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May 24, 2017

DJI Launches Spark, 'The Easy And Fun Camera Drone For Everyone'

The Company’s First Mini Drone Lets You Capture Special Moments From The Air Just By Moving Your Hands

DJI has just introduced Spark, an "easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand to capture and share the special moments in your life on the go."

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Airborne 05.24.17: Snowbird Update, New K-MAX, Spirit Pilots Express 'Regret'

Also: Kyle Franklin, FAA’s Earl Lawrence, SpaceX, Citation Longitude, ACSS ODA, Embraer JetWave, Boeing-Saudi

As previously reported, the Canadian Snowbirds precision demonstration team decided to put its airshow season on hold and return to practice after an incident at an air show in Fort Lauderdale, FL May 6th. But now we know why... The team was reportedly performing a maneuver called the "Double Take", in which for aircraft fly in formation with two inverted at about 300 feet above the ground. One of the aircraft encountered turbulence from the jet in front of it, causing control issues. The

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Bouquets, Brickbats For ATC Privatization Proposal In Trump Budget

Airlines Praise The Plan, Business Aviation Not So Much

The Trump administration released what is being called a "taxpayer first" budget on Tuesday, and the proposal would shift the ATC service provider function within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to an independent, non-governmental organization beginning in 2021.

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Airborne 05.24.17: Snowbird Update, New K-MAX, Spirit Pilots Express 'Regret'

Also: Kyle Franklin, FAA’s Earl Lawrence, SpaceX, Citation Longitude, ACSS ODA, Embraer JetWave, Boeing-Saudi
As previously reported, the Canadian Snowbirds precision demonstration team decided to put its airshow season on hold and return to practice after an incident at an air show in Fort Lauderdale, FL May 6th. But now we know why... The team was reportedly performing a maneuver called the "Double Take", in which for aircraft fly in formation with two inverted at about 300 feet above the ground. One of the aircraft encountered turbulence from the jet in front of it, causing control issues. The pilot of that aircraft managed to recover, but at a very low altitude, according to team commander Lt.-Colonel Brad Wintrup. A successful first

Jeppesen Operator Provides Optimized BizAv Flight Department Platform

New Operator Mobile App Adds Key Functionality Within A ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Operations Solution

Jeppesen recently introduced key enhancements to Jeppesen Operator, a new online business aviation platform that integrates key business aviation functionality in a ‘one-stop shop’ self-service environment. Available for pilots and operations staff through the cloud, a new iOS-based companion mobile app for Operator - “Personal Assistant” is also now available that allows flight crews to access essential Operator data and capabilities on the go.

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PurePower PW800 Engine Accelerating Rapidly Towards Entry Into Service

Engines Have Surpassed 13,000 Test Hours

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) revealed today that its PurePower PW800 engine is completing preparations for Entry into Service (EIS) by the end of this year, ahead of schedule after achieving a number of recent milestones. This ground-breaking powerplant is the only new engine in its thrust class that's on the verge of entering service. 

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Avidyne Receives Multiple Approvals From Brazil/ANAC

New IFD550, Release 10.2 Software and IFD100 App All Validated By The Agency

The Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil –Brasil (ANAC) has validated Avidyne's new IFD550 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM with Attitude Reference System (ARS). This certification also includes approval of Release 10.2 (R10.2) software which provides a host of new features including Synthetic Vision and two-way wireless connectivity with Avidyne’s new IFD100 iPad App. Avidyne has also received ANAC approval for the new, IFD545, IFD510 and IFD410 FMS/GPS systems.

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Gulfstream G280 Operates At Challenging European Airports

Performance Demonstration In Switzerland Follows Approval For London City

The Gulfstream  G280 aircraft recently demonstrated its high-performance capabilities at several of Europe’s most challenging airports. The flights, completed in conjunction with this week’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), were to and from airports near Lugano, Samedan/St. Moritz, Sion and Saanen-Gstaad, each located in a mountainous region of Switzerland.

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Resources Available For Operators Seeking 2017 EGNOS Funding

Universal Avionics Experts On Hand Throughout EBACE To Assist With Questions And Applications

Universal Avionics’ EGNOS experts are on hand during the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) to help guide operators through the 2017 CEF funding application process. Through this funding, operators can take advantage of available grant money for regional, commercial, business (corporate), general and rotorcraft aircraft to equip with EGNOS/SBAS technology.

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ACSS Achieves FAA Organization Designation Authorization

Company May Now Issue Supplemental Type Certificates

The FAA has appointed ACSS, an L3 and Thales company, as a holder of an Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) to issue Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs).

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New Maintenance Solution Certified For PT6A-Powered King Air Customers

P&WC FAST Solution To Help Reduce Costs, Increase Availability And Enable More Planned “Data-Driven” Maintenance Environment

The FAA and EASA have certified Pratt & Whitney Canada’s turnkey FAST (Flight, Acquisition, Storage and Transmission) engine prognostics solution for PT6A engine-powered Beechcraft King Air B200 and B300 series of aircraft, bringing new levels of data-driven engine health management to one of the most popular aircraft of its kind in the world. Through deep engine insight provided by the FAST solution, P&WC will help Beechcraft King Air customers optimize maintenance planning, reduce costs and pilot workload, as well as improve aircraft availability.

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TRU Simulation + Training Delivers A320 FFS To Avianca Airlines

Has Been Granted Level D Qualification By The CAA

TRU Simulation + Training has completed the delivery of an A320 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) to Avianca Airlines, the national airline of Colombia. The new Airbus A320 full flight simulator successfully achieved Level D qualification by the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). As part of the FFS suite package, TRU has also completed the delivery of an A320 Flat Panel Trainer (FPT) to further support Avianca’s procedural training needs.

