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April 26, 2018

AMA Drone Report 04.26.18: Special Rule Defended, Apple Grounds Drones, World Games

Also: CO Drone Regs, Mosquito-Packed Drones, Aussie Drone Race, DJI Data Security

AMA has an urgent message for all of us who value our model aviation freedoms... especially as washington politics started getting pretty weird this week... AMA is calling on ALL of you to once again to preserve the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. They have stressed in the past few days that we may need you to become engaged multiple times as this legislation develops. AMA is calling on you to once again make your voice heard. As the House of Representatives considers several amendments regarding the FAA Reauthorization Bill, it is now more important than ever to contact your representatives. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has been regularly capturing videos of the construction of Apple's new circula

Airbus, Rolls-Royce Sign UltraFan Engine Integration Collaboration Agreement

Airbus’ Powerplant Integration Expertise To Play An Important Role In Optimizing The Fuel Efficiency Gains Of Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan Engine Demonstrator

A collaboration agreement has been signed between Airbus and Rolls-Royce for the integration of Rolls-Royce’s UltraFan demonstrator for flight testing. The integration solutions demonstration will be co-funded by Clean Sky 2, the European Union research program focused on developing technology to reduce emissions.

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Boeing, Ryanair Announce Order For 25 737 MAX 8s

Additional Order Takes Carrier's 737 MAX Order Total To 135 Airplanes

Boeing and Ryanair have finalized an order for 25 additional high-capacity 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The $3 billion order, at current list prices, was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

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WestJet Pilots Receive $2 Million Grant To Aid In Reaching First Contract

Will Be Available If No Agreement Is Reached By April 27

On the one-year anniversary since WestJet Airlines pilots formally sought ALPA representation—the pilots received a substantial financial boost to their bargaining power thanks to the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) as they approach their goal of a first collective agreement with WestJet management.

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Boeing HorizonX Invests In 3D Printing Startup Morf3D

Investment Furthers Boeing's Commitment To A Competitive Ecosystem For Aerospace-Quality 3D-Printed Parts

Boeing has invested in Morf3D, an El Segundo, CA-based company specializing in metal-based additive engineering and manufacturing. Morf3D's technology enables lighter and stronger 3D-printed parts for aerospace applications.

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Teamsters File For Mediation at Flexjet, Flight Options

Pilots Seek Out National Mediation Board to Achieve A Fair Contract

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division, has filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB) following six months of negotiations with management over a new collective bargaining agreement for Flexjet and Flight Options pilots.

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Flexjet Calls Netjets Pilot Union Statement Self-Serving And Inappropriate

Says It Is Not The First Interference From Pilot Union Representing Flexjet’s Competitor

Fractional jet company Flexjet has dismissed as self-serving a NetJets pilot union press statement criticizing Flexjet’s interaction with its pilots. An April 13 news release is the first volley from the NetJets pilot union in their attempt to disrupt the momentum of Flexjet pilots’ effort to decertify its representation by the International Brotherhood Teamsters 1108. Oddly, the statement that attacks the Company and supports the Teamsters fails to mention that just a few days ago, more than half of Flexjet’s pilots called for a vote to decertify the Teamsters as its union representative. The vote is scheduled to begin May 2, 2018.

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Helicopter Online Ground School Introduces New Course

Video-Based Curriculum Focuses In Helicopter Instrument Rating

A new Helicopter Instrument ground school course has been released by Helicopter Online Ground School. The video-based course covers all the ground school for the helicopter instrument rating. The course is FAA certified for WINGS phase credits and can be found on the FAA Safety online course provider page.

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Safran Signs By-The-Hour Support Contracts

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters And Rainier Heli International Ink Deals

Safran has finalized agreements with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International for By-The-Hour support contracts. Each contract formalizes a seven year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 16 Arriel 2D engines for Papillon with an additional three engines added over the next two months and six engines for Rainier with one additional engine this spring.

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Dassault Aviation Executive Committee Gathers In New Delhi

Reaffirms Full Commitment To The 'Make In India' Policy

After a four days visit of a major industrial mission of more than 60 French companies part of the GIFAS, the French aerospace industries association, in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad to strengthen French Indian aerospace cooperation, Eric Trappier, Chairman of the GIFAS and Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation has held Dassault Aviation Executive committee in New Delhi in order to highlight the key importance of India in the Company's vision and his dedication the success of the "Make in India" implementation.

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MD Pilot Arrested In PA For Flying While Intoxicated

Had Two Passengers And A Liquor Bottle On Board The Aircraft

A pilot from Maryland was arrested at Lancaster Airport in Pennsylvania April 21 for allegedly operating an airplane while intoxicated.

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Team Eurofighter Presents Offer To Germany

Submitted As Replacement For Bundeswehr's Tornado Fighters

On the eve of the ILA Berlin Air Show 2018, Airbus and Eurofighter GmbH submitted their offer to the German Ministry of Defense for a replacement of the Bundeswehr’s aging Tornado combat aircraft, which was developed in the 1960s.

