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October 23, 2015

Airborne 10.23.15: More Drone Issues, EAA v RV Lawsuit, JLENS Airship

Also: 1st Flight F-16V, Barnstorming: Lawyers v Aviation, Besenyei's Farewell, Area 51 Land Grab, Etihad Pilot, Air Combat USA, Era Group S92

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Airborne 10.23.15: More Drone Issues, EAA v RV Lawsuit, JLENS Airship

Also: 1st Flight F-16V, Barnstorming: Lawyers v Aviation, Besenyei's Farewell, Area 51 Land Grab, Etihad Pilot, Air Combat USA, Era Group S92 
Monday's announcement of a task force that will craft rules for registering UAVs continues to garner reactions from the aviation community. Aviation consultants, JDA Solutions, have added their voice to the chorus of commenters, and said they think it will create a lot of activity, but not a lot of action. In a post on the company blog, writer Sandy Murdock says that the registration scheme is at best a "band-aid", and at worst may waste an opportunity to address a problem that actually exists. ANN's stories about the recent legal attacks against Van's Aircraft and FloScan has kept our phone ringing

Embry-Riddle, ASSURE Partner Universities Receive Three FAA Research Awards

Money Will Be Used To Study Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the ASSURE Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have received the first group of FAA grant awards since the Center of Excellence was established in May 2015.

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Lockheed, UTC Say A Deal Is Near On Sikorsky

Sale Could Be Finalized By The End Of The Year

Sikorsky could become a part of Lockheed Martin by the end of the year, according to Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson.

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STAT Medevac Places Order For Two H135-Series Helicopters

New Aircraft Will Augment Air Medical Fleet Of 20 Airbus Helicopters

STAT MedEvac, a major air medical transport service provider, has ordered two H135-series (formerly EC135) helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Inc. to replace older aircraft. The announcement was made Tuesday at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Long Beach, CA.

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South African Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) Orders Three AW119Kx Helicopters

Will Expand Total Fleet To Eight Aircraft

The South African Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS) of South Africa has signed a contract for three AW119Kx EMS-equipped helicopters to expand their existing fleet of five AW119Ke aircraft. The contract also includes an option to acquire five additional units.

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USAF Pilots Face Sanctions, Possible Dismissal Over Text Messages

Accused Of Illicit Drug Use Despite No Positive Tests

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh had called on the Air Force Inspector General to look into a case of several pilots grounded after sending text messages that their commanding officer said were evidence of drug use.

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Life Link III Signs For Seventh AW119Kx

Delivery Expected By The End Of 2015

Life Link III of the Northwest United States has signed for a seventh EMS-equipped AW119Kx helicopter that will add to their growing fleet. The aircraft will be delivered from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia facility by the end of 2015.

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Asteroid Sample Mission Spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, Completed By LMC

Environmental Testing Underway At Lockheed Martin Facility Near Denver

Assembly of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been completed, and the spacecraft is now undergoing environmental testing at the Lockheed Martin's Space Systems facilities near Denver. OSIRIS-REx will be the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid back to Earth.

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Measure Hires Chris Courtney As Chief Pilot

Will Lead Measure's 'Drone As A Service' Program

UAV service provider Measure has hired Chris Courtney as Chief Pilot and Director Drone as a Service. With nearly twenty years of experience as an aviator, operations leader, and financial manager, Chris will lead Measure's efforts to provide safe, legal, and insured options for incorporating drones into business operations.

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Training Begins For Newest Red Arrow Pilots

Two New Pilots Chosen Following Rigorous Selection Process

Flight Lieutenants Matt Masters and Si Taylor are the latest recruits to the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team. They are now embarking on six months of intensive training and practice sorties in preparation for the 2016 display season.

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Humanitarian UAV Network, American Red Cross, UNICEF Present At Drone World Expo

Were Featured Speakers On Humanitarian Applications For UAVs

Dr. Patrick Meier, founder of Humanitarian UAV Network and representatives from UNICEF and the American Red Cross, discussed the latest developments and explore partnership opportunities with the humanitarian community during a dynamic panel on Humanitarian Applications for UAVs at the Drone World Expo.

