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December 13, 2019

Airborne 12.13.19: Snowbirds AirVenture-Bound, DeLand Showcase 2020, ePlane Flt

Also: First Modified Osprey, Sunken F4F Wildcat Found, Rebuilding Monmouth IL Airport, Boeing Fine
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will make AirVenture a part of its 50th year performance schedule in 2020. The announcement was officially made at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention in Las Vegas. AirVenture, the 68th annual EAA  fly-in convention is July 20-26. The Snowbirds are currently scheduled to have a public practice session over the grounds on Friday, July 24, with full performances during the daily afternoon air show on Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26. The DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase (DSAS) has been studying results, comments, surveys and statistics from the recently concluded 2019 event, that despite having to contend w

Deseret UAS Welcomes Leading Drone Services Company To Utah

Utah’s Strong Business Climate Attracts DroneHive, The Leading Provider Of Expert Services For Aerial Data Collection

Deseret UAS has announced that another Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)/Urban Air Mobility (UAM) company is relocating to the Salt Lake City area from the San Francisco area. DroneHive is the leading provider of expert services for aerial data collection and has a nationwide network of more than 1,000 drone consultants and pilots.

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It's Man Vs. AI In Drone Racing Showdown

Spoiler Alert: Man Beats AI Around The Course

There has been a lot of talk about autonomous drones that has even filtered down into drone racing. But when it came to a head-to-head matchup between a human pilot and a programmed drone ... the human won the day.

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Chile’s SKY Orders 10 A321XLRs

Carrier Looking To Expand Its International Footprint

SKY, a Chilean-based ultra-low-cost carrier, has signed a Purchase Agreement with Airbus for 10 A321XLRs. The airline will expand its international route network with the new aircraft.

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Congo Airways Signs Order with Embraer for Two E175 Jets

Deal Includes Options For An Additional Two Aircraft

Embraer and Congo Airways have signed a firm order for two E175 aircraft, with purchase rights for a further two. The deal has a total value of $194.4 million at current list prices with all purchase rights exercised, and will be added to Embraer's 2019 fourth quarter backlog.

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Cranfield University Takes Ownership Of New Flying Classroom And Laboratory

NFLC Fleet Expansion Became A Reality This Month With The Transfer Of Ownership Of Its Latest Asset, A Saab 340B Aircraft

Cranfield University has been fundraising this year for a replacement to their aging Jetstream 31, which operates from Cranfield’s Global Research Airport. The facility is unique in the U.K. by providing aerospace engineering students from over 20 Universities and Cranfield with invaluable flight test experience as a flying classroom.

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Gulfstream Opens New European Parts Distribution Center Near Amsterdam

Move To European Union Hub Speeds Parts Delivery

Gulfstream has moved its European Customer Support Parts Distribution Center from the London area to near Amsterdam. The new center adjacent to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol houses high-usage items and provides timely support to company-authorized maintenance facilities in the European Union (EU).

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Luxury Design Goes Vertical

Transcend Air Partners With Design Studio Huslig Collective To Customize Luxe Reserved Edition Vy 400R VTOL

Transcend Air Corporation announced today that it's partnering with renowned VIP aircraft interior design firm Huslig Collective in the building of the new luxury edition of its VTOL aircraft, the Vy 400R.

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SPEEA Approves New Six-Year Contract With Spirit AeroSystems

Agreement Takes Effect Immediately

More than 1,620 technical and professional workers represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, at Spirit AeroSystems have a new, six-year contract with the aerospace supplier.

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Garmin Announces Approval Of Diversity Transponders

GTX 335D And GTX 345D Approved By FAA, EASA And TCCA

Garmin has received FAA STC approval, in conjunction with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) validation for the GTX 335D and GTX 345D. These Diversity transponders provide optimal ADS-B Out coverage and visibility, while operating throughout the global airspace system.

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LCDR Brandon Hempler To Return To Blue Angels For 2020 Season

Will Be His Fourth Consecutive Year On The Team

LCDR Brandon Hemler will become one of a few Blue Angels pilots to serve four years on the team when the 2020 season gets underway.

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Aerion Supersonic Names Aernnova To Design And Develop Mid Fuselage For The AS2

New Era Of Supersonic Travel Gains Speed With Selection Of Mid-Fuselage Supplier

Aerion Supersonic has selected Aernnova to design and develop the mid fuselage, a major fuselage component, for the AS2 supersonic business jet.

