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June 20, 2016

Part 107 Summary Leaked

Several Significant Changes Made Compared To NPRM

The FAA is set to release its rules for UAV certification, known as Part 107, as early as this week, but as is often the case, such information can't be kept a secret.

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Airborne 06.20.16: Piper M600 Cert, EgyptAir Flight 804, Blue Origin's 4th!

Also: 800 Pipistrels!, Inverted Flat Spins, Bombardier CS100, Blue Angels, Aermacchi M-346, L-3 Lynx NGT-9000, FAA Protects Walruses?
 
Piper Aircraft’s new flagship, the M600, has received FAA certification. The announcement was made from the company’s headquarters in Vero Beach, Florida. Piper Aircraft President and CEO, Simon Caldecott said in part, "With unique and innovative safety features for the single engine turboprop segment, the competitiveness of the M600 is further enhanced by the aircraft's performance and industry leading operating and acquisition costs." Both the Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder from EgyptAir Flight 804 have been recovered and handed over to Egyptian Authorities. Sources report that the

Coalition Welcomes Imminent Publication Of FAA Final Small UAS Rule

Will Establish Initial Regulatory Framework For Commercial UAS

As early as today, the FAA is expected to release its Final Rule for Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

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Solar Impulse 2 Heads East Across The Atlantic

Departed NYC Early Monday Morning for A Four-Day Flight To Spain

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) took off early this (Monday) morning from Kennedy Airport, New York, to attempt the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean and prove that an efficient energy future is possible. Si2, the solar airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, capable of flying day and night with no fossil fuel, is expected to land at the Seville Airport in Spain on June 23.

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Airbus Defense And Space Completes Second Copernicus 'Eye'

Sentinel-2B Optical Satellite Ready For Environmental Testing At ESTEC

The Sentinel-2B optical satellite is the second of its type from Airbus Defence and Space, providing the "Color Vision" of Europe´s Earth observation program Copernicus, a joint project of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA). In the coming months, the completed satellite will undergo a series of environmental tests at ESA’s research and technology center ESTEC, Noordwijk (The Netherlands), to determine its readiness for flight.

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USCG Awards Five Year Contract To Piedmont Propulsion Systems

Will Service Propeller Systems On HC-144 Ocean Sentry Aircraft

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Piedmont Propulsion Systems, LLC (PPS) a five-year contract to provide repair and overhaul services for the Hamilton Sundstrand 14RF propeller systems installed on USCG’s fleet of HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft.

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NASA Challenge Aims To Grow Human Tissue To Aid In Deep Space Exploration

Offering Half-Million Dollar Prize In Partnership With The Methuselah Foundation

NASA, in partnership with the nonprofit Methuselah Foundation’s New Organ Alliance, is seeking ways to advance the field of bioengineering through a new prize competition.

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Jazz Aviation Pathways Program Awards Scholarships

Presents $3,000 Awards To Two Top Aviation Students At Seneca College

Jazz Aviation has announced the winners of its safety and professionalism scholarships at Seneca College's School of Aviation. These scholarships are awarded to top Aviation student pilots through the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (APP).

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Twice As Nice - CH-53K Pacing For Operational Test

Additional King Stallion External Load Tests Conducted In Florida

A pair of King Stallions conducted external load flight tests June 7 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, FL.

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Weaponized Polish-Built Black Hawk Helicopter On Display At Anaconda

Participated In NATO Exercises In Poland Last Week

A weaponized version of Sikorsky's Polish-built S-70i Black Hawk helicopter will be on display at the 'Anaconda 2016' NATO exercises in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland this week. Representative of how a future European-built Black Hawk helicopter could be configured for the armed mission, the display is designed to showcase the ease by which the proven multi-role helicopter could be adapted to meet the defense needs of Poland and other NATO allies.

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U.S. Apache Helicopters Join Counter-ISIL (ISIS) Fight, Carter Says

Destroys ISIS Target In Iraq For The first Time

U.S. Apache helicopters have entered the fight in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters yesterday.

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Delta Private Jets, Gogo Team Up To Deliver 4G Service

First FAA-Certificated Part 135 Air Carrier To Add Gogo Biz 4G Service To Fleet

A first-of-its-kind fleet-wide agreement between Delta Private Jets, Inc. (DPJ) and Gogo Inc. will soon deliver a 4G inflight experience to DPJ's customers.

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Bell Helicopter Strengthens Brand In The Americas

Rebranding Its Edwards Rotorcraft Solutions Subsidiary

Bell Helicopter has announced a name change and rebranding of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Edwards Rotorcraft Solutions Inc.  – strengthening the Bell Helicopter brand in the Americas.

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UTC Aerospace Systems TERPROM To Equip Australian Defense Force PC-21s

Advanced Terrain Navigation To Be Installed On The Aircraft

UTC Aerospace Systems' terrain referenced navigation (TRN) system, TERPROM, has been selected by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd (Switzerland) to equip the Australian Defense Force (ADF) PC-21 next generation training aircraft.

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NASA, UAE Sign Outer Space, Aeronautics Cooperation Agreement

Bolden Says Agreement Will Advance NASA's Mars Mission

The United States and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have entered into an agreement to cooperate in aeronautics research, and the exploration and use of airspace and outer space for peaceful purposes, working together in the peaceful use of outer space for the benefit of humanity.

