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March 13, 2019

President Trump Orders All 737 MAX Airliners Grounded In The U.S.

Signs Order Grounding The Airplanes 'Immediately'

President Donald Trump has signed an order grounding all Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airliners in the wake of the accident involving one of the airplanes in Ethiopia over the weekend. "Those planes are grounded effective immediately," Trump told reporters. "Safety is our paramount concern."

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Airborne 03.13.19: 400th BRS Save, WAI 30th, All-Female Spacewalk

Also: TBM 930 NY-Paris Speed Record, ParaZero SafeAir, FAA Nixes Palm Bch Jet Ban, Blue Angels License Plate 

BRS Aerospace has documented the 400th and 401st life saved as a result of deploying the company's whole aircraft parachute rescue system. The milestone 400th and 401st lives were saved March 5, 2019 when the pilot of a stricken Cirrus deployed the parachute over water more than 20 miles from Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos. Both pilot and passenger were not injured and picked up by a cruise ship. The 30th annual Women in Aviation International conference gets underway Thursday in Long Beach, CA. Thousands of women from all over the world who work in all aspects of aviation – from airline pilots to astronauts, from aviation historians to military pil

FAA Issues Statement Concerning 737 MAX Operations

Finds 'No Systemic Performance Issues And Provides No Basis To Order Grounding The Aircraft'

The FAA has released a statement concerning operations of Boeing 737 MAX airplanes following Sunday's accident in Ethiopia, the second accident with fatalities involving one of the new airplanes in five months.

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Airbus And Social Partners Kick-Off Discussions On A380 Program Transition

Between 3,000 And 3,500 Positions Will Be Potentially Impacted Over The Next Three Years

Airbus has started discussions with social partners from across its European sites during the European Works Council (SE-WC) meeting with regards to the A380 program transition and the redeployment of employees. This follows the announcement made on 14th February to cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021 with 17 aircraft still to be delivered along with continued support to our A380 operators.

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AIA Unveils Its Vision Of Aerospace In 2050

Includes Flying Cars, Supersonic Jets, Space Tourism And More

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is laying out its vision for the future — one that includes morning commutes via flying air taxi, supersonic business travel between continents, and an emerging market for space-based research and manufacturing in 2050 — in a new study launched with an interactive experience at South by Southwest (SXSW). To mark its Centennial year, AIA, in partnership with McKinsey & Company, worked with industry leaders and experts to develop “What’s Next for Aerospace and Defense: A Vision for 2050.”

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Wizz Air Takes Delivery Of Its First A321neo

Has 184 Of The Airplanes On Order

Wizz Air, the largest Central and Eastern European low-cost carrier, has taken delivery of its first of 184 A321neo aircraft on order at an event in Hamburg, with József Váradi, CEO Wizz Air and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

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Leonardo: Working To Bring The AW609 Tiltrotor To The Japanese Market

Signs MOU With Nakanihon Air Service To Evaluate Tiltrotor Operations For Transport And Public Service Roles

Leonardo and Nakanihon Air Service, Co., Ltd. of Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint working group that will study requirements for introducing the AW609 commercial multirole tiltrotor into service in Japan. Leonardo already supplies a range of advanced rotorcraft technology to the benefit of Japanese civil and government users.

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Navy Pilots Educate, Inspire Texas A&M NROTC Students In College Station

Students Talk To Pilots About Career Opportunities In Naval Aviation

Approximately 200 Texas A&M University Navy ROTC students got a firsthand look at Navy aircraft during a static display event at Easterwood Airport in College Station, March 5.

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Aireon Announces Key Support For New Line Of Business

Jonathan Astill Of NATS To Guide Aireon Air Traffic Flow Management Services

Jonathan Astill, from NATS, has been tapped by Aireon for strategic support and expertise to develop the new Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) Services line of business for Aireon. Astill, will act as vice president and General Manager of ATFM Services and will develop Aireon's ATFM business line, closely collaborate with introductory customers and establish a channel of partners to ensure a smooth rollout of the company's offering.

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Red Cat Releases New Drone Analytics Platform

Blockchain-Based Data Storage, Analytics, And Services Platform Currently In Beta Testing

Red Cat, a provider of distributed data storage, analytics and services for the drone industry, has announced the beta release of its blockchain-based black box storage, analytics and services platform to make drones trackable and accountable.

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Ukraine Signs Order For The New H145

Changes Eight Of Ten Helicopter Orders To New Five-Bladed Upgrade

The Ukrainian Ministry of Interior has taken the decision to change eight of its ten H145s on order to the five-bladed upgrade that was revealed at Heli-Expo.

