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November 15, 2019

Airborne 11.15.19: DeLand Showcase, Another Airport Threat, Continental Air Shows

Also: First Air Canada A220, Allegiant Aircraft Base, X-57 Electric Airplane, Kaman Receives Boeing Award

It never fails... have a major Fly-In and Mother Nature tends to rear her ugly head. However, in the case of the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, the weather turned out surprisingly warm, and despite some clouds and threats of storms, the weather was held at bay. For now. Thankfully, this year's DSAS19 event started with record advance ticket sales, sold out indoor and outdoor exhibits, and a lot of people ready to celebrate the last big Sport Aviation event of 2019. There is a lot to see here this year... 100 exhibitors... Santa Clara County may be trying to take a page from Santa Monica's book and close Reid-Hillview airport in East San Jose, but the FAA says it will vigoro

NTSB: U.S. Aviation Fatalities Increased In 2018

Most Of Those Were The Result Of GA Accidents, Board Says

U.S. civil aviation deaths increased from 347 in 2017 to 393 in 2018, according to preliminary statistics released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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GAMA Publishes 2019 Third Quarter Aircraft Shipment And Billings Report

Another Mixed Bag, With Piston Airplanes And Business Jets Showing Positive Results

GAMA today published a nine-month industry update with the release of its third quarter general aviation aircraft shipments and billings report. Aggregate business jet and piston airplane deliveries continued experiencing increases through the first nine months of 2019 compared to last year, whereas the number of turboprops and rotorcraft deliveries declined.

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Using Drones And Teamwork To Monitor Scottish Seas

Drone Operators Trained In Protection Of Marine Wildlife

Following a very successful large whale disentanglement workshop in Ullapool in late October, a group of Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) project partners completed a two-day drone operator training course. This training was delivered by Brian Taggart and Matt Pickett of the US-based Oceans Unmanned, a non-profit organization founded to harness the power of technology to address some of the challenges our marine environment face, including marine animal entanglement.

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Global Aircraft Engine Market Size Will Reach $57.28 Billion By 2025

Growth Projected To Be 4.68 Percent Compounded Annually

A new report projects the global aircraft engine market to reach $57.28 Billion by 2025, expanding at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.68 percent through the period.

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P&W Celebrates 100th GTF Engine Powered A320neo Aircraft Delivery In China

GTF Engines Save Chinese Operators 30 Million Gallons Of Fuel To Date, Company Claims

The 100th Airbus A320neo family aircraft equipped with fuel efficient Pratt & Whitney GTF engines has been delivered in China. An A321neo aircraft has been delivered to Chengdu-based operator Sichuan Airlines Co., Ltd., leased from global aircraft operating lessor BOC Aviation.

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Gulfstream To Showcase Large-Cabin Trio At Dubai Airshow

Gulfstream G650ER, G600, G500 And Special Missions Display Return To Middle East

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. will exhibit three business jets at the Dubai Airshow November 17 through 21: the Gulfstream G650ER, the newly-in-service Gulfstream G600 and the high-tech Gulfstream G500. The aircraft will be part of the airshow’s static display at Dubai World Central.

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Dedrone Appoints Alex Morrow To Lead Development Of sUAS Defeat Programs

Move Follows Dedrone's Acquisition Of sUAS Defeat System, DroneDefender

Alex Morrow has been named as vice president of Defense Solutions for Dedrone. Morrow joins Dedrone from Battelle Memorial Institute, where he was the lead developer of counter-drone defeat technology DroneDefender, which Dedrone acquired in October 2019. 

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REIN's And Measure Announce Collaboration

Provide Commercial Drone Operators With Integrated Access To Drone Insurance

REIN's, a digital drone risk management platform, is announcing its collaboration with Measure, a leader in aerial intelligence. The exciting collaboration will enable commercial drone operators, from small business to enterprise, to access customizable coverage options that match their unique operational and organizational needs, as integrated within Measure's Ground Control app.

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NASA Instrument To Probe Planet Clouds On European Mission

CASE Adds Scientific Capabilities To ESA's ARIEL, Mission

NASA will contribute an instrument to a European space mission that will explore the atmospheres of hundreds of planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun, or exoplanets, for the first time.

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American Airlines Offers Flight Education Grants

Grants Are Open To High Schools Utilizing AOPA's 'You Can Fly' Curriculum

In an effort to grow and diversify the pilot population, the American Airlines Pilot Recruiting & Development team has announced the 2019 continuation of the Flight Education Grant. These grants are awarded to fund creative and inspirational ideas aimed at growing and diversifying the next generation of aviators. In the last several years, American Airlines has granted over $800,000 through its Flight Education Grant. This year, the primary focus is on high schools utilizing AOPA’s High School Aviation STEM Curriculum.

