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April 11, 2016

Airborne 04.11.16: SpaceX Sea Landing!, STOL Ch750, Sporty’s Breakdown Program

Also: PS Engineering's Streamer Module, Airbus A400M, Patty Wagstaff, CO Expands Exemption, Esterline CMA-6800, John Grunsfeld, AUVSI Xponential

The excitement of watching the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blast off to deliver supplies, equipment, and experiments to the International Space Station is not simply because rocket flight is spectacular, it’s also because the United States is growing closer to going back into the business of launching manned spacecraft. The Falcon Nine rocket carrying SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft was launched Friday and the docking with the ISS was complete

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Airborne 04.11.16: SpaceX Sticks Sea Landing!, Zenith STOL Ch 750, Sporty’s Breakdown Assistance

Also: PS Engineering's Streamer Module, Airbus A400M, Patty Wagstaff, CO Expands Exemption, Esterline CMA-6800, John Grunsfeld, AUVSI Xponential
 
The excitement of watching the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blast off to deliver supplies, equipment, and experiments to the International Space Station is not simply because rocket flight is spectacular, it’s also because the United States is growing closer to going back into the business of launching manned spacecraft. The Falcon Nine rocket carrying SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft was launched Friday and the docking with the ISS was completed successfully. Normally it would seem like the story ends there, but this time we were all watching as the Falcon 9 booster attempted another landing on a floating barge

Sporty's Offers 'Logbooks': Richard Collins Latest Book

New Book Chronicles Richard’s Fascinating Career

General aviation icon Richard Collins has released his latest book, "Logbooks: Life in Aviation". In Logbooks, Richard uses airplanes as the centerpiece to weave together fascinating stories from his career in aviation and magazine publishing, tracking the evolution of each industry as he lived it.

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NASA Selects Instrument Team To Build Next-Gen Planet Hunter

Will Measure Miniscule 'Wobbling' Of Stars Indicated Exoplanets

NASA has selected a team to build a new, cutting-edge instrument that will detect planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, by measuring the miniscule “wobbling” of stars. The instrument will be the centerpiece of a new partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) called the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research program, or NN-EXPLORE.

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Free Takeoff App Offers New Approach to Proficiency

Aviation Videos, Articles And Podcasts Updated Weekly

Sporty’s new Takeoff app is designed to be a pilot's daily companion, with a curated selection of aviation content that's continually updated. The Takeoff app includes video tips, blog posts, podcasts, photos, and aviation news - all with the goal to make flying safer and more fun.

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Bell Helicopter And PT Whitesky Aviation Sign Letter Of Intent

Thirty Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopters To Provide Air Service In Indonesia

Bell Helicopter, announced it has signed a letter of intent with PT Whitesky Aviation for 30 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The aircraft will be used for air taxi operations throughout Indonesia and its more than 14,000 islands. The agreement was signed with PT Whitesky Aviation in Jakarta, Indonesia

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United Launch Alliance University CubeSat Competition

U.S. Colleges and Universities Can Compete for Free Launch Slots

Applications are now open for U.S. colleges and universities to compete for free CubeSat rides on United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rockets. Tyvak Nanosatellite Systems, Inc., will provide no-cost access to space for selected science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) CubeSat customers for rideshares on ULA’s Atlas V launch vehicle, as well as low-cost access to space for commercial and U.S. government CubeSat customers.

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CAE Wins Defence Contracts Valued At More Than $133 Million

Includes Phenom 100 Training Devices For UKMFTS Program

CAE has won defence contracts valued at more than $133 million to provide a range of simulation products and training support services for global military customers.

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ICAO Secretary General To Keynote ABACE2016

Dr. Fang Liu Will Speak April 12th In Shanghai

The NBAA is pleased to announce that Dr. Fang Liu, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), has accepted an invitation to serve as a keynote speaker for the 2016 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2016), April 12 in Shanghai, China.

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Northrop Grumman Responds To GPS III Space Vehicle Alternatives Program

US Air Force Request Portends New Era In GPS Resiliency And Affordability

Northrop Grumman Corporation has submitted an innovative proposal to the United States Air Force for the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) III program. The Air Force is looking to update the GPS system, which has been delivering precise global position, navigation and timing services worldwide for more than two decades.

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NASA’s Spitzer Maps Climate Patterns On A Super-Earth

Tracking Extreme Temperature Swings On A Planet Nearly Twice The Size Of Ours

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have led to the first temperature map of a super-Earth planet -- a rocky planet nearly two times as big as ours. The map reveals extreme temperature swings from one side of the planet to the other, and hints that a possible reason for this is the presence of lava flows.

