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November 01, 2017

Airborne 11.01.17: $1B For Virgin Galactic, Evolution A/C, Massive TBM Turn-Out

Also: European Pilots Crowdfund, NAACP v American A/L, FAA v Tehachapi Airport, Alphabet Balloons Connect PR
Virgin Galactic, along with spinoff companies The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit, are in line for an investment of $1 billion from the government of Saudi Arabia, which has an option to invest nearly another half-billion dollars in the future. Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, noted that, "We are now just months away from Virgin Galactic going into space with people on board and Virgin Orbit going into orbit and placing satellites around the Earth. This investment will enable us to develop the next generation of satellite launches and accelerate our program for point to point supersonic space travel.” Evolution Aircr

NASA Research Could Lead to Better, Safer Wings

Instruments Will Monitor Flight Loads On PAT Wing

A uniquely instrumented wing will allow researchers to investigate advanced methods of monitoring flight loads, which could lead to improved flight safety.

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China Is Reportedly Testing Drones In 'Near Space'

Aircraft Designed To Deal With Thin Air, Extreme Temperatures

Military spy drones small enough to fit into a shoebox and costing just a few hundred yuan are reportedly being tested by China at altitudes normally considered too high for drone operations.

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CAE Expands Training Relationships And Footprint In Europe

Additional Training Capacity And Network Enhancements In Amsterdam, Madrid And London Gatwick

At the 2017 European Aviation Training Symposium (EATS), CAE has announced aviation training solutions contracts with European airlines, including Brussels Airlines and Stobart Air, as well as the expansion of its footprint in Europe. Reinforcing its leadership position in the region, the company inaugurated new ATR 72-600 and A320 full-flight simulators and updated training equipment to the latest standards in Madrid, Spain; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and London Gatwick, United Kingdom.

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Cormorant UAV Engine Upgrade Brings It One Step Closer To Production

Safran Arriel 2 Engine Will Power The Aircraft

As Tactical Robotics Ltd. (TRL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics, ramps up to full-scale development and delivery of its Cormorant cargo and medical evacuation UAV, TRL announced that it is in the process of installing one of the most advanced and reliable helicopter engines in the world: Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2.

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VSR700 Rotary-Wing UAV Brings Eyes Beyond The Horizon

Airbus Exploring Rapidly-Growing Military Market

What is going on beyond the horizon? It’s a crucial question for any ship captain. In the past, sailors would climb to the crow’s nest for a better view. Modern technology means today’s captains can send unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the air to transmit images and data back to the bridge.

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Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot Plans First Visit To UAE

Goal Is To Promote Stem Education And Exploration   

Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot, Col. Al Worden, USAF-Ret., will visit the United Arab Emirates for the first time next month to advocate for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as “the fundamental tools of the trade” for future exploration on Earth and in space.

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SmartSky 4G LTE Demonstration Flights Deliver Unmatched Speeds At NBAA-BACE

Cessna Citation Excel Served As Demo Platform

In conjunction with the rollout of its 4G LTE-based network, SmartSky Networks recently enabled multiple subject matter experts to experience, firsthand, its patented inflight connectivity during flights on its Cessna Citation Excel in the skies above Las Vegas.

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FAA Warns Of Potential Issues With Some Esterline Belgium Displays

Automatic Self-Tests May Not Be Performed As Intended

The FAA has released a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin warning of a potential issue with Esterline Belgium (formerly BARCO NV) DU-875, DU-885, and DU-885AF displays. According to the SAIB, automatic self-tests of the displays are not being performed as intended. These displays are often installed as part of a Honeywell Primus Elite flight deck upgrade.

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Lockheed Martin Introduces Aeronautics Capabilities Solutions

Series Of Post-Productions Enhancements For The C-130

Lockheed Martin is introducing a series of post-production enhancements for the C-130 Hercules known as Aeronautics Capabilities Solutions.

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Small Asteroid Or Comet 'Visits' From Beyond The Solar System

If Confirmed, Would Be The First 'Interstellar' Object Ever Noted Near Earth

A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first "interstellar object" to be observed and confirmed by astronomers.

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Jetcraft Announces Partnership With Aerolineas Ejecutivas

Expands Presence In Latin America

Jetcraft has announced a strategic partnership with Aerolineas Ejecutivas, further expanding the company’s presence in Latin America. Through this partnership, the aircraft sales division of Aerolineas Ejecutivas, based in Toluca, Mexico, will now operate as a Jetcraft authorized representative in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the Latin markets in Florida and Texas.

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New Pilots Qualify Aboard Lincoln

Carrier Hosted 24 Students For Their First Traps

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) hosted 24 student pilots, from Commander, Naval Air Training Det., for their first landings on an aircraft carrier. The qualification required pilots to successfully complete 10 arrested landings and four touch-and-goes on Abraham Lincoln's 1,092-foot-long flight deck.

