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April 19, 2019

Airborne 04.19.19: Spin Record Attempt, Falcon Heavy, BendixKing

Also: TBM 910 Model Year 2019, Gone West: Owen Garriott, Parrot ANAFI Thermal, SpaceIL $1 Million

Aerobatic pilot Spencer Suderman is gearing up to attempt a new world record for the most inverted flat spins in an aircraft. This will be Suderman’s second shot at the record after he aborted an attempt in February. “I entered the spin and the plane went around faster than expected at altitude, so fast that the transverse G-loads were far greater than I was prepared for, which made it hard to breath. That coupled with the negative G-loads from being inverted made the situation intolerable.” Rough seas caused damage to the SpaceX Falcon Heavy center core after its second flight. The company launched the Arabsat-6A communications satellite in its first commercial fl

China’s Airbus H135 Final Assembly Line Starts Operations

First Helicopter FAL Built By A Foreign Manufacturer In China

Airbus Helicopters has expanded its industrial footprint and partnership with China with the opening of the H135 final assembly line in Qingdao. The factory is the first helicopter FAL built by a foreign manufacturer in China, as well as the first H135 FAL outside of Europe.

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FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championships 2019 In Lille, France Underway

Competition Will Wrap Up With Finals On Saturday

Some 300 world-class indoor skydivers from 31 different countries are participating the third edition of the FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championships, which kicked off April 17 in the French city of Lille.

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Jolly Rogers Changes Command

Cmdr. Patrice Fernandes Relieved Cmdr. Danny Westphall In Airborne Ceremony

The “Jolly Rogers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103 held a change of command ceremony in the air above the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Apr. 14.

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FlightSafety Announced Upgrades To Cockpit Procedures Trainers

Integrates Its Mixed Reality And Vital 1100 Visual Systems

FlightSafety International has developed technology that integrates its Mixed Reality and Vital 1100 Visual Systems into Cockpit Procedures Trainers. FlightSafety is demonstrating this highly effective and cost efficient approach at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (AAAA) in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Four Embry-Riddle Students Win Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarships

Awards Presented Annually Since 2013

In partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Citation Jet Pilots Association (CJP), the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation has annually presented Embry-Riddle students with scholarships to pursue careers in aviation since 2013.

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Bridgestone Joins International Space Exploration Mission With JAXA And Toyota

Company Supports Research On Tires For Manned, Pressurized Rovers Required For Lunar Surface Mobility And Exploration

Bridgestone Corporation will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. Recently announced by JAXA and Toyota, the goals of this mission are to expand the domain of human activity and develop intellectual property on space exploration. Bridgestone's mission assignment is to research the performance needs of tires for use on manned, pressurized rovers in order to help these rovers make better contact with the surface of the moon.

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FAA, EASA Certify Dart’s EC/H130 Emergency Flotation System

Applicable To Both Legacy EC130B4 Models And The Latest H130 From Airbus

The FAA and EASA have awarded STC approvals to Dart Aerospace (Dart) for  its new EC/H130 Emergency Float System (EFS).  TCCA certification was granted in late 2018 for this kit, which is applicable to both legacy EC130B4 models and the latest H130 from Airbus. The system can now be used in operations across multiple regions covering the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and any others accepting TCCA/FAA/EASA STC without validation.

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Bombardier Celebrates Delivery Of Q400 Aircraft To Qazaq Air

Carrier Launched Domestic Service In Kazakhstan In July 2015

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has delivered the first of two Q400 aircraft ordered by Qazaq Air JSC of Kazakhstan (Qazaq Air) in 2017. The order followed Qazaq Air’s successful launch of domestic service in Kazakhstan in July 2015, using three leased Q400 aircraft.

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ALC Announces Delivery Of First Of 6 New A321neo LR Aircraft To Air Arabia

All Will Be Delivered To The Airline By 2020

Air Lease Corporation has delivered one new Airbus A321-200neo LR aircraft on long-term lease to Air Arabia. Featuring CFM International LEAP-1A engines, this aircraft is the first of six A321-200neo LRs scheduled to deliver to Air Arabia through 2020 from ALC’s order book with Airbus. This A321-200neo LR is also ALC’s first Airbus long-range A321neo to deliver to the Lessor.