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Predator C Avenger Flies With MS-177 Long-Range Sensor

Demonstrates U2-class Surveillance Capability From Significant Standoff Ranges

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has announced the successful flight tests of Predator C Avenger, equipped with a MS-177 Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor manufactured by UTC Aerospace Systems.

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Airborne 06.20.16: Piper M600 Cert, EgyptAir Flight 804, Blue Origin's 4th!

Also: 800 Pipistrels!, Inverted Flat Spins, Bombardier CS100, Blue Angels, Aermacchi M-346, L-3 Lynx NGT-9000, FAA Protects Walruses?

Piper Aircraft’s new flagship, the M 600, has received FAA certification. The announcement was made from the company’s headquarters in Vero Beach, Florida. Piper Aircraft President and CEO, Simon Caldecott said in part, "With unique and innovative safety features for the single engine turboprop segment, the competitiveness of the M600 is further enhanced by the aircraft's performance and industry leading operating and acquisition costs." Both t

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Three ISS Crew Members Return to Earth

Safe Landing In Kazakhstan Paves Way For Three New Crewmembers Launching July 6th

There's not place like home... though the arrival can be a mite sudden... Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA, flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos touched down at 5:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time) June 18, 2016 southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan. Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth at 5:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time) Saturday after wrapping up 186 days in space and several NASA research studies in human health. Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA, flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Soyuz Commander Yuri Male

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AeroSports Update: Model Airplane Record Remains Unbroken

Aviation Is Full Of Records, And Some Of Those Records Are About Model Airplanes

This story about a flight that occurred 10 years ago gives us a view of aviation from the vantage point of aircraft modeling. Remember, successful model aircraft were flying before the Wright Brothers’ first manned flight. Model aviation was there in the beginning, and it’s still going strong.

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Klyde Morris (06.20.16)

Klyde, As Usual, Has A Unique Take On The Impact Of The New Airman Certification Standards

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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O&N Aircraft Modifications Closes Its Doors

Myron And Diane Olson Have Retired

O&N Aircraft Modifications in Factoryville, PA has closed its doors following the retirement of Myron and Diane Olson.

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TSB Chair Inducted Into Canada’s Aviation Hall Of Fame

Has Been Involved In Aviation For More Than 40 Years

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has announced that Chair Kathy Fox has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF). The CAHF recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to aviation and aerospace in Canada.

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Sikorsky's S-92 Helicopter Fleet Surpasses One Million Flight Hours

Milestone Reached In Less Than 12 Years

The global fleet of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters recently surpassed one million flight hours, in an impressively short time of less than 12 years.

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Airborne 06.17.16: Thunderbirds Resume, Pilot Bonuses, FAA v Airport Hangars

Also: SkyRunner S-LSA, <40 Days To Oshkosh, Phenom 100E, MV-22 Osprey, Air Ambulance Reform, Cygnus Spacecraft, Edwards Testing

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have announced the return to the 2016 demonstration schedule, beginning this weekend in Ocean City, Maryland. The Thunderbirds temporarily stood down for two weekends following an aircraft mishap on June 2nd after performing the 2016 U.S. Air Force Academy graduation flyover in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During the stand-down, the Team supported the safety investigation to collect details of the mishap. The mishap resulted in the los

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USS Carl Vinson Conducts MV-22 Osprey Flight Operations

Tiltrotor Aircraft To Be Replacement For C-2 Greyhound

In preparation for the planned replacement of the C-2 Greyhound, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received a V-22 Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 for landings and takeoffs, June 12.

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UAV Retailer In The Netherlands Advises New Owners To Register Aircraft

Urges Voluntary Registration While EU Considers Drone Regulations

The lack of regulation and European consensus continues to be a problem for this young and growing industry. It has become so bad that even retailers have become fed up. For this reason dronecentraal.nl is advising all drones to be registered and tagged once purchased.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.20.16): Transponder

Transponder The airborne radar beacon receiver/transmitter portion of the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS) which automatically receives radio signals from interrogators on the ground, and selectively replies with a specific reply pulse or pulse group only to those interrogations being received on the mode to which it is set to respond.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.20.16)

Aero Linx: Mission Safety International Missionary Aviation is not for the faint of heart. Flying in remote areas of the world helping to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ requires years of training and a heart full of devotion. Yet, in spite of the dedication and professionalism of most aviation staff, there are still far too many accidents robbing missions of their effectiveness. However, for 30 years there has been help and hope coming out of the hills of eastern Tennessee. Since its incorporation as a non-profit mission agency in 1983, Mission Safety International (MSI) has worked tirelessly to meet the safety needs of mission aviation departments spread from one side of the globe to the other. While small and agile

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.20.16)

 

"These operations present an opportunity for our flight crews to gain experience landing on an aircraft carrier as opposed to landing on an amphibious ship. It allows us to become accustomed to a different set of operating procedures, and additionally allows Air Department Sailors on board Carl Vinson to become accustomed to landing and handling tilt rotor aircraft." Source: Marine Corps Lt. Col. Brett Hart, VMX-1 executive officer, discussing the planned replacement of the C-2 Greyhound, as USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received a V-22 Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 for landings and takeoffs, June 12.

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