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February 06, 2017

Airborne 02.06.17: Collier Trophy, Prime Air Shipping Hub, First 2017 TBM 930

Also: Apollo's 50th at Oshkosh, Archon SF1, Master Instructors, ATR Biofuel, Oshkosh Branding, Drone Arrest, Bye Aerospace

NAA reports that four aerospace projects and accomplishments were selected to compete for the auspicious 2016 Robert J. Collier Trophy. For 105 years, the Collier Trophy has been the benchmark of aerospace achievement. Awarded annually “… for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America,” it has been bestowed upon some of the most important projects, programs, individuals, and accomplishments in history. Past winners include the crews of Apol

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AMA Drone Report 02.06.17: Karma Returns!, Orlando v Drones, Sebring FPV Races

Also: Drone Racing Coming To AMA Expo East, Drone Pilot Insurance, Drone Rescues Lost Hikers

Once heralded with much fanfare, the GoPro entry into the consumer drone market looked like a sure bet... until troubles with a number of the products grounded the program. Very portable and easy to fly, the Karma ran into trouble when owners reported them falling out of the sky without warning... and not just a few times. GoPro, to their credit, pulled the product from the shelves, instituted a recall, gifted former owners with a free GoPro camera (after their drones were turned in) and went back to the drawing

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AMA Drone Report 02.06.17: Karma Returns!, Orlando v Drones, Sebring FPV Races

Also: Drone Racing Coming To AMA Expo East, Drone Pilot Insurance, Drone Rescues Lost Hikers 
 
Once heralded with much fanfare, the GoPro entry into the consumer drone market looked like a sure bet... until troubles with a number of the products grounded the program. Very portable and easy to fly, the Karma ran into trouble when owners reported them falling out of the sky without warning... and not just a few times. GoPro, to their credit, pulled the product from the shelves, instituted a recall, gifted former owners with a free GoPro camera (after their drones were turned in) and went back to the drawing board... promising to be back when they were sure they had the problem licked. Well, they did just that, and this week, the Karma returned to the m

Airborne 02.06.17: Collier Trophy, Prime Air Shipping Hub, First 2017 TBM 930 Delivery

Also: Apollo's 50th at Oshkosh, Archon SF1, Master Instructors, ATR Biofuel, Oshkosh Branding, Drone Arrest, Bye Aerospace

NAA reports that four aerospace projects and accomplishments were selected to compete for the auspicious 2016 Robert J. Collier Trophy. For 105 years, the Collier Trophy has been the benchmark of aerospace achievement. Awarded annually “… for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America,” it has been bestowed upon some of the most important projects, programs, individuals, and accomplishments in history. Past winners include the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8, the Mercury 7, Scott Crossfield, Elmer Sperry, and Howard Hughes. Jobs, jobs, and more jobs... aviation style, that’s the upshot of a massive decision ma

One-Year Mission Investigators Debut Preliminary Results At NASA Workshop

Additional Research Is Ongoing

Preliminary research results for the NASA One-Year Mission debuted last week at an annual NASA conference. Last March, two men landed back on Earth after having spent nearly one year in space. NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, teamed up for an unprecedented One-Year Mission. One crewmember from each agency lived on the International Space Station for almost one year.

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NBAA Announces Recipients Of 2017 Leadership Conference Scholarships

Two Selected For $2,000 Awards

The NBAA has announced that the association’s Business Aviation Management Committee (BAMC) has selected two individuals as recipients of 2017 Leadership Conference Scholarships.

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Florida Budget Could Be Good News For Daytona Beach International Airport

Money Included For Repair Of Deteriorating Taxiway

The state budget announced Tuesday by Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) could mean some needed repairs could be coming to Daytona beach International Airport (KDAB).

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Microdrones Wins E.U. Drone Award For Best Manufacturer

Presented In Brussels On January 24

Microdrones has been honored with the E.U. Drone Award for 'Best Manufacturer', presented January 24 at the European Parliament in Brussels.

