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August 24, 2017

Airborne 08.24.17: Grounded Warbirds, KSFO Investigation, Bombardier Global 7000

Also: 121.5 MHz, Aero-Verse, Sonex Aircraft, Mesa Airlines, Tuskegee Airmen, GA-ASI, BRS Aerospace

The UK’s Royal Air Force has grounded several WWII aircraft over concerns about the engines installed on the airplanes. The RAF grounded several aircraft associated with its Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Four Spitfires, two Hurricanes and a Lancaster bomber have been grounded until an issue with the engine aboard one of the Hurricanes can be checked out. The BBMF airplanes had been scheduled to fly at Biggin Hill festival of flight near London, and the Eastbourne international airshow in East Su

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AMA Drone Report 08.24.17: UAS4STEM Nat'l Competition, Long Distance UAV, DJI

Also: Dog Walking Drone, Aerix Drones, Jet Rally, DJI Spark, Hover Camera Passport

On Saturday, August 19th, high school students from across the US competed in the UAS4STEM National Competition at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana. The student teams built their own drones and competed in a search-and-rescue challenge for the national title. The contest is designed to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The 2017 UAS4STEM Search and Rescue Challenge’s first-place winners are MMRT from Peachtree City, Georgia, who were awarded a trophy, medals, and a

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Airborne 08.24.17: Grounded Warbirds, KSFO Investigation, Bombardier Global 7000

Also: 121.5 MHz, Aero-Verse, Sonex Aircraft, Mesa Airlines, Tuskegee Airmen, GA-ASI, BRS Aerospace

The UK’s Royal Air Force has grounded several WWII aircraft over concerns about the engines installed on the airplanes. The RAF grounded several aircraft associated with its Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Four Spitfires, two Hurricanes and a Lancaster bomber have been grounded until an issue with the engine aboard one of the Hurricanes can be checked out. The BBMF airplanes had been scheduled to fly at Biggin Hill festival of flight near London, and the Eastbourne international airshow in East Sussex. A public display at the Weymouth carnival was also cancelled. The editorial board of the East Bay Times newspaper has accused the FAA and Air Canada of dragging their feet i

AMA Drone Report 08.24.17: UAS4STEM Nat'l Competition, Long Distance UAV, DJI Update

Also: Dog Walking Drone, Aerix Drones, Jet Rally, DJI Spark, Hover Camera Passport

On Saturday, August 19th, high school students from across the US competed in the UAS4STEM National Competition at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana. The student teams built their own drones and competed in a search-and-rescue challenge for the national title. The contest is designed to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The 2017 UAS4STEM Search and Rescue Challenge’s first-place winners are MMRT from Peachtree City, Georgia, who were awarded a trophy, medals, and a $2,500 cash prize. The Quad Raptors of Maryland took second place, and the St. Mary’s CAP Squadron-Blue of Maryland took third place. Think the batteries on your FPV racer

GA-ASI MQ-9B SkyGuardian Completes FAA Approved Flight

Flight Through Multiple Classes Of Non-Segregated Airspace Represents Another Step Towards Certification

On August 16th General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew a MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) from Laguna Airfield at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., through National Airspace, to its Gray Butte Flight Operations facility near Palmdale, Calif. The MQ-9B is a STANAG 4671 (NATO airworthiness standard for Unmanned Aircraft Systems)-compliant version of the Predator B product line. The 275 mile trip lasted approximately one hour, 45 minutes and required FAA approval to fly through various classes of non-restricted airspace.

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Cathay Pacific Group Signs MOU For 32 A321neo Aircraft

Will Modernize Cathay Dragon's Current Fleet Of Airbus Airplanes

Cathay Pacific Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 32 A321neo single-aisle aircraft. The aircraft will be operated by Cathay Dragon, the regional carrier of the Group, on services linking its Hong Kong home base with destinations across Asia.

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Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines Celebrate Delivery Of First 787 Dreamliner

Israel Flag-Carrier Incorporates 787-9 Into Its All-Boeing Fleet

Boeing, EL AL Israel Airlines and Air Lease Corporation recently celebrated the delivery of the carrier's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. EL AL leased the airplane through an agreement with Air Lease Corporation.

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Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum Announces New WWII Aircraft

Grumman TBM-3E Avenger Arrives Thursday

The Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (AZCAF) has acquired a Grumman TBM-3E Avenger from the Quonset Air Museum, Rhode Island.  The Avenger is best known as the premier Navy carrier-based torpedo attack bomber of World War II and as the type of airplane flown by President George H.W. Bush when he was shot down in the Pacific.

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Marin County, CA Questions Permit For Long-Established Seaplane Business

NIMBY Neighbors Complain Of Noise, Frequency Of Flights

A long-established seaplane business is suddenly facing possible cancellation of its permit because some NIMBY neighbors are complaining about noise and frequency of flights.

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NBAA Recognizes Members For Safe Operations

More Than 1,300 Companies Recognized For Over 13 Million Hours Of Accident/Incident Free Operations

The NBAA has announced its 2016 Flying Safety Award recipients. In total, 1,311 companies and individuals were recognized for 13,534,905 hours of accident/incident free operations in 2016. Nine member companies were honored for 50-years of safe operations, and one member company was recognized for 60 years of accident-free operations.

