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February 16, 2018

Airborne 02.16.18: R66 Wire-Strike Protection, Elk v Helo, Trump Budget

Also: Red Bull Picks Hartzell, SNC Dream Chaser, CH-53K Demo's Vehicle Lift, Emirates Firms Up A380 Orders

Robinson has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options list. Available only on R66 helicopters, the provisions are FAA certified and allow for easy, bolt-on installation of Magellan’s WSPS (Wire Strike Protection System) sold separately by Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, Canada. Robinson provisions add seven pounds to the empty weight of the helicopter and include reinforcement and attach points on the windshield bow, roof, and chin, with low-profile deflectors near the ground handling ball and forward landing gear struts. The system retails for $4,200. An elk brought down a helicopter that was attempting to capture it last week in Wasatch County, UT wh

Former FAA Employee Convicted Of Possessing Child Pornography

Sentencing Set For May 24

A jury has convicted William Pothier, 58, of Exeter, NH and a former FAA employee, of possessing child pornography.  A sentencing hearing on the case is set for May 24, 2018.

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NTSB Release Preliminary Report On Indiana Accident

Board Employee Was Fatally Injured In The Accident

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which fatally injured three people, including Paul Schuda, the director of the NTSB's training center in Ashburn, VA.

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Air Force Testing Small Aircraft Detection Over Washington, D.C.

Concerns Remain After Gyrocopter Incident In 2015

Nearly three years after retired postal worker Douglas Hughes landed a gyrocopter on the ground of the U.S. Capitol in 2015, remaining undetected in some of the most scrutinized airspace in the world, the U.S. Air Force is conducting a series of tests designed to hone its ability to detect small aircraft that might violate the National Capital Airspace.

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Allegiant Plans Year-Round Aircraft Base In Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL

Expansion Means New Jobs And Five New Routes

Allegiant has announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (KVPS). As part of Allegiant's growth in Florida, the company anticipates adding more than 65 new, high-wage jobs during 2018. Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will become the airline's 14th year-round aircraft base.

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GE Aviation Receives Flight Management System Approval For KC-46 Tanker

First Aircraft Approved By The FAA For The FMS

GE Aviation recently received approval for its flight management system from the Boeing KC-46 tanker program. The approval is a result of Boeing securing an amended type certification from the FAA for the 767-2C aircraft configuration of the KC-46 aircraft.

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Air Lease Places Airbus A320-200neo With Atlantic Airways

Becomes A New Customer For The Leasing Company

Air Lease Corporation has announced a long term lease agreement for one Airbus A320-200neo with Atlantic Airways, the national airline of the Faroe Islands. The aircraft will be delivered in March 2019 from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

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NTSB Docket Reveals Details About Teterboro Learjet Accident

Co-Pilot Who Was Flying The Aircraft Lacked Required Experience, Board Says

The accident docket released last week by the NTSB about an accident involving a Learjet 35 which went down on approach at Teterboro airport last May shows that the co-pilot flying the aircraft was not qualified to act as pilot-in-command.

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Gone West: Aviation Safety Advocate Archie Trammell

NBAA Marks Passing Of A Winner Of Its Meritorious Service To Aviation Award

The NBAA has marked the passing of Archie Trammell, a weather radar expert, aviation journalist and lifelong safety advocate, who died at his home in Mansfield, TX, Feb. 5. He was 89.

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NGC Launches First Open Architecture Test Bed To Support DARPA 'OFFSET' Program

Seeking Participants To Create And Test Swarm-Based Tactics On The Platform

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Phase 1 Swarm Systems Integrator for the Agency’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. As part of the program, Northrop Grumman will launch its first open architecture test bed and is seeking participants to create and test their own swarm-based tactics on the platform. Northrop Grumman is teamed with Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) and the Interactive Computing Experiences Research Cluster, directed by Dr. Joseph LaViola at the University of Central Florida.

