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October 13, 2015

Airborne 10.13.15: Aspen's Patent, BIG Pipistrel Sale, WingX Pro7 Bargain

Also: SubSonex Update, Aero-Calendar, United Talks, NATO Helo Down, ID Tragedy, Boeing Donation, Frontier's 1st A321

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Airborne 10.13.15: Aspen's Patent, BIG Pipistrel Sale, WingX Pro7 Bargain

Also: SubSonex Update, Aero-Calendar, United Talks, NATO Helo Down, ID Tragedy, Boeing Donation, Frontier's 1st A321
OK.... this could be a game-changer... Aspen Avionics has announced that it has been awarded a U.S. patent for its 'groundbreaking' Connected Panel wireless cockpit system. The patent, first applied for in 2011, is the industry’s only FAA-certified and patented avionics technology to safely interface wirelessly with non-certified mobile devices such as the Apple iPad or Android devices before, during and after flight. It looks like Pipistrel, the manufacturer of light sport and microlight aircraft, has hit the jackpot as it takes a firm order for 194 aircraft. Pipistrel will equip Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and National Cadet Corp

Mooney Aircraft Launches Certified Pre-Owned Program

Includes 27-Item Inspection, Repair And Cosmetic Refurbishment Checklist Plus Fly-Away Guarantee

Mooney International Corp. has announced its first Certified Pre-Owned Aircraft program. The program includes 27 point inspection, repair and refurbishment of the engine, avionics, airframe, interior and exterior and is designed to attract new members to the “Mooney family” by ensuring a selection of superior-quality pre-owned Mooney aircraft are available in the marketplace.

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SF City Supervisor Blasts Blue Angels As 'Killing Machines'

Demonstration Team Flew During Annual Fleet Week Celebration

The Navy's Blue Angels precision demonstration team performed over the weekend in San Francisco as part of the city's annual Fleet Week celebration. According to the Fleet Week website, "San Francisco Fleet Week is an annual public event that honors the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response personnel." This an event that brings prestige, no small amount of tourist money, and tens of thousands of people to SF ... but at least one city 'official' did not embrace the spirit of the day. As a matter of fact, he got downright nasty about it... and worse... he went o

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Three Fatally Injured In Idaho Accident

Dr. Pam Bird, Don And Tookie Hensley All Aboard When Airplane Went Down

Dr. Pam Bird ... of the Bird Aviation Museum in Idaho ... was fatally injured Thursday along with her friend, renowned pilot Tookie Hensley and Tookie's husband Don. All three were aboard Bird's Cessna 182 on their way from Idaho To Maine.

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Boeing Order Book Swells In Third Quarter

Lands 182 Orders During The Quarter, Reports Record Deliveries

Boeing is still the world's largest aircraft manufacturer based on third quarter data released recently by the company, but Airbus continues to win more orders this year.

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Another Quadcopter Down In Vicinity Of The White House

Incident Happens Despite Well-Publicized Prohibition On Such Flights In D.C.

A quadcopter got away from its owner on Friday and wound up in the Ellipse, a grassy area in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., and the owner of the aircraft has been cited by local police.

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Whitesides: Second SpaceShipTwo Near Completion

First Flight Tests Pushed To 2016, Virgin Galactic CEO Says

The second version of SpaceShipTwo is nearing completion in a hangar in Mojave, CA, but it will not fly before next year.

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Boeing Donates $100,000 For Flood Relief In South Carolina

Will Help Communities Recover From Historic Floods

Boeing will donate $100,000 to provide immediate aid and relief to victims of the widespread flooding across South Carolina, the company announced last week. Relief efforts are expected to continue across the state for an extended period as communities work to recover, with the full extent of the destruction caused by flooding yet to be determined.

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Central Oregon CC Orders Frasca Helicopter Simulator

R44 FTD Is A Replica Of The Aircraft's Cockpit

Central Oregon Community College (COCC) has ordered an R44 Helicopter Flight Training Device (FTD) from Frasca International.

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Anti-UAV Weapons On Display At Las Vegas Trade Show

One Uses High-Powered Radio Waves To Jam Control Signals, Disable Aircraft

A trio of British companies exhibited an anti-UAV device that uses RF energy to disable the unmanned aircraft at an unmanned aerial vehicle trade show last week. The device was being marketed to governments and airports at the Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Expo in Las Vegas.

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Frontier Airlines Takes Delivery Of Its First A321

Airline Grows All-Airbus fleet With Largest A320 Family Aircraft

Denver, CO-based Frontier Airlines has taken delivery of the first Airbus A321 to join its fleet. In the last year, the airline has placed firm orders for 19 A321s, reflecting its market strength and the need for the largest Airbus A320 Family member. All 19 A321s are the current engine option (ceo) and will be equipped with Sharklets. Each will seat 230 people in a single class, and be powered by CFM56-5B engines from CFM International.

