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October 15, 2015

Airborne 10.15.15: MH17 Update, Mooney Pre-Owned, 'The Martian' Fools Viewers

Also: CAF Red Tail Promotion, Aero-Community Update: EAA, GAMA Applauds, Huerta Speaking At NBAA2015, Icelandic Flight Academy, FL v Drones (Again), ACI-NA

ANN Airborne Link: /index.cfm?do=video.playVideo&videoid=13903622-8952-4eed-957b-3647f02351f5 YouTube Airborne Link:

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Airborne 10.15.15: MH17 Update, Mooney Pre-Owned Program, 'The Martian' Fools Viewers

Also: CAF Red Tail Promotion, Aero-Community Update: EAA, GAMA Applauds, Huerta Speaking At NBAA2015, Icelandic Flight Academy, FL v Drones (Again), ACI-NA
After performing an amazing reconstruction of the aircraft wreckage, a report from the Dutch Safety Board says that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down by a Russian-made Buk missile, but the report does not conclude who might have fired the shot. In the board's final report, which also includes a computer-generated visual re-creation of the missile encounter, the board concluded that, “the in-flight disintegration of the airplane near the Ukrainian/Russian border was the result of the detonation of a warhead. The detonation occurred above the left-hand side of the cockpit." It l

AMA Invites The World To Discover Flight

World’s Largest Model Aviation Association Launches Public Awareness Campaign

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and its community of more than 187,000 members across the globe are uniting today to welcome and encourage the next generation of model aviation enthusiasts. In a public awareness campaign titled Discover Flight, AMA will show the world why it’s never been a more important, or exciting, time to take to the skies.

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Virgin Galactic Conducts Hotfire Test On NewtonThree Engine

Will Power The First Stage Of The Company's Launcher One System

Virgin Galactic has conducted a 90 second hotfire test of the NewtonThree rocket engine that will power the LauncherOne satellite delivery system recently announced by the company.

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Gogo Announces 4G Connectivity Solution For Business Aircraft

To Be Available At The Beginning Of 2017

Gogo has rolled out a new 4G connectivity solution for the business aviation market. Available at the beginning of 2017, the company says Gogo Biz 4G represents a significant increase in capability when compared to existing solutions. It will give business aircraft passengers “the speed they need” to power their digital lifestyles in flight.

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Alaska Airlines Partners With Honor Flight

Takes Veterans To Memorials In Washington D.C.

Twenty-three veterans from the state of Alaska have traveled to Washington, D.C. to view their memorials for the first time, thanks to a partnership between Alaska Airlines and Last Frontier Honor Flight program.

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EASA Mandates Traceability For U.S.-Based EASA 145 Repair Stations

New Products Must Be Accompanied By FAA Form 8130-3

EASA and the FAA recently signed Change 5 to the Maintenance Annex Guidance of the EU/FAA Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement making a number of changes to the administration of repair stations, and adding the provision to the special conditions which mandates that new products used on European-registered aircraft must have an accompanying FAA Form 8130.3.

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Converted MD 530F Model Readies For Return To Service

Second Gwinnett County Police Aviation Unit Aircraft Will Also Be Upgraded

MD Helicopters has delivered a newly certified, zero-time MD 530F helicopter to the Gwinnett County (GA) Police Department. Previously operated as an MD 500E, this aircraft has completed a 12-week transformation to emerge as a newly certified, factory-guaranteed, FAA-certified F-model (369FF).

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Gulfstream GV Upset Prevention, Recovery Training Now Available In Delaware

FlightSafety International Expands Offerings At Wilmington Learning Center

FlightSafety International announces that Upset Prevention and Recovery training for the Gulfstream GV aircraft is now available at its Learning Center in Wilmington, Delaware. The training is provided using the first flight simulator expanded aerodynamic model for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training qualified by the FAA’s National Simulator Program.

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Lightspeed Aviation Foundation To Announce Grant Recipients

Top Five Charities Recognized Through The 2015 Pilots Choice Awards

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation will announce the top five aviation charities as chosen through online voting to share grants of $2,000 – $10,000 on Friday. The remaining finalists will each receive a Lightspeed headset.

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The TBM Owners And Pilots Association (TBMOPA) Gathers In SC

The 2015 TBMOPA Convention Attracts More Than 100 TBM 700/850/900s To Historic Charleston

Daher and the TBM Owners and Pilots Association (TBMOPA) today announced a record attendance at its latest annual gathering, with over 100 TBMs – including 20 brand-new TBM 900s, as well as the predecessor TBM 850s and TBM 700s – arriving at Charleston Executive Airport (KJZI) in South Carolina.

