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February 20, 2019

Airborne 02.20.19: Kotnik Relieved, FAA Enforcement, Aero Charting

Also: Major Gift From Clay Lacy, Golden Knights Accident, A380 Deliveries To End, Blue Angels Suspension

The first female pilot to lead the F-16 Viper demonstration team has been relieved of command just two weeks after being named to the post. Air Combat Command (ACC), director of public affairs Col. Allen Herritage said Capt. Kotnik was relieved on February 11, "due to a loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper demonstration team. The Viper demonstration team is working to minimize impacts on scheduled performances and looks forward to inspiring crowds around the country during the upcoming season as soon as a new commander is selected.” The FAA has proposed revisions to the procedural rules governing its investigations

TSB: Lack Of Recent IFR Experience Likely Contributed To Canadian Helo Accident

Collision With Terrain Involving A Helicopter In Saint-Joachim-De-Courval, Quebec, Demonstrates The Risks Associated With Insufficient Recent Experience In Instrument Flight

In its investigation report (A18Q0016) released Monday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) underscored the risks posed by insufficient recent experience flying with reference to instruments, particularly in the case of night flights when unfavourable weather conditions are encountered and pilots lose visual reference to the ground.

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Leonardo Announces AeroTech Campus In Southern Italy

New Hub For Technological Innovation To Boost Aeronautical Development In The Region

The establishment of the AeroTech Campus, the new hub for the technological innovation of the Leonardo Aerostructures Division, has been announced at the company's Pomigliano d’Arco plant (Naples). Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Labor and Social Policies Luigi Di Maio, representatives of local institutions and Leonardo’s top management all attended the ceremony.

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Aerion Corporation Recruits Top Talent To Revolutionize Global Mobility

Continuing To Work To Bring Supersonic Aircraft To Market

Aerion has recruited some of the aerospace industry’s most accomplished executives and engineers as the company prepares to bring its first supersonic aircraft to the market.

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Air Canada Deploying Q400 Aircraft To More Western Canada Regional Markets

Capacity Increasing For Vancouver Island, Northern BC, BC Interior, Saskatoon, Winnipeg

Air Canada will boost capacity on regional routes across Western Canada this spring as it deploys more state-of-the-art Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The changes are part of an ongoing transformation of Air Canada Express that will result in enhanced services for customers.

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CAAC Issues 'Guidance on UAV Airworthiness Certification'

EHang Authorized As China's First Company On Passenger AAV Piloting Programs

On January 23rd, 2019, the Airworthiness Department of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued the Guidance on UAV Airworthiness Certification based on Operational Risks (hereinafter abbreviated as "Guidance"), aiming at establishing a risk-based UAV airworthiness management system by the end of 2019. A total of five Chinese UAV companies were authorized as pilots to initiate and develop different UAV programs in exploring airworthiness standards and certification methods for UAVs for transporting cargos, inspecting powerlines and carrying passengers.

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Orlando, FL Scouts Work On Aviation Merit Badge With EAA Chapter 534

Young Eagles Rally Held Feb 16

The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534, based at Leesburg International Airport in Leesburg, FL held a Young Eagles rally on Feb.16, and they flew 27 young people in total.

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Duncan Aviation Names New Battle Creek, MI Executive VP & COO

Andy Richards Has Been With The Company For 22 Years

Duncan Aviation has named  Andy Richards, a 22-year veteran of the company, as the new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of its full-service facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. As Vice President of Modifications & Completions for the last seven years, Richards will be stepping into his new role on March 8 as current Executive Vice President and COO Tom Burt retires after 40 years with the company.

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U.K. Defense Secretary Announces First Deployment For New Sub-Hunter Aircraft

P-8A Poseidon Aircraft Will Fly Over The Arctic Next Year

Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that the UK's new fleet of submarine hunting aircraft will take to the skies over the Arctic next year.

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Norman Lee Named Vice President Of Marketing For Atlas Space Operations

Brings 30 Years Of International Experience To The Position

Atlas Space Operations has named Norman Lee as the vice president of Marketing. Lee brings to Atlas a 30-year track-record of success including a decade of executive level leadership experience at Hagerty in the areas of marketing, sales, business development, client engagement, and operations.

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Cutter Aviation Appoints James Boswell To Manager Of Charter Sales

Will Direct The Customer Experience For The Company's Clients

Cutter Aviation is pleased to announce the appointment of James Boswell as Manager of Charter Sales in the Charter and Flight Management Department based in Phoenix, Arizona. James will be responsible for ensuring that all Cutter Aviation clients and owners receive premium and personalized service, exceeding even the most discerning of expectations.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-01-05

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus SAS Model A330-200, -200F, and -300 series airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-01-08

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes.

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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.

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Sustainable Aviation Takes Significant Step Forward At ICAO

CAEP Addresses Environmental Impacts Of Aviation

Global measures to address aviation’s environmental impact were agreed at a recent meeting of the two hundred and fifty experts of ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP).

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Air Canada Suspends Flights To And From Haiti

Unrest In That Country Has Let To Warnings About Travel

Air Canada flight AC1815 departed Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Monday following the Government of Canada's advisory to avoid all travel to Haiti. There were 209 customers and 16 crew and support employees aboard a Boeing 767-300ER Air Canada Rouge aircraft.

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FAA Announces Aviation Safety Rating For Vietnam

Vietnamese Civil Aviation Authority Deemed To Meet International Safety Standards

The FAA has determined that Vietnam complies with international safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.

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FAA Fly Safe: Prevent Loss Of Control Accidents

Mountain Flying Requires Special Considerations

The FAA and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign helps educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.

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EAA Awards Initial Ray Aviation Scholarships

Young Aviators From Florida, California Will Benefit

Nicole Blount of Lake Placid, Florida, and Max Davidson of Jurupa Valley, California, have received the initial Ray Aviation Scholarships of up to $10,000 from the Experimental Aircraft Association, allowing these young people to take flight training in their local regions and pursue their dreams of flight.

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FAA Names Two To National Parks Overflights Advisory Group

Two Vacancies Remain To Be Filled

The FAA has filled two of four open seats on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group.

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American Airlines Flight Attendant Union Demands Investigation

Wants To Know Company’s Involvement In 'Demeaning' Sex Object Video

A video that went viral last week has prompted the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) to demand that American Airlines (AA) CEO Doug Parker conduct an independent investigation of Management’s involvement in the incident. The video, which was posted on Twitter, captured a skit of individuals portrayed as Flight Attendants promoting sex appeal as an attraction to AA’s most prominent and lucrative passengers, those with premium Executive Platinum status.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.20.19)

"In the 35 years since the CAEP was established, the scope of work and the technical areas which it covers have widened. Yet, despite the monumental challenges set before it, the CAEP remains a tremendous example of international cooperation." Source: ICAO president Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.20.19): Jump Zone

The airspace directly associated with a Drop Zone. Vertical and horizontal limits may be locally defined.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.20.19)

FAA Airport Compliance and Management Analysis

The Airport Compliance Division oversees the Airport Compliance Program. The division holds primary responsibility for interpreting, recommending, and developing policies and resolving matters that involve the Federal obligations of airport sponsors.

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