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April 28, 2018

FAA Changes ATC Guidelines For Formation Flights

Clarifies Language And Outlines ATC Responsibilities

The  FAA has issued a notice outlining controller responsibilities regarding formation flight join-up and clarifies controller responsibility during formation flight break-up. The language regarding pilot responsibilities during formation flight was also changed to language currently published in FAA Order JO 7610.4, the Pilot Controller Glossary (PCG) and in ICAO Annex 2. The notice cancels and replaces N JO 7110.747 with revised language which updates FAA Order JO 7110.65, 2-1-13 Formation Flights, in order to clarify ATC responsibilities and to give guidance to ATC facilities and the service centers.

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Barco-Powered H145 Helicopter Simulator Achieves Highest Possible Rating

Certified To Level D By EASA

Training helicopter pilots in air rescue services to handle extremely difficult and dangerous maneuvers in all conditions can only safely be done in simulators providing the highest level of realism and fidelity. The new H145 helicopter full-flight simulator at the ADAC HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Academy in Bonn, Germany, has just been qualified to meet the EASA requirements for a Level D training device – the highest possible certification for synthetic flight training devices.

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Japan Coast Guard Bolsters Fleet With Additional H225 Order

New Purchase Brings JCG’s Super Puma Fleet To 13 Units

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has placed an order for one H225 Helicopter from Airbus Helicopters, bringing JCG’s H225 fleet to ten units. JCG currently operates three AS332s and five H225s, both from the Super Puma family. With this new order, the customer’s Super Puma fleet will grow to 13 units by March 2021, becoming the largest Super Puma operator in Japan.

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Wings Club Foundation Hits $5 Million Mark In Support Of Aviation Scholarships

Milestone Coincides With Its 75th Anniversary Year

The Wings Club Foundation, Inc., dedicated to supporting educational opportunities for promising students pursuing a career in aviation, has reached its first funding milestone goal of five million dollars through its President's Societies Membership Program and other contributions.  

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Air BP Starts Supplying Fuel At Santos Dumont Airport

Company Continues To Grow In The Brazilian Commercial And General Aviation Sectors

Aviation fuel products and service supplier Air BP has broadened its presence in Brazil and will start supplying fuel at Santos Dumont airport (SDU/SBRJ). Santos Dumont complements Air BP’s existing operations in Rio de Janeiro which include Galeão International airport (GIG/SBGL), Jacarepaguá (JCR/SBJR), Cabo Frio (CFB/SBCB) e Macaé (MEA/SBME). This is an important addition to Air BP’s network and comes in response to increased demand from the general and commercial aviation sectors.

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Airbus Adds Extra Precision To Sentinel-3 Satellite Altimetry

Microwave Radiometer Instrument Will Provide Added Precision By Correcting For Inaccuracies Created By Water Vapour In The Atmosphere

A new, highly precise MicroWave Radiometer (MWR) built by Airbus is ready to start operations after the launch of the Sentinel-3B satellite built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for this program. It is one of the essential instruments of the Sentinel-3 spacecraft, measuring atmospheric humidity as supplementary information for tropospheric path correction of the altimeter signal.

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FAA Grants New Approvals For The GFC 600 Autopilot

Now Available For Baron 58 And Cessna 340 Aircraft Models

The FAA has issued an STC to Garmin for the GFC 600 autopilot for the Baron 58/58A (1984 model year or later) and Cessna 340/340A aircraft. Intended for high performance piston single/twin-engine and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of speed and performance capabilities, the GFC 600 delivers superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring technologies and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems.

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Greenwood Village In Colorado To Consider Drone Regulations

City Manager Says City Is 'Not Trying To Be The Drone Police'

The City of Greenwood Village in Arapahoe County, CO is set to consider new drone regulations when its City Council next meets May 7.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.28.18)

"We're not trying to be the drone police." Source: Greenwood Village City Manager John Jackson.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.28.18): Slant Range

The horizontal distance from the aircraft antenna to the ground station, due to line-of-sight transmission of the DME signal.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.28.18)

Status Conference Set in Skydive Myrtle Beach Owners Lawsuits

A status conference has been set for next month in federal tort claims lawsuits brought individually by the 11 co-owners of Skydive Myrtle Beach against Horry County, Horry County Department of Airports (HCDA), the FAA, Robinson Aviation, the operator of the control tower at Grand Strand Airport, and a host of individuals including all members of Horry County Council.

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