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April 03, 2017

Airborne 04.03.17: 787-10 1st Flt, PS Engineering Challenge, uAvionix 'Disrupts'

Also: iFly GPS, Sportcopter Vortex, 747-8F Orders, ExoMars, GAMA, ISS Crew, A350-1000 
Boeing's largest variant of the Dreamliner has made its maiden flight. The 787-10 took off from a runway at the North Charleston, SC manufacturing facility at 0939 EDT Friday morning on a flight that lasted well over 4 hours and seemed to go quite well. The new airplane flew extensively over South Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean. Boeing says the 787-10 is about 95 percent the same as the -9 variant, but the airplane's additional 18 feet of length allows the seat capacity to be increased to 330, and cargo capacity is larger as well. Boeing currently has about 149 orders for the airplane. PS Engineering has a proposition for owners of Garmin's GMA340 Audio Panel. Th

Orbital ATK And NASA Donate Shuttle Boosters To California Science Center

Boosters To Be Part Of Only Existing Full Stack Of The Space Shuttle On Display

Orbital ATK and NASA have donated a set of flight-worthy solid rocket boosters from the Space Shuttle Program to the California Science Center to display with a full-up exhibit of the Endeavour orbiter and external tank.

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F-35 Production Adds Jobs in Johnstown

Anticipates Hiring 40 New Workers

Lockheed Martin will expand production for components of the F-35 Lightning II with a new facility in Johnstown, PA, including more than 40 new jobs by the end of 2018.

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Harris Achieves Critical Delivery and Cost Savings Milestones For F-35 Avionics

Achieved More Than $750 Million In Cost Savings To The Avionics Production Program

Harris Corporation has achieved major cost savings and delivery milestones for avionics supporting the F-35 Lightning II, the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter aircraft that provides unmatched capabilities to military forces around the world. Harris avionics infrastructure and electronics are critical to providing more efficient, affordable and higher-performance capabilities on a fighter aircraft than ever before.

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New Manufacturing Solutions Take Shape With 3D Printing

Techniques Being Applied In Manufacture Of A330neo Aircraft

The advantages of 3D printing – also known as additive layer manufacturing – are being applied to the A330neo (New Engine Option) jetliner and BelugaXL airlifter, enabling fast reaction that saves both time and money.

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Airbus Selects Unabiz For Research In Digitalization Of Aircraft Maintenance

Adopting An 'Internet Of Things' Solution In The MRO Field

Airbus has selected UnaBiz to advance research in digitalization of aircraft maintenance operations through the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The contract sees both parties enter into a research and technology agreement in the field of Maintenance Repair and Overall (MRO).

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Arizona State University Launches New Space Exploration Lessons

Fueled By NASA Content, Content Is Available Free To Educators, Museum And Science Programs Administrators, Parents And Students, And Curious Learners

Arizona State University has unveiled a new series of open, digital lessons and simulations designed to teach science through the exploration of space. Powered by NASA content and Smart Sparrow's pioneering adaptive learning technology, Infiniscope is now available for free to educators, museum and science programs administrators, parents and students, and curious learners.

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Garmin Brings Home Theater Sound Quality To The Cockpit With The GMA 345/342

New Audio Panels Are A Cost-Effective Slide-In Upgrade To The Popular GMA 340

Garmin has rolled out the GMA 345 and GMA 342 all-digital audio panels designed for fixed-wing aircraft. The GMA 345 features Bluetooth audio connectivity and a front-mounted USB charging port, while the GMA 342 contains a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack that allows pilots to connect a mobile device directly to the audio panel.

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GE Aviation Acquires Leader In Digital Aircraft Records Management

Will Further Enable Web-Based Fleet Maintenance Records Management Across The Aviation Ecosystem

GE Aviation has acquired Critical Technologies, Inc., branded as AirVault, a privately-owned supplier of cloud-based digital records management. AirVault’s expertise to digitally manage mission-critical records across an industrial supply chain network strengthens GE's ability to focus on asset lifecycle management and maintenance optimization for the aviation industry.

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Bombardier Q400 Aircraft Continues to Support Porter Airlines' Growth

Fleet Has Grown To 29 Aircraft

Porter Airlines and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft have announced that the airline's fleet has grown to 29 aircraft with Bombardier's delivery of another Q400 turboprop. Porter exclusively flies Q400 airliners.

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Georgia Airport Renamed For The Late Ron Alexander

EAA Vintage Aircraft Association Board Member Fatally Injured In An Accident Last November

The Peach State Airport (GA2) just west of Williamson, GA has been renamed Alexander Memorial Airport in honor of the late Ron Alexander, who was fatally injured in an accident last year.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-06-12

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A319 and A320 series airplanes.

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AD: Textron Aviation Inc.

AD NUMBER: 2017-06-13

PRODUCT: Certain Textron Aviation Inc. (Textron) Model 680 (Citation Sovereign) airplanes.

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Planes Of Fame Museum Airshow Program Under Legal Attack

When Will This Industry Learn That Attacking Our Own Has No Upside?

Over the last few days, information has been disseminated about a lawsuit served on the Planes OF Fame Museum and Airshow operation located in Chino California. Fighting back, with limited public disclosure (probably to avoid even further legal repercussions), the Planes of Fame crew has established a petition operation using to see support and numbers as they prepare for a legal hearing on April 20th. The petition efforts states, "A lawsuit has been brought against the Planes of Fame Air Museum by the Yanks Air Museum, Flying Tigers Aviation, SOCAL MRO, and Zangeneh Aeronautics with the sole intent to stop the 25th Annual Planes of Fame Air Show at Chino Airport sl

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Icon A5 Sinks After Failed Water Landing

Controversial Amphib Takes A Dive... Literally

In a story that we must assure you is NOT a holdover from our Annual April 1st Parody Edition, we can report that one of the few Icon A5s currently 'in the wild' had a pretty serious water landing issue this past weekend... and, well... sunk. Saturday afternoon, a single Icon A5 unsuccessfully executed a water landing (shown here, courtesy of Miami Dade Fire Rescue) near Biscayne National Park and ran into some undefined trouble which resulted in the sinking of the aircraft. Two male occupants were reportedly uninjured and were found by a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boat that had been sought by Florida Fish and Wildlife and park officials. Both occupants were found sitting on the top of the wing of the alm

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PS Engineering Offers Free Flight Trial To Garmin Audio Panel Owners

'David' Takes On 'Goliath' Looking For Market Share

PS Engineering has a proposition for owners of Garmin's GMA340 Audio Panel. The company is challenging those owners and pilots to ask their avionics dealer for a free flight trial of the PS Engineering PSA450A audio panel, a "plug and play" replacement.

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AMA Drone Report 03.30.17: Taylor v Huerta, Drone Privacy, New AMA Pubs

Also: Police Use Drones, Drone Interferes with Firefight, New XIRO

Sorry to be so serious this week... but a number of legal and legislative issues have been introduced that may affect you. First; opening arguments in the case Taylor vs. Huerta were heard recently... and  the judge was apparently not impressed by the arguments made by the FAA. The case was brought by Maryland Attorney John Taylor, who contends that the FAA did not follow proper procedure when it enacted the registration database just before the holidays in 2015, and that it ignored Section 336A of the FAA Modernization Act which pr

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AUVSI Releases Report On FAA Part 107 Waivers

Lion's Share Went To Small Businesses

A recently-released report from AUVSI indicates that nearly 90 percent of the waivers granted by the FAA under Part 107 went to small businesses. According to the report, most of the waivers allow businesses to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at night, which is not permitted under the current rule. The report also finds that businesses in 44 states received waivers in the first six months since the rule took effect.

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AF Addresses Pilot Shortage

Service Needs 1,555 Pilots Across All Mission Areas, Leadership Says

Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, the Air Force manpower, personnel and services deputy chief of staff, testified on the pilot shortage before the House Armed Services subcommittee on Military Personnel in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2017.

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Lindbergh Foundation To Celebrate 90th Anniversary Of Trans-Atlantic Flight

Exclusive Black-Tie Event Will He Held To Mark The Milestone

The Lindbergh Foundation, which developed the Air Shepherd program to protect elephants and rhinos from poaching by using drones, today announced an upcoming celebration of the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s first solo transatlantic flight. The event, taking place on May 20th, also marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation created to continue the vision of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  

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Klyde Morris (04.03.17)

Klyde Still Isn't Quite Ready To Worship At The Altar of SpaceX...


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Airborne 03.31.17: SpaceX Reuses Booster, New Mooney Ultra, 'Hot Stuff' Racer

Also: Fairness For Pilots Act, Aviation Comm/Mktg, Hilton Software, Bearhawk, Orbital ATK, GA Appreciation, NASA Update

To the continuing amazement of the aerospace world. Elon Musk’s SpaceX crew have raised the space age bar yet again... this time, successfully RE-LAUNCHING and RE-LANDING a previously used Falcon 9 First stage. The Falcon 9 booster, which previously flew in April 2016, launched from the Kennedy Space Center at 1827 EDT to fulfill the SES-10 mission and put a communications satellite into orbit for Luxembourg-based SES SA. The flawless, on-time launch allowed SpaceX to deliver SES

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.03.17)

Aero Linx: New York Aviation Management Association The Board reaffirmed a fundamental premise of NYAMA's mission: airports are the centerpiece of aviation services and businesses, and the Association's primary focus is on sustaining the viability of the state's airports. If that job is done well, a wide range of benefits will accrue to the state in the form of air service, employment, economic development, and government revenues. The mission statement was updated to incorporate this premise and reflect the interrelationship of viable airports, economic vitality, and community benefit: NYAMA's mission is to promote the viability and business interests of New York State's airports, which are the cent

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.03.17): Braking Action Advisories

Braking Action Advisories When tower controllers have received runway braking action reports which include the terms “fair,” “poor,” or “nil,” or whenever weather conditions are conducive to deteriorating or rapidly changing runway braking conditions, the tower will include on the ATIS broadcast the statement, “Braking action  advisories are in effect” on the ATIS broadcast. During the time braking action advisories are in effect, ATC will issue the latest braking action report for the runway in use to each arriving and departing aircraft. Pilots should be prepared for deteriorating braking conditions and should request current runway condition inf

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.03.17)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "This is an enormous threat to the air show community. If a couple of small businesses are allowed to perpetrate this kind of legal intimidation, it will only be a matter of time before other extremists in other communities adopt the same tactics and put the entire air show industry in jeopardy. We urge you to sign this petition. And we urge you to urge other people who enjoy air shows to also sign the petition." Source: From a public statement issued by the International Council of Air Shows in support of thje Planes of Fame Air Museum,. now embroiled in a highly questionable lawsuit brought on by other aviaion concerns over

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