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May 29, 2019

Airborne 05.29.19: RedBull Kaput, Martin Jetpack, EAA Supports Vets

Also: Air Trophy-Greenland, 'Racist' Call Signs, Apollopalooza, Hangzhou Capitalizes, Strike Fighter Squadron 101

As Airborne was being produced, we received word that Red Bull has pulled the plug on their Air Race program... we'll have more on this in our next episode. The Martin Aircraft Company has closed its doors and put its warehouse up for lease. The Martin Jetpack was once touted as the next wave of personal aviation. But the New Zealand company has burned through more than $50 million in its investor's money. In 2010, Martin Aircraft Company was rated by Time Magazine as one of the world's top 50 "most anticipated" inventions. But the "jetpack" ... which actually used a pair of ducted fans to provide lift and thrust, has been eclipsed by the large nu

Two Aircraft Involved In Mid-Air Collision In Northeast FL

Airplanes Were Reportedly In The Traffic Pattern At Haller Airpark

A mid-air collision involving a Vans RV-4 and a second aircraft of an undetermined type has occurred in northeast Florida near an area known as Penny Farms in Clay County.

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Report: Flight Simulator Market Worth $7.7 Billion by 2025

Will Grow At More Than Five Percent Each Year Through The Period

According to the new market research report "Flight Simulator Market by Platform (Commercial (NBA, WBA, VLA), Military (Helicopters, Combat, Special Mission Aircraft), UAV), Type (FFS, FTD, FMS, FBS), Training (Virtual, Line), Solution (Product and Service), and Region - Global Forecast to 2025", published by MarketsandMarkets, the Flight Simulator Market is projected to grow from $5.7 billion in 2019 to $7.7 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.2% from 2019 to 2025.

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Still No Personal Jetpack: Martin Aircraft Is Defunct

Warehouse If For Lease And Phones Are Going Unanswered

A company that has been working towards bringing a personal aircraft that you can strap to your back to market has closed its doors and put its warehouse up for lease.

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Canadians To Benefit From New Air Passenger Protection Regulations

New Rules Go Into Effect July 15

Air travel is essential to Canada's economic growth and prosperity. Canadians, tourists and businesses all benefit from a safe, efficient and more transparent air industry. Buying tickets for air travel can be a big expense for Canadian families. When Canadians buy an airline ticket, they expect airlines to meet their obligations and deserve to be treated fairly.

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Topcon Announces Next Generation Flight Planning Software

Software Designed To Increase Accuracy With Advanced Mapping Features

Topcon Positioning Group announces the next generation flight planning system for its rotary-wing aerial UAV offering — Intel Mission Control Software. The new software is designed to facilitate automated flight planning, managing missions, and data handling for the Intel Falcon 8+ Drone – Topcon Edition and its available payload options.

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Cessna Citation Down In The Atlantic Ocean

Flight Had Originated In East Alton, IL

A Cessna Citation went down in the Atlantic Ocean Friday, resulting in the presumed loss of the pilot, the only person listed to be on board the airplane.

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GomSpace To Design Stand-Alone Nanosatellite Asteroid Rendezvous Mission

Signs Contract With ESA For Initial Design Phase

GomSpace's subsidiary in Luxembourg and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a contract of $446,000 for the Phase A design of the Miniaturized Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer (M-ARGO) mission.

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MIT, USAF Sign Agreement To Launch AI Accelerator

New Program Will Focus On Rapid Deployment Of Artificial Intelligence Innovations In Operations, Disaster Response, And Medical Readiness

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson has announced a contract with Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on accelerating artificial intelligence technologies through fundamental research in computational intelligence, reasoning, decision-making, autonomy and relevant societal implications. The agreement includes selecting eleven Airmen for a research and development collaboration team designed to field practical AI solutions for real-world, national security challenges.

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Fairfax County, VA Board of Supervisors Approves Public Safety UAS Program

Public Service Agencies Will Gear Up To Implement The Program In The Next 90 Days

At its meeting Tuesday, May 21, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a Public Safety Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program.

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African-American Pilots Charge Navy Gave Them 'Racist' Call Signs

Navy's Aviation Commander Says New Process For Call Sign Assignments Being Created

Two African-American Navy pilots say they were subjected to racial bias during their training with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, and the actions of the commander of Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller would seem to back up their assertion.

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Apollo 11 Commemorative Brooch Up For Sale

Had Been Worn By Janet Armstrong, Neil Armstrong's Wife

A gold brooch presented to Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong and worn by his wife is being offered for sale. The brooch, which is made of 18 carat gold, is one of four struck following the historic first manned moon mission. The others were presented to Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Rose Kennedy.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-08-07

PRODUCT: All Airbus SAS Model A318 and A319 series airplanes; Airbus SAS Model A320-111, -211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes; and Airbus SAS Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, and -232 airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-08-08

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-1A11 (600), CL-600-2A12 (601), and CL-600-2B16 (601- 3A, 601-3R, and 604 Variants) airplanes.

