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April 08, 2018

Airborne 04.06.18: TBird Pilot Lost, Supersonic VSS Unity, Great Lakes A/L

Also: PC-24 Delivered, Robinson Helicopter AD, Mercy Flight Southeast, USAF To Acquire 22 AC-208

There are few details about the actual accident, but the Air Force has confirmed that one of the pilots of the  Thunderbirds demonstration team was fatally injured Thursday in a training accident. More recent info disclosed that Thunderbird #4, Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, an accomplished pilot with more than 3,500 hours of flight time was lost. SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity safely and successfully completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered flight Thursday. VSS Unity took off at 8:02 am local time with Mark &ld

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JetSMART Selects NAVBLUE’s ROPS System For Its Fleet

Signs Largest ROPS Agreement By A Low Cost Carrier In South America

Airbus subsidiary NAVBLUE will provide Chile’s low-cost carrier JetSMART with the Airbus Runway Overrun Protection System (ROPS). Under the agreement, which was signed at the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, Chile, NAVBLUE will equip 100 aircraft, including retrofit of three aircraft already in operation. As a result JetSMART’s entire A320 Family fleet will be equipped with ROPS by the end of 2026.

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Victor And Air BP Launch Carbon Offset Program

Tracks Emissions On Private Jet Charters In Europe

Private jet charter provider Victor, in collaboration with Air BP and BP Target Neutral, has officially opened its carbon offset program to operators and customers following a trial phase which began late last year. The program aims to put the company, and participating aircraft operators, ahead of the curve in terms of meeting important industry deadlines around reduced environmental impact.

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Women Of Weather: Hurricane Hunters Make A Difference

Two Women Relate Their Paths To The The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron

Some little girls might dream about being princesses; but others dream about becoming a Hurricane Hunter and flying into the most powerful storms on earth. Those goals became reality for Maj. Ashley Lundry, an aerial reconnaissance weather officer, and Maj. Devon Meister, a pilot, both members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, referred to as the Hurricane Hunters, a unit in the 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.

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Orbis Debuts Simulation Training On First Flying Eye Hospital Trip Of 2018

Mobile Simulation Center Transforms Training With The Latest In Technology And Surgical Knowledge

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital—the world's only U.S.-accredited teaching hospital on board an MD-10 aircraft—has returned to Trujillo, Peru for the sixth time to deliver a three-week ophthalmic training from April 2 - 20. For the first time, Orbis will dedicate the first week to training medical professionals from the Instituto Regional de Oftalmología (IRO) through simulation technology.

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Brazilian AF To Upgrade Inspection Aircraft

New Panels To Be Installed In Four Hawker 800XP Jets

The Brazilian Air Force Flight Inspection Group (GEIV) will be upgrading its fleet of Hawker 800XP aircraft with Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 avionics suite that will bring them into compliance with upcoming airspace mandate requirements. This marks the first Pro Line 21 retrofit to be installed on a Hawker 800XP in Latin America.

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Sikorsky Celebrates 30 Years Of Black Hawk Operations In Latin America

Continued Production And New Mission Capabilities Ensure The Black Hawk Helicopter Will Remain Operational Around The World For Decades

This year marks 30 years of operations for the Black Hawk helicopter in Latin America, since the Colombian Air Force took delivery of its first five UH-60A aircraft in 1988. Designed and manufactured by Sikorsky, now a Lockheed Martin company the twin engine medium-lift Black Hawk has become synonymous with the successful defense of territorial sovereignty, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, combating drug trafficking, performing search and rescue missions, surveilling coastlines and borders, and transporting heads of state.

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CHC Introduces New Latin America Base At Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport

Will House AW139 Aircraft And About 30 Employees

CHC Group announced the inauguration and start of operations from its new base at Brazil's Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport, Campos dos Goytacazes. The event was attended by executives from Shell, city hall, local press and the President of FIRJAN in the Campos region, Fernando Aguiar. The facility will house Leonardo AW139 aircraft and approximately 30 employees supporting Shell’s operations. The base begin formal operations yesterday, April 2.

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Virgin Galactic, Virgin Hyperloop One Extend Relationship With Saudi Arabia

Enters The Next Stage With Public Investment Fund (PIF) Of The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia (KSA)

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Sir Richard Branson and the management teams of Virgin Group's space businesses and Virgin Hyperloop One today entered the next stage of their relationship.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.08.18)

Aero Linx: The Texas Agricultural Aviation Association For over 60 years, TAAA has been the nerve center of information, education and community for ag-aviation’s air forces in Texas. TAAA is comprised of a group of professionals dedicated to helping the Texas farming industry produce food, fiber and fuel to meet the ever growing need of a hungry world. With the use of specially designed agricultural aircraft, these conscientious pilots use EPA approved products to eliminate crop damage incurred by the presence of weeds, insects and infertility. These members appreciate the association’s purpose: to provide them with up-to-date information on products, equipment, technology and

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.08.18): Instrument Departure Procedure

Instrument Departure Procedure A preplanned instrument flight rule (IFR) departure procedure published for pilot use, in graphic or textual format, that provides obstruction clearance from the terminal area to the appropriate enroute structure. There are two types of DP, Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP), printed either textually or graphically, and, Standard Instrument Departure (SID), which is always printed graphically.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.08.18)

"The Black Hawk has proven to be a unique and strategic tool for the Colombian Air Force that has allowed us to perform some of the most challenging missions in very extreme conditions. We join in celebrating this milestone anniversary, and look forward to many more years of effective utilization of these fine machines with the help and support of our friends at Sikorsky." Source: Gen. Carlos Eduardo Bueno, Chief of the Colombian Air Force, commenting on 30 years of operations for the Black Hawk helicopter in Latin America, since the Colombian Air Force took delivery of its first five UH-60A aircraft in 1988.

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