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January 23, 2019

Airborne 01.21.19: SubSonex Upgraded!, Aero Club Of Atlanta, Snow v Citation

Also: Aerocor-Apex Aviation, Sikorsky Presents $ To Make-A-Wish, Chinese Av Mkt, JetBlue Donating

One of the coolest little sportplanes to ever work its way out of the feverish and somewhat convoluted imagination of Sonex Boss, John Monnett, is the SubSonex -- a single-seat kitjet powered by a small jet turbine engine... resulting in an aerobatic bird that is about as unique as anything currently offered. However; Sonex has upped the ante and announced a number of upgrades for their SubSonex kitjet program. Three new kit features are now included under current SubSonex pricing, and upgrade kits are avai

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Airborne 01.23.19: Stratolaunch Scales Back, Flight Design, DJI Scammed

Also: Gulfstream G280, Kenn Ricci Inducted, World War II Memories, Bombardier Selects Triumph

A few months after the sad passing of its founder Paul Allen, Stratolaunch has shelved several projects in an effort to streamline its operations. While the company will continue to work on the Stratolaunch aircraft for horizontal launch operations, it has dropped development on a new type of rocket engine as well as launch vehicles it had on the drawing board. “Stratolaunch is ending the development of their family of launch vehicles and rocket engine. We are streamlining operations, focusing on the aircraft and our ability to support a demonstration launch of the Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL air-launch vehicle,” the company said in a media statement. “We are immensely

Successful Flight Tests With Hensoldt's Collision Warning Radar For UAVs

Detect-And-Avoid Radar To Improve Air Traffic Safety

The sensor solutions provider Hensoldt has successfully concluded flight tests with its collision avoidance radar system for UAVs. This sensor is intended to improve safety in both military and civilian air traffic.

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CDB Aviation Promotes Patrick Hannigan To President

Company Further Strengthens Executive Management For The Next Phase Of Development

CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (CDB Leasing), has announced the promotion of Patrick C. Hannigan, who has served as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer since January 2017, to the position of President, as part of the continued strategy to further strengthen executive management for the next phase of development.

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Facebook, Airbus Still Working On Drone-Based Internet Service

Collaboration Has Grown Since Aquila Project Ended Last June

Airbus and Facebook are quietly continuing work on a proposed drone-based Internet project, according to documents obtained by the German online publication NetzPolitik.

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Weston Aviation FBO Open For Business At Gloucestershire Airport

Officially Opened On January 7

Weston Aviation, the U.K. and Ireland based FBO and Business Aviation specialist have commenced operations and launched a new Business Aviation Center and FBO at Gloucestershire Airport (EGBJ/GLO). The new facility and service officially opened its doors on January 7th January, and the FBO has already welcomed a number of visiting aircraft and crews.

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GAMA's Gregory J. Bowles Joins ASTM International Board Of Directors

Will Serve A Three-Year Term On The Body

Gregory J. Bowles, vice president of global innovation and policy at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in Washington, D.C. will serve a three-year term on the ASTM International board of directors.

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OneWeb Satellites Has Shipped First Spacecraft To Launch Site

First Launch Beginning Mega Constellation Planned For February 19

OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb, today announced the delivery of the first satellites for the OneWeb constellation.

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CSAF Lauds Combat RPA Innovation

Gen. David L. Goldfein Visits Creech Air Force Base

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein visited Creech Air Force Base to meet with 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Airmen, Jan. 15.

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Duncan Aviation Promotes Ted Roethlisberger

Named New Assistant Manager Of Customer Service In Battle Creek

Ted Roethlisberger has accepted the position of Assistant Manager of Customer Service at Duncan Aviation's Battle Creek, Michigan, facility.

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Western Aircraft Becomes First In The U.S. To Add A PC-24 To Its Charter Fleet

Joins Fleet Of PC-12 Airplanes

Western Aircraft has added a Pilatus PC-24 to WestAir Charter’s Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate.

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Bombardier Selects Triumph For A320neo Nacelle Components

Agreement Incorporates Multiple Product Lines

The Integrated Systems business unit of Triumph Group will provide nacelle components for Bombardier Belfast in support of their thrust reverser units for the Geared Turbofan powered A320neo aircraft. Under the agreement Triumph will design, qualify and manufacture cowl opening actuation systems and hold-open rods.

