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April 04, 2016

Airborne 04.04.16: SnF Innovation Preview!, Lancair Evolution, Wipaire, NavWorx

Also: ANN @ SnF16!!!, Avidyne Synthetic Vision, Two New Dynons, New P&M PULSR, Next SpaceX Mission, Three Receive Master Instructor Designation

Things may look a little different on Airborne Unlimited this week because we have locked the office door while we are covering the events, in person, at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. That’s right, as some parts of our country are experiencing a return of winter weather, we bit the bullet to bring you all the news from Lakeland where the weather is forecast to be in the mid-70s all week... It’s a dirty job but we do

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Airborne 04.04.16: SnF Innovation Preview!, Lancair Evolution, Wipaire, NavWorx

Also: ANN @ SnF16!!!, Avidyne Synthetic Vision, Two New Dynons, New P&M PULSR, Next SpaceX Mission, Three Receive Master Instructor Designation
 
Things may look a little different on Airborne Unlimited this week because we have locked the office door while we are covering the events, in person, at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. That’s right, as some parts of our country are experiencing a return of winter weather, we bit the bullet to bring you all the news from Lakeland where the weather is forecast to be in the mid-70s all week... It’s a dirty job but we do it for you. Better than we hoped for... that's best way to describe the results of our first Sun 'n Fun Innovation Preview, that we call it the SFIP. It’s over an hour o

Another Successful Flight For New Shepard

Suborbital Mission Live-Tweeted By Jeff Bezos Saturday

Blue Origin completed another successful launch of its New Shepard booster, the third suborbital flight for the launch vehicle.

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AMA Challenges Students Through UAS Competitions

Youth Teams To Compete In Seven UAS4STEM Regional Competitions Nationwide

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), host organization for UAS4STEM, in conjunction with six AMA clubs, has selected the regional locations for its first year of competition. The national competition will be held at the International Aeromodeling Center, located in Muncie, IN on August 21, 2016.

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Gulfstream Offers GIV-SP Operators Fully Integrated FANS 1/A+ Solution

Avionics Upgrade Satisfies Mandates, Enhances Safety And Optimizes Flight Time, Fuel

The FAA has granted approval to Gulfstream to install the mandated avionics upgrade known as Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ on GIV-SP aircraft.

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Three Receive Master Instructor Designation In March

Program Approved By FAA As Alternate Means Of Renewing CFI Certificates

Three instructors renewed their Master Instructor designation in the month of March, while one was granted "Master Emeritus" status.

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Wipaire Certifies Hartzell Trailblazer Propeller on Cessna T206H

The Trailblazer Prop Conversion Is Said To Improve Takeoff Performance, Climb, And Reduce Weight

Wipaire, Inc. has announce the certification of Hartzell’s composite Trailblazer propeller on the Cessna T206H.  The prop is available for both floatplanes and landplanes and Wipaire says it boasts increased performance in both configurations.

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FAA Proposes $52,000 Civil Penalty Against The Home Depot

Alleges HazMat Violations By The Home Improvement Company

The FAA has proposed a $52,000 civil penalty against The Home Depot, Inc., of Atlanta, GA, for allegedly violating the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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Executive AirShare’s Growth Prompts Move To New Corporate HQ

Now The Nation's Third-Largest Fractional Program

Executive AirShare’s rise to the third-largest fractional aircraft program has necessitated more staff. Which now requires more room. On April 1, the company moved its headquarters to a large facility in Lenexa, KS, able to accommodate Executive AirShares’ growing flight operations, sales, accounting and executive teams.

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Delta Airlines Employee Arrested Carrying More Than A Quarter-Million Dollars

Taken Into Custody At Palm Beach (FL) International Airport

An employee of Delta Airlines was arrested Saturday carrying a backpack containing $282,000, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Southern Florida last Monday.

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NASA Awards Contract For Atmospheric Science Research

Maryland Company Wins 60-Month STARSS III Contract

NASA has awarded a contract to Science Systems and Applications, Inc. of Lanham, Maryland, to conduct atmospheric sciences support services for the Science Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, as well as for the broader Earth science community.

