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April 05, 2019

Airborne 04.05.19: Sling Pilot Academy, Apollo 11 at OSH, ADS-B

Also: National GA Award, Piper Aircraft Record, EU And Airbus, Hovering Drone Record

A new flight training academy has started teaching its first group of future commercial pilots, destined for the airlines. The Sling Pilot Academy, based in Torrance, CA, is the brainchild of three aviation entrepreneurs, Wayne Todden, Jean d’Assonville, and Matt Liknaitzky. Equipped with all new Next-Generation Sling training aircraft, using the latest in modern powerplant and glass cockpit display technology, Sling Pilot Academy effectively wields the double-edged sword of combining proper expert preparation for tomorrow’s airline pilots, as well as providing cost-effective quality training. The Complete Professional Flight Training programs that may be undertaken in under 9 months

Wilson, Goldfein Outline To Senate Committee Air Force Progress

But Also Express Need For A Larger Force

Ending the week much as it began, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein told the Senate Armed Services Committee, April 4, that the Air Force must grow to meet – and defeat – security threats at home, globally and in space in an era of great power competition.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh To Honor Apollo 11 Mission 50th Anniversary

Astronaut Michael Collins To Highlight Event July 26th

Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins will be the featured guest as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which in July 1969 marked the first time men landed on the moon and returned safely. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, the 67th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, is July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Cyberhawk Secures New Investors As Part Of Global Expansion Plans

Acquired By Funds Controlled By Magnesium Capital LLP

Cyberhawk Innovations Limited (Cyberhawk), a company delivering drone inspections and asset visualisation software for energy infrastructure, has been acquired by funds advised by Magnesium Capital LLP (Magnesium).

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Five New WAI Scholarships Available Now

Deadline To Apply Is May 31, 2019

Through a donor who wishes to be anonymous, Women in Aviation International offers five training scholarships available for application now through May 31, 2019.

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ESA And DLR In Joint Study To Support Deep Space Missions

Ground Station Capacity Needs To Grow For Future Flights

An existing deep-space dish antenna at the DLR Weilheim site, near Munich, may offer an almost ready-made solution to the problem of providing sufficient ground station capacity to support ESA’s current and future deep-space exploration missions. Now and in the next few years, ESA is sending some of the most advanced spacecraft ever flown to exotic locations like Mars, Mercury and Jupiter, and these missions all have one thing in common: they need plenty of ground station capacity to download their masses of science data and to enable mission controllers to send up commands.

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Commuter Air Technology Taps StandardAero For PT6A-60A Engine Support

 Will Provide CAT With PT6A-60A Maintenance, Repair And Overhaul (MRO) Services

StandardAero has recently been selected by Commuter Air Technology (CAT) to provide support services for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A engines installed on King Air 350 aircraft operated by the company. Under the multi-year agreement, StandardAero will provide CAT with PT6A-60A maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services from its Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) with Distribution rights in Summerside, PEI, Canada, delivering improved turn times and reduced operating costs to CAT and its customers.

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National High School Space Challenge Finals Set For Colorado Springs, CO

StellarXplorers Is In Its Fifth Year

StellarXplorers, an education initiative established by AFA, is a space system engineering competition designed to inspire students toward futures in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This year's national finals has been set for Colorado Springs, CO next week.

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Embraer Delivers First E175 To Mauritania Airlines

Second Airplane To Be Delivered Later This Year

In a ceremony held in São José dos Campos, Embraer delivered the first E175 to Mauritania Airlines. The airline signed a firm order with Embraer for two E175 jets in 2018. The contract has a value of $93.8 million.

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Gone West: Air France Entebbe Pilot Michel Bacos

Refused To Abandon Passengers When Plane Was Hijacked In 1976

The captain of Air France Flight 139 on June 27, 1976 which was hijacked to Entebbe has Gone West. Michel Bacos was 95 years old.

