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December 23, 2019

Airborne 12.23.19: Starliner 'Anomaly', 'Iron Man' Suit, Navy Pilots

Also: 737 MAX Suspension, Aerospace Center For Excellence, Delta And Wheels Up, Academic Scholarship
Boeing's CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle was launched into orbit early Friday morning, but the spacecraft experienced what Boeing called an "off-nominal insertion" and failed to reach the proper orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station. The Starliner is in an orbit that allowed it to be brought safely back to Earth at White Sands, NM on Sunday. A British inventor wearing a flying suit that is entirely 3-D printed has flown the suit at speeds up to 85.06 miles per hour (73.91 knots), setting a new world record for "fastest speed in a body-controlled, jet-engine-powered, wind-guided suit". The flight took place

NASA, Boeing Complete Successful Landing Of Starliner Flight Test

Was The First Land Touchdown Of A Human-Rated Capsule In U.S. History

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft completed the first land touchdown of a human-rated capsule in U.S. history Sunday at White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico, wrapping up the company’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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Airbus Begins Deliveries Of A350s With Touchscreen Cockpit Displays Option

Some 20 Airlines Have Ordered Aircraft With The Optional Displays

Airbus has commenced deliveries to airlines of the first A350s equipped with pioneering new touchscreen cockpit displays. Specially developed for the A350 together with Thales, they will confer enhanced operational efficiencies, greater crew interaction, cockpit symmetry and smoother information management. On 18th December China Eastern Airlines took delivery in Toulouse of the first A350 equipped with the new devices. To date, around 20 airlines have selected the option for their new A350s.

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Field Aerospace Delivers Sherpa Avionics Upgrade 17 Days Early

U.S. Forest Service Accepts Sixth Modified Aircraft Ahead of Schedule

Field Aerospace completed the U.S. Forest Service SD3-60 avionics upgrade on the sixth of 10 aircraft 17 days ahead of schedule, with 100 percent quality compliance.

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Bell: Valor Delivers Results Beyond Expectations

Aircraft Is Textron's Offering For The Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft

As the U.S. Army-led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) program wraps up, Bell’s revolutionary tiltrotor continues to turn heads with outstanding performance and shines a spotlight on the benefits of modernization.

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Lufthansa Aviation Training And DRF Luftrettung To Exhibit At Heli-EXPO

Training Further Education For Helicopter Pilots With Latest State-Of-The-Art Simulator Technology

Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) and the Academy of the HEMS operator DRF Luftrettung will present their new pilot training and further training program at the HAI Heli-Expo from January 28 to 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Beginning in August 2020, a state-of-the-art full flight simulator level D will be available at Lufthansa Aviation Training’s training center in Frankfurt. The simulator is configurable both for the Airbus-helicopter types H135 and H145 and certified by EASA.

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Gulfstream Opens Service Center At Business Aviation Hub Van Nuys Airport

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Among Resources For Large Customer Base

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced it has officially opened its second company-owned maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Southern California, one of the world’s busiest corridors for Gulfstream business jets. The new service center at Van Nuys Airport has customer resources that include sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and sizeable ramp space.

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HAC Takes Delivery Of First ATR 42-600

Japanese Regional Operator Starts Fleet Replacement With Eco-Responsible Turboprop Aircraft

World number one regional aircraft manufacturer ATR today delivered the first of two ATR 42-600 aircraft to Hokkaido Air System Co., Ltd (HAC), a JAL Group Company. This delivery marks the first step in HAC’s replacement of its Saab 340 fleet. The delivery of this aircraft will ensure that essential regional air connectivity in Hokkaido can continue.

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NASA Selects Informal Learning Institutions To Engage Next Generation

Projects Provide Students The Opportunity To Engage In NASA’s Moon To Mars Exploration

NASA’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) program has selected four informal education organizations to promote STEM learning and help inspire the next generation of explorers. The projects provide students the opportunity to engage in NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach through science, technology, engineering, and math, and aim to reach populations that are historically underrepresented in STEM professions.

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Joint Team Solves Engine Integration Issues For CH-53K King Stallion

Multiple Engine Options For The Aircraft Presented Unique Challenges

Industry and government engineers have mitigated an ongoing engine integration issue for the CH-53K King Stallion – the new heavy-lift helicopter from Sikorsky for the United States Marine Corps.

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Aerion Supersonic Selects Another Global Design And Manufacturing Partner

GKN Aerospace Will Design And Develop The Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems And Empennage For the AS2

Aerion Supersonic, the leader in supersonic technology, today announced it has selected GKN Aerospace as a supplier on the AS2 supersonic business jet. GKN Aerospace will design the empennage and the electrical wiring and interconnection systems (EWIS) for the AS2. Design activities have already started on-site at Aerion in Reno, Nevada and in GKN Aerospace’s engineering centers in the Netherlands and Romania.

