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April 11, 2018

Airborne 04.11.18: Aviat Husky Update, Google Workers v Drones, NASM

Also: PS Engineering, Nalls Aviation, Lakeland Wants An Airline, Love Field Closed Briefly 
One of our favorite taildraggers, the Aviat Husky, just got a makeover... Upgrades include the addition of a new trim system, replacing the previous bungee system. The elevator trim tab that reduces trim workload and system pressures and also increases control stick feedback. An extended landing gear option makes the aircraft more stable for landing on terrain or slopes and adds propeller clearance by extending the gear four inches, moving the tires forward two inches and making the gear 12 inches wider... Google employees are asking company management to end its participation in the Department of Defence Project Maven, which would incorporate Artificial Inte

BendixKing Launches New Touchscreen-Enabled Flight Display

New Cockpit Technology Brings Touchscreen Functionality, Brilliant Display Resolution And Enhanced Software Features To Experimental Aircraft Owners

A primary flight display designed for experimental aircraft featuring touchscreen technology has been introduced by BendixKing. The xVue Touch is the first product from the company specifically launched for experimental category aircraft.

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Boeing, Lion Air Group Announce Order For 50 737 Max 10 Airplanes

Fast-Growing Carrier Placed The Largest Incremental Order Of Boeing's Newest 737 Jet

Boeing and the Lion Air Group have announced the purchased 50 of Boeing's new 737 MAX 10 airplane by the airline. The deal, valued at approximately $6.24 billion at list prices, is the largest incremental order to date of the MAX 10 variant. The order was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

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Airbus Launches Advanced Indoor Inspection Drone

Designed To Reduce Aircraft Inspection Times And Enhance Report Quality

At MRO Americas, Airbus is demonstrating for the first time a drone-based, innovative maintenance tool – Airbus’ Advanced Inspection Drone – for use inside a hangar, which accelerates and facilitates visual checks, considerably reducing aircraft downtime and increasing the quality of inspection reports.

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Generic Aircraft Airbag Restraints Under Development By AmSafe

FAA Has Agreed To Assist With The Process Under New Part 23 Rules

Since 2004, AmSafe has been providing airbag seatbelt restraint to general aviation customers. Their devices have been standard equipment on Cessna Single Engine and Cirrus SR20/22 since 2005. They have also been offered as standard equipment on Diamond DA-40/42, Mooney and Air Tractor aircraft for many years.

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UAS Colorado, Chaffee County Hosting Special One Day Drone Event

Will Showcase Public Safety Priorities And Drones

UAS Colorado, the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation, and the Chaffee County Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory Board (CCUASAB), announced today an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Workshop to be held at the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort in Nathrop, CO on April 29, 2018.

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American Airlines Selects GEnx Engines To Power New Dreamliners

Engine And Services Deal Valued At More Than $6.5 Billion

American Airlines selected GE Aviation's GEnx-1B engines to power its 47 newly ordered Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The carrier also signed a TrueChoice Overhaul agreement with GE for up to 20 years of maintenance, repair and overhaul for the GEnx-1B engines ordered.

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Working & Living on Mars: Students Win National Contest

Competition Held For The Design Of An Orbiting Science Lab, Living Space for Astronauts On Mars Mission

Lockheed Martin is working on technologies that will make deep-space travel possible, such as building the spacecraft that will go to Mars. As part of its Generation Beyond K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiative, the company today announced the winners of a nationwide contest asking students to design a Mars-orbiting science lab and living space (or Mars Base Camp Habitation Module) that will dock with NASA's Orion deep space spacecraft.

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Lakeland Regional Airport Tries For Airline Service

Airport Director Hopes To Lure A Commercial Airline To Operate At The Central Florida Field

A commercial airline would offer three or four regularly-scheduled flight at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) in Central Florida under a plan being pursued by Airport Director Gene Conrad.

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Guardian Flight Makes Agreement With Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Will Work To Enhance Safety And Quality Management Programs

Baldwin Safety & Compliance of Hilton Head, SC has made an agreement to support Guardian Flight, the Salt Lake City, UT-based critical care air medical transport company. This arrangement is “a perfect example of how the technology, expertise, and customer-specific support systems we provide extend beyond simply operational safety to all aspects of Safety and Quality Management,” said Don Baldwin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baldwin.

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HYLAS 4 Commercial Communications Satellite Launched

Launched Friday Aboard An Arianespace Rocket From French Guiana

The HYLAS 4 commercial communications Ka-band satellite, built by the company for Avanti Communications Group plc (Avanti), was successfully launched aboard an Arianespace rocket Friday. HYLAS 4 is the third GEOStar-3 satellite to be completed by Orbital ATK and will provide high speed and affordable broadband communications to Europe and Africa.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2018-07-06

PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 747-8 series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2018-07-09

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702), Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900), and Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2018-07-12

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A350-941 airplanes.