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Florida Man Sentenced In Laser Incident

Pleaded Guilty To Aiming A Laser At A Law Enforcement Helicopter

A Pasco County, FL man has been sentenced to nearly two years in a federal prison for aiming a laser at a Sheriff's Office helicopter that was assisting in an encounter with a barricaded suspect.

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AD: Dassault Aviation Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-05-14

PRODUCT: All Dassault Aviation Model MYSTERE-FALCON 50 airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-05-12

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701 & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes, and Model CL600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes.

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Airborne 04.03.19: Enhanced TBM 910, New Pipers, GEICO Skytypers

Also: Ellsworth AFB First B-21 Base, Ricci Named CEO Of Corporate Wings, Second LM-Built GPS III, iFly Adds RealPlan

Daher unveiled its 2019 edition of the TBM 910 Tuesday morning at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, FL. In a new step designed to increase functionality for operational safety improvements on the TBM product line, the TBM 910 now has an automatic icing detection system that provides automated protection while keeping the pilot fully in the loop. When icing or ice accretion is detected by and external sensor, and if the pilot does not take action, the system will activate deicing devices such as the

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Boeing Posts Report On MCAS Software Update

Says Software Has Been Put Through 'Hundreds Of Hours' Of Testing And Analysis

Boeing has developed an MCAS software update to provide additional layers of protection if the AOA sensors provide erroneous data. The software was put through hundreds of hours of analysis, laboratory testing, verification in a simulator and two test flights, including an in-flight certification test with FAA representatives on board as observers.

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Report: Ethiopian Pilots Followed Procedures Prior To 737 MAX Accident

Minister Of Tranport Says Crew 'Performed All The Procedures Provided By The Manufacturer'

The Ethiopian Minister of Transport says that the crew of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX which went down shortly after takeoff March 10th and led to the worldwide grounding of the airplanes, "repeatedly" followed Boeing's published procedures but were unable to prevent the accident.

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Sling TSi Exceeding Expectations

Promised Performance Specs Met And Exceeded By First U.S. Aircraft

Sling Aircraft’s Sling TSi, the follow-up to the highly regarded Sling 4 SportPlane, is meeting and exceeding much of the performance criteria promised when the aircraft was authorized for production. The 4-seat TSi joins the Sling two-place line, which includes tricycle geared LSA and Experimental versions as well as a taildragger configuration.

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Allegiant Announces Aircraft Base In Savannah

Will Provide New Jobs And Future Growth In The Region

State and local officials joined executives from Allegiant Travel Company this week as the company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, Georgia. Allegiant's growth plans in the state include creating at least 66 new, high-wage jobs. 

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Lancair’s New 2-Seat Barracuda Displayed At Sun ‘N Fun 2019

'Little Brother' To The Company's Mako Airplane

The latest aircraft innovation from Lancair is the Barracuda - a 2-seat “little brother” to the groundbreaking Mako. The first Barracuda, N380L, built by first-time Lancair builder Wade Marcantonio, is now on display at Lancair's Sun 'n Fun exhibit.

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EU And Airbus Claim Major Win Against U.S. In Dispute With Boeing

Says Ruling Provides A Solid Basis For Billions In Countermeasures

The WTO Appellate Body has published a report which holds that the U.S. failed to withdraw the subsidies granted by federal, state and local authorities to Boeing, and to remove the harm those subsidies caused to Airbus.

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Klyde Morris 04.05.19

You Might Want To Sugar-Coat It Just A Little, Klyde


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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.05.19)

"Time is needed for additional work by Boeing as the result of an ongoing review of the 737 MAX Flight Control System to ensure that Boeing has identified and appropriately addressed all pertinent issues. Upon receipt, the FAA will subject Boeing’s completed submission to a rigorous safety review." Source: FAA statement on Boeing's MCAS software update.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.05.19): VMC. Minimum Control Airspeed

This is the minimum flight speed at which a light, twin-engine airplane can be satisfactorily controlled when an engine suddenly becomes inoperative and the remaining engine is at takeoff power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.05.19)

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