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Aero-TV: An Aero-Political Oshkosh Chat - AMA on the Ups & Downs of the ATC Privatization Fight

AMA has Concerns About Unconnected Language In The Bill Dealing With Model Aviation…
The previous FAA Authorization Bill contained a carve-out for model aircraft, basically preventing the FAA from establishing new rules regulating hobbyist flying them.

Icon Insanity Continues… Top Price for A5 Skyrockets To $389k… For Now

Errant Company Continues to Alienate Industry with Arrogant Behavior

It’s hard to believe that a concept that was once heralded as a sport aviation watershed has become such a disappointing thorn in the side of the aviation world. Icon Aircraft, which burst on the scene with the promise of a cute little SportPlane with delightful amphibious capabilities, for less than $140K, has morphed into a litany of broken promises, all manner of marketing hype and misdirection, severely limited availability (unless you’re famous or have a LOT of money) and a price that is two to almost three times what was originally envisioned. This comes from a company started by a number of self-promoting entrepreneurs who were quick to assure everyone tha

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Aero-TV: Aero-Political Chat - AMA on the Ups & Downs of ATC Privatization Fight

AMA has Concerns About Unconnected Language In The Bill Dealing With Model Aviation…

The previous FAA Authorization Bill contained a carve-out for model aircraft, basically preventing the FAA from establishing new rules regulating hobbyist flying them. The AIRR act contains language that the Academy of Model Aeronautics says is "pivotal" to their organization, and Rich Hanson, president of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell at AirVenture in July that the association is working with House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster's office (R-PA) on refinements of the

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Regional Administrators Named By The FAA

Four Selected For Leadership Roles

The FAA has named new Regional Administrators in four regions of the country: Southwest, Southern, Eastern and Northwest Mountain. Regional Administrators represent the Administrator and the agency outside Washington, and stay aware of pertinent issues in their regions.

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NBAA Monitoring Program To Speed Integration Of UAS Into National Airspace

Association Intends To Be An Active Participant In The Process

The Trump administration recently announced a new collaborative program between unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators and state, local and tribal governments to expedite the integration of UAS into the nation's skies and spur growth in an industry expected to contribute billions to the U.S. economy.

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Arbitration Panel Rules On Alaska-Virgin America Pilots Joint Contract

Two Pilot Groups Will Be Brought Together Under A Single Agreement

A three-member arbitration panel has ruled on the pay, 401(k) retirement benefit, and job-security provisions a joint contract for pilots flying for Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. The joint collective bargaining agreement, which will bring the two pilot groups together under one contract, is effective immediately and is amendable April 1, 2020.

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FAI Holds Second Annual Wingsuit Competition

Taking Place This Week In Overton, NV

The top Wingsuit flyers from around the globe have gathered at Skydive Fyrosity in Overton, NV to compete in one of the most challenging skydiving competition – 2nd FAI World cup of Wingsuit Flying.

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WAI Has $634,000 In Scholarships Available For 2018

Application Deadline Is Rapidly Approaching

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has $634,000 in scholarship money available to its members of record as of November 1, 2017, but this is not the time to procrastinate on getting applications filled out.

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SunPower First To Take Advantage Of Automated FAA Airspace Access

Receives LAANC Authorization Through Skyward

SunPower is the first company to receive approval from the U.S. FAA for automatic access to operate a drone in regulated airspace over controlled airports.

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Airborne 10.30.17: Massive NavWorx FAA Fine, P-51 Returns, Jackson Hole Airport

Also: Another Air Canada FUBAR?, Lawn Chair Balloon, Teamsters v Flexjet-Flight Options, Airlander Aims High

Wow... we knew there were problems with the NavWorx story.... but we weren't aware there were nearly 4 million reasons why. The FAA has proposed a civil penalty of $3,685,000 against NavWorx Inc. of Rowlett, Texas, for allegedly producing and selling navigation units that did not meet FAA requirements and for allegedly misleading customers about those products. "The FAA has strict requirements for navigation units to ensure the reliability of the information they provide both to pilots and to air

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.01.17)

“The FAA has strict requirements for navigation units to ensure the reliability of the information they provide both to pilots and to air traffic controllers. Customers of these products must be able to trust that their equipment meets our safety standards." Source: FAA administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.01.17): Inclinometer

An instrument consisting of a curved glass tube, housing a glass ball, and damped with a fluid similar to kerosene. It may be used to indicate inclination, as a level, or, as used in the turn indicators, to show the relationship between gravity and centrifugal force in a turn.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.01.17)

Texas Flying Legends Museum’s P-51C Mustang ‘Lopes Hope 3rd’ Flies

We gave you a taste of this story last week, but there was so much additional information, not to mention lots of photos of the airplane, that it warrants an additional look here.

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