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Qatar And France Sign Contract For 24 Rafale Fighter Jets

Deal Valued At Approximately $7.5 Billion Announced At DIMDEX 2016

DIMDEX 2016 opened with a $7.5 billion contract signing ceremony between Qatar and Rafale International (Dassault Aviation) for 24 Rafale fighter jets. Signing on behalf of Qatar was His Excellency Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah Minister of State for Defence Affairs and behalf of France was French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian.

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LM Opens Space Fence Test Facility

Will Confirm Performance And Support Training

Objects in space will soon be monitored by a radar array for the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence as part of Lockheed Martin’s new test site representative of the larger system under construction on the remote Kwajalein Island.

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Gulfstream Brazil Services 1st Argentina-Registered Aircraft

Capabilities Grow For Facility At Sorocaba's Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport

The Gulfstream Aerospace service center in Sorocaba, Brazil recently performed maintenance on its first Argentina-registered aircraft.

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Air Force Association Renames Premier Annual Conference

Will Be Called The 'Air, Space & Cyber Conference'

The Air Force Association (AFA) today announced a renaming of its keystone conference, now the "Air, Space & Cyber Conference." The event, previously known as the "Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition," is held annually in September, drawing thousands of Airmen as well as industry and airpower advocates to hear from Air Force leadership and industry experts.

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Citizen's Group Files Appeal In Lawsuit Against Skydiving Company

'NIMBY's From Hell' -- Citizens For Quiet Skies Says Judge Misapplied The Law In Its Finding For Mile-Hi Skydiving

A small and somewhat bizarre grassroots group which lost its court battle against a skydiving company in Colorado has filed an appeal of the ruling, saying the judge misapplied the law in the case. Citizens for Quiet Skies had filed its initial suit against Mile-Hi Skydiving in 2015. District Judge Judith LaBuda ruled in that case that federal law took precedence over local aviation noise regulations. Judge LaBuda awarded Frank Casares, the owner of Mile-Hi Skydiving, more than $120,000 in damages and attorney's fees.

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Sun 'n Fun 2016 Innovation Preview Debuts!!!

Surprising and Impressive Line-Up Speaks Well For Today's Innovative Aero-Mindset

Better than we hoped for... that's best way to describe the results of our first Sun 'n Fun Innovation Preview... over an hour of aero-innovative disruption at its best. And as a lead-in for the next rendition of the HIGHLY successful Oshkosh/AirVenture Innovation Preview, we couldn't be more excited for the future of this programming concept... especially since it is about to become the standard bearer for an event/program that's been long-awaited, and is now ready for action.

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10 Thoughts/Associated Questions For Icon Aircraft

So... Why The Weird Contract and All the Secrecy/Attempts to Control the Free Flow of Information?

It's been an interesting couple of days for ANN HQ. After publishing a much-discussed story last week about issues we questioned in the operations of Icon Aircraft, a familiar pattern emerged. Total silence from Icon, followed by a few nasty accusations and personal attacks from Icon apologists, and several days of near silence from the rest of the so-called aviation press while our story, and its cascading effects, soaked in. THEN... now that we had plowed this ground and made it safe for other so-called publications to come out of the shadows, several similar stories appeared, some of them appearing to imply that this was all new information, and failing to

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Airborne April 1, 2016: Rocket Olympics, Geese Registry, Cpt. Voice, Bizjet Camp

Also: Model Aircraft Regs, F35 Wakes Up, Multi-Vans, Flying Casinos, Seat Belts Eliminated, New Pilot ID, Geraldo New AOPA Boss

Three commercial space giants have proposed precision rocket landings to the Olympic Committee as a potential sport for the 2020 Summer Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan. The idea is being pitched by Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, SpaceX founder Elon Musk, and Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson. The three say that the Olympics needs to promote STEM education as well as athletics. The competition would consist of a launch that inserts an object into orbi

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New P&M PULSR Weight-Shift Control LSA Trike Arrives In The U.S.

