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September 23, 2019

Chuck Yeager Sues Airbus For Copyright Infringement

Claims They Used His Name And Likeness Without Permission

Chuck Yeager, who famously became the first pilot to break the sound barrier in 1947, has sued Airbus, saying the European planemaker used his name and likeness without permission while promoting their Racer high-speed helicopter.

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Airborne 09.23.19: Yeager Sues Airbus, Huge NYC TFR, Area 51 ‘Threat’

Also: Mitsubishi Aircraft, Female Apache Pilot, NASA Funds CubeSat Pathfinder, ARAC DPE Reforms
General Yeager is not done fighting battles, but this time he may not have strategized his plan of attack as well as he might have. General Yeager, along with an attorney known for some ‘interesting’ legal tactics in past skirmishes, are suing European juggernaut Airbus... because he believes they used his name, and rep without his permission... even though what Airbus seems to have done is publish some material related to Yeager’s historical precedents while trying to establish one of their own. The lawsuit, filed last week, unabashedly refers to the General as “one of the most, if not the most, famous pilots of all time.” Yeager

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Marathon, FL Accident

Two Fatally Injured When Cessna 210 Went Down In The Gulf Of Mexico

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident involving a Cessna 210 which went down in the Gulf of Mexico shortly after takeoff from Marathon International Airport (KMTH) in the Florida Keys. The commercial pilot and passenger were fatally injured.

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Schiebel Camcopter S-100 Completes Successful Flight Trials In Finland

Performed A Five-Day Maritime Surveillance Demonstration Aboard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Turva

After being chosen for one of the companies for test trials by the Border and Coast Guard Division of the Finnish Border Guard, Schiebel’s proven Camcopter S-100 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS) performed a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration aboard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Turva.

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NASA Moves Forward With UAM Grand Challenge

Designed To Promote Public Confidence In Advanced Air Mobility Systems

NASA's next step for realizing UAM begins in 2020 with preparations for a series of activities called the Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge series will offer something more valuable than a prize purse – valuable knowledge that will be given to the organizations working to establish the certification requirements and standards needed for the market to move forward.

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Bermuda Aviation Director Wins Business Worldwide Magazine's CEO Award

Thomas Dunstan Recognized For Outstanding Leadership Through Times Of Change

The Director General of the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) won global recognition in the 2019 Business Worldwide CEO Awards. Thomas Dunstan has been crowned Aviation Industry Executive of The Year (Global) for his outstanding leadership through times of change.

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Space Training, Simulation And Development Facility Opens In Colorado Springs

Pulsar Guardian Lets Space Operators Work In Sophisticated Multi-Domain Environment

Pulsar Guardian is a new, state-of-the art facility built by Lockheed Martin in Colorado Springs that lets the Air Force and others simulate, test and train in a multi-domain environment that reflects today’s complex space environment.

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GEOHuntsville Announces First Southeast Regional UAS Rodeo

Event Planned For October 9-10

GEOHuntsville and the UAS Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (UAS ISAO) are preparing for the Inaugural Southeast Regional UAS RODEO, a 2 day event designed to give UAS Pilots involved in Public Safety Activities a full-scale training, skill-building, and competitive environment to share their knowledge, skills, and abilities in UAS operations.

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Elbit Systems To Supply Products, Training Systems To Boeing's T-X Aircraft

Will Provide Cockpit Displays, Datalinks And Embedded Training Capabilities

Elbit Systems of America will supply a number of products – including cockpit displays, datalinks and embedded training capabilities – to Boeing's T-X advanced pilot training aircraft for the United States Air Force.

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AeroJones Opens Flight School In Zhenjiang, China

Operation Will Use CTLS Aircraft And A Full-Motion Simulator

AeroJones, which manufactures the Flight Design CTLS LSA in Xiamen China, has opened the region's first flight school and will use new CTLS aircraft for training.

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SMi’s UAV Technology 2019 Begins In Just Two Weeks

Being Held At The Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, U.K. September 30 - October 1

There are just two weeks left to secure a place at UAV Technology 2019, taking place in London September 30 - October 1. The conference is set to be the biggest yet where those who attend can network over 5+ hours, with over 24+ expert military and industry speakers and over 100 participants in the room.

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USAF Bombardier Global business Jets Reach 100,000-Flight-Hour Milestone

Specially Configured Global Aircraft Are The Backbone Of The U.S. Air Force Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) Program

Bombardier’s Global aircraft platform, renowned in the business aviation industry for range, spaciousness and a smooth ride, has achieved a significant in-service milestone with the U.S. Air Force in special-mission configuration.

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NGC Park Air To Upgrade Airspace Communications For Chile

Will Be The Third Upgrade Completed By The Company

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s U.K.-based air traffic communications subsidiary, Park Air Systems Limited, has again been selected to upgrade Chile’s airspace communications equipment. This is the third consecutive time that Park Air has been selected by Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) to upgrade their equipment to the latest VHF and UHF radios.

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FAA Approves Flightstar Data Communications STC

Allows For Installation Of CPDLC, ATN-B1, And Optional FANS 1/A+ In Bombardier Learjet 45 Series

The FAA  has approved a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Flightstar Corporation for Data Communications in the Bombardier Learjet 40 and 45. This STC allows for the utilization of both Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications Clearance Delivery (CPDLC DCL) and Aeronautical Telecommunications Network Baseline 1 (ATN B1) CPDLC capabilities.

