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April 13, 2019

It Flies! Stratolaunch Completes MASSIVE First Flight

World’s Largest Aircraft Takes To The Sky Over Mojave Desert

The gigantic Stratolaunch program, envisioned and spearheaded by the late Paul G. Allen, today successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. As part of the initial flight, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing successfully back at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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Public Education Helps Bring Laser Strike Numbers Down

FAA Reports About 1,100 Fewer Incidents In 2018 Compared To 2017

Heightened public awareness of the serious safety risk posed by lasers reduced the total number of laser strikes for the second consecutive year, according to the FAA.

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A350 XWB Receives Type Certificate From Transport Ministry Of Japan

First JAL A350 Scheduled For Delivery Later This Year

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation, and Tourism (MLITT) has issued Type Certification for the Airbus A350 XWB,  enabling the A350 XWB first customer from the country Japan Airlines to operate the aircraft. The type certification covers the aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.

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Canadian Search & Rescue Missions Get Major Upgrade

SkyX Chosen By Advanced Tactical Training Search & Rescue Division (ATTSAR)

Canada's Advanced Tactical Training Search & Rescue Division (ATTSAR) is using SkyX aerial systems for long-range search missions, far surpassing the distance that most drones on the market can deliver.

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Sky Scape Industries Acquired By American Aerospace

Company Will Continue Normal Operations Under New Management

American Aerospace Technologies, a provider of real-time remote sensing and airborne intelligence services for enterprise, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sky Scape Industries, an unmanned technology service-provider. SSI’s services are widely used by critical infrastructure operators in the electric, water, and oil & gas industries. SSI will continue to provide integration services, professional drone advisory services, and inspection services nationwide.

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Continental Aerospace Technologies Launches The Continental Fleet Shield Program

Entirely Customizable To The Exact Requirements Of Fleet Operators

Continental Aerospace Technologies has announced the launch of the Continental Fleet Shield program. Entirely customizable to the exact requirements of fleet operators, this program offers a unique service program for Continental, Continental PRIME, and LYCOMING engines designed to minimize return to service and cost.

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Growth Expected In Global UAS Traffic Management System Market

Anticipated To Reach $2.83 Billion By 2030

According to a new market intelligence report by BIS Research, titled "Global UAS Traffic Management (UTM) System Market – Analysis and Forecast, 2019-2030", the global UAS management system market is expected to reach $2.83 billion by 2030. Owing to the several factors such as increased proliferation of drones in the airspace, emerging regulations for the UAS traffic management system, the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) traffic management system, or the UTM, market is expected to witness a robust growth rate.

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UAVOS Launches Advanced Data Link For Unmanned Systems

Combines All Drone Communication Into A Single Channel

UAVOS has announced the release of the pMDDLRadio Data Link, an advanced UAV communication system aimed at the unmanned systems market. The pMDDLRadio is an easy plug & play device, which gives a solution that packages all drone communication into a single RF channel, except using separate solutions for control, telemetry and payload, thereby reducing costs and weight.

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ExoMars Carrier Module Prepares For Final Pre-launch Testing

Will Look For Evidence That Life Once Existed On Mars

The module that will carry the ExoMars rover and surface science platform from Earth to Mars has arrived in Italy for final integration preparations. The module, along with electrical ground support equipment, shipped from OHB System in Bremen, Germany, arrived on April 2 at Thales Alenia Space in Turin, Italy.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.13.19)

"Receiving the A350 XWB Type Certification from Japan’s authority is a great achievement. We are very pleased that Japan Airlines will join soon other world class carriers flying the world’s most modern widebody aircraft." Source: Airbus Japan president Stephane Ginoux.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.13.19): Compulsory Reporting Points

Reporting points which must be reported to ATC. They are designated on aeronautical charts by solid triangles or filed in a flight plan as fixes selected to define direct routes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.13.19)

The International Aviation Club of Washington, DC

New trends and critical developments throughout international air transportation are the focus of the International Aviation Club of Washington, DC.

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