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Bell Helicopter’s McTurbine Affiliate Expands Capabilities

Receives Certification From Honeywell For T53 Series Engines

Bell Helicopter affiliate McTurbine, Inc. (McTurbine), has received certification from Honeywell International for an approved correlated test cell for the Honeywell T53 series engine.

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Alaska Airlines Announces The Formation Of A New Subsidiary

McGee Air Services Will Provide Aircraft Cleaning And Airport Mobility Services

Alaska Airlines plans to form a wholly owned subsidiary called McGee Air Services, a dedicated airline services company that combines deep industry experience with a singular focus on providing best-in-class airline services. 

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B-52 Conducts Long-Range Training With Colombian Forces

Airplane From Minot Air Force Base Engaged With South American Military Partners

A B-52 Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, conducted a long-range training sortie to engage with South American military partners April 1-2.

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SpaceX/Dragon Succeeds with ISS Resupply/Ocean Landing On Drone Barge

Stunning Success Sees Return Of Dragon/Falcon 9 to ISS AND A Successful Landing On Drone Barge

They did it... and while the successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage on a moving target was not quite centered, there is no doubt that SpaceX has the right stuff... and then some. The excitement of watching the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blast off to deliver supplies, equipment, and experiments to the International Space Station is not simply because rocket flight is spectacular, it’s also because the United States is growing closer to going back into the business of launching manned spacecraft.

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Sporty’s Launches Breakdown Assistance Program

It's Like Having 'AAA' For Airplanes

Sporty’s announces its Breakdown Assistance Program for aircraft owners who need mechanical help away from home. In cooperation with Mike Busch’s Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Sporty’s Breakdown Assistance Program is a 24/7 partner for aircraft owners.

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Aspen Avionics, True Innovators, Present SnF2016 Special Event Coverage!

SnF2016 Sponsor: Always-Innovative Aspen Avionics

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced display and sensor technology from the commercial and business aviation markets into general aviation cockpits—and budgets. Aspen’s Evolution Flight Display system enables aircraft owners to upgrade their primary flight instrument “six pack” to glass cockpit technology all at once, or in stages. Easy and inexpensive software upgrades add new features and capabilities, while future proofing the system and protecting owners’ investments. Our philosophy is that getting the latest avionics technology shouldn’t always mean spending a lot of money on equi

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Zenith STOL CH 750 Offered As Ready-To-Fly LSA

Zenith Of Canada Has Joined With M-Squared Aircraft To Produce A Factory-Built STOL CH 750

In a joint statement, Zenair Ltd. of Midland, Ontario, Canada and M-Squared Aircraft of Mobile, Alabama, have announced that production of the ready-to-fly STOL CH 750 Light Sport aircraft will resume.

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Piper Aircraft To Be At AERO Friedrichshafen 2016

Piper M500 Turboprop And The Archer DX Are To Be On Display

Piper Aircraft and Piper Generalvertretung Deutschland are collaborating to display aircraft at the upcoming AERO Friedrichshafen 2016, to be held April 20-23. On display will be a Piper M500 turboprop and the Archer DX.

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AeroSports Update: From A Model Airplane To A Spaceship

The National Model Aviation Museum Receives Piece Of Aerospace History

Model aircraft have played a large part in the development of aeronautics for years. The brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright used model airfoils to validate their theories for lift, center of lift shifting, and aircraft control. In this modern day and age of computers it may seem odd that a model aircraft was used in developing techniques to return a spaceship to earth; but that’s just what Burt Rutan did.  

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Boeing Announces Expansion Plans For Training In Shanghai

Boeing Says China Will Need 100,000 Pilots By The Year 2023

Boeing has announced that they have expanded their training capabilities at its Flight Services campus in Shanghai to support customers in the region. Included in the new offerings are a Next-Generation 737 full-flight simulator and a state-of-the-art 737 maintenance training classroom.

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Aspen Avionics’ Evolution Displays Compatible With Garmin

The Aspen Evolution Display Now Communicates With The Garmin’s GDL 88 Transceiver And GTX 345 Transponder

Aspen Avionics announced at Sun ‘n Fun that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to interface its Evolution Primary and Multi-function displays with Garmin’s GDL 88 dual-band ADS-B datalink transceiver.

