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February 15, 2016

Airborne 02.15.16: AIRR Worries, Model A/C Freed In DC, 'Micro UAS' Class

Also: TBM Avenger Gathering, Pino Memorial, PJ-II "Dreamer", Packwood WA Airport, Drone Shooter Troubles, FAA v DHL, New GAMA Members

Last Thursday, The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation that establishes an independent, not-for-profit corporation outside of the federal government to modernize America’s air traffic control system and provide air traffic services. The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization, known as the AIRR Act, reauthorizes the FAA, provides a number of reforms to our aviation system, and upholds the FAA’s role a

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Airborne 02.15.16: AIRR Worries, Model A/C Freed In DC, 'Micro UAS' Class

Also: TBM Avenger Gathering, Pino Memorial, PJ-II "Dreamer", Packwood WA Airport, Drone Shooter Troubles, FAA v DHL, New GAMA Members

Last Thursday, The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation that establishes an independent, not-for-profit corporation outside of the federal government to modernize America’s air traffic control system and provide air traffic services. The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization, known as the AIRR Act, reauthorizes the FAA, provides a number of reforms to our aviation system, and upholds the FAA’s role as the Nation’s aviation safety regulator. Last week the FAA announced changes in the rules for the Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area that allows a softening of restrictions

Robinson’s R44 And R66 Helicopters Rank Number One In Sales For 2015

R44, R66 Both Top Their Categories In GAMA Report

R44 Raven II ranked as the world’s top-selling helicopter while its R66 became the world’s top-selling civil turbine helicopter according to the GAMA General Aviation Aircraft Shipment 2015 Year End Report.

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FL EAA Chapter Sponsors Explorer Post

First Meeting Of The Group Was Held In January, Monthly Meetings Planned

Experimental Aviation Association Chapter 534 based at the Leesburg International Airport in Leesburg, Florida has decided to sponsor an Explorer Scout Post for young people in the Lake County Area.

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QantasLink Selects FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS Sensor

Will Allow Airline To Achieve ADS-B Compliance

Australian regional airline QantasLink has selected the FreeFlight 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor for retrofit into its DHC-8-200/300 series of aircraft.

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Liberty Aviation To Add Frasca FTDs

Has Ordered Two Devices To Emulate Piper Seminole And Cessna 172 Aircraft

The Liberty University School of Aeronautics, located in Lynchburg, VA has placed an order for two Frasca Flight Training Devices (FTDs) to simulate the Piper Seminole and Cessna 172 aircraft. The two Level 5 FTDs will include Frasca's TruVision  Global visual system with their new laser-hybrid projectors, a UPS and Alpha Systems angle of attack.

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NASA Global Hawk Studies Severe El Nino Weather

Will Conduct Several Mission Over The Pacific Ocean

The NASA Global Hawk will conduct several missions to collect detailed data over the Pacific Ocean from complex El Niño weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures across the equator.

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Maxcraft Avionics Receives FAA STC For SkyWatch HP SKY899 TCAS-I

Canadian STC Verified For Installation In Beech 200/B200 And 300/B300 KingAir Series

The FAA has validated a Transport Canada STC held by Maxcraft Avionics Ltd. for installation of the SKY899 TCAS-1 System or upgrade of existing SKY497 Skywatch TAS to SKY899 TCAS-I in the Beech 200/200C/B200/B200C/300/B300/B300C KingAir Series.

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Universal Avionics MFD Provides Advanced SA For Alaskan Regional Airline

MFD-890R Integrations Are Now Underway At Avmax For Ravn Alaska Dash 8 Fleet

Universal Avionics MFD-890R Multi-Function Display (MFD) has been selected by Ravn Alaska with integrations currently underway through the Engineering Division at Avmax (Calgary). The advanced MFD system delivers critical flight safety information and weather to Dash 8 operators.

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Luke AFB Pilot Flies 500th Hour In F-35

Milestone Came On 270th Sortie Flown By Lt. Col. Matthew Hayden

A 61st Fighter Squadron pilot made history Feb. 2 as the first Luke Air Force Base pilot to achieve 500 flight hours in an F-35 Lightning II.

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Airbus Helicopters Selects Thales, Helisim For H160 FFS Deployment

Development Of Sim Launched To Support H160 Entry Into Service

Airbus Helicopters has partnered with Thales and Helisim to develop and deploy the full flight simulator (FFS) for the H160. In line with the “born ready” strategy implemented by the H160 since the beginning of its development, the FFS will be available to support the H160’s entry into service.

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Air New Zealand 787 Pilots Get Electronic Logbooks

Feature Enabled On Airline's Dreamliner Fleet

Boeing has announced the full integration of its Electronic Logbook (ELB) within Air New Zealand‘s 787 Dreamliner fleet, replacing paper logbooks with electronic records that improve operational efficiency and reliability.

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Air Power Museum Renames Library

Honors Longtime President Mike Gretz Who Passed Away Recently

The Air Power Museum has paid homage to its longtime president Mike Gretz, who recently passed away after a short illness. The Antique Airfield reports on its website that the AAA/APM has renamed the APM "Library of Flight" as the "Mike Gretz Library of Flight".

