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April 09, 2018

Airborne 04.09.18: TBirds Cancel Sun ‘n Fun, E-Plane Race, Air America Revoked

Also: Hangar Collapses, Orbis Debuts, East Hampton Airport, Russian Mail Drone Crash

The tragic loss of Thunderbird #4, Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, and the cancellation of their pending airshow schedule also means that other shows will not see the excitement of the Thunderbirds for an unknown period of time while the team grieves, investigates, and rebuilds itself for the future. One of the more notable upcoming cancellations  affects the annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, which starts tomorrow, Tuesday, the 10th of April. “The Sun ’n Fun family joins the whole air show community in mourning the loss of one of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in a mishap yesterday during a training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base,” noted president and CEO of Sun ’n Fun, Jo

NSERC Grant To Support Use Of Drone Imaging In Forestry

Will Use UAVs To Estimate The Number Of Planting Microsites

Téluq University, in partnership with Groupe DDM, has received a $25,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) under the Engage Grant partner program for universities. The grant will fund the project "Using drone computer vision to estimate the number of planting microsites."

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Finalists Named For AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

Winners Will Be Announced At XPONENTIAL In Denver, May 1

Finalists for the inaugural XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) were named today. They represent accomplishments by companies, organizations and individuals across the unmanned systems community. The winners will be announced during award ceremonies on Tuesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 3, during AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

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SenseFly & Trimble Optimize Workflow For Geospatial Drone Operators

New Collaboration Ensures Seamless Integration Between SenseFly’s Emotion Flight & Data Management Software And Trimble Business Center Aerial Photogrammetry Module

Professional drone solution provider senseFly has announced a new software integration with Trimble, which optimizes the drone mapping workflow for geospatial professionals.

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Blue Skies Drone Rental And ParaZero Announce Strategic Partnership

Will Add Parachute Safety Systems To Several Drone Models

Blue Skies Drone Rental LLC (BSDR) has announced a strategic partnership with Israeli based ParaZero to provide state of the art parachute safety systems for popular drone models. Under the agreement BSDR will provide sales of ready to fly (RTF) kits with the DJI M600pro and other popular models, including support and training on the safety systems.

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Boeing Expands Services Engagement In Latin America

Announces Agreements With GOL Airlines And Aeromexico

Boeing  is expanding its commercial services capability in Latin America with new customer orders from GOL Airlines to use Boeing's Airplane Health Management for its 737 MAX fleet and from Aeromexico to use Boeing's landing gear exchange program for its 787 fleet. These announcements demonstrate the tremendous potential for services growth in this rapidly expanding region.

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Leonardo To Provide U.K. Defensive Aids Suite For Apache AH-64E Helicopters

Will Integrate Sensors And Countermeasures Into New Aircraft

Leonardo has been contracted by the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide a defensive aids suite (DAS) for the British Army’s new fleet of Apache AH-64E helicopters. Under related contracts from the U.K. MOD and Boeing, Leonardo will integrate sensors and countermeasures to ensure that U.K. Apaches remain among the best protected attack helicopters in the world.

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Maxar Technologies' SSL Selected By NASA JPL For Europa Flyby Mission

Will Design Spacecraft Components For 'Europa Clipper'

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has chosen SSL, a Maxar Technologies company to design and build critical equipment for a spacecraft that will explore Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. The award reflects SSL's leadership role in the space industry as a valued contractor supporting NASA mission needs and long-term commitment to accelerating innovation for the new space economy.

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Latitude 33 Aviation Experiences Record Growth, Fleet Expansion

San Diego-Based Jet Charter Company Expects Trend To Continue In 2018

San Diego-based Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet charter, executive jet management, and aircraft sales and acquisitions company headquartered in Carlsbad, California, announced 50 percent growth in private jet charter hours in 2017. As one of the few private jet charter companies to receive the industry’s highest safety rating, ARGUS Platinum, Latitude 33 continues its significant growth by offering the newest and largest fleet of light jets available.

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Brazilian AF Selects Rockwell Collins To Support Flight Operations

Renews Contract Covering Fleet Of 13 Aircraft

Grupo de Transporte Especial (GTE), the Special Transport Group of the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira), has renewed its contract for Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect flight support services to cover its fleet of 13 aircraft, which includes an Airbus A319, and Embraer ERJ145, E-190 and Legacy 600 aircraft.

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AAR Signs Exclusive Agreement With AMETEK For Civil Aerospace Markets

Pact With Power And Data Systems For OEM Support Of Commercial And Business Aircraft

AAR has announced its OEM Aftermarket Solutions group has signed an exclusive agreement with Power and Data Systems (PDS) of AMETEK Aerospace & Defense to be its exclusive global aftermarket distributor supporting commercial, regional transport and helicopter markets.

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Executive AirShare Names John Owen President And CEO

Promoted From CFO To Succeed Keith Plumb

Executive AirShare has named John Owen as its president and CEO after serving as the company’s interim president the past two months. Owen, formerly the chief financial officer, succeeds Keith Plumb, who announced he was stepping down from the company in February.

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Mail Drone In Russia Crashes On First Flight

Impacted The Side Of A Building At High Speed

The concept of delivering mail by drone needs a little work, at least in Russia. A demonstration planned for the Siberian town of Ulan-Ude took a turn for the worse recently when operators lost control of the aircraft shortly after takeoff and it impacted the wall of a building at high speed. It went from a $20,000 aircraft to scrap in the blink of an eye.

