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May 17, 2019

Airborne 05.17.19: Virgin Galactic, Rotax 914, FlightDesign F2

Also: Robinson Delivers 2 More Cadets, Bristow Group Bankruptcy, Gogo AVANCE L3, IFD Software Upgrade

At a press conference late last week in Santa Fe, Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer, to minimize schooling disruption for families. Rotax has issued a NEW Service Instruction for 914 (series) engines. Effective immediately, the ignition check ("Mag Drop") limits found on Page 3-9 of the current 914 Operators Manual have incr

Boeing Says MCAS Software Update Is Complete

Still No Definitive Timeline For Return To Service

Boeing has completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and the company’s engineering test flight. To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights.

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Airbus Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Antoine Bouvier, Eric Béranger And Patrick de Castelbajac Named To New Posts

Airbus SE has appointed Antoine Bouvier (pictured), 59, Head of Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Affairs, effective June 1, 2019. In this position, he will report to Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus.

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Flight Design Introduces The F2

Can Be Operated As A CS-23 Certified Aircraft Or S-LSA

Flight Design his taken the wraps off its latest GA airplane ... the F2, which the company believes will define light aircraft safety, performance and comfort in a CS-23 certified aircraft and as an S-LSA. The F2 brings a fresh look at high-wing light aircraft design with class leading safety features and an innovative Garmin avionics suite.

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DJI Releases Osmo Action Camera

Captures Every Adventure In Stunning 4K Detail

Building on its heritage of advanced image stabilization, DJI has taken a bold new direction with the Osmo Action camera. Using DJI’s experience with capturing smooth and stable videos in the most demanding environments, Osmo Action is as rugged as it is sophisticated, opening worlds of creative potential for professionals and adventure seekers alike.

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Hummingbird Robot Using AI To Go Soon Where Drones Can’t

Technology Being Developed By Purdue University

What can fly like a bird and hover like an insect? Your friendly neighborhood hummingbirds. If drones had this combo, they would be able to maneuver better through collapsed buildings and other cluttered spaces to find trapped victims.

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Air Force Announces Basing Candidates For U.S. Combatant Command For Space

Six Bases To Be Evaluated, Final Announcement Expected This Summer

The secretary of the Air Force selected six locations as candidate bases to potentially host the headquarters for United States Space Command.

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Falcon Practical Training Course Graduates 1,000th Trainee

Trainees Benefit From Hands-On Experience Of Seasoned Dassault Technicians And Engineers

The Dassault Training Academy recently graduated the 1,000th trainee from its Falcon Practical Training course, underscoring the growing popularity of this advanced, hands-on educational tool.

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Jet Linx Furthers National Expansion

Acquires Elliott Aviation's Private Jet Management Business

Jet Linx, the third largest private jet management company in the United States, continued its national expansion and furthered its record-breaking growth by acquiring Elliott Aviation's private jet management business. Elliott Aviation is renowned for aircraft sales and aviation services, including maintenance, paint and custom interior design. The acquisition was completed at the end of last week, but the terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Space Day Set For Saturday May 18 At The San Diego Air & Space Museum

Activities Include Space-Related Demonstrations, Giveaways, And Fun, Hands-On Activities With Local And National Space Experts

The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s 16th Annual Space Day celebration is set for this Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Museum’s location in Balboa Park. Space Day features demonstrations, giveaways, and fun, hands-on activities with local and national space industry experts.

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Harbour Air's Greg McDougall Inducted Into Canada’s Aviation Hall Of Fame

Airline Founder & CEO To Be Honored For Outstanding Contributions To Canadian Innovation

On May 16, 2019, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame honored five individuals for their contribution to Canadian aviation. Greg McDougall, founder and CEO of the Harbour Air Group and Harbour Air Seaplanes, will be one of two B.C.-based industry leaders was inducted as Members of the Hall of Fame.

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Myanmar Airlines Pilot Lands Plane With No Nose Gear

No Injuries Reported Connected To The Incident

The pilot of a Myanmar Airlines Embraer E-190 was able to land the airplane safely despite the failure of the plane's nose landing gear to deploy.

