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April 28, 2017

Airborne 04.28.17: Perlan Mission II, DJI VR Goggles, Pilot... NOT!

Also: American Airlines, Airborne-NextGen, Biofuel, ATR 72-600, Gogo, Drone Drive, L3 Aviation

Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider to the edge of space to collect insights on high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change, returned to flight this week. Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi achieved its highest altitude to date, reaching 30,615 feet. Perlan 2 will spend spring soaring in mountain wave conditions in the skies above the Sierra Nevada, before deploying in May to Argentina. “This past year our team gained invaluable insight and experience from flying the glider in and around the Andes Mountains,” said Ed Warnock, CEO of The Perlan Project. Dronemaker DJI has released more details about its soon-to-be-available first person VR goggle

uAvionix Announces Line Of Integrated ADS-B And GPS Solutions For Drones

Will Be On Display At AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017

uAvionix has announced a new line of four integrated Ping transceivers and navigation products reducing weight and installation complexity.  The new hardware will debut at AUVSI XPONENTIAL and is available and shipping now to customers worldwide.

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Drone Crowdfunding Campaign Called Deceptive By Industry Blog

Claims Videos Used To Solicit Backers Are Not What They Appear

A crowdfunding campaign being used by Kudrone to solicit backing for a new camera drone do not provide an accurate representation of the aircraft's capabilities.

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Lancair International Returns Philippine-Based Support To Texas

Multiple Containers Of Aircraft Molds, Fixtures, Support Equipment Arriving In Uvalde, TX

Following the recent acquisition of Lancair by the Huffstutler family, the company has begun the process of repatriating kit manufacturing fixtures and equipment from their former location in Cebu in the Philippine Islands. Multiple containers of aircraft molds, fixtures, inventory and support equipment are being shipped to their new home in Uvalde, TX.

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ALPA Applauds Congressional Support For Effort To Save U.S. Airline Jobs

Legislation Introduced To 'Stop Anti-U.S. Worker Schemes'

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has announced strong support of the Flags of Convenience Don't Fly Here Act (H.R. 2150), legislation to save American airline jobs, stop global offshoring schemes, and ensure a level playing field for U.S. aviation workers.

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L3 Aviation Products Receives TSO Authorization For Upgraded Cockpit Displays

AML-STC Granted For EFI-650 Integrated Cockpit Display On Legacy Corporate Aircraft

L3 Aviation Products has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization and an Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) for its EFI-650 cockpit display, a new integrated Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) designed for regional and legacy corporate aircraft, as part of an alliance with Thomas Global Systems.

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Attorney Representing United Passenger Also Takes On American Airlines

Will Represent A Woman Who Argued With AA Flight Attendant Following Another Viral Video

The attorney who is representing Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was physically removed from a United Airlines flight earlier this month, has another client.

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Frasca International Sells Airbus H125 Helicopter Sim To Aero Asahi Corporation

Buyer Is Japan's Leading Civil Helicopter Company

Frasca International has sold a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan’s leading civil helicopter company.

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Drone Shot Down In Eastern Tennessee

Shooter Still Unidentified

What was supposed to have been a flight to capture the sunset over Oliver Springs, TN west of Knoxville ended with a badly damaged DJI Inspire 2 drone crashing to the ground on property belonging to a church. 

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Japan Air Commuter Starts Operations With ATR

Will Fly Between Small Islands And Communities In The Country

Japan Air Commuter Co. Ltd. (JAC) has performed its first ATR 42-600 revenue flight. JAC’s flight 3741 departed from Kagoshima at 8:50 am (local time) for a 40-minute flight to Yakushima. The aircraft then performed three flights, from Yakushima to Kagoshima, from Kagoshima to Okinoerabu, and back to Kagoshima.

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FL Governor Rick Scott Declares April 'Aviation Appreciation Month'

Industry Accounts For More Than 8.5 Percent Of Gross State Product

The Alliance for Aviation Across America is applauding Florida Governor Rick Scott for declaring April 2017 as “Aviation Appreciation Month.” In Florida, general aviation airports contribute more than $7.7 billion to the state’s economy annually.

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AD: GROB Aircraft AG Gliders

AD NUMBER: 2017-08-12

PRODUCT: GROB Aircraft AG Models GROB G 109 and GROB G 109B gliders. 

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2017-09-02

PRODUCT: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters (Airbus Helicopters) Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 and MBB-BK 117 D-2 helicopters.

