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March 06, 2017

Airborne 03.06.17: Citation Upgrades, VIP TFR SNAFUs, Nat'l Aeromodeling Champ's

Also: Lily Robotics, Heli Jump, Schumer Attacks, Master Instructors, QinetiQ, WASP Tactical Aerostat, Denver Airspace

The FAA and EASA have approved steep approach certification for both the Cessna Citation Sovereign+ and the Cessna Citation Latitude, adding more operational capability to the midsize bizjets. With steep approach certification allowing these aircraft to track approach angles of up to 6.65 degrees, the Sovereign+ and Latitude can now operate in and out of European destinations such as London City Airport and Lugano Airport in Switzerland. OK folks... while GA doesn’t

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Airborne 03.06.17: Citation Upgrades, VIP TFR SNAFUs, National Aeromodeling Championships

Also: Lily Robotics, Heli Jump, Schumer Attacks, Master Instructors, QinetiQ, WASP Tactical Aerostat, Denver Airspace
The FAA and EASA have approved steep approach certification for both the Cessna Citation Sovereign+ and the Cessna Citation Latitude, adding more operational capability to the midsize bizjets. With steep approach certification allowing these aircraft to track approach angles of up to 6.65 degrees, the Sovereign+ and Latitude can now operate in and out of European destinations such as London City Airport and Lugano Airport in Switzerland. OK folks... while GA doesn’t have enough bad press on its hands with a media all too willing to offer up negative stories at every turn... it certainly makes no sense for we flyers make it easier fo

NASA Celebrates Space Day Texas 2017

Activities Will Highlight Current And Future Aerospace Development In The State

NASA will be back in Austin again for Space Day Texas on March 7, celebrating space exploration through educational and interactive exhibits, astronaut appearances and legislative proclamations that highlight achievements in human exploration throughout the Lone Star State.

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Universal Avionics Presents Training Workshop For Dealers And Integrators At AEA

Workshop On March 14th Will Highlight Available Web-Based Technical Resources And Tools

Universal Avionics Authorized Dealers and Integrators are invited to join the company’s training session during the Aircraft Electronics Association’s (AEA) 2017 International Convention and Trade Show.

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Leonardo, UK MoD Launch Phase 2 Of RWUAS Demonstrator Program

Two Year, Jointly Funded Program Will Help Develop Concepts For Future Unmanned Rotary Wing/Vtol Aircraft Operations

The UK Ministry of Defense’s Defense Equipment and Support (DE&S) Technology Office has placed a two year, jointly funded, Research and Development contract for a Rotary Wing Unmanned Air System, Capability Concept Demonstrator – “RWUAS CCD Phase 2”, with Leonardo in the UK.

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Southeast Aerospace Recognized By The FAA

Presented With Agency's Gold Award For Excellence

Southeast Aerospace has received the FAA's Gold Award of Excellence.

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Airbus Awarded Contract To Retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 Helicopters

Obsolescence Management Will Ensure That The Fleet Remains In Service Until 2030 And Beyond

Airbus Helicopters has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to retrofit 26 CH-53 heavy transport helicopters. This contract will cover obsolescence management for components that are no longer available on the market and will begin by replacing them with up-to-date parts.

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Delta Private Jets Grows Luxury Fleet

Five Aircraft Added In Three Categories

Delta Private Jets, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, has added five new aircraft to its fleet in the light, midsize and super midsize jet categories as part of the company’s growing private jet travel and management services.

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Drone Aviation Delivers Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat To U.S. DOD

Will Support Multiple Communications And Optical Payloads

Drone Aviation Holding Corp. has successfully completed the integration of Government-furnished ISR equipment supporting the simultaneous use of communications and optical payload packages onto the Winch Aerostat Small Platform ("WASP") tactical aerostat under its most recent contract award from the U.S. Department of Defense ("DoD").

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Lockheed Martin New Hybrid Aircraft Aimed At The Asian Market

Combines Technology From Several Types Of Aircraft, Does Not Require An Airport

Straightline Aviation Ltd, operators of Lockheed Martin's revolutionary new Hybrid aircraft, is specifically targeting the Chinese and Asia-Pacific markets. The company, which already has offices in the UK and US is now looking to expand its global presence with a base in the region.

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Rogue Army Drone Flys 630 Miles After Losing Comm Link

Aircraft Was Located 10 Days Later In A Tree Near Denver, CO

A U.S. Army SQ-7Bv2 drone launched in southern Arizona on January 31 lost lost connection with its controllers shortly after becoming airborne, and was not heard from again until it was discovered in pieces in a tree near Denver, CO 10 days later.

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FlightSafety Promotes Nathalie Raby

Becomes Assistant Manager Of The Paris-Le Bourget Learning Center 

FlightSafety International announces that Nathalie Raby has been promoted to Assistant Manager of the company’s Learning Center located at the Paris-Le Bourget airport in France.

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First C-130J Super Hercules Is Heading Yokota's Way

Will Eventually Deliver 14 Aircraft To The Base

The first of 14 Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules transports that will be assigned to the U.S. Air Force installation at Yokota Air Base, Japan, departed a Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility on Feb. 24, 2017. This marks the first U.S. Air Force combat delivery C-130J-30 to be permanently assigned to the Pacific region.

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First 3D-Printed Aircraft Component Takes To The Skies At FRCSE

Air Tube Duct Manufacture Called A 'Milestone' For The Facility

Military pilots have to stay cool under pressure, and the first 3D-printed component at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast will help them stay that way.