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Landing Site Recommended For ExoMars 2018

Mission Will Be Comprised Of A Lander And A Rover

Oxia Planum has been recommended as the primary candidate for the landing site of the ExoMars 2018 mission.

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Airmen Of New York's 109th AW Begin Antarctic Mission

Marks 28th Season At The Bottom Of The World

The takeoff of the New York Air National Guard's LC-130 Hercules ski-equipped aircraft here Oct. 16 marked the official start of the 109th Airlift Wing's 28th season of support to science research at the South Pole.

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Classic Aero-TV: AMA’s Dave Mathewson–Setting A Proper Course For Model Aviation

For Many Aviators, It All Starts With Model Aviation... and AMA

While at eFest 2015 ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, visited the headquarters of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and had the opportunity to sit down in a conversation with Dave Matthewson, the Executive Director of the AMA. AMA is a member of the Airborne Partnership Initiative. In this video, we learn about the AMA, its past, present and future, and the role it plays in what modelers referred to as, “full scale aviation.”

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FAA Grants TSO Certification For The SAI 340 Quattro

Four-In-One-Unit Replaces Vacuum Attitude Instruments

The FAA has sent a letter of TSO approval to Sandia Aerospace for the long awaited SAI 340 Quattro. The SAI 34 is a four in one unit that provides Attitude-Altitude-Airspeed-Slip in a easy to read electronic format.

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NTSB Releases Final Report On 2013 Soldotna, AK Accident

de Havilland DHC-3 Was Apparently Over Gross Weight, Out Of Balance

The NTSB has determined that the probable cause for the crash of a de Havilland DHC-3 in Soldotna, Alaska, on July 7, 2013, was the operator’s failure to determine the actual cargo weight, leading to the loading and operation of the airplane outside of its weight and center of gravity limits.

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Norwegian More Than Quadruples Its Current Long-Haul Fleet

Places New Order For 19 787-9 Dreamliners

Norwegian Air has signed an agreement to purchase 19 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, more than quadrupling its current long-haul fleet to 38 aircraft within the next five years. The agreement is the largest single order of 787-9s in Europe and includes purchase options for an additional ten aircraft of the same type.

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SkyWest Orders 19 Additional E175s To Fly For Delta Air Lines

First Delivery Planned For The Third Quarter 2016

Embraer and SkyWest have signed a firm order for an additional 19 E175s jets. The aircraft will be flown by SkyWest Airlines, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Delta Air Lines. The transaction will be included in Embraer's 2015 fourth-quarter backlog.

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AeroSports Update: NTSB Sees EAA As Leader In GA Safety

Founder’s Innovation Prize, Additional Pilot Program, Safety Pledge, And Flight Advisors Highlighted

EAA tells us that their Vice President of Advocacy and Safety, Sean Elliott, joined other industry and FAA experts as part of a forum discussing loss of control, which is the number one cause of general aviation accidents.

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HAI President Accepts New Jersey Aviation Association Award

Recognized For Efforts Spanning A 45 Year Career

HAI President Matt Zuccaro was recently presented with the New Jersey Aviation Association’s Excellence in Business Aviation Award for 2015.

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Klyde Morris 10.23.15

No Worries About The Force Being Strong In This One, Secretary Vader... Er ... Foxx


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Airborne 10.22.15: Skydive Myrtle Beach, Drone Registration, Another SubSonex

Also: Avionica 4G, ICAS, United Airlines' Acting CEO, TSA Agent Bribe?, China Overhauls, AW101 Merlin HC Mk3, USAF Pilots Face Sanctions

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.23.15)

“In the classic ‘Stick and Rudder,’ Wolfgang Langewiesche noted that loss of control while turning was the top cause of fatal accidents as far back as 1944.” Source: Master Instructor Rich Stowell, who announced his "Learn to Turn" initiative at a recent NTSB forum on loss of control.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.23.15): Airspace Flow Program (AFP)

AFP is a Traffic Management (TM) process administered by the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) where aircraft are assigned an Expect Departure Clearance Time (EDCT) in order to manage capacity and demand for a specific area of the National Airspace System (NAS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.23.15)

The Airshow

Most of the information contained here relates to the Golden Age of Aviation.

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