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February 15, 2019

Airborne 02.15.19: Sun Flyer 2, AirVenture Celebrates 747, SnF Drone Show

Also: 'Mars One' Kaput, Embraer Delivers, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Phoenix Skydive Center Wins

Bye Aerospace’s electric Sun Flyer 2 successfully completed the first official flight test with a Siemens electric propulsion motor February 8 at Centennial Airport, south of Denver, CO. The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the 2-seat Sun Flyer 2 and the 4-seat Sun Flyer 4, aim to be the first FAA-certified, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. Siemens will provide electric propulsion systems for the Sun Flyer 2 airplane—the 57 lb.-SP70D motor with a 90kW peak rating (120 HP), and a continuous power setting of up to 70kW (94 HP). The 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747 will be celebrated at EAA AirVenture Os

Female AF Pioneer Laid To Rest At Arlington National Cemetery

Maj. Gen. Marcelite Jordan Harris Retired In 1997 As The Highest Ranking Female In The U.S. Air Force

Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Marcelite Jordan Harris was laid to rest Feb. 7, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, with full military funeral honors.

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AeroVironment Introduces Next Generation Of Quantix Drone

Upgrades Decision Support System (AV DSS) For Precision Agriculture

AeroVironment has introduced the next generation of its Quantix VTOL hybrid drone and the AeroVironment Decision Support System (AV DSS) for precision agriculture. Enhancements across the Quantix & AV DSS ecosystem deliver a combination of new features, performance improvements and product package offerings – designed to meet the needs of individual growers, precision ag service providers and large-scale farming operations.

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Navy Confirms Suspension Of Blue Angels Team Member

Removed Person Does Not Appear To Be A 'Numbered' Pilot A team member of the Blue Angels has been suspended though the Navy is not saying who or why.

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Planck Aero Demonstrates Day, Night Flight From Moving Ground Vehicles

Testing Conducted At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Planck Aerosystems recently received authorization from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Air Traffic Control (ATC) to test the Shearwater sUAS in controlled airspace and at night.

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Airbus And JSAT Sign Cooperation Agreement

A 3rd SpaceDataHighway Node Will Be Positioned Over Asia-Pacific Region Before 2025

Airbus and Japanese telecommunications satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT have signed a cooperation agreement for the design preparation of the EDRS-D node. This third communication node of the SpaceDataHighway system is to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region before 2025. EDRS-D will lead to a significant increase in the system’s communication capacity and considerably expand its coverage.

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Former USAF Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage On Behalf Of Iran

Monica Witt Defected To Iran In 2013, Remains At Large

Former USAF Intelligence officer Monica Elfriede Witt, 39 has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to deliver and delivering national defense information to representatives of the Iranian government.  Witt, who defected to Iran in 2013, is alleged to have assisted Iranian intelligence services in targeting her former fellow agents in the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC). Witt is also alleged to have disclosed the code name and classified mission of a U.S. Department of Defense Special Access Program. An arrest warrant has been issued for Witt, who remains at large.

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Simlat Introduces A Counter-UAS Simulation Application

Will Provide Operators With A High-Fidelity Capability To Train For, Research And Plan Counter-UAS Operations

Simlat has developed a simulation capability for counter-UAS (C-UAS) operations. The new simulation module allows the emulation of various sensors and effectors with diverse capabilities and technologies.

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Embraer Signs Pool Program Contract With WDL

Will Service Charter Airline's E190 Fleet Of Four Airplanes

Embraer and WDL Aviation GmbH, a German charter and ACMI airline headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport and part of the Zeitfracht logistics group, have signed an agreement on a Flight Hour Pool Program to support the airline’s recently leased fleet of four used E190s.

