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March 04, 2018

Boeing Reportedly Close To A Deal With Embraer

Would Take A Controlling Interest A Joint Company If It Goes Through

Negotiations are continuing between Boeing and Embraer for the possible formation of a partnership that would be focused on commercial aviation. The negotiations are seen by the industry as at least partly a response to a recent deal between Airbus and Bombardier, in which the European planmaker acquired a majority stake in the Canadian company's CSeries airliners.

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Jetstar Ramp Worker Leaves Clipboard On Engine Cowling

Mistake Caused The Flight To Return To Auckland Airport

A clipboard left on the right engine cowling of a Jetstar Airways A320 by a ramp worker caused the flight return to the Auckland, NZ airport when the mistake was brought to the pilot's attention.

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F-104 Flight Training Launches At Florida’s Kennedy Space Center

New Civilian Astronaut Training Program For Licensed Pilots

American businessman John Rost has become the first to complete a new FAA-approved F-104 flight training program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The adventurer, pilot and CEO of Fiesta Insurance completed four training flights in the Mach 2+ Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, the same supersonic plane used to prepare Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts for space travel. His ground school and flight training was completed at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), providing an opportunity to use the same runway the Space Shuttle returned to after coming back from its space missions.

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Boeing Invests $1.5 Million in FIRST To Inspire Young Innovators

Will Assist In The Development Of Targeted Mentorships For K-12 Students

FIRST (for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international K-12 not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen, has received a $1.5 million grant awarded from Boeing to support young innovators through FIRST programming. The company’s investment will assist in the development of targeted mentorship programs that increase STEM diversity, proficiency and interest among K-12 students – specifically among underserved and geographically diverse populations.

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White Paper Looks At Terrorist Risks From UAVs

Global Risk Insights Sees Threat Rising In North America And Europe

Violent non-state actors have increasingly been making use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Initially, this was limited to intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. More recently, some terrorist organizations – among them, the Islamic State and Hezbollah - have extended their use of UAVs to include the deployment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in war zones. Now, the threat of UAVs being used in attacks in Europe or North America is rising, according to a white paper published by Global Risk Insights.

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PW Single Crystal Turbine Blade Named Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark

Joins More Than 260 Such 'Landmarks' Recognized By ASME

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has designated Pratt & Whitney's Single Crystal Turbine Blade as a historic mechanical engineering landmark, recognized for its progression in mechanical engineering and aviation.

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Air Force Association Launches 'Airman For Life' Podcast Series

First Episode Focuses On Airpower Superiority

The Air Force Association (AFA) has launched its new "Airman for Life" podcast series with its inaugural episode on Airpower Superiority. The Airman for Life podcast series is AFA's first podcast initiative, with a goal of reaching a broader audience with its message and mission of educating, advocating and supporting a dominant Air Force.

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Australian Man Buys DC3 For A Lawn Ornament

Aircraft Had Been Owned By A Local McDonald's Restaurant, Sold At Auction

A West Australia grandfather has completed his airplane collection with an unusual acquisition ... a non-airworthy DC3 which until recently had been used as an event space by a local McDonald's restaurant.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.04.18)

Aero Linx: Petersen Aviation-Auto Fuel STCs The use of auto fuel is the best thing that has happened to general aviation in the last three decades. In an era when the cost of flying has inflated to ridiculously high levels, Auto Fuel STCs have done more than anything else to reduce costs. The price difference between auto fuel (mogas) and aviation fuel (avgas) is significant. An airplane averaging 15 gallons per hour, at a savings of only 50 cents per gallon will cost $7.50 per hour less to operate than when using avgas. In 200 hours, this adds up to $1500. Savings of even half this amount would clearly justify the installation of an Auto Fuel STC. Many of our customers use mogas simply because their airplanes run bet

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.04.18): Digital-Automatic Terminal Information Service

Digital-Automatic Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) The service provides text messages to aircraft, airlines, and other users outside the standard reception range of conventional ATIS via landline and data link communications to the cockpit. Also, the service provides a computer− synthesized voice message that can be transmitted to all aircraft within range of existing transmitters. The Terminal Data Link System (TDLS) D-ATIS application uses weather inputs from local automated weather sources or manually entered meteorological data together with preprogrammed menus to provide standard information to users. Airports with D-ATIS capability are listed in the Airport/Facility Directory.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.04.18)

"The invention of the single crystal turbine blade enabled the industry-leading performance of our engines today in terms of efficiency, emissions and time between major overhauls. Having this technology recognized by ASME is a testament to its impact on the aerospace industry." Source: Dave Carter, senior vice president, Engineering, at Pratt & Whitney, following the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) having designated Pratt & Whitney's Single Crystal Turbine Blade as a historic mechanical engineering landmark, recognized for its progression in mechanical engineering and aviation.

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