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Barnstorming: Does Collier Trophy Announcement Ignore Actual Innovator?

Despite Strong And Compelling Evidence, Innovator Alan Klapmeier Is Mentioned Nowhere In The Collier Announcement

News, Analysis, and Opinion By ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell The recent announcement lauding Cirrus Aircraft for the completion of the SF50 single engine jet program, and awarding them the Collier Trophy, is causing some consternation among folks in the know in the GA world -- especially those of us at ANN with intimate knowledge as to how this program REALLY came about. The Vision Jet program was THE brainchild of Cirrus Founder Alan Klapmeier--period... and for those of us with a LOT of video, and other documentation (in addition to the not-inconsiderable detail that we were THERE), that

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Thunderbirds Cancel Sun ‘n Fun Appearance

Thunderbird Schedule Will Be Cut Back Pending Accident Investigation

The tragic loss of Thunderbird #4, Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, and the cancellation of their immediate airshow schedule also means that other shows will not see the excitement of the Thunderbirds for an unknown period of time while the team grieves, investigates, and rebuilds itself for the future. One of the more notable upcoming cancellations affects the annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, which starts tomorrow, Tuesday, the 10th of April. “The Sun ’n Fun family joins the whole air show community in mourning the loss of one of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in a mishap yesterday during a training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base,” noted Sun ’n Fun Preside

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FAA Revokes Air America’s Air Carrier Certificate

Multiple Allegations Against The Carrier Noted In The Order

The FAA has issued an Emergency Order of Revocation against Air America, Inc. of Carolina, Puerto Rico, for allegedly conducting passenger-carrying flights using a pilot who had not received enough rest, using an unqualified pilot, operating aircraft when they were overweight and not properly loaded, and failing to provide pilot records.

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Zil Air Orders Tecnam P2012 ‘Traveller’ Aircraft

Second Aircraft Order Being Negotiated

Seychelles-based Zil Air has placed an order for a Tecnam P2012 Traveller aircraft, and is in further talks that may include the purchase of a second aircraft next year.

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Bombardier, PSA Airlines Extend Heavy Maintenance Agreement CRJ Aircraft

Three-Year Extension Covers CRJ200, CRJ700 And CRJ900 Airplanes

Bombardier Services Corporation and PSA Airlines, Inc. (PSA Airlines) of Vandalia, Ohio recently signed a three-year extension to the parties' heavy maintenance agreement. Under this contract, heavy maintenance tasks for the airline's fleet of Bombardier CRJ200, CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft will be performed at Bombardier's West Virginia Air Center. Bombardier has conducted heavy maintenance for PSA Airlines since 2005.

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Aerial Firefighting Solution Shown To Black Hawk Operators In Latin America

The Firehawk Aerial Firefighting Mission Package Can Be Retrofitted To The Region’s Existing Black Hawk Fleets

Sikorsky has launched a two-month promotional tour of Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Peru to raise awareness of the Black Hawk helicopter’s effectiveness as an aerial firefighting platform. Many of the Black Hawk helicopters delivered to the region’s militaries and government agencies over the last 30 years can easily be equipped to carry water and foam to fight wildland fires that are growing both in severity and frequency.

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Electric Airplane Race Is Launched

Air Race E Hopes To Have Its First Races In 2020

Air racing is set to be revolutionized with plans for the world’s first all-electric airplane race announced this week. Leading companies in electric aviation manufacturing are being invited to tender to become a founding technical partner of the new motorsport series, Air Race E. The series will be run by Air Race Events and led by world-leading air racing promoter Jeff Zaltman, who has also founded the globally successful Air Race 1 World Cup, alongside an international team of leading authorities in the sport.

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Klyde Morris (04.09.18)

Klyde Channels Kelly Johnson...


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Boeing KC-46 Tanker Program Completes Fuel On-Load Certification Testing

Achieved A Maximum Fuel Transfer Rate Of 1,200 Gallons Per Minute

Boeing recently achieved a major certification milestone following a successful refueling flight between two KC-46 tankers. The company's tanker program has now completed its required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) fuel on-load testing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.09.18)

Aero Linx: Airport Operators Association (AOA) Founded in 1934, the Airport Operators Association (AOA) is the national voice of UK airports. We are a trade association representing the interests of UK airports, and the principal such body engaging with the UK Government and regulatory authorities on airport matters. The AOA’s members include over 50 airports and more than 150 Associate Members, made up of companies representing a wide range of suppliers in the aviation industry. Working on behalf of these members, the AOA’s mission is to influence governments, regulators and opinion formers at national and international level, in order to secure the policy outcomes that will deliver its

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.09.18): Intermediate Fix

Intermediate Fix The fix that identifies the beginning of the intermediate approach segment of an instrument approach procedure. The fix is not normally identified on the instrument approach chart as an intermediate fix (IF).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.09.18)

"Though the vote of support may shock you, esepcially for those who know of our history with the event; we strongly support the current crew working to build up this Fly-In into something quite amazing -- they've got their hearts and their heads in the right places right now. Despite the loss of the Thunderbirds, there is plenty to see and do at the Fly-In and ANN urges aviators far and wide to join together and participate in one of the great aviation community events of the year. We’ll see you there." Source: ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, voicing support (Surprise!) for this year's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In, despite the canceled appearance of the USAF Thunderbirds after the tragedy of a recent accident.&nbs

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