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D-Day Squadron Announces Sponsorship Of New Educational Program

'Resource Trunk' And Companion Website To Teach Students About The 'People Of D-Day'

The D-Day Squadron, Tunison Foundation, announced its official support of the “People of D-Day” resource trunk and its companion website. This is an educational initiative sponsored by Student News Net. A “trunk” is a trove of hands-on materials that connects students with the experiences of those that participated in the world’s largest seaborne invasion, as well as those whose lives were directly impacted by one of the most pivotal moments in history.

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Florida Considers Blue Angels Specialty License Plate

One Of 21 Suggested Tags Included In A Proposal Before The State Legislature

A bill before the Florida legislature in its current session would create a special vehicle license plate honoring the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. The plate would carry the message "Home of the Blue Angels" along the bottom border of the tag.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-03-25

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus SAS Model A318 and A319 series airplanes, Model A320-211, -212, -214, -216, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes, and Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, and -232 airplanes.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2019-05-01

PRODUCT: All Pratt & Whitney (PW) PW2037, PW2037D, PW2037M, PW2040, PW2040D, PW2043, PW2143, PW2643, and F117-PW-100 turbofan engine models.

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Norwegian Temporarily Suspends Boeing 737 MAX Operations

Move Follows Recommendations By European Aviation Authorities

Following the decision by the relevant aviation regulatory bodies to temporarily suspend operations of Boeing 737 MAX, Norwegian will not operate any flights with this aircraft type until further notice. We remain in close dialogue with the aviation authorities and Boeing, and follow their instructions and recommendations.

Read More Calls For Immediate U.S. Grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft

Says The FAA's 'Wait And See Attitude' Risks Lives has called on the FAA to ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft after two fatal accidents in the past five months have claimed 346 lives.

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Boeing Statement On 737 MAX Software Enhancement

Comes Amidst Turmoil Over Ethiopian Accident Sunday

As multiple countries ground Boeing's 737 MAX 8 following an accident in Ethiopia ... the second involving one of the airliners in 5 months ... Boeing has released a statement concerning its software upgrades developed after the Lion Air Flt 610 accident last year.

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SECAF Announces Resignation

Heather Wilson Will Become President Of The University Of Texas At El Paso

Upon a favorable final vote by the regents, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced her resignation March 8, after serving in her position as the service’s top civilian since May 2017, to accept the role as president of the University of Texas at El Paso.

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NASA Administrator Statement On NASA's Moon To Mars Plans

Says FY2020 Budget Is One Of The Strongest In The Agency's History

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine welcomed the announcement of President Trump's budget for Fiscal Year 2020, saying in a statement that it will mean more exploration of the Moon and put the U.S. on course for a manned landing on Mars.

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ExpressJet Airlines Achieves Embraer E175 Milestones

Announces First Aircrew Program Designee, First Type-Rated Line Pilot

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express Carrier, recently achieved two significant pilot training milestones for the April launch of its new Embraer E175 fleet. The airline is growing with 25 E175s and hiring more than 600 pilots in 2019.

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FAA Grants Drone BVLOS Delivery Approval To Flirtey And The City Of Reno

Enables Flirtey To Conduct Drone Delivery Operations With A Pilot Controlling The Flights From A Remote Location

The FAA has granted approval to Flirtey  to conduct drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), the City of Reno and Flirtey has announced. The new approval enables Flirtey to conduct drone delivery operations with a pilot controlling the flights from a remote location.

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Airborne 03.11.19: SpaceX Crew Dragon, Austro AE300, Airbus New H145

Also: HAI HELI-EXPO 2019, Arriel 2H, Trans States Airlines, Yahav To Be CEO Of Universal Av

NASA passed a major milestone Friday in its goal to restore America’s human spaceflight capability when SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returned to Earth after a five-day mission docked to the International Space Station. About 6 hours after departing the space station, Crew Dragon splashed down at 8:45 a.m. EST approximately 230 miles off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX retrieved the spacecraft from the Atlantic Ocean. Demonstration Mission-1 (Demo-1) was an uncrewed flight test designed to de

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.13.19)

"In response to the temporary suspension of Being 737 MAX operations by multiple aviation authorities we have taken the decision to not operate flights using this aircraft type, until advised otherwise by the relevant aviation authorities.” Source: Tomas Hesthammer, Norwegian’s acting Chief Operating Officer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.13.19): Trajectory Options Set (TOS)

A TOS is an electronic message, submitted by the operator, that is used by the Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP) to manage the airspace captured in the traffic management program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.13.19)

Debt, Lawsuits And A Custody Battle Plague Pasco Group Claiming To Restore And Fly WWII Plane

A Douglas C-47 (military DC-3) in Pasco County, FL is at the center of a battle over whether it will be allowed to fly during a celebration and D-Day reenactment in Europe this summer.

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