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February 29, 2016

True Blue Power Lithium-Ion Battery Powers Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Advanced Technology Systems Also Powered By The Battery

The TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion engine-start battery will power the new Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X, True Blue power has announced at Heli-Expo.

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Airborne 02.29.16: New USAF Bomber, Senate FAA Bill, UAV Channel Flight

Also: R66 Aux Tank, Whisperliner Meets Dreamliner, True Blue Power, Teamsters, Airline Complaints, Gogo Deal, Air Transat Pilots

Air Force Secretary, Deborah Lee James, revealed the first rendering of the Long Range Strike Bomber, designated the B-21, and it’s obvious the acorn doesn’t roll far from the Northrop Grumman design tree. At the announcement, James said the Air Force will be taking suggestions from Airmen to help decide the name of the bomber. The artist rendering, which is not much more than a proposed plan form, is based on the initial design concept. The designa

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Airborne 02.29.16: New USAF Bomber, Senate FAA Bill, UAV Channel Flight

Also: R66 Aux Tank, Whisperliner Meets Dreamliner, True Blue Power, Teamsters, Airline Complaints, Gogo Deal, Air Transat Pilots 
 
Air Force Secretary, Deborah Lee James, revealed the first rendering of the Long Range Strike Bomber, designated the B-21, and it’s obvious the acorn doesn’t roll far from the Northrop Grumman design tree. At the announcement, James said the Air Force will be taking suggestions from Airmen to help decide the name of the bomber. The artist rendering, which is not much more than a proposed plan form, is based on the initial design concept. The designation B-21 recognizes this design as the first bomber of the 21st century. The U.S. House of Representatives seems to be starting over on the FAA Reauthorization act

RCAF CH-148 Marks Milestone Flight

Lands For The First Time On A Ship At Sea

Just off the coast of Nova Scotia recently, the sun shone on a milestone achievement for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CH-148 Cyclone helicopter project.

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DJI Announces Care Protection Plan

Offers Enhanced Repair Services For DJI Drone Owners

DJI has announced DJI Care, a protection plan that provides customers with what the company says will be an enhanced after-sales experience.

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FAA Proposes $117,480 Civil Penalty Against Holtkotter Leuchten Gmbh

Alleges Violations Of Hazardous Materials Regulations

The FAA has proposed a $117,480 civil penalty against Holtkotter Leuchten Gmbh, of Lippstadt, Germany, for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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NASA, UN Announce Final Winner Of #whyspacematters Photo Competition

Images Have Been Submitted Over The Past Year

As astronaut Scott Kelly’s one-year mission aboard the International Space Station draws to a close, NASA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) are announcing the final winner of a global photography competition highlighting how the vantage point of space helps us better understand our home planet and provide benefits to humanity.

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VHA Receives FAA STC For Composite 206B Main Rotor Blades

Approved With An 18,000-Hour Service Life

The FAA has granted an STC to Van Horn Aviation (VHA) for composite main rotor blades fitting the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The new VHA 206B main rotor blades have been approved with an 18,000-hour service life, which is more than triple the life of the current OEM metal blades.

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First Bell 505 Jet Ranger X LOI In The Philippines For PhilJets Group

Bell 505 To Enter The Philippine Market

Bell Helicopter has announced the first Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) in the Philippines has been signed with PhilJets Group. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport for flights throughout the region. This signing is testament to the growing demand of this aircraft and brings the current LOI count to more than 350 worldwide.

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Freefall Achieved On LISA Pathfinder

Spacecraft Launched On December 3 Now In Working Orbit

The two cubes housed in the core of ESA’s LISA Pathfinder were left to move under the effect of gravity alone earlier this week – another milestone towards demonstrating technologies to observe gravitational waves from space.

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Vietnam Vets Hope To Make Cobra A Local Monument

Raising Funds To Place Aircraft At Entrance To Tonawanda, NY Veterans Park

A Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter may one day grace the entrance of the Veteran's park in Tonawanda, NY thanks to the efforts of Chapter 77 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

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NASA Invites Public To Send Artwork To An Asteroid

Mission Scheduled For Launch In September

NASA is calling all space enthusiasts to send their artistic endeavors on a journey aboard NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. This will be the first U.S. mission to collect a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth for study.

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Jeppesen Teams With Avionics Source Online Marketplace

Pilots Who Buy A 12-Month Jeppesen NavData Subscription Will Receive One Month Free

Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has partnered with Avionics Source, a premier online avionics marketplace, to provide general aviation pilots with avionics system expertise and industry-leading flight data subscriptions, offered together in a one-stop shop environment.

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FAA Grants STC For 3-blade MT-Propeller On Rockwell Commander 112, 112B

Prop Previously Certified By EASA For The Airplanes

The FAA has granted an STC to MT-Propeller for the next generation 3-blade scimitar composite propeller MTV-12-B/188-59f for Rockwell Commander 112, 112B aircraft powered by Lycoming IO-360-C1D6 or IO-360-C1D6 with approved “Turbonormalizer”.

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Spain To Acquire Predator B Drones

GA-ASI And SENER Teamed To Provide Capability To Spain

The Spanish Ministry of Defense has selected the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper RPA system to support the nation's airborne surveillance and reconnaissance requirements.

