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August 12, 2018

Bizarre Airline Theft and Crash Blamed on Airport Worker (Updated)

Horizon Air Q400 Put Through Aerobatic Maneuvers, Sightseeing Flight Before Fatal Crash

Initial Report 0056 ET, 08.11.18/Updated Throughout the Day with Add'l Detail: We're really not sure how to take all this... but details emerging after a fatal Horizon Air crash seem way too incredible to believe at first glance. An airport worker, first identified as a mechanic, and then as a ramp agent, apparently took unauthorized possession of a Horizon Air Q400 twin turboprop, got it powered up, and somehow took off without permission or clearance from Sea-Tac Airport late Friday night. There are extensive questions (and few answers) as to how he took control, got the aircraft powered up, and then gained access to a runway to engage i

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Boeing HorizonX Ventures Invests In High-Speed Metal 3D Printing Company

Digital Alloys Utilizes Patented Multi-Metal Additive Manufacturing System

Boeing has made an investment in Digital Alloys, Inc., a Burlington, MA-based company developing high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing systems that produce 3D-printed parts for aerospace and other production applications.

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ICAO/China Training Initiative Aims To Optimize States' Standards Compliance

Anticipated Effect Will Be Greater Economic Growth

The Secretary General of ICAO, Dr. Fang Liu, was joined by the Consul General of China in Montreal, Mr. Xueming Chen, for the official launch of the UN aviation agency’s new Civil Aviation Authority Senior and Middle Managers Training Course at a special ceremony held recently at ICAO headquarters.

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Colorado Reservists Activated To Support Fire Suppression Efforts In Western U.S

One MAFFS-Equipped C-130 Deployed August 8

Air Force reservists and one Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 302nd Airlift Wing deployed to California August 8.

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Captain Peter Weger Celebrates The End Of A 50-Year Flying Career

Makes Final Professional Flight Aboard A Dornier 328 Turboprop From Farnborough Airport, U.K. To Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

Captain Peter Weger has rounded off a stellar 50 years of uninterrupted flying with a positioning flight of 328 Support Services GmbH’s Dornier 328 turboprop (D-CSNC) back from Farnborough Airport, U.K. to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

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Latvia Cleared For UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopter Purchase

Deal With Sikorsky Valued At Some $200 Million

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four (4) UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $200 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

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U.S. Army Looks To LMC For Microwave Counter-Drone Device

Would Be Carried On An Aircraft For Use Against Fixed-Wing An Quadcopter-Type Drones

The U.S. Army has released a solicitation for the development of a high-energy microwave device designed to disable potentially hostile unmanned aircraft.

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NASA Celebrates 60th Anniversary At Chicago Air And Water Show

'NASA Village' Full Of Exhibits Will Be Open Through The Entire Weekend

Join NASA at the 2018 Chicago Air and Water Show and help celebrate the agency’s 60th Anniversary.  A “NASA Village” full of exhibits will be open during the free airshow Aug. 17-19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the North Avenue Beach.

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CACI Awarded $48.5 M Contract To Deploy C-UAS Platforms

Goal Is To Protect Vital National Security Assets

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $48.5 million single-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to CACI International to provide integration, installation, sustainment, and engineering services to the Naval Air Systems Command Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) AIRWorks Rapid Development Capabilities Integrated Product team. The one-year contract represents new and continuing work for CACI in its Intelligence Systems and Support market area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.12.18)

Aero Linx: SouthWings Founded in 1996, SouthWings is a non-profit conservation organization that provides a network of volunteer pilots to advocate for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through flight.  We have flown thousands of individuals and organizations to educate community leaders, policy-makers, and the media, and to collect scientific data on forests, watersheds, historic landmarks, and the globally significant ecosystems of the Southeast.  SouthWings is headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, with satellite offices in New Orleans, Louisiana and Annapolis, Maryland.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.12.18): Runway Profile Descent

Runway Profile Descent An instrument flight rules (IFR) air traffic control arrival procedure to a runway published for pilot use in graphic and/or textual form and may be associated with a STAR. Runway Profile Descents provide routing and may depict crossing altitudes, speed restrictions, and headings to be flown from the en route structure to the point where the pilot will receive clearance for and execute an instrument approach procedure. A Runway Profile Descent may apply to more than one runway if so stated on the chart.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.12.18)

“We would like to thank Peter for his outstanding accomplishments - not just on the 328 programs, but for his significant contribution to flying in Germany. We wish Peter and his family a very happy retirement.” Source: 328 Support Services CEO Dave Jackson, discussing Captain Peter Weger's stellar 50 years of uninterrupted flying with a positioning flight of 328 Support Services GmbH’s Dornier 328 turboprop (D-CSNC) back from Farnborough Airport, U.K. to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

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