 App For Android Devices

Hilton Software is warning WingX Pro 7 users not to download iOS nine just yet, as it may not be fully compatible with their flight planning software.

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Aircraft Damaged While Taxiing At KLAX

No One Injured When Planes Bumped In Area Between Terminals

Two airliners, a United Airlines Boeing 757 arriving from Newark, NJ and an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 pushing back from its gate collided in the area between the terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX) Sunday night, resulting in damage to both airplanes. There were a combined 351 passengers on board the planes, but no injuries to passengers or crew were reported.

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Senator Schumer: UAVs Must Be Able To Avoid Airports, Major Events

Plans To Introduce Amendment To FAA Reauthorization That Would Require Geo-Fencing Software On All UAVs

U.S. Senator Charles D. (Chuck) Schumer (D-NY) says he plans to introduce an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill to require manufacturers to implement geo-fencing technology or other similar solutions on all drones in order to prevent them from flying in to “No Fly Drone Zones,” like airports, the Pentagon, major parades, large sporting events—such as the U.S. Open---and more.

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Virgin Galactic Says Improvements Made To LauncherOne

Says Launch Vehicle Now 'Optimized' For Small Satellites

Because of their relatively low cost and quick development timelines, small satellites are increasingly appealing both to established satellite users feeling the reality of fixed or declining budgets and to new entities looking to undertake their first space missions.

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SN Corp Announces New Dream Chaser Spacecraft Landing Site Program

Sierra Nevada Corp Will Work With Spaceports To Designate Landing Sites For The Spacecraft

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems announces the launch of a new program, the Dream Chaser-Preferred Landing Site Program, in which SNC will work with spaceports and commercial airports to become a designated landing site for the Dream Chaser spacecraft.

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Able Flight Pilot Lost To Cancer

Organization Creating Scholarship In Honor Of Tyrell Rhodes

For the past two years, Tyrell Rhodes faced cancer with a determination and an optimism that were typical of the young man who had been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was only two. In the early hours of September 4th, and with family by his side, Ty passed away at age 21. While the loss is tragic, what can be remembered is not the struggle he endured with little complaint, but instead his joy in becoming a licensed pilot through Able Flight.

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Bombardier's Q400 Airliner Awarded Type Certification For Operation In Brazil

Company Says Certification Paves The Way For The Most Advanced Turboprop Operations The Country

The National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil, locally known as ANAC, has awarded type certification approval to Bombardier's 86-seat Q400 aircraft for operation in the region.

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Inhofe Fundraiser Again Draws Ire Of Animal Rights Group

One Participant Shot Down A UAV Being Used By SHARK To Record The Event

OK ... so we have to admit, there are mixed emotions about this one. On the one hand, we never advocate shooting down any aircraft ... or even shooting at one. We have done several stories about the consequences about shooting at a UAV.

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AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2015-17-19

PRODUCT: All Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768-60, 772-60, and 772B-60 turbofan engines.

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AD: CFM International S.A. Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2015-18-04

PRODUCT: Certain CFM International S.A. (CFM) CFM56-7B and CFM56-3 turbofan engines.

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Airborne 09.16.15: Blue Origin Moves, Non-ETOPS A321 Goof, Airport Threatened

Also: Able Flight Loss, A Very Polished C-47, WWII Vet's Tardy Pilot Cert, Aerojet Rocketdyne Wants ULA, OK Storm, Carter Aviation, RAF Typhoons

Blue Origin has announced that its new home will be on the east coast of central Florida at Cape Canaveral. Blue Origin founder, Jeff Bezos, announced the development in a speech in Florida and on the company's blog Tuesday morning. Bezos wrote in part, "We’ll be flying our orbital launch vehicle from Florida. We are thrilled to be coming to the Sunshine State for a new era of exploration.” The launch facility will be located at Complex 36. Bezos sai

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Aero-TV: Able Flight Empowerment – Introducing Some Of America’s Newest Pilots

One of Aviation’s Greatest Efforts Expands Our Ranks With Inspirational New Flyers

