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April 23, 2017

Four To Be Enshrined In NAHF At Ceremony In October

Record Number Of Former Enshrinees Expected To Return For The 'Oscar Night Of Aviation' At The Bell Helicopter Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) will formally enshrine four more outstanding air and space pioneers as the Class of 2017, bringing number of individuals to 237 so honored, to date.   Over a dozen former enshrinees are expected to attend the ceremony, including four who have been selected to each serve in the time-honored role of “Presenter” of an inductee.

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Report: Flight Cancellations Down From Previous Year, January 2017

U.S. DOT Releases April 2017 Air Travel Consumer Report

The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its April 2017 Air Travel Consumer Report, compiling air carrier data for the month of February 2017.  The April report contains denied boarding (oversales) data for the October-December 2016 quarter, as airlines report denied boarding numbers by quarter.  Denied boarding numbers for the January-March quarter will be available in the May Air Travel Consumer Report.

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Bell Helicopter, Air Pacific Utama Celebrate A Number Of Firsts

Air Pacific Utama Becomes First Bell 407GXP Operator In Indonesia

A purchase agreement has been signed between Bell Helicopter and Indonesian customer Air Pacific Utama (PT APU) for a Bell 407GXP, as well as the company's Customer Advantage Plan (CAP). PT APU will become the first operator of the type in Indonesia.

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BSP Recognized For 50 Years Of Continuous Service With Sikorsky Helicopters

Fly Primarily Offshore Oil And Passenger Transport Missions

Sikorsky today recognized Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) for 50 years of continuous service with Sikorsky helicopters.  The recognition event took place at the inaugural 2017 Rotorcraft Asia show. 

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STAjets Founder Kurt Belcher Nominated For EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017

Recognized For Creation Of Brand, Membership Program

The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards recognizes those who see past the present to define the future. STAjets' Owner Kurt Belcher was selected as a 2017 Nominee and semi-finalist for this prestigious honor. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program, now in its 31st year, seeks those leaders who shape today's ideas into tomorrow's exceptional companies. Finalists and winners to be announced between now and June 2017.

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NASA Awards Commercial Payload Processing Contract

Central Florida Company To Provide Prelaunch Services

NASA has selected Astrotech Space Operations, LLC, of Titusville, Florida, to provide commercial payload processing services for agency missions launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Meghna Aviation To Become First Operator Of Bell 429 In Bangladesh

Becomes First Operator Of The Aircraft In That Country

Bell Helicopter has  announced the purchase agreement signing of a Bell 429 to Meghna Aviation Ltd. (Meghna) in Bangladesh, making it the first Bell 429 to operate in Bangladesh providing corporate, leisure and utility charter. 

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New Zealand Police Use Drone To Bust Pot Farm

Used Borrowed Aircraft To Catch Harvesters

New Zealand police used a borrowed drone to uncover a hidden crop of about 100 marijuana plants in the Kaingaroa Forest on the North Island.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.23.17)

Aero Linx: The Collings Foundation The Collings Foundation is a non-profit, Educational Foundation (501(c)3), founded in 1979. The purpose of the Foundation is to organize and support “living history” events and the preservation, exhibition and interaction of historical artifacts that enable Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation. The original focus of the Foundation was transportation-related events such as antique car rallies, hill climbs, carriage and sleigh rides, and a winter ice-cutting festival in the Stow, MA area. During the mid-eighties, these activities were broadened to include aviation-related events such as air shows, barnstorming, historic

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.23.17): Flight Plan Area (FPA)

Flight Plan Area (FPA) The geographical area assigned to a flight service station (FSS) for the purpose of establishing primary responsibility for services that may include search and rescue for VFR aircraft, issuance of NOTAMs, pilot briefings, inflight services, broadcast services, emergency services, flight data processing, international operations, and aviation weather services. Large consolidated FSS facilities may combine FPAs into larger areas of responsibility (AOR).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.23.17)

"Without that drone we would not have found it and would have just been wandering around the bush."  Source: New Zealand Police Sergeant Chris Turnbull, commenting on the use of a borrowed drone to uncover a hidden crop of about 100 marijuana plants in the Kaingaroa Forest on the North Island. Authorities had first been alerted to the activity on April 7, but were unable to locate the field in the sprawling forest using traditional methods after covering some 11 miles of the forest on foot.

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