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AirSatOne Releases 2017 SwiftBroadband Airtime Price Guides

Lowers Rates For Broadband Connectivity

Aviation Satcom provider, AirSatOne has announced lower rates for its SwiftBroadband connectivity. Taking care of customers is a top priority at AirSatOne and one reason why the company maintains a 99% customer retention rate. So when Inmarsat, the leader in global satellite communications, lowered its prices AirSatOne was quick to pass the savings on to its customers.

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B-52 Undergoes HERO Testing At Edwards AFB

Evaluation Mandated By The Air Force Safety Office

A B-52 Stratofortress from the 96th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, is undergoing Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance testing in the Benefield Anechoic Facility (BAF) at Edwards Air Force Base.

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Van Horn Aviation Working To Increase 206B Main Blade TBO

Will Provide Local 206B Main Blade Overhaul Capability

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) is taking several steps to minimize downtime due to overhauls on the company’s composite 206B main rotor blades. In addition to working with several composite rotor blade repair stations around the world to provide authorization for main blade overhauls, VHA is also conducting fatigue tests to increase the time between overhauls (TBO) to 5,000 hours.

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EASA Awards STC To MT-Propeller For Cessna T303 Crusader

Four-Blade MTV-14 Approved For Installation In Europe

EASA has granted an STC (10060646) to MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH for the installation of its next generation 4-blade scimitar composite propeller on Cessna T303 Crusader aircraft powered by the TCM (L)TSIO-520-AE Engines. The company says an FAA STC is in the works.

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Celestial Cat Meets Cosmic Lobster

European Southern Observatory Releases New Image Of Two Nebulae

Astronomers have for a long time studied the glowing, cosmic clouds of gas and dust catalogued as NGC 6334 and NGC 6357, this gigantic new image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope Survey Telescope being only the most recent one. With around two billion pixels this is one of the largest images ever released by ESO. The evocative shapes of the clouds have led to their memorable names: the Cat’s Paw Nebula and the Lobster Nebula, respectively.

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GA-ASI Names Newest Predator B Variant

"SkyGuardian" Certifiable RPA Demonstrated Before An International Audience

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems launched a "Type-Certifiable" (STANAG 4571) version of its Predator B product line, called SkyGuardian, this week before an audience of international dignitaries from nine nations including the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, and the United States.

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Parallel Preparations Keep The Spaceport On Track With 2017 Launch Schedule

Five Additional Liftoffs Planned Between Now And Late April

Arianespace’s busy 2017 mission manifest is setting the Spaceport’s pace of activity, with vehicles from each member of the company’s launcher family in action or undergoing processing this month in support of the six liftoffs planned from French Guiana between January and late April.

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BAE Systems’ LiteHUD Head-up Display Selected For Scorpion Jet

Initial Award Will Support Airplane's Flight Test Program

BAE Systems has been selected to provide its LiteHUD head-up display for Textron AirLand’s multi-mission Scorpion jet. The initial order will support the Scorpion’s robust flight test program.

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Aero-TV: The DroneVolt Ag Program - Honest Work For Tomorrow's UAVs

 Heavy-Duty Industrial Drones Do More Than Provide Images…

 
Sometimes it seems like the popularity of small drones circles around the drone’s capability of providing photographic imagery but that’s not all they are used for. While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talked with a company by the name of Drone Volt that shows us the incredible capabilities that drones provide in other industrial applications.

Aero-TV: The DroneVolt Ag Program - Honest Work For Tomorrow's UAVs

Heavy-Duty Industrial Drones Do More Than Provide Images…

Sometimes it seems like the popularity of small drones circles around the drone’s capability of providing photographic imagery but that’s not all they are used for. While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talked with a company by the name of Drone Volt that shows us the incredible capabilities that drones provide in other industrial applications.

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Space Florida Names FedEx Preferred Logistics Provider

Freight Company's Aircraft To Operate At Kennedy Space Center

Space Florida has named FedEx as its preferred provider of logistics, transportation and cargo related services. Space Florida maintains and operates the historic launch and landing strip—15,000 feet long and 300 feet wide—at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

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Colorado Air Medical Helicopter Company Faces Shareholder Challenge

Threatens To Run Alternate Slate Of Directors At Upcoming Annual Meeting

One of the principal shareholders in Colorado-base air ambulance company Air Methods Corp. is threatening to run its own slate of board members at an upcoming annual meeting.