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XPRIZE Plans To Continue Lunar XPRIZE Mission

Past Competing Teams Support A Non-Cash Lunar Prize Competition While the XPRIZE Foundation Seeks A Replacement Cash Sponsor

XPRIZE has announced a plan to continue the Lunar XPRIZE mission, with a re-launch of a new Lunar-focused competition. For now, the Lunar XPRIZE will operate as a non-cash competition. Over the next few months, XPRIZE will define new parameters for companies to compete in the prize. XPRIZE is seeking a new Title Sponsor for the Lunar XPRIZE competition, taking over for the support provided by Google during the past decade.

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Textron Aviation, MAF Announce Firm Order For Five Cessna Caravans

Creates An Exclusively Caravan MAF Papua New Guinea Fleet

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) International has ordered five Cessna Caravan 208 turboprops for its operations in Papua New Guinea (PNG), with the option for purchasing an additional two aircraft. This is the single largest aircraft investment by MAF International in its history. The five aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from Textron Aviation before the end of this year and are expected to be operational in PNG by mid-2019.

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Navy Considering Proposal For 17 Presidential Helicopters

Two Initial Test Aircraft Have Been Flown

Four years into a $1.2 billion contract for the new VH-92 presidential helicopter, the Navy has flown two initial test aircraft and is considering a proposal to acquire a full fleet of the new presidential helicopters.

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Over 120 Women Pilots Set To Compete In 42nd Annual Air Race Classic

Historic Airplane Race Will Involve 56 Teams

The field is set for the 42nd Air Race Classic (ARC), the annual all-women cross-country airplane race. Fifty-six teams, consisting of 121 women pilots from across the country and around the world, will take off at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 19 from Sweetwater, Texas, for a 2,656-mile sprint across the United States that ends Friday, June 22 in Fryeburg, Maine.

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U.S. Department Of Transportation Proposes New Scheduled Services To Havana

Reallocating Slots No Longer Being Used By Initial Awardees

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently proposed to award new scheduled U.S. carrier flights to Havana. The awards became possible when several U.S. carriers previously awarded Havana authority chose to return their awards. DOT’s order is now open for public comment by interested parties.

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PS Engineering Doubles Down For Bluetooth Utility

Introduces PMA450B Audio Panel

PS Engineering has introduced a new general aviation audio panel – the PMA450B. This entry embodies all of the parts from the evolution of the series into one multi-talented system. The key to the PMA450B’s capability is a second Bluetooth module, which can serve as either an additional music input, or stream audio out to a device such as a Bluetooth-enabled video camera, capturing the sights and sounds of the flying experience.

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Love Field Closed Briefly Thursday Following Incident With B-24 Liberator

Piece Of Concrete Entered The Cockpit, Damaging The Airplane And Slightly Injuring The Co-Pilot

A B-24 Liberator was damaged and its co-pilot was slightly injured Thursday morning when a foreign object somehow blew into the cockpit of the airplane, hit the co-pilot on the hand, and then exited the aircraft during takeoff.

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Airborne 04.09.18: TBirds Cancel Sun ‘n Fun, E-Plane Race, Air America Revoked

Also: Hangar Collapses, Orbis Debuts, East Hampton Airport, Russian Mail Drone Crash

The tragic loss of Thunderbird #4, Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, and the cancellation of their pending airshow schedule also means that other shows will not see the excitement of the Thunderbirds for an unknown period of time while the team grieves, investigates, and rebuilds itself for the future. One of the more notable upcoming cancellations  affects the annual Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In, which starts tomorrow, Tuesday, the 10th of April. “The Sun ’n Fun family joins the whole air show community in mourning t

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.11.18)

“We are extraordinarily grateful to Google for funding the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE between September 2007 and March 31st, 2018. While that competition is now over, there are at least five teams with launch contracts that hope to land on the Lunar surface in the next two years.” Source: Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., XPRIZE founder and executive chairman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.11.18): Ground Adjustable Trim Tab

Non-movable metal trim tab on a control surface. Bent in one direction or another while on the ground to apply trim forces to the control surface.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.11.18)

Sentinel Owners and Pilots Association

Welcome to the Sentinel Owners and Pilots Association home page. The organization provides information and support to owners, pilots and enthusiasts of the Stinson L-5 "Sentinel", also affectionately called the "Flying Jeep" and sometimes known by the designations O-62, OY-1, OY-2 and U-19.

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