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RAF Naval Flight Officer, Father Of Cleveland Browns Player Conducts Flyover

Pilot's Son Is A Punter In The NFL

A United Kingdom Naval Flight Officer (NFO) assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 in Patuxent River, Maryland, was part of the National Football League’s (NFL) pre-game festivities Dec. 8 as his son took the field as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

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Southwest To Share Proceeds From Boeing Agreement With Employees

Reached A Compensation Agreement With The Planmaker Over 737 MAX Grounding

Southwest Airlines recently reached a confidential agreement with The Boeing Company to compensate Southwest for a portion of projected financial damages related to the grounding of the airline's Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. In light of this agreement, the Southwest Board of Directors has authorized a discretionary, incremental profit sharing accrual for Employees, which is tied to the projected reduction in operating income for annual 2019 due to the MAX groundings.

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DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase Announces 2020 Event Date

Sport Aviation Event Prepares For Its Fifth Edition, Nov. 12-14, 2020

The DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase (DSAS) has been studying results, comments, surveys and statistics from the recently concluded 2019 event, that despite having to contend with some less than hospitable treatment from Mother Nature, is now readying for the 2020 event, next November 12-14 of 2020. With its homebase located at the DeLand Municipal Airport in Florida, it will be the fifth rendition of this successful growing event. The 2019 event surpassed expectations with 26 new vendors and exhibitors, and an increase in attendance with a number of new and exciting features leading the way to a successful event, even when dealing with occasional rain and cooler temperatures.

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Air Canada’s First A220-300 Takes To The Skies

Carrier Has 45 Of The Aircraft On Order

The first A220-300 for Air Canada has successfully completed its inaugural test flight from the Mirabel A220 final assembly line in Canada. The first of 45 aircraft for Air Canada is scheduled to be delivered to the Montreal-based airline in the coming weeks.

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First E175-E2 Jet Completes Its Maiden Flight

Begins A Rigorous Two-Year Flight Test Campaign

The Embraer E175-E2 made its inaugural flight Thursday from the company’s facility in São José dos Campos. The E175-E2 is the third member of the E-Jets E2 family. The maiden flight kicks off a rigorous 24-month flight test campaign.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Bushby Mustang II Accident

Plane Went Down Near Milton, FL Fatally Injuring The Pilot

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred November 24 involving a Bushby Mustang II experimental airplane. The pilot, who was an active duty flight officer in the United States Air Force, was fatally injured.

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Blue Angels Release 2021 Schedule Of 75th Anniversary Air Shows

Will Perform 56 Demonstrations At 29 Locations In 2021

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, released the 2021 air show schedule at the International Council of Air Shows convention Dec. 10.

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Honda Aircraft Company Begins Deliveries Of HondaJet Elite To China

Accepted By The Company's Exclusive Dealer In China, Honsan General Aviation Co.

Honda Aircraft Company has begun deliveries of the HondaJet Elite to China. This first HondaJet Elite was delivered by Honda Aircraft Company at its world headquarters in Greensboro, NC to its exclusive dealer in China, Honsan General Aviation Co., Ltd.

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Klyde Morris 12.13.19

Klyde Proves That Not All Flying Lessons Are Taught In The Air


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Airborne 12.11.19: Granley's Airshow Record, Global Spitfire, AirVenture

Also: Tuskegee Airman's 100th, Blue Angels Update, Piper Aircraft, SpaceX In-Flight Abort Test

Walking the floor of the International Council Of Airshows convention is fun stuff... amazing people, amazing planes, amazing shows... But one of the most amazing stories of all has been a bit of a secret... until now. Long-Time airshow veteran, Bud Granley, of Bellevue, WA, is about to start his 60th airshow season. A record that may be unequaled (as far as we know) started nearly 6 decades ago as Bud undertook a military career before eventually transitioning to the airlines and civilian airshow gigs that ma

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.13.19)

"On behalf of the Southwest Board of Directors, we are grateful to our Employees for their extraordinary efforts throughout the year and are pleased to share proceeds from our recent agreement with Boeing." Source: Gary C. Kelly, Southwest Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.13.19): Displaced Threshold

A threshold that is located at a point on the runway other than the designated beginning of the runway.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.13.19)

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