Aircraft To Have U.S. Debut At Sun 'n Fun This Week

A new weight-shift trike is set to make its U.S. debut at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, FL this week. The P&M PULSR is manufactured by P&M Aviation LTD in UK, one of the largest and oldest trike manufacturers in the world, and imported by P&M Aviation USA.

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Klyde Morris (04.04.16)

Now That You Mention It... A Lot Of The UAV Regs Do Seem Like A Bad Joke...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Avidyne Adds Synthetic Vision And More To IFD-Series

Integrated Synthetic Vision Now Available For All GA Aircraft

Avidyne Corporation has announced that they are making Synthetic Vision (SVS) accessible for all general aviation aircraft by making it available on every version of their growing line of IFD-Series GPS FMS systems.

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AeroSports Update: Loss Of Control Prevention

Loss Of Control Prevention Starts On The Ground; It’s Not Just About Airborne Maneuvering

Aeronautical decision-making is about attitude, and being prepared before the flight can be just as important as maneuvering during the flight. Aircraft accidents have occurred because of cockpit distractions.

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Wipaire Receives Blackhawk Engine Upgrade Approval

Wipaire’s Leesburg, FL Service Center Named Blackhawk Modifications Installation Center

Wipaire, Inc. has announce that Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, TX, has appointed Wipaire’s Leesburg, FL facility as an authorized dealer and installation center for Blackhawk’s XP series engine upgrades.

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AeroSports Update: The EAA Aviation Challenge

The EAA Aviation Challenge Is Designed To Inspire You And Others

Everyone in general aviation (GA) knows that to promote the growth of GA, we need to find ways to interest other people. Examples we’ve featured before are offering familiarization trips to the airport with friends and neighbors, taking them for an airplane ride, and working with our airport to sponsor aviation day open house events.

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Two New Dynon Products For Experimental And LSA Aircraft

Skyview SE Displays Are Made Specifically For VFR Aircraft

Dynon Avionics and Advanced Flight Systems announce two new avionics products for experimental and light sport aircraft. Dynon says their Skyview SE offers a streamlined and simplified experience for pilots of VFR aircraft.

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NavWorx Inks Agreement With Garmin For ADS-B Solutions

NavWorx Offers ADS-B Compliance Solutions For Existing Installations

NavWorx, Inc. announced the company has entered a licensing agreement with Garmin enabling connectivity to the company’s GNS and GTN line of navigators. Under the agreement, NavWorx’ ADS600-B will interface with existing certified position sources providing the required WAAS GPS to meet the FAA’s mandate for ADS-B equipage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.04.16)

Aero Linx: Whirly-Girls International Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit, educational and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in helicopter aviation. The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc. was incorporated in 1974 to oversee and administer the scholarship funds raised by the Whirly-Girls and their auxiliaries. The Fund is a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity. The Scholarship Fund administers many separate scholarships currently valued at more than $175,000. Organizational Goals: Promotion of women in the helicopter industry through scholarship awards, mentoring, public appearances, press releases, magazine articles and informational displays in aviation mus

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.04.16): Braking Action Advisories

Braking Action Advisories When tower controllers have received runway braking action reports which include the terms “fair,” “poor,” or “nil,” or whenever weather conditions are conducive to deteriorating or rapidly changing runway braking conditions, the tower will include on the ATIS broadcast the statement, “Braking action advisories are in effect” on the ATIS broadcast. During the time braking action advisories are in effect, ATC will issue the latest braking action report for the runway in use to each arriving and departing aircraft. Pilots should be prepared for deteriorating braking conditions and should request current runway condition information if not volunteered b

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.04.16)

"We have had great concerns over the ethical appearance/conduct of the company. You claim that you started deliveries last year.... consisting of one airplane that was displayed for PR purposes and then put back on a truck to the factory. It has yet to return. That’s a delivery? You've reportedly attempted to exert control over editorial works from those you've carefully screened and allowed to fly in the airplane. You’ve posted pithy self-congratulatory messages expressing gratitude for the ‘nomination’ for the Collier Award… without disclosing that you nominated yourself. The aggressive Icon hype and PR machine has been pushing an almost unrealistic narrative that's big on non-substantiated fluff/hype and short on details, hard info, and credibil

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