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Aero-TV: The Merlin PSA - Big Bang/Little Bucks!

The Single-Place Merlin Personal Sport Aircraft From Aeromarine-LSA...

In this video from the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016, being held in Sebring, Florida, you’ll not only see a neat little airplane, you’ll also see some nasty looking weather in the background as ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, takes a look at an airplane called the AeroMarine Merlin PSA. To get the details, Jim talks with Chip Irwin the owner of AeroMarine LSA.

Aero-TV: The Merlin PSA - Big Bang/Little Bucks!

The Single-Place Merlin Personal Sport Aircraft From Aeromarine-LSA...

In this video from the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016, being held in Sebring, Florida, you’ll not only see a neat little airplane, you’ll also see some nasty looking weather in the background as ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, takes a look at an airplane called the AeroMarine Merlin PSA. To get the details, Jim talks with Chip Irwin the owner of AeroMarine LSA. As Irwin describes the airplane, the first thing you see and hear about is the fact that it’s a single-place airplane. Don’t confuse this with an ultralight…eve

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AeroSports Update: EAA - Aftermath of ATC Privatization Battle

EAA Now Prioritizing Focus On Aeromedical And Aircraft Certification Reform, And Hangar Policy

The following press release from EAA relays their view on recent occurrences regarding the FAA Reauthorization legislation. The removal of ATC privatization as a factor opens up opportunities for EAA to focus on improvements for recreational aviation. This press release was published at the end of last week and reads as follows:

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'Eddie The Eagle' Star Soars

Hugh Jackman Receives 'Civic Leader' Fight In An F-16

Hugh Jackman, star of the upcoming movie "Eddie the Eagle," received a civic leader flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth from the 301st Fighter Wing Feb. 19 in a display of Air Force Reserve combat capability and air superiority.

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Klyde Morris (02.29.16)

Klyde Is Not Exactly What You Call A Team Player...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 02.26.16: Star Wars v Drones, EasyVFR Update, Honeywell Rejected

Also: CAP's 75th!, Good Aero-Neighbors, HeliTrak R22 Autopilot, Lithium A/L Ban, New KS AvDirector, VFA-113/NAS Lemoore, DJI Care

The filming of the new Star Wars movie is as secret as a military operation, maybe more so, and anyone using a drone to spy on the operation might find themselves in a, “Drone War,” of their own. Some of the scenes for the movie are being filmed in Croatia in the tourist town of Dubrovnik, according to the tech site Blastr. They relay a report from the Croatian Star Wars site MosCroatia that the sets for ‘Star Wars Episode-8’ could be p

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Insurance Company Sued By Air Ambulance Service

Air Evac EMS Sues To Collect Over $3.5 Million In Unpaid Bills

Air Evac EMS, one of the nation's largest air ambulance services, had filed a lawsuit against Medical Mutual in Ohio over $3.5 million in what the company says are unpaid bills for medical transportation.

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Star Wars Set May Be Protected By Anti-Drone Drones

Disney And Director JJ Abrams Want To Prevent Prying UAVs Over The Set

Anyone trying to fly a UAV over the outdoor sets where the next installment of the Star Wars saga is being filmed in Croatia might be met by drones owned by the production company.

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Gogo Signs Landmark Multi-GHz Capacity Deal With SES

Satellite Operator Will Provide Global In-Flight Connectivity Network

Gogo has announced that it has inked one of the largest satellite capacity deals ever in the aero market with global satellite operator SES to meet the growing demand for high-speed inflight connectivity.

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Helicopter Pilot In Greece Foils Hijack Attempt

Passenger Suspected Of Trying To Free A Convicted Terrorist From Prison

An armed woman attempted to hijack a helicopter in Greece in an apparent attempt to free a convicted terrorist from Korydallos prison, according to that country's anti-terrorism unit.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.29.16): Automatic Direction Finder

Automatic Direction Finder An aircraft radio navigation system which senses and indicates the direction to a L/MF nondirectional radio beacon (NDB) ground transmitter. Direction is indicated to the pilot as a magnetic bearing or as a relative bearing to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft depending on the type of indicator installed in the aircraft. In certain applications, such as military, ADF operations may be based on airborne and ground transmitters in the VHF/UHF frequency spectrum.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.29.16)

Aero Linx: Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association The purpose of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association is to: Promote seaplane flying and safety programs pertaining to seaplane operation throughout the State of Minnesota, Promote a forum for the purpose of approaching governmental agencies, to educate said agencies, the legislature and the public in the understanding of seaplane operation, and Create safe and compatible seaplane base facilities in the State of Minnesota.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.29.16)

"Gogo is all about bringing the best customer experience to our aviation partners; this deal will dramatically increase bandwidth and drive overall costs per bit down by orders of magnitude... 2Ku was originally designed to take advantage of these satellite enhancements. Airline partners who already committed to 2Ku will be able to take advantage of this new arrangement once the systems are flying without any equipment modifications." Source: Anand Chari, Gogo's chief technology officer, commenting on the background involving one of the largest satellite capacity deals, ever, in the aero market with global satellite operator SES to meet the growing demand for high-speed inflight connectivity.

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