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April 18, 2016

Airborne 04.18.16: Miracle Flights, Mars At AirVenture, Airborne Upgrades

Also: Obama v FAA Bill, Norwegian Air, AEA16, Precious Metal, airBaltic, Russian Warplanes, Germanwings Suit, Airline Seats

Medical flight charity, Miracle Flights, ended the month of March with a record number of coordinated flights, conducting 745 missions carrying patients to hospitals and doctors around the country. Since 1985, the nonprofit Miracle Flights has provided free commercial airline tickets so that seriously ill patients may receive specialized medical care and second opinions from experts throughout the U.S. Each year the nonprofit helps more and more families, quickly ap

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Airborne 04.18.16: Miracle Flights, Mars At AirVenture, Airborne Upgrades-New Co-Hosts!

Also: Obama v FAA Bill, Norwegian Air, AEA16, Precious Metal, airBaltic, Russian Warplanes, Germanwings Suit, Airline Seats
 
Medical flight charity, Miracle Flights, ended the month of March with a record number of coordinated flights, conducting 745 missions carrying patients to hospitals and doctors around the country. Since 1985, the nonprofit Miracle Flights has provided free commercial airline tickets so that seriously ill patients may receive specialized medical care and second opinions from experts throughout the U.S. Each year the nonprofit helps more and more families, quickly approaching their 100,000th flight. If you’re looking to see something really different at AirVenture this year, EAA has just announced that you’re in for a tre

Airliner On Approach To Heathrow Reportedly Hits Drone

A320 Landed Safely After Pilot Reported Hitting An Object

A British Airways A320 reportedly impacted a UAV while on approach to Heathrow Airport Sunday afternoon.

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Universal Avionics Expert Presents Training Workshop At AEA2016

Technical Training Workshop Will Focus On ADS-B Out Integration & Installation On April 27

Universal Avionics is planning a technical training workshop during the Aircraft Electronics Association’s (AEA) 2016 International Convention and Trade Show on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out integration and installation solutions.

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Airbus Corporate Jets Wins 1st Ka-Band Retrofit Deals

Will Provide Upgraded Internet Access To Aircraft Customers

Airbus Corporate Jets has won its first contracts to retrofit ACJ aircraft with Ka-band satellite communications – from Comlux and an undisclosed customer – paving the way for ACJ operators to have a faster and more capable internet access, via the latest technology. Both deals are for widebody aircraft.

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Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) To Train With Elbit Systems Sim

Company Will Deliver A King Air B200 Simulator

Elbit Systems’ Australian subsidiary, Elbit Systems of Australia (ESLA), will supply Beechcraft King Air B200 flight simulator training for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) South Eastern Section.

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F-35 Joint Program Office Awards P&W LRIP 9 Contract For F135 Engines

Agreement Valued At $1.4 Billion For Manufacture Of Ninth Production Lot

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney a contract valued at approximately $1.4 billion for the production of the ninth lot of F135 propulsion systems powering the F-35 Lightning II.

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Gulfstream Fleet Continues To Grow In Greater China

Top Brand Ranking Reflects Strong Customer Confidence, Planemaker Says

Gulfstream says its business jet fleet in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) has grown to more than 165 aircraft and makes up more than half of the Asia-Pacific fleet, the company's largest internationally.

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Boeing Completes Satellite For NASA TDRS Constellation

Spacecraft Enables Continuous Communication With International Space Station, Hubble Telescope

Boeing has completed, and delivered to storage, the last in a series of satellites for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) constellation. TDRS-M is the sixth Boeing-built satellite for the NASA network providing high-bandwidth communications to spacecraft in low Earth orbit.

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NASA Invests In 13 Advanced Concepts

Funds Research Into Two-Dimensional Spacecraft, Reprogrammable Microorganisms

NASA has selected 13 proposals through NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that invests in transformative architectures through the development of pioneering technologies.

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CAE Adds Multiple Commercial Aviation Training Contracts

Concludes Fiscal Year With A Record Total Of 53 Full-Flight Simulators Sold

CAE has announced a series of training solutions contracts, involving the sale of 14 full-flight simulators (FFS) to airlines and aircraft operators worldwide including Southwest Airlines and Uzbekistan Airlines. These agreements, valued at more than $155 million, cover a broad range of CAE's training solutions, from the delivery of innovative training equipment to commercial pilot training programs.

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Cobham Announces ATC-5000NG DME Test Option Now Available

Helps In Preparation For NextGen, SESAR Requirements

Cobham AvComm, has announced that the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) Test Option for the recently released ATC-5000NG NextGen Transponder Test Set is now ready for delivery on new test set orders. Fielded units can be upgraded to include the new DME option.

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ESA: Initial Data From Sentinel-3A Very Promising

All Instruments Operating And Transmitting Their Scientific Data

The Sentinel-3A Earth observation satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor on behalf of the European Space Agency for the European Commission’s Copernicus program, has reached the stage when all its instrument are operating and  transmitting their scientific data, in line with the expectations for this global ocean and land monitoring mission.

