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October 13, 2017

Airborne 10.13.17: Citation Latitude, Global Aviatrix, 500th F-35 Pilot

Also: Eagles Attack Drones, Barnstorming, CAE Master Pilot, BelugaXL, P&WC, Gulfstream G650ER, Spartan College

Textron is in the process of delivering the 100th Cessna Citation Latitude. The milestone aircraft, which comes just 26 months after the first Latitude entered service, will be handed over to NetJets, Inc., this week at Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. “We set out to redefine this segment by investing in a new product with features our customers told us they wanted: large-cabin amenities and best-in-class operating costs. Delivering 100 Latitudes in just over two years is a testament that we’ve got the ideal combination,” said Rob Scholl, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, Textron Aviation. Shaesta Waiz, the 30-year-old

FreeFlight Systems Selected By Leading US Air Cargo Operator

Entire Fleet Will Be Retrofitted For ADS-B Compliance

A leading US air cargo airline operator will equip its mainline fleet with the FreeFlight Systems 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor and RANGR ADS-B receiver, the company announced at NBAA-BACE. This product pairing provides both a certified ADS-B position source as well as critical ADS-B Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B) data, both modernizing the aircraft cockpit and drastically improving situational awareness.

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SD Adds aeroCNCT Training To FlightSafety International Program

Will Be Added To The Curriculum Later This Year

Satcom Direct (SD), the business aviation connectivity provider, has signed an agreement with FlightSafety International, to offer its certified cabin crew training course, aeroCNCT, through the global training organization. The agreement confirms the course will be included in the FlightSafety International training program by the end of 2017, with first students expected to qualify early in 2018.

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Study: Demand For Business Aircraft Finance Set To Increase

Large Majority Say Segment Will Grow Over The Next Five Years

Business aviation finance is on the upswing, with new research from Global Jet Capital revealing that over 77% of business aviation professionals recently surveyed expect demand for business aviation finance to increase over the next five years, with more than one in six of those expecting the increase to be “dramatic”. Only 6% anticipate a fall in demand between now and 2022.

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Gulfstream To Add Customer Support At U.S. Business Aviation Hubs

Maintenance Facility Coming To California's Van Nuys Airport; Boston Area To Get Rapid-Response Team

Gulfstream will increase services to customers with the construction of a new maintenance facility at Van Nuys Airport near Los Angeles and the establishment of a Field and Airborne Support Teams (FAST) unit in the Boston area.

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Garmin Announces Global Datalink Weather, Text And Voice Package And Promotion

New Connext Packages Offer Expanded Value And Increased Flexibility For Customers

Garmin has announced expanded Connext weather and data service packages at NBAA-BACE that provide additional cost-effective pricing tiers offering all-inclusive rate plans designed to suit operational needs for global weather and connectivity. Aircraft equipped with the GSR 56 satellite datalink transceiver and compatible avionics can take advantage of these new rate plans starting as low as $79.99 per month.

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DAL Approves All Spartan College Campuses To Train Aviation Maintenance Workers

Partnership Establishes A Pipeline Of Trained, Certified Maintainers

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has entered into a formal partnership with Delta Air Lines to establish a pipeline of trained aviation maintenance technicians (AMT) certified by the FAA.

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BelugaXL Is Readied For Electrical Power-Up

Integration Of The First Giant Airlifter Continues, First Flight Expected Next Summer

The first of five Airbus BelugaXL super transporters is well advanced in the build-up process. The project is on schedule for power-on process start at the end of this year.

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GE Aviation Completes T901 Turboshaft Testing

Supporting The U.S. Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program

GE Aviation successfully completed testing a T901-GE-900 turboshaft engine prototype in support of the United States Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The company-funded test engine exceeded ITEP performance requirements, proving that the GE T901 engine is ready for the ITEP Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. The T901 engine tests were conducted over the span of six months and verified growth margin to meet future ITEP power requirements.

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Astronics Ballard Technology Launches Innovative Aircraft Communications Server

The Compact WebCS Securely Bridges Avionics Data With Wired And Wireless Networks In A Single Compact Box

Astronics Corporation has introduced its new Wireless Aircraft Communications Server (webCS) – which it says is the industry’s first highly-integrated smart AID/server/router that enables aircraft operators to easily capture, record, and process aircraft data.

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Helinet Aviation, Patriots Jet Team Debut 'CineJet' At NBAA-BACE

High-Speed L-39 & SHOTOVER F1 UHD Platform For Motion Picture, Television, And OEM Aircraft Promotion

Helinet Aviation has unveiled CineJet, the industry's first, Aero L-39 Albatros jet featuring a customized gyro-stabilized SHOTOVER F1 camera system designed for high-speed aerial cinematography. Developed in partnership with Patriots Jet Team, CineJet provides optimal jet aircraft performance, excellent maneuverability, and unprecedented camera angle options due to the sleek profile of the aircraft and the innovative mounting of the F1 camera platform.

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U.S. Navy Awards $2.5 Million Contract To AeroVironment

Covers Continuation and Expansion Of Blackwing UAS Program

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract valued at $2,578,822 to AeroVironment for continuation and expansion of its Blackwing small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) program. The contract includes orders for multiple Blackwing vehicles, sensor payloads and refurbishment kits for a total value of  The initial set of vehicles are anticipated for delivery by May 2018, and final delivery anticipated by November 2018.

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Duncan Aviation, GE Aviation Announce Collaboration

Will Provide ADS-B Installation For GE’s OnPoint Customers

In an effort to help business jet operators more easily meet the upcoming Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) mandate and prevent potential operational disruption for their customers, Duncan Aviation and GE Aviation have collaborated to provide ADS-B benefits to GE’s OnPoint engine service customers through Duncan Aviation’s nationwide full-service and satellite avionics facilities.

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Aero-TV: A Moving Experience! - Best Tugs' New 'Alpha'

The Alpha Will Move Items Up To 4,500 Pounds…
Best Tugs introduced a new model at AirVenture 2017. Mark Patey, the owner of Best Tugs, told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the new tug has all the digital technology that is available on their other tugs, but at a lower price.

ANN NBAA 2017 Coverage Powered by True Blue Power's New TI-2000

True Blue Power Introduces 2,000-watt, High-power Inverter

True Blue Power announced the company has added a 2000-watt inverter to its line of power solutions. The new TI2000 DC-to-AC Inverter provides wall outlet power to cabin and galley equipment, including personal electronic devices (PEDs), entertainment and gaming systems, microwave ovens, and coffee makers. It is ideal for VIP cabin configurations, special missions and emergency medical equipment. The 2,000-watt inverter is smaller, more efficient and weighs only 7.7 pounds; it is 50% lighter than competing units. FAA TSO/EASA ETSO certified and RTCA DO-160G qualified, the TI2000 is manufactured in an AS9100C-certified facility and designed with input transien

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Aero-TV: A Moving Experience! - Best Tugs' New 'Alpha'

The Alpha Will Move Items Up To 4,500 Pounds…

Best Tugs introduced a new model at AirVenture 2017. Mark Patey, the owner of Best Tugs, told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the new tug has all the digital technology that is available on their other tugs, but at a lower price. According to the company's website, the Alpha will move items up to 4,500 pounds. Its pivoting design allows the operator to turn and move the plane without picking up and adjusting the tug...

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NBAA Announces New Board and AMAC Leaders, Re-Elects Directors

Lloyd 'Fig' Newton Of L3 Technologies Is The New Chair

The voting members of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today re-elected nine individuals to the association’s Board of Directors during an annual meeting held during NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). Additionally, Lloyd “Fig” Newton, of L3 Technologies Inc., succeeded Paul Anderson, of UTFlight, as chair, and Elizabeth Dornak, of DuPont Aviation, will serve as NBAA’s new vice chair/treasurer.

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‘Mixed Reality,’ Artificial Intelligence On The Horizon For Business Aviation

Educational Session At NBAA-BACE Focused On Emerging Technologies

We are living through a Fourth Industrial Revolution, presenter Greg Jones told attendees gathered in the Innovation Zone at NBAA-BACE.

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CAE Launches Master Pilot Training Program

Further Elevating The Business Pilot Training Experience

CAE announced the launch of its  CAE Master Pilot Training Program, a badge of honor dedicated to further elevate the experience of business aviation pilots throughout their career, at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas.

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NTSB Investigating Collision Between Drone, U.S. Army Helicopter

Collision Occurred In September In New York State

The NTSB is investigating the Sept. 21 collision between a civilian drone and an Army UH-60 helicopter east of Staten Island, New York.

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Panama Orders Second Series 400 Twin Otter

Airplane Purchased For Government of Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) Air Group

A second Series 400 Twin Otter has been sold to  the government of Panama for use by its Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) Air Group based in Cocoli, Panama. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery in December 2017, and will be utilized to support the agency’s humanitarian aid missions throughout the country.

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Honeywell Engines Reach More Than 225 Million Flight Hours

Strong Legacy In Engine Technology Continues To Evolve

Honeywell is celebrating a major milestone across its fleet of aircraft engines with more than 225 million flight hours accumulated over the HTF7000 turbofan, the TFE731 turbofan and the TPE331 turboprop product lines. For more than 50 years, Honeywell has been developing reliable, efficient and cost-effective propulsion engines that continue to advance aviation.

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Klyde Morris 10.13.17

Once In A While, You CAN Fight City Hall


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AMA Drone Report 10.12.17: NTSB--Drone v Blackhawk, City Drops Reg, DJI Privacy

Also: PassengerDrone, FAA Reauthorization Extension, UAS Pilot Certification, Workhorse Surefly

The NTSB is now offering public details of the alleged collision between a hobby drone and a US Army Blackhawk, including the fact that the drone pilot has been located... “The NTSB is investigating the Sept. 21 collision between a civilian drone and an Army UH-60 helicopter east of Staten Island, New York. At approximately 7:20 p.m. Sept. 21, the drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, and the helicopter collided.  The Army helicopter sustained damage to its main rotor blade, window frame and transmiss

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Airborne 10.12.17: Another Airport Scandal, BizJet Forecast, True Blue Power

Also: Drone v Blackhawk, 400th UH-72A, EAA, Wipaire, NBAA@Las Vegas, Airtext, GE Aviation T901

Desert Jet Center has been trying since 2015 to build a new facility at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Palm Springs, CA, but has run into multiple delays, and now believes the county is actively favoring a competing FBO in what it describes as "cronyism". Desert Jet Center signed a 35-year lease with the Riverside County on October 6, 2015. Almost immediately, the airport manager received a complaint from the competing FBO on the field saying that Desert Jet Center had to make an expensive improvement

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.13.17)

“Pilots fly all over the world communicating with ATC, but how often are they not able to understand an instruction? This (AI) is a way to utilize technology to account for confusing speech patterns or instructions, and convert them to a highly accurate digital record.” Source: Kristin Zaccheo, director of integration and alliances at Boeing’s Digital Aviation and Analytics Division.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.13.17): Airway

An airway is based on a centerline that extends from one navigation aid or intersection to another navigation aid (or through several navigation aids or intersections); used to establish a known route for en route procedures between terminal areas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.13.17)

American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association

The American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) is a nonprofit trade association organized for the purpose of promoting and advancing the common interest and welfare of companies engaged in forest and wildland aerial firefighting and other commercial aviation activities.

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