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New Hangar Opens For GA-ASI’s Flight Test And Training Center

Ribbon-Cutting Event Marks Completion Of Permanent Hangar Facility In ND

A grand opening event was held Monday for a new hangar at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' (GA-ASI) new hangar at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota. The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of GA-ASI’s new Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) hangar.

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Launch Vehicle for Amazonas 5 Arrives At Baikonur

Will Boost An SSL Satellite Into Orbit In September

The ILS Proton Launch Vehicle hardware for the Amazonas 5 launch arrived at the launch site in Baikonur via train on August 18th. The LV hardware includes the Proton, Breeze M, Payload Fairing, and Ascent Unit. Offloading into Halls 101 and 111 is now in progress. Launch is scheduled for September from Pad 39.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-17-05

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-17-04

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Launching A More Agile FAA Flight Standards Service

Organizational Adjustments Made August 20 To Improve Efficiency

The FAA’s Flight Standards Service (AFS) plays a vital role in making the U.S. aviation system the world’s safest. But even the best can get better.

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GAMA Announces 2018 Aviation Design Challenge

Registration For Sixth Annual Competition Currently Open For High School Teams

GAMA and Build A Plane have opened registration for the 2018 Aviation Design Challenge, an annual competition promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students through aviation.

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DJI Spark Firmware Update Enhances Flight Safety

Upgrade Required For Flight After September 1

DJI will be releasing a new firmware update this week to further enhance flight safety and performance of the DJI Spark. The new firmware update enhances Spark’s battery management system to optimize power supply during flight.

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Unique Unmanned Plane Sets Duration World Record

The VA001 Flew For Nearly 56 Hours Without Refueling

The FAI has ratified a duration world record for a unique experimental unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The VA001, an unmanned aircraft that looks like a glider but is powered by a diesel engine, successfully flew for 55 hours and 56 minutes non-stop and without refueling on December 2, 2016.

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AMA Foundation To Host Jet Rally At Fly Iowa 2017

Model Aircraft Pilots Are Invited To Participate August 24 - 27

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Foundation, in conjunction with Fly Iowa 2017, will be hosting the AMA Foundation for the Future Jet Rally in Ottumwa, Iowa from August 24 to 27.

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Compass Airlines Raises First Year Pilot Pay To $41.00 Per Flight Hour

Increase Elevates First Year, First Officer Pay To The Highest In The Regional Airline Industry

First year, First Officer pay at Compass Airlines will soon be the highest in the regional airline industry.  Compass is pleased to announce that effective October 1, 2017, its first year, First Officer pay will increase to $41.00 per flight hour.  Additionally, First Officers at all pay steps will receive an increase. 

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Lockheed Martin Powers-Up Next Orion Spacecraft For The First Time

Brain And Heart Brought To Life On NASA's Deep Space Exploration Ship

The Orion spacecraft has been powered up for the first time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in central FL. Designed for human spaceflight, this Orion will be the first to fly more than 40,000 miles beyond the Moon during its nearly three-week Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), a feat that hasn't been possible before.

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AMA Drone Report 08.17.17: MULTI-GP Int'l Open, Drone v Chicago, Reno Drone Race

Also: Yuneec Extended Service Plan, UAV on A/C Carrier, Blue Angels Incident, Drone Operator Safety Act

MultiGP’s 2017 MultiGP International Open, conducted on the grounds of AMA HQ turned out to be a recordsetter! The AMA crew has reported that some 300 quadcopter pilots inundated Muncie, Indiana, August 8-13 for the much-anticipated Riot-MultiGP International Open. The races were held at AMA’s International Aeromodeling Center and in addition to plenty of opportunities to simply fly for the fun of it, pilots competed at eleven tracks spread out across nearly 1,100 acres. Racers came from a

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Airborne 08.23.17: ANN’s ‘Best SportPlanes', Zenith's Eclipse, KSMO 2023

Also: First US-Built A320, True Blue Power, Sonic Boom, Signature-CAF, Boeing Helena, USAF Combat Rescue, Atlantic Aviation

This year’s selection of the best SportPlanes of 2017 remains a pretty intriguing pursuit -- and much busier than we expected. Previous list assignments established that aircraft by Progressive Aerodyne, The Airplane Factory, Kitfox,  Van's and Sonex were early leaders for the list. Other have now qualified -- one of the foremost of which is the Zenith CH750 series, especially with the advent of the enlarged Super Duty airframe and the availability of the outrageously co

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.24.17)

“It is critical to the general aviation manufacturing industry that we attract and cultivate the future workforce. This program has proven to be an excellent entry point for high school students and a valuable educational resource for their teachers, mentors and administrators.” Source: GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce, commenting on the opening of registration for the 2018 Aviation Design Challenge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.24.17): Departure Control

A function of an approach control facility providing air traffic control service for departing IFR and, under certain conditions, VFR aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.24.17)

Future Aviation Safety Team (FAST) FAST performs analyses on ongoing or future changes affecting the global aviation system, aimed at revealing previously unidentified hazards.

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