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April 17, 2019

Airborne 04.17.19: HX-2 Flying Wing, Evektor SportStar RTC, 'Transwing'

Also: Me & My TBM V3, Dog In Cockpit, F-14 Monument, Special Skydive

After several years of development, the prototype of the Horten HX-2 made its public debut at AERO-Friedrichshafen last week. The single engine HX-2 was built at Horten headquarters at the Kindel airfield. The prototype, based on the original design by Reimar Horten, incorporates a blended-wing both technology comprised of carbon/glass-fiber materials. It is powered by a Rotax 912 engine turning a pusher propeller. It carries a little more than 60 gallons of fuel in two tanks. Evektor´s SportStar RTC has received EASA approval for night operation. The SportStar RTC is popular among European air clubs and professional pilot training organizations. The Night VFR version of the SportStar RTC is equipped

FAA Classifies Kissimmee Gateway Airport As A 'National' GA Airport

Upgraded From Regional Designation In 2019 Report To Congress

Te FAA has designated Kissimmee Gateway Airport in central Florida as a “National” airport for General Aviation.

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Three Fatally Injured In Nepal Accident

Small Passenger Plane Struck A Helicopter During Takeoff Near Mt. Everest

Three people were fatally injured Sunday when a Let L-410 departing from the only airport near Mt. Everest exited the runway and struck a parked helicopter at the airport. For others were also injured in the accident.

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Honeywell's T55 Engine Powers New Future Vertical Lift Aircraft

A Pair Of Powerful And Efficient T55 Engines Have Been Successfully Tested On The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT Demonstrator

Honeywell's T55 turboshaft engine has a new home on one of the most advanced rotorcraft flying today. A pair of T55 engines successfully powered a new Future Vertical Lift demonstrator intended to modernize the U.S. Army Aviation branch. The engines lifted the Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT medium-lift demonstrator on its first flight in late March.

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NATA’s Highest Honor Awarded To Past Association President Martin H. Hiller

Will Be Recognized At The NATA 2019 Annual Meeting And Aviation Business Conference

NATA is pleased to announce the recipient of its highest annual honor. The William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award will be presented to NATA Director Emeritus and former president Martin (Marty) H. Hiller. Hiller will be recognized during the June 18th Awards Presentation Luncheon held in conjunction with the NATA 2019 Annual Meeting and Aviation Business Conference.

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FlightSafety Introduces New Vital 1150 Visual System

Features New PC Hardware And Graphic Processor Platforms

FlightSafety International introduces its new Vital 1150 Image Generation visual system. This is a significant enhancement of FlightSafety’s highly successful Vital 1100.

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NASA Invests In 18 Potentially Revolutionary Space Tech Concepts

Each Will Receive $125,000 To Assist In Research And Development

Smart spacesuits and solar surfing may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but they are just two of the technology concepts NASA has selected for further research as part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. The program will fund 18 studies to determine the feasibility of early-stage technologies that could go on to change what's possible in space.

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Conklin & de Decker Demos Aircraft Comparison Tool At ABACE

Previews New Asia-Pacific Cost Data

Aviation research company Conklin & de Decker is demonstrating its flagship Conklin & de Decker Report aircraft comparison tool at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2019) in Shanghai. Attendees will also get an exclusive preview of the company’s new Asia-Pacific regional cost data add-on, which accurately reflects the region’s unique operating costs in a variety of currencies.

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GAMECO Becomes Boeing Supplier For MRO Support

Will Begin Receiving Work From Boeing Later This Year

Boeing and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company Limited (GAMECO) have signed an MRO services agreement to work together to provide MRO support in the Asia-Pacific region. Through this agreement Boeing will provide MRO maintenance training and access to maintenance data and technical support, while GAMECO commits to maintaining Boeing’s rigorous quality standards for MRO services.

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Drone Flown Over Boston's Fenway Park Thursday Night

Juvenile Pilot Has Been Identified, Aircraft Confiscated

A person identified only as a "juvenile" has been determined to be the operator of a drone which was flown over Fenway Park during a Boston Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday night.