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High-Fidelity Simulator For Predator RPA Enters Service For Italian AF

The Predator Mission Trainer (PMT) Is The Highest Fidelity Simulator Ever Developed And Fielded For The Predator Family

The Italian Ministry of Defence and Italian Air Force have formally qualified the CAE-built Predator Mission Trainer for zero flight time training on the Predator B/MQ-9 variant and the simulator has been accepted as ready-for-training at the Amendola Air Base in Italy. The Predator Mission Trainer (PMT) is the highest fidelity simulator ever developed and fielded for the Predator family of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

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FAA, EASA, TCCA Approve Dart's EC/H135 Crosstubes

Metro Aviation In Louisiana Is The First Customer For The Components

Dart Aerospace (Dart) has received STC approval from TCCA, FAA and EASA in the last three months of 2018 for its Replacement Crosstubes for the Airbus EC/H135 helicopters. Adding to Dart’s growing portfolio of Landing Gear, the ready-to-install Crosstubes are available in Standard Low and Mid-Height with factory-installed Supports.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-01-06

PRODUCT: All Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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AD: Pacific Aerospace Ltd. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-02-02

PRODUCT: All Pacific Aerospace Ltd. Model FBA-2C1, FBA-2C2, FBA-2C3, and FBA-2C4 airplanes.

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Airborne 02.13.19: Inverted Flat Spin Record, FAA Bill, Black Wings Exhibit

Also: Bombardier New 50-Seater, Lynx FBO Acquisition, UPS Air Cargo Contract, NetJets Lawsuit

Spencer Suderman’s signature move is a called an inverted flat spin. On February 17, 2019, the professional aerobatic pilot will attempt to smash his own world record by spinning his biplane 120 times over Yuma, Arizona. Suderman, who lives in St. Augustine, Florida, is an air show performer and two-time Guinness World Records title holder for the most inverted flat spins in an aircraft. For this attempt, Suderman will fly an experimental Pitts Special S-1c. The plane is a different version of the one he

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All A380 Deliveries Will End in 2021

Airbus And Emirates Reach Agreement On Super Jumbo Fleet

Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380  in 2021.

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PASS President Warns That Government Shutdown Gambles With Aviation Safety

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists National President Mike Perrone  Testifies Before The House Aviation Subcommittee

For every day the federal government is shut down and FAA employees are impacted, the nation's aviation system is gambling with aviation safety, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists National President Mike Perrone told Congress today. And while 4,000 aviation safety inspectors were furloughed at the onset of the partial government shutdown, he said, "A critical layer of safety was missing, and this is unacceptable."

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Ohio Medical Helicopter Accident

Aircraft Made Sharp Turns Before Impacting Terrain

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred on January 29, 2019, at 0650 Eastern standard time in Ohio. The single-engine, turbine-powered, Bell 407 helicopter collided with forested, rising terrain about 4 miles northeast of Zaleski, Ohio. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Viking Aviation, LLC, doing business as Survival Flight, Inc., as a visual flight rules helicopter air ambulance flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 when the accident occurred.

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Aviation And Travel Industry Supports H.R. 1108

Coalition Of 40 Stakeholders Write Letter Backing Aviation Funding Stability Act Of 2019

A coalition of 40 stakeholders representing all segments of the aviation and travel industries today sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Subcommittee on Aviation, conveying its strong support for the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1108).

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Aero Charting: New, Free, And It Does The Job

Designed Specifically For The Hobbyist Flyer

Eagle Cap Software has introduced Aerocharting; its solution for the hobbyist flier, the pilot who enjoys the hundred-dollar hamburger but doesn't like getting too techie.

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Bombardier Sells Nine CRJ900 Aircraft To Chorus Aviation

Jazz Aviation LP To Be The First Canadian Operator Of The ATMOSPHERE Cabin Under The Air Canada Express Banner

A subsidiary of Chorus Aviation has signed a firm purchase agreement with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft for nine CRJ900 aircraft. These aircraft will be operated by Jazz Aviation LP, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, under the Air Canada Express banner, making them the first Canadian operator of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.

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Klyde Morris 02.15.19

The Truth Is Out There ...


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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.15.19)

"We have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, despite all our sales efforts with other airlines in recent years. This leads to the end of A380 deliveries in 2021." Source: Airbus Chief Executive Officer Tom Enders.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.19): Diversion (DVRSN)

Flights that are required to land at other than their original destination for reasons beyond the control of the pilot/company, e.g. periods of significant weather.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.19)

Wing Walking In The Sky

Each week, United Airlines profiles one of its employee's adventures across the globe, featuring a new location for every employee's story.

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