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May 19, 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 Se

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Airborne 04.01.19: ANN's Infamous April 1st Episode! Drone Skeet, ADS-B Boots...

Also: AOPA Hacking EAA Drone Show?, Campbell Joins SnF Board, Jet Teams Go Retro, Methane-Power,

YUP... its THAT time of year again! This is ANN's infamous April First Episode... strap in, and get ready to be fooled, bamboozled and led astray! Drone Skeet has been selected as a demonstration sport for the 2028 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Teams will consist of shooters and pilots competing in timed rounds. Each team will have 5 minutes to shoot down as many of the opposing team's drones as it can, then they will switch sides and the other team will have an oppo

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ICAO Playing Key Role In UN Effort To Limit The Movement Of Foreign Terrorists

Participates In Launch Of The United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Program

At the official launch of the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Program (UNCTTP) at UN Headquarters in New York, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu emphasized that aviation security and the facilitation of passenger movements are important and reciprocal priorities in air transport, outlining the advances ICAO has made in support of the corresponding priorities defined in UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions 2178, 2309, 2368, and 2396 in relation to Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs).

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Student Winners Ignite The Spark Of Innovation With NASA OPSPARC 2019

OPSPARC 2019 Generated International Engagement From Students In The U.S., Canada (Excluding Quebec) And The U.K.

NASA has announced the winners of the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC) 2019. With hydroponic filtration systems, 3D bioprinters and pollution-mitigating masks, innovative students have once again dreamed up creative ways to change the world using NASA technology.

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NRL Introduces Newly Acquired Aircraft For Airborne Research

Twin Otter Joins VXS-1

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Navy's premier science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), unveiled the UV-18 "Twin Otter" as the newest addition to the squadron's unique fleet of aircraft research platforms, May 11.

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EU And South Korea Award $9.3 Million To ResponDrone Project

Will Deploy Drone Fleets To Control Natural Disasters

The European Union (EU) and the South Korean government have awarded €8.3 million (approx. $9.3 million) to the international ResponDrone consortium, which is composed of 20 partners from 12 countries, to develop and apply a situational awareness system in emergency situations, providing critical information and communication services to first responders.

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Vancouver Airport Authority Recognized As Leader In Canadian Innovation

Among Winners Of 2019 Vision To Reality Awards For Developing The World's First Automated Border Clearance Kiosk

Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) has been recognized as a winner of PwC Canada's 2019 Vision to Reality (V2R) awards for its self-service border control solution, BorderXpress, in the Builder category. BorderXpress technology was developed by Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), an independent business unit within Vancouver International Airport.

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Belarusian Artists Impress Judges At 2019 FAI Young Artists Contest

Took Top Honors In All Three Age Categories

Talented young artists from Belarus have topped all three categories at the FAI Young Artists Contest 2019. The annual competition, held by the FAI since 1986, saw entries from 24 countries, and this year artists from Belarus were particularly successful, winning first place in each of the three age categories.

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Canadian Union Calls For Quick Implementation Of TSB Safety Recommendation

Says Transport Canada Must Immediately Implement TSB Recommendation On Leaving Carry-On Baggage Behind During An Emergency

The union representing Air Canada's flight attendants is asking Transport Canada to implement the now two-year-old Transportation Safety Board recommendation on leaving carry-on baggage behind during an emergency.

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Signature Flight Support Assisting D-Day Squadron Mission To Normandy

Providing Logistical Support At Domestic And International Locations Along Route Of Flight

Signature Flight Support, the world's largest network of Fixed Base Operations (FBOs), announced that it will partner with the D-Day Squadron in its journey to return original C-47 and DC-3 aircraft to the skies they once flew in defense of freedom.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.19.19): Downburst

Downburst A strong downdraft which induces an outburst of damaging winds on or near the ground. Damaging winds, either straight or curved, are highly divergent. The sizes of downbursts vary from 1/2 mile or less to more than 10 miles. An intense downburst often causes widespread damage. Damaging winds, lasting 5 to 30 minutes, could reach speeds as high as 120 knots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.19.19)

Aero Linx: Hope Air Our Mission: To provide Canadians in financial need with free travel to medical care far from home. Our Vision: That everyone in Canada has access to the healthcare they need, despite distance or cost of travel. In Canada, healthcare coverage starts at the door of the doctor’s office, but how you get to the doctor, and any related travel costs, fall to you. Over 20% of Canada’s population live in small and rural communities where specialized medical care is not available, and a trip to see a medical specialist might involve a 16 hour car or bus ride.  For low-income patients living in these communities, travelling long distan

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.19.19)

"The Twin Otter is a safe, highly maneuverable and extremely versatile aircraft. The fact that it is unpressurized simplifies modifications and will accelerate our ability to get projects airborne for the Naval Research Enterprise." Source: Cmdr. Erik Thomas, commanding officer for VXS-1, commenting on the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Navy's premier science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), unveiling of the UV-18 "Twin Otter" as the newest addition to the squadron's unique fleet of aircraft research platforms, May 11.

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