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December 23, 2016

Complete Remains Of Pilot Shot Down In 2006 Buried At Arlington

Third Interment For The Airman Brings Closure To His Family

Long rows of white marble headstones line the landscape of Arlington National Cemetery, each memorializing a fallen U.S. military member with a unique story of service to the nation.  Nestled within Section 60 of the sprawling cemetery lies a marker for Air Force Maj. Troy Gilbert, an American Airman whose story and long journey home to his final resting place is an unusual one – and one which for nearly a decade lacked an ending since most of Gilbert’s remains had been missing and unrecovered somewhere in Iraq until this October.

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Austro Engine AE300 Reaches 1 Million Flight Hour Milestone

More Than 1,500 Engines Have Been Delivered Into Operation

Austro Engine, a company of the Diamond Aircraft Group, is celebrating 1 million flight hours of the AE300 jet-fuel aviation engine. Since the start of serial production in 2008, more than 1,500 engines have been delivered into operation.

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Arianespace Ends Year With Another Successful Launch

Two Satellites Delivered Into Orbit By Ariane 5 Booster

Arianespace wrapped up another year of on-target launches with a dual-passenger mission today that orbited telecommunications satellites for Brazil and Japan – with both of these spacecraft produced by a U.S. satellite manufacturer.

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Airbus Shortlists 50 Teams For Fifth Fly Your Ideas Global Competition

Unprecedented Participation From Students Worldwide To Innovate The Way We Fly

A record 5,499 students from around the world registered to participate in the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas, the global student challenge organized in partnership with UNESCO.

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Island Air Selects Bombardier Q400 Aircraft For Fleet Renewal, Expansion

First Of Three Aircraft Will Enter Into Service In Early 2017

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has delivered the first of three Q400 turboprops ordered by Irish leasing company Elix Aviation Capital Limited ("Elix"). The aircraft, which was delivered in a 78-seat configuration, is scheduled to enter service with Hawaii Island Air, Inc. ("Island Air") in early 2017. Island Air is Hawaii's alternative regional airline and second oldest carrier.

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Atlantic Airways Takes Delivery Of Its First Airbus A320

Will Be Deployed On Routes From The Faroe Islands To Copenhagen

Atlantic Airways, the national carrier of the Faroe Islands, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 as part of its plan to increase capacity, becoming Airbus’ newest operator of the type. Atlantic Airways passengers will benefit from the newest cabin comfort throughout the cabin in a single class layout with 168 seats and 18 inch wide seats as standard.

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FAA INFO Focuses On Concentric Controls On Avionics

Setting Can Be Inadvertently Changed, Agency Says

The FAA has released an Information For Operators bulletin concerning avionics and other aircraft systems equipped with concentrically-centered controls (knobs).

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Feds Say 'No' To 'Barefoot Bandit' Flight Training GoFundMe Site

Shuts Down His Crowdfunding Effort For Flight Instruction

You remember Colton Harris-Moore ... the so-called "Barefoot Bandit" who served a four-year prison sentence after stealing multiple airplanes as part of a coast-to-coast and international crime spree that finally ended in the Bahamas in 2010, where he was caught trying to escape by boat but ran aground.

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Kennedy Space Center Counts Down To Santa's Toy Delivery Mission

Agency Making Latest Technology Available To Support Worldwide Effort

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is counting down to support Santa Claus during his annual mission to deliver toys and other presents to children around the world.

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AirMap Launches Christmas Eve Tracker For Santa's New Delivery Drone

Watch Santa's Drone Flight On December 24th With The AirMap Web App

On December 24th-25th, AirMap will be tracking Santa's first-ever Christmas Eve drone deliveries at

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2016-25-08

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: AD 2016-25-18

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model BD-700-1A10 and BD-700-1A11 airplanes.

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Boeing Eyes Further Downsizing Going Into 2017

Will Follow Deep Job Cuts This Year

Boeing is looking at the possibility of fewer airliner orders coming into the company in 2017, and will be adjusting its workforce to match, according to an internal company memo.

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Thiel Advocates For Commercial Space Companies On Trump Transition Team

Commercial Space Proponent Charles Miller Appointed To NASA Landing Team

The appointment of former NASA official and commercial spaceflight advocate Charles Miller to the Trump transition NASA landing team may signal a move towards giving commercial space companies a louder voice on the transition team, thanks to the influence of venture capitalist Peter Thiel.

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Griff Aviation Launches New Heavy-Lift Drone

GRIFF 300 Capable Of Lifting Nearly 500 Pounds, Flying Up To 45 Minutes

Is this the first look at a possible commuter drone? Griff Aviation has introduced the GRIFF 300, a multirotor aircraft capable of lifting nearly 500 pounds, according to the company.

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New ASTM Standard Aims To Help Drone Operators

Defines How To Prepare Operational Risk Assessments

A new standardized practice published by ASTM International will help evaluate drones for risks, potentially leading to greater acceptance of drone usage among civil aviation authorities. The new standard (soon to be published as F3178, Practice for Operational Risk Assessment (ORA)) defines how to prepare Operational Risk Assessments that are necessary for approvals related to airworthiness, design, and operations.

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AeroSports Update: When Santa Brings A Drone

Will Small Recreational Drones Darken The Skies After Christmas?

This is a repeat of some information we published last month as we approached the buying madness that occurs on Black Friday. We are running it again because of a recent report that the FAA says more than 616,000 small unmanned aerial systems (drones) have been registered as required under regulations that were passed last year.

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U.K. Government Mulls Drone Operator Test

Would Keep Hobbyists 'In Check' While Promoting Drone Development

The U.K. is considering taking a page ... or perhaps several pages ... from the FAA playbook and instituting a drone registration system and pilot test, according to a document published by the U.K. government.

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Klyde Morris 12.23.16

Dadgummit, Klyde. We TOLD You That Now It's 'Climate Change'


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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.23.16)

“The world approaches drone operations from a risk-based method. This new standard allows people to understand and apply the best practices for identifying hazards, quantifying risk, and mitigating that risk.” Source: ASTM International member Harrison Wolf, president of Wolf UAS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.23.16): Terminal Radar Service Area

Airspace surrounding designated airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring, sequencing, and separation on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.16)

Popular Rotorcraft Association

Welcome to the homepage of the Popular Rotorcraft Association. Based in Mentone, Indiana, USA at the PRA Mentone Airport, PRA was started in 1962 by Igor Bensen, the inventor of the famous Bensen Gyrocopter.

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