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Airborne-UnManned 03.02.17: Record Setting BLOS, Matrice 200, FAA UAS Symposium

Also: BMW/Mobileye and HERE, QF-16 Takes Flight, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 To Unveil ‘Innovation Preview’

A Drone America Savant UAS flew more than 39 miles, and was piloted by a team from Drone America. The UAS flew BLOS for one hour. The vehicle reached an altitude of 1500’ AGL, delivering a package of emergency supplies, to Nevada’s Hawthorne Industrial Airport. Drone America’s CEO/Founder Mike Richards, noted, “Remote critical package delivery can include such items as medical equipment (AED) and supplies such as vaccines, EpiPens, anti-venom, even a Search and Rescue

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U.S. Senators Support Call For 'National Discussion' On ATC Modernization

NBAA Also Backs Public And Industry Input Into The Issue

A letter sent to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) supports Chao's call, issued during her recent confirmation hearings, for a “national discussion” regarding modernization of the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system.

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Aero-News Network Partners with AUVSI On ‘Airborne Unmanned’ News Programming

Longest Running Aviation Online Daily News Effort Adds New Commercial Unmanned Vehicle Program

ANN and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community, are pleased to announce the debut of the next step in comprehensive aviation and aerospace news coverage: Airborne Unmanned, video coverage dedicated specifically to all things unmanned. The unmanned systems industry is growing rapidly, by the hour, so it requires news coverage that can keep up. The partnership between Aero-News Network and AUVSI will help provide that coverage.

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Airbus Welcomes New Agreement On Industrial Partnerships With Japan

It Seeks Cutting-Edge Japanese Aerospace Technologies For Future Aircraft

Airbus welcomes the signature of a new chapter of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in Civil Aeronautical Industry between the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan (METI) and the Directorate General for Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE) of the French Republic. 

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Mission Mars Exhibition Opens At Space Center Houston

Visitors Will Learn What Is Necessary For Mars Exploration

Space Center Houston's spectacular new Mission Mars exhibit showcases an immersive experience about the red planet and offers an opportunity to peer inside an Orion spacecraft research model, stand close to a giant model rocket and walk on a virtual Mars environment. The exposition was designed with input from NASA experts, and interactive media studio SILA SVETA as the official contractor.

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Sikorsky Transfers S-70i Helicopter To Aselsan

The Aircraft Will Become The Engineering Test Bed For An Avionics Suite In Co-Development By Aselsan And Sikorsky For The Turkish-Built T70 Utility Helicopter

Sikorsky has transferred to defense electronics firm Aselsan an S-70i Black Hawk helicopter for use as the prototype aircraft for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP). The aircraft will enable Sikorsky to integrate an Aselsan-developed avionics suite into the Republic of Turkey's new T70 utility helicopter, and later into Turkish-built Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk aircraft to be sold internationally.

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National Drone Racing Competition Heats Up

MultiGP Announces The Launch Of Their 2017 Regional Series

Competition is ramping up across the nation as drone racing pilots start practicing to qualify for the 2017 MultiGP Drone Racing Championship, to be held in Las Vegas this October. Over 5,400 pilots, from more than 450 MultiGP Chapters across the United States, have begun polishing their competitive drone racing skills in anticipation of the more than 70 Regional Qualifiers, beginning in March, and 14 Regional Finals beginning in July. 

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Citilink First Indonesian Airline To Operate A320neo

Combining New Levels Of Efficiency With Longer Range Capability

Citilink, the low cost unit of Garuda Indonesia, has taken delivery of its first A320neo at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 35 A320neo set to enter service with the carrier.

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Klyde Morris (03.06.17)

Klyde Steps Into A Major Star Trek/SpaceX Controversy...


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Airborne 03.03.17: ATC Privatization Opposition, CloudAhoy 5, Drone Race Course

Also: Contract Dispute, AEA/HAI, Atlas Air, Twirly Birds, Mission Mars, Southeast Aerospace, Pro VA AvTax

A bipartisan letter from Senate Appropriations Committee leaders opposing plans for creating a privatized air traffic control system has been sent to the leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee. The Feb. 28th letter was sent as Congress continues debate over the reauthorization of funding and programs for the FAA. “The public would not be well-served by exempting any part of the FAA from annual congressional oversight,” the letter states. “The annual appropriations process

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.06.17)

Aero Linx: AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – is the world's only international technical society for engineers, scientists and others working on vertical flight technology. We bring together industry, academia and governments to tackle the toughest challenges in vertical flight. Since 1943, we have led technology, safety, advocacy and other initiatives, and have been the primary forum for interchange of information on vertical flight technology.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.05.17): Safety Alert

Safety Alert A safety alert issued by ATC to aircraft under their control if ATC is aware the aircraft is at an altitude which, in the controller’s judgment, places the aircraft in unsafe proximity to terrain, obstructions, or other aircraft. The controller may discontinue the issuance of further alerts if the pilot advises he/she is taking action to correct the situation or has the other aircraft in sight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.06.17): Security Notice (SECNOT)

Security Notice (SECNOT) A SECNOT is a request originated by the Air Traffic Security Coordinator (ATSC) for an extensive communications search for aircraft involved, or suspected of being involved, in a security violation, or are considered a security risk. A SECNOT will include the aircraft identification, search area, and expiration time. The search area, as defined by the ATSC, could be a single airport, multiple airports, a radius of an airport or fix, or a route of flight. Once the expiration time has been reached, the SECNOT is considered to be cancelled.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.06.17)

“Since it was founded in 1973, AUVSI has been dedicated to the advancement of the unmanned systems and robotics community. Today, the association remains committed to those founding principles by fostering the technical and commercial success of its members. Through this partnership with Aero-News Network to produce Airborne Unmanned, AUVSI is expanding its reach to provide news and information about this growing and thriving industry. Airborne Unmanned will complement our existing communications channels, including Unmanned Systems magazine and the Daily eBrief, to keep AUVSI members and the entire community informed of the latest technology innovations, business transactions, and public policy that are supporting the safe deployment and implementation of unmanned systems

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