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Global Uncertainty Causing Delays In Business Travel Growth

Limited Positive Growth, Short-Term Turbulence Is Affecting The Entire Industry

U.S. business travel will continue to grow only moderately in 2016 as global uncertainty looms. This is one of the key findings from the GBTA BTI Outlook – United States 2016 Q1, a report by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

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GE TRUEngine Program Surpasses 12,000 Engine Enrollments

Serves As Confirmation That An Engine's History Has Been Verified By GE Or CFM

The TRUEngine technical program continues to expand with total engine enrollments surpassing the 12,000 mark, a 20% increase in the last 18 months. More than 200 operators have opted to enroll their engines in the TRUEngine program.

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Classic Aero-TV: Dronetech's AV-1 Albatross - High-Endurance VTOL UAV Platform

Extreme Flexibility With VTOL Performance...

While at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell looked at some of the leading innovations in UAV technology. In this video Jim talks with Arturo Galvan, the General Manager of Drone Tech UAV.

Classic Aero-TV: Dronetech's AV-1 Albatross - High-Endurance VTOL UAV Platform

Extreme Flexibility With VTOL Performance...

While at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell looked at some of the leading innovations in UAV technology. In this video Jim talks with Arturo Galvan, the General Manager of Drone Tech UAV. Galvan introduces Jim to their AV-1 Albatross drone.

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Coastal GA To Get First Airshow In 20 Years

Wings Over Golden Isles Air Show Will Feature The Canadian Snowbirds

If all goes well, coastal Georgia will see its first air show in 20 years October 8 and 9 in Brunswick, GA.

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AeroSports Update: The Mars Makes Appearance At AirVenture

World’s Largest Flying Water Bomber Coming To EAA Airventure 2016

Okay sports fans, if you’re looking to see something really different at AirVenture this year, EAA has just announced that you’re in for a treat. The gigantic Martin Mars aircraft, the world’s largest flying water bomber and the last of its kind, will make its first trip to Wisconsin to participate at EAA AirVenture.

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Klyde Morris (04.18.16)

Little Ants Can Have Really Big Mouths... and Opinions To Go With Them

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 04.15.16: Solar Impulse Ready, UAV ShotDown-Again, Gulfstream G500/G600

Also: Global Congressman, Innovative Disruption, Teamsters Lawsuit, Wings Club, Horizon Air, LoPresti Aviation, Bizjet Sales Forecast

Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are ready to resume their attempt to achieve the first Round-The-World Solar Flight with Solar Impulse 2, which is the first solar powered airplane capable of flying day and night on electric power only. On July 3, last year, Borschberg landed Solar Impulse 2 in Hawaii after a flight of five days and nights over 5,300 miles from Japan. During this flight, the airplane suffered battery damage due t

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Miracle Flights Performs Record Number Of March Flights

Flew Nearly 750 Missions During The Month

Medical flight charity Miracle Flights ended the month of March with a record number of coordinated flights, conducting 745 missions carrying patients to hospitals and doctors around the country.

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F-22s Deploy To Europe To Show Support For Allies

Will Conduct Training Exercises With Other European-Based Aircraft

F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment were deployed to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, on April 11 to conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft.

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Gogo Announces New Hourly Rate Pricing Plans

New Pricing Plans For ATG 1000 And 2000 Systems Are Predictable With No Overage Fees, No Surprise

Gogo has rolled out new hourly pricing plans for turboprop and light jet operators, making connectivity affordable and predictable for airframes of all types.

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Pan Am International Flight Academy Announces New CEO

Takeshi Negishi Named To The Leadership Role

Pan Am International Flight Academy and parent company ANA Holdings have announced a change in leadership. Mr. Takeshi Negishi has been named President and CEO and will lead from Pan Am's world headquarters in Miami, Florida.

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LoPresti Aviation Names RBR Maintenance An 'Elite Partner'

Approved For Sale And Installation Of LoPresti Lighting Packages On Business Aircraft

LoPresti Aviation has designated RBR Maintenance as an Elite Partner to provide its next generation lighting products to its customers. Effective immediately, RBR Maintenance, Inc. will handle sales and installation of LoPresti lighting packages for business aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.18.16)

Aero Linx: Silver Wings Fraternity All Silver Wings Fraternity members are eligible to wear our symbolic Silver Wings Design lapel pin. If you soloed a powered aircraft of any make or model you are eligible to wear the classic Blue Wings lapel pin. Once you reach the 25 year mark since your first solo you will be eligible to wear a lapel pin with a star on the top signifying this aviation milestone. If you soloed a powered aircraft more than 50 years ago you are eligible to wear a lapel pin with a star and a wreath. We were initially incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1958. Russell Brinkley and several other veteran pilots saw the need for a Fraternal and Charitable Not-for-Profit Organization of men

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.18.16): Transmitting In The Blind

Transmitting In The Blind A transmission from one station to other stations in circumstances where two-way communication cannot be established, but where it is believed that the called stations may be able to receive the transmission.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.18.16)

"We're still a few hundred flights away, but once we make it, our 100,000th will be a day to remember. Those flights represent real people—even entire families—that have been granted the hope of a healthier future. Our 100,000th flight reminds us of how far we've come, as well as how far we have to go to ensure everyone has access to specialized medical care." Source: Mark E. Brown, CEO of Miracle Flights, which ended the month of March with a record number of coordinated flights, conducting 745 missions carrying patients to hospitals and doctors around the country and are now approaching their 100,000th flight.

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