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Drone Pilot Charged With Violating TFRs Over Football Games

Allegedly Flew His Aircraft Over Two Games In 2017, Dropping Leaflets

A drone pilot has been charged with violating TFRs over two NFL stadiums in California on November 26, 2017.

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Drone Images Used In Civil Complaint Against Property Owner

Indiana Man Says His Privacy Was Violated To Obtain The Pictures

A Cloverdale, IN man says his neighbors used a drone to capture images of his 35-acre property which were then presented as evidence that he was violating local zoning codes.

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Dickson Grilled On Boeing 737 MAX During Senate Hearing

Senators Generally Supportive Of His Nomination To Be FAA Administrator

In his initial hearing before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on his nomination to be the next FAA Administrator, former Delta Air Lines executive Stephen Dickson faced questions about his position on the agency's process for aircraft certification.

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FAA Highlights Changes For Recreational Drones

Now Required To Obtain Prior Authorization From The FAA Before Flying In Controlled Airspace Around Airports

The FAA is implementing changes for recreational drone flyers mandated by Congress in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying in controlled airspace around airports.

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NTSB Continues Investigation Of Alaska Mid-Air Collision

Second Day Focused On Recovery Of The Wreckage Of The Two Airplanes

The NTSB held a second press briefing Wednesday to provide an update on its investigation of a mid-air collision between a Taquan Air DHC-3 Otter and a Mountain Air DHC-2 Beaver which occurred on Monday. The number of fatalities in the accident has been increased to six, as the bodies of the two missing people have been recovered.

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Sling Pilot Academy Welcomes First Accelerated Airline Pilot Program Class

Next-Generation Pilot Academy Inaugurates Innovative Pilot Training program

A little bit of aviation history has been made as the combined efforts of three passionate aviation advocates initiates an aggressive new pilot training program, in earnest. On May 15th, the first training class in the Sling Pilot Academy’s innovative new Accelerated Airline Pilot Program, took flight… literally.

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GAMA Announces 2019 Aviation Design Challenge Winning Teams

Team From Hayesville High School in Hayesville, NC To Make Trip To Glasair Factory In Washington State

GAMA has announced that Hayesville High School in Hayesville, North Carolina, is the winner of the 2019 GAMA Aviation Design Challenge and Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career and Technical Center in Cheektowaga, New York, is the second-place winner.

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Boeing: No New Orders In April

Order Book Stangent As 737 MAX Issues Persist

Boeing's troubles with the 737 MAX is impacting its order book for all of its airplanes. The company reportedly logged no new orders for any aircraft in April.

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Klyde Morris 05.17.19

Soon They'll Be Investigating Whether The Russians Hacked The MCAS ...


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Airborne 05.15.19: Horten HX-2 to OSH!, TriFan 600 Test, Blue Moon

Also: GA ADS-B Rebates, Saab To Open Site, House GA Caucus Launch, EAA Petitions Supreme Court

Horten Aircraft plans to bring its HX-2 flying wing prototype to AirVenture this summer. HORTEN Aircraft GmbH was founded at the end of 2015 by Sven Lindig, Bernhard Mattlener and Hans Heinen. Meanwhile, Flight Design general aviation and Rotorvox are also part of the aviation brand LIFT Air with headquarters located at the Eisenach-Kindel airfield (EDGE). The name "HORTEN Aircraft GmbH" honors the visionary aircraft designer Dr. Ing. Reimar Horten (1915-1994), who is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.17.19)

"I would never certify an airplane I wouldn’t put my family on." Source: FAA Administrator nominee Stephen Dickson.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.17.19): Nonradar Route

A flight path or route over which the pilot is performing his/her own navigation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.17.19)

A Flawed FAA Drone App Risks Midair Collisions

From the blog One Zero, the safety of the air ambulance network, pilots say, is being increasingly threatened by the dangerous use of consumer drones — with potentially lethal consequences should a drone hit a helicopter’s windshield, engine, or rotors.

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