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Talco Aviation Announces The Acquisition Of Bob Fields Aerocessories

Will Support Talco Aviation’s Growth Strategy Of Expanding The General Aviation Products And Services Line

Talco Aviation Corporation announced today has acquired Bob Fields Aerocessories and the Ultimate Inflatable Door Seals product line, the only general aviation inflatable door seal company focused on supporting thousands of aircraft since 1979. The acquisition includes STCs for a wide range of airframes including Beechcraft, Piper, Mooney and many others.

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Congress Proceeds With New CH-47 Variant Purchase

But The Army Does Not Seem To Be Particularly Interested In The Helicopter

Congress has increased procurement funds for the latest variant of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter over the objections of the U.S. Army.

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Teenager Attempts To Steal King Air In Fresno, CA

Ran The Aircraft Through A Fence And Into A Building

A 17-year-old girl allegedly hopped the fence at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in California last Wednesday and gained access to a Beechcraft King Air 200 airplane.

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NASA's Astronaut Candidates To Graduate With Eye On Artemis Missions

Graduation Ceremony To Be Held January 10, 2020

NASA will honor the first class of astronaut candidates to graduate under the Artemis program on Friday, Jan. 10, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. After completing more than two years of basic training, these candidates will become eligible for spaceflight, including assignments to the International Space Station, Artemis missions to the Moon, and ultimately, missions to Mars.

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Air France-KLM Firms Up Order For 60 Airbus A220s

Aircraft Will Be Operated By Air France

The Air France–KLM Group has firmed up an order for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft to modernize its single-aisle fleet. The aircraft are intended to be operated by Air France.

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NTSB Releases Final Report From 2018 Accident In Denali National Park

Was Unable To Identify Probable Cause As Wreckage Was Lost When A Glacier Calved

The NTSB has released a final report from an accident which occurred On August 4, 2018 involving a de Havilland DHC-2 airplane that went down during a sightseeing flight over Denali National Park and Preserve. Five people were fatally injured in the accident.

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ADS-B Deadline Just Days Away

Duncan Aviation Urges Pilots And Owners To Be Sure They Are Compliant

During the past several years, Duncan Aviation has encouraged aircraft owner/operators who upgraded to Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) prior to 2015 to make sure they’re in compliance with the FAA’s ADS-B mandate. The FAA’s mandate deadline is 12 days away and goes into effect at midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31. It specifies transponders must be manufactured or upgraded to the DO-260B standard.

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Wings Out West Airshow Wins ICAS Award

Recognized As 'Best Small Civilian Airshow' By The International Council Of Air Shows

The 2019 Wings Out West Airshow, a partnership between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the City of Prescott, has won the gold award for “best small civilian airshow in the country” from the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS). More than 60 other airshows were in competition for the award, which was presented at the annual ICAS Convention on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Klyde Morris (12.23.19)

Klyde Dives Right In To The Boeing v SpaceX Debate...


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NORAD Announces 'Tracking Santa' Team For 2019

Marks 64th Year Of Following The Jolly Old Elf On His December 24 Rounds

This Christmas will mark the 64th consecutive year of NORAD tracking Santa. CF-188 escort pilots and maintainers are chosen from 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec,  and 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, while the trackers are chosen from the Canadian Air Defence Sector at 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario.

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Airborne 12.20.19: FW-190 Flies Again, Lilium Jet Testing, Enstrom's 60th

Also: Tyndall AFB Rebuild, Gulfstream SAF Milestone, Congress Creates 'Space Force', Delta Rejoins A4A

A Focke-Wulf FW 190 belonging to the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Cincinnati, OH, has made its first flight. The flight is the culmination of a project that has been underway for several years. According to Charlie Hotel Aviation, the plane was built around the nameplate of an FW190 F-8 which was shot down in 1944. It was manufactured by Arado company which was one of several companies building FW 190s during the war. This nameplate was salvaged together with other parts and ship

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.19)

Aero Linx: The Air Force Association When we raised our right hands and recited the oath to the United States Air Force, we became bestowed with a lasting honor. We don’t take that lightly. Whether a Total Force Airman, civilian, cadet or family member, we all believe in a dominant Air Force. The Air Force Association connects brave Airmen who commit their lives to protecting the greater good of our country. And for all who support the importance of aerospace power, we welcome you to the AFA community. Through a network of more than 200 chapters, we are here to share, support and sustain your journey as an Airman for Life.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.23.19)

“The good news is if you’ve upgraded to the DO-260A standard, you’re typically Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)-compliant, so you have the antenna and GPS sensors necessary and will need only the transponder upgrades." Source: Duncan Aviation Regional Avionics Sales Manager, John Spellmeyer, comments on their encouragement to aircraft owner/operators who upgraded to Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) prior to 2015 to make sure they’re in compliance with the FAA’s ADS-B mandate. The FAA’s mandate deadline is 12 days away and goes into effect at midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31. It specifies transponders must be manufactured or upgraded to the DO-260B standard. 

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