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Roots And Air Canada Partner To Mark International Sweatpants Day

Hands Out Free Casual Wear Aboard Air Canada's Longest International Flight Monday

Iconic Canadian brands, Roots and Air Canada partnered to make a long journey even more comfy in celebration of International Sweatpants Day Monday. The two companies surprised more than 250 customers on Air Canada's longest non-stop flight from Vancouver, Canada to Melbourne, Australia with a gifted set of Roots signature Salt & Pepper sweatpants, hoody and a handcrafted made-in-Canada Roots leather passport holder, bringing Roots quintessential cabin-meets-city style to the airplane cabin.

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UAL Passengers Forced To Overnight Aboard A 777 In Very Cold Weather

Flight Was Diverted To Canada For A Medical Emergency, Then Developed Mechanical Issues

A United Airlines flight from New York to Hong Kong was diverted to Happy Valley-Goose Bay Canada on Saturday night for a medical emergency, and some 250 passengers aboard the Boeing 777 were forced to remain on board overnight as the temperature dropped to -22 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Piper Responds To Proposed AD On Multiple Models

Stems From A Fatigue Crack Found In The Lower Main Wing Spar Cap On A Piper Model PA-28R-201

The FAA last month proposed an AD for multiple Piper models after receiving a report of a fatigue crack found in the lower main wing spar cap on a Piper Model PA-28R-201 airplane. An investigation revealed that repeated high-load operating conditions accelerated the fatigue crack growth in the lower main wing spar cap. In addition, because of the structural configuration of the wing assembly, the cracked area was inaccessible for a visual inspection. Model PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-151, PA-28-160, PA-28-161, PA-28-180, PA-28-181, PA-28-235, PA-28R-180, PA-28R-200, PA-28R-201T, PA-28RT-201, PA-28RT-201T, PA-32-260, and PA-32-300 airplanes have similar wing spar structures as the

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easyJet Reports Nearly $20 Million Impact From Gatwick Drone 'Chaos'

But Fourth Quarter Financial Performance Was 'Good' Despite The Incident

easyJet reported that the drone incident at Gatwick cost them £15 million (approx. $20 million), but overall, the carrier has seen a "good start to the year."

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NTSB Feeling Shutdown Pinch

Ten Aviation Accidents Are Waiting For Investigations To Begin

The partial government shutdown is forcing a delay in NTSB investigations into accidents, including 10 involving airplanes.

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CASA Australia Awards BVLOS Drone Flight Waiver

Airobotics Is First To Receive CASA Approval For Drone Flights From Remote Operations Center

Leading automated drone startup Airobotics recently obtained Australia's first and only Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to operate automated multi-rotor drones from its Remote Operations Center (ROC) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) with no aircrew needed at the client site.

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Flight Design Achieves EASA Production Approval

EASA Certified CTLSi-ELA Is Now Available For Order

Flight Design general aviation is pleased to announce that on November 15, 2018, the Czech subsidiary of Flight Design was awarded EASA Part21G approved Production Organization Approval (POA) under approval number CZ.21G.0065 issued by the Civil Aviation Agency of the Czech Republic.

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Firefly Plans Rocket Factory Near Cape Canaveral, FL

Would Focus On Growing Small Satellite Market

Startup rocket company Firefly is reportedly in negotiations to build a $52 million factory and launch site near Cape Canaveral, FL, according to sources familiar with the project.

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Partial Government Shutdown Affecting STC Work

Genesys Aerosystems Updates Customers On Status Of Projects

The partial government shutdown is affecting more than just Air Traffic Controllers at the FAA. In a blog post shared by Genesys Aerosystems, the company says its STC work has been stalled including Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) flights that are needed to gain approval to install the company's HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and IDU-450 EFIS displays on the EC145e helicopter.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.23.19)

"easyJet has made a good start to the 2019 financial year with robust customer demand and ancillary sales, driving solid revenue generation. This was underpinned by good operating and on-time performance across the network, with the exception of the disruption caused by the Gatwick closures due to drone sightings." Source: Johan Lundgren, easyJet Chief Executive.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.23.19): Airport Rotating Beacon

A visual NAVAID operated at many airports. At civil airports, alternating white and green flashes indicate the location of the airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.23.19)

Light Sport Aircraft Headquarters This website features a fairly complete listing of links to S-LSA manufacturers, along with information about flight training and LSA rules.

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