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Aero-TV: Sporty's Academy 2019 - Creating A Proper Flight Training Culture

Sporty’s Is More Than Just a Pilot Shop
Sporty's is well known for their line of products for pilots, having been a part of the aviation landscape for decades. But less-well known is the company's in-airplane flight training, according to Sporty's Academy president and COO Eric Radtke, who spoke recently with Aero-News Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell.

Aero-TV: Sporty's Academy 2019 - Creating A Proper Flight Training Culture

Sporty’s Is More Than Just a Pilot Shop

Sporty's is well known for their line of products for pilots, having been a part of the aviation landscape for decades. But less-well known is the company's in-airplane flight training, according to Sporty's Academy president and COO Eric Radtke, who spoke recently with Aero-News Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell. Sporty's says that the Academy is committed to its students success, and is proud of a success rate more than double the national average.

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Airborne-Unmanned 05.21.19: Rec Drone Changes, Lilium Electric, Int'l Drone Conf

Also: Langley Aerodrome, $9.3 Million For ResponDrone, DJI Drones Comply, Restrictions Near Navy Vessels

The FAA is implementing changes for recreational drone flyers. While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying in controlled airspace around airports. The new requirement to obtain an airspace authorization prior to flying a drone in controlled airspace replaces the old requirement to notify the airport operator and th

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NTSB Publishes Preliminary Report For Investigation Of Alaska Mid-Air Collision

Calls For Greater Safety Measures For For-Hire Flights

The National Transportation Safety Board has released the preliminary report for its investigation of the May 13, 2019, fatal mid-air collision near Ketchikan, Alaska, one in a string of recent accidents involving for-hire aircraft.

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FAA Grounds Cessna Citations With Tamarack Winglets Installed

Move Follows Fatal Accident In Southern Indiana

The FAA has published an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that grounds all Cessna Models 525, 525A, and 525B airplanes with Tamarack active load alleviation system (ATLAS) winglets installed in accordance with Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SA03842NY. The AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as malfunction of the ATLAS.

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FAA Offers Update On 737 MAX Progress

Acting Administrator Elwell Addresses Global Regulators Meeting

Acting FAA Administrator Daniel Elwell told a recent meeting of global aviation regulators that it is waiting for Boeing to complete its update of software for the MCAS used on the 737 MAX airplanes, and that several things need to happen before the U.S. regulator will return the airplane to service.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Chesapeake Bay Helo Accident

Pilot And Passenger Fatally Injured When The Aircraft Went Down

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident involving a Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter that went down on May 4th in the Chesapeake Bay near Kent Island, MD.

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Academy of Model Aeronautics Awards $50,000 In Scholarships

Thirteen Students Get Assistance For Academic Pursuits

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has helped graduating seniors achieve their dreams since 1970, with individual scholarships ranging from $500 to $8,000 each year. This year, $50,000 total was awarded to students. Student scholarships are awarded each year thanks to the generous support of AMA members and AMA Foundation patrons across the country. AMA has awarded more than $1.1 million in scholarships since founding the scholarship program.

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Boeing’s Starliner Completes Service Module Hot Fire Testing

Critical Test Of Starliner Propulsion System Clears Milestone Ahead Of Flying Crew

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner propulsion system was put to the test at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico.  Teams ran multiple tests proving both the vehicle’s in-space maneuvering system as well as the critical launch abort system.

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Strike Fighter Squadron 101 Deactivates

Had Been Training F-35C Pilots And Support Personnel For Seven Years

The last F-35C belonging to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 “Grim Reapers” left its home base at Eglin, AFB in FL for Naval Air Station Lemoore (NASL) as the squadron deactivated after more than seven years of training F-35C pilots and Sailors and Marines.

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Airborne 05.28.19: Tamarack Grounding, 'Fat Albert' Retires, UFO Report

Also: DJI Adds Airplane And Helicopter Detection, Inspection Reports Falsified, Dulles Aviation FBO, AA Suit

The FAA has grounded Cessna Citation business jets equipped with the Tamarack ‘ATLAS’ active winglet system, stating that, “An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD.” According to the AD, “...the active load alleviation system (ATLAS), when operational, deflects the Tamarack active control surfaces (TACS) on the outboard wings. Recently, occurrences have been reported in which ATLAS appears to have malfunctioned, causing upset events

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.29.19)

"A customer who pays for a ticket should trust that the operator is using the industry’s best practices when it comes to safety. And it shouldn’t matter if the operator has one airplane or 100. Travelers should have an equivalent level of safety regardless of the nature of the flight for which they paid." Source: NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.29.19): Operational Check

An "in motion" or "power on" test for determining that an item of equipment will operate at a specified performance level.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.29.19)

American Association of Airport Executives

Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization for airport executives, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support airports.

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