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Multiple Agencies Certify Viasat's Ka-Band System For Praetor 600

Will Be Offered As A Line-Fit Option On The Jet

Multiple agencies have awarded type certification to Viasat for the use of its Ka-band business aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) system on the Embraer Praetor 600 mid-sized business jet. Following certification by the FAA, EASA and ANAC,  Viasat's IFC system will be offered as a line-fit option, and will provide passengers and crew high-speed, high-quality in-flight internet connections required to enjoy advanced streaming services including Viasat Unlimited Streaming; conduct multi-site video conference calling; use corporate virtual private networks, email and cloud services; and leverage other bandwidth-intensive business and entertainment applications—at all stages of flight.

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City Of Denver To Pay UA Pilot $300,000

Had Been Accused Of Indecent Exposure, But Charges Were Dismissed

A United Airlines pilot who was exonerated on indecent exposure charges will receive $300,000 from the City of Denver after the charges were dismissed by a judge.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-21-13

PRODUCT: All Airbus SAS Model A330-243, -243F, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes.

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AD: Aviointeriors S.p.A.

AD NUMBER: 2019-21-09

PRODUCT: Certain Aviointeriors S.p.A. (Aviointeriors) Centaurus passenger seats with a specific life vest pouch assembly installed.

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DJI Demonstrates Direct Drone-To-Phone Remote Identification

Simple, Low-Cost Solution Meets Government Expectations To Identify Airborne Drones

DJI has demonstrated a direct drone-to-phone, Wi-Fi based solution to remotely identify airborne drones, pioneering an easy way for anyone with a smartphone to monitor nearby drones for enhanced safety, security and peace of mind.

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BelugaXL Receives EASA Type Certification

Entry Into Service Expected Early Next Year

The BelugaXL has received its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), paving the way for entry-into-service by early 2020.

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Senate Commerce Committee Moves NTSB Nomination Forward

Full Senate Will Consider The Appointment Of Michael Graham To The Panel

The Senate Commerce Committee has approved the nomination of Michael Graham to the NTSB, moving the nomination on to the full Senate.

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NTSB Finds Spatial Disorientation Likely Cause Of Texas SR-22 Accident

Pilot Continued VFR Into IFR Conditions

The NTSB has released a probable cause report from an accident which occurred May 11, 2018 which resulted in the fatal injury of the pilot of a Cirrus SR-22 in Colorado.

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NBAA Praises Jean Rosanvallon For Distinguished Statesman Of Aviation Award

Recognized By The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) For His Contributions To The Industry

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen offered congratulations to former Dassault Falcon Jet (DFJ) CEO Jean Rosanvallon for being honored with the 2019 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

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DroneDeploy Announces $35M Series D Led By Bessemer Venture Partners

Tracy Young, Founder Of PlanGrid, Joins Board To Help Bring DroneDeploy To Every Job Site

DroneDeploy, a drone software solution company, has announced the closure of a $35 million Series D round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Bessemer partner David Cowan, a 14-time Midas list investor, will also join the Board.

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Klyde Morris 11.15.19

Guess It's A Case Of 'Been There, Done That', Klyde


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Airborne 11.13.19: Mooney Woes, Naval Museum Eviction, 737MAX Update

Also: Bombardier’s Safety Standdown, EAA Honors Five, Rutan Joins xCraft, FlightSafety Intro's 'FlightSmart'

The Mooney factory in Kerrville, TX is currently closed, and all of its employees have been furloughed. A call to Mooney resulted in a recorded message saying that the employees had been furloughed. A post on the indicated that the employees had been furloughed for a week and told to return to work a week from Monday. No other details were made available. There is no indication of the furlough on the company website. The company cut production and laid off some 60 employees

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.15.19)

“Remote ID functions as an electronic license plate for drones, allowing anyone who is curious about a drone in the sky to learn more about what it’s doing. Around the world, aviation authorities have said remote ID is the key to allowing more complex drone use, and to solving concerns about safety and security.” Source: Brendan Schulman, DJI vice president of Policy & Legal Affairs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.15.19): Proposed Boundary Crossing Time

Each center has a PBCT parameter for each internal airport. Proposed internal flight plans are transmitted to the adjacent center if the flight time along the proposed route from the departure airport to the center boundary is less than or equal to the value of PBCT or if airport adaptation specifies transmission regardless of PBCT.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.15.19)


Twenty-one of the world's leading research universities and a hundred leading industry, government partners comprise the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, or ASSURE.

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