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Etihad Aviation Group And Lufthansa Group Extend Cooperation

Includes MoU With Lufthansa Technik To Explore MRO Services

Etihad Aviation Group and Lufthansa German Airlines, part of Europe's largest aviation group, today unveiled details of a new commercial partnership.

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Klyde Morris (02.06.17)

Klyde Has His Own Ideas As To What Was Behind FAA's Betrayal of GA

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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CHC Helicopter Celebrates 70 Years Of Serving Customers Around The World

Company Was Founded In 1947

CHC Group has begun a year-long celebration of the operator's 70-year history since its humble beginnings as a crop dusting operation in British Columbia in April of 1947. CHC traces its roots back to Carl Agar, A.H. "Barney" Bent and Al Stringer, the three Canadian Air Force veterans who founded Okanagan Air Services on April 18, 1947.

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Safety Advisory Issued In Canada For Zenith CH Series Kit Built Airplanes

Noncompliance With Proper Construction Techniques Led To Stabilizer Failure

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has issued a Safety Advisory to inspect Zenith CH series stabilizer attachment assemblies. While this safety advisory is not mandatory for aircraft certificated in the United States as experimental amateur built (E-AB), owners of all (high-wing and a low-wing) Zenith kit-built aircraft designated under the CH series are encouraged to review the safety advisory.

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Matthew F. Bromberg Named President Of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines

To Succeed Bennett Croswell, Who Will Retire In May

Pratt & Whitney has announced that Matthew F. Bromberg will succeed Bennett Croswell as president of its military engines business upon his retirement in May. Bromberg, who most recently served as president of the company's commercial engines aftermarket business, joined Pratt & Whitney Military Engines as senior vice president, Feb. 1, to ensure a smooth transition. Croswell will support UTC in a consulting capacity following his retirement.

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Airborne 02.03.17: JetSuiteX Bugs Out, Bell Relentless, Young Eagles' 25th

Also: F-35 Pricing, FAA's Betrayal, Trig Avionics, Van Horn, Airbus Engineering, Trans States Pilots, Civil Air Patrol

Well... we knew this was likely... JetSuiteX has announced that they’ve entered into a ‘Standstill Agreement’ with the city of Santa Monica concerning their upcoming planned operations at KSMO. The agreement is designed to give the parties time to come to some kind of a final agreement. Originally; flights to Santa Monica Airport were supposed to launch on February 6th, with destinations like Carlsbad, San Jose and Las Vegas. Due to recent FAA betrayals, however, JetSu

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.06.17)

Aero Linx: The British Business and General Aviation Association BBGA is as a Trade Association and through its Memorandum and Articles of Association is governed by a Council made up of senior executives from our member companies, to whom the Chief Executive, BBGA staff and Committees are responsible. In order to identify more clearly their specific activities, the association is divided into four groups. Each group has its own elected Committee responsible for formulating recommendations in accordance with their Terms of Reference of which the Chairman and at least one other member would be represented on the Council. By bringing together like minds from within the membership, BBGA is able to draw

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.06.17):

Radar Contact Lost Used by ATC to inform a pilot that the surveillance data used to determine the aircraft’s position is no longer being received, or is no longer reliable and radar service is no longer being provided. The loss may be attributed to several factors including the aircraft merging with weather or ground clutter, the aircraft operating below radar line of sight coverage, the aircraft entering an area of poor radar return, failure of the aircraft’s equipment, or failure of the surveillance equipment.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.06.17)

"The Board’s actions since the entry into the Cooperation Agreement have convinced us that it is either unwilling, or unable, to manage the urgent issues Air Methods now faces. The time for incremental tweaks has long passed, and stockholder patience is exhausted. Reactive or ad hoc maneuvers, such as last year’s shotgun acquisition of Tri-State and eleventh hour Board reshuffle, won’t fly this time around. Much more sweeping changes are required, including substantial reform of the Board and strategy, and we intend to pursue them vigorously. Should the Board continue to refuse to work with us, we shall seek to elect new independent Directors at the 2017 annual meeting with the proper incentives, experience and fortitude to confront these challenges and to fait

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