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August 17, 2015

Airborne 08.17.15: AMA v UAV Foolishness, Twin Commander, Collings' New Birds

Also: RS-25 Tests, Trigana Crash, Apache Solo Display, Last Flt For 1st 727, SkyWest Airlines, Trent XWB, New AF Vice Chief Of Staff, Virgin America Partnership

Sometimes you just have to stand up and question authority, and that's just what the leadership of the Academy of Model Aeronautics has done following the FAA's release last week of data that shows a sharp increase in "drone" sightings by pilots of manned aircraft. AMA executive director Dave Mathewson issued a statement that said, in part, “The increase in sightings of unmanned aircraft highlight the need for stricter enforcement of existing federal regulations and for the FAA to finalize its small UAS rules. Whether flying a commercial UAS or a model aircraft, there are rules that prohibit careless and

Airborne 08.17.15: AMA v UAV Foolishness, Twin Commander, Collings' New Birds

Also: RS-25 Tests, Trigana Crash, Apache Solo Display, Last Flt For 1st 727, SkyWest Airlines, Trent XWB, New AF Vice Chief Of Staff, Virgin America Partnership

Sometimes you just have to stand up and question authority, and that's just what the leadership of the Academy of Model Aeronautics has done following the FAA's release last week of data that shows a sharp increase in "drone" sightings by pilots of manned aircraft. AMA executive director Dave Mathewson issued a statement that said, in part, “The increase in sightings of unmanned aircraft highlight the need for stricter enforcement of existi

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Emirates Flight To Panama Will Be World's Longest Non-Stop Route

Flight Time To Panama City Estimated To Average 17 Hours, 35 Minutes

Panama City will be Emirates’ first gateway in Central America, but getting there will be a major time investment. The new route will be the world’s longest non-stop flight.

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New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Career Expo To Be Held Sept. 24

Event Held At The NM Air National Guard Hangar At Kirtland AFB

The New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Career Expo will be held Thursday, September 24, 2015, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Mexico Air National Guard hangar, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M.  The New Mexico Air National Guard has partnered with the New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association to host this event.

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Air Force Upgrades 100-Year-Old Technology

New Simulator Focuses On Spatial Disorientation

Spatial disorientation, the inability to determine one’s position in an open space, can lead to a dangerous scenario inside a cockpit.

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IATA Summit Will Focus On Aviation's Financial Health

Second World Financial Symposium Planned For September In Barcelona

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the second edition of the World Financial Symposium (WFS) will focus on industry efforts to support sustained financial health.

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Alpha Space Signs Cooperative Agreement with NASA

Will Offer First Research Flight Facility On ISS

NASA has signed a cooperative agreement with Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance (Alpha Space), a newly formed spin-off company of MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT), to conduct a commercial project that will lead to the development, integration, deployment and operation of the Materials International Space Station (ISS) Experiment (MISSE) materials research flight facility on the ISS.

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Greenville Downtown Airport To Conduct FOD Walk

Airport Will Close Both Runways For 30 Minutes August 29

On Saturday, August 29th starting at 6:30 am, the Greenville Downtown Airport will close its two runways for 30 minutes so volunteers can walk the area looking for and collecting Foreign Object Debris (FOD). Why? Because FOD is responsible for quite a bit of aircraft damage each year and is a threat to aircraft safety.

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Preparations For Next Cygnus Mission To ISS Underway

Orbital ATK Says Antares Rocket Will Return To Flight In 2016

Orbital ATK says it is making excellent progress in resuming its cargo delivery service to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, the company stated today. Orbital ATK is on track to launch its next CRS mission late this year and is moving forward with integration of a new first stage propulsion system into the Antares launch vehicle in preparation for multiple CRS missions in 2016.

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Virgin America Launches Partnership With Frontiers Of Flight Museum

Will Support Museum's K-12 Educational Programs

Virgin America has announced a new partnership with the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field (DAL) and unveiled its new exhibit chronicling the airline's effort to bring its award-winning product and service to DAL. As part of the new partnership, the airline will help provide scholarships for students attending the Flight School and other educational programs at the museum.

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Air Industries Group Agrees In Principle To Acquire Compac Development

Bay Shore, NY Company Manufactures RFI/EMI Shielded Enclosures

Air Industries Group has reached an agreement in principle to acquire Compac Development Corporation (Compac). The transaction is scheduled to close shortly.

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NASA Selects Contractor To Prepare Launch Structure For Mars Launch

Fixed-Price Contract Worth $45.8 Million For Construction Company

NASA has selected J. P. Donovan Construction, Inc., of Rockledge, Florida to begin work at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the ground structures that will launch NASA’s next generation rocket and spacecraft on the journey to Mars and other deep space destinations.

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ATC Week Will Be A Week-Long Celebration Of Air Traffic Control

Event Taking Place In UAE October 4-8

An event designed to celebrate the world's air traffic controllers is being planned for early October of this year.

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FlightSafety International Enters Into Agreement With Aeroglobo

Will Provide Pratt & Whitney Canada Engine Training In Brazil

FlightSafety International has selected Aeroglobo to provide Pratt & Whitney Canada Engine training in Brazil. Training will be offered at the Aeroglobo facility in Botucatu, Brazil for P&WC PT6T, PT6A, PT6 B, PW100-Series, PW200-Series and PW500 engines.

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Aero-TV: Bright, Shiny, Airworthy! - Steve Cole's Award-Winning Hummel UltraCruiser

Some Of the Prettiest Sights Of Oshkosh Were Also Very Affordable

At EAA AirVenture 2015, there are lots of airplanes to look at, but this one is a real eye catcher. It’s a small single-place airplane, it qualifies as an ultralight, and is so shiny you need dark glasses just to look at it in the sunlight.

Aero-TV: Bright-Shiny-Airworthy!--Steve Cole's Award-Winning Hummel UltraCruiser

Some Of the Prettiest Sights Of Oshkosh Were Also Very Affordable

At EAA AirVenture 2015, there are lots of airplanes to look at, but this one is a real eye catcher. It’s a small single-place airplane, it qualifies as an ultralight, and is so shiny you need dark glasses just to look at it in the sunlight. ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, had a sit-down and chat with, Steve Cole, who is the builder and owner of this Hummel UltraCruiser which took the Grand Champion Ultralight trophy this year at Oshkosh.

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Wreckage Of Hump Transport Plane Headed For Museum In China

Airplane Went Down In Tibet 71 Years Ago

Wreckage of an air freighter that was navigating over the Hump, the name given by Allied World War II pilots to the eastern part of the Himalayas due to the difficult challenge the mountain range posed to the pilots, when it crashed into a glacier 70 years ago and where its debris have since remained, was moved from Bomi County, Tibet, to Chengdu, Sichuan province on August 11.

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NTSB: Hawaii Accident In January Caused By Partial Loss Of Engine Power

Was A First Instructional Flight For Student Pilot

The NTSB has released its probable cause report from an accident which occurred in Hawaii in January. The flight instructor reported that he was performing an introductory flight lesson for a student with her parents on board as passengers.

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AeroSports Update: Balloon Fiesta Announces New Entertainment

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2015 Has Announced That The Parabatix, International Sky Racers Will Perform At This Year’s Event

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2015 runs from October 3 through the 11th this year and they’re planning to have one of the biggest events ever. As if the balloons weren’t enough, they’ll now be holding an airshow proudly presenting the Parabatix, International Sky Racers.

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Who Will Be The Next Drone Billionaire?

The International Drone Expo Announces Pitchfest In Program Line-up

The second International Drone Expo (IDE) and Drone Business Conference has announced plans for the IDE 2015 Drone Pitchfest, which it says is a "once in a lifetime opportunity for drone entrepreneurs to get in front of the most influential venture capitalists dominating the powerful drone community with $150,000 of funding to be won."  Professionals and influencers pioneering the way in the industry will be sharing their insight at the largest global commercial drone community gathering which will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center December 11 and 12.

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Klyde Morris (08.171.15)

Klyde Proclaims Himself The Master Of The Ironic...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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First 727 Making Last Flight ... Eventually

Final Home Will Be Boeing's Museum Of Flight At Boeing Field

Boeing's first 727 airliner, which was gifted to the company's Museum of Flight 27 years ago, if finally about to make its final flight from the restoration center at Paine Field to Boeing Field, where it will be placed on permanent display.

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Glendale, AZ Names New Airport Administrator

Aviation Industry Veteran Joins Glendale Team

The city of Glendale has hired Kenn Potts as the new airport administrator for the Glendale Municipal Airport (KGEU). Glendale’s current airport administrator, Walt Fix, A.A.E., retired on Aug. 3.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.17.15): Minimum En Route IFR Altitude (MEA)

Minimum En Route IFR Altitude The lowest published altitude between radio fixes which assures acceptable navigational signal coverage and meets obstacle clearance requirements between those fixes. The MEA prescribed for a Federal airway or segment thereof, area navigation low or high route, or other direct route applies to the entire width of the airway, segment, or route between the radio fixes defining the airway, segment, or route.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.17.15)

Aero Linx: National EMS Pilots Association Formed in 1984, NEMSPA helps EMS helicopter and fixed-wing pilots to keep abreast of current industry issues, thereby contributing to each flight program that has NEMSPA members. In order to promote issues relevant to the aeromedical industry, NEMSPA participates in various meetings, seminars and summits, - collaborates with organizations and government entities, actively supports relevant initiatives and programs,  publishes and contributes to journals, videos, position papers and other publications -- and much more... 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.17.15)

“After our last major sky race in the city of Dubai, we are excited to bring the Parabatix Sky Racing Series to the US. What better place than the largest ballooning event in the world, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.” Source: Pascal Cambell-Jones, Parabatix International Sky Racers founder, discussing the addition of their airshow presentation to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2015 -- which runs from October 3 through the 11th this year.

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