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November 30, 2015

Airborne 11.30.15: Rutan SkiGull, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, NASA-Virgin Galactic

Also: Tecnam P2012, Great Lakes Biplane, USAF X-56A, New IFR Training System, 'Lost In Space' Returns, Laser Strikes, ADS-B Seminar

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Airborne 11.30.15: Rutan SkiGull, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, NASA and Virgin Galactic

Also: Tecnam P2012, Great Lakes Biplane, USAF X-56A, New IFR Training System, 'Lost In Space' Returns, Laser Strikes, ADS-B Seminar 
When it comes to innovative aircraft designs, our friend Burt Rutan is the guy to watch, and last week his latest creation, called the SkiGull, made its first flight in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Here’s some of what Burt had to say about the first flight on his Facebook page: “Yesterday our test team preflight briefed the first flight, took off from runway 06 at KCOE, flew for 1.8 hours and landed back on 06. The aggressive test card included all the basic stability and control flight tests with the cruise configuration and with flap down and skis extended. All maneuvers on the card were performed on this

High School Teachers Invited To Experience Astronaut Training, Development

Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy Delivers Teaching Techniques Designed To Inspire Students' Interest In STEM

Teachers of mathematics and science around the world are invited to apply for the 2015 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HESA) program, a simulated astronaut training and professional development program of Honeywell at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Citizens In Space, Starbase Operations Complete Flight-Test Campaign

L-39C Simulates Landing Profile For XCOR Lynx Spacecraft

Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy, and Starbase Operations LLC have successfully completed a series of flight tests that will help advance commercial spaceflight training.

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Bahamasair Takes Delivery Of Its First ATR 72-600

Flag Carrier Of The Bahamas Becomes Newest ATR Operator

Bahamasair, the national flag carrier of the Bahamas, took delivery of its first ATR 72-600 today. The airline and ATR inked a deal for two ATR 72-600s and three ATR 42-600s at the last Paris Air Show. With the arrival of this new aircraft, Bahamasair becomes a new operator of ATR.

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Airbus Foundation Provides German Red Cross With Rescue Station

Can Offer Medical Services To Up To 5,000 People

The Airbus Foundation has donated a mobile rescue station to the German Red Cross for the medical treatment of refugees housed in Feldkirchen, near Straubing in the south of Bavaria. The rescue station is run by the German Red Cross (GRC) and can offer medical services for a community of up to 5,000 people. It employs two doctors, six nurses and two paramedics.

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Russian Helicopters Delivers 1st Arctic Helicopter To Defense Ministry

Aircraft Specially Equipped For Operations In Extreme Polar Conditions

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (part of Russian Helicopters, which is part of State Corporation Rostec), recently hosted a ceremony marking the acceptance of the Mi-8AMTSh-VA by the Russian Defense Ministry’s Arctic groupings.

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Frasca Bell 407 FTD Receives Level 7 Qualification

Provides VFR, IFR, And NVG Simulations

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, Shreveport, LA has recently received FAA Level 7 approval for their Frasca built Bell 407 Flight Training Device (FTD). The FTD includes an advanced visual system capable of providing VFR, IFR and highly realistic NVG training using actual night vision goggles. The cockpit design was developed with input from the anticipated target group and features an exact replica of the aircraft cockpit.

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ATR Establishes Representative Office In Beijing

China Has Been A Strategic Supplier For The Planemaker For Two Decades

ATR has opened a Representative Office in Beijing, a new milestone in its long history of cooperation with China.

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The Los Angeles Police Department Chooses FlightSafety

LAPD Air Support Unit Selects FlightSafety International To Provide Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 Training

FlightSafety announces that it has been selected by the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Unit to provide training for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3. The training will include use of the first Level D qualified simulator for the AS350 B3 and take place at FlightSafety’s new Learning Center in Denver, Colorado once it opens in 2017.

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CAE To Provide USAF With C-17/KC-135 Aeromedical Evacuation Training System

High-Fidelity Fuselage Trainer Represents Both Aircraft

CAE has received an order from ADS, Inc. on behalf of the U.S. Air Force through the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) program to provide the U.S. Air Force at Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB) with another Aeromedical Evacuation Training System.

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Duncan Aviation Schedules Final ADS-B Seminar Of 2015

Presents Practical Information About ADS-B And FANS 1A Mandates

Duncan Aviation has scheduled its final free ADS-B seminar for 2015. The seminar will be held December 9, 2015. Regional Avionics Sales Manager Mark Francetic will host the final seminar of the year at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant in Van Nuys, California.

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NASA Announces New Public-Private Partnerships To Advance Emerging Technology

Twenty-Two U.S. Companies Chosen Through Two Solicitations To Develop Manned And Robotic Technologies

NASA has secured partnerships with 22 U.S. companies through two solicitations to advance the agency’s goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system by shepherding the development of critical space technologies.

