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April 22, 2019

Restored Northrop N-9M Reported Down, Destroyed, in CA Accident

Last Remaining N-9M Appears Lost, According to FAA Report

While details are sparse, the last remaining Northrop N-9M, restored and flown by the Planes of Fame Museum, appears to have been lost in an accident in Norco, CA. The aircraft appears to have impacted, after witness reports of some kind of power outage, in nearby prison yard, where the debris and fire damage seems to have all but consumed the aircraft. There is no word, yet, on the fate of the pilot, but the damage profile looks worrisome in terms of survivability.

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Airborne 04.22.19: Cirrus Emergency AD, Indoor Skydiving, Praetor 600

Also: CFI PROficiency Initiative, Damaged Falcon Heavy Core, Enhanced MD 969, ICAO’s 193rd Member

To the surprise of few who have chronicled the many issues troubling the Cirrus SF50 program, the FAA has issued an emergency AD for SF50 Vision Jets following multiple reports of the stall warning and protection system (SWPS) or Electronic Stability & Protection (ESP) System engaging when not appropriate. The SWPS or ESP systems may engage even when sufficient airspeed and proper angle of attack (AOA) exists for normal flight. This AD requires replacing the AOA sensors with improved AOA sensors, before further flight. Some 300 world-class indoor skydivers from 31 different countries are participating the third edition of the FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championships, which

Up In Arms: Insect-Inspired Arm Technology Aims To Improve Drones

Patented Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Designed To Fly In Windy Conditions

A drone delivery is great – on a perfect, sunny day. But what about when it’s windy? Most drones are not able to withstand wind because of their fixed-arm design.

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New INS/GNSS To Increase The Productivity Of UAV Surveying Solutions

SBG Systems Will Have The Device At AUVSI Xponential In Chicago

SBG Systems will present for the first time at AUVSI’s Xponential show in Chicago the Quanta UAV Series, a new line of Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) dedicated to UAV-based Surveying Integrators.

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MD Helicopters Enhances MD 969 Twin Attack Helicopter

Adds 7-Shot Common Launch Tube (CLT) System

MD Helicopters displayed an enhanced combat aircraft – its MD 969 Twin Attack Helicopter – at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit last week. First introduced just last month at the annual HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, MDHI has enhanced the military capabilities of its twin engine MD 969 with the addition of a custom, 7-shot Common Launch Tube (CLT) System designed by Systima Technologies.

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EUROCAE And EASA Plan Workshop On VTOL

One-Day Session Planned For June 6 In France

Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft are currently under extensive development. Many projects are in design or experimental phases worldwide, and several applications have been made to authorities seeking type certification within a demanding schedule.

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Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water From The Moon

Dozens Of Events Discovered In Data Collected By NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer

Researchers from NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, report that streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor.

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Duncan Aviation Announces Endowment Fund For Aviation Scholarship With WMU

Has Gifted $56,000 To Western Michigan University

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce that the Duncan Family Trust has gifted $56,000 to Western Michigan University for the ongoing annual award of a Duncan Aviation Maintenance Scholarship.

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Rolls-Royce And Qatar Airways Are Using VR To Train Engineers

Joint Program Is A First For The Two Companies.

As the number of air passengers is set to almost double by 20361, the industry faces a growing challenge: more engineers need to be trained to maintain and repair a growing number of aircraft and their engines. While practical training will always be the main focus, Rolls-Royce is working on ways to incorporate Virtual Reality into its engineering training programs, as part of its IntelligentEngine vision.

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Airbus Helicopters Awarded Australia’s ARH Tiger Support Contract Extension

Will Support More Than 200 Full-Time Jobs

Airbus has been awarded an extension of the Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger through-life support (TLS) contract by the Australian Department of Defense.

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Miracle Flights To Host Free Family Drone Festival

'Carnival In The Clouds' Planned For Saturday, May 18 In Las Vegas

Families and thrill seekers of all ages are invited to enjoy an exciting afternoon of aerial acrobatics performed by professional drone experts, plus classic carnival games, interactive STEM activities, food, live entertainment—and a chance to win a year's supply of Chick-fil-A—at Miracle Flights' inaugural community drone festival, Carnival in the Clouds on Saturday, May 18, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Craig Ranch Park in North Las Vegas.

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Exoplanet Detectors Delivered To ESA

Will Be Flown On PLATO Mission Planned For Launch In 2026

The first batch of charge-coupled devices, or CCDs, to be flown on ESA's PLATO space observatory was accepted by ESA last month. This is an important milestone on the road to creating a groundbreaking spacecraft that will detect Earth-sized exoplanets in orbit around nearby stars.

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Air Mauritius Takes Delivery Of Its First A330neo

Becomes The First Airline In The World To Operate Both The A330neo And A350 XWB.

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first A330-900, on lease from ALC during a ceremony held in Toulouse. The national carrier of the Republic of Mauritius is the first A330neo operator based in the southern hemisphere, and the first airline in the world to operate a combination of both the A330neo and A350 XWB.

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Kratos Defense And Oklahoma Leaders Announce Future Production Home Of XQ-58A

Marks Completion Of First MQM-178 Firejet

State and community leaders joined Kratos Defense & Security Solutions executives in Oklahoma City, OK recently to unveil the first MQM-178 Firejet target drone aircraft produced at the new Kratos Unmanned Aircraft production facility. At the event, Kratos Defense CEO, Eric DeMarco, announced that the Oklahoma City production facility will also be the future home of the XQ-58A Valkyrie, which successfully completed its maiden flight on March 5, 2019.

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Airborne 04.19.19: Spin Record Attempt, Falcon Heavy, BendixKing

Also: TBM 910 Model Year 2019, Gone West: Owen Garriott, Parrot ANAFI Thermal, SpaceIL $1 Million

Aerobatic pilot Spencer Suderman is gearing up to attempt a new world record for the most inverted flat spins in an aircraft. This will be Suderman’s second shot at the record after he aborted an attempt in February. “I entered the spin and the plane went around faster than expected at altitude, so fast that the transverse G-loads were far greater than I was prepared for, which made it hard to breath. That coupled with the negative G-loads from being inverted made the situation intolerable.&rdqu

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NASA Announces First Flight, Record-Setting Mission

Astronaut Christina Koch Now Scheduled To Remain In Space Through February 2020

NASA and its International Space Station partners have set a new schedule and new crew assignments that will include the first flight of NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, an extended stay for NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, and a record-setting flight for NASA astronaut Christina Koch.

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NATA Award Celebrates Don Campion

Recognizes A Leader In Aviation Business And Community Outreach

NATA is pleased to announce Don Campion, President of Banyan Air Service, as this year’s NATA Distinguished Service Award honoree. Campion will be recognized during the June 18th Industry Excellence Awards Presentation Luncheon held in conjunction with the NATA 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference.

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Drone Workforce Solutions (DWS) Announces Launch Of Global Drone Pilot Portal

Provides Drone Pilots For Corporate, Business And Government Partners Globally

Drone Workforce Solutions, LLC (DWS) has launched a one-of-a-kind digital database that connects certified drone pilots with corporate, business and government partners around the world. The Drone Workforce Solutions Pilot Portal will offer potential clients access to the most experienced and talented pool of drone operators the industry has to offer.

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MetaVista Breaks World Record Of Multi Rotor UAV Flight Time

Aircraft Powered By Intelligent Energy Fuel Cell Power Module

A flight time of 12 hours, 7 minutes and 5 seconds was officially recorded by South Korean company MetaVista as it successfully broke the multi rotor UAV World Record of flight time. The MetaVista team used a 6-liter liquid (1.5 gallon) hydrogen cylinder and Intelligent Energy’s 800W Fuel Cell Power Module to power the UAV.

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Klyde Morris (04.22.19)

Klyde... Ya' Just Had To Go There, Didn't You?


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Professional Aerobatic Pilot to Attempt Dizzying World Record

Spencer Suderman Will Make Another Attempt At Inverted  Flat Spin Record

Professional aerobatic pilot Spencer Suderman is gearing up to set a new world record for the most inverted flat spins in an aircraft. This will be Suderman’s second shot at the record after he was forced to abort an attempt in February.

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CAE Introduces New Course Offerings At Dothan Training Center

C-12/King Air B200 Recurrent/Refresher And Upset Prevention & Recovery Training Courses Now Available

CAE has announced at the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit that it has begun offering several new courses at the CAE Dothan Training Center in Dothan, Alabama.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.22.19)

Aero Linx: The Idaho Aviation Association The Idaho Aviation Association gives Idaho a general aviation voice, both locally and nationally. Our mission is to: represent our members in forums where decisions are made that affect general aviation; inform our members about aviation issues; work with public and private entities for the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of aviation facilities; and promote safety, education and public understanding of general aviation in Idaho. We invite you to join over 1100 IAA members in this exciting and critical work for the future of aviation in Idaho.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.22.19): Nondirectional Beacon

Nondirectional Beacon An L/MF or UHF radio beacon transmitting nondirectional signals whereby the pilot of an aircraft equipped with direction finding equipment can determine his/her bearing to or from the radio beacon and “home” on or track to or from the station. When the radio beacon is installed in conjunction with the Instrument Landing System marker, it is normally called a Compass Locator.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.22.19)

"Astronauts demonstrate amazing resilience and adaptability in response to long duration spaceflight exposure. This will enable successful exploration missions with healthy, performance-ready astronauts. NASA is looking to build on what we have learned with additional astronauts in space for more than 250 days. Christina's extended mission will provide additional data for NASA's Human Research Program and continue to support future missions to the Moon and Mars." Source: Jennifer Fogarty, chief scientist of the Human Research Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, commenting on NASA's new schedule and new crew assignments that will include the first flight of NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, an extended stay for NASA astronaut

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