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Authorities Say Gatwick Drone 'Chaos' May Have Been An 'Inside Job'

Say That Drone Operator Seemed To Know About The 'Airport Operating Environment'

Authorities believe that an airport "insider" may have been responsible for the drone incidents which closed Gatwick Airport in December of last year. The incidents affected some 140,000 passengers during the three-day closure.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-06-1

PRODUCT: All Airbus SAS Model A330-201, -202, and -203; and Model A330-301, -302, and -303 airplanes.

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AD: Zodiac Seats France Cabin Attendant Seats

AD NUMBER: 2019-07-03

PRODUCT: All Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant Seats.

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Multiple Certifications Announced For Embraer E195-E2

FAA, EASA And ANAC All Approve The New Airliner

At a ceremony held Monday at the Company's facilities in São José dos Campos, Embraer received the Type Certificate for the E195-E2 from three regulatory authorities: ANAC, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil); the FAA and EASA. The E195-E2 is the biggest of the three members of the E-Jets E2 family of commercial airplanes and the largest commercial aircraft Embraer has ever made.

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Falcon Heavy Center Core Damaged At Sea

Landed Safely, But Fell Aboard The 'Of Course I Still Love You' Barge Returning To Port Canaveral

Rough seas caused damage to the SpaceX Falcon Heavy center core after the second flight for the large rocket.

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AMA Responds To FAA NPRM On UAV Flights Over People

Does Not Anticipate Changes To Its Existing Guidelines For Model Aircraft Pilots

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has responded to the FAA's notice of proposed rulemaking on the Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People. Overall, the AMA believes the proposed rulemakings on flying over people and night flying are a step toward opening the airspace for more commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators. For model aircraft hobbyists, however, they do not anticipate these rules will have a significant impact on their existing guidelines for safe and responsible operation.

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Team SpaceIL To Receive $1 Million Moonshot Award

Will Be Recognized By XPRIZE For Their Achievement Of Reaching The Moon

All eyes were on Team SpaceIL last Thursday as they attempted to soft-land on the surface of the Moon. Their robotic lander, Beresheet, Hebrew for “Genesis,” came very close to touching down, but ultimately failed to soft-land during its final descent. As it prepared for landing, Beresheet experienced a main engine failure and lost communication with mission control in Tel Aviv, suggesting the lander crashed into the surface.

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Horton HX-2 Debuts At AERO-Friedrichshafen

Sport Aircraft Resembles Jet-Powered German Horten Ho 229 Designed During WWII

A prototype of the Horton HX-2 made its public debut at AERO-Friedrichshafen last week.

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Tecnam Celebrates 70 Years With Outstanding Sales At AERO 2019

Announced Sale Of 51 Aircraft At The Exhibition

As AERO 2019 wrapped up over the weekend, Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam said it has exceeded all of its pre-show expectations with the sale of 51 aircraft covering Certified and Light categories.

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Daher Sells A TBM 910 Model Year 2019 To A European Customer

Deal Made At AERO Friedrichshafen

Daher has sold a TBM 910 very fast turboprop aircraft in the Model Year 2019 version to a European customer, which will take delivery after Germany’s AERO Friedrichshafen general aviation show.

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Airborne 04.15.19: Stratolaunch!, SpaceIL Heartbreak, 1st Flt-Flaris 1

Also: Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro, Avenatti's Jet Seized, Harris Awarded $84 Million, 915 iS SB

The gigantic Stratolaunch program, envisioned and spearheaded by the late Paul G. Allen, has successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT, Saturday,  from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.17.19)

"Just like the E190-E2, we once again obtained type certification simultaneously from three major world regulatory authorities. This is another great achievement from our engineering and program teams." Source: Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer president & CEO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.17.19): The Leans

A physical sensation caused by an abrupt correction of a banked attitude entered too slowly to stimulate the motion sensing system in the inner ear.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.17.19)

Chandelle is meant to be a forum for original essays, reviews, photographs, and artwork related, however loosely, to the less familiar aspects of the history of aviation.

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