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December 22, 2018

Two Arrests Made In Gatwick Airport Harassment Case

Little Known Yet About Actual Motive...

While there is not much yet to be heard to indicate what (at least) two lunatics were up to, Sussex Police have two arrests in the multi-day shutdown of Gatwick airport that inconvenienced thousands, cost millions, and cast a pall over a growing and potentially vital segment of the aviation world. Superintendent James Collis reported to the media, that, “As part of our ongoing investigations into the criminal use of drones which has severely disrupted flights in and out of Gatwick Airport, Sussex Police made two arrests just after 2200 on 21 December.

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Cessna Citation Longitude Achieves Provisional Type Certification

Milestone Towards Final Phase Of Certification And Deliveries Next Year

The Cessna Citation Longitude super-midsize jet has achieved provisional type certification (PTC) from the FAA. The PTC allows operators to begin Citation Longitude flight training in preparation for deliveries early next year and paves the way for the program’s final phase of certification.

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DJI Releases New Firmware Updates For TB50 And TB55 Batteries

Improved Firmware Addresses Early Return-To-Home or Automatic Landing Of M200 Series Drones Without Compromising Measures Implemented To Maintain Flight Safety  

DJI has released new firmware updates for users of TB50 and TB55 batteries which address the small number of reports of Matrice 200 Series drones experiencing early Return-to-Home (RTH) or Automatic Landing (AL). These cases are not due to product performance issues but are false alarms triggered by conservative measures DJI implemented last month to prevent any further potential of M200 series drones experiencing loss of power mid-flight. DJI continues a thorough investigation of the root cause of the issue until it is fully resolved.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Citation Accident In Southern Indiana

No Distress Massage Transmitted By The Pilot Prior To Accident

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred November 30 that fatally injured the airline transport certificated pilot and two passengers on board the Cessna Citation CJ2 business jet.

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ANSI Standardization Roadmap For Unmanned Aircraft Systems Published

Represents The Culmination Of 15 Months Of Work By More Than 300 People

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today the publication of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 1.0). The roadmap was developed by the Institute's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC), a group established to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS aka "drones") into the national airspace system of the United States.

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Airbus Delivers The 400th A320 Family Aircraft Assembled In China

Airplane Went To National Flag Carrier Air China

Airbus has delivered the 400th A320 Family aircraft from its Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) in Tianjin, China. The A320neo was delivered to national flag carrier Air China, based in Beijing. Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF latest generation engines, the aircraft features a comfortable two-class cabin layout with 158 seats: 8 business and 150 economy.

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AeroVision International Signs Parts Support Agreement With Eastern Airways

Provides Carrier With Access To Components Used To Support Their Fleet Of ERJ Aircraft

AeroVision International has signed a long-term component spares and exchange agreement with U.K.-based Eastern Airways. The parts support agreement provides Eastern Airways with access to an extensive inventory of components used to support their fleet of ERJ aircraft.

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Singapore Airlines Celebrates The Delivery Of A New A350-900

Medium-Haul Aircraft Equipped With Thales AVANT IFE And Connectivity

Singapore Airlines is known globally for its high standards of service and cabin experience. The airline has been awarded the internationally acclaimed five-star rating from Skytrax and was recognized by the organization in 2018 as the "World's Best Airline" for the fourth time, operating a modern passenger fleet of more than 100 aircraft. For the upcoming fleet of A350-900 medium haul aircraft, Singapore Airlines has entrusted Thales to sustain their brand promise of improving service excellence, retaining competitive advantage and continuing to meet and exceed customer expectations.

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Airbus And Hungary Announce Long-Term Industrial Partnership

Will Initially Focus On Helicopter Dynamic Systems

Airbus Helicopters and Hungary have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to create an industrial cooperation for long-term aviation projects that will initially focus on the production of certain high precision mechanical parts for helicopter dynamic systems. This project is part of the 'Zrinyi 2026' armed forces development program supporting Hungary’s national security goals of developing independent defence capabilities.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.22.18)

“By combining three different programs, F-16 STP will enable the U.S. Air Force to provide a more cost-effective approach to maintaining concurrency for the warfighter.” Source: Mike Swanger, Program Manager, F-16 Simulators, U.S. Air Force.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.22.18): Conflict Alert

A function of certain air traffic control automated systems designed to alert radar controllers to existing or pending situations between tracked targets (known IFR or VFR aircraft) that require his/her immediate attention/action.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.22.18)

A Brief History of Rockets

From NASA's Glenn Research Center, a look at the history of rockets for those of us who do not claim to be rocket scientists.

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