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April 15, 2018

New Owner Of Peach State Aerodrome Finds Purpose In Future Of Airport

Keven Sasser Had Lost His Son In An Airplane Accident, But That Did Not Deter Him In His New Endeavor

If there is anyone familiar with the depth of purpose that comes with carrying on the legacy of a beloved pilot gone too soon, no one knows it better than Keven Sasser, private pilot and new owner of Peach State Aerodrome, though it isn’t only because his predecessor was the well-known and respected aviator, Ron Alexander.

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ExoMars Poised To Start Science Mission

Instrument Calibration Underway, Experiments To Begin Soon  

The ExoMars orbiter will soon begin its search for gases that may be linked to active geological or biological activity on the Red Planet. The Trace Gas Orbiter has reached its final orbit after a year of ‘aerobraking’ that ended in February. This exciting operation saw the craft skimming through the very top of the upper atmosphere, using drag on its solar wings to transform its initial highly elliptical four-day orbit into a much lower and near-circular path at about 250 miles.

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NAVAIR: V-22 Remains 'Most In-Demand DoD Platform'

Marine Corps Col. Mark Kelly Provided Update At Sea Air Space Exposition

In recent years, the Air Force V-22 variant has been the backbone of the combatant commanders’ ongoing mission to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria, according to Marine Corps Col. Matt Kelly.

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Boeing Announces Global Fleet Care Agreements For Singapore Airlines And Scoot

Also Finalize Agreements For BAPAS To Enter Full Operations

Boeing announced that on March 7, 2018, two previously signed integrated Boeing Global Fleet Care agreements for Singapore Airlines' fleet of 27 777-300ERs (Extended Range) and Scoot's fleet of 20 787 Dreamliners were transferred to Boeing Asia Pacific Aviation Services Pte. Ltd., (BAPAS), a joint venture between The Boeing Company and SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC).

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Dozens Turn Out For Inaugural Drone Boot Camp At University Of Hawai'i

Basic Instruction For Safe Drone Operation Provided At The Event

“Coolest event ever!” That’s how Margo Edwards described the first-ever drone boot camp at Les Murakami Stadium at the University of Hawai'i. About 100 people attended the March 30 event hosted by the University of Hawai'i Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation.

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Terrafugia Plans To Create 130 New U.S. Jobs

Geely Holdings' Acquisition Leads To Expansion Across All Departments

Terrafugia created 75 new US-based jobs within the past 12 months and is on track to add at least another 50 more by the end of the year, according to the company. Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group (Geely Holding), a privately owned Fortune 500 company with assets that span the automotive chain, acquired Terrafugia in Fall 2017 affording Terrafugia the bankability and resources to expand its operations and industrial footprint.

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TrueNoord Closes Purchase Of Three Embraer E190 Regional Aircraft

Regional Lessor Acquires Airplanes From GECAS

Regional aircraft lessor TrueNoord has closed the purchase of three Embraer E190 aircraft from GECAS.  These aircraft are under lease with and operated by HOP!, the regional operator for Air France-KLM in France. This additional group of three regionally operated E190 aircraft adds to the significant investment in TrueNoord’s Embraer fleet under lease and increases the organisation’s portfolio to fifteen globally operated E190s, with further acquisitions in the pipeline. The purchase was partially financed under a new finance facility arranged by BNP Paribas and DVB Bank SE.

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Airbus Helicopters Signs Largest HCare Smart Contracts In Latin America

Will Support Two H225M Fleets

Both the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force have placed their trust in Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Smart by the hour maintenance programs for a total contract value of more than 125 million euros (approx. $154 million).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.18): Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA)

Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA) The lowest MSL altitude at which an IFR aircraft will be vectored by a radar controller, except as otherwise authorized for radar approaches, departures, and missed approaches. The altitude meets IFR obstacle clearance criteria. It may be lower than the published MEA along an airway or J-route segment. It may be utilized for radar vectoring only upon the controller’s determination that an adequate radar return is being received from the aircraft being controlled. Charts depicting minimum vectoring altitudes are normally available only to the controllers and not to pilots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.18)

Aero Linx: Oregon Pilots Association OPA sponsors seminars like the "National Aviation Safety Stand-down" and AOPA's "Rusty Pilots Seminar." OPA conducts Quarterly and Annual Board Meetings. All OPA members are encouraged to attend. The minutes and the date, time and location of these meetings are posted in the PropWash. Special events include flying events, safety programs and public service activities in cooperation with: Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, The Oregon Food Bank, The Washington Pilots Association and the Oregon Department of Aviation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.15.18)

“Technology and innovation are at the core of Terrafugia, drawing in unique talent across departments. The recent jump in staff shows our commitment to breaking ground in the emerging flying car market. One year ago, we had less than 20 employees. With Geely Holdings’ leadership and innovation in the automotive space, we are able to build the team we need to meet on-time deliverables.” Source: Chris Jaran, CEO of Terrafugia.... commenting on the news that Terrafugia created 75 new US-based jobs within the past 12 months and is on track to add at least another 50 more by the end of the year, according to the company.

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