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December 20, 2018

Airborne 12.19.18: AMA's New Boss!, LIFT Multirotor, Polish AF R44s

Also: Gone West-Bill Cutter, uAvionix' “HQ2”, Catalina Island Repairs, First ANA A380

First of all, with the first phase of training under her belt, we want to welcome Skylar Vanel to the 'hot seat' as she debuts as a new host for Airborne! She's worked hard to get here and we're excited for the future. AMA has named Chad Budreau as its new Executive Director. Budreau has held this position on an interim basis since April 2018, and previously served as AMA’s Public Relations and Government Affairs Director. “With Chad’s extensive experience in model aviation and deep unders

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Gatwick Airport Closed Due To Drone Sightings

Thousands Of Passengers Stranded, Officials Say It Could Take 'Days' To Recover

The runway at London's Gatwick airport was closed late Wednesday night local time, and remained closed much of the day Thursday, due to reports of what is being called a deliberate disruption of air travel using drones.

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NTSB Releases Factual Report From Christmas Eve, 2017 Accident

Some Told The Board That The Pilot Involved Was 'Safe', Others Disagreed

The pilot of a Cessna 340 which went down during takeoff from Bartow (FL) Municipal Airport (KBOW) on Christmas Eve last year was called by some a "safe" pilot, though others had a differing view of his piloting skills. The pilot and four passengers aboard the aircraft were fatally injured in the accident.

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First Serial H160 Takes To The Skies

Unique Livery To Celebrate Program’s 2018 Achievements

The first serial H160 to roll off the brand new assembly line in Marignane performed a flight demonstration on the 17 December in front of the H160 team in an end-of-the-year celebration of the program’s achievements in 2018. The helicopter, which will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020, had already performed its first flight on the 14 December. 

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Air Astana Takes Delivery Of First Embraer E190-E2 Aircraft

Regional Jet Is Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines

Air Astana has taken delivery of its first E190-E2 aircraft, which is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The delivery was commemorated in a celebration attended by officials from Air Astana, Embraer and Pratt & Whitney at Air Astana's Aviation Technical Center in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Aviator College Set For Multi-Million Dollar Expansion At Fort Pierce, FL Campus

Will Add To Academic Building, New Advance Simulator Facility

Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology has announced plans to expand their Fort Pierce, Florida campus. The expansion, projected to cost nearly $4 million, is part of Aviator’s strategic growth plan and will include a multi-faceted construction project.

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L3 Technologies Charts Future Course For Government Aviation Connectivity

Will Market Intelsat General’s New FlexAir Service

L3 Technologies will market the IntelSat FlexAir solution to U.S. government aviation users. FlexAir will deliver high-performing, resilient broadband service for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions as well as in-flight communications for government officials, troops, and cargo aircraft.

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Drone Assists Monterey County, CA Sheriff In Making Arrest

Located Armed Suspect Who Had Broken Into Historic Buildings At The Point Sur Lighthouse

The Monterey County (CA) Sheriff's Office was able to arrest an armed suspect who had allegedly broken into historic buildings at the Point Sur Lighthouse December 9 thanks in part to its drone.

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Italian National Fire Corps To Enhance Its Emergency Airborne Capabilities

Inks Contract For Three AW139 Helicopters

In a move to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities to more effectively counter the ever increasing risks of firefighting duties, the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco) has signed a contract for the supply of three AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The order, valued at around $51 million, also includes integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians, and encompasses an option for 12 additional helicopters. Deliveries of the three new aircraft are expected to start shortly and to be completed in 2019.

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Arianespace Wraps Up Its 2018 Launch Activity With Another Soyuz Success

First Of Three CSO Satellites Lofted Into Orbit

Ending the year on a high note, Arianespace’s final mission of 2018 from the Spaceport in French Guiana successfully delivered the CSO-1 satellite – which will enhance French intelligence gathering efforts.

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SpaceX, Blue Origin Both Scrub For A Second Day In A Row

Problems Remain The Same As Those That Thwarted Tuesday's Launches

Both SpaceX and Blue Origin have scrubbed launches planned for the same day for a second day in a row due to ongoing technical issues.