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StandardAero Certifies Latest Rockwell Collins TCAS 7.1 Solution

TTR-4100 System Now Approved For Falcon 50 And 900 Series Aircraft Operators

StandardAero’s Houston, Texas business aviation MRO facility has completed its first Rockwell Collins TTR-4100 TCAS 7.1 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Falcon 50 series and Falcon 900 series aircraft.

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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled

Final Mirror Put In Place Last Week At Goddard Space Flight Center

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope.

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Aero-TV: Wind, Rain & Airplanes - The 2016 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo

Check Out What's New in Sport Aviation...

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell and ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, both attended the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2106 in Sebring, FL. In this video they are discussing things of interest they found at the Expo, and the other issues that led to a less than fully successful event.

Aero-TV: Wind, Rain & Airplanes - The 2016 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo

Check Out What's New in Sport Aviation...

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell and ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, both attended the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2106 in Sebring, FL. In this video they are discussing things of interest they found at the Expo, and the other issues that led to a less than fully successful event. Tom starts off by discussing the problems that occurred in regards to the weather. To put it in its simplest form, the weather was lousy and resulted in a complete shutdown of the Expo for one day.

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F-35 Lightning II World-Wide Fleet Exceeds 50,000 Flying Hours

Operating At 12 Different Locations Around The World

F-35 Lightning II aircraft operating at 12 different locations worldwide surpassed the 50,000 flight hour mark this month.

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AeroSports Update: FAA Applauds EAA, Homebuilt Safety Improvement

Winter Recreational Aviation Summit Brings Top FAA Policymakers To Oshkosh

In an EAA press release, they report that their efforts in enhancing homebuilt aircraft safety and the results from the past year were recognized by top FAA officials during this week’s annual Winter Recreational Aviation Summit, held at EAA headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Klyde Morris (02.15.16)

Klyde Provides A Warning About ATC Privatization

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 02.12.16: NEW Mooney!, Not-So-Good GAMA Stats, DA40 Upgrades

Also: A350-1000 Final Assembly, Barnstorming: ATC Privatization, Lithium Issue, Boeing Cuts, Tillamook C-27, Sywell Aerodrome, Massive Airship

Mooney International Corporation unveiled the latest generation of its legendary M20 aircraft for 2016. The aircraft has been designated the M20V Acclaim Ultra. The new Acclaim Ultra features detail improvements to the overall fuselage – including a first-ever pilot door and composite-wrapped cabin, a clean-sheet interior design, and instrument panel enhancements. The Ultra is powered by the Continental TSIO-550-G, 280 horsepower engine, and

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TBM Avenger Gathering Planned For Mid-April

At Least Nine Of The Aircraft Are Expected At Illinois Valley Regional Airport

An event for owners of Grumman TBM Avenger aircraft is being planned for mid-April at Illinois Valley Regional Airport. At least nine of the airplanes are currently expected to attend.

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C-27 Arrives At Tillamook Air Museum

Rescued From The 'Boneyard' At Davis-Monthan AFB In AZ

The Naval Air Station Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook, OR has added a C-27A Spartan to its collection. The airplane was rescued after languishing nearly two decades in the boneyard at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

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Sywell Aerodrome Cancels Airshow

Cites More Stringent Safety Measures Put In Place By CAA

The Sywell Aerodrome in Northampton in the U.K. has officially cancelled its biennial airshow for 2016.

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Albania Auctioning Off Communist-Era Aircraft

Some 40 Planes And Helicopters That Flew For The Albanian Air Force To Go On The Block

Albania plans to auction off about 40 former military aircraft later this month.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.16): Circle-To-Land Maneuver

Circle-To-Land Maneuver A maneuver initiated by the pilot to align the aircraft with a runway for landing when a straight-in landing from an instrument approach is not possible or is not desirable. At tower controlled airports, this maneuver is made only after ATC authorization has been obtained and the pilot has established required visual reference to the airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.16)

Aero Linx: The Aviation Education Foundation of Colorado, Inc. The Aviation Education Foundation of Colorado, Inc. (AEFCO) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization providing charitable and educational aviation related training and scholarships to young people in Colorado. The mission of the Aviation Education Foundation of Colorado, Inc. is to provide aviation education programs for local young people that promote an awareness of careers in professional aviation and aerospace fields. AEFCO will provide a pathway for young people to achieve their aviation goals through classroom aviation education and scholarships for flight training.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.15.16)

“This annual summit gets to the heart of issues that matter to EAA members, both in a very broad sense as well as narrow, specific topics that are important to a segment of our community. Along with frank discussions on the issues, this summit builds the personal relationships that make it easier for EAA to contact the right office at FAA when situations arise throughout the year. You can’t overestimate the importance of that when working with a large government agency, because it can help individual EAA members when necessary.” Source: Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety, commenting on the recent Winter Recreational Aviation Summit, attended by FAA staffers, held at EAA headquar

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