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December 16, 2017

GAO: DOT Tweet Violated Anti-Lobbying Rule

Passed Along Message Supporting ATC Modernization

The Government Accountability Office has determined that the U.S. DOT  violated an anti-lobbying provision in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017, when it “retweeted” and “liked” a tweet urging followers to “[t]ell Congress to pass” pending legislation. Although DOT was not the author of the tweet, DOT, by retweeting and liking it, not only endorsed the message, but also created agency content. Because DOT obligated and expended appropriated funds in violation of a statutory prohibition, DOT also violated the Antideficiency Act.

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Delta Air Lines Places Order For 100 A321neo ACF Aircraft

To Be Powered By Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM Geared Turbofan Engines

Delta Air Lines has placed an order with Airbus for 100 of the manufacturer’s modern A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) aircraft. The U.S.-based carrier selected the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family to meet Delta’s future requirements for aircraft with greater efficiency and additional capacity. The airline’s A321neo ACF planes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines.

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Sun Country Airlines Acquired By Apollo Global Management

Jude Bricker To Remain As CEO Of The carrier

A definitive agreement has been reached for the acquisition of Sun County Airlines by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management from brothers Marty and Mitch Davis. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, is targeted to close during the first quarter of 2018. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Australian Company Wants To Host The World's First Flying Car Race

The Alauda Airspeeder Crosses A Race Car With A Quadcopter

What might you get if you crossed a Formula One race car with a racing quadcopter? Apparently, it would be the Alauda Airspeeder Mark I, which the Australian company hopes to have racing next summer.

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GECAS Takes Delivery Of Its 394th – And Last – Next-Generation 737

Culminates A 20-Year History Of Orders For The Type

Culminating a 20-year history of new orders for the type, GECAS has received its 394th and final skyline order of Boeing’s Next Generation 737. Just over a month prior to Boeing delivering its first 737 MAX to GECAS in January, the lessor took delivery of its final skyline NG order last week.

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Elbit Selected to Provide, Operate Simulators For IAF Transport Aircraft

Contract Valued At $74 Million Over 13 Years

Elbit Systems has been selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to provide and operate flight simulators for the upgraded C-130H and C-130J transport aircraft of the Israeli Air Force (IAF). The contract value will be in an amount of $74 million dollars for a thirteen-year period which includes a set up phase of approximately three years and a ten-year operating period.

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Swift Air May Cancel MRJ90 Order

New Eastern Owner Wants To Focus On A Boeing Fleet

After acquiring the newly-reformed Eastern airlines brand, Swift Air is expected to cancel an order for as many as 40 of Japanese-built MRJ90 single-aisle jets, according to an insider at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.

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GRACE-FO Satellites Headed For Launch Site

German-Built Gravity Research Spacecraft Are On The Way To Vandenberg Air Force Base In California

The twin GRACE-FO satellites have begun their journey to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Together with test equipment totalling around 50 tons, the gravity research satellites built and developed by Airbus in Friedrichshafen (Germany) were loaded overnight onto an air freighter at Munich airport and flown to the U.S. Tuesday. GRACE-FO is a joint project between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) based in Pasadena, California, and the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.16.17)

"The Sun Country pilot group is committed to doing our part to continue to deliver top-notch service to our customers during this ownership transition and change of direction for the company.” Source: Capt. Brian Roseen, chairman of the Sun Country Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, on the sale of the airline to The Apollo Group.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.16.17): Flight Patterns

Basic maneuvers, flown by reference to the instruments rather than outside visual cues, for the purpose of practicing basic attitude flying.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.16.17)

Become a Pilot

An FAA web page designed to provide potential pilots with information about how to reach their goals. The first step? "Decide what you want to fly. FAA's rules for getting a pilot's license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly.

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