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September 30, 2017

Major Chrystina Jones To Receive 2017 Katharine Wright Trophy

NAA Honors Jones For Commitment Encouraging Women To Pursue Aviation Careers

The National Aeronautic Association is proud to announce that Major Chrystina Jones, a United States Air Force pilot, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Katharine Wright Trophy.  The trophy was established in 1981 and is awarded annually to an individual who "...has contributed to the success of others, or made a personal contribution to the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation and space flight over an extended period of time."

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2017-19-18

PRODUCT: Certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) model Tay 620-15 turbofan engines.

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FAA Restricts Drones Over Statue Of Liberty, Other Landmarks

No-Drone-Zone Begins 400 Feet From The Lateral Boundaries Of The Sites

At the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 10 Department of the Interior (DOI) sites, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.

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Flight Attendants At Mesa Airlines Ratify New Contract

Fly Under United Express And American Eagle Brands

Mesa Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have voted by 97 percent to ratify a new contract with economic and work rule improvements for the more than 1,100 Flight Attendants.

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Delair Unveils A New Large-Area Mapping Drone

Aircraft Features 3G/4G Communications And Onboard Processing Capabilities

Drone manufacturer Delair has introduced its next-generation professional unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for survey-grade photogrammetric mapping, the UX11, at INTERGEO 2017 in Berlin, Germany. This small fixed-wing UAV combines a powerful integrated onboard system, industry-grade sensors, limitless communication range and PPK centimeter-level positioning.

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Trimble Expands Portfolio Of Geofencing OEM Products

Adds Three New High-Accuracy Direct Georeferencing Systems On Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Trimble has introduced three new GNSS-Inertial Systems for Direct Georeferencing on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs):  the Trimble APX-15-EI UAV, Trimble APX-18 UAV, and Trimble APX-20 UAV. Direct Georeferencing with the systems allows the location of image elements collected by Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and hyperspectral sensors to be accurately computed without extensive networks of ground control points, reducing costs while maintaining accuracy to produce maps.

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Airlift Wing Keeps Disaster Relief Moving

Aircraft Flying Out Of Savannah, GA Around The Clock To Puerto Rico And USVI

Air National Guard Airmen with the 165th Air Terminal Operations Center at Savannah Air National Guard Base operated around the clock recently to send disaster relief to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Thrush Aircraft Strengthens Commitment To Factory Training

Key Team Member Added As The Company Continues To Fulfill Its Promise Of Leadership In The Ag Aviation Training Arena.

There is an additional parking space now being occupied at the already busy Thrush factory, as Robert Garrett has become part of the company; serving in the highly anticipated Director of Training role. Robert is a highly regarded veteran of the ag aviation industry, and his coming onboard signals a further commitment on the company’s part to leading the industry in this critical segment of the business.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.30.17)

"Every one of these guys is a traditional guardsman, and I just called them, and they said, 'Yeah, I'll help out,'. They weren't tasked, they just volunteered." Source: Chief Master Sgt. Wayne Weaver, air cargo superintendent with the 165th Air Terminal Operations Center at Savannah Air National Guard Base.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.30.17): Minimum Descent Altitude (MDA)

The lowest altitude, expressed in feet above mean sea level, to which descent is authorized on final approach or during circle-to-land maneuvering in execution of a standard instrument approach procedure where no electronic glide slope is provided.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.30.17)

Odd Luftwaffe Planes That Flew

The Luftwaffe had excellent airplane designers. Unlike some other areas of the Hitler regime, these innovators were given absolute latitude to do pretty much whatever they wanted. As long as the design promised to be effective it stood at least a chance of being approved.

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