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November 25, 2018

ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Yes... We Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For The Rest Of Week

As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens -- in Real Time -- just like always. Aero-News will be publishing at a slightly reduced level on November 22nd and 23rd, as our staffers spend some time with their families... some of whom may not recognize them away from their computers. Basically, we're going to treat the four-day weekend as just that: a four-day weekend, meaning you'll still be able to find several new stories each day on our website. By the way, we celebrated an amazing milestone last week... the SEVENTH anniversary of our '

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Crew Assistant CIMON Completes First Tasks In Space

Small Talk With Alexander Gerst On Board The ISS Makes Aerospace History

The astronaut assistant, CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN), developed and built by Airbus on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), has passed its first tests in space with flying colours. It worked together with German ESA astronaut, Alexander Gerst, in the Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS) for around 90 minutes.

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Intel Shooting Star Mini Drones Make the Holiday Season Even Brighter

One Hundred Take To The Skies For The Annual Christmas Spectacular In New York City

This holiday season, Intel Shooting Star mini drones are helping to delight audiences in “The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes.”

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Additive Manufacturing Adds Savings, Capability To UAS

Being Used For Advanced Avionics For Military Drones

Avionics component size, weight and power needs are typical watch items for any aircraft, but make the requirements even smaller for unmanned systems, and the associated challenges become a priority worthy of a small business solution.

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Airbus To Build New Generation Broadcast Satellites

New Spacecraft Will Renew Eutelsat HOTBIRD Fleet

Airbus has been selected by Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellites operators, to build two HOTBIRD new generation telecommunication satellites that will replace the current spacecraft and enhance capacity at Eutelsat’s premium broadcasting position 13° East.

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NGC Secures Ground To Air Communication Requirements For Polish Airports

Installations Will Be Completed By The End Of The Year

Following the installation of ATM equipment at four remote ground stations (Sieradz, Radom, G?bin and Brzesko) in 2017, PANSA has now added almost 30 locations to be equipped with Sapphire ATM communication systems. All of the installations will be completed by the end of 2018.

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CODE Demonstrates Autonomy And Collaboration With Minimal Human Commands

Ground And Flight Tests Highlight CODE-equipped UASs’ Ability To Collaboratively Sense And Adapt

In a recent test series at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program demonstrated the ability of CODE-equipped Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) to adapt and respond to unexpected threats in an anti-access area denial (A2AD) environment. The UASs efficiently shared information, cooperatively planned and allocated mission objectives, made coordinated tactical decisions, and collaboratively reacted to a dynamic, high-threat environment with minimal communication.

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USAF Falcons Undergo Facelift

Work Intended To Provide A Protective Finish That Will Increase The Lifespan Of The Airplanes

Upon entering a room lined with panels and LED lights, described solely as something out of a science fiction movie, people in polar white suits are ready to re-skin a new beast.  The Airmen working across two shifts in the work center, paint and renovate the aircraft and equipment assigned to the Air Force’s largest combat F-16 Fighting Falcon wing.

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West Star Aviation Acquires Flite Components

Supports MROs And OEMs Worldwide

West Star Aviation has acquired Flite Components, an FAA/EASA Part 145 Repair Station. Conveniently located minutes away from Dallas Love Field airport, the company supports corporate and commercial aircraft operators, MROs and OEMs worldwide.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.25.18)

Aero Linx: Ercoupe Owners Club We fly an airplane that was the peak of pre-World War II development. It took more than a decade and a half before the features of the Ercoupe were the norm in civil aviation. Yet the industry finally followed. The members of the Ercoupe Owners Club provide each other mutual support as we keep these classic aircraft in the air. Along the way, we've found that Coupe people are a little bit special, themselves. Please browse our site and enjoy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.25.18): Call Sign

Call Sign The identification that ATC and a pilot use for a particular flight or aircraft. Call signs are generally a combination of the aircraft type or manufacturer and the aircraft registration for civilian planes, a combination of the airline and flight number for airline flights, and a combination of branch of service and flight number for military flights. Call signs should always be included in any communication with ATC to avoid confusion about who's talking.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.25.18)

"We see great synergies between Flite and Dallas Aeronautical Services. I look forward to this partnership and growing the entire one-stop maintenance theme throughout our companies." Source: Jim Rankin, CEO of West Star Aviation, commenting on the West Star Aviation acquisition of Flite Components, an FAA/EASA Part 145 Repair Station.

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