In this short, 2 ½ minute video, you’ll see and hear Charles Stites, who is the Executive Director of Able Flight, as he pins pilot wings on four new able flight students. You’ll also receive an introduction to an organization that takes pride in helping people succeed in ways that were not imagined before. Able Flight was created by pilots who believe that the life-changing experience of learning to fly is best shared, and they designed the Able Flight Scholarships to enable people with disabilities to p

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New AMA Analysis: FAA Data Reveals Complex Picture Of U.S. UAV Activity

Finds FAA Data Includes Military Crashes, Commercial Operators, Some People Likely Flying Responsibly And Some Flying Objects That Aren’t Even Drones At All

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has released a detailed analysis of the FAA’s drone data. A close examination of the 764 records, which the agency publicly released on August 21, reveals a more complex picture of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) activity in the United States than initial headlines suggested. There are military crashes and a UFO sighting in the data.

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Failed Engine Type On BA 777 Was Subject To 2011 AD

GE Says Specific Engine That Failed Used Different Parts

The FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive for the type of engine on a British Airways 777 that suffered an uncontained failure on takeoff from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas last week, though GE, the engine's manufacturer, disputes that the particular engine was covered by the AD.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Some Sikorsky Helicopters

Investigation Of An Accident Revealed A Failed Pushrod Assembly

The FAA has issued an emergency AD prompted by an accident involving a Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Model S-76C helicopter. During preliminary investigation, a failed servo input control pushrod (pushrod) assembly was identified. Separation of the pushrod tube and the control rod end with bearing was found.

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Airbus Officially Opens US Manufacturing Facility

Company, Industry And Community Leaders Mark Start Of A320 Family Aircraft Production In Mobile, Alabama

Airbus is now officially manufacturing airliners in the United States. In a much-anticipated ceremony Monday in Mobile, Alabama, Airbus inaugurated operations at its first ever U.S. Manufacturing Facility. The plant, which assembles A319, A320 and A321 airplanes, is officially open for business, with a skilled team of more than 250 Airbus manufacturing employees now at work on the first U.S.-made Airbus aircraft.

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AeroSports Update: Is Mandated Aircraft Liability Insurance In Our Future?

There Is No Centralized Requirement Specifying That GA Aircraft Owners Carry Liability Insurance

Most people who own a car find it unusual the general aviation aircraft owners are not required by some sort of law to carry liability insurance. Some rules regarding liability insurance do exist, but they are commonly connected with a requirement for basing an aircraft on an airport. EAA has now issued a report that the federal government is looking into this issue.

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Boeing Begins Final Assembly Of First 737 MAX

Mechanics Complete Wing-To-Body Join

Boeing employees in Renton, WA have started final assembly on schedule of the first 737 MAX 8, the first member of Boeing’s new, single-aisle family.

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Senate Committee To Consider VA Flight Training Bill

Veterans Affairs Committee Holds Hearing Wednesday Afternoon

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on a measure that could severely restrict GI Bill funds for veterans to get a flight-training college degree. A Discussion Draft of the bill will be taken up at a hearing Wednesday afternoon at 2:30pm EDT.

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Airborne 09.15.15: Star Wars 787, VA Tax Breaks?, Zenith Open House

Also: Perlan 2 Glider, Aero-Calendar, $21B BizJet MKT, Beluga XL Transporter, Electric Propulsion Satellite, SpaceX Biz, Airbus Heli ADs

Attention all Star Wars fans! Unsheathe your lightsabers and man your X-wing fighters. Get ready to join All Nippon Airways for the celebration of the new Star Wars movie. Last week, a specially painted Boeing 787 Dreamliner was rolled out of the factory painted in Star Wars livery. The rollout was accompanied by the unmistakable Star Wars theme music and the Star Wars characters R2-D2 and C-3PO. And, of course, a few Star Wars storm troopers were on hand to keep the pe

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.16.15)

“Our analysis also found that the number of ‘near misses’ is substantially lower than the number that was previously presented.” Source: Dave Mathewson, executive director of AMA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.16.15): Weathervane

This describes the tendency to point into the wind. Stabilizers on a aircraft result in its desire to weathervane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.16.15)


A website dedicated to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ... which most of the general public calls drones.

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