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March 15, 2019

Airborne 03.15.19: 737 MAX Reaction, JetPack Aviation, Aviation Rideshare $$$

Also: Next FAA Administrator?, Costin Airport Acquired, Atlas Air Accident, CA Paraglider Accident

The industry is weighing in on the FAA's decision to ground the domestic fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes following the accident in Ethiopia last weekend which fatally injured all 157 people on board the airplane. Boeing said in a statement that it continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. "However, after consultation with the FAA, the NTSB, and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined -- out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety -- to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraf

DoD Stand Up Space Development Agency

'Space Force' Draws Continued Criticism From Air Force Leadership

The Space Development Agency ... which is sometimes referred to as the "Space Force" ... has been officially established by the Department of Defense, and a director for the agency has been named by the Pentagon.

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Universal Drone Solutions Platform Presented At Terra Drone Global Summit

Three-Day Event Sees Participation By Leaders From Over 20 Countries

Terra Drone Corporation (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, CEO Toru Tokushige), a provider of industrial drone solutions, concluded its inaugural global summit in early March with a focus on developing the roadmap for a universal drone solutions platform.

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Dart Aerospace Acquired By Greenbriar Equity Group And First Aviation Services

Terms Of The Acquisition Were Not Disclosed

Greenbriar Equity Group and First Aviation Services have announced the acquisition of Dart Aerospace ("Dart" or "the Company"), a provider of mission equipment and aftermarket components for the helicopter and fixed-wing industries. Dart has operated as a subsidiary of Eagle Copters Ltd. ("Eagle Copters") and Era Group Inc. ("Era") for over 10 years. The acquisition by Greenbriar and FAvS will be completed following customary closing conditions.

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Bombardier’s Challenger 350 Aircraft Was Most Delivered Business Jet In 2018

Captured 58 Per Cent Of The Super Mid-Size Segment

Bombardier’s best-selling Challenger 350 business jet continued to outperform the competition in 2018 as the world’s most delivered business aircraft, leading in the super mid-size segment deliveries. As detailed in the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA) annual shipment and billings report published in the first quarter of 2019, Bombardier also led deliveries in the super mid-size segment for a second consecutive year with a total of 60 Challenger 350 aircraft, representing 58 percent of deliveries in the super mid-size segment.

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Airbus Confirms Order For Canada's First H160

Undisclosed Customer Orders Aircraft With Custom-Made Interior

Airbus has signed an order for an ACH160 with an undisclosed Canadian customer. The customer, who has vast experience in corporate aviation, has opted for the aircraft to be delivered with a custom-made interior.

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Raytheon, Frequentis Team To Modernize Airport Operations

Will Install Remote Virtual Tower Technology In U.S.

Raytheon has signed a teaming agreement with Frequentis, an air traffic communications and data solutions provider, to modernize civil airport operations in the United States using remote virtual tower technology. Supporting civil airports of all sizes and complexity, RVTs provide an affordable alternative to costly brick and mortar towers by utilizing video-based air traffic services.

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AirMap And ANS CR Enable 'Smart Sky' In The Czech Republic

Working With ANS CR Wit A Goal Of Safe Drone Integration  

AirMap is working with Air Navigation Services of Czech Republic (ANS CR) in partnership with UpVision to enable Smart Sky for the safe operation of drones and the development of drone-related services.

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Aviation Rideshare Start-Up Raises $10 Million In Venture Capital

BlackBird Hopes To Succeed Where Other Such Ideas Have Failed

A new General Aviation ridesharing service has raised $10 million in venture capital, hoping to succeed where other such efforts have been squashed by the FAA.

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Garmin Earns Best Supplier Award From Embraer For The Tenth Time

Named The Best Supplier For Electrical Systems Of The Year

Garmin has been awarded its 10th best supplier of the year award at the annual Embraer Suppliers Conference, which was held at Embraer’s facility in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, on February 28, 2019. Garmin was named the best supplier for Electrical Systems of the Year related to the support of the G1000  Prodigy and G3000 Prodigy Touch integrated flight decks in the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 respectively.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2019-05-05

PRODUCT: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Model MBB-BK 117 A-1, MBB-BK 117 A-3, MBB-BK 117 A-4, MBB-BK 117 B-1, MBB-BK 117 B-2, and MBB-BK 117 C-1 helicopters.