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Texas State Senator Involved In Taxiway Excursion

Drove His Bonanza Onto A Service Road At Dallas Love Field

Texas State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) was involved in a taxiway excursion at Dallas Love Field Monday when he mistakenly steered his Beechcraft Bonanza A36 onto a service road rather than the taxiway leading to the runway.

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CA Skydivers Hope To Make Record-Setting Wingsuit Attempt

Looking To Best Existing Record Of 42 Jumpers ... By A Lot

The current record for a group wingsuit jump is 42 skydivers, set earlier this year in Belgium. The record was the first under new rules issued by the sport's governing body this year.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2015-15-06

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 767 airplanes.

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AD: Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2015-20-13

PRODUCT: Certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-28-161, PA-28-181, and PA-28R-201 airplanes.

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Bombardier: C Series Aircraft Certification Program Over 90 Per Cent Complete

First Production CS100 Aircraft To Commence Function And Reliability Tests

Bombardier says its all-new CS100 aircraft has successfully completed over 90 per cent of the certification program and is now in the final stage of flight testing that will include a few weeks of function and reliability tests. Bombardier also confirmed that production ramp-up is underway, including the first aircraft for launch operator, SWISS.

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NATCA Warns Of Critical Controller Shortage

Ranks At Their Lowest Level In 27 Years

The number of "certified professional controllers" ... defined as those who are no longer in training and are allowed to direct traffic at airports on their own ... is at a critically low level, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

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SpaceX May Return To Flight In December

Faulty Brackets That Caused June Malfunction Redesigned

SpaceX officials are looking at December for a return to flight following a catastrophic failure during a launch in June.

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Kickstarter Effort For 'Doc' Flight Test Program Has Two Weeks To Go

Restorers Have Raised $52,000 Towards $137,500 Goal

"Doc's Friends", the group which has painstakingly restored the B-29 bomber "Doc" to airworthy condition, is making progress with their Kickstarter campaign to fund a flight test program ... but time is growing short and there is still a considerable amount to be pledged.

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AeroSports Update: Student Pilots And Single Place Airplanes

A Little Single Place Experimental Certificated Airplane Could Be A Good Way To Build Flying Time, But There Might Be A ‘Catch 22’

Flying can certainly be fun and cheap in a little single place experimental airplane. However is this a way for a student to build flying time? The regulations don’t specifically prevented this, but there is a catch. Here’s a true story with a fictional name to make the point.

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Temporary Restraining Order Issued Against Applebee Aviation

Court Forces Stoppage Of Pesticide Applications

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has received a temporary restraining order to immediately stop Applebee Aviation, Inc. of Banks, Oregon from engaging in commercial pesticide activities. The order, issued by Washington County Circuit Court, was sought by ODA after it discovered Applebee Aviation had illegally conducted pesticide applications while its commercial pesticide operator’s license was suspended.

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GAMA Welcomes Record Number Of New Member Companies

Seven New Members Swells Association Ranks To 91 Companies

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has approved seven companies—Celestica, Elliott Aviation, Gogo, Luxaviation Group, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, TRU Simulation + Training, and Yingling Aviation—as the association’s newest members. GAMA now has 91 members.

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Airborne 10.14.15: SF Politico v Blue Angels, New FS Pipers, Anti-UAV Weapons

Also: SpaceShipTwo-2 Update, Team Aerodynamix, JetFuelX, Orbital ATK, OneJet Expansion, Boeing Order Book

ANN Airborne Link: /index.cfm?do=video.playVideo&videoid=092ba2d3-4aa9-4f33-ac36-234e5fd9abb2 YouTube Airborne Link: Our right to free speec

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.15.15)

"Unfortunately the FAA will miss its air traffic controller hiring goal for fiscal year 2015. This will be the fifth consecutive fiscal year in which the FAA has not hired enough air traffic controllers to keep pace with workforce attrition." Source: Statement from NATCA vice president Trish Gilbert posted on the NATCA website.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.15.15): NAVAID

Navigational Aid. Any visual or electronic device, airborne or on the surface, which provides point-to-point guidance information or position data to aircraft in flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.15.15)

Fokker Triplane

It's been called the most famous fighter of WWI, but only 320 of the Fokker Dr.1 Triplane were built (compared to thousands of Spads, Nieuports, Albatroses, and Sopwith Camels).

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