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October 23, 2017

Airborne 10.23.17: First A330neo, NavWorx Closed, Evolution Aircraft Problems

Also: Aviation Explorers, Air Berlin Pilot, AIM Altitude, National Airlines Cargo Airlift The first of three A330neo Family development aircraft to fly – MSN1795, an A330-900 variant – successfully completed its first flight on Thursday. The flight originated at Toulouse-Blagnac, France and lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes, landing back at the airport at about 1410 local time. The aircraft was powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans. The crew in the cockpit on board this flight included: Experimental Test Pilots Thierry Bourges, Thomas Wilhelm and Test-Flight Engineer Alain Pourchet. Meanwhile, monitoring the aircraft systems and performance in real-time at the flight test engineer’s (FTE) station were Jean-Philippe Cottet, Emiliano Requena Esteban and Gert Wunderlich. The notice on th

Small Launch Vehicles Market Set to Increase Rapidly

Will Expand with Growing Number Of Small Satellites

The global small launch vehicle market is highly competitive due to the presence of established players in the market, according to a new report from ASDReports. The key players are adopting both organic and inorganic strategies such as business expansions, partnerships, agreements, collaborations, product launches, and acquisitions, to gain a greater market share in the industry. The active participation of the established players in the acquisitions of small-scale startups, and formation of partnerships among the major market players are driving the market forward.

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Hutchison To Become Aurora COO

Boeing Picks Cherry To Lead Phantom Works

Aurora Flight Sciences has named Matthew G. Hutchison to be the company's Chief Operating Officer. Hutchison replaces Mark C. Cherry, who was today named by Boeing as the new head of the Boeing Phantom Works. Boeing recently announced a transaction to acquire Aurora.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Georgia Police Helo Accident

Pilot And Crewmember Sustained Serious Injuries When The Aircraft Went Down

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident involving an MD Helicopters 369FF belonging to the Gwinnett County, GA Police Department. The commercial pilot and a pilot-rated crewmember were seriously injured in the loss-of-control accident at Gwinnett County Airport (LZU), Lawrenceville, Georgia.

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University Of California, Riverside Receives Grant To Develop AI For UAS

Receives $1 Million Grant From The National Science Foundation

The University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside) will develop artificial intelligence (AI) for UAS, using a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

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DoD Awards Contract To Drone Aviation For Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat

U.S. Government Customer Orders Additional Multi-Mission WASP Following Previous System Deployment

Drone Aviation, a manufacturer of tethered drones and lighter-than-air aerostats, today announced that it has received an order for its recently upgraded, multi-mission capable tactical Winch Aerostat Small Platform ("WASP") from an existing U.S. Department of Defense customer. The soldier-operated WASP features support for advanced ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) equipment including the simultaneous use of communications and daylight and thermal payloads, which are capabilities sought by the DoD customer following the in-theater use of previous WASP systems.

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Report: Fixed-Wing VTOL Aircraft To Change The Way We Travel

Market Reported Revenue Of $1.9 Billion In 2016

The landscape of fixed-wing VTOL aircraft is buzzing with various business strategies such as acquisitions, product launches, contracts, and partnerships and agreements, among others. The market players are investing in research and development to bring the Jetsons’ world closer to reality. Companies from the transportation industry are counting on this technology to develop flying cars.

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Drone Shark Detection Test Planned For December In Western Australia

Cameras On Drones Can 'X-Ray The Water' To Look For The Animals

Shark attacks are a serious issue on beaches around the world, and a company in Australia has developed a system it says will help lifesaving authorities know where the animals are, possibly preventing some attacks.

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U.S. Navy, Australia Award Contract To Harris Corporation

Will Deliver Jammers To Protect Against Electronic Threats

Harris Corporation has received a $133 million contract to supply electronic jammers to protect U.S. Navy and Australian F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats. The contract was awarded during the first quarter of Harris' fiscal 2018.

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Air BP Invests In Fuel System Upgrades At Land’s End Airport

Increases Fuel Delivery Size And Stock-Holding

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has completed a series of upgrades and enhancements to the fuel system at Land’s End Airport in the U.K.

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F-35 Jet And New Batch Of U.K. Pilots Cleared For Carrier Take-Off

Will Next Be Tested Aboard The HMS Queen Elizabeth

The U.K.’s cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet is now cleared for take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth following successful trials using the ski-ramp design featured on the U.K. flagship, Defense Minister Harriett Baldwin announced this week at the House of Commons Defense Select Committee.

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Thales Alenia Space Wins Equipment Contract For ESA's Biomass Mission

Will Develop The Feed Array System For The Antenna On The ESA’s Biomass Spacecraft

Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with Airbus Defense and Space to develop the feed array system for the antenna on the European Space Agency’s Biomass spacecraft. This equipment is essential to guarantee the full satellite performance. One of ESA’s Earth Explorer missions dedicated to protect our planet, Biomass will help us understand the quantity of  carbon stored in the world’s forests within  the global carbon cycle.

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Latest Amazon Patent Hints At Unusual Use For A UAV

Would Recharge Electric Cars That Could Not Get To The Next Charging Station

A patent granted to Amazon could someday lead to a drone landing on top of an electric car and transferring power to the vehicle while it is underway.

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Aero-TV: TruTrak's Certified Autopilot - Cost-Effective Modern Tech For GA

Announcement Made At AirVenture This Summer…
TruTrak unveiled its Vizion Certified autopilot at AirVenture in July. The Vizion two-axis autopilot is capable of following simple and more complex flight plans from nearly any aviation handheld or panel mount GPS in the market today. The Vizion autopilot also offers a track selector, altitude hold, vertical speed select, and altitude select / pre-select.

Aero-TV: TruTrak's Certified Autopilot - Cost-Effective Modern Tech For GA

Announcement Made At AirVenture This Summer…

TruTrak unveiled its Vizion Certified autopilot at AirVenture in July. The Vizion two-axis autopilot is capable of following simple and more complex flight plans from nearly any aviation handheld or panel mount GPS in the market today. The Vizion autopilot also offers a track selector, altitude hold, vertical speed select, and altitude select / pre-select...

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FAA, EASA Update Aviation Safety Agreement

Will Go Into Effect In March, 2018

Safety in today’s global aviation market depends to a great extent on international partnerships between aviation regulators. The FAA says it fully subscribes to this philosophy, which is why on September 22 the agency updated its long-standing aviation safety agreement with EASA.

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XTI Aircraft Order Book Grows

Company Says Interest Was High At NBAA-BACE

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) says it has received several additional orders and deposits from customers under its pre-sales program. XTI officially launched its prototype program at this year's NBAA trade show in Las Vegas. The company stated that the response at the show was very positive and generated additional financial and strategic relationships for the company.

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SpaceX To Launch 'Zuma' Later This Year

But Who Owns The Payload, Or What It Does, Have Not Been Disclosed

SpaceX has a mission on its schedule for launch as early as November 10 of this year that has space launch watchers scratching their heads.

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Yamaha Motor Introduces New Multirotor Agricultural Spraying Drone

Aircraft Expected To Debut In 2018

Yamaha Motor Co exhibited the YMR-01 ... a prototype industrial multi-rotor drone type aircraft scheduled for launch in 2018 ... at the 4th Next Generation Agriculture Expo Tokyo held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba October 11 to 13. The YMR-01's design features coaxial rotors and a lightweight carbon body to enable continuous spraying of one hectare per flight, delivering a spraying quality comparable to Yamaha Motor’s industrial-use unmanned helicopters.

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MGL Rolls Out A New Line Of Instruments For Sport Aircraft

The Vega Series Consists Of 12 Color Display Instruments

MGL Avionics is proud to announce the Vega Series of 2 1/4" Singles for Experimental and Light-Sport Aircraft. The Vega range consists of twelve 2 1/4" color display aviation instruments.

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Klyde Morris (10.23.17)

Klyde Bemoans The Threat To Santa Monica...


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Space Habitat To Be Placed In LLO In 2020

Bigelow Aerospace, United Launch Alliance Announce Agreement to Place a B330 Habitat In Low Lunar Orbit

A B330 expandable space habitat module would be launched aboard a ULA Vulcan launch vehicle and placed in Low Lunar Orbit by the end of 2020, according to a plan announced by Bigelow Aerospace and the United Launch Alliance. 

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Airborne 10.20.17: Santa Monica Setback, Red Bull Aviatrix, C-49 Flies Again

Also: HondaJet World Tour, Barnstorming, SpaceX, Dauntless, Fixed-Wing VTOL, Gravitational-Waves, Swedish Drones

The City of Santa Monica may now proceed with shortening the runway at Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) after a temporary restraining order halting the work was lifted by U.S. District Judge Ronald Lew, who had put it in place. Airport Director Stelios Makrides said that the city is pleased with the court's decision, "which allows it to fulfill its commitment to the community and the FAA. The city will renew work on the runway-shortening project, which it expects to commence within the next week..

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.23.17)

Aero Linx: The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation was created in 1977, the 50th Anniversary year of Charles Lindbergh’s epic New York-to-Paris flight. It was originated by friends of the Lindberghs at The Explorers Club in New York City and other friends and admirers. The resulting national effort that established the organization was led by General James H. Doolittle and Astronaut Neil Armstrong. Also instrumental in its creation was James D. Newton, longtime, close friend of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, who was Honorary Chairman until his death in 1999. Their intent was to honor the Lindberghs’ pioneering contributions in a

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.23.17): Stopway

Stopway An area beyond the takeoff runway no less wide than the runway and centered upon the extended centerline of the runway, able to support the airplane during an aborted takeoff, without causing structural damage to the airplane, and designated by the airport authorities for use in decelerating the airplane during an aborted takeoff.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.23.17)

“The reality is space is becoming a common domain for human endeavor. There were different times in our history where this was predicted, but this is no longer just a prediction.” Source: From the comments made by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson -- addressing the importance of the Air Force’s space mission during the 2017 Potomac Officers Club Space Innovations, Programs and Policies Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 18, 2017.

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