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Bombardier, 3 Points Aviation Strengthening Parts Support For Q Series Aircraft

Make Collaborative Agreement To Work Toward PMA Approvals

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has strengthened its parts support portfolio for Q Series aircraft by entering into a collaborative agreement with 3 Points Aviation. Under the agreement Bombardier provides engineering specifications to assist 3 Points Aviation gain Parts Manufacture Approvals (PMA) from aviation authorities. These approvals give Bombardier operators the choice to purchase OEM-produced parts or PMA parts manufactured by an authorised third party.

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AMA Drone Report 04.26.18: Special Rule Defended, Apple Drones, World Games

Also: CO Drone Regs, Mosquito-Packed Drones, Aussie Drone Race, DJI Data Security

AMA has an urgent message for all of us who value our model aviation freedoms... especially as washington politics started getting pretty weird this week... AMA is calling on ALL of you to once again to preserve the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. They have stressed in the past few days that we may need you to become engaged multiple times as this legislation develops. AMA is calling on you to once again make your voice heard. As the House of Representatives considers several amendments regarding the FAA Reauthorization B

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House Approves American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act

Bill Removes Regulatory Barriers To Innovative Space Operators

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act (H.R. 2809), which simplifies and strengthens the space-based remote sensing regulatory system, enhances U.S. compliance with international obligations, improves national security and removes regulatory barriers facing new and innovative space operators. The bill is sponsored by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX).

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EASA’s Management Board Re-Elects Patrick Ky As Executive Director

Will Serve A Second Five-Year Term Leading The Agency

The Management Board of the European Aviation Safety Agency announces the re-election by a unanimous vote of Patrick Ky (50) as the Agency’s Executive Director for a second term of 5 years.

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F-16 Makes Emergency Landing In Arizona

Pilot Ejected During Runway Excursion, Survived The Accident

An F-16C assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing diverted and attempted to land at Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport, Lake Havasu City, AZ. at approximately 10:35 a.m. Tuesday during a routine training flight.

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uAvionix Completes DroneAware UAS Remote ID Testing

Flights Conducted At The Northern Plains UAS Test Site For NASA UTM Trials

uAvionix Corporation has successfully completed testing and demonstration of the DroneAware uAvionix UAS Remote Identification solution for NASA’s Technical Capability Level 3 (TCL3) UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system.

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Airborne/Barnstorming 04.23.18: We Can Do So Much Better...

I'll Admit It... We're A Mite Frustrated, But We're ALSO Not Quitting... Ever

Comments/Analysis/News/Video by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell We've accomplished so much over the past 20+ years, but now find ourselves with what we consider to be innovative/disruptive and productive plans to help aviation get back on track -- and are having real problems getting them launched. As possibly the last remaining truly credible independent aviation media source that hasn't cow-towed to aero-disappointments like Icon or Cirrus -- or other special interests -- we still have only one allegiance... to tell YOU the trut

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Ranger Airfield Foundation Raffling Restored Cessna 150

Raising Funds For A New Hangar And Museum At The Airfield

Ranger Airfield Foundation (501c3) is giving away a beautifully restored Cessna and other prizes as a fundraiser for its new support hangar and museum at historic Ranger Airfield in Texas.

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NBAA Weighs In On Diversion Of East Hampton, NY Airport Funds

Tells FAA That The City Must Reimburse KHTO For Legal Fees Improperly Funded With Airport Revenue

The town of East Hampton, NY cannot divert airport revenue to pay for legal fees stemming from its unsuccessful effort to impose access restrictions at East Hampton Airport (KHTO), the NBAA stated Wednesday in an appeal to the FAA.

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Aurora Announces X-Plane Technology To Transition To Commercial Applications

Aurora To Expand Research Into eVTOL Capabilities

Aurora Flight Sciences has reached an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to transition its X-Plane program technology to commercial applications, including expanding its research into commercial eVTOL systems.

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AMA Drone Report 04.19.18: AMA Leadership, FAA Reauthorization, Coachella

Also: New French Regs, Drone Boot Camp, Public Safety Drone Standards, DroneShield Protects NASCAR

It’s a little bit sad and yet a bit cool to see AMA make an exciting change in leadership as hard-working executive Director Dave Mathewson, passes the baton to long-time AMA’s Public Relations and Government Affairs guru, Chad Budreau. AMA Boss, Rich Hansen tells us that, Dave Mathewson’s announcement that he planned to resign as AMA’s Executive Director (ED), the Executive Council (EC) has launched a nationwide search to fill this extremely important position. The process will con

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.26.18)

“American innovators, driven by ingenuity, competitive spirit and bold vision, are the future of space exploration. The American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act ensures they continue to innovate right here in the United States.” Source: House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.26.18): Fuel Load

The expendable part of the load of the airplane. It includes only usable fuel, not fuel required to fill the lines or that which remains trapped in the tank sumps.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.26.18)

Aresti Catalogue For 2018 Now Available

IAC has confirmed that all of the corrections to the Aresti Catalogue that have accumulated over the last few years have now been made and the 2018 versions of the catalogue (Power and Glider) are available. The catalogue is printed and shipped from Spain.

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