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Five New Latin American Airlines Become Bombardier Operators

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Confirms Participation In ALTA Leaders Forum In San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has welcomed five Latin American airlines to its family of operators, and congratulated another that has extended its service offerings in the region with Bombardier-manufactured commercial aircraft.

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ANN: State/Federal Attention Needed In Skydive Myrtle Beach Shutdown

ANN Requests Investigation By DoT IG, US Atty General, and SC SAG Offices

For over 30 years, the staff of Aero-News -- as part of ANN and its prior iterations -- have attempted to practice aggressive investigative journalism when Aviation issues appeared to require such attention. From the Donald Edwin Jones/Maxair scams of the 1980s to more recent dangers/issues like the David Riggs crimes and the Cirrus Design/Aircraft attacks on a number of aviation persons and business, we have sought to find solutions to issues that have threatened the lives, freedoms, and/or livelihoods of our friends throughout the aviation world...

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AeroSports Update: When Are We Going To See An Electric Powered LSA?

It Seems Like Electric Power And The Light Sport Aircraft Were Made For Each Other, But The Only Thing Like That Has Only Showed Up In Europe

It does seem odd that electric power has not been used in aircraft that meets the light sport aircraft (LSA) definition. The fact is, it’s the very definition of LSA in FAR Part 1.1 that precludes it from being powered with an electric motor because the rule requires an LSA to be powered with a reciprocating engine.

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FlightSafety International Further Enhances Gulfstream G650 Training

Simulator Upgrades Include Autobrake Systems For Initial And Recurrent Training

FlightSafety continues to enhance its Gulfstream G650 training program with upgrades to the simulators. The Autobrakes system has been added to the initial and recurrent training programs. FlightSafety has worked with Gulfstream to ensure this addition to the G650 training curriculum fulfills the requirements of the FAA FSB Report and EASA OSD.

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Airborne 11.25.15: Blue Origin Reusable Rocket!, AMA Reacts, Transgender Pilots

Also: UK CAA, E-Fest 2015, Citizens In Space, Gulfstream G500, Dassault Falcon Jet, CFM LEAP-1A, Tuskegee's Milton Crenchaw

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New IFR Training System Set For Release

Company Says Device Will 'Revolutionize' IFR Training

A pilot training device that will fundamentally change the way pilot train for instrument flight under development by ICARUS Devices is set for introduction in the near future.

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JetBlue Plans To Recruit Zero-Time Pilots For Training Program

Modeled After Programs Used By Some European And Asian Carriers

JetBlue has crafted a program in which people with an eye on an airline career but no flight experience would have a pathway to the cockpit in hopes of attracting a broader group of potential pilots.

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Passengers Call 911 After Being Refused Boarding

Other Passengers Said They Were Afraid To Fly With The Naturalized American Citizens

Two men who had immigrated to the United States from Palestine 15 years ago and have become American citizens were barred from boarding a Southwest flight in Chicago to return to Philadelphia where they live recently because another passenger said he was  afraid to fly on the same plane as the pair.

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Spirit Begins Production Of First Production RAAF P-8A

Aircraft Scheduled For Delivery In Early 2016

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. has begun production of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) first production P-8A aircraft. Spirit started production on the 737 military derivative in October. With major assembly now underway, the first unit is scheduled to deliver to Boeing in early 2016.

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Klyde Morris (11.20.15)

Klyde Is SO Ready For An Upgrade...


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Frasca Delivers First Grob FTD In Long Term Contract

Utilizes Original Aircraft Parts, Meets EASA Level 2 Requirements

Grob Aircraft AG, Mattsies/Germany has taken delivery of the first of several 120TP-SIM Flight Training Devices (FTDs) from Frasca International, Urbana, IL as part of a Long Term Supply Agreement (LTSA).  The FTD has been delivered to the Grob factory in Germany.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.30.15)

Aero Linx: N3N Owners & Restorers Association Welcome to the website of the N3N Owners and Restorers Association. Our association is dedicated to the preservation of the Navy N3N aircraft. The N3N holds a special place in aviation history. The aircraft was both designed and built by the Naval Aircraft Factory, located on the grounds of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. It is believed to be the only primary training aircraft ever produced as a convertible (land and sea) design. It holds the distinction of being the last biplane in US Military service – in operation at the Naval Academy (Annapolis) until 1959...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.30.15): Interrogator

Interrogator The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver, which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar, transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all transponders on the mode being used to reply. The replies received are mixed with the primary radar returns and displayed on the same plan position indicator (radar scope). Also, applied to the airborne element of the TACAN/DME system.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.30.15)

"ICARUS is going to revolutionize how we approach pilot training. It provides experience to student pilots that we cannot provide right now outside of a simulator. This product will create a better and safer generation of pilots - it is a game-changer." Source: Audra Hoy, Director of AeroInnovate, commenting on a pilot training device that will fundamentally change the way pilot train for instrument flight under development by ICARUS Devices.

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