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Klyde Morris (04.11.16)

Klyde Eats Some Crow Over Recent SpaceX Successes... Kinda

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 04.08.16: NEW TBM930, Swift Fuels, Rotax 915iS Flies!

Also: Senate FAA Reauthorization, Sporty’s Learn To Fly Course, WingX Pro Update, Spaceport America

Daher has unveiled the expanded selection of its TBM very fast turboprop aircraft family, which now consists of the TBM 900 and the TBM 930 version. As a function of this unveiling, Daher’s TBM 930 made its North American debut at Sun ‘n Fun. Daher has introduced the e-copilot function on Model Year 2016 aircraft for both the TBM 900 and TBM 930, which incorporates, among other things, and angle of attack indicator and electronic stabilization and protection that prevents

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CubCrafters Helps ANN Present 2016 Sun 'n Fun Special Event Coverage

Sport Aviation's STOL Champion, CubCrafters, Helps ANN Bring You Sun 'n Fun!!!

“The Carbon Cub SS is a thoroughly modern, high performance airplane that has taken the fundamentally superior design of the Piper Super Cub and reinvented it using 21st Century materials (such as carbon fiber) and computer-aided design technology. Superior engineering results in the Carbon Cub SS having 50 percent fewer parts and being 250 pounds lighter than a similarly equipped Super Cub. Mounting a lightweight 180 horsepower engine to this airframe results in a horsepower to weight ratio of just 7.33 pounds (compared, for example, to a Cessna 172R's 15.33 pounds). That results in a sea level climb rate of 2,100 feet per minute (compared to 650 fpm for a 172) - a deck angle that inspi

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FreeFlight Systems To Equip LSA Fleet With An ADS-B Solutions

FreeFlight Systems' RANGR Product Line Is TSO-Certified

NextGen avionics company, FreeFlight Systems, has announced that the company has secured a letter of authorization LOA) to equip the existing Flight Design USA fleet with the company's certified RANGR ADS-B system.

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MGL Avionics Leads The Way To ANN's Sun 'n Fun 2016 Special Coverage

Bright, Powerful, Intuitive: MGL Avionics Is A Next Generation EFIS.... Today!

Since 2001, MGL Avionics has been producing avionics for the Experimental and Light-Sport Aircraft markets. The flagship product is the iEFIS - a comprehensive flight, engine and navigation instrument designed to meet the demands of the modern pilot. It is the next generation EFIS system utilizing a custom developed, pressure sensitive, sunlight-readable touchscreen that can also be operated using gloves. iEFIS combines the undeniable advantages of simplified operation that a touchscreen can offer with rich traditional knob and button controls that are equally indispensable in the cockpit environment. The pressure sensitive touchscreen operates much like a tactile button preventing false activ

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NATA Marks 5-Year Anniversary Of AMT Employer Recognition Award

Announces 2016 Recipients From 42 Companies

NATA has announced the recipients of the 2016 Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT) Employer Recognition Awards. These awards are presented annually to companies that provide qualified new and recurrent AMT training to their employees.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.11.16): Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA)

Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA) The lowest MSL altitude at which an IFR aircraft will be vectored by a radar controller, except as otherwise authorized for radar approaches, departures, and missed approaches. The altitude meets IFR obstacle clearance criteria. It may be lower than the published MEA along an airway or J-route segment. It may be utilized for radar vectoring only upon the controller’s determination that an adequate radar return is being received from the aircraft being controlled. Charts depicting minimum vectoring altitudes are normally available only to the controllers and not to pilots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.11.16)

Aero Linx: The American Waco Club Perhaps the most straightforward me ands of explaining who we are and why we are organized is to simply copy verbatim the purpose of the American Waco Club as written in the original Articles of Incorporation. The Purpose of the Corporation shall be as follows: A. To promote, encourage and enjoy the sport and hobby of owning and flying WACO airplanes without regard to the date of manufacture. B. To promote and encourage quality restoration and safe operation of WACO airplanes. C. To encourage and engage in the improvement and better understanding of WACO airplanes and the older science of aeronautics. D. To foster closer fellowship among membe

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.11.16)

“With ADS-B compliance rapidly approaching, aircraft owners are looking for options that provide value-added weather and advanced traffic information at a price that is affordable and, that will work with multiple display options. This interface clearly addresses those needs.” Source: Mark Ferrari, vice president of sales and customer support at Aspen Avionics, commenting as Aspen Avionics received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to interface its Evolution Primary and Multi-function displays with Garmin’s GDL 88 dual-band ADS-B datalink transceiver.

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