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Boeing Celebrates Delivery Of Oman Air's First 787 Dreamliner

Airplane Will Support Carrier's Expansion Plans

Boeing and Oman Air celebrated the delivery of the airline's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Sunday. The airline ordered six 787-8s in November 2011 as part of its expansion plans.

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NASA, Global Aviation Leaders Talk Green Aviation And More At Annual Summit

Meetings Held At Moffett Field In California

Representatives from 21 aviation research organizations around the world came together this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California to explore solutions for many of today’s most significant aviation challenges.

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Some Movie-Goers Think 'The Martian' Is Based On A True Story

Some Even Tweeted That The Thought Humans Had Visited Mars

In Hollywood, there is a concept called "suspension of disbelief," which is based on people letting go of their pre-conceived ideas and just letting a movie or television show be entertaining.

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NTSB Forum On Loss Of Control Prevention Set For Wednesday

Questions Can Be Submitted By The Public Until 1500 EDT Tuesday The NTSB will hold a one-day forum to examine the problem of loss-of-control crashes in general aviation, and explore possible solutions. The event, “Humans and Hardware: Preventing General Aviation Inflight Loss of Control,” will be held from 9 am – 5 pm ET on October 14, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

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United Uses New Airplanes As Carrot To Sweeten Contract Talks

Internal Communications Indicate They Could Invest In 100-Seat Regional Jets If Agreement With Pilots Is Reached

In an effort to reach an agreement with its pilot's union, United Airlines has said it plans to buy a fleet of new 100-seat regional jets from either Bombardier or Embraer if they can reach an agreement with their pilot's union in the next month and a half.

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First New Warrior Training Aircraft Delivered To FlightSafety International

Keys To Five Of Twenty Handed Over At Piper Headquarters In Vero Beach, FL

FlightSafety International has begun taking delivery of 20 factory new, single-engine Piper Warrior aircraft. The first five aircraft were handed over to FlightSafety Academy at the Piper factory in Vero Beach, Florida during a recent delivery ceremony. The remaining aircraft will be delivered throughout the fourth quarter, with all 20 expected to enter service before the end of the year.

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Pipistrel Wins HUGE Contract With Indian Military

Will Supply 194 Aircraft To The Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Navy (IN) And National Cadet Corps (NCC).

Pipistrel has been selected by the government of India to equip the Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Navy (IN) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) with its modern, carbon-fiber Microlight aircraft Virus SW 80 "Garud", as a result of "Request for Technical and Commercial Proposal (RFP) for Microlight Aircraft". Pipistrel was selected as the winning bidder in the tendering competition among eleven international Original Equipment Manufacturers / Authorized Vendors.

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AeroSports Update: Personal Jet Update

Sonex Tells Us Another SubSonex Jet Has Taken To The Sky

For many years there have been attempts to bring recreational aviation a true ultimate ‘Walter Mitty’ machine in the form of a personal, single-place jet. It wasn’t until Sonex came out with their kit-built version of the SubSonex that we finally got what we wanted.

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Hilton Software Offers WingX Pro7 For Inexpensive Tablet

Version Developed For Fire Tablet Includes Many Features Found On iOS, Android Devices

Hilton Software LLC, has announced WingX Pro7 for Fire, an inexpensive tablet device offered by Amazon for as little as $42.

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NATO Helicopter Down At Kabul Base

Five Troops Fatally Injured, Five More Hurt

A NATO Puma Mk2 helicopter went down while landing at the headquarters of the Resolute Support Mission that is training security forces in Afghanistan on Sunday. Five NATO troops were fatally injured, according to officials. Five others received lesser injuries.

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Airborne 10.12.15: Senator v UAVs, Precious Metal Update, Airbus Heli's H160

Also: Girls In Aviation 2016, Quicksilver Across America, Heli Celebration, Russian Airline Bankruptcy, Custom Avionics Acquired, Westjet Air Center, NASA Selects Student Teams

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.13.15)

"Our Virus SW 80 "Garud", ... was carefully configured to suit and fulfill the requirements of all ordering parties." Source: Pipistrel CEO Ivo Boscarol.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.13.15): AD - Airworthiness Directive

Issued by airworthiness authorities to correct a defect found in an aircraft type after certification.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.13.15)

National Aviation Hall of Fame

They dreamed the dreams. They harnessed the technologies. They created a world where the sky was no longer the limit.

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