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Aero-TV: Continental's Aggressive Pace - From Cessna 172 to Multiple Engine Programs

Continental Aerospace Made Their Presence Known At AirVenture 2019
Continental Aerospace came to AirVenture 2019 with the announcement of a new STC allowing the installation of Prime IO-370-DA3A engines into Cessna R and S series C172s. The economical, fuel-injected 4-cylinder power-plant is an economical option to replace the original engine at TBO for 180 horsepower Cessna 172 R & S models. 

Aero-TV: Continental's Aggressive Pace - Cessna 172 to Multiple Engine Programs

Continental Aerospace Made Their Presence Known At AirVenture 2019

Continental Aerospace came to AirVenture 2019 with the announcement of a new STC allowing the installation of Prime IO-370-DA3A engines into Cessna R and S series C172s. The economical, fuel-injected 4-cylinder power-plant is an economical option to replace the original engine at TBO for 180 horsepower Cessna 172 R & S models.

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Announces Plans To Open SpaceJet Montreal Center

Company Establishes Presence In In The Montreal Region To Support Global Expansion Strategy

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced plans to establish a footprint in the Montreal region of Quebec, Canada. Having launched the Mitsubishi SpaceJet family of aircraft earlier this year and opened a U.S. headquarters in Renton, WA, the company now seeks to prepare for the next phase of its global growth.

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SkyX Opens Flight Operations Facility In Houston Market

Marks Second Opening For SkyX In Houston This Year

SkyX, an aerial monitoring solutions provider, has opened a flight operations center in the Houston area to provide live demonstrations of their system capabilities and technology solutions for monitoring and inspecting midstream infrastructure. Earlier this year, SkyX opened a downtown Houston office to further strengthen partnerships and support customers.

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FLYHT And Environment And Climate Change Canada Form Partnership

Will Deliver Crucial Weather Data Gathered By Airliners

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions has announced a new contract, following the issuance of an advanced contract notice, for the acquisition and delivery of Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) data by FLYHT and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

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Boeing And Safran Invest In Electric Power Systems

Strategic Investment Will Support On-Demand Mobility Efforts Boeing and Safran have announced a joint investment in Electric Power Systems (EPS), a company offering a suite of safe, certifiable and lightweight energy storage products that provide high-quality power for aerospace and other markets.

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Father-Son Air Racing Duo To Speak At EAA Wright Brothers Banquet

Hintons Have Won A Total Of Nine National Unlimited Championships

Steve Hinton and Steven Hinton, the father-and-son duo who have each won national air racing championships and set speed records, will be the keynote speakers at EAA’s annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 13, at the EAA Aviation Museum.

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Klyde Morris (09.23.19)

Klyde Isn't Sure Huge Black Dots Are Going to Help...


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EAA To Co-Chair ARAC DPE Reforms Working Group

Group Designated By Congress To Review FAA Policy

EAA Vice President of Advocacy and Safety Sean Elliott was named industry co-chair of a congressionally mandated FAA working group tasked with designated pilot examiner (DPE) reform. Congress has directed the group to review how the FAA "selects, trains, and deploys" DPEs with a goal toward ensuring there are enough DPEs active nationwide to serve the needs of applicants, flight schools, commercial operators, and all other players in the industry.

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Airborne 09.20.19: FAA Admin To Fly MAX Sim, Chine Drone Ban, SpaceX

Also: Iridium And OneWeb To Collaborate, USCG Rescue, New NASAO Board Members, API Claims Fuel Save

FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson is planning to travel to Seattle to personally fly a 737 MAX sim prior to the airplane's recertification. Dickson said that he plans to make the trip this week in order to make an evaluation of software changes to the airplane's MCAS, which has been implicated in two accidents earlier this year leading to a worldwide grounding of the airliner. Dickson, a former airline pilot, will also meet with Boeing officials in Seattle. He said the FAA has no firm timeline for a retur

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.23.19)

Aero Linx: Aerospace States Association ASA is an organization of state Lieutenant Governors, Governor appointed delegates, State Legislators and associate members from the aerospace industry, academia, and non-profit organizations. ASA brings together aviation and aerospace interests across each state to educate state legislators on issues specific to their state and provide networking opportunities to grow jobs and expand economic development. As leaders in our state governments, ASA members not only impact policy at the state level, but also at the federal level, by informing our congressional delegations on aerospace priorities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.23.19): Interrogator

Interrogator The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver, which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar, transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all transponders on the mode being used to reply. The replies received are mixed with the primary radar returns and displayed on the same plan position indicator (radar scope). Also, applied to the airborne element of the TACAN/DME system.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.23.19)

"For more than two decades, Jim has worked tirelessly to improve our nation's air traffic system. Our skies are safer today because of his efforts across the community." Source: Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, discussing Raytheon's selection of Jim Ullmann, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association's Director of Safety and Technology, as the 2019 Air Traffic Controller of the Year. Established by Raytheon, the award honors controllers for outstanding efforts to improve air traffic control quality, safety or efficiency. The announcement was made during the annual NATCA Communicating for Safety conference, which took place Sept. 16-18.

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