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Dassault Selects Honeywell's JetWave System As Preferred High-Speed Wi-Fi Option

New Falcon Business Jets To Be Equipped With First High-Speed Broadband Wi-Fi Service To Span The World

Honeywell has announced that its high-speed broadband Wi-Fi system, designed to provide aircraft with Internet speeds similar to those in homes and offices is now an option for new Dassault Falcon business jets. The system can also be installed on planes already in service. Honeywell's JetWave antennas and hardware enable Inmarsat's high-speed Jet ConneX service. Once installed, the system allows Dassault fliers to enjoy video streaming and phone calls, music and movie downloads, access to private company networks, online shopping, and much more through one global network with significantly fewer signal drops than other connectivity services, even over oceans.

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Duncan Aviation Encourages ADS-B Upgrades For European Operators

Have Until June 6, 2020 To Meet EASA Mandate

Duncan Aviation is aware, as are most of its European customers, that the EASA deadline for upgrading to Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is approaching quickly. Owner/operators who need to retrofit their aircraft have until midnight on June 6, 2020, to meet the terms of the mandate. Aircraft must be equipped with a GPS position source (such as a certified WAAS GPS antenna) and a 1090-megahertz Mode S Extended squitter transponder to relay the information to air traffic control (ATC). 

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CAE Extends Business Aviation Pilot Training Program With Elit'Avia

Exclusive 4-Year Pilot Training Program On Multiple Business Aircraft Platforms, Including Bombardier, Gulfstream, Dassault And Hawker

CAE has announced at the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) its continued and growing relationship with Elit'Avia with whom it has signed an exclusive 4-year pilot training program. The customized training program will feature classroom software, distance learning, a tablet application for course materials and pre-study tools. CAE will also extend its business aviation pilot training program to include the latest Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) module.

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Elvis' Jetstar To Be Sold From Roswell, NM Airport

Only Aircraft Owned By 'The King' To Not Belong To The Elvis Estate

After sitting on a runway in Roswell, NM for more than 30 years, a significant piece of Elvis memorabilia is about to go under the auctioneer's gavel.

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NAAA Expresses Concern Over Court Of Appeals Drone Ruling

Agricultural Operators Worry About Ability To Fly Safely

The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) says it is greatly concerned about the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals to halt the registration of drones considered to be "model aircraft." 

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Airflite Named Newest Piper Dealer

Becomes Exclusive Dealer In Australia And New Zealand

An agreement has been inked between Piper Aircraft and Airflite Pty Ltd making Airflite the exclusive Piper Dealer for Australia and New Zealand. Airflite currently owns 18 Piper Seminoles and Senecas. As a lessor, owner, operator, maintainer and parts supplier, Airflite is uniquely positioned to guide and support current and future Piper customers through the selection, purchasing and operating phases of Piper Aircraft ownership.

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Travel Service Named As First European Citation Longitude Customer

Aircraft Made Its European Debut At EBACE

Textron Aviation has received its first order from a European customer for the super-midsize Cessna Citation Longitude. Travel Service, the largest Czech Republic-based airline, will add the Longitude to its fleet of four Cessna Citation Sovereign aircraft used for business jet charter services.

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Taylor VS FAA Ruling Explained

A Full Parsing Of The Landmark Drone Case

The legal issues and arguments leading to the decision in Taylor v. FAA are complex, and they will have ramifications for literally hundreds of thousands of model airplane and drone operators across the country.

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Triton Aerospace Purchases South Lakeland, FL Airport

Chinese Company's U.S. Operations Based In Washington State

Triton Aerospace, a Chinese corporation with U.S. operations based in Washington State, has purchased the South Lakeland (FL) airport (X49) for $2 million with plans to establish a training and support center.

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DJI Updates Process For Activating Software And Firmware Updates

New Procedure Requires Login After Update; Password Reset Available

DJI will soon introduce a new application activation process for international customers. This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile. All existing flight safety limitations, such as geofencing boundaries and altitude limits, remain the same.

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Airbus Establishes New Independent Compliance Review Panel

Noëlle Lenoir, Lord Gold And Theo Waigel Appointed As External Consultants

Airbus has established an Independent Compliance Review Panel (ICRP) composed of eminent external consultants. The ICRP members are Lord Gold from the UK, Noëlle Lenoir from France and Theo Waigel from Germany. All well-versed in compliance monitoring of large corporations, they will have access to all levels of the company and will report to the Airbus CEO and Board on how to further improve Airbus’ compliance processes, policies, organisation and culture.

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Airborne 05.23.17: Icon A5 NTSB Report, Product Certification, GE9X Testing

Also: UAL Cockpit Doors, NAHI 2017, Drone Database, Manual Flying Skills, Heli-Theft, Runway Extension, New SecAF

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident involving an Icon A5 airplane that resulted in the fatal injury of the two people on board the aircraft. According to the report, on May 8, 2017, about 0908 Pacific daylight time, the Icon Aircraft Inc. A5, N184BA, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Lake Berryessa, California. Representatives from Icon Aircraft reported that the pilot was conducting a new employee familiarization flight with the passenger, who was recently hi

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.24.17)

"Agricultural aviators are deeply concerned about their ability to fly safely in air space where pilots could encounter any unmanned aircraft, be it commercial or otherwise." Source: Excerpt from a statement from the The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) on the recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on drone registration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.24.17): Airport Rotating Beacon

A visual NAVAID operated at many airports. At civil airports, alternating white and green flashes indicate the location of the airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.24.17)

Professional Helicopter Pilot's Association

The mission statement of the PHPA is to Promote safety and understanding among helicopter pilots.

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