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Rocket Break-Up Provides Rare Chance To Test Debris Formation

Fragmentation Of Atlas V Centaur Upper Stage Launched In 2009 Captured On Video

The discarded ‘upper stage’ from a rocket launched almost ten years ago has recently crumbled to pieces. “Leaving a trail of debris in its wake, this fragmentation event provides space debris experts with a rare opportunity to test their understanding of such hugely important processes," said Tim Flohrer, ESA's Senior Space Debris Monitoring Expert.

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Fly Leasing Completes Sale Of 12 Aircraft

Portfolio Was Comprised Of Airbus A320 And Boeing B737 Aircraft

Fly Leasing Limited has completed the sale of a portfolio of 12 aircraft for an aggregate price of approximately $295 million. The portfolio was comprised of Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 narrow-body aircraft with an average age of over 10 years.

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AD: GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-07-08

PRODUCT: GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Model GA8 and Model GA8-TC320 airplanes.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Cirrus Vision Jets

Agency Notes Three Incidents Of ESP System Engaging When Not Appropriate

The FAA has issued an emergency AD for Cirrus Model SF50 (Vision Jet) airplanes following three reports of the stall warning and protection system (SWPS) or Electronic Stability & Protection (ESP) System engaging when not appropriate, with the first incident occuring in November 2018 and the latest in April 2019. The SWPS or ESP systems may engage even when sufficient airspeed and proper angle of attack (AOA) exists for normal flight.

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FAA Posts 737 MAX Report For Comments

Interested Parties Can Comment Through April 30

The FAA has posted a draft report from the Boeing 737 MAX Flight Standardization Board. The FSB reviewed only the training aspects related to software enhancements to the aircraft. The report is open to public comment for 14 days, with the comment period ending April 30. After that, the FAA will review those comments before making a final assessment.

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NBAA: ABACE2019 Points To Endless Horizons For Business Aviation In Asia

Bolen Calls The Event 'Inspiring'

As the 2019 edition of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2019) drew to a close under sunny skies, organizers said the growing show pointed to a continual increase in speed and altitude for the event, and the broader industry in Asia.

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New Rega Drone Flies And Searches Autonomously

Equipped With Thermal And Other Sensors To Assist In SAR

Rega presented a new type of aircraft for searching for missing persons at its recent annual Media conference. The newly developed Rega drone can autonomously scan large search areas and is equipped with various sensors, such as a thermal camera. As a result, in future, Rega will have at its disposal an additional device to help it search for people in distress.

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FAA Provides Aviation Careers To People With Disabilities

Aviation Development Program Designed As A Pathway To Jobs In Air Traffic Control

The FAA has announced a pilot program to help prepare people with disabilities for careers in air traffic operations. A key focus for the FAA’s Office of Civil Rights is to identify specific opportunities for people with targeted disabilities, empower them and facilitate their entry into a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

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Registration Is Now Open For AMA Friends Of The Foundation Fun Fly

Event Set For September 13-15 In Muncie, IN

The AMA Foundation will host the Friends of the Foundation Fun Fly at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana, September 13-15, 2019.

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SAFE Unveils CFI PROficiency Initiative

Goal Is To Reduce The Number Of Fatal GA LOC-I Accident Rate

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) today announced its new CFI PROficiency initiative, a two-day ground and flight course for CFIs to improve their aircraft control skills. The program was designed to reduce the number of GA Loss Of Control – Inflight (LOC-I) accidents, which still account for the majority of fatal GA accidents.

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Klyde Morris 04.19.19

Once A Fanboy, Always A Fanboy


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Airborne 04.17.19: HX-2 Flying Wing, Evektor SportStar RTC, 'Transwing'

Also: Me & My TBM V3, Dog In Cockpit, F-14 Monument, Special Skydive

After several years of development, the prototype of the Horten HX-2 made its public debut at AERO-Friedrichshafen last week. The single engine HX-2 was built at Horten headquarters at the Kindel airfield. The prototype, based on the original design by Reimar Horten, incorporates a blended-wing both technology comprised of carbon/glass-fiber materials. It is powered by a Rotax 912 engine turning a pusher propeller. It carries a little more than 60 gallons of fuel in two tanks. Evektor´s SportStar RTC has received EASA approva

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.19.19)

“The excitement and energy were even higher at ABACE this year than previous years.” Source: NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, at the conclusion of ABACE 2019.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.19.19): Lift

A component of the total aerodynamic force on an airfoil and acts perpendicular to the relative wind.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.19.19)

The P-38 National Association

The P-38 National Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to collect data and memorabilia to preserve and perpetuate the memory of this classic WWII aircraft -- the P-38 "Lockheed Lightning" -- for future generations.

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