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FLIR EO/IR Surveillance Sensors Selected For UH-1N Replacement Contract

FLIR Star SAFIRE 380-HDc to Provide U.S. Strategic Command Surveillance Capabilities On Boeing Helicopters

FLIR Systems has been selected by Boeing to provide the FLIR Star SAFIRE 380-HDc EO/IR surveillance sensor for the United States Air Force (USAF) UH-1N replacement contract. The replacement program will replace the current fleet of USAF UH-1N helicopters, which support the service’s nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile bases in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. The aircraft will also be used for training, test and operational support airlift missions.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2018-25-15

PRODUCT: All The Boeing Company Model 727 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2018-25-16

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model CN-235, CN-235-200 and CN-235-300 airplanes.

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Boeing Forecasts Demand For 2,300 New Airplanes In India

Driven By Record-Setting Domestic Passenger Traffic And Robust Domestic Economy

Boeing has raised its long-term forecast for commercial airplanes in India as unprecedented domestic passenger traffic and rapidly expanding low-cost carriers (LCCs) drive the need for 2,300 new jets – valued at $320 billion – over the next 20 years. This year alone, more than 10 million passengers, on average, traveled within India each month.

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The Carlyle Group to Acquire Leading Aircraft Engine MRO Provider StandardAero

Deal With Veritas Capital Expected To Close In Early 2019

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group has agreed to acquire StandardAero, a provider of aftermarket engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the aerospace and defense industries, from Veritas Capital. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory conditions and is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed, though some industry analysts have estimated the value of the transaction at about $5 billion, according to media reports.

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Mathematician Inducted Into Space And Missiles Pioneers Hall Of Fame

Dr. Gladys West Was One Of A Small Group Of Women Who Did Computing For The U.S. Military In The Pre-Electronic Era

Lt. Gen. David Thompson, Air Force Space Command vice commander, presented Dr. Gladys West with the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers award for her decades of contributions to the Air Force’s space program. West was unable to attend the formal induction ceremony that took place Aug. 28, where three others joined the elite list of professionals who have greatly impacted the Air Force space program.

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NGC Successfully Tests Orion Spacecraft's Launch Abort Motor

Test Conducted At Northrop Grumman Facility In Promontory, UT

Northrop Grumman Corporation along with NASA and Lockheed Martin successfully performed a ground firing test of the abort motor for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS) at Northrop Grumman’s facility in Promontory, Utah. The abort motor is a major part of the LAS, which provides an enhancement in spaceflight safety for astronauts. The completion of this milestone brings Orion one step closer to its first flight atop NASA’s Space Launch System and to enabling humans to explore the moon, Mars and other deep space destinations beyond low-Earth orbit.

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Hartzell Scimitar Prop Approved For Cessna 180/182 Fleets

FAA Awards STC For The Replacement Propeller

Hartzell Propeller has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its two-blade aluminum Scimitar propellers for Cessna 180/182 aircraft. Offered through Hartzell's Top Prop performance conversion program, introductory pricing is $9,900 for the new swept aluminum two-blade 82-inch diameter propeller, including polished spinner and all STC documentation.

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European MALE RPAS Program Passes The System Preliminary Design Review

Final Milestone Of The Program Definition Study

Another major milestone in the European Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (MALE RPAS) program was attained with the achievement of the System Preliminary Design Review on November 22nd. This highly significant accomplishment follows the European Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) inviting Airbus Defence and Space on October 31st to submit a Tender for the Development, Production and initial in Service Support phase of the European MALE RPAS Program.

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ICAO Launches 'Solar-At-Gate' Pilot Project In Kenya

Goal Is The Reduction Of CO2 Emissions Of Aircraft During Ground Operations

A first of its kind pilot project in Africa consisting of a ground-mounted 500kW solar power generation facility and mobile airport gate electric equipment was launched this week at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.20.18)

"To meet this increased domestic air traffic growth, we see the vast majority of available airplane seats coming from LCCs (Low Cost Carriers). The success of this market segment will mean more than 80 percent of all new airplane deliveries in India will be single-aisles." Source: Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Sales for Asia Pacific and India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.20.18): Conditions Not Monitored

When an airport operator cannot monitor the condition of the movement area or airfield surface area, this information is issued as a NOTAM.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.20.18)

Aviation Wings and Badges of World War II

This site is for veterans, enthusiasts or anyone else interested in aviation insignia of World War II. The goal is to create a collection of images of as many different patterns, sizes and makes of the wings worn by these valiant people.

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