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United States Air Force Selects Garmin D2 Charlie Aviator Watch

Will Be Worn By Pilots Flying The U-2 Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force has chosen the Garmin D2 Charlie aviator watch for use by the pilots of the Lockheed U-2 aircraft. The high-sensitivity WAAS GPS-enabled D2 Charlie aviator watch incorporates global navigation capability, rich and colorful moving maps and more, providing pilots in the USAF with an exclusive, back-up navigation timepiece in the cockpit.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2018-03-11

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes; Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes; Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes; and Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2018-03-21

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-202, -203, -223, and -243 airplanes.

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Airbus Releases Full-Year 2017 Results

Company Says It 'Overachieved' On All Key Performance Indicators

Airbus SE has reported its 2017 financial results and provided an outlook for 2018.  The company says it exceeded its 2017 guidance for all key performance indicators, driven by a strong underlying performance.

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ALPA Notes Anniversary Of Colgan Air Flight 3407 Accident

Airliner Went Down Nine Years Ago Near Buffalo, NY

On February 12, 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 went down in Clarence Center, NY, near Buffalo resulting in the fatal injury of all 49 people on board, and one person on the ground.

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A321LR Goes The Distance To Open New Horizons For Airlines

Nonstop Paris-New York Flight Demonstrates The Jetliner’s Capabilities, Including On Busy North Atlantic Routes

An A321LR on Tuesday completed a Paris to New York nonstop flight, which Airbus says demonstrates this jetliner variant’s ability to serve new markets and operate on heavily-travelled North Atlantic routes.

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PrecisionHawk Acquires And AirVid

Will Launch The Nation’s Largest Network Of Commercially Licensed Drone Pilots

PrecisionHawk has announced the acquisition of and AirVid. Both platforms enable users to commission drone pilots for commercial jobs. PrecisionHawk will merge the companies to form a network of more than 15,000 commercially licensed drone pilots – making it the largest of its kind. The company will continue to connect certified drone pilots directly to customers. In addition, PrecisionHawk will use the network to service its growing base of enterprise customers in insurance, agriculture, energy, construction and government.

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Drone Park Planned for Henderson County, KY

Will Be Built In Conjunction With The Henderson R/C Airplane Club

The Henderson County (KY) Fiscal Court has approved an agreement between the county and the Henderson R/C airplane club that will result in the region's first purpose-built drone park and obstacle course.

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Tetra Tech Awarded $40 Million FAA Contract

Will Support The Agency In System Engineering, Design And Testing Aerospace Medicine Information Management System

The FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine has awarded a $40 million, single-award contract to Tetra Tech to develop a new information system for tracking and analyzing medical information associated with pilots, air traffic controllers, and other aviation related personnel. Under the five-year Aerospace Medicine Safety Information System (AMSIS) contract, Tetra Tech will support the FAA in the system engineering and design, system architecture development, testing, data analytics, training, and deployment of the system.

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Klyde Morris 02.16.18

Lordy Lordy ... Klyde Is 40

On February 15, 1978 the Klyde Morris ant character first appeared in print. It was published in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s student newspaper, The Avion. Today's cartoon is that premier appearance and is presented here as a celebration of Klyde’s 40th anniversary.

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Airborne 02.14.18: PC-24 Delivered!, Another Icon Sinks, Replica Apollo Computer

Also: LEAP Engine, Gogo AVANCE L3, DC Small Aircraft Detection, 2017 Airline Bumping Rate

In a ceremony held at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd in Broomfield, CO, the first production PC-24 twin jet was handed over to U.S. customer PlaneSense. The aircraft is the first of six PC-24s which PlaneSense has on order with Pilatus. In addition to the larger cabin and faster speed, PlaneSense will take advantage of the PC-24’s unique cargo door, short field performance, and ability to land on grass runways to access locations which traditional business jets are unable to use. It’s a regrettably famil

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.16.18)

“Colgan Air Flight 3407 had a profound impact on our industry, and in its aftermath, positive changes in aviation safety emerged." Source: ALPA president Capt. Tim Canoll, in a statement marking the 9th anniversary of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.18): Servo

A motor or other form of actuator which receives a small signal from the control device and exerts a large force to accomplish the desired work.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.18)

Experimental Soaring Association Formerly known as the Sailplane Homebuilders Association, the ESA is a national source for information regarding the design, building and flying of advanced and homebuilt sailplanes.

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