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November 26, 2016

White Paper Examines Dramatic Growth In Drone Industry

Sky High Drone Growth Presents Challenges And Opportunities

The drone industry is growing before our eyes in ways that will affect many of our lives and at a speed that will challenge our expectations. Developing a drone program in any size enterprise will involve investment and risk. This is one of the key observations in a new white paper, Sky High Drone Growth Presents Challenges and Opportunities, published by Global Aerospace.

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Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter Maintenance Trainer Advances Engineering Program

Helps fulfill Sikorsky's Industrial And Regional Benefits Obligations For Canada's Maritime Helicopter Project

Sikorsky and the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) today celebrated the transfer of an S-76A helicopter maintenance trainer to the Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Center. Valued at CAD 1.3 million ($945,000 U.S.), the non-flying, twin-engine helicopter with associated equipment and documentation provides an important learning tool for students pursuing a career in aviation maintenance.

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F-35B Weapons Load Testing Wraps Up On USS America

DT-III Evaluated Flying Qualities At Various Aircraft Weights

The F-35B Lightning II third developmental test phase (DT-III) aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) reached a new milestone as the program completed weapons load testing Nov. 16.

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TRU Expands Its East Coast Proflight Pilot Training Facility

Center Is Located In Lutz, FL

TRU Simulation + Training has entered phase II of its expansion plan for its Pilot Training Center in Lutz, Florida located in Pasco County. Phase I was previously completed in 2015 when 15,000 square feet of existing space was converted into Training Center Operations. TRU Simulation + Training’s Tampa facility specializes in business and military simulator manufacturing as well as serving as an FAA-certified Part 142 OEM-supported Pilot Training Center for several Textron Aviation products.

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Qatar Approved For Acquisition Of F-15QA Aircraft

DSCA Authorizes $21.1 Billion Sale Of Aircraft, Weapons And Related Support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for F-15QA aircraft with weapons and related support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $21.1 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency recently delivered the required certification notifying Congress.

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FAA Proposes $240,000 Penalty Against Dean Baldwin Painting Of Bulverde, TX

Alleges Numerous Maintenance Violations Against The Company

The FAA has proposed a $240,000 civil penalty against Dean Baldwin Painting of Bulverde, Texas for numerous violations at its Goodyear, AZ facility.

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Airline Startup Aims To Make Flying The New Driving

Blackbird Is Disrupting The Air Travel Business With Affordable Local Flights And An Uber-Like Process

Blackbird, a new, technology-driven airline delivering a private flight experience at a budget airline price, announces the launch of its initial service in California with flights beginning January 2017. Blackbird will operate its first route from Palo Alto to Truckee, with flight prices starting at $125 per seat and no subscription or signup fees.

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Republic Of Korea Awards $1.2 Billion Contract For F-16 Modernization

Lockheed Martin To Perform The Work On 134 Aircraft

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has awarded a contract valued at $1.2 billion to Lockheed Martin to upgrade 134 F-16 aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.26.16)

"The last couple of days we went and purposely found those nasty conditions and put the jets through those places, and the jet handled fantastically well. So now the external weapons testing should be able to give the fleet a clearance to carry weapons with the rough seas and rough conditions. We know the jet can handle it." Source: Royal air force (RAF) Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, an F-35 test pilot embedded at the Pax River ITF, commenting on the U.S. Navy's D-III exercises with the F-35B.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.26.16): Not Standard (NOT STD)

Varying from what is expected or published. For use in NOTAMs only.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.26.16)

Coalition of Airline Pilot's Associations

CAPA is a trade association comprised of over 28,000 professional pilots. CAPA's purpose is to address safety, security, legislative and regulatory issues affecting the professional flight deck crew member on matters of common interest to the individual member unions.

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