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AD: MD Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2019-05-04

PRODUCT: MDHI Model 369A, 369D, 369E, 369FF, 369H, 369HE, 369HM, 369HS, 500N, and 600N helicopters.

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NTSB: Unstabilized Visual Approach, Stall Led To Teterboro Accident

Probable Cause Report Released For May 15, 2017 Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board determined during a public meeting held Tuesday that a pilot’s failure to perform a go-around when the approach became unstable, which resulted in a stall at low altitude, caused the May 15, 2017, crash of a Learjet near Teterboro Airport, New Jersey.

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Skyborne Technology Acquires Costin Airport In Port St Joe, FL

Unmanned Systems, Inc To Manufacture Drones And Train Pilots

Skyborne Technology has acquired Costin Airport in Gulf County, FL for flight operations, manufacturing and unmanned aircraft systems training. Unmanned Systems, a manufacturer of unmanned systems and drones will be moving part of its manufacturing and training to Gulf County, Costin Airport to further enhance the joint effort between Skyborne Technology and Unmanned Systems.

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FIRST Robotics Competition Returns To Rocket City For 2019

Fourth Consecutive Year For The Event To Be Held In Huntsville, AL

FIRST Robotics Competition returns for the fourth consecutive year on Friday and Saturday, March 15 to 16 at the South Hall of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama. More than 2,000 high school students on 55 teams from 12 states and Brazil will compete against one another in a new robotics game, "DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE." The FIRST Robotics Competition "Rocket City Regional" is supported by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

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NUAIR Joins Forces With Measure To Support UAS Integration

Capabilities Of The NY UAS Test Site Advanced By Partnership

The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), a coalition of New York and Massachusetts aerospace and academic institutions has signed a collaboration agreement with Measure, a leading aerial intelligence company that provides streamlined operations and program oversight businesses need to scale their drone programs and realize the transformative benefits of aerial intelligence. Measure is working with NUAIR to bring its proven world-class commercial operations to the region in support of NUAIR’s mission to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system.

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JetPack Aviation Taking Pre-Orders For Recreational Speeder

Flying 'Motorcycle' Has A Maximum Speed Of 150 MPH

JetPack Aviation is taking pre-orders for its Recreational Speeder personal VTOL air vehicle. The company bills the vehicle as "The World's First Flying Motorcycle".

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United Launch Alliance Set To Launch WGS-10 For U.S. Air Force

Launch Planned For Friday From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket is in final preparations to launch the tenth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The launch is planned for March 15 at Space Launch Complex-37 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Klyde Morris 03.15.19

Better To Be First Than Accurate ...


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Airborne 03.13.19: 400th BRS Save, WAI 30th, All-Female Spacewalk

Also: TBM 930 NY-Paris Speed Record, ParaZero SafeAir, FAA Nixes Palm Bch Jet Ban, Blue Angels License Plate

BRS Aerospace has documented the 400th and 401st life saved as a result of deploying the company's whole aircraft parachute rescue system. The milestone 400th and 401st lives were saved March 5, 2019 when the pilot of a stricken Cirrus deployed the parachute over water more than 20 miles from Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos. Both pilot and passenger were not injured and picked up by a cruise ship. The 30th annual Women in Aviation International conference gets underway Thursday in Long

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.15.19)

“If operators of these flights were required to use the same tools as airline operators, accidents like this might not happen.” Source: NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt during the meeting announcing the probable cause of a Learjet 35 accident in 2017 at Teterboro Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.15.19): Transition

The general term that describes the change from one phase of flight or flight condition to another; e.g., transition from en route flight to the approach or transition from instrument flight to visual flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.15.19)

The Arizona Pilot’s Association (APA) The Arizona Pilot’s Association (APA) was organized in 1978 to give Arizona’s general aviation community a voice in aviation matters. Their mission remains much the same today as they continue to promote general aviation through advocacy at various levels of state and federal government, as well as through partnering with other aviation organizations in advocating common interests.

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