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Aero-TV: Best Kept Heli-Secret??? - Cicaré at Heli-Expo 2017

Cicaré Helicopter Displays SVH-4 Single-Seat Training Device At HAI…
Cicaré Helicopters displayed the SVH4 single-seat simulator training device at HAI 2017 in Dallas this year.

Aero-TV: Best Kept Heli-Secret??? - Cicaré at Heli-Expo 2017

Cicaré Helicopter Displays SVH-4 Single-Seat Training Device At HAI…

Cicaré Helicopters displayed the SVH4 single-seat simulator training device at HAI 2017 in Dallas this year. Mike Creed, CEO, DEA General Aviation (USA/China) for Cicaré Helicopters, told Aero-News CEO and editor in chief Jim Campbell that the SVH-4 can be used by student pilots for up to 10 hours credit towards their FAA Private Pilot certificate.

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Space Companies Urge Senate Committee To Boost FAA Space Funding

Senate Space Subcommittee Hears From Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, Others

A hearing held Wednesday by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness  titled “Reopening the American Frontier: Reducing Regulatory Barriers and Expanding American Free Enterprise in Space” examined the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act signed into law in November 2015, potential regulatory barriers to address in future legislation, and ways to expand commercial opportunities for American firms in space.

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Southwest To End Practice Of Overbooking Flights

United Says It Has Reached A Settlement With Dr. David Dao

Southwest Airlines will no longer oversell flights, according to the company CEO.

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Airbus Engineering Moves To WSU Innovation Campus

Relaunches Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge In Wichita

Airbus Americas Engineering today officially opened its new Engineering Center on the Wichita State University (WSU) Innovation Campus. In a ceremony attended by the approximately 300 Airbus employees who work at the center and special guests, including Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, the company recognized the importance of locating academia and industry together to improve innovation and competitiveness.

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DJI And Hasselblad Introduce 100-MP Integrated Aerial Photography Platform

DJI M600 Pro Drone, Ronin-MX Gimbal And Hasselblad H6D-100c Camera Combine For Unparalleled Aerial Imaging Package

DJI and Hasselblad have introduced the first 100-megapixel integrated drone imaging platform.

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Cubs Returning En Masse To AirVenture

Celebrating The 80th Anniversary Of The Iconic Airplane

The Cubs are returning to AirVenture in large numbers again in 2017 in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the iconic airplane.

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Temporary Runway Scotched At KSMO

Had Been Proposed To Keep The Airport Open While The Runway Is Shortened

There will be no temporary runway created at KSMO for use while the primary runway at the airport is shortened under terms of an agreement between the city and the FAA.

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Klyde Morris 04.28.17

It's Just The American Way, Klyde


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Airborne 04.26.17: Kitty Hawk Flyer, Mooney CEO Departs, Part 23 Training

Also: Sun 'n Fun, North Dakota, Turbulence, Canadian Drones, Voyageur Aviation, Oxford Airport, Drone Classes

A major player in the online world, Google’s Larry Page, has entered the aviation arena with a personal flying machine that is supposed to operate in the 'ultralight' category. Called the 'Kitty Hawk Flyer' -- the new ultralight air vehicle is a new, all-electric aircraft. Page's effort claims the aircraft to be "safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations. We’ve designed our first version specifically t

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Airborne 04.27.17: HondaJet Records, More UAL Fallout, Avenger Gathering

Also: Peggy Whitson!, AUVSI 2017 Live, Air Medical Group, Canadian Airports, GLO Bankrupt, WestJet, Second T-X

A HondaJet has officially secured its first speed records over two recognized courses from Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida. In setting the record between New Jersey and Florida, the HondaJet departed Teterboro Airport at 2:15 p.m. EST on April 9, 2016 and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 5:06 p.m. Despite average headwinds of 60 knots, the flight took two hours and 51 minutes at a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet w

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.28.17)

“Wichita’s talent pool of aerospace and aviation experts is among the richest in the world. The aviation expertise here is recognized within Airbus and around the world.” Source: John O’Leary, Vice President-Airbus Americas Engineering.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.28.17): Cleared As Filed

Means the aircraft is cleared to proceed in accordance with the route of flight filed in the flight plan.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.28.17)

International Aviation Records

Since the beginning of aviation, pilots have always tried to surpass themselves, to fly further, faster and higher.

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