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April 30, 2017

Blue Angels Mishap Occurs During Formation Flight with USAF Thunderbirds

Two Navy F/A-18s 'Swap Paint' But Recover and Land Safely

The need for precision in any formation, much less the tolerances demonstrated by a number of the world's finest military jet demonstration teams, is unquestioned. On a highly anticipated combination formation flight series conducted with the USAF Thunderbirds, late Wednesday, two of the Blue Angels made glancing contact due to what is suspected to some unanticipated wake turbulence from the other jets. Upon recovery in Pensacola, both jets received 'minor' maintenance and were quickly returned to service. Both pilots are also back in the active roster, as well, and were part of this past weekend's performances in Beaufort, SC. The incident occurred in close proximity to Pensacola Beach, ou

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Legendary Aerobatic Pilot, Joann Osterud, Goes West

Incredibly Talented Aerobat and Role Model Passes Away at 71

We regret to note that an incredibly talented pilot and airshow legend (legitimately), Joann Osterud, passed away in March. She was 71 years old and passed away due to natural causes. A dear friend of ours, Joann was an indelible personality who became a true role model for women all over the world as she broke records, worked an airline career, and pushed boundaries for many decades... and she was an absolute delight to party with. And, boy, will we miss her...

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ASTM: First Standard From New Group Will Help Certify Aircraft Electronics Techs

Provides A Basic Approach For Evaluating Subject Knowledge, Task Knowledge, And Task Performance

A new guide will help assess competencies of avionics professionals who work with airplane technologies and who want to gain certification as Aircraft Electronics Technicians (AETs). 

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Second TBM Avenger Gathering Will Exceed Last Year's

Sixteen Of The Aircraft Are Expected At The Event

The second TBM Avenger Gathering, planned for May 20, 2017, promises to be a bigger event than last year, according to its organizers.

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Bombardier To Showcase Its Challenger 350 Aircraft At 2017 Milken Conference

Mock-Up Display Follows The Successful Alternative Fuel-Powered Flights Of Bombardier Learjet, Challenger And Global Demo Aircraft

Attendees at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, California will have a unique opportunity to tour the impressive full-scale mock-up of Bombardier's innovative Challenger 350 business jet. The life-size mock-up will be displayed adjacent to the conference headquarters at the Beverly Hilton Hotel from April 30 - May 3, 2017, and will showcase the industry's best-selling business jet platform of the last decade. The four-day conference will attract some 4,000 prominent business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, scientists and scholars from more than 50 countries and will feature over 600 speakers.

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ESA Boosting Its Argentine Link With Deep Space

High-Tech Improvements Made In Radio Dish

Thanks to some high-tech improvements, ESA’s radio dish in Argentina will be ready to receive the rising torrent of scientific data beamed back by future missions exploring deep in our Solar System.

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DOD Presents Program Patriot Award To Jason Siegert

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance CEO Honored By The Government

Jason Siegert, CEO of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, was awarded the Patriot Award on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The award was presented to Siegert by Carol Smetana, Arizona ESGR representative. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award recognizes supervisors for supporting National Guard and Reserve service members. Family members or employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve nominate their supervisors for supporting their military service.

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Rockwell Collins Introduces New ARINC Flight Data Display

Powered By ARINC MultiLink, Flight Tracking Tool Enhances Enroute Awareness For Carriers

In an on-going effort to meet the increased demand for enhanced flight tracking capabilities, Rockwell Collins today introduced the web-based ARINC Flight Data Display, a new situational awareness display that provides a simple and clear visual representation of an entire fleet. The new display, launching with Royal Jordanian Airlines and available for carriers globally, ensures key flight information is available to support airline operational decision making.

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U.S. Navy's Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar Completes Major Design Review

System Is On Track For Development

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy conducted the Preliminary Design Review for the new Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar, confirming system development is on track for delivery to the designated ship classes. The PDR followed several EASR milestones completed as planned on the development schedule, including the combined Systems Requirements and System Functional Reviews, and the Integrated Baseline Review.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.30.17): Special Activity Airspace (SAA)

Special Activity Airspace (SAA) Any airspace with defined dimensions within the National Airspace System wherein limitations may be imposed upon aircraft operations. This airspace may be restricted areas, prohibited areas, military operations areas, air ATC assigned airspace, and any other designated airspace areas. The dimensions of this airspace are programmed into URET and can be designated as either active or inactive by screen entry. Aircraft trajectories are constantly tested against the dimensions of active areas and alerts issued to the applicable sectors when violations are predicted.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.30.17)

Aero Linx: Maine Aeronautics Association (MAA) The MAA was formed to fill a void in the state of Maine by establishing itself as a centrally recognized organization. We are a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to keeping flying safe and fun. We work with our neighboring communities to provide information and educational opportunities. We promote aviation through education, advocacy, and community outreach.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.30.17)

“This guide is the starting point for maintenance organizations, manufacturers, airlines, training providers, educational institutions, and others involved in certifying or hiring skilled technicians who maintain aircraft and their electrical and electronic systems. This industry consensus standard is the first of many that will support a more uniform approach to training and education in a field where demand for high-tech talent is growing.” Source: From a statement made by ASTM member Mike Adamson, vice president, member programs and education, Aircraft Electronics Association, in regards to a new guide that will help assess competencies of avionics professionals who work with airplane technologies and who want

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