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September 13, 2019

Airborne 09.13.19: Lost Plane Reward!, Hurricane Hunters, EASA v FAA

Also: New K-MAX Order, $514,558 Civil Penalty, Boeing 702X Satellites, JetBlue Foundation
The pilot and owner of a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger is asking for help locating the airplane he was forced to abandon during a flight last year, and he's willing to pay $20,000 to anyone who finds the airplane. That's not as easy as it sounds. Ron Carlson, explains... "...I just want to refresh my offer of $20,000 cash to find my still missing 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger. Many of you are probably familiar with the story, but for those who are not, it crashed a year and a half ago after a catastrophic engine failure and fire, in early May of 2018." The Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka the Hurricane Hunters, have flown 25 missio

NASA Announces New Director Of Langley Research Center

Will Begin His New Job September 30

Clayton Turner has been named as the next director of the NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Turner will assume the director's position Monday, Sept. 30, when current Center Director David Bowles retires after 39 years with the agency.

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AIRT Uses UAS To Perform Damage Assessment In The Bahamas

Conducted Damage Assessment Operations At The University Of The Bahamas – Northern Campus

Members of the Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) formed a joint-reconnaissance team with members of the Southeast Florida Region 7 All-Hazards Incident Management Team (SEFL-R7 AHIMT) to survey damage across the hardest hit areas of Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands in the Northern Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

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Airbus Foundation Supports Bolivian Efforts To Fight Fires In Amazon

More Than 500 Metric Tons Of Water Have Been Dropped By Two H125 Helicopters Operated By HeliAmerica

The Airbus Foundation, in collaboration with the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Center is supporting Bolivia’s efforts against the severe fires currently affecting the country.

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Rafael Enters Unmanned Aerial Platform Domain

Acquires Israeli UAS Company Aeronautics

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of technologies for air, land, naval, space and cyber applications, announces it has completed, with its partner, Mr. Avichai Stolero, the acquisition of Aeronautics Ltd., one of Israel’s leading developers of unmanned aerial systems. The deal is set to be finalized in the coming days.

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Leonardo And CAE USA Sign Memorandum Of Agreement

Will Collaborate On Helicopter And Training Solutions For U.S. Government

Leonardo and CAE USA have joined forces to collaborate in the United States to offer integrated solutions for helicopter training requirements for the government market. A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed recently between the companies that expands on the long-established relationship between Leonardo and CAE in helicopter training. The MoA is focused on delivering tailored helicopter-and-training packages to U.S. government operators and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

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The Art Of Aircraft To Exhibit At Banyan Open House

Will Unveil The Latest Frank Martin Contemporary Aviation Artworks

On September 14th, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Art of Aircraft by Steven Greenwald Design will be exhibiting at Banyan Air Service based at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport during Banyan’s 40th anniversary open house celebration. 

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Viasat Expands Relationship With SAS

Adds Viasat In-flight Connectivity To SAS New Airbus A321LR And A330-300E Aircraft

Building on the strength of their three-year partnership, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and global communications company, Viasat has announced that the airline has selected Viasat's in-flight connectivity (IFC) system for its new Airbus fleet additions: the A321LR and the A330-300E.

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Airline Bankruptcy Strands Thousands Of International Travelers

Some 13,000 Aigle Azur Passengers Suddenly Found Themselves Without Flights

The sudden bankruptcy filing by the French airline Aigle Azur left some 13,000 travelers scrambling for alternate flights, many of them international.    

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CHC Group Appoints New Executive Lead For Global Operations And Supply Chain

Miguel Carrasco Promoted To Senior Leadership Team

CHC Group, a provider of helicopter and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has promoted Miguel Carrasco to the role of Senior vice president, Operations and Supply Chain. Carrasco will oversee maintenance, supply chain, flight operations and other key operational functions across the company and advance the strategy behind CHC’s industry-leading global processes and standards.

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Pilot Who Ditched Of CA Coast In August Has A Checkered Past

David Lesh And A Female Companion Were Rescued By The USCG On A Training Mission

The pilot of a Beech Bonanza that was ditched in the ocean off Half Moon Bay in California has a history of reckless behavior, according to authorities.

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AD: Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2019-18-02

PRODUCT: Certain Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) Model AW169 helicopters.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2019-16-16

PRODUCT: Airbus Helicopters (Airbus) Model AS350B, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, and AS350BA helicopters with a certain part-numbered Pall Aerospace Corporation Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) element installed.

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Aero-TV: Sling At Oshkosh 2019 - New Planes, New Records, New Pilot Academy!

Sling TSi Flew Nonstop From California To Wisconsin For AirVenture
The Airplane Factory made an epic trip from California to Wisconsin for AirVenture, flying a Sling TSi airplane from Torrence, CA to Wittman Regional Airport on one tank of gas.

Aero-TV: Sling At Oshkosh 2019 - New Planes, New Records, New Pilot Academy!

Sling TSi Flew Nonstop From California To Wisconsin For AirVenture

The Airplane Factory made an epic trip from California to Wisconsin for AirVenture, flying a Sling TSi airplane from Torrence, CA to Wittman Regional Airport on one tank of gas. The Airplane Factory pilot Wayne Toddun told Aero-New Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the flight took about 14 hours. During the flight, the crew took the airplane up to about 27,000 feet in a ceiling test of the airplane.

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Volocopter Signs EUR 50 Million In First Closing Of Series C Round

Round Led By Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Followed By New And Existing Investors

Volocopter has signed the first closing of its Series C funding round, which is being led by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding). The new funds will be used towards bringing the VoloCity aircraft to commercial launch within the next three years. Volocopter remains in discussions with additional investors for a second closing around year-end.

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Flight Design Announces A Special Autumn Discount For New CT Super Models

Result Of More Favorable Euro/U.S. Dollar Exchange Rate

Due to the recent improvement in the U.S. Dollar to Euro exchange rate, and the result of some pencil sharpening, Flight Design has announced a Special Autumn discount on its CT Super aircraft.

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Silent Arrow 1-Ton Cargo Delivery Drone Unveiled in London

Full-Rate Production To Follow Next Month

Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC), a developer of heavy payload, unmanned cargo delivery solutions, has announced the unveiling of the Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo delivery drone at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) show in London.

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Police Prepare For Planned Drone Disruption At Heathrow Airport

Environmental Group Is Protesting Plans For Third Runway

As a group of environmental activists plan a protest of a third runway at Heathrow Airport using drones on Friday, police say they will work to preemptively stop the planned disruption of flights at the airport.

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Patty Wagstaff Involved In Runway Excursion At St. Augustine, FL Airport

She And A Passenger Were Able To Walk Away From The Accident

Famed air-show pilot Patty Wagstaff was involved in an accident Wednesday in which her 1958 Beech K35 airplane was involved in a runway excursion and flipped over onto its back, according to local authorities.

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Black Swift Technologies’ Develops Emergency Safe Landing Functionality

AI And Machine Learning Enable A UAS To Autonomously Identify A Safe Landing Area In The Event Of A Catastrophe

Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, CO, has introduced its revolutionary Automated Emergency Safe Landing (AESL) functionality for UAS. The technology integrates state of the art machine learning algorithms and cutting edge onboard processors into the Black Swift S2 UAS to capture and classify images.

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Klyde Morris 09.13.19

Klyde Predicts There Will Be No Oscar Nomination For Zif ...


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Airborne 09.11.19: Tico Belle, Transat Balloon Crossing, Moon Colony

Also: 777X Load Testing, 1000th Super Puma, GE Aviation Trade Secrets Theft, Chandrayaan 2

An airplane that once carried paratroopers into France on D-Day has taken a role in providing humanitarian relief to the hurricane-ravaged islands of the Bahamas in the wake of Dorian. Tico Belle, a C-47 Skytrain owned by the Valiant Air Command based in Titusville, FL flew to Orlando International Airport on Saturday to pick up about 5,000 pounds of much-needed supplies, and then carried the cargo to Sandy Point on Great Abaco Island. Norman Daniels, commander of the Valiant Air Command, said that the aircraft wa

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.13.19)

“We had a mechanical incident with our V Tail Bonanza this evening after landing. I wanted to let people know that I and my passenger (one of our instructors) are doing fine and all is well.” Source: Patty Wagstaff, in a post on Facebook following a runway excursion at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport Wednesday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.13.19): Interrogator

The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver, which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar, transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all transponders on the mode being used to reply.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.13.19)

The Model Aeronautics Association of Canada

In 1949, a group of 11 very enthusiastic modellers assembled to form an organization for those interested in model aviation. Their vision was for an association to officially represent the aircraft modeling fraternity in Canada. Today, the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada has grown from that group of 11 to a body of Canadian modelers over 13,000 strong, representing all facets of this exciting hobby, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In 1995 they were proud to have inducted these 11 founding members into our MAAC Hall of Fame.

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