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April 12, 2017

Airborne 04.12.17: United Debacle, Sonaca 200, New DJI Drone?

Also: NAFI/King Schools Scholarship, Aeroprakt A-22 LSA, Skyhawk JT-A, K-MAX, Aero-Forensics, Zunum Aero, XTI Aircraft

As the entire world now knows, a passenger was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago Sunday night after allegedly being ‘chosen at random’ by a computer to give up his seat. And of course, a video of the incident was posted online, causing an immense uproar on the Internet... one of the most extreme seen to date. Sonaca Aircraft rolled out the Sonaca 200 in a ceremony in Gosselies, Belgium on April 3. In this new version of the Sonaca 200, 80% of the stru

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Airborne 04.12.17: United Debacle, Sonaca 200, New DJI Drone?

Also: NAFI/King Schools Scholarship, Aeroprakt A-22 LSA, Skyhawk JT-A, K-MAX, Aero-Forensics, Zunum Aero, XTI Aircraft

As the entire world now knows, a passenger was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago Sunday night after allegedly being ‘chosen at random’ by a computer to give up his seat. And of course, a video of the incident was posted online, causing an immense uproar on the Internet... one of the most extreme seen to date. Sonaca Aircraft rolled out the Sonaca 200 in a ceremony in Gosselies, Belgium on April 3. In this new version of the Sonaca 200, 80% of the structure has been redesigned. The single-engine two-place airplane is reportedly on track to obtain EASA certification by the end of September. It is specially designed and adapted f

ALPA Opposes Cockpit Video Recording For Safety

Says Such Videos Are Of Minimal Value

Cockpit Image Recorders (CIR) refers to the use of video cameras to record events in cockpits. Some proponents, including the NTSB, advocate the installation of CIRs in commercial airliners. NTSB states that CIRs will benefit accident investigations and improve safety by providing new information for investigators.

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FCC Back Off Proposal To Allow Cell Phone Use In Flight

New Chairman Calls Plan 'Ill Conceived'

The new chairman of the FCC has reversed the agency's course on allowing cell phones to be used on airliners at cruising altitude.

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DJI Looks At Drone Selfie Market

Trademarks Name 'DJI Spark'

Chinese drone giant DJI is reportedly planning an entry into the drone selfie market, but it is not yet known what the aircraft will be called.

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AeroMobil Will Announce Its Latest Flying Car At Top Marques Monaco 2017

Latest Model Features 'Hundreds Of Improvement', Company says

AeroMobil, an advanced engineering company that is commercializing a sophisticated flying car, will be launching its new model of AeroMobil Flying Car at Top Marques Monaco on April 20, 2017.

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Student Rocketeers Soar Into Finals Of World's Largest Rocket Contest In D.C.

TARC Announces Top 100 Teams Competing For National Championship

This May, students will prove that for both their dreams and their scientific expertise, the sky truly is the limit.  As part of the 15th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) National Finals, one hundred finalist teams of middle and high school students representing 28 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands will travel to Washington with the goal of taking home a trophy and a chance to represent the United States internationally later this year.

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Tecnam Celebrate Sales Success At AERO Friedrichshafen 2017

Show Featured Public Debut Of The Tecnam P2012 Traveller

The public debut at Aero Friedrichshafen of the 11 seater Tecnam P2012 Traveller and the launch of the Slot Deposit Program immediately resulted in six orders from operators based in Argentina, South Pacific and Russia. In addition to launch customer, US based Cape Air, Tecnam anticipate many of the 40 operators who toured the P2012 will confirm their delivery slots in the very near future.

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Top Executives Leave Luminati Aerospace

Company Says Such Departures Are Not Unusual For Startups

Two top executives at Luminati Aerospace have resigned from the company in recent months, though the company says such resignations are not unusual in startup enterprises.

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MAVEN Reveals Metal In Mars' Atmosphere

Electrically Charged Metal Atoms Detected High In The Martian Ionosphere

Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in the mysterious electrically charged upper atmosphere (ionosphere) of Mars.

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Trump's Personal Helicopter Can't Be 'Marine One'

President Is Banned From Using His Private S-76 Helo

Since his inauguration in January, President Donald Trump has been barred from flying in his personal helicopter ... but it was on prominent display at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2017-05-51

PRODUCT: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 429 helicopters.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-06-07

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter, -200, and -300 series airplanes; and Airbus Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes.

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AD: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-07-06

PRODUCT: All Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Model G-1159B airplanes.

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FAA Will Release Maps To Speed Up Drone Authorization Applications

Will Depict Areas And Altitudes Near Airports Where Drones May Operate Safely

The FAA plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. They will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests, which will help the FAA process these requests more quickly.

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NBAA: PBI Businesses Severely Impacted By POTUS TFRs

Some Businesses Report Revenues Down As Much As 50 Percent

At any time of the year, operations at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) on Florida’s east coast are a diverse mix of general aviation, commercial flights and air cargo. During the winter months, however, PBI usually becomes one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country, with significant increases in business aviation operations, tourism-related general aviation flights and maintenance shop work.

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Continental Motors Announces Over 5,000 Diesel Engines Produced

Serial Production Has Been Continuous For 15 Years

Continental Motors Group is celebrating the 5,000th CD-100 series engine to be manufactured and delivered. CD-100 series engines of jet fuel piston engines for General Aviation aircraft have been manufactured in serial production for 15 years.

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Yuneec Breeze Adds Social Media Video Streaming

New Software Update Will Allow Direct Connection To Facebook, YouTube, Other Services

A software update for the Yuneec Breeze selfie drone will allow users to stream live video to YouTube, Facebook and other popular social media platforms through the Yuneec app.

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Air Force May Consider 'Stop-Loss' For Pilot Retention

Would Force Some Who Wish Leave To Stay In The Service

A senior Air Force official says that it is possible that some pilots may not be allowed to leave the service when they they have fulfilled their commitment to the country.

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Canon May Release Camera Drone

Would Possibly Be Targeted At The SAR Market

Canon may be looking at getting into the high end of the drone market with a $20,000 drone currently known only as PD6E2000-AW-CJ1.

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NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, Space Station Crewmates Return To Earth

Landed In Kazakhstan Monday Morning

Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA is among three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) who returned to Earth Monday, after 173 days in space, landing in Kazakhstan at approximately 7:20 a.m. EDT (5:20 p.m. Kazakhstan time).

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Airborne 04.11.17: Blue Angels New CO, PS Engineering, Astronaut Peggy Whitson

Also: ALPA, Aero-Calendar, Leonardo, StellarXplorers, Military VTOL UAVs, CA Airport Leaders, Flying Cell Towers

The Blue Angels, have announced a new commanding officer for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. A selection panel comprised of 10 admirals and former commanding officers selected Cmdr. Eric Doyle to succeed Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi. Doyle, a native of League City, Texas, joins the Blue Angels after serving as the commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113. Doyle has more than 3,000 flight hours and 600 carrier-arrested landings. "This was a childhood dream come true," said Doyle. "My motivat

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.12.17)

“It’s not just when the president is on the ground in Palm Beach, it affects the entire week. The TFRs require operators to make additional flight filings that limit the flexibility our customers seek.” Source: Todd Sabo, president of PBI-based Infinity Aircraft Services.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.12.17): Crab

A crab is a maneuver used to counteract the drift of an aircraft caused by a crosswind.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.12.17)

Aviation Museum Of The World

Looking for an aviation-themed museum either near you or in a region you're visiting? The